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Ed E.

Ed E.

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Most Favorable Review

Wicked fast, 225MB/s reads, 101MB/s writes!

CORSAIR Voyager GT 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVYGT3A-64GB
CORSAIR Voyager GT 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVYGT3A-64GB

Pros: * FAST. 225.8MB/s writes, 100.9MB/s writes. One of the fastest currently available. * Aesthetically pleasing. * The blue activity light is just right: Not too dim, not overly bright. * Larger than the standard Voyager so it’s harder to misplace. * Made by Corsair, one of the best in the business. * 64GB is a lot of space. I’ve had an older Corsair flash drive go bad and they very quickly shipped me out a new one, no hassles at all. From that experience, I know they stand behind their products. It’s also why I lean heavily toward Corsair’s products (not just their USB drives.)

Cons: Would be great if they made a GT version of the Survivor series. That would be the cat’s meow. I had an old Voyager die after going through the wash/dryer about 9 times (not on purpose, just kept forgetting it was in my pocket.) So they aren’t totally waterproof like the Survivor series are. This was larger than the standard Voyager. It’s actually the exact same length as the Survivor tube, although obviously a little thinner since this isn’t totally round. Maybe because it’s larger, I’ll notice it’s in my pocket before my pants go down the laundry chute. The dreaded “easy to lose the cap” still nags this design, but Corsair has been good about sending replacements to those I’ve talked to. I have a number of flash drives like this and haven’t lost a single cap yet. Older flash drives had a lifetime warranty, this has “only” a 5-year warranty. But at least they do stand behind their warranty instead of the horror stories of some other vendors.

Overall Review: Opened it up, slapped it in a USB 3.0 socket and immediately hit it with CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 64-bit. My system recognized the drive immediately. I couldn’t believe how fast this is – I was seriously blown away. About double the speed of your average desktop hard drive and half the speed of a good SSD – in a flash drive! Just unbelievable. I tested it 4 times to make sure the testing software wasn’t acting up. :) CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 64-bit results: Sequential Read: 225.8MB/s, write 100.9MB/s 512k Read: 191.3MB.s, write 2.058MB.s 4k Read: 21.05MB/s, write .016 4K QD32 Read 23.92, write .016 The Corsair Survivor USB 3.0 32GB (non-GT) gets 85.67MB/s read, 42.14MB/s write in the same system using the same test, so that gives you a bit of comparison to just how much faster this GT version is. It comes with no software at all on it, just a bare drive with 59.6GB available (the way it should be, IMHO.) Saved me from having to clean off a new drive. It comes with exFAT stock. I did speed tests between that and NTFS and they were nearly identical. Without hesitation, I can recommend this to anyone looking for a really fast USB drive that easily fits in your pocket. It’s a bit on the expensive side, but easily justifies that expense in blazing speed, reliability, and great brand reputation.

Most Critical Review

Could be a great product, but security risks sink this boat

Netgear VueZone Home Video Monitoring System  - 1 Camera Kit
Netgear VueZone Home Video Monitoring System - 1 Camera Kit

Pros: * Extremely easy to install * Very small * Can view cameras from anywhere you have a computer with internet access (and mobile devices if you pay for their premium level.) * Good range (worked within the 200' radius I was testing in.) * Color picture * Doesn't use bandwidth if you aren't viewing the camera * Web site is easy to navigate * Can be setup to email you when motion is detected, and can even a video clip to your smartphone (premium service required)

Cons: * The biggest issue to me is this solution cannot be a closed system. All viewing traffic goes through VueZone.com which can be a huge security issue. * Camera's brightness sensitivity range is rather limited. * Image is 640x480 max for motion, so image clarity could be an issue. Viewing a moderately lit outdoor scene at 640x480 is grainy. * Batteries are somewhat expensive to replace although they do last at least a month or two with moderate use. * Cannot safely be mounted outside without purchasing a plastic shell to put the camera in. * Premium access to VueZone is required if you want to use more than 2 cameras and/or you want to use a mobile device such as your phone. At $50 per year for Premium ($100 for Elite) plus the cost of the system, this can get prohibitively expensive.

Overall Review: First off, this system isn't designed as a security surveillance system. Think of this as more of a "Nanny Cam" setup where you can see what's going on at home from any internet-connected computer. With their premium service, it can do motion-based recording, which can be very useful. It can also notify you when motion has been detected by any of the cameras. The bad side - with the flexibility to see the camera from nearly anywhere, it opens up the possibility that someone else can also view your camera(s.) My credit/debit cards have been "compromised" about 5 times over the past couple of years and that's with bank-level security. Imagine what would happen if your VueZone account were compromised and your cameras are set up to view rooms in your home. It would be like having someone standing in your room(s) watching you and your family without your knowledge. There is currently no option to make this a closed system, where only you have access. Minus 2 eggs for that. Several others have complained about the CR123A batteries. These do last quite a while and aren't as hard to find as it might seem (although at around $4 per battery, they can be expensive.) They're commonly used in cameras, so nearly every department store or hardware store is likely to carry them. If rechargeables are more desirable, look for rechargeable Lithium-ION CR123A batteries by companies such as Delkin or Lenmar. No eggs removed for this, since it makes the camera smaller, lighter and easier to inconspicuously mount although battery costs can get expensive. Bottom Line: This is a great idea. Having cameras that can be installed in a matter of minutes and relocated at ease is initially better than a hard-wired system, although more costly in the long run. However, things went off the rails when this requires an external service to view your cameras. I don't care how secure their system is - anything connected to the Internet can be "compromised." As of right now, there is no alternative to an open system. For that reason alone I cannot recommend this system.

Good speeds and reliability so far

G.Skill 32GB microSDHC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter (FF-TSDG32GA-C10)
G.Skill 32GB microSDHC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter (FF-TSDG32GA-C10)

Pros: Inexpensive when on sale. Good read & write speeds for the price. Lots of capacity, yet MicroSD is so tiny! Lifetime warranty.

Cons: None

Overall Review: We purchased 2 of these for cell phone use. Prior to using any flash drive, I run Flash Drive Tester 1.14 on it to make sure there aren't any bad spots (had that happen twice and lost data.) Both of these cards passed without any issues whatsoever. Speed throughput was good: 64.43MB/s read, 17.34MB/s write average across the whole card using a good USB 3.0 card reader. CrystalDiskMark put it at 77.28MB/s read and 18.24MB/s write using a 4GB test file averaged over 5 passes. There are faster cards available, but this is good for the price. Overall, I'd give it a thumbs-up.

Decent speed for the price

ADATA 32GB UV128 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Flash Drive (AUV128-32G-RBY)
ADATA 32GB UV128 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Flash Drive (AUV128-32G-RBY)

Pros: * Cheap when on sale. * Decent speeds * Capless design

Cons: No activity light.

Overall Review: I've had some AData products go belly-up on me without warning in the past, but lately they've been doing better. Go in knowing you're getting what you pay for here. Using a 4GB test on CrystalDiskMark, this averaged 43.5MB/s reads, 31.5MB/s writes. Comparing that to 225MB/s of Corsair's GT line, this seems like a turtle, but it's also a little more than half the cost when it's on sale. It's purely a value purchase. If you're looking for something to keep your music on for your car, this is a good choice. But if you're expecting fast speed since this is USB 3.0, you might want to look at Corsair since even with their standard Voyager line is more than double the speed of this.

Works great in a Galaxy S4

Transcend 32GB microSDHC Flash Card with Adapter Model TS32GUSDU1
Transcend 32GB microSDHC Flash Card with Adapter Model TS32GUSDU1

Pros: Reliable and affordable. Decent speeds.

Cons: None

Overall Review: As soon as I got a Galaxy S4 in June of 2013, this card went in and hasn't ever been taken back out. Speeds are very good. The space hasn't come close to running out, even with about 5,000 songs on it. After 10 months, it hasn't experienced a single problem. ** Highly recommended **

Very stable and quiet power supply

Rosewill RG630-S12 - Green Series 630-Watt Active PFC Power Supply Unit - Continuous @ 104 Deg. F (40C), 80 PLUS Bronze Certified, Single 12V Rail, Compatible with Core i7, i5
Rosewill RG630-S12 - Green Series 630-Watt Active PFC Power Supply Unit - Continuous @ 104 Deg. F (40C), 80 PLUS Bronze Certified, Single 12V Rail, Compatible with Core i7, i5

Pros: Reliable. Stable voltages. Silent. Plenty of capacity. Bronze certified which does help reduce power consumption and heat.

Cons: Not modular, but that's already obvious.

Overall Review: Reliability is always #1 priority with a PSU, and this doesn't disappoint. I've built about a half-dozen systems with this PSU and have yet to have a problem after over a year. Having bought this on sale, it was a good deal. At the price, it was clearly ahead of the pack for value. There is some pretty good competition when it's not on sale, though. **** Highly Recommended (when on sale) ****