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Silicon Power 128GB Elite microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 75MB/s (SP128GBSTXBU1V20NE)
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Pros: * It worked as advertised in my Mobius 1080P action camera. I took a 5-minute video and the playback looked just as it has looked with other micro SD cards with no skipped frames or pausing.

* Comes with an SDXC adapter so it can be used as standard SDXC memory card.

* The price of this micro SD card is a steal considering you get 128GB of storage space. I can store my entire collection of MP3s on this card. That’s 95 gigabytes, or 22,036 high quality songs with room to spare! At this time, the largest micro SD card on the market is 256GB, but you’ll dish out $200 for that one.

Cons: * You must use a microSDHC UHS-1 USB 3.0 adapter if you wish to attach this card to your USB port and download data with any kind of speed. If you use some cheap USB 2.0 generic adapter, you might as well go to bed and hopefully it will be done when you wake up. The card does not come with this adapter and you’ll have to purchase one separately.

* UHS-1 is good, but UHS-2 is better. Better (faster) by about 25-33%. This card doesn’t support UHS-2.

Other Thoughts: This card’s formatted capacity is 125,618,618,363 bytes (116 GB) as formatted in exFAT under Windows 7. My Galaxy Note 3 recognized it as 119,800 GB total. The card has a bright red, white, blue and yellow color scheme. I kind of like it over the boring all black that other cards use, but when it’s inserted into most devices you can’t see it anyway so it’s really not important, I mean, who buys a micro SD card based on what color scheme it uses anyway? Function and performance are all that really matter to me.

I spent a lot of time benchmarking this card with other cards to offer you a side by side comparison which I feel is more accurate and revealing than just using a single benchmark with no comparisons. I used two different benchmarking applications and four different micro SD cards with my Samsung Galaxy Note 3. You can download these apps from the Google play store.

Benchmarks:

*** A1 SD BENCH benchmark app on my Galaxy Note 3 smartphone
(The below tests are the average results of two tests.)

Silicon Power 128GB micro SD Class 10 (Review unit)
Read: 17.24 MB/s
Write: 12.39 MB/s

Samsung 32GB micro SD Class 10
Read: 17.88 MB/s
Write: 8.07 MB/s

SanDisk 32GB Ultra micro SD Class 10
Read: 18.28 MB/s
Write:13.84 MB/s

SanDisk 32GB micro SD Class 4
Read: 16.37 MB/s
Write: 4.7 MB/s


*** APLUS BENCH benchmark app on my Galaxy Note 3 smartphone
(The below tests are the average results of three tests.)

Silicon Power 128GB micro SD Class 10 (Review unit)
Read: 594.16 MB/s
Write: 10.43 MB/s
Video Playback: 45.63 MB/s
App Loading: 6561 IOPS

Samsung 32GB micro SD Class 10
Read: 647.5 MB/s
Write: 9.37 MB/s
Video Playback: 48.2 MB/s
App Loading: 6471 IOPS

SanDisk 32GB Ultra micro SD Class 10
Read: 600.7 MB/s
Write: 13.93 MB/s
Video Playback 49.46 MB/s
App Loading: 6638.6 IOPS

SanDisk 32GB micro SD Class 4
Read:598.2 MB/s
Write: 4.8 MB/s
Video Playback: 44.66 MB/s
App Loading: 6698 IOPS


As you can see, the Silicon Power 128GB card does in fact make the mark as a Class 10 rated micro SD card. It’s not quite as fast as the SanDisk card but it’s also half its price. I’m surprised that my expensive Samsung card had slower write speeds, but it’s nearly 4 years old now. Technology, am I right?

In summary, this is a superb micro SD card in terms of price per megabyte. I had no reliability issues with it and its performance, and while not the fastest, still falls within its Class 10 specifications (good performance) so it should work great in your real world applications.

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LINKSYS RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900+ Mu-Mimo W-Fi Range Extender
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5 out of 5 eggs Great AC1900 range extender! 07/16/2016

This review is from: LINKSYS RE7000 Max-Stream AC1900+ Mu-Mimo W-Fi Range Extender

Pros: * I set this router up twice, just to test the WPS and manual setup procedure. Both went very easily as I expected. I’m not a fan of WPS for security reasons, not that I have anything I’m concerned about keeping super secure, but it sure makes setup faster if you’re not comfortable with manual setup. I liked all the options available.

* Being slightly larger than my electrical outlet, it prevents you from using a power block in the second plug, but that is easily resolved with an extension cord. I put my extender on the end of a 6-foot cord and placed it on top of my entertainment center’s top shelf, hidden and out of the way, hopefully for a better signal than up against the wall down by the floor. Then when using the ”Spot Finder Technology” which is supposed to show me where to place my range extender for optimal performance, I discovered I was correct in my placement, receiving a stronger signal that was just right! It’s a nice feature, but is also available to anyone with a smart phone and a free Wi-Fi signal strength app. Nonetheless I’m glad Linksys is thinking about stuff like this for their customers.

* It’s an AC1900 extender, for extending your router’s AC1900 Wi-Fi signal. AC1900 feels so much faster than older technologies (N300), although I find it has less capability in penetrating walls sometimes and loses signal strength. I’ll never look back though.

* The extender worked fine with both my Netgear AC-1200 wireless router and Linksys EA6900 AC 1900 router. I did not notice any dropped signals when connected, and speeds felt unhindered when tested using the extender vs being connected directly to my main router. There was some slight slowdown when I ran the speed test but nothing I could “feel”, nor could I definitely correlate it to problems with the extender. This strength of the extender’s signal was outstanding, so much so that I’m using it now in access point mode as my main connection house wide. This may be because of its location over the location of my main router but I like having two strong signal points to choose from now, one upstairs and one downstairs.

* There is a Gigabit port built into this extender. Nice.

Cons: * I did not really find any cons with this router other than in order to benefit from its seamless roaming feature, you must have a Linksys Max Stream router. I really would like to have tested this feature as it sounds like an incredible convenience and I wanted to see how “seamless” the transition really is.

Other Thoughts: * Of the five range extenders I’ve used, this Linksys RE7000 range extender has impressed me the most, mainly due to the fact that it is AC1900 capable and also the many great features Linksys has included with it. Ultimately, it expanded my home Wi-Fi network as advertised with a simple setup procedure that included bonus features I did not expect to get. This signal measures very strong with no drops or noticeable slowdowns. It’s pretty much everything one could expect in a Wi-Fi range extender.

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OCZ TR150 2.5
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5 out of 5 eggs A good SSD for a good price 04/17/2016

This review is from: OCZ TR150 2.5" 480GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TRN150-25SAT3-480G

Pros: * It’s a Solid State Drive and not a platter drive.

* Includes OCZ’s amazing warranty the OCZ “Shield Plus”, which the company describes as, “…an elite, worry-free customer service experience, which eliminates all the hassle surrounding traditional support and warranty claims consumers often have to deal with.” Provide OCZ Support with the drive’s serial number (no original purchase receipt is required), and in the event the drive is determined to be defective, it will be replaced with a brand new SSD. Advanced product replacement and a paid return shipping label are also provided to minimize downtime, should users need to take advantage of the warranty coverage.

* It’s Price vs Performance/Capacity is good.

Cons: Comparing specs and performance, it’s not the fastest SSD out there but on a price vs performance ratio, it seems holds its own and presents itself as a good entry and mid-level drive. I really have nothing bad to say about this drive. Perhaps it would have been nice if it came with mounting brackets that fit my drive bay?

Other Thoughts: OK, let’s get the obvious out of the way first. Solid state hard drives rock the pants off of platter drives. If you do not yet have a SSD, you friend are officially behind the times. With the fallen prices of SSDs, their increased capacity and OS support, there is little reason not to upgrade or include one in your next machine, actually no reason at all in my opinion. The difference they make in the speed and snappiness of your PC is amazing.
SSDs are more durable. Bumps, drops, and kicks are a worry of the past with SSDs.
SSDs use less power, two thirds less power for better battery life.
SSD’s don’t get hot.
SSD’s are completely silent, no moving parts!
SSD’s don’t need to be defragged, ever.
SSD’s are less than half the weight of mobile HDDs.

There are so many benefits that SSD’s hold over HDDs it’s crazy to not own one. The only thing HDDs still have over SSDs are a lower price per megabyte and a larger capacity capability. This benefit is quickly disappearing though.

Benchmarking this drive using HD Tune Pro showed pretty good results. Here are some benchmark numbers compared to other drives in the same system of mine to compare to:
System: Intel 3.8GHz CPU, Asus Rampage Extreme III mobo, 6Gb Ram

OCZ TRION 150 480GB Solid State Drive
Average read speed: 477 MB/s
Access Time: 0.123ms

Crucial C300 256gb Solid State Drive: (An old SSD from 2010)
Average read speed: 223.8 MB/s
Access Time: 0.157ms

Seagate ST6000NM0024 Enterprise (Platter drive):
Average read speed: 164.9 MB/s
Access time: 11.7ms

Western Digital Green WD40EZRX 4tb (Platter drive):
Average read speed: 113.9 MB/s
Access time: 17.0ms

Specifications:
• Capacity: 480GB
• NAND: Toshiba A15nm Triple-Level Cell (TLC)
• Interface: Serial ATA (SATA) 6Gb/s (SATA III)
• Form factor: 2.5-inch, 7mm height
• Dimension (L x W x H): 100.00 x 69.85 x 7.00 mm
• Weight: 48g


Conclusion: You need a Solid State Drive! The OCZ Trion 150 series is a good SSD for a good price and I am very happy with mine.

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