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This review is from: ThinkPad 0A33970 USB 3.0 Port Replicator
Pros: None in my experience
Cons: I bought this along with a T-430 Thinkpad from Lenovo. It never worked properly and was replaced twice. The second was worse than the first. Lenovo support was pretty useless and hard to reach, and the final refund took over a year to arrange.
The device was very inconsistent in maintaining connections to my external monitor and TV, and even when connected it would periodically freeze or go black. The software seemed unable to cope with the optional Nvidia graphics card in my Thinkpad, and caused all sorts of strange conflicts with other software. None of the software (or firmware) updates seemed to fix anything. Uninstalling the software cured the conflict problems, and I eventually bought a conventional platform type Thinkpad dock which works flawlessly. While some people had better luck with it, my advice would be to stay away from this product at any price.
This review is from: WD My Passport Ultra 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN Black
Pros: Small, sturdy and light. Very quiet with minimal vibration. Small rubber feet keep the drive in place. Fast - my test results are close to advertised claims. No USB 3 problems with my T430 Thinkpad. Password protection software works well and includes a handy option for automatic password entry on the computer where the software is installed.
Cons: I generally like to see non-proprietary cables. Cheaper if you lose the cable, and easier to use other lengths. The provided cable works fine though. The password protection software installs a virtual drive and hogs an additional drive letter (only when the drive is plugged in though). Maybe that is the best way to do it, but it seems odd.
Other Thoughts: My review is for the 1TB drive. I find the cable to be a handy length for use with a laptop, and for storing with the drive. If your USB port is in an awkward spot, it may be a bit short. The included lightweight storage sack is a nice addition, but no substitute for a sturdy case. I don't use and didn't install the backup software, so I can't comment on that, or on the drive's longevity. My experience with WD drives has been generally very good. I'm very happy with the drive so far...READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBOP-GE
Pros: At $55 on sale, the cheapest reasonably fast brand name 128GB drive available. Sturdy enough and small enough to survive life on my key chain. The plastic slider is a bit stiff but gets looser with use. All that storage space is a nice luxury, and an incentive to be lazy about file management. Overall speed is good.
Cons: Relatively short warranty. Some speed issues with small files (see comments). Just wide enough to block access to the neighboring 3.0 port on my T430 Thinkpad (as much the fault of Lenovo’s dumb port arrangement)
Other Thoughts: Using ATTO and Crystal Disk Mark on a new, empty drive, sequential reads were consistently around 192 MBs and writes around 103-107 MBs. I tried both Ex-FAT and NTFS formatting and saw little difference. I didn’t bother testing using a USB 2.0 port
These transfer rates were about double that of the 64GB Mushkin drive I’d been happily using until I ran out of space, and copying large files seemed to bear out the speed increase. But, for some reason, the Mushkin took half as much time when doing identical incremental backups on a 35GB folder, with about 11,000 sub folders and 23,000 small files (most between 200k and 3MB. Each time I’ve run the backup there were between 500-900 MB of new or changed files and sub folders, and the PNY drive took consistently 4-5 minutes longer than the Mushkin to complete the backup (almost twice as long). While watching the backup progress, it appeared that the PNY drive would hestitate periodically where the Mushkin drive kept up a steady speed. I have no idea why.
The PNY’s plastic body isn’t as elegant as Mushkin’s sleek aluminum one, but it is a bit shorter, well built, and completely serviceable. It’s a toss up whether the convenience of a cap-free design is any better than the dirt excluding protection of a losable cap.