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This review is from: ASUS USB 2.0 Black External Slim CD/DVD Writer Model SDRW-08D2S-U
Pros: * Stylish slim design.
* Includes additional utility disk that includes disk encryption and burning software.
* A fairly quiet drive during operation.
* Current pricing makes it an affordable purchase.
Cons: * Gloss finish really shows the fingerprints.
* Data cable end that plugs into computer's USB port could have a tighter fit. On my newer Thinkpad the plug has a little looseness in the USB ports so the laptop has difficulty recognizing the drive unless I put a little upward tension on the cable. The same ports have a snug plug fit when using my wireless mouse or external hard drive and no tensioning is needed. On my other Thinkpad, the cable has a little wiggle, but no connection problems.
Other Thoughts: * I was primarily looking for a low cost drive to do occasional hard drive images of my laptops. Since two of my laptops lacked an optical drive, I needed an external optical drive to boot my imaging software for backups to an external hard drive. Overall the drive perform well except for the cable problem on the one Thinkpad which is only two months old.
* Although it isn't a deal breaker, it would have been nice if a carry case was included for storage. Nothing fancy, a simple vinyl pouch with a velco flap would have been a nice additional for storing the drive and cable when not in use.
This review is from: LG 306G TracFone Phone (phone only)
Pros: * Good reception with both 3G and WiFi
* Easy to use.
* Light weight.
* On screen keyboard easy to use as well.
* Touch screen has a good response to touch.
* Nice screen size.
* Comes with 4gb card. More than enough storage for the average user.
* Charger cable is separate from charger base so it can be used for USB port charging or file transfers to PC.
* Triple minutes a BIG plus.
* Tracfone's no contract service and even BIGGER plus.
* Current pricing better than the Big Box stores.
Cons: * Uses Java based apps. If you are looking for something a little more techy and up to date, spend the money and get a Smart Phone. Not a deal breaker for me as I knew that before purchase, but worth the mention.
* Like all phones now a days it has a slick finish. Be nice if the manufacturer textured the case for a better grip.
Other Thoughts: * I was looking for an affordable upgrade to my flip phone as I occasionally browse the Internet and wanted a larger screen. The other item I was looking for was an easier texting screen. The keypad on a flip phone isn't text friendly for me. Although this phone is somewhat older technology it suits my needs perfectly.
* I went on-line and switched my phone number and minutes from the old phone to the new. A flawless procedure from the comfort of home.
This review is from: PNY Turbo 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD64GTBOP-GE
Pros: * Large capacity.
* Good transfer speeds.
* Current pricing and 99 cent shipping, very affordable.
Cons: * Sliding cover will permit dust and dirt inside the contact area of the connector. Not the best option for keeping in a linty pocket or dirty environment.
* Warranty could be better. Only 1 year in USA.
Other Thoughts: I did an unofficial test comparing this flash drive to my old PNY USB2 16GB Attache flash drive using the same two image files totaling 7.81GB.
* New 64GB..... read 115 MB/s write 27.7 MB/s
* Old 16GB...... read 15.6 MB/s write 9.7 MB/s
I noticed after several reads and writes the 64GB drive felt warm. I then let it cool and recorded a 70(F) temperature. After 20 minutes of continuous use the temperature rose to 74.5(F). Not an unbearable temperature, but worth noting.
Display Name: Dale M.
Date Joined: 01/28/05
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