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Pros: -Aluminium casing. One solid piece with two plastic caps on the ends.
Green LED is not blinding in the dark, yet is noticable in bright light.
-USB mini is a stronger port than a micro one. I'm glad these drives still come with mini and recognize mini as some sort of standard. I have also owned and enjoyed drives with a USB-A female port which is extra rugged, but is a little harder to find replacement cables.
-The cable it comes with is long enough for most of what I need to do and comes with the extra usb cable for power when needed. I zip tie mine back when I do not need it and it looks pretty nice.
I have owned several Vantec enclosures now and they all seem to be quality once they're together. Don't take them apart on a daily basis and you'll be fine. If you do decide to take it apart daily, you will strip the screws.
Cons: -Size. I also own a NExtar 6g which is 1/3 inch shorter due to a smaller board.
-I like the blue LED of the 6g better in color, but that one is far too bright whereas this one is good on brightness.
-The pleather sleve it comes with is junk...but meh.
-The screwdriver it comes with is also junk, but a nice little add-on at any rate.
-The screws to screw it in are not that high quality either and are easy to strip. Take your time and apply enough pressure and you will be fine (you will be better off with your own screwdriver if you have one)
-USB2.0 (but you wont get 3.0 at this price range)
-This case picks up fingerprints whereas my 6g is brushed and hides them.
While I'm nitpicking to find cons, the ends could be aluminium too rather than plastic.
Other Thoughts: For the price, this little enclosure is excellent. I hate it when people review products without taking the price into consideration. The enclosure is a no-frills aluminium USB 2.0 enclosure. That's what you paid for, that's what you get.
If you are looking for super cheap and cosmetically pleasing long-term you may want to pick a plastic case. If you need something to protect your drive at the cost of getting scratched perhaps this aluminium one is right for you.
Note: the enclosure is designed to fit up to 12mm tall drives. so when you put a 7 or 9.5 mm drive in it and it rattles around a little, that is because no enclosure can be perfect to size when there are three different standard sizes on the market. All you have to do is take a piece of the cardboard box the enclosure shipped in and slide it on top of the drive when you insert it into the enclosure.
This review is from: HP X702 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD32GHP702-GE
Pros: Just got it and benchmarked sequencial (it on 3.0 and on 2.0.
USB 3.0 speeds averaged at 80MB/s read and 20MB/s write
USB 2.0 speeds averaged at 25MB/s read and 8MB/s write
all tests were done on linux with a sample size of 10MiB and 100 samples
Kept up to its advertised specs pretty well. Just make sure you have it on a 3.0 port with 3.0 drivers, windows people.
The rear of the drive has a spot for a lanyard or a spot to put the cap.
Cons: Speeds were a little inconsistent compared to most of my USB2.0 drives. This is honestly my first 3.0, so I can't rate it to any others.
Mostly the cons are the cheap plastic enclosure and a cap that is easy to lose. It also appears like it may wear out quickly and lose its grip to the drive.
Other Thoughts: We know that HP didn't make it. No idea who they bought it from, but it seems pretty fast. Most drives that give the speed (and perform at rated speeds) are from the big ram brands. This random branded little drive actually performs pretty quickly.
My use as an IT pro has me put and load operating systems off of it. Speed was more of a concern for me (mostly read) than size. I nearly went for my tride and true brand for the same price with 16gigs. Thought I'd give this a try. Time will tell.
I use this for an HTPC with light linux gaming. It maxes out X3 at 720p (which is no real feat) and plays 720P video on silverlight and flash. Also plays DVD's with a good tear-free quality. If I wanted to support Sony and buy Blu-Ray, I believe this card would play it without a hitch.
HDMI audio works fine.
Cons: AMD linux drivers. They really need to work on them. Every few times I boot it comes up all fuzzy which is corrected by changing the resolution and changing it back. I have tried every driver package currently available with no luck.
MSI Afterburner not available for linux.
DVI is DVI-D only. This means that it only puts out a digital signal. Many of these cards come with a DVI-I which has pins for digital and analog. Do not purchase and try to use a DVI-A/DVI-I to VGA adapter for a dual VGA set-up. The adapter will not fit.
Other Thoughts: I only use the HDMI, so I can't comment on the signal quality of the DVI or VGA connections.
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