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Pros: Installed and rebooted 5 times, boot times decreased steadily and leveled off. It is way faster than my previous HDD booting up/shutting down and starting frequently used applications. I started a few daily-use applications and closed them a few times to get the drive to commit them to flash. While some say the 8gb flash is enough, I decided to go for the 32gb flash as it'll store more for quicker loading. Can't beat the price when it comes to solid state.
Cons: Remember this is -not- an SSD and takes time/usage for the drive to determine what it needs to use the flash memory for. While a true SSD will produce results out of the box, your first boot with this drive will not produce results. A review I read showed benchmarks that indicated SSD boot performance after just 5 reboots. I took it a step further and logged in each time.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: THRUSTMASTER 2960720 Hotas Warthog Joystick
Pros: Solid construction and heavy. It doesn't come up off the desk when making sharp movements. You can also mount it on your own stand. Every other stick I've owned, you could feel the axis almost like grooves, but not with this. It is very smooth and precise which makes tracking targets a breeze. The throttle is solid as well and feels like the real thing out of a cockpit. There are tons of buttons and switches - TONS! Some are toggle, some are plain buttons in the form of switches. Keep in mind that the toggle switches are actually buttons under the hood, so if you flip one of said switches you're basically holding the button down. This can be problematic if not for one feature: TARGET software. This is a powerful tool despite it gets a lot of hate. You can program these switches to actually behave like switches instead of buttons with commands that execute when you engage and disengage the switch. There software can be used in a easy drag-and-drop interface or in the "advanced mode" source code, which, at a glance, looks like Java. I have a couple of old Star Wars sims on Steam which, at first, I thought I couldn't use the Warthog with because it is recognized by Windows as 2 devices and the game doesn't support separate devices for joystick and throttle. However, select the "Star Wars" configuration I made in TARGET and run it, it combines the two controllers into one virtual device and it works perfectly.
Cons: The learning curve. I spent a lot of time figuring things out and tinkering with it. Also, the joystick didn't work out of the box, which scared me at first. I had to go download the driver from Thrustmaster's website. Getting the joystick itself to mount to the base was a little difficult as I had trouble getting it to thread just right and I'm worried the connection between the stick and base maybe a easy point of failure. The manual did have some misinformation in it.
Other Thoughts: Games I'm playing with this: Elite: Dangerous, X-Plane, Star Wars X-wing/TIE Fighter sims.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SanDisk 64GB Ultra Fit CZ43 USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 130MB/s
Pros: It's tiny, so you can leave it in the port on a laptop. Makes it great for one of those low-capacity on-the-board storage laptops. It's USB 3, so it's fast.
Cons: It gets really hot on the underside metal. I bought the 64gb model over the 128gb because of all the reviews people wrote about the latter getting so hot - apparently they both get hot. Seems to stay hot even while idle. It's hot enough that I feel the need to pull my finger way from it to avoid burning myself.
Other Thoughts: I bought this for my sister who has a HP Stream with only about 21gb of usable space (don't buy a laptop based on it's color). I moved all of her documents, pictures, and music to it and you couldn't tell the difference performance-wise.READ FULL REVIEW