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Silicon Power 128GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP128GBUF3B05V1K)
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5 out of 5 eggs Lots of Space and Fast! 10/18/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 128GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP128GBUF3B05V1K)

Pros: The drive has a solid quality feel and it is retractable for safety, meaning you don’t have to worry about losing the cap or breaking it. The capacity you get for the price is great. Both read and write speeds are excellent, much faster than other USB 3 flash drives I have used. The drive is skinny enough to squeeze into a USB port that is sandwiched between other USB devices.

Cons: Read and write speed are quite variable for some reason. Write speeds were varying wildly between 20 MB/s and 70+ MB/s.

Other Thoughts: In benchmarking tests, I was getting speeds up to 120 MB/s read and 74 MB/s write, with average speeds being about half that.
Finally USB flash drives are making use of the faster USB 3 interface. The previous USB 3 flash drives I have used were only marginally faster than USB 2 drives.
Overall I am very pleased with this flash drive. For the price, you get a HUGE amount of space with enough speed to make use of it.

Silicon Power 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Laptop Memory Model SP008GLSTU160N02NE
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Pros: Fast inexpensive memory that works perfectly with no errors or blue screens.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: This is PC3L memory that can work at either 1.35V or 1.5V. I’m using it in a computer designed for normal PC3 memory and it works great at 1.5V. I ran a memory tester overnight with no errors reported. Sisoft reports copy speeds in the 15 MB/s range.
The laptop I put this RAM into is an older Dell I3 consumer grade laptop and I had no problems. Backwards compatibility seems fine, at least with this particular Dell system.
Based on the benchmark speed and the reliable performance, I would recommend this memory.
If you do a lot of web surfing, a minimum of 8 GB is a must! Chrome is very memory hungry, and if you are running less than 8GB, your computer will seriously bog down once you have several tabs or windows open.

Seagate Expansion 8TB USB 3.0 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Huge Drive with Good Performance 09/15/2016

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 8TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB8000100 Black

Pros: Huge amount of storage! Fast data transfer with USB 3. The drive itself is very light and quiet. The drive case has a pleasant appearance, which is nice if you plan on putting it on your desk. The drive does not get excessively hot (> 50C), even with extensive use. It comes with a 4 foot USB 3 cable.

Cons: Perhaps the only real negative is the fact that it is a little bit expensive, although not for a drive of this size. 8 GB is on the high end of portable drive capacity. The other thing is that it is a 3.5” form factor drive, meaning it needs an AC adapter, unlike 2.5” form factor drives, which can be powered from the USB port. One additional minor complaint is the AC adapter itself. It will almost certainly take up more than 1 spot on your surge suppressor/power strip (up to 3 on mine).

Other Thoughts: I used the drive to back up every computer in my house, and it functioned perfectly. On computers with USB 3, data transfer was super fast. USB 2 is a little slow, but that is not the fault of this drive. With a USB 3 connection, I was able to back up some computers (including a full drive image) in less than one hour.
In benchmarking, the drive compared well with internal SATA drives when plugged into a USB 3 port, and the temperature never exceeded 45C. High drive temperatures have been somewhat correlated with premature drive failure. Of course, putting the drive in an enclosed space with no air circulation would make it run much hotter.
Overall I would say that this is a really nice portable hard drive and I would recommend it, mostly due to its massive capacity, portable size and excellent performance (fast and quiet).


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