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This review is from: PNY Attaché 2 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD128TBAT2-GE
Pros: 128 GB of storage
It has not died (yet)
it is much faster than USB 2.0
It was fairly cheap at the time for a USB 3 / 128 GB flash drive
On a USB 2 port, it transfers data at the full capacity of the USB 2 port. This is actually pretty important & useful because I still service a number of computers with USB 2.
Overall, I like the feel & look; although plastic, it feels solid, it stays together (don't laugh, many flash drives don't), and the understated gray & frills-free design keep it looking professional instead of like a child's toy.
Cons: It does not transfer at USB speeds, and it does not even meet the advertised specifications (when on USB 3 ports).
It runs scary hot when large transfers, such as over 30-40 GB at a time.
It drastically slows down when it gets hot. Like, insanely low speeds. I find that I need to transfer ~10-12 GB at a time, allow it to cool, then transfer the next 10-12 GB block. Absolutely absurd for a 128 GB drive, and completely unacceptable design failure.
I am sorely tempted to give this one egg, but I get enough use out of it (SEE: Other Thoughts) that I don't have to throw it in the trash. Yet.
Other Thoughts: I continue to use it as a data storage device, but it's pretty crippled given the heating & slow-down issues. In particular, I just realize it is most useful on a USB 2 port and that it shouldn't be tasked with transfers over 10 GB at a time, then use it accordingly.
With that in mind, it does function. But, I did not buy a 128 GB USB 2 flash drive, so this makes me quite unhappy and dissatisfied with it.
I have been able to play music and video directly off this drive, and it is able to stream that data at a speed that does not heat it up and at speeds adequate that the music and videos do not get interrupted. I would put this under Pros, except that my needs for it with this sort of function are very limited. Maybe I play video off any flash directly 2 or 3 times in a year, and music maybe once a month. So, while it does seem able to meet those anemic specifications, they really do me no practical good, especially since I have a dozen other flash drives that are vastly superior to this one and were as cheap or cheaper.
Over the years I've generally been happy with PNY products (especially their RAM), but this flash drive is a real stinker. Big regrets on not spending this money on a better flash drive.
Pros: It was a fairly cheap refurb, and it lasted 15 months +/- a week or so. I had a lot to say about this before, so scroll down and see my review from 2/23/2014.
The picture and general quality of this monitor are hard to over-state. I paired this first against a Dell Ultrasharp 1920x1200 IPS monitor, and then for the past !6 months an HP ZR2740w 2560x1440 IPS.
In both configurations, I was able to tweak the colors/contrast & brightness on this P190st until they were virtually a 99% match to the IPS monitors. More than 70% of the time, this P190st served in portrait mode running at 1024x1280 and 72 Hz refresh. It was rock solid on a DVI connection, and served as the primary boot monitor and general 'control panel' monitor to coordinate all the activity on the other IPS monitors. It also was outstanding as a document reader, the reason it was usually in portrait mode.
Additionally, it ran quite cool and used relatively little power, approximately 30 watts plus a bit acording to my Kill-A-Watt meter.
Cons: Well, it died after ~15 months plus a few days. No warning.
Tried to boot, it went through BIOS, Windows login screen, made it to the desktop, then the entire screen real estate was condensed into an ~10 pixel white strip at the "true top" of the monitor. Even though it was in portrait mode, it reverted to landscape so the strip was along the top edge if it had been in 1280x1024 mode.
So, it seems the horizontal control failed in some way. No amount of dinking around with it will get it to display anything other than a bright white strip along this top edge.
Other Thoughts: I am "somewhat disappointed."
I didn't have great expectations when I bought it. And, while it was in service there were a lot of great things to say about it.
However, I really expected 2 years at minimum, especially since the service hours on it when I bought it were so low. Also (through no fault of the monitor) it failed at a time when I don't really have surplus cash to buy a replacement, so that is painful while I shop around.
Going back to a single monitor setup after having a dual display for a long time (prior to this one I had a different monitor, so 5 years now) ... well. A single monitor display right now feels like I'm really being crippled and hurts my productivity.
The main reason to submit this review (apart from the comments) was to give it three eggs and average out the previous 5 egg review.
I feel 4 eggs is fair, over all, for this monitor given what I paid and the excellent near-daily service it provided ........ while it was alive.
Now I will attempt to salvage the stand and attach a 100mm x 100mm VESA plate to it so I can use it with a different monitor. The stand is fantastic and I'd really like to still use that and take some of the sting out of losing this monitor.
This review is from: StarTech USB3S2SAT3CB USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP
Pros: Connects SSDs and 2.5" SATA HDDs to USB 3.0 ports and provides enough power to run those devices at full USB 3.0 specification.
Holie wow (since "holie" spelled with a "y" is considered an obscene word by the newegg censorbot) is this convenient and reliable! FLAWLESS VICTORY! Every. Time.
Actually is MORE reliable than three other USB 3 2.5" external enclosures I own from three different manufacturers.
I've connected over a dozen SSDs to various systems and It. Just. Werks. Every time. USB 2 ports provide plenty of power for SSDs (of course, data transfers are slower by spec).
Most times I can attach 2.5" notebook HDDs and they run just fine on USB 2 ports. Of particular note, the rather power-hungry (for a 2.5" HDD) Western Digital Black Scorpio 7200 rpm 750 GB HDDs connect & run just fine on USB 2 ports. I still try to use powered USB hubs when possible, just for safety & data integrity, but they don't appear required in MANY cases.
However, I have had occasional issues with other 2.5" HDDs, just minor interruptions. Normal quirks of running mechanical HDDs over USB 2. USB 3 has never been a problem, powered or unpowered ports.
Cable is "long enough" and "substantial" ... SEE Cons, too.
Cons: It is not an external enclosure. This doesn't really matter with SSDs, but for 2.5" notebook drives this can be an issue for anything other than a quick, temporary solution. Of course, no eggs off because this is an obvious feature that is clearly described.
Cable sometimes isn't long enough. Depends on your situation. For me this is rare and minor inconvenience.
On that same note, the "substantial" cable that delivers all that power & data throughput might be considered a bit stiff in some uses. Doesn't bother me: I'd rather have the power & data integrity.
Other Thoughts: I have since found another model adapter like this one, but with a detachable cable (by IOCREST). This is an even more ideal solution since I happen to also have 1 meter USB cables for those rare times when this 18" cable isn't long enough. If, for some reason, I had the need, I can even get 3 meter cables. The IOCREST has a thinner cable, slightly more flexible, but I have not noticed a performance difference between these. I highly recommend both ... which ever you can get on special (I paid $10 for each of these and am exceptionally happy with these products for that price).
Having two of these on hand has also been fantastic. Allows me to multitask on several systems while data flies over the USB 3 ports.
I've pushed drive images of over 300 GB across these cables & never had an issue.
I never use my external enclosures anymore. It's too frustrating to swap drives around them, plus all three of my enclosures have barfed on various data transfers under different circumstances, so I don't consider them as reliable.