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SAMSUNG T3 Portable 250GB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive
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5 out of 5 eggs Awesome External drive 05/08/2016

This review is from: SAMSUNG T3 Portable 250GB USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive

Pros: Lightweight, Very portable, small compact design, sleek looking external drive. Uses USB 3.1 (C) and can connect to a USB 3.0 port on a PC or alternate device. Since this is an SSD, the read / write transfer speeds are very nice for a USB connected drive. With AS SSD I get on average around the following speeds:

Seq
Read: 252.5
Write: 160.8

4K
Read: 20.5
Write: 25.4

I travel for business so the small light weight design is ideal for someone commonly on the go. This is the 250GB, however I could also see the 500GB being even better with the available size.

The device has Samsung software built in you can use which gives you the ability to encrypt the device. You can also choose to use alternates such as MS Bitlocker or TrueCrypt if you so choose. I tried this out with bitlocker to Go and it worked great as well. Which to use (if any) would be up to you and I think you'll find most of them perform around the same.
The cable is a little short (con) but it did come with a cable tie attached to keep it packed nicely.

Overall I love this little drive and it is now my default "go to" for an external drive.

Cons: The cable is a bit short, so keep that in mind.

Other Thoughts: Don't hesitate if you are looking for a solid performing small footprint external drive... this thing is very nice.

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iRULU Walknbook 10.1-Inch 32GB 2-in-1 Tablet PC - Microsoft Windows 10 OS, Quad Core, IPS Display, Metal Cover, 1280*800 Resolution, Detachable Keyboard With Stand - Dark Gray
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Pros: Small device, you get a lot considering it comes with a keyboard included, has a USB port and micro SD port. The design is fairly sleek for an affordable device, and feels nice holding it in your hands. It comes with a screensaver already on the screen. The box the tablet came in is nice quality and is similar to what you may find in expensive devices.

Comes with Windows 10 installed, a power cable, a small usb cable (which it doesn’t tell you what it’s for)

The keyboard feels pretty decent but is a little flimsy when typing. See below cons for additional info related to the keyboard issues.

Overall performance of the tablet is pretty good considering it is a lower end processor, I was surprised that it was still pretty responsive.

Comes with 32 GB of space, which is not much… but you can use online cloud storage or add a micro SD card / mini USB thumb drive to add some space.

Windows 10 seems a little buggy on this tablet, and have had some issues off and on. I’ve been debating on a clean wipe and install to see if it helps.

Decent price point for the offering compared to others in the market.

Battery life is pretty good, can use it off and on most of the day and not have to charge it/plug it in.

Cons: The instructions are pretty vague and basically for the intro to windows 10. I experienced issues trying to setup the tablet initially, had to hard power it down twice before getting it to finally work. I’m used to Windows 10 and know how to tweak a number of settings. But I was having some issues with this one.

I’ve noticed I frequently get issues with the screen rotation getting locked even though I did nothing to prompt it, and is rather annoying when it happens.

Keyboard died within the first two weeks. The tablet won’t recognize it there’s no light to indicate anything, nothing to show that it needs any kind of charging etc…

You have to be cautious with some of the windows 10 apps (games) as some of them tend to be fairly large and can take up quite a bit of space.

Other Thoughts: I tried to contact iRulu online to see what I could find for support on the tablet and keyboard. I would like to get the keyboard replaced, however trying to validate my system through their site will not work and gives me errors. I have not had a chance during business hours to call the number, but will post an update when I can get to it.

Speaker position is not in an ideal location and can be muffled depending on how you are holding it.

The power button to start / wake / sleep is a little temperamental in my opinion, you have to get the timing down, not too quick of a press, not too long etc..

The main intent for this tablet is for my son to use with school, as it is light weight, portable and convenient to take to school / classes, with a keyboard and ports to use a couple accessories as needed. Once the keyboard is replaced and working i'm confident this will meet the needs.

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CASE ROSEWILL NIGHTHAWK 117 ATX Full Tower Gaming Computer Case, Supports up to 420 mm long VGA Card, 5 Fans Pre-installed, Fan Speed Control
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Pros: This is a very large case, and may not work if you have a desk with a slot to place a tower.
Good cable management opportunity with this case, plenty of space on the back side to run the cables. However it is large, so you will need decent length for some of your cables. (example: Power Supply)

This case comes with 5 120MM Fans, two up front, two up top, one in the back. There is a removable Dust Screen on the bottom for powersupply, but not for bottom mounted fan (not included).

Front has dust screens, however they are not easily accessible. You will have to pull the front off, and unscrew part of the front assembly to get to the screens. Front fans have Blue color (only option unless you manually change the fans).

You can mount a lot of hard drives in this case. The trays are capable of a 2.5 or 3.5 in drive. There are 4 5" bays for optical drives, or additional hdd's if you add brackets / additional removable docks.

The case offers back access to the back side of the motherboard for changing CPU fan or assembly if you choose to change it in the future. I installed this with my closed loop water cooling system. Certainly offers more air flow than my previous case.

There are plenty of USB and USB 3.0 here, as well as bonus FAN controls included. So you can adjust for when gaming / doing processor /graphics intensive work. Audio ports as well which did work for me.

The mid section of hdd mounts is removable with thumb screws if you need more room for video card or are not using them and want to remove for more air flow. No rattling with this case so far. Because of all the fans, you can certainly hear it if you put them all and run it for gaming but it's manageable.

Motherboard and system install is easy, and there is plenty of room to work with. Again if you do cable management, it will take some work but this case has lot's of options to do it.

The case overall looks great and feels really solid, and while there is still some plastic, it all feels of quality material.

If you are looking for a large case that has a lot too offer (and you have plenty of room for it ;) ) then this is a good case to consider. However see my cons below for things to be aware of.

I like the case and it should last a long time.

Cons: HDD Dock at the top couldn't be used by default. The mounting of the SATA /Power Interface is too close to the edge and doesn't allow you to actually dock a 3.5 or even 2.5 hdd. You Can unscrew it and try to adjust but it didn't do much good without some actual manipulation of it which I did not do for now. I already have a dock on my desk, so not a critical issue for me but if you have great expectation for this part of the case, use caution here.

The front screens are not easy to access but if you use a shop vac / compressed air it's still doable. Would like to see additional dust screen in bottom of case.

Rubber foot stuck to the bottom of the case was not mounted well and was loose in the case. Fixable with a little glue ;)

Other Thoughts: While the case offers Decent avenues for cable management, this case already has a lot of cables to start with, so will add to the amount of cabling work you do. (number of cables comes along with all the things it offers!!)

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