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Pros: I've had a little 3200mAh Anker battery pack for three years and it's worked flawlessly. But that's about one recharge of a phone battery today, so I agreed to accept a 5000mAh unit from Sharkk for review.
It has a couple of things going for it, aside from more juice. My Anker is a slippery little fellow and it slides off things. The Sharkk has both a non-slip surface and a flat bottom, which makes a big difference in being able to get it to sit somewhere.
I didn't think I'd care about the built-in wall plug, but it turns out to be handy for me. You don't have to change cords, just pick it up and keep it attached to your device.
Cons: There are three features I don't love, though, starting with the shaking thing. I mean, why? Why would I plug something into it that I didn't want to charge? It's a charger, that's all it does.
I'd also like to have some sort of power display. There's a tiny LED, but no way to tell how much power is remaining. That's not a big deal, though.
It's also big for a 5000mAh battery. I do understand that because of the plug it's been designed to fit into a power strip, so it has to bee sort of tall, rather than spreading out and taking up too much real estate. The downside is that makes it kind of bulky and tubular, although I'm not sure what they could do about it.
Other Thoughts: If Sharkk eliminated the shake to charge (which would save them money, right?) and gave it more than an on/off indicator, I'd be solidly sold. I would love to have full 5v charging, too, but low voltage seems to be a feature of most battery packs.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TOSHIBA 1TB Canvio Connect External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model HDTC710XK3A1 Black
Pros: Super quiet, spins up fast, small form factor
Cons: Came with touchy port, short included USB cable
Other Thoughts: I originally thought I had a DOA example, but I eventually discovered that either the end of the USB cable or the USB 3.0 socket on the HD was faulty. If I position it exactly right and don't touch it, it connects. I'd RMA it, but I bought it because I have files I need to back up right now. Quandry!READ FULL REVIEW