Joined on 01/25/13
Great performance for the money
Pros: - Blazing fast read speeds - Unbeatable for the price
Cons: - Write speeds inconsistent - Converting to NVMe is not an easy process
Overall Review: The only thing keeping me from giving the drive 5 stars is the inconsistent write speeds. While the read speeds are always topping out at over 2,700 MB/s during testing the write speeds seem to bounce all over the place. I will see some results at 1,500 MB/s which is over the spec rate but have also seen results as low as 580 MB/s. I'm not sure why the write performance results change so dramatically but it is still always faster than SATA, so at least there is that. Changing from SATA to NVMe is still a very awkward process. Even for people with years of experience with PC's, the process always seems to be hit or miss. In this instance, the cloned drive was not bootable and could not be repaired with the Windows boot manager. I had to format the drive with a Windows setup drive, cancel the Windows installation process and then restore a saved image of the previous drive. Although I was able to keep all of the information from the previous drive, Windows would not activate and would not even allow me to use the automated voice number to activate Windows. I was required to call into Microsoft and speak to a live person to get their assistance. Microsoft was able to activate Windows rather quickly once I had them on the phone but the wait was well over 30 minutes to get a representative. I think an easy process for migrating to NVMe needs to be developed. The way things are now it is very difficult for the average user to migrate to this technology. If you aren't a benchmark junkie and don't mind spending a couple of hours getting things to work, this is the drive for you. I upgraded from a SATA SSD that was consistently performing in the high 500 MB/s range for both reads and writes and this drive is noticeably faster in day to day use. You don't need the benchmarks to feel the difference.
Gameplay is great but know requirements first
Pros: - Gameplay is very nice - Graphics pop on the right setup
Cons: - License is only for DVD. - Must install UPlay
Overall Review: When I say know requirements, I not talking only about what hardware you have. For convenience purposes it would be nice if a purchase of the license would be good for either the DVD, download, or Steam. Ubisoft does not offer that option, so once you buy the license it is only good for that distribution method. Also UPlay is required, so if you only use this one Ubisoft game, you still have to install it and dedicate resources to it for just one game. in the future I will just purchase through Steam.
Couldn't ask for more.
Pros: - Fast performance - Great price - Small size, lightweight
Cons: - None yet
Overall Review: Very fast performing drive. I have both USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 ports on my computer. On a USB 3.0 port I am seeing read/write performance at ~100 MB/s. On the USB 3.1 port I am getting read/write performance of 145 MB/s, which is actually faster than my internal SATA drive at 120 MB/s. I have had no problems with connectivity or any other issues for that matter. As it stands currently, there isn't anything more I could ask of this drive.
Good sound for decent price
Pros: - More well rounded sound than I expected - Multiple cords for connection options - Compact size
Cons: - Carrying bag too small - Ear cups could be a little larger - Plastic construction
Overall Review: Good, well rounded sound for the price. They aren't Bose but they aren't as expensive either. The provided carrying bag if too small for just the headphones much less the cords. While I like to overall compactness of the headphones, the ear cups could be a little larger. There are better headphones out there but there are much worse as well.