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This review is from: Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1K)
Pros: Unit overall seems to have an OK build quality, no fancy colors or gaudy shape, just a simple USB flash drive, with a sleek black casing. The unit has a decent but not obnoxious red LED activity indicator. A slide mechanism that allows the USB plug to be retracted allowing not only for the protection of the plug, but also removing the need to have annoying covers that usually end up lost or broken. Works with USB 3 and USB 2. In the open position the USB plug locks firmly. There is some free software they mention you can use, downloadable from their site, not really a feature or requirement though for the use of the drive. Appears to have a lifetime warranty. USB 3 read speeds are very fast. Has 2 holes in the casing for the attachment of a small key-chain or lanyard.
Cons: Drive gets physically warmer when being used on a USB 3 port vs USB 2 port. To retract the USB plug it does require a significant amount of pressure to release the lock, a few times I felt like I was going to break the drive. In the closed position the internals of the drive can rattle a little making it have a cheap feeling. USB 3 write speeds were a bit disappointing compared to the read speeds in USB 3 operation. The holes for attaching it to a lanyard or key-chain are very small.
Other Thoughts: This flash drive has been a typical no-thrills unit, however it does its job and that's the main point. The free software did not draw my attention for use with the flash drive, however it does mention encryption amongst some other features. I used the drive for a month to move data around at work and home, the drive had no problems or issues to report. I did a bit of testing both with just doing file copies under Windows 7 and some benchmarking with Crystal Disk Mark. The results are below. I did mark it down because of some of the lack of write performance under both USB 2 but more so under USB 3. Decent Bang for the Buck.
Windows File Copy USB2 (12GB Large and Small File Mix)
Write Speed Avg 34 MB/s
Read Speed Avg 42 MB/s
Windows File Copy USB3 (12GB Large and Small File Mix)
Write Speed Avg 42 MB/s
Read Speed Avg 150 MB/s
Crystal Disk Mark Benchmark Using 8GiB Test File
Seq Q32T1 R 44.50 MB/s W 25.56 MB/s
4K Q32T1 R 13.66 MB/s W 0.036 MB/s
SEQ R 42.31 MB/s W 12.79 MB/s
4K R 8.44 MB/s W 0.036 MB/s
Seq Q32T1 R 153.0 MB/s W 46.24 MB/s
4K Q32T1 R 27.98 MB/s W 0.044 MB/s
SEQ R 153.9 MB/s W 44.05 MB/s
4K R 27.03 MB/s W 0.037 MB/s
Pros: Un-boxing this unit revealed what appeared to be a monster router. The physical construction seems very good, the whole top is covered in ventilation holes. Setup of the unit did not take too long, I think I had it up and running with all the bells and whistles in under 20 minutes. The status lighting on top of the unit is very subtle. During my tests, after the unit was updated and configured it ran like a champ, no reboots were needed nor were there any lock-ups even with 30 wifi devices connected to it at peek points during my testing. The unit is very feature rich.
- 8 Gigabit LAN Ports on The Unit
- 2.4 Ghz & 5 Ghz Radios
- Dual Core CPU
- Very Fast and Stable with Multiple Clients
- Fairly Easy Configuration
- Well Made
- USB 2 and 3 Ports Allow Sharing of Storage Devices
- Intuitive Management Interface
- Option to Manage Unit Remotely via SmartPhone
- Very Good Wifi Coverage
Cons: quite massive, it will take up a decent amount of real estate wherever you put it. It does run a bit warmer than I would like, but I can forgive this a bit given all the power and radios packed inside it. The lights on the top of the unit could be more verbose and give you more information to what the router is doing instead of just being lit up constantly after the unit boots up. The setup was just a bit weird with having the integration of the remote management via Linksys, good idea though as long as it is secure.
- Runs a bit Warm
- LED Display on Top of Unit is Not Verbose
- Unit is Physically Large
- Remote Management May Take Time to get Accustomed To
Other Thoughts: I have been running and testing the unit for over a month and I have nothing really bad to say about the performance of the unit. I have had multiple friends over with the addition of every wireless device I have in my house using this unit without a single hiccup. I didn't get the test the 5 ghz band very much, but it worked with my phone and was running pretty quick. The wireless from this unit covered my townhouse very well from the basement even with the unit sitting inside a metal networking rack. I am very impressed and happy with the unit's speed. For the place I live in this unit might be over kill, but it handles my 50 mbps internet connection with ease, allowing multiple devices to stream and game without any trouble at all. I have no major complaints about the unit and have enjoyed using it so far.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a very sturdy, quality built keyboard. The keys are mounted in an aluminum frame, and while the backing is plastic the whole keyboard feels nice and sturdy. The RGB lighting is nothing short of awesome eye candy, as well as it could easily be used to highlight specific keys for certain games or programs. The keys are very responsive, having a 1.2mm actuation distance is awesome, it barely takes a tap to press a key, especially while gaming this allows you to give the computer input sooner allowing you to have an edge in response and reaction time. I'm also enjoying typing and using this keyboard for non-gaming use as well. The USB pass-through is nice to bring a port up to desk level without adding a hub into the mix. Windows key disable button is an absolute game saver as a lot of Gamers know the feeling of bumping that key mid game and being sent to the desktop. It's nice to be able to turn it off while gaming, and turn it back on to use keyboard shortcuts while working on the desktop. The media control keys and volume control are a nice touch. Another nice feature is the height adjusters that allow you to lift the front and / or back of the keyboard. The wrist rest feels comfortable and functional. I'm loving this keyboard for gaming and everyday use.
Cons: I cannot find many cons, but I do have a few things that I think could be noted. The keys while easy to press, don't give you any response unless you bottom them out. Some users may not like this light touch that the keys respond to. The gaming keycaps feel a bit gimmicky to me, but others may like them. The CUE software has a little bit of a learning curve, but it's not bad once you get used to setting it up. I think the only other con is that I would like to see Corsair's system software include all the devices into one tray program (keyboard, mouse, PSU, water cooler, etc). One other tiny complaint is that the symbols on the number keys and other special keys are below the normal symbols and numbers, which is weird to me when I look at them.
Other Thoughts: I've been using this keyboard for gaming and general use for about a month now and I am rather enjoying it. The keys are very touchy and responsive, so be warned and informed, it's very easy to push a key just by gently tapping it. I have no real complaints with using this keyboard. Its built well, feels good and looks awesome on my desk. I'm impressed on how consistent this keyboard is with the switch actuation, each key feels very uniform. The lighting is vibrant and a real treat. All in all a very good keyboard.READ FULL REVIEW