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This review is from: Silicon Power 128GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Retractable Flash Drive, Black
Pros: I purchased this drive in January but used it very little until recently. It was then I discovered that although I had purchased the 128 GB model, and the drive I received did say 128 GB on the case, it was actually the 32 GB version. Perhaps mine was made at the end of a run and got installed in the wrong case.
I wish to give Newegg a very positive shout-out here. When I brought the error (not their fault) to their attention they FedEx’ed me the 128 GB version and told me to just keep the 32 GB drive. Outstanding customer service.
On with the review:
I also have an ADATA 128 GB flash drive and since the Silicon Power was in the same price range, I thought I would run benchmarks to see if either was better than the other. Both of these drives fall into the “value” category rather than the high performance category (good for the money, but not anywhere near the performance of, say, the SanDisk 128 GB Extreme model – which is about double the price).
The outcome was very interesting, and unexpected.
Using ATTO benchmarking software, the SP recorded 157 MB/s Sequential Read and 99 MB/s Sequential Write.
The ADATA recorded 111 MB/s Sequential Read and 116 MB/s Sequential Write (unusual for the Write speed to be higher than the Read speed).
Since I was mostly interested in the Write speed, it appeared the ADATA was slightly the better choice.
However, when I actually began transferring files, the SP beat the ADATA every time, and by quite substantial margins.
So, using DiskBench software (a free download), I measured the actual transfer time and transfer rate (in MB/s) it took to transfer various files sizes (both drives empty and formatted to NTSF).
As it turned out, irrespective of the ATTO Sequential benchmarks, the Silicon Power 128 GB tested far better on file transfers of 4, 8 and 12 GBs. The average transfer rate for the SP was 67.1 MB/s vs. 35.27 for the ADATA – the SP was an amazing 47.4% faster. In one case, this resulted in a 1 ½ minute faster transfer time for the SP.
So, performance wise, the Silicon Power 128 GB flash drive appears to be a much better value.
(If you are interested in an even better “value” drive, the HP 128 GB model 702 – made by PNY -- was able to maintain an average transfer rate of 104.8 MB/s and is only about $10.00 more. That is 36% faster than the SP.)
The Silicon Power 128 GB flash drive is highly recommended in its price range.
Cons: Minor: The case is not as substantial/solid feeling as the ADATA but is not flimsy, either.
Other Thoughts: Both the Silicon Power and ADATA drives come with lifetime warranties.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Price (on sale for $21.99)
Easy to set up
I purchased this product to connect to a lamp in my living room so I could program it to turn On and Off at various/random times when I was away traveling -- to give the impression someone was home.
The box is attractive and the styling is reminiscent of Apple cartons. Newegg packed it well and it arrived via FedEx three days after I placed the order.
The setup was fairly easy and I had it up and running in about seven or eight minutes. It does precisely what I purchased it to do.
Cons: A minor con (but hardly a deal-breaker). When I loaded the Kasa app and entered my time zone (via my iPhone) the "Device Time" displayed on the Kasa software showed to be one hour earlier than my local time. This caused scheduled On/Off times to not function at the proper/programmed times.
I double checked the time zone I had entered and it was correct. I was beginning to get a little frustrated, but in about 15 minutes the Device Time self-corrected to match my local time -- so all turned out well.
I only mention this in case it should happen to someone else. If your Device Time does not initially match your time zone (after setting it), the situation well correct itself after a short time.
Pros: I pre-ordered the Samsung 950 Pro before they became available and just got it installed.
My previous OS drive was a Samsung 850 Pro. The difference is amazing.
My boot time went from 24 seconds to 16.
Using ATTO Benchmark: Sequential Read speed went from 562MB/s to an amazing 2270MB/s.
Sequential Write speed went from 531MB/s to 972MB/s.
Both measurements exceed the factory specs.
The difference in "snappiness" is similar to that of moving from a hard drive to my first SATA SSD.
It is well worth the price.
Other Thoughts: I just wanted to pass this along. Shortly after I installed the 950 Pro, my boot times increased significantly with Windows 10. I found two things:
1. With respect to *some* computers, if you have "fast boot" enabled (under power options) it will actually increase the boot time significantly. My notebook's tech support people advised me to uncheck "fast boot" and that solved the issue.
2. On a few notebooks (Windows 10) I have observed that simply enabling the Auto Hide option on the Taskbar resulted in excessively slow boot times (although I do not understand why). Disabling that option returned each notebook to its former fast boot time. This is an odd thing, and I don't see the connection, but if you have disabled "fast boot" and are still experiencing slow boot times with this drive, and have Auto Hide enabled, try disabling it and see if that makes a difference. I have also seen this "problem/fix" reported on google.