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ORICO 2588US3 Tool Free Screw-Less USB 3.0 2.5-inch SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure Adapter Case for HDD SSD SATA Drive - Blue
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: *Inexpensive - picked up for 12.99
*Decent Speed over USB 3.0
- Crystal Disk Mark = 250MB/s Read 238MB/s Write
on AMD 970 Chipset

Cons: *Build quality is a little on the lower side. Plastic ok, feels a bit cheap but not completely fragile. Middle of the road feeling.

Other Thoughts: At 12.99 free shipping I think this little Orico is a decent little enclosure. Sure, it isn't the fastest or have the best build quality but it's a solid purchase. I don't think anyone would be disappointed with it.

I also ran AS SSD Benchmark using my Samsung 840 Evo
241.6 MB/s Read / 220.9 MB/s Write Score 177

Then I moved a mixed file folder full of installers, documents, videos, music, pictures & movies from my Samsung 830 - 52.7GB worth. Took 12 Minutes 13 Seconds to copy it all to the 840 via the Orico. 71MB/s.

Long story short...decent little enclosure. It will house my friends old Hitachi 320GB HDD as she upgraded her Acer to an OCZ Arc SSD. Should do the job just fine.

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APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Absolutely Average Battery Pak 01/09/2015

This review is from: APC Black 10000 mAh Mobile Power Pack M10BK

Pros: *Dual USB Ports - 1.0 Amp & 2.4 Amp
*Simultaneous Charging Capable
*Sleek Design
*It Worked

Cons: *Below Average Battery Efficiency - way below
*Slow Charge Times for devices / Slow Recharging for itself
*Looks to be way way overpriced for what it is.
*2.4 Amp Port does not charge devices any faster

Other Thoughts: As an avid road warrior, I spend more than half the year on the road as a System Tech. I honestly can't recommend this battery especially at this price point. I've owned numerous other battery packs that cost well below this and out performed this unit by leaps and bounds.

Should you expect portable battery packs to lose some of there efficiency due to the way batteries are made? Sure. I'd say a rough guess is to expect around 75% capacity. So if you buy a 5,000 mAh battery you should expect to see at least 3700 or thereabouts out of it. In other words, charge a phone / device that has an 1800 to 2000 mAh battery twice.

So guess what the M10BK actually provided? 5700! That's just over 50% efficiency. Let's put it in perspective, my NewTrend 6000 battery, which is every bit of a year old charges my HTC One at least 2 times and it has a 2300 mAh battery. It easily meets my magic 75% efficiency number. So.. here are some numbers to back up my findings.

I used my HTC One M7 & Hisence Sero 7 LT Tablet for testing. The HTC has a 2300 mAh battery while the Sero 7 is rated for 3400 mAh. I let both devices run until completely depleted and I left them off for best results. I charged the battery the night before and brought it into the office and let it charge the devices while I worked.

HTC One M7 plugged in @ 9:10am on 1.0 Amp Port
100% Full at 12:06pm = Roughly 3 Hours to full.

I was optimistic, as all bars were still present. Indicating a 75%+ available charge on the battery. Next, I plugged up the Sero 7.

Sero 7 LT plugged in @ 12:10pm on 1.0 Amp Port
99% Full @ 4:30pm

This completely killed the battery, no charge left after that. So doing rough math 2300 + 3400 = 5700 right? That's just nuts. No where near the so called 10k mAh. So, how about the 2.4 amp port? I performed the test again with the HTC One and was let down.

2.4 Amp Port - HTC One - Plugged in @ 10:40am
100% charged at 1:25pm. Roughly 2.5 hours. Not exactly cutting that time in half like it should of. For reference, my NewTrend 6000 will charge my phone on its 2.0 Amp port in an hour and change.

Having said that, I just can't recommend this battery. Especially at $70.00. There are to many better cheaper options that wil completely outperform this battery. Hopefully this is APC's first try so there may be room for improvement. But until that price comes down on this unit I think you should pass.

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Visible LED Light Micro USB Charger Data Sync Cable for Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Android Devices - Black & Light Blue
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: *It's Bright and what my friend calls "USB Bling!"

Cons: *None - Works Well!!

Other Thoughts: Data transfer works great as well as charging for numerous android devices. Works great!. Purchased as xmas gifts for friends. They love it!

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Display Name: Michael W.

Date Joined: 02/27/03

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  • First Review: 12/21/05
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