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This review is from: APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK
Pros: Extremely long lasting battery life
Charges smartphones and other devices fast.
Multiple voltage charge options.
Cons: While the outside of the power pack is nice looking and shiny, dirt doesn't really stick to it so it always looks clean, but it scratches easily. I carried this inside of a cushioned pocket of a laptop bag, and in my hand only and it still has scratches all over it. This just seems to scratch unreasonable easy.
It comes a little large for most people to fit inside of their pocket, which is something I would expect people to want. I feel the size could be reduced a little, even at the cost of a little battery life but this is just my opinion.
Other Thoughts: I have had this device for a few weeks now and honestly I am very impressed. Since getting this power pack, I have never charged it. I have not charged my smartphone by any other means except by this device, and the device still reads over half charged after weeks of use. Trying to drain the battery for testing purposes I started using it to charge my friends smartphone when we were out and it still hasn't dropped.
This battery life seems to be unreal. I question if the battery meter might be defective. It just seems to never run out.
On the case, I do really wish that the plastic was a more durable material that wouldn't scratch so easily. On the one side it still looks good cause the dark black color, and I feel it could take a drop to the floor without breaking, people still don't want their device to scratch so easily.
Overall, the battery life, size, and charging features are what matter most. Based off the exceedingly long battery life and the ability to charge at multiple voltages makes this an excellent choice for anyone needing a power pack.
Pros: Fast Wireless 802.11n capabilities.
Extreme ease of use. Windows is able to detect and automatically set up the driver and work with this key very quickly. For any less advanced users or anyone who simply wants to plug it in and be done, there is nothing else really needed. From that it can work, and is still fast, stable, and easy to use.
Installing the driver is also fast and easy to do, and can be done by just about anyone. While this most likely in some situations will give better stability and performance, I really was unable to notice any change. This is not to say the most up to date driver is bad, as it is to say the key is really ready to use right off without issue.
Small, so usage in any sort of computer does not leave it a risk for being bent or broken.
Includes a driver CD. While this is not of big importance really as it typically will work immediately and there are more up-to-date drivers online, this is still an important detail. Without an internet connection or some other way of getting the driver offline its possible for this to not automatically load. The CD, which many do without anymore to save on the cost, allows for instillation regardless of other possible conditions.
Cons: There are no real cons for this device. As mentioned above it has good performance and easy to set up. Normally with small keys like this, its the build quality which fails. Structurally the Wifi chip seems to be very solid however. Wanting to be sure of this, I pulled on it with moderate pressure and tried bending it with my fingers with moderate pressure to see how easy it would break, and was pleased to see that it did not budge.
Other Thoughts: This is a fairly cheap and simple device, and as a result there are very few problems anyone could find fault with it. I saw below some people mentioned wifi signal issues, particularly with desktop systems, but since it functions the same this is silly to see this as a fault of the wifi key. In my desktop and laptop both, it had good connectivity. I have three internal PCI-E wifi-devices all with good sized antennas, and two other USB based wifi keys. This matched the connection strength of all but the very best PCI-E wifi card, as the others all stay fairly close to the same strength in my desktop. If any fault is seen using this key in such a condition, it should be remembered that Wifi works on a line-of-sight basis, and the more between it and the wifi sources the lower the signal strength will be. This should not be seen as a fault of the wifi key, as it is a constant with all wifi devices.
This is exactly what to buy if you need cheap easy wifi for a computer.
Pros: Metal casing feels very secure.
Excellent strategy by AMD to make purchasing quality products easier.
240GB will hold a good number of games and programs and with just a little effort to manage your data can easily be all the space you need.
Cons: Compared to my Team Dark L3 SSD that I bought earlier this year, this SSD is both $20 more expensive and a little bit slower in some tasks. This is strange since the Team Dark L3 SSD is the C Drive and loaded past 80%, and would be expected to perform worse. This is the reason I drop an egg on it.
Other Thoughts: AMD SSD
Sequential Read :389.2
Random Read 512KB:317.3
Random Write 512KB:379.0
Random Read 4KB:25.74
Random Write 4KB:79.75
Random Read 4KB QD32:246.4
Random Write 4KB QD32:210.4
Sequential Read :520.5
Random Read 512KB:321.4
Random Write 512KB:477.6
Random Read 4KB:24.77
Random Write 4KB:86.36
Random Read 4KB QD32:147.9
Random Write 4KB QD32:241.1
Both of these SSDs I tested were 240GB. I was surprised at the lower performance of the newer AMD SSD drive though. Inside of the AMD SSD is an OCZ Barefoot 3 M00 controller and it uses Toshiba 64Gbit A19nm MLC. Both of these parts should typically be higher quality. My other SSD is a much more budget unit. In addition to that, my Team Dark L3 SSD is the main drive on my computer, loaded past 80% capacity, and had some other programs running at the same time. Despite this it managed to do much better in the sequential read test and some of the write tests than the AMD SSD.
Still despite this, the AMD SSD offers excellent performance for the money. Its not the best buy out there, but it still gives great performance and compared to a hard drive makes a huge improvement. The selling of these drives under the AMD brand is an excellent idea as it helps show customers exactly which parts work well together to make it easier for even novices to build a computer.
If you are needing an SSD for your system, this is a good choice.
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