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This review is from: Silicon Power 64GB Jewel J80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3J80V1T)
Pros: - Metal housing
- Decent speed
- Lifetime warranty
- No activity light
- No cap to keep debris out of the connector
Other Thoughts: The metal housing of this flash drive is quite nice; it provides for a durable design that is easy to attach to a key-chain and the loop makes it much easier to pull out of a USB port. Metal conducts heat much better than plastic so this drive does get notably warm to the touch when in use, but this is a common trait of metal housed flash drives. I would have liked to see an activity light and some sort of cap (which would be immediately lost) to keep pocket lint out of the connector, but aside from these two complaints I cannot fault the design.
The flash drive was detected immediately by every computer I tried it in and the speeds are pretty solid for a budget minded drive. My drive arrived formatted in FAT32 with exactly 60 GB of free space. CrystalDiskMark benchmarked the drive with a sequential read of 132 MB/s and a sequential write of 51 MB/s; transferring a video file yielded speeds of about 120 MB/s read and 40 MB/s write. There are flash drives that are much faster than this, but they are much more expensive.
I don't have the equipment to properly test the shockproof claim, but the drive did survive several minutes of use as a cat toy on a tile floor. I was, however, able to test the waterproof claim. I put the drive in a glass of water for just shy of 23 hours and after about 10 minutes of drying, it continued to work perfectly fine. I also stress tested the drive with over 70 passes of writing and wiping the drive and it has yet to have a single problem. Plus, if something does go wrong with the internals of the drive, Silicon Power offers a lifetime warranty.
Overall, I like this flash drive. The metal housing is robust while remaining compact, the fact that it is waterproof further adds to the peace of mind, and the speeds are nothing to complain about. Couple that with the low price and the lifetime warranty, and I would definitely recommend this flash drive.
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WA860RE-E 300 Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender / Repeater with Power Outlet Pass-through, Dual External Antennas, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator (Easy-open package)
Pros: -Power Pass-through
- Fits in an outlet without completely blocking the other socket
- Physical button for Power
- Included resource CD and Ethernet cable
- The 300Mbps is really only just less than 150Mbps
- A bit hollow feeling; feels like it could be thinner
Other Thoughts: This WiFi extender does quite a few things right that others do not. It is nice to have a power pass-through and one that is rated at 15 amps at that. The size is another good point with this product; while the unit is a little thicker than I would like, it is one of the first I have found that doesn't block the other plug in a standard wall outlet. There is a physical button to be able to power on and off the WiFi extender without having to unplug the unit and whatever may be plugged into the unit.
Now for what I'm not a fan of. The LED indicators on the device cannot be turned off with the unit still on; this is not a big issue though since the indicators are not overly bright. My other complaint is the speed. As with most WiFi devices, the marketed speed is rather misleading. The advertised 300Mbps speed is both incoming and outgoing combined; the actual throughput is half of that. Factor in overhead and the maximum link speed to my primary router was 144.4Mbps. But, that is at the extender; once you put a WiFi device on the other end of the extender, throughput speeds decline to about 40Mbps in the most ideal of cases. If a device is plugged into the 10/100Mbps Ethernet port, a 100Mbps link would be possible.
The only difficulty I experienced with setup was due to a defective unit. In regards to the defective unit, TP-LINK was prompt in responding to the technical support ticket, and the 2 year warranty provides a decent peace-of-mind. Back to device setup. This device is set up just like most other wireless extenders: connect a device only to the extender, type a URL into a browser, and follow a setup wizard. The difficulty of the setup was exactly on-par with other WiFi extenders that I have encountered.
Overall, this is a decent budget WiFi extender. There are drawbacks from cost reducing and at the $40 MSRP, I'd like to see a bit more quality, but for pairing with a basic internet service (less than 40Mbps download speeds) and a decent router (greater than 150Mbps wireless link speeds) this device would serve fine.
Pros: - Water block + warranty
- Great GPU performance
- Nice aesthetics
- Better price than making your own water cooled graphics card
- A bit heavy
- Very wide (distance off motherboard)
Other Thoughts: First things first, this is not a card for someone just getting into computers. This card not only requires a lot of additional hardware (pumps, tubing, radiators, etc.), but also does not come with the standard adapters and accessories. There is no DVI to VGA adapter; there are no power adapters either. This card merely comes with two G1/4 plugs, a hex key to put them in, and a tube of thermal paste for some reason. As with most water cooling things, you must also supply your own fittings and tubing.
So this card is more expensive than a standard card and comes with fewer things and needs at least $100 in additional hardware (pumps, tubing, radiators, etc.) to even be functional; so what advantages are there to this card? The biggest advantage is a factory installed water block and a factory warranty. This means excellent cooling capability without voiding a warranty. The other main advantage is the MSI dragon on the backplate and water block. Most EK water blocks simply have a very understated text denoting what the card is. I like the additional decoration on the block and backplate and it goes well with my MSI motherboard.
The only real downsides to this card are its weight and size. While the GPU sag isn't too bad in my particular setup, the shear weight of this card does put a good amount of stress on the PCI slot. I would definitely not recommend transporting a PC with this card installed. The other complaint I have is the size. The length isn't bad, and the height is a standard two slot due to the display outputs. It's the width that may cause problems. Not only is the PCB width a fair bit greater than a Founders Edition card, but the input block to the water block sticks out even further. Before purchasing this card, I would definitely recommend taking a measurement from your motherboard to the side panel of your case and comparing it to the card dimensions listed on the MSI website.
Performance is pretty much the same as any GTX 1080 out there. The only real place this card will excel is where it comes to thermals and thermal limited performance. That being said, in a loop with my motherboard and CPU, my overclocked card doesn't get over 50 degrees Celsius.
If you don't already have a custom cooling loop and don't plan on throwing a large chunk of change at your computer to create a custom loop, this is not the card for you. But, if you are looking to get the most out of a graphics card while keeping it quiet, this may be the way to go.