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SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ88-128G-G46
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs great flash drive 03/27/2014

This review is from: SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ88-128G-G46

Pros: This flash drive is built very well and it's also very lightweight. 128GB storage capacity is awesome and it's very fast at USB 3.0 speeds. Durable construction with no need to worry about losing the cap for the connector since it's retractable and requires no cap like most.

Cons: I'm a little bothered by the price! This flash drive is a little on the fat side and I have had issues using it on certain devices with low clearance such as a remote USB connection on my machine at work that I use for backups. Any device built like a PS4 will have issues using this without an extension cable. USB 3.0 devices are still a bit limited so the cost isn't quite justified in my opinion.

Other Thoughts: I've been very happy with this flash drive and have had zero problems with its functionality aside from occasionally not being able to insert it due to its large body but this is remedied by using a USB extension cable. The drive works with my smart TV and with my router like it's supposed to. Built very sturdy as I carried it in my pocket full of keys and change for most of a month and its only suffered minor scratches. I've also dropped it and upon trying to catch it actually flung it into the concrete floor at work accidentally while I watched in horror as it bounced. To my surprise it came out unscathed and remains fully functional.

I'm giving it 5 eggs because it's proved very sturdy and fast with plenty of storage. The price is out in the open and as with any new tech you always have to pay a premium for it when it's new. I've never had a problem with a SanDisk drive and I have some very old ones.

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WD Black² Dual Drive 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast, Quiet, Stable, Cool, Free cloning software, Nice looks, It's a Western Digital!

Very, very nice packaging that carries exceptional build quality over to the drive itself which looks very nicely built. I had no issues installing the dual drive using the included instructions and free Arconis True Image software to clone my old drive. The instructions were written very clearly which made the swap very simple and problem free. I installed the drive in my Toshiba Satellite L555-S7001 and it made a significant boost in overall performance. Several helpful videos that are easy to access with the included USB start drive. My laptop has a new lease on life after the swap with boot times cut in half and plenty of gained performance with 4 times the storage that I had before the swap. I Had absolutely no issues whatsoever with the swap, every file and driver works like I didn't even touch the HDD except it got much bigger and faster.

Cons: Price seems a bit steep but it's new tech so I expect it to drop soon as more companies make competing drives. 5400 RPM HDD

Other Thoughts: I can't compare this to other SSD drives because its my first one but I am very pleased with the gain in performance over the standard HDD it replaced. I'm going to be looking for one of these for my desktop in the future. I've never been let down by Western Digital and this was no exception. The added speed boost to my laptop was almost like getting a new laptop and I'm very happy that I didn't have any driver issues or any software problems at all after the swap and the Windows 7 64 bit OS I cloned had been running for 2-3 years prior to the swap. I expected to need a fresh install and I am very pleased I didn't need to.

I ran, AS SSD Benchmark program and here are my results:

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Seq. 241.82MB/s - ---72.64MB/s
4K 20.21MB/s-------27.16MB/s
4K-64Thrd 103.19MB/s-----37.69MB/s
Acc. time 16.245ms-------0.145ms
Score: 148-----------------72
295

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TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 Dual Band Wireless N600 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 300Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: WPS button works great with zero issues
Gigabit LAN connection
physical on/off switch for WIFI network operation
Runs very cool, coolest router I've ever owned
Simultaneous Dual band works great, no connection issues.

Great price for this router with all the features it has. USB port works with flash drives for streaming videos, music, and pictures as well as other files. Very little setup was need to get this feature to work on my Playstation 3 console. Reliable connection with this router and the range is ok. I haven't had to reboot my network since completing my setup. Looks good sitting next to my Playstation 3. Plenty of options for customizing your network. Firmware upgrade was done without any issues.

Cons: Very large router, seriously the biggest I've had
5Ghz is the same speed as the 2.4Ghz
Lights are green on mine
Glitch in initial setup making me do it twice
Easy scratch or fingerprint glossy black finish
Occasional Lag in surfing the Internet
Setup CD is mini sized making it hard to use in my side mounted drive.
Getting windows to use the USB ports on the router take some work, funny that a game console does it by default.
5Ghz is the same speed and the 2.4 Ghz.

The first problem I ran into with this router happened right off bat. I ran the simple setup from the included disc and thought that everything was setup correctly until I tried to connect to the 5Ghz network. The first thing I noticed was that my network name was still default and my changes didn't take effect from the setup, so I tried to connect to it with both the default passwords and my own to no avail. I then went back into the setup to check things out and the router had all of my changes listed even though it wasn't using them. I ended up having to do a reset on the router and do a 2nd setup withing 10 minutes of taking it out of the box to get it all up and running correctly. Everything went smooth the 2nd time around.

My biggest complaint is that I was looking forward to having blue lights on my router to match everything else on the entertainment center but for some reason this one came with green even though the box shows blue along with all the listed pictures and videos I've watched online.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great router for the price and would be beneficial to anyone living in a WIFI congested area like an apartment building because the 5Ghz is less commonly used. Of course this only matters if your devices use this newer standard. I'm sure the range is great out in the open but from my location it's no different than all the other routers I've used in the past. Walls are walls and they seems to do a great job at obstructing the signal. I can get connection while outside however the connection is hit or miss through all my walls.

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