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CORSAIR 256GB USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X2-256GB
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Fast and big 06/25/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR 256GB USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X2-256GB

Pros: USB 3.0 read speeds of about 130MB/s, 1ms access times. Write speeds about 35MB/s. Good performance for a USB 3.0 drive of this size -- smaller ones will likely get slightly better speeds. Your rates will vary according to your motherboard etc.

Drive tests seem to show consistent, reliable performance. Small, but not too small. Hole for keychain or lanyard is good. Interesting rubberized grip area on the sides.

5 year warranty, and Corsair is generally considered to be good at backing their products.

Cons: I really don't like the blue color, although I guess when the LED inside blinks, it's blueish instead of black or white. Maybe that's good?

The sliding cap does not cover the connector, so if you drop this in dirt or if there is lint in your pockets, it could get in there.

A bit wide. Check the clearance on your USB ports, although most external ports will be okay (the ones in the back of your PC might be too bunched up though).

Other Thoughts: Of course, as an EggXpert reviewer, I can't test the product for a long time. This is a new product, so few people have had it for very long. We can't say whether it is reliable or not, but what you should do to get a good idea of that is to look at previous products in this line. Corsair makes pretty reliable flash products most of the time, and their thumbdrives have a good track record. It's no guarantee, but you can do your own research if you want to see how they stack up with other brands.

To see more reviews, uncheck the box marked "Item Specific Reviews." You will see reviews for drives of other capacities in this model line.

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My Book Duo 6TB dual-drive, USB3.0  high-speed premium RAID storage Model WDBLWE0060JCH-NESN
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Following up on a previous review.

Cons: This unit was left with very light use until recently. Once it was subjected to moderate use, it started exhibiting problems with the drive dropping and remounting frequently.

When this problem occurred -- and I thought it was fixed -- early in the life of the drive, I was told my unit came with no warranty. That makes no sense, so they said they would fix that issue. I assumed it had been fixed, and better yet, no warranty service needed since the drive is fixed. Now, well within the standard warranty period, I am being told again that my serial number is associated with a unit that has no warranty.

Better yet, after telling me this, they will "look into" fixing the unit, extending the warranty, etc. and then close my ticket in a way that doesn't notify me. After a few weeks, I email, I get no response, I email again, and then when I log in, I find out the ticket was closed. New tickets seem to be ignored.

This is a joke. This kind of customer service makes me want to torch my 8 disk NAS out of spite and send the flaming wreckage back to WD. I sink thousands into WD products knowing they're generally reliable and well-suited to my needs -- I don't expect this type of treatment in the rare case that some piece of WD hardware fails.

Other Thoughts: Is this worth one egg? Maybe not, but it's balancing out my previous review.

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EnGenius EGS5110P 8-Port Gigabit PoE+ (802.3af/at) Smart Switch with 2 SFP Ports
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This thing really has features that set it apart. 8 ports, 30W each up to 130W combined is quite alot of PoE. The cameras I've managed to check out and find good information for look like they'll clock in under 15W so you could max this thing out and still be under the 130W threshold. I am not so sure about wifi access points, but I think those should require less power than a camera so you're probably fine there.

The SFP ports are great for professional environments where they might be necessary (or a useful bonus).

The GUI is easy to use and works very well. The PoE management is available port-by-port.

The unit is put together nicely, and having it rack-mountable is another indication that this can be taken seriously for a small or medium (or large?) business. The thing is a tank, not a cheap plastic router for sure.

Cons: I have to agree with numerous other reviewers that the fan is loud. The AC/DC transformer is inside the unit, so now power brick -- better for rack-mounting and a bit more professional, but that means the transformer in the unit needs to be cooled, and their solution was apparently to have the fan full blast all the time.

You could probably crack this thing open and wire the fan to a temperature sensor or something, but of course that would void your warranty. Just an idea.

Other Thoughts: I don't know if this unit has any issues with heat -- with the fan going full blast, probably not, right? That's a joke, but really, I can't put enough load on this unit to really test whether it could have overheating issues -- if that's an issue in your environment, you should already know to check new hardware for heat issues if you put your gear under a heavy load.

All of my "EggXpert" reviews come with the same caveat: We are required to review these items for NewEgg within 30 days, so EggXpert reviews can't really say anything about the longevity of a product. Consult other reviews from more experienced users if you are looking for that information.

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