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FREMO P100 10400mAh Power Bank Charger & Dual Port USB Car Charger for iPhone, iPad,  Galaxy S5, Note, Galaxy Tab, Nexus, HTC One, One 2 (M8), PS Vita and other Smartphone and Tablet (made by SCUD)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Feels solid and weighty in your hand.

High quality fit and finish.

Constructed with premium rechargeable cells.

Bonus car charger included.

Cons: Haven't found any.

Other Thoughts: Charging times:

Fully charge this power pack from AC wall outlet (via USB plug adapter) - about 8 hours.

Fully charge dead iPhone 4s from this power pack - about 4 hours.
(Remaining power - 75%)

Fully charge dead iPad Mini from this power pack - about 5.5 hours.
(Remaining power after charging both iPhone 4S and iPad Mini - 25%)

Fully charge dead Galaxy S phone - about 3.5 hours.
(Remaining power after charging all 3 items - less than 25% but still enough to charge another phone for about 30 minutes before finally running out of power.)

So, if you take this with you to go camping, or if there's a power outage, or if you just want to show off to your friends you won't run out of power anytime soon!

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Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs 1 Year Warranty - Really? 09/15/2014

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

Pros: Large capacity

Cons: One-year warranty really shows a serious lack of confidence by the manufacturer.

Doesn't have a fan or any sort of flow-through ventilation, just some holes in one end of the case. Maybe that has something to do with why Seagate provides such a short warranty?

Other Thoughts: We've had several very reliable Seagate hard drives over the years, but their warranties have become shorter and shorter. If the maker has so little confidence in the long term reliability of this drive then why should we trust it with a ton of data?

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PNY Optima SSD7SC480GOPT-RB 2.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Switched to Cheaper NAND? 08/25/2014

This review is from: PNY Optima SSD7SC480GOPT-RB 2.5" 480GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Affordable high capacity SSD.

Cons: Looks like they switched to "asynchronous" NAND chips - see "Other Thoughts" below.

Other Thoughts: First Kingston and now PNY have released value-priced SSDs which performed well when reviewed at several tech websites. Using "synchronous" NAND memory chips they achieved pretty good bang-for-your-buck Read and Write speeds. Later, they switched suppliers and began using "a-synchronous" NAND and Write speed performance is clearly reduced by a significant amount.

If you're a home user who surfs the internet, do email, play a few games or work with MS Office and similar apps then you'll probably be very happy with the overall performance of this drive because the Read speeds and access time (less than half a millisecond!) remain good and that's what makes an SSD feel fast.

If you do serious video editing or other Write-intensive work then you may wish to spend more for speedier Write performance.

Hopefully, the next generation of budget-price SSDs will have controller software which can maintain superior performance even with the cheaper asynchronous NAND .... or maybe they'll just use better NAND.

We have the 120GB version of this drive. The smaller capacity means there are fewer chips to Write to simultaneously, so the 120GB model is inherently slower than the 480GB model. But, we must have got an early version with the better synchronous NAND because we don't notice any loss of performance compared to our 120GB Sandisk Ultra Plus (another value-priced SSD).

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