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Pros: The Good.
The touch screen is easy to use and responsive.
Easy to see in daylight.
Decent battery life, more with Bluetooth disabled obviously.
It's basic functions such as the watch, barometer, altimeter, pedometer, alarm, calculator calendar, and stopwatch seem to work as intended. Perhaps not the most accurate on some of the information, but they do seem to work.
Bluetooth media, phone book, and calling features work as intended.
For under $20, the overall quality of the watch is pretty good.
Cons: The Bad.
Other functions don't work so well.
BT Notices and BT Camera both require a "BT Notifier" to function. After trying several it was clear none of them worked. We tried several times with a few different Android devices and several different apps, with no luck.
The sleep monitor is questionable. While it does keep the time you sleep, since you have to manually start and stop it like a standard stopwatch, the "deep sleep" information was never accurate. In some cases, just while testing in 15 minute intervals before using for long periods. It said we have restful deep sleep, while still wide awake. Overnight it would list only minutes of "deep sleep" or none at all. We tried it on a couple different people.
The documentation is virtually nonexistent and setup can be challenging for the novice user. There is no clear direction as to what "BT Notifier" app to use or how to setup the watch. Basically, you're on your own.
If the battery dies, it looses all it's data, including the date and time. So keep it charged.
Other Thoughts: Overall, it not a bad watch for the price. As one other reviewer said, it can do what your 2007 flip phone did, but not much else.
This is one of those cases where you get what you pay for. A "smart watch" for under $20. A good idea for the kids, not so much for anyone looking for a "real" smart watch or "Fitbit" style alternative.
Pros: This X99 board from Gigabyte has a lot of great features such as dual M.2 connectors, plenty of SATA connectivity, Intel Gigabit LAN, and a nice Realtek ALC1150 sound system with built in audio amplification. It also features server grade chokes, something I liked seeing.
For me this board represents a quality affordable entry into the X99 platform, so I paired it with an i7- 5820K and 16GB of G.SKILL DDR4 (2133 Ripjaws 4 - 4 x 4GB), and it performed wonderfully under Windows 8.1.
As you can imagine, gaming on the X99 platform is generous with the framerates if you pair it with a high-end GPU, or more with the higher end X99 processors. I tested this board out with a Radeon 290X and needless to say, "bottlenecks" are not issue.
To be perfectly honest, if you're looking for an affordable X99 board, this X99-UD3P is a great choice. I have been using Gigabyte UD boards for a while, across all their supported platforms, and they have always proven themselves reliable and affordable, and this one is no exception.
When reviewing this motherboard, everything worked as intended, and performed as it should have, what more can you say about it's functionality? This is a solid X99 board that brings the platform more into an affordable range for those looking to make the switch.
If you pair this board with good hardware to fit your needs, it should have no problems delivering the top performance from those parts. Great for gaming, productivity, or both.
Aesthetically, the board also looks really nice, I like the black and gold as well as the heatsink designs.
This review, for a motherboard, is shorter that most of the ones I normally do. In all of my testing it just worked, and it worked well. The level of performance you're going to get is obviously going to depend on the hardware you pair it with. The simple fact is this board is a great value and it performed flawless for me, with the parts I had to use with it.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: If you're in the market for a quality X99 board that wont break the bank, then you should be seriously looking at this X99-UD3P from Gigabyte. Their Ultra Durable line has proven itself reliable and this board makes a great addition to the name.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Affordable 480GB capacity drive with good performance for the price.
Before we go any further, lets get the benchmark numbers out of the way. I tested the drive using CrystalDiskMark x64, AIDA64, and ATTO. Reads were tested with all three applications, writes were tested with CDM x64 and ATTO.
All numbers are in MB/sec across all tests.
100MB 5 Pass
Seq Read : 498.0
Seq Write: 340.3
512K Read: 436.4
512K Write: 335.2
4K Read: 28.36
4K Write: 19.94
4KQD32 Read: 224.7
4KQD32 Write: 96.72
1000MB 5 Pass
Seq Read : 506.4
Seq Write: 340.2
512K Read: 438.7
512K Write: 336.2
4K Read: 28.50
4K Write: 18.67
4KQD32 Read: 216.2
4KQD32 Write: 89.11
4000MB 5 Pass
Seq Read : 498.6
Seq Write: 339.4
512K Read: 435.0
512K Write: 334.5
4K Read: 28.63
4K Write: 16.19
4KQD32 Read: 186.1
4KQD32 Write: 80.29
***AIDA64 Read Tests***
256KB Block Size
1MB Block Size
8MB Block Size
256K Read: 430
256K Write: 400
512K Read: 472
512K Write: 427
1MB Read: 510
1MB Write: 451
4MB Read: 526
4MB Write: 466
8MB Read: 536
8MB Write: 475
Average Access Time: 0.17ms
As you can see, it' has very respectable performance numbers for it's price point.
The drive was also tested against a couple other similar capacity SSD's from other manufacturers in real world usages based on OS load times and responsiveness, as well as video game load times. This Mushkin ECO2 SSD performs as expected, with no noticeable differences with other SSD's in it's capacity and price range.
It works great as an OS or games drive. Load times in games like Battlefield 4 and Hardline, as well as Call of Duty Advanced Warfare and others is spot on with it's competition.
As far as the drives longevity, I can't say to much about that as of yet since I have only had it up and running for a week. In that weeks time I have put it under a lot of stress with benchmarking and running multiple games on the drive. So far, no slowdowns or hints of any troubles. It's performing wonderfully. If that changes, I will post a followup.
Cons: None with this drive as of yet. Other reviewers say they had problems with drives running slowly or failing, and it seems as though Mushkin has addressed the problem and it no longer exists. They also seemed to have taken good care of their customers who did have issues with that batch of drives, so kudos to Mushkin for doing that.
Other Thoughts: The drive was tested on following basic hardware under Windows 7 Ultimate 64.
AMD FX-8350 @ 4.8GHz
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
16GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical 1866 RAM
If you're in the market for an inexpensive high-capacity SSD, then you should be looking at this Mushkin ECO2 drive.
It performs quite well, and in the event of an issue, they seem to take good care of their customers. That is a huge plus in this reviewers opinion. While it's better to not have to deal with hardware issues at all, it does happen, and it's nice to know the company will stand behind it's product and do what's needed to correct the problem.
Display Name: Robert H.
Date Joined: 05/20/09
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