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Jamal T.

Jamal T.

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent Reader

Kingston FCR-MLG3 USB 3.0 Support SD/ SDHC/ SDXC, microSD/ SDHC/ SDXC and MSPD Card Reader Black/ Blue
Kingston FCR-MLG3 USB 3.0 Support SD/ SDHC/ SDXC, microSD/ SDHC/ SDXC and MSPD Card Reader Black/ Blue

Pros: Fast read and write speeds with good SD and MicroSD cards. Simple, but clever design protects the connector and the reader slots.

Cons: The boxy design blocks ports it the ports are stacked. It would be nice if it included a short (3 inches would suffice) extension cable that allowed it to just use a single USB port. The activity light is a bit too recessed and hard to see.

Overall Review: This reader on a USB 3.0 port has let me easily determine which of my SD & MicroSD (plus HC and XC variants) have slow read and more importantly slow write speeds.

Most Critical Review

NOT the product pictured.

Nippon Labs SATA-0.5-MINI 1.6 FT. Mini SATA II Male to Male Ultra Thin Cable with Locking Latch, Red
Nippon Labs SATA-0.5-MINI 1.6 FT. Mini SATA II Male to Male Ultra Thin Cable with Locking Latch, Red

Pros: They work.

Cons: The cables pictured do NOT match what was delivered. The cables I received have a large standard head and comparatively thick cable. I've purchased the cables pictured before, and they seem to have the same part number - SATA-0.5-MINI, but that's not what I got. This is not the first time this has happened; I hoped this was just a factory mislabeling, but it doesn't appear to be the case. The pictures show the difference in what you receive now vs what the product page shows and what you used to get.

Overall Review: It seems like the part being sold as SATA-0.5-MINI was swapped with a standard SATA cable, which is disappointing. Going to try Rosewill RCDV-11011cables, which seem to have the correct connector. Hopefully they will be as reliable as the original SATA-0.5-MINI was before the product was changed.

NIce assortment of cables, but needed more right angle connectors. and the motherboard power cables are just too short.

Silverstone SST-PP05-E Flat Flexible Short Cable Set for SilverStone Modular PSUs
Silverstone SST-PP05-E Flat Flexible Short Cable Set for SilverStone Modular PSUs

Pros: Much more flexible than the ones that came with the PSU. As another reviewer mentioned these shoudl be what comes with the PSU, not as a separate accessory. Nice that it comes with a micro SATA power connector for use with slimline optical drives.

Cons: The ATX 4/8 and 20/24 pin power cables are about 4 inches shorter than I need for use in a Silverstone ML03 HTPC case. It' s partly because the 24 Pin connector on my Mini-ITX motherboard is on the right edge, but a 14" or 15" cable would likely allow me to use this set with that case. As it is, can't use the PSU or these cables with the case at all. I've got a Lian-Li case this should work well in, which is a little ironic. I could get an extension for the 24 pin connector, but those generally look awful. Also, the cables have no labeling, which is annoying, but not show stopping.

Overall Review: The cable length shouldn't be an issue for boards with the 24 pin connector on the front edge of the board, or cases with the PSU to the right or above the motherboard. A 1.5 foot version of this kit would fit my needs and probably anyone else trying to use this with a Silverstone HTPC/desktop case.

11/20/2017

Seemed OK at first, but glad I backed up my data

PNY 128GB microSDXC High Performance 128GB High Speed MicroSDXC Model P-SDUX128U1-GE
PNY 128GB microSDXC High Performance 128GB High Speed MicroSDXC Model P-SDUX128U1-GE

Pros: At the time it was a decent price for the capacity.

Cons: - Performance was never very good, and it effectively died over the past two days. - Kept disappearing and reappearing in my Galaxy Tab S 10.5, causing a reboot cycle on the device. I wound up having to do a factory reset, but now that I know the card is bad, I may have been able to avoid that. It's fine now with a Sandisk card in it. - Couldn't format it or wipe it on any device or PC, but I was able to get my data off of it. - Since I can't wipe it, it'll need to be destroyed. - I have a different model card from PNY in two devices, but the way this one failed has me planning to replace them with another brand - probably Sandisk, Samsung or Kingston. No more PNY for me or my devices.

Overall Review: Would NOT recommend this product to anyone. The failure made it seem like my tablet was failing, when it was the card flaking out the whole time.

It's a party light.

GE Lighting Energy Smart Color LED Party Light 1-Watt (15-Watt Equivalent) Blue A15 Light Bulb with Medium Base
GE Lighting Energy Smart Color LED Party Light 1-Watt (15-Watt Equivalent) Blue A15 Light Bulb with Medium Base

Pros: It's blue, and the light it gives off is not harsh at all. I have one in my entryway, and it' gives off a nice soft glow. It's a 15 watt output bulb. It's not a torch, a beacon or a work light. Use it in the proper application and you'll be happy with it.

Cons: Overpriced for a party bulb, but it is and LED so I expect it to last a long time.

Overall Review: The other reviewer is being unrealistic. It's a Party bulb, not a garage light. It's not supposed to be super bright,. It's more mood lighting than anything. Nice soft illumination that doesn't hurt your eyes. For a garage I'd expect a minimum of a 40 watt equivalent output, not 15 watts like this bulb. 15 watts is closer to an oven or refrigerator light, not something you'd put in a garage unless of course it was for a party.

Solid printer

OkiData B431dn Monochrome Laser Printer
OkiData B431dn Monochrome Laser Printer

Pros: Starts printing fairly quickly from power save mode, excellent text quality. Fairly quiet compared to other brands. Stable PS & PCL drivers. Solid build quality.

Cons: Only comes with one paper tray. The price of the accessories for Okidata printers is fairly high. The 2nd paper tray was (at the time of purchase) about the same price I paid for the printer. Ethernet port is only 100Mb, would prefer Gigabit. Memory expansion was also expensive but I found a workaround.

Overall Review: I've had 6 Okidata printers before this one, and asides from my ML180 dot matrix, this is probably the best. I wore the other LED/Laser models out over the years. I bought a second unit for my mother, and she loves it because she just needs to put paper in occasionally. I did max out the RAM for both, as I find it improves the performance when printing complex documents. I used Kingston KTB-HL533/256 and it worked flawlessly. Got it from Newegg for $15.

10/23/2014