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Silicon Power Rugged Armor A15 1TB USB 3.0 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The drive is clad in hard rubber (or armor is how they call it) all throughout. It is rated military grade MIL-STD-810F meaning it was tested by dropping it 26 times on lava from 4 ft away. 4 ft having been the typical distance you may accidentally drop something chest high. (OK, I did lie on the lava thing.) The test is to have it drop in different angles, the sides, front, bottom, etc and the drive doesn't have to be on. And for the reason that they have already drop tested it, I will not test it again on this review. I will just take their word for it :)

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I first plugged it to my PC and was glad that it didn't ask to install any software like other external hard drives I had before. My first task was to copy a 1G avi video from the desktop to the drive - 10.3 seconds. Copying back from the A15 to the PC took a little longer at 13.7 seconds.

I ran the Crystal Disk Mark and it posted read at 123 MB/s and write at 121 MB/s for a simple test. As for real world test I transferred 12 Gigs of all kinds of files from my Dropbox folder to the drive - 4 mins and 32 seconds.

Using BlackMagicDesign for speed test, the drive was roaring on my Mac Air with read at 345 MB/s 9 and even up to 540.0 MB/s and writes at 327 MB/s. A 1.47 Gbs movie copies at 13.81 seconds to the drive and copied back at 12.5 seconds.


Quick specs:
- 1 TB
- USB 3.o
- 2.5" drive
- One-touch back-up (which I couldn't care less)
- Win, Mac & Linux compatible
- Weight: 200g
- I cannot find any data on the RPM

A sample of this product was sent to me for review purposes.

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Silicon Power Blaze B30 32GB 90/40 MB/s (read/write) USB 3.0 Swivel Flash Drive Black
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Fast and lots of gigs for the money 03/26/2014

This review is from: Silicon Power Blaze B30 32GB 90/40 MB/s (read/write) USB 3.0 Swivel Flash Drive Black

Pros: This is one speedy USB 3.0 drive. I plugged it on my Windows PC and Macbook Air transferring and copying files. On my Mac Air it took only 12.1 seconds to copy a 1.43 Gigs movie file. Copying back from the USB drive to the laptop is even faster at it clocked at 7.31 seconds.

I did a quick 500MB Crystal Disk Mark test and it shows read at 218 MB/s and write at 88.81 MB/s.

The USB dongle is shiny black with diamond pattern. It can easily be hanged on your keychain. The swivel metal cover is an easy way protect the contacts without having to worry of losing any cap.

Cons: Not very low profile

Other Thoughts: I was shopping for a similar 32G USB drive a year ago. I couldn't find anything for under 30$ even for a USB 2.0. Amazing how the price for this goes for under twenty at the time of this review.

A sample of this product was sent to me for review purposes.

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HooToo TripMate HT-TM01 Wireless N150 Portable Travel Router / 6000mAh External Battery Pack
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Combined with the right software, my new Tripmate is just an incredibly amazing gizmo 01/22/2014

This review is from: HooToo TripMate HT-TM01 Wireless N150 Portable Travel Router / 6000mAh External Battery Pack

Pros: Multiple use gizmo

Power bank
Router
NAS (Network Attached Storage)
Repeater
Video streamer

Cons: Weak as a repeater

Other Thoughts: How it stacks up:
- Power Bank - 5,200 mAh is impressive for a combination router, charger and NAS. I have power banks with the same size but doesn't do anything except as a plain dumb charger. 5,200 mAh can charge my phone more than 2 times.
- Router - this is very beneficial in places like hotels that doesn't have WiFis but has an ethernet connection. You can plug it and instantly create your own secured WiFi.
- Repeater - If you find any areas in your house where internet connection is spotty, either it is too far from your main router or partially blocked by thick walls, you can strategically place a repeater in between the main router to extend your WiFI signal. Alas, the Tripmate doesn't do well in this area. The range is paltry and it practically dies when it encounter walls. No surprise there as it doesn't have any powerful antennas.
- NAS (Network Attached Storage) - this is where it really shines. I have three kids, 2 boys and a girl, one is a teenager, so naturally they prefer different types of movies. I installed OPlayer App (OPlayer Lite is free with ads and OPlayer HD is 4.99$. If you have multiple iPads on the same account, you only pay one time) and was amazed that it can play almost anything. 80% of my movies are MKVs, some are MP4s, some are MOVs and others are AVIs. They play almost without any buffering. Take note, I don't have 1080P movies in this hard drive (mostly 720P HDs) so I haven't tried if it will have problems playing on multiple devices in Bluray quality. But still, this little device and a hard drive is an amazing portable wireless media player.

Using OPlayer:
- Connect the USB hard drive to Tripmate
- Press the power button for 3 seconds or until the LEDs light up. Wait until the green LED become steady.
- Connect your devices to Tripmate's own WiFi. Password is '11111111'
- Open the OPlayer app and within the apps' menu press the browser (world icon) and type 10.10.10.254 on the URL
- Click Explorer icon on the bottom left (not the Disk). Navigate to your folders and select the movie to watch. Click Open icon on upper right. It will ask you if you want to play or download. Click play. Done.

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Display Name: nelson e.

Date Joined: 11/14/09

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  • First Review: 06/24/13
  • Last Review: 03/26/14
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