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Transcend JetFlash 780 8GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model TS8GJF780
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs corrupted twice. data gone. 10/04/2013

This review is from: Transcend JetFlash 780 8GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model TS8GJF780

Pros: Fast, decent construction, USB 2.0 and 3 compatibility

Cons: Worked fine for a month. then windows 7 said no partition found. Tried on 2nd computer with XP also. Was unable to repair or locate partition using advanced partitioning tools (testdisk via boot CD, HxD, UBCDWin tools, etc). HxD Hexidecimal editor shows random data on the drive with no partition table in sector 0 (that's the problem). It doesn't even have the 55AA marker (end of sector 0) shown for those familiar with partition table repairs.

I formatted and started over. Worked fine for a week, and it corrupted again. No partition found. The drive has a problem and is not useable.

Other Thoughts: This drive has a problem and is not useable. Other flash drives work fine for years. For example my old Patriot XT 16GB survived the washer and dryer and having the USB connector bent over a bit. This one is new, it just sat on the shelf at work and quit after using it 4 times.

Koutech 4-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI Add-On Card Model IO-PU430
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs PCI slot speed 03/30/2013

This review is from: Koutech 4-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI Add-On Card Model IO-PU430

Pros: Has 4 ports.

Cons: Can't do USB 3.0 speeds, by design.

Other Thoughts: Be aware this USB 3.0 PCI Add-On Card is using the PCI bus. Not PCI-express x4 or x16. So it's limited to PCI speeds. Don't expect a lot of speed.

PCI express x1 is not fast enough either.
Look for PCIe x4 or x16 to have enough bandwidth.

Wagan 2382 Smart AC 120 USB Power Inverter
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Low quality - oveheated and melted 12/14/2010

This review is from: Wagan 2382 Smart AC 120 USB Power Inverter

Pros: Compact case design, has a cooling fan, specs look ok

Cons: Low quality plastic construction can't begin to adequately cool the internal electronics. It needs a larger aluminum heatsink and a better fan.

It overheated and shuts off with any load over about 25 watts. Tiny cooling fan is too small and can't keep up.

Can't run a 15.4" laptop, it just shuts off. It ran a smaller laptop for 10 minutes (at 35 watts) before melting the plastic case and it smells like burning plastic.

Also very inefficient, it runs hot on it's own with no load attached so it has no chance of running something else very well.

Other Thoughts: Yes, we know manufacturers overrate DC inverters by a long shot, but this one can't handle even 1/4th of what they claim without melting.


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Display Name: David M.

Date Joined: 03/06/03

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  • First Review: 11/24/09
  • Last Review: 10/04/13
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