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CORSAIR Flash Voyager 128GB Slider X1 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X1-128GB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Nice high capacity thumbdrive 06/08/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager 128GB Slider X1 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X1-128GB

Pros: This drive is the 128GB version of the 64GB drive I reviewed earlier. Both drives perform almost identically, with my new performance numbers for this drive shown below.

First, the construction feels very sturdy. The sliding cover feels very durable and clicks open and shut with a convincing snap. The open end of the cover raises a small concern if you expect that this drive will be stored or transported in a way that might lead to dirt/debris getting into the connector, but otherwise it feels sturdy yet easy to open and shut.

Next, the little drive activity light is a nice extra touch. The light is blue but not annoyingly bright like some unshielded blue LED lights. It is just the right brightness, easy enough to see in direct light but not blinding in a dark room.
Finally, the performance was consistently fast even if I didn't get anywhere close to the specified "up to 160 MB/s" speeds. Here are the speeds I recorded on 2 separate machines, transferring a large file under windows 7:

USB 2.0
Read - 36 MB/s
Write - 14 MB/s
USB 3.0
Read - 85 MB/s
Write - 22 MB/s

Small files transferred somewhat quicker with initial read speeds showing up at over 100MB/s and write speed starting out around 47 MB/s, but with longer file transfers the speeds settled down to the numbers I listed above.

Cons: The only drawback I found with this USB flash drive is that when the cover is opened and the drive is plugged into the computer, the part of the cover that is used to pull the drive back out of the socket to remove it is made of slick plastic. This, plus the drive being new and therefore having a somewhat tight fit into the USB socket, made removing the drive a bit difficult since my fingers kept slipping off the drive. I simply found it hard to get a good grip on it and couldn't pull it straight out. I had to grip it as tight as I could and wiggle it a bit. If the sliding part of the drive cover had a matte or textured finish instead of the slick shiny finish, it would have been a lot easier to remove. As far as cons go, this is a very small one unless you expect to have to reach behind the computer to repeatedly plug in and unplug this drive using a USB port on the rear of the computer. It was only a problem when I was using a rear port surrounded by other cables that made it hard to get a good grip on it.

Other Thoughts: I've had a chance to use both this thumbdrive and its smaller 64GB sibling. The drives are essentially identical, offering good performance for the price.

Overall this drive seems to be pretty high quality. The durable-feeling construction, the nice and not too bright activity light, and USB 3.0 speeds make it a very attractive drive. The slight negative of the shiny/slick cover making it a bit hard to grip for removal is only an issue if you're going to be unplugging this repeatedly from a cramped rear USB port. I recommend this drive to anyone who needs a nice durable USB 3.0 flash drive.

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CORSAIR Flash Voyager 64GB Slider X1 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X1-64GB
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Nice little thumbdrive 04/21/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager 64GB Slider X1 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X1-64GB

Pros: This is a very nice little thumbdrive from Corsair. There are several nice features that I like.

First, the construction feels very sturdy. The sliding cover feels very durable and clicks open and shut with a convincing snap. The open end of the cover raises a small concern if you expect that this drive will be stored or transported in a way that might lead to dirt/debris getting into the connector, but otherwise it feels sturdy yet easy to open and shut.
Next, the little drive activity light is a nice extra touch. The light is blue but not annoyingly bright like some unshielded blue LED lights. It is just the right brightness, easy enough to see in direct light but not blinding in a dark room.
Finally, the performance was consistently fast even if I didn't get anywhere close to the specified "up to 160 MB/s" speeds. Here are the speeds I recorded on 2 separate machines, transferring a large file under windows 7:

USB 2.0
Read - 35 MB/s
Write - 15 MB/s
USB 3.0
Read - 83 MB/s
Write - 20 MB/s

Small files transferred somewhat quicker with initial read speeds showing up at over 100MB/s and write speed starting out around 45 MB/s, but with longer file transfers the speeds settled down to the numbers I listed above.

Cons: The only drawback I found with this USB flash drive is that when the cover is opened and the drive is plugged into the computer, the part of the cover that is used to pull the drive back out of the socket to remove it is made of slick plastic. This, plus the drive being new and therefore having a somewhat tight fit into the USB socket, made removing the drive a bit difficult since my fingers kept slipping off the drive. I simply found it hard to get a good grip on it and couldn't pull it straight out. I had to grip it as tight as I could and wiggle it a bit. If the sliding part of the drive cover had a matte or textured finish instead of the slick shiny finish, it would have been a lot easier to remove. As far as cons go, this is a very small one unless you expect to have to reach behind the computer to repeatedly plug in and unplug this drive using a USB port on the rear of the computer. It was only a problem when I was using a rear port surrounded by other cables that made it hard to get a good grip on it.

Other Thoughts: It's a small thing and not really a pro or con for the drive itself, but I was pleased to see that the packaging of the flash drive did not require scissors or any unusual measures to open. I was able to get the package open with my fingers without any frustration, a nice change after fighting tamper-resistant packaging common with other brands and devices.

Overall this drive seems to be pretty high quality. The durable-feeling construction, the nice and not too bright activity light, and USB 3.0 speeds make it a very attractive drive. The slight negative of the shiny/slick cover making it a bit hard to grip for removal is only an issue if you're going to be unplugging this repeatedly from a cramped rear USB port. I recommend this drive to anyone who needs a nice durable USB 3.0 flash drive.

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TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Very nice router with good extra features 01/12/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer C9 Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router

Pros: This router is a very nice upgrade to my slightly older dual-band wireless router. It has all the latest technology features, and some useful "extra" features that ensure it will remain active in my home network for a long time. The best features in my opinion are:
Dual band WiFi up to 802.11ac
All Ethernet ports are gigabit Ethernet
Dual USB ports, one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0
Parental Control features with whitelisting, blacklisting, and the ability to control when the internet is available to network users
Web administration app has reasonably good help documentation built right in to the administration interface

Cons: I had some difficulty getting the wifi bridging to work, however I think I was doing something wrong. Some additional documentation on how to set up wifi bridging would have helped quite a bit.

The security settings to change the router's administration password was buried waaaay down at the bottom of the admin pages, instead of prominently up top where it belongs. Changing the admin and wifi passwords IMMEDIATELY is very important when setting up a new router, and I had to dig around a bit to find the three menus to change all of the required passwords. Also, I could not find a way to disable administrative access through wifi, a nice feature to help keep drive-by hackers from even attempting to change router settings.

Parental controls doesn't have a feature to use any of the various "free" automatic whitelist/blacklist web site services out there. There are a few free services that offer no-charge parental control lists for child safe websites, and a parental control feature using one of these free service would have been nice.

Other Thoughts: My home/home office network consists of an extensive wired gigabit Ethernet network, powerline networking with 4 nodes, and dual-band wifi. When I received this new TP-Link dual band gigabit router and saw its feature list, I immediately thought that I would set it up as a virtual sandbox for my young son's network use. He is in elementary school, and needs a safe computing environment. Key features for this include USB storage with configurable access restrictions and sharing, USB print server, and the ability to use parental controls to whitelist or blacklist various websites and also to set specific times for when the internet would be available for his use.
Setup for all of this was very easy due to the nice administrative user interface. The only thing that would have been better about the admin interface would have been more explanation about WHY certain features would be enabled or configured, instead of just how to turn them on and off. Still, in less than 30 minutes, I had configured this router to provide internet access for my son from after school to bedtime, had enabled USB networking storage for him to store files and backups, blacklisted several known bad sites, and specifically allowed access to sites he needs for school.

As a final bonus, I walked my laptop around my house and was pleased to find that wifi signal strength, both 2.4 and 5 ghz, was pretty much as expected with no surprise dropouts and decent signal strength. The included 3 antennas can be turned in different directions, which may help if you find that certain parts of your house get a weak signal for some reason.

Overall I think this is a very nice wireless router, and certainly features like USB 3.0 and gigabit Ethernet ports make it a very current and up to date product. I highly recommend this router for anyone looking for a feature-rich wireless router. It doesn't offer gimmicky "cloud" sharing services like some of the other major brands, but I don't trust those anyhow so I'm actually glad those features were not included since I didn't have to turn them off. This router offered exactly what I needed to extend internet and network storage on my LAN, and it has proven itself reliable and more than fast enough for the job.

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