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Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1K)
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4 out of 5 eggs Better than the other Silicon Power drive I have, but far from perfect 10/08/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 64GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3B05V1K)

Pros: Very strong sliding mechanism. The lock when sliding in and out holds the internal part in place. This makes it very very easy to push into even very tough USB ports. The outside case of the flash drive is sturdy and looks alright. Has a hole in one end for a lanyard so that’s always appreciated.

My example came with a free download of Recuva, which is appreciated.

I can also appreciate another product from Silicon Power with a lifetime warranty. I’ve never had to use the warranty, however it’s nice to know that they offer it.

I appreciate that they included an activity light and that it’s tucked between the seam in the case. Looks kind of cool that way. It’s also worth noting that it’s just bright enough to easily see and doesn’t light up the room when blinking.

Cons: Despite the great locking mechanism, the drive is a bit hollow. This means that, while the connector isn’t going to slide out on its own, it rattles around inside the outer casing and is quite loud. This, along with the hard plastic, makes it feel really cheap. Something to prevent the rattling when the drive is slid in would have done worlds to make this feel like a more high quality product.

While the flat black/shiny black combination looks cool, I’m already covering the shiny part with fingerprints. Not really something to appreciate from a device that you plug in/unplug regularly.

Speeds are ok but not “awesome,” however this is a relatively inexpensive drive at the current price.

Other Thoughts: The smaller the payload, the better this drive performs. If you happen to have the need to move many many small files, this may be a better drive than if you’re one looking for a drive to move 200+MB size files around.

Test : 1024 MiB [F: 0.0% (0.0/57.7 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec]

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 31.431 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 30.307 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 7.793 MB/s [ 1902.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.059 MB/s [ 14.4 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 31.245 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 18.874 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 7.051 MB/s [ 1721.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.031 MB/s [ 7.6 IOPS]

Test : 50 MiB [F: 0.0% (0.0/57.7 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec]

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 32.321 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 16.673 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 8.150 MB/s [ 1989.7 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.799 MB/s [ 439.2 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 31.877 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 20.132 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 7.186 MB/s [ 1754.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.385 MB/s [ 338.1 IOPS]

OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 14393] (x64)

Silicon Power 64GB Jewel J80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3J80V1T)
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3 out of 5 eggs It's just not all that impressive, even at this price 10/05/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 64GB Jewel J80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP064GBUF3J80V1T)

Pros: Well built out of what appears to be stainless steel. I like that the loop is nice and large for attaching to keys or a lanyard. So far, it’s been quite durable on my keyring. The fact that they offer a life-time warranty is a nice touch, should you ever need to use that.

Cons: First and foremost, the speeds this drive can do aren’t really very good at all. You can see the examples in the Other Thoughts section below. If you’re going to bother to make something USB 3.0, you may want to consider making the chip in the drive a bit faster as well.

Right now, for the same price you can pick up other drives that claim at least double the speed. You can do the math there, even if it performs 50% better that this drive, I’d say that’s a deal.

I don’t always expect them to, but this drive is especially terrible at random reads and writes.

I also wish there was an activity light. It’s really the little things.

Other Thoughts: If you can get them for dirt cheap, and you’re not that concerned about speed, it’s a nicely built, good looking drive. If you need to regularly transfer a lot of data quickly, look elsewhere.

Moving 11GB worth of random files (MP3s, documents, txt and bin files etc) took around 17 minutes to complete.

CrystalDiskMark Scores

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 35.440 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 29.123 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 4.593 MB/s [ 1121.3 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.391 MB/s [ 339.6 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 34.395 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 28.313 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 3.588 MB/s [ 876.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.226 MB/s [ 299.3 IOPS]


Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 35.413 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 25.635 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 4.364 MB/s [ 1065.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.068 MB/s [ 16.6 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 34.601 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 26.005 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 3.338 MB/s [ 814.9 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.020 MB/s [ 4.9 IOPS]

Honor 5X - Metal body, Fingerprint sensor, 5.5 Inch, 1080p FHD Display, 4G LTE, Unlocked GSM Smartphone - USA Warranty - 16GB Gold
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Pros: Full blown almost OEM Lollipop unlocked smart phone for around 200 bones. Really can’t complain about that. Very little bloat came on the phone and the apps that did come on the phone I was able to uninstall without problems or mods. That I can really appreciate coming from a Verizon locked Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Along the same lines, you end up with about 10GB free. After removing apps from the phone that I consider “bloat” (Twitter, some Huawei default app stuff) that number climbed to about 10.5 GB free. The phone comes with one Micro SIM and one nano SIM slot, just in case you need two SIMs. You can also put in up to a 128GB sd card. I popped in a 64GB sd and it handled that just fine. Playing music and videos from it was as easy as it ever is on Android (depending on your app choice, your mileage may vary, I use VLC).

Overall the default 5.1.1 ROM is quick and responsive. I’d guess a lot of that has to do with the trivial amount of extra apps installed on the phone and the decent hardware inside (8 core processor and 2GB of RAM).

Display is nice and bright. I’d equate it to about the same quality as a Samsung Galaxy S4 or S5. Really, it’s pretty good. Watching Youtube and some movies streaming from my Plex server at full 1080p is really smooth and looks pretty great. See some cons/other thoughts for the YouTube tricks as mine wasn’t streaming smoothly at first (however, once that was fixed, I didn’t have an issue). The display looks great even with high def video, though I will say that keeping the brightness a little higher goes a long way with this screen.

The phone feels really good in hand what with the slightly rounded back and flat sides. I really dig the all metal construction. The finish is a little brushed metal appliance versus MacBook matte aluminum, but it’s not awful by any means. The quality of the shell almost rivals my Nexus 6P that I use every day. Fingerprint scanner is in an easy and intuitive spot making it pretty easy to use as with the other Huawei phone I’ve used (sorry, yes it’s the 6P). Reading the print and unlocking takes a barely noticeable amount of time (they really weren’t kidding about the quickness of that feature) and I’ve not been able to fake it out, which I suppose is a good thing.

It’s got an FM radio tuner built-in which actually works better than I ever expected it to. As with other phones with this capability, you’ll have to connect up some headphones as they serve as the external antenna (as well as of course, headphones). That being said, you won’t be able to broadcast the radio through the speaker but I suppose you can’t have everything. I’ve also been unable to stream it to a bluetooth device from the stock ROM due to needing the headphones plugged in.

I popped in a prepaid T-Mobile SIM card in the phone and it activated right away without any issue. Reception and call quality is as good as any other phone I’ve used on T-Mobile. Compared to my Nexus 6P running Project Fi (and temporarily forced to use T-Mobile towers only for the test) it performs nicely and call quality is quite good even for low signal areas.

The battery life is pretty good in my opinion. I was able to squeeze out about 12 hours from full to flat under general use (couple of phone calls, text messaging, watching YouTube videos etc etc.).

Cons: While the default UI is very polished, it’s very much like an iPhone ie all apps on the home screens and no access to the “all apps” section. Nova Launcher or similar with fix this little problem for free.

Huawei claims that the speakers on this phone are good, but they’d be wrong. They are passing for adequate at best. The only real benefit in their favor is that they are on the bottom of the phone instead of the back. However the sound isn’t great. Don’t expect to use it more than occasional speaker phone and showing something on YouTube to your friends. Otherwise, get a bluetooth speaker or just some headphones (I’m sure most people will just opt for headphones anyway).

Notification sounds could be quieter at the lowest setting. I found myself hearing notifications and then checking the volume a lot. One could probably get a third-party app to turn this down a bit but at stock it’s quite loud at the lowest setting for my tastes. While on the subject of sounds, the default sounds on the phone seem poorly composed or put together. A lot of them are just kind of terrible or cheap sounding. I mean, ten minutes with Zedge and you can fix that but it’s worth noting that most of the default sounds are just “meh”

Other Thoughts: I really recommend using a different launcher than the stock one. It really isn’t great in my opinion.

I find myself wondering a little why the Google Nexus 5x is so much pricier but then I remember that the front facing speakers are top notch, it has a Marshmallow ROM and it’s capable of both CDMA and GSM networks whereas this phone is GSM only.

If you want to activate on a GSM carrier, I'd recommend this phone over a Nexus 5x if you're looking to save a little money.


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