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Kingston DataTraveler SE9 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model DTSE9H/16GBZ
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs died after 2 weeks 02/13/2014

This review is from: Kingston DataTraveler SE9 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model DTSE9H/16GBZ

Pros: at this point, none

Cons: in addition to being the slowest flash drive I have ever had, one of the two I purchased now fails to transfer large files at any reasonable speed, it sinks as low as 250 bytes/sec. Yes, that's bytes. Performing such mundane actions as right clicking a file on the drive causes windows explorer to lock up and become non-responsive as tested on 8 different computers. Plugging in the drive at all now causes windows 7 to lock solid for 5-10 minutes as it tries to figure out what in the world I just plugged into the usb port. The other one is still agonizingly slow but at least still works with 3MB/sec write... for now. meanwhile my 7 year old thumbdrive from another manufacturer is delightfully reliable and much faster.

Kingston DataTraveler SE9 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model DTSE9H/16GBZ
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Small, but very slow 02/03/2014

This review is from: Kingston DataTraveler SE9 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model DTSE9H/16GBZ

Pros: I purchased the 16 GB version of this Kingston DataTraveler. It is very small, looks decent, is pretty durable, and fits securely on a keychain

Cons: A massive con for this drive is the extremely slow write speed. This thing is the slowest flash drive I have ever owned. It writes even slower than a bargain bucket 512MB Sandisk usb thumbdrive that I bought for $9.99 eight years ago. The sustained write speed for this drive is approximately 3 megabytes per second for LARGE files. Writing large numbers of small files results in agonizingly slow speeds. have tested this thumbdrive in a variety of computers and ports to confirm that the write speed is on par with the worst I have ever tested. And yes, the finish does wear easily but that should be secondary to speed and reliability. the write speed is so abysmal that the massive discount (bought two 16GB for $20 total including markdown and coupon code) that I received on this drive is meaningless, and I would have rather paid a higher price for something faster.

Other Thoughts: Read speed is nothing to write home about, but it is decent enough. about 15 megabytes per second for large files.

Cooler Master GeminII M4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It was inexpensive. It fit on my gigabyte mini-itx board.

Cons: The worst aftermarket cpu cooler that I have ever laid my hands on. And I've seen many, so that is really saying something.

The bottom of the cooler was very rough with uneven edges, gaps, and gouges. The mounting hardware is also awkward and poorly implemented. I do not mind having to remove the motherboard from the case, but the way this cooler is engineered reeks of lack of quality. The mounting arms do not properly rest against the foam bumpers when tightened and are not spring loaded for AMD systems (why bother providing the rubber bumpers?) and also bend making the screws want to tilt sideways

The fan clips are ultra cheap and shoddy, they do a poorly job of securing the fan and are awkward to use. The fan vibrates against the top of the cooling fins when mounted. The quality of the fan itself is dubious at best.

This cooler failed to do an adequate job of cooling a 65 watt quad core amd apu with the stock thermal paste. Before making my purchase I read several product reviews on the net, and I assumed that most negative reviews were regarding people using ~100 watt processors, which was an incorrect assumption on my part. I reapplied arctic silver 5 and performance did not improve. The heatsink is poorly shaped so the fan does not get optimal coverage over the cooling fins. The cooling fins themselves could also be lengthened in several dimensions without interfering with the overall profile of the cooler - I get the feeling it was done to save on the bill of materials. This heatsink has very little copper in it and is lightweight - the mounting system is completely unnecessary. This cooler would have benefited substantially from a copper baseplate with a decent surface, but it does not have one.

As other reviewers say, the instructions provided are hilariously bad, consult them to look at the pictures only.

Other Thoughts: For a few dollars more you can get an incredibly superior product from other manufacturers in similar form factors. I didn't do all of my homework ahead of time and thought this product would be acceptable, but it is far worse than the current product rating suggests. I returned this for a refund, gladly paying the restocking fee. Do yourself a favor and skip this cooler.


Theodore C.'s Profile

Display Name: Theodore C.

Date Joined: 07/25/03

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  • First Review: 03/13/09
  • Last Review: 02/13/14
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