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Pros: -- price / value
-- warranty handling
-- form factor
Cons: -- not among fastest
Other Thoughts: The Trion 150 quick-formatted in under 5 seconds then ran at a steady 25°C. (Contrasted to my WD 1TB 7,200 rpm drive running at 42°C.)
The drive has SMART, NCQ, DevSleep, TRIM, and APM integrated. The ShieldPlus program gives peace of mind: you give support the SSD’s serial number and if faulty they immediately send a new drive at no cost. Toshiba/OCZ now supports with it’s “SSD Guru” software Windows versions 7 through 10. Windows 10 will pop up a “Unknown Smart App” window and block the installation until you click “More Info” and “Run Anyway.” (My AV did not flag it.) I assume since it does low-level stuff on a drive, Windows does this. There are various maintenance settings here, like firmware updates. The software will only detect it when connected to internal SATA connector.
There is no cloning or any other software included; this is a bare bones setup. It is a strictly Toshiba-designed unit and uses Toshiba TLC NAND flash memory. It consumes under 5w at maximum power. Considering the cool running and low power usage, this is an excellent drive to replace a conventional hard disk– if the price is right. Since it only has a 7mm form factor, it will fit the tightest 2.5" laptop spaces. It moved 30GB of misc. data folders in under 15 minutes.
The 2MB sequential showed an good 505 MB/s read and 477 MB/s write and for random transfer rates, 469 MB/s read and 398 MB/s write. Other numbers show it has middling performance. The 4K read/writes results were 29 MB/s read and 94 MB/s write. IOPS measured 7,494 IOPS read and 24,252 IOPS write. The drive is peppy on real-life data; most file operations happen “instantly.” Toshiba is supposed to have built-in reliability features in this drive, but we can’t really know for a while; keep your stuff backed up!
So although not the fastest SSD, it certainly has adequate performance and good warranty. Combined with the lower-than-average cost per gig, it’s a good value.
Pros: -- price
--front and back cameras
Cons: -- screen
-- poor voice input
Other Thoughts: Quick to set up. Like any Android device, you need a Google account to fully use. The 7" screen is not the sharpest by any means, but it is “adequate.” Fonts look jaggy, thanks to the non-HD video. Some translations seem odd (“Labs” for “Tabs” in the browser??). It’s a pretty responsive tablet for the price. It has a decent feel with buttons positive smooth click. Booting plays a loud piano solo for 12 seconds even with volume all the way down (!), so don’t turn on in a quiet place. It boots in about 20 seconds and shuts down in 2s. Hitting keys produces a “tock” sound.
The voice input (with YouTube) was an exercise in futility. I said, “Carpenters”, it heard “Carpinteria, Carpenteria, Carpenteria”. There are long pauses after input where Google processes. It couldn’t understand “Frank Sinatra” and again produced the “Carpinteria” choices instead. I’m sure I’m not the best speaker, but my old Asus tablet is flawless with the same usage. The microphone or input processing need work.
The tablet originally spent a lot of time buffering and freezing videos. I looked for updates in the settings and found 2 apps downloaded and installed without permission, one was “DragonFire v2.3.” I uninstalled both. When I rebooted, the video streamed perfectly. Spyware? Speakers are good for its size.
It is hard to slam a competent device for a low price. You probably will want an XD card to use for storage. If your needs are simple and budget is limited, this may be worth considering. Great uses would be for kids and travel.
This review is from: 32 GB Toshiba Chip BLUE USB 2.0 Memory Stick Flash Mini Thumb Drive
Pros: -- works
Cons: -- separate cap
Other Thoughts: Client lost it almost immediately after I packed nearly 20GB from her drive. Transfer went OK.READ FULL REVIEW