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CORSAIR Voyager Mini 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFMINI3-64GB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Smaller is more elegant 01/07/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager Mini 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFMINI3-64GB

Pros: I remember in 2001 when a 64MB flash drive was about $60 and very bully. In 2015 we now have 64GB flash drives which are quite fast but most are still just as bulky. When I received my newegg expert email to review this product I had half a mind to say no because I already have a Kingston 256GB HyperX flash drive that is, after 2 years of ownership, still a power house. However I never liked the size of the Kingston drive and always found it to be a massive problem pulling in and out of my pocket AND often found it too big to fit in USB slots of many desktops, laptops, ultrabooks, and smart televisions without a USB extender….and who in their daily life carries one of those? So I accepted the assignment to review this Corsair flash drive and when I first received the item I was immediately surprised by how small it was. The drive attaches to your keychain with a rubber piece (black bit in the photos) which is stretchable. I noticed the difference right away in ease of slipping this drive into my jeans which it was on my keychain and was suddenly aware how terribly in the way my Kingston drive had become in my daily life, so much so that I often leave the Kingston drive at home rather than dealing with the imposition of such a massive device both in transport but also in usage.

Cons: There is however a design flaw with the Corsair flash drive, aside from the slow write speeds which you can read about in other review (30-40MB/s write speeds, really Corsair? You couldn’t have made that faster?). I use my keys to open the drawers of my desk which are spaced 8 inches apart and when the key+keycain is left in the lock I found that I would often close the drawer on the dangling keys, thus smashing the Corsair USB drive in the process. I immediately used a knife and cut off the rubber bit and used the steel pin underneath to attach the Corsair flash drive to the keychain directly via the small key ring included in the package. This solution not only prevents the flash drive from getting smashed, but also protects it more than remaining on the rubber lanyard because the handle of the neighboring keys help to protect the body from unnecessary damage due to the flash drive “sandwiching” very well in between keys (take your keys out and try to imagine what I have described, newegg no longer allows videos/pictures in reviews)

Other Thoughts: So should you buy this Corsair USB flash drive?

1) If you must have performance (Kingston 256GB Hyper X runs at ~160MB/s read/write) and don’t mind the massive size of the flash drive in both your pocket and in the computer socket:

Then NO, There are plenty of other flash drives which are more expensive but also perform much better such as the corsair GTX 256GB which uses a real SSD controller.

2) If you have more modest performance requirements AND want the smallest footprint AND highest capacity at a reasonable price (~$30 which is quite a bargain if you think about it):

Then YES, this flash drive fits well on a keychain but I suggest cutting off the rubber bit first

As for me, I am keeping this Corsair USB flash drive on my keychain not because it is a power house even though I demand performance. Why you ask? As I mentioned before due to the size of the Kingston 256GB HyperX flash drive I never carry it around because it does not fit in my pocket AND it is often too big to fit in many USB sockets (I will not, as I am sure neither will you, carry a USB extension cord everywhere). Therefore the Kingston HyperX (and all bulky USB flash drives) have missed the point of why flash drives were invented in the first place: To be a readily available place to store your files ON THE GO. Therefore due to the size AND capacity of this Corsair 64GB USB 3.0 Flash drive I will be using it as my main form of portable flash storage for my continuing doctoral research

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Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Lens
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Light, Inexpensive, Beautiful 12/01/2014

This review is from: Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Lens

Pros: This is an impressive lens which was released 1997 and is still in production because it is inexpensive, lightweight and only one stop slower than the f2.8 Canon lenses lenses at ~1/5th the cost

Cons: Photos produced with the 1.4 MK III extender look terrible in large formats/prints but acceptable at smaller formats (about the size of a sheet of paper). Just buy the 400mm instead of cheaping out on an extender and your photos will be professional quality.

Other Thoughts: Consider the following: The 300mm f4 is ~$1400 and weighs 1.2kg, the 300mm f2.8 IS II costs $6,600 and weighs 2.4kg. With the money saved one can buy a few other lenses or a good full frame body while ALSO saving the back aches associated with lugging 2.4kg of f2.8 glass around on all day adventures.

The choice seemed quite simple to me and I am sure that you will not be disappointed. Just dont throw a 1.4 mk III extender of this lens, the results are not professional grade.

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Linksys E8350 AC2400 4X4 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router, Optimal for HD Video Streaming and Lag-Free Gaming
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Tech support was patient in troubleshooting problems

Cons: I purchased this router thinking Linksys (really Belkin) had finally gotten their act together releasing all of these AC router at the same time. I was very wrong. The router I received would not connect to my motorolla surfboard modem even after a "linksys specialist in new products" worked with me for an hour and a half. I have set up MANY routers using this modem and NEVER had a problem like this right out of the box. Even the Linksys EA6700 the e8350 was supposed to replace had no troubles, and even that router has many flaws (released during Belkin's restructuring of the company).

Other Thoughts: I have extensive tech knowledge as I used to work in IT building HPCs and now am a Ph.D Chemist. I know my way around a piece of hardware and am disappointed by the declining quality of Linksys/Belkin products. After my experience with the E8350 I am leaving Linksys forever as every product they have released since the E3000 has been terrible.

Also, Linksys should be ashamed to market DD-WRT supported on ANY OF THEIR ROUTERS SINCE THE E4200. The company has NEVER offered any real/useful tools to the community to get linux systems implemented. This is a deceptive practice by the Linksys/Belkin marketing department and if you dont believe me check how many of their routers after the E4200 have stable or ANY firmware produced by the open source community (openWRT, DD-WRT, Tomato, etc).

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Display Name: Lawrence M.

Date Joined: 01/10/09

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