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AMD Radeon SSD Radeon R7 RADEON-R7SSD-480G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Radeon R7 series SSD 480G
No problem getting the drive and hardware out of packaging. The Acronis software has to be downloaded from OCZ website and the key is for the 2013 version not the 2014. I chose to connect USB2 with special adapter cable to test the speed it could clone the original drive which was a 128GB Crucial M4 SSD. It took about 1 hour to transfer all of the info over from the old drive then swap out no problem. Next thing I did was setup dual boot with win 8.1 and win 10 build 10049. Partitioned with windows into 3 drives 2 for OS 125GB then the rest was for DATA drive, No problems there. Took about 15 minutes to install win 10 and get all the settings right. Definitely much faster than a standard HDD, which normally takes about 30 to 45 minutes (6Gb type III). It comes with good hardware for mounting the drive in a 2½” bay or using the included tray mounting it into a 3½” bay.

Cons: The Acronis that they offer uses a 64 character key to activate and it is printed rather smallish, I needed to take my glasses off and bring it close to my eyes to be sure of what numbers/letters I needed to type then of course put them back on to see keyboard was very inconvenient if they had just made it a bigger font.

Other Thoughts: CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 x64 (C) 2007-2010 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World: http://crystalmark.info/
* MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]
Sequential Read: 443.435 MB/s
Sequential Write: 469.722 MB/s
Random Read 512KB: 399.257 MB/s
Random Write 512KB: 447.169 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 23.258 MB/s [ 5678.1 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 64.542 MB/s [ 15757.4 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 245.522 MB/s [ 59941.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 188.717 MB/s [ 46073.6 IOPS]
Test: 1000 MB [C: 53.1% (65.5/123.5 GB)] (x5)
Date: 2015/05/07 6:40:59
OS: Windows NT 6.2 [6.2 Build 9200] (x64)
System
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
AMD FX-6100
GSKILL Ripjaws 16GB 2x8GB
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer
Antec 550W PSU
Lite-on Blu-ray Burner
Koutech USB 3 card reader
EVGA 01G-P3-1370-RX GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
ASUS 23" monitor (Stacked Bottom)
ASUS 23" monitor (Stacked Top)
Crucial M4 128GB SSD OS original replaced with 480GB Radeon R7
Windows 10 64bit build 100071
Windows 7 64bit dual boot

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SAMSUNG 500GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs It's TIny 03/19/2015

This review is from: SAMSUNG 500GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD T1

Pros: Very small, smaller than credit card length and width and about ¼” thick will fit in the coin/watch pocket of your favorite pair of Levis. This is truly a pocket drive. Easy open packaging; no blister packs to irritate a person. Checked the software on it, changed the name of the drive and did not use password and after that, all of the included software on the drive disappeared and none of the settings were changed. No clue as to what caused this. I used the disk management tools to partition drive to use for multiple Images of windows hard drives and one data partition. No problems partitioning them except for some reason it would not advance the drive letter as I setup a new partition, which I have never had that problem with other drives, but I just manually advanced to the next drive letter and all was happy again.

Cons: Short cable and price factor are the only things I see as a con, but price factor on external SSDs is temporary, remember back to when a 20GB EIDE HDD cost $130 on sale so it is not really a con as the price will continue to drop as they become more and more popular and technology keeps advancing.
Also if you have an old cable from external drive that has been damaged or died then you should be able to use it no problem. Even with that the cable is well made and small enough to carry in your pocket with the drive without any difficulties also the weight factor and the quality of the cable means that it can dangle from your USB port without damage to the cable or port.

Other Thoughts: Transfer speeds on drive USB2 port 11.5GB of 4515 MP3 files took approximately 8 minutes with the supplied 5” cable (tip to tip) then I changed out to a 12” cable to test it with the same folder and same USB2 port got almost exact same amount of time for transfer so transfer speed and reliability do not seem to be a factor in their deciding to supply such a short cable. Next I transferred 10.6GB of 4505 JPEG files to the drive using the longer cable and same port took approximately 7.5 minutes with all files appearing to be intact no loss of data so drive is initially reliable. Then I transferred 2.77GB, 545 document files in 94 folders of various types to the drive, it took approximately 80 seconds. After all the transfers with the drive covered by insulating materials there was just slight heat buildup so heat should not be an issue if you leave the drive out in the open.

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TP-LINK TL-WA854RE V1.2 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Put in CD read basics for automatic setup and tried to connect to both of my routers in the house but using the WPS buttons on the units I could not establish a connection so did it manually and it immediately connected to my router and initial setup was complete then moved it to the farthest room in house that only gets 3 out of 5 bars connection and now have a 5 bar connection signal. Tested speed with the extender and our normal speeds are in the 30Mbps range and with extender give up some speed to about 20Mbps range, but have a more reliable connection so worth the minor amount of loss of speed in my opinion. The unit is small sleek design to blend in and not be obtrusive to room décor Blue indicator lights are not too bright.

Cons: No Ethernet connection port, difficulty in setting up automatically for some reason perhaps due to over 14 signals in immediate area.

Other Thoughts: Arrived by shipper after being in truck outside in cold for unknown amount of time then delivered and sat outside in single digit temperatures for an unknown amount of time so the package was very cold, so the first thing I did was to take it out of the shipping box then let warm up for about 6 hours before opening to avoid possible condensation from forming in the unit.

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