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Kangaroo Plus Mobile Mini PC, Intel Atom x5 Z8500, 4GB LPDDR3, 64GB eMMC, Finger Print Reader, Non OS, Windows 10 compatible
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: is an interesting concept

Cons: I based my purchase decision based upon the information given on the product page, unfortunately with respect to what OS you are able to install it is very misleading and incomplete. In the main page heading it states that this is a NON OS version of the Kangaroo and then it states (Windows 10 Compatible) When I see a product that says that it is Windows 10 compatible I assume that in the absence of any other information that it will work with other OS's and you can use Windows 10 if you want. I received my Kangaroo Plus yesterday afternoon and after wasting several hours trying to get Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit that I still had a valid license for to install on this device. When the Windows 7 loader is beginning it initially loads the Windows files and then when the screen comes up stating that Windows is starting it is halted in its tracks and a big Red Bar is at the top of the screen. Unfortunately it appears that InFocus has this device locked down so that the only version of Windows that can be installed is Windows 10. I personally do not like Windows 10 for a lot of reasons and I be D@$%ed if I will spend 100 bucks on buying it! It was this issue that made the novelty of this interesting concept to quickly wear off.

Other Thoughts: I talked with InFocus support this morning and they claimed that the problem is with the bios not having a comparability mode and that is why Windows 7 will not load on it. That may be the problem but I doubt it, after poking around in the UEIF bios of the Kangaroo I discovered that they installed a TPM (trusted platform module) v2 chip on the motherboard. In my opinion this is the device that they are using to lock down the PC so that you can only use Windows 10. Perhaps it is both the bios as well as the TPM chip but regardless they are design choices that InFocus has made. The thing that I find amazing is that they would sell a PC that is clearly stated to be a non OS version and then limit the end user to what version of Windows that they can use. They made this choice and I have made mine. I have decided to vote with my wallet and I just got off of the phone with NewEgg and they have issued an RMA for a refund based upon the reasons here in this post, they also are emailing me a prepaid mailing label to return the Kangaroo back to NewEgg.

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ADATA UV128 64 GB High-Speed USB 3.0 Capless USB Flash Drive, Black/ Blue (AUV128-64G-RBE)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: All I can say is that they work, you can write to them and read the data and have proved to be reliable.

Cons: Very Slow in both read and write speeds, I wish that I had not bought the 64GB model because it is so slow that it is painful waiting for files to transfer to it.

Other Thoughts: I have a collection of these pen drives, from 8GB through the 64GB and I use them on Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit as well as Linux Mint. I have not formally bench marked the performance of these drives however from my usage of these drives and looking at the write times that is provided by Windows I do not think that they are any faster than some older USB 2 pen drives. I would not be surprised that they just repackaged USB 2 drives in the USB 3 housing and packaging. If you buy them only get them when they are on sale at a steep discount.

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SAMSUNG D3 Station 5TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: is as fast as any of my USB 3 drives, very large capacity and a long 3 year warranty as most external drives now only have a one year warranty. This review is for the 5 TB model of the Samsung D3 Drive Station drive that I purchased on May 1st 2015, however I also own 5 of the 2 TB drives some 2 years old and all of them have preformed flawlessly.

Cons: there is an obvious bug in the supplied software. After seeing several reviews here comment on how their drives failed the Samsung diagnostic tests preformed right after they received their 5 TB drives and indicating that the drive failed the test. I then ran the same extended tests on my drive even though it had been performing great for several weeks and my drive also failed the test.

Other Thoughts: To clear up one thing, even though this drive is labeled Samsung, it is really a Segate drive. A few years ago Samsung sold off their mechanical drive division and Segate bought it and obviously has the rights to use the Samsung name on existing products.

I currently have 5 of the 2TB drives, some bought 2 years ago and then I purchased this 5 TB drive on May 1, 2015. My computer is on 24/7 and these drives have been constantly powered up along with my PC some for 2 years and all of them have preformed flawlessly. When I read the comments about the 5 TB model failing the long test in the supplied diagnostic software I also decided to test mine and it too failed. I thought that perhaps there was something else going on and there was nothing wrong with the drive. I also had Segates diagnostic software SeaTools for Windows that I use to check a couple of internal Segate drives. I then ran the extended tests that SeaTools for Windows provides and the drive passed the SeaTools test. I then had a long talk witth Segate Support and the tech seemed to agree with my assumption that there was something wrong with the Samsung test suite that comes with the drive. He told me that SeaTools has been a very reliable test suite and that if my drive passed its test then there was nothing wrong with my drive.

I suggested that they do not waste time trying to fix the Samsung software but to change the software by removing the Samsung diagnostic tests and replace it with a link to download SeaTools for Windows. I do not
know if they will incorporate my suggestion but even if they do not I strongly suggest only using SeaTools for testing these drives. I have not taken all of my drives apart but I did remove one of the 2 TB drives and cannot remember the model number but is was a 7200rpm Seagate 3.5" drives so I assume that all of these Samsung drives actually have Segate drives inside the case.

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Display Name: Robert B.

Date Joined: 01/04/05

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  • First Review: 05/24/10
  • Last Review: 04/22/16
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