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William T.

William T.

Joined on 02/26/04

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Most Favorable Review

Great addition to keychain

LaCie IamaKey V2 16GB Flash Drive Model 131106
LaCie IamaKey V2 16GB Flash Drive Model 131106

Pros: Low profile, maintenance free design.

Cons: No cap included.

Overall Review: Read: 23 MB/s Write: 14 MB/s $ sudo hdparm -tT /dev/sdc1 /dev/sdc1: Timing cached reads: 7886 MB in 2.00 seconds = 3944.78 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 68 MB in 3.02 seconds = 22.52 MB/sec $ sudo dd count=3k b.s=1M if=/dev/zero of=/media/lacie/test.img 3072+0 records in 3072+0 records out 3221225472 bytes (3.2 GB) copied, 232.007 s, 13.9 MB/s

Most Critical Review

Cheap, mediocre performance.

Patriot Signature 4GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model PSF4GUSB
Patriot Signature 4GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model PSF4GUSB

Pros: - cheap (was bundled free with another Patriot product, but otherwise $8 shipped at the time of this writing)

Cons: - cheap feeling - cap does not attach to back of drive - poor performance

Overall Review: $ sudo hdparm -tT /dev/sdb1 && sudo dd count=1k bbs=1M if=/dev/zero of=/media/8bdb3b70-083d-4dcb-a6b3-dc685004056e/test.img /dev/sdb1: Timing cached reads: 2118 MB in 1.99 seconds = 1061.80 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 28 MB in 3.05 seconds = 9.19 MB/sec 1024+0 records in 1024+0 records out 1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 235.332 s, 4.6 MB/s Read/write speeds ~9 MB/s and ~5 MB/s is pretty poor performance for this day and age. I have $20 flash drives from two years ago that run circles around this drive. (`bbs=` is actually `b s=` without the space, but it triggers Newegg's profanity filter.)

Great stock firmware, poor DD-WRT support

BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N300 Gigabit Wireless Router - WZR-HP-G300NH
BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N300 Gigabit Wireless Router - WZR-HP-G300NH

Pros: - great hardware specs - wireless n support

Cons: - poor dd-wrt support

Overall Review: This router has an Atheros chipset and therefore not supported by Tomato (only supports Broadcom). As a result I decided to give DD-WRT a try, especially since it's plastered all over the box as advertisement. Unfortunately Wi-fi performance with both Buffalo's version of DD-WRT and DD-WRT v24 SP1. This is a known issue on the forums for both respective companies. The router is rock solid on Buffalo's v1.76 stock firmware, but I didn't pay $100 for a basic run of the mill router.

You get what you pay for

RAIDMAX RX-380K 380 W ATX12V Power Supply
RAIDMAX RX-380K 380 W ATX12V Power Supply

Pros: Cheap Light

Cons: Light Noise Not enough connectors (4 molex, 1 sata) Connectors too short

Overall Review: +5V measured at 5.09V, +12V at 12.11V with a multimeter. With the computer off there is a small whirring sound from the PSU. In an Antec P180b case (isolated PSU compartment at bottom), the ATX and +12V connectors are too short to reach the motherboard sockets on an Abit AN7 motherboard. Compared to my Antec Earthwatts 380W, it's about half the weight. While that may be a good thing, I'm not sure what RaidMax cut corners on to save so much weight.