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This review is from: X-Rite ColorMunki Display
Pros: The hardware works, and can profile a narrow set of display technologies. (8 bit per channel IPS panels with either white or RGB LED backlights whose brightnesses are adjusted through constant current drivers (and not PWM)
Cons: The company no longer supports this device, or any of their other ones. This means that no support for additional display technologies will be added. The problem with this is most display technologies used today, will not work with it (hence, the many negative reviews).
They advertise LCD support but do not mention the type (due to them not adding colorimeter correction data for more display types). For example, it has almost no support for TN LCD panels, No support for PWM controlled LED backlights (constant current control backlights only), no support for LED's that are not exactly 6500K (software will try to compensate for the backlight and leave you with a washed out image with horrible contrast ratio, color depth, and very little dynamic range).
These issues can be fixed relatively easily if the company would continue to support their product with new correction data, but it seems that they only release new hardware every few years, but drop support for released products in less than a year (in terms of bug fixes)
Overall, the only displays where this device will work well on, are $400-800+ IPS displays which will use top quality LED's which are constant current controlled, and panel tech along the lines of P-IPS (displays which have likely been precalibrated individually at the factory.
Other Thoughts: Do not buy this unless you can somehow borrow one first to see if it will even work on your displays. And do not hold your breath on waiting for this company to add support for whatever display technology your laptop, or desktop LCD display may be using.
Sadly this is an issue with many companies like this with products focused on the consumer level. Spyder is a little better, but still suffers from some compatibility issues that the company has no interest in fixing. The only products which still get proper support, are the top of the line spectrometers in the $2000+ range.
For the rest of us who do not make a living, calibrating displays, we are stuck with finding a display known to work well with the consumer level display calibrators, or be disappointed when a $170 purchase gets you horrible results.
Pros: In testing this card reader, it has great support for a wide range of SD cards, CF cards, and the annoying Sony m2 cards. Everything worked. (Also supports larger 64GB+ SDXC cards).
Cons: Upon attempting to use this card reader with the USB 3 ports on my gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 motherboard (which uses the Etron EJ168 chipset) the card reader promptly corrupted all of the data on my SD my SD card (to a point where the system detected the card as an unknown capacity (luckily I did not have any important data on the card).
Upon performing more test, I found that I was unable to save anything to any type of card, (corrupts data on SD, micro SD, CF, and M2), it simply corrupted everything. If used on other USB 3 ports such as ones made by NEC, it will work fine.
Upon contacting transcend about this, it seems that they are uninterested in fixing this compatibility issue as not enough of their customers use that chipset.
Overall, I am stuck using it on my USB 2 ports, and using a generic USB 3 card reader (tops out at around 40MB/s), but at least it works with the EJ168.
Overall, if you want USB 3 speeds and have a motherboard with a EJ168 chipset, then avoid this card reader.
Other Thoughts: I gave this card reader a lower score simply because they do not want to fix a compatibility issue, or at least add a function to disable writing if it detects an incompatible USB chipset, as one day, someone with actual important info will end up connecting it to an incompatible chipset, and lose a lot of important data.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SanDisk Extreme 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ80-016G-A75
Pros: Good read and write speed for a 16GB drive
Linear read speeds are 200.8MB/s and linear write speeds are 58.3MB/s (using a 1MB block size)
In a worst case 4KB block size I get a read speed of 41.5MB/s and a write speed of 38MB/s
Fully formatted, you get 14.9GB of storage and to fill the full 14.9GB, it takes about 4:50 (4 minutes: 53 seconds), and to read the full 14.9GB, it takes 1:28 (1 minute: 28 seconds)
The flash drives also seem to be pretested from the factory as these drives to report SMART data and brand new, show more writes to the device than the size of the preloaded crapware.
For USB 2.0, you get 34MB/s read and write speeds (That is pretty much the max speed of USB 2.0 and if you only have USB 2.0 and don't plan to use 3.0, then you are better off getting a cheaper drive.
Cons: It comes with crapware preloaded onto the drive, simply reformat the drive as soon as you get it to remove it (you can always download the crapware from the sandisk website if you really want to experience the definition of horrible.
Other Thoughts: If you want true/ reliable encryption, just use Truecrypt. It is freeware and has no ad/nagware, it also allows for better file management and uses encryption that has no current mathematical weakness.
If you need cloud storage, then go with the number of other services that do not try to sell you junk. Overall, it is a good flash drive and would be better if they would skip the useless software.
Display Name: Hassan H.
Date Joined: 06/04/06
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