Joined on 04/18/02
Latest Design Shines When Used with Latest Computers.
Pros: First impression: it's COOL, it's BLUE, it's SLEEK, and it's F-A-S-T ! FAST - When connected to the latest USB 3.1 Gen.2 port it's just as fast as an internal SATA SSD. *Important - Don't forget to select the "Better performance" option in Windows Device Manager to maximize the speed. See Other Thoughts below for more on this.* **Also note the USB 3.1 vs. USB 3.0 speed comparison in Other Thoughts below.** SLEEK - It's about the size of a pack of Orbit gum, and it weighs only a little bit more. You can carry it easily in any available pocket. Of course, you also need to bring along the short USB cable. COOL - The blue metal housing got warm but not hot when transferring a 50GB folder of large video files. Speed was not throttled. In your hand, it feels lightweight yet solid and with a snug-fitting port. MODERN - Uses 64-layer V-NAND and Samsung's latest controller tuned for external use. ENCRYPTION - AES 256-bit hardware encryption helps protect your files from unauthorized viewing. You choose a strong password and that locks the files. Unlock the files by entering the password again. Bonus feature - encryption doesn't slow down the performance! VERSATILE - Comes with one USB 3.1 type-C to type-C cable, and one USB 3.1 type-C to type-A cable. (In case there's anyone who doesn't already know, the type-A connector is the one that plugs into any standard USB port.) COMPATIBLE - pre-formatted with the ex-FAT file system. This makes it Read /Write compatible with both Windows and Mac. ex-FAT is fast, so speed won't be compromised. You can re-format to NTFS to provide Windows/ Linux compatibility if preferred, no problem. BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE - Connected to a USB 2.0 port on an 8-year-old PC, I copied a 5GB video file to and from the Samsung T5 without any problem. This demonstrates that a USB 2.0 port can deliver enough power to run the T3. You won't be surprised to learn that the Read and Write speed was a steady 34.2 MB/sec. which is typical of USB 2.0. So, if the occasion arises, you can plug this portable SSD into your grandma's 10-year-old machine and it will probably work.
Cons: PRICE - They make you pay dearly for this kind of speed. Call me a cynic, but it's hard to believe that there's a continuing worldwide shortage of NAND flash memory which, in turn, is the alleged reason for SSD prices remaining high. This has been going on a long time with no end in sight. CABLE LENGTH - The usual short cables, about 12 inches. This is OK in most situations, but the only available USB 3.0 port on one of our PCs is near the top of the case. Here, the SSD must either dangle by its cable or be placed atop the computer which puts it in close proximity to the power supply - not a recommended practice due to the electromagnetic field around the power supply. OK, I'm nit-picking here simply to show one reason why short USB cables may not be convenient. You can always use your own longer cable if need be.
Overall Review: *IMPORTANT* - To avoid slow performance you must ensure that the Removal Policy in Windows is set for "Better performance". The default setting for external drives is "Quick removal" which is intended to prevent data corruption if the drive is unplugged suddenly. The drawback of Quick Removal policy is that the drive's Read and Write speeds may both be severely hampered. So, change it to Better Performance. To overcome this in Windows go to Control Panel/Device Manager/Disk drives and double-click on Samsung T5. A dialog box opens. Click on the "Policies" tab, then click the box or circle beside "Better performance". Click on OK to exit. Now you'll get faster speeds. Remember to use Windows safe removal feature by clicking the little "Safely remove" icon in the System tray before you unplug the drive! NOTE - To achieve the full advertised speeds your computer must meet all of the following conditions: USB 3.1 Gen.2 / Windows 10 / with UASP support / Removal Policy set for Better Performance in Device Manager / Drive Properties / Policies. Other conditions such as USB 3.1 Gen.1, or USB 3.0, or lack of UASP, may result in SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER SPEEDS. Please observe this in the test results shown below. OK, now for some test results: Crystal Disk Mark 64 on various Windows computers (with Better Performance [i.e., Write cache] enabled in Device Mgr. on all of them): PC no.1 - (**USB 3.1 Gen.2**) type C-to-C cable / Gigabyte Z270X-UD3 motherboard, 2017 model: Seq. (Q32T1) Read/Write - 553/517 MB/sec. 4K (Q32T1) Read/Write - 347/203 MB/sec.** Seq. Read/Write - 499/496 MB/sec. 4K Read/Write - 28/76 MB/sec.** type C-to-A cable gave same results plus or minus 2% (excellent!) PC no.2 - (**USB 3.0**) type C-toA cable / ASRock Z97 Extreme4 motherboard, 2 years old: Seq. (Q32T1) Read/Write - 437/434 MB/sec. 4K (Q32T1) Read/Write - 165/171 MB/sec.** Seq. Read/Write - 407/406 MB/sec. 4K Read/Write - 21/42 MB/sec.** Laptop - (USB 3.1) type C-to-C cable / Acer E5- 575G: Seq. (Q32T1) Read/Write - 434/376 MB/sec. 4K (Q32T1) Read/Write - 106/81 MB/sec. Seq. Read/Write - 375/341 MB/sec. 4K Read/Write - 24/39 MB/sec. (same on USB 3.0 C-to-A cable; suspect 3.1 port not optimized; maybe it's Gen.1 or maybe needs a BIOS update?) FILE COPY TEST on PC no.1 - Sequential. Copied folder containing 2 large video files - total size 9.56GB. The folder was copied from an internal Sandisk Extreme Pro 960GB SSD to the Samsung T5 via USB type C-to-A cable. Sustained transfer speed (all 9.56GB) - 442 MB/sec. This sustained transfer speed means the T5 is suitable for video editing, scratch disk, RAW photo edits, etc. as well as handling all normal file duties. The speed combined with its small physical size makes it very desirable for use in the field, when traveling, and at home or office. Add to this the included encryption feature and out-of-the-box Windows/Mac compatibility and that makes it highly recommended. COMPARISON - At the time of writing, the T5 is around $30 more than the Sandisk Extreme 500 portable SSD which is a direct competitor model. Strangely, the Sandisk is offered in either 480GB or 500GB capacity compared to Samsung's 500GB. Each of them weighs only about 2 or 3 ounces. Both claim they are shock-resistant enough to withstand a 6-foot drop onto a hard surface. The Sandisk has a sort of rubber bumper and a cover for the USB port which makes it also splash-resistant. Both offer encryption and a 3-year warranty. Overall, the Samsung T5 is about 5% faster than the Sandisk Extreme 500, but it's nearly impossible to notice any difference when they are in use. Neither maker quotes an endurance rating; however, they both have very well designed controllers using advanced techniques to maximize performance across the board, so we may hope that endurance will be up there with the best. For example, the Sandisk X400 internal SSD, on which the Extreme 500 is based, has an endurance rating of around 360TBW. Samsung is advertising the T5 as a great choice for video and photo work on their website, and their track record suggests that they back that up with high endurance. There are other, cheaper portable SSDs - WD, PNY, ADATA, etc.. If you don't want or need USB 3.1 Gen.2 high sustained Write speeds, or high Mixed workload speeds, or hardware encryption, or high endurance, or cool running without any thermal throttling of speed, then you might be very happy with a lower value-driven design. But, when you examine these value-driven portable SSDs you will see that they lack one or more of those outstanding features of the Samsung and Sandisk. If you need the above-mentioned features from a major brand name that can give you years of reliable use, then the Samsung T5 is the latest and greatest you can buy without breaking the bank. Can you get even better results than this? Yes, you can step up to pro models at significantly higher prices and achieve more speed. Oh, I really hate that law of diminishing returns, don't you?
There's No Going Back Now ....
Pros: UPDATE 04-13-2018: This exact same model has been re-launched on a new product page here at Newegg at a significantly lower price! It's now listed as Item#: N82E16824276594 . It's so new there are as yet no reviews. UPDATE 03-29-2018: Have been gaming and doing internet, productivity, etc. for a year now on this monitor, and it's been very stable and reliable. The moderate backlight bleed in the corners of the screen have not changed; the only time you notice them is when there's no display / black screen. It's not noticeable at all during normal use and that includes gaming. And, speaking of that, a lot of gaming recently has been with a GTX 1050Ti. With screen res. set at 3440x1440 and detail set at Med. to High, the framerate can vary from the 60's down to the 30's fps. And yet, there is no stuttering or flickering and no tearing. Gameplay remains nice and smooth UNLESS the framerate drops into the low 20's fps. This is a fantastic result for a budget gamer's G-card, and it really demonstrates the positive quality of G-Sync technology. Let me repeat that once more: no flickering, no stuttering, no screen tearing. I received this monitor for review. All findings are based on connection to a gaming PC via the DisplayPort 1.2 cable included in the carton. First and foremost, the OMEN X 35-inch is a simply awesome gaming monitor. Using G-Sync there is no screen tearing or stuttering (assuming your graphics can handle your chosen game settings smoothly). So, you get the best of both worlds. No need to use V-sync and risk stuttering, and no putting up with screen tearing that sometimes happens with V-sync turned off. The curved screen is really something when gaming. It gives you a sensationally wide field of view. If you sit up close to the screen (I don't) it almost completely fills your peripheral vision. Even when sitting about 30 inches from the screen you are drawn into the game, and the rest of the room fades away. At the risk of repeating myself .... it's an AWESOME GAMING MONITOR. Almost imperceptible motion blur. (See below.) Color profile options: Warm, Neutral, Cool, etc. Viewing Modes: Night, Movie, Photo, 3 Gaming modes, and a Custom. Also worth mentioning, there's a "Low Blue Light" setting which warms up the color and is supposed to reduce eye strain as well as allowing your psyche to wind down more quickly after a long session in front of the monitor. Naturally, I had my gamer friend Dr. Freud verify this finding .... Featuring both Displayport and HDMI input jacks, you can use this monitor with two separate computers if you wish. Just press a button on the right side of the monitor, select Input Control then choose HDMI or Displayport. You could hook up one for internet usage and keep a second computer securely off the internet to help avoid malware. Or, use the second input for a laptop to get a bigger display. There may other uses, too, such as monitoring a security camera, etc.. Easy height adjustment. With one hand atop the display panel and the other hand under the bottom edge the screen glides up and down smoothly, and stays there when you let go. Easy tilt adjustment. Tilt it forward (down) about 5 degrees or tilt it back over 20 degrees. Stand is removable for wall mounting; comes with a VESA mounting plate accessory. Cables included: DisplayPort, HDMI and USB 3.0 A-to-B. Color alert - the DisplayPort and HDMI cables are red! 3 x USB 3.0 ports on rear panel plus an upstream port to connect those inputs to the computer (See below for results.) A handy headphone jack on the left side panel is complemented by being able to hang up the headphones on the monitor's central support pillar behind the display when not in use. External power supply brick means no funny noises emanating from the monitor itself.
Cons: Panning side to side while in-game reveals a slight amount of motion blur, but it's so small you barely notice it. This finding is based on having G-sync enabled on both the monitor and the graphics card. It's possible that a different Nvidia g-card may provide different results. Selectable viewing modes include: Gaming-Racing, Gaming-FPS and Gaming-RTS. But, they show hardly any difference other than slight changes in screen contrast. Should G-sync work differently on these various settings? If so, I didn't experience it. Backlight bleed: On my sample there is what appears to be some backlight showing around the edge of the display in several places. It doesn't extend very far in and, when viewing anything other than a blank dark screen, I can't see any bad effect on the image on the screen. Warranty is 1 year. Seriously, for a monitor costing 10 times as much as a typical 24-inch model you might be forgiven for hoping the maker would provide at least a 3-year warranty. One egg removed from rating because of this. Of course, on their website they do offer extended warranties at extra cost. *Support* - so far there is none. The product description says that a CD containing a User Guide is supplied in the carton. After a careful search I confirmed it was not included with my sample. Was hoping for some details of the various viewing/gaming modes, but no such luck. At the HP website the only support available for this model is a data sheet. There is no user guide or other downloadable information. The very nice support rep on the HP chat window was also unable to find anything. Draw your own conclusion. One more egg removed from rating because of this. There's no indication this monitor supports AMD's FreeSync. I say this as an observation, not as a criticism. The price! You can build a pretty good system for what this display costs but, hey, you can always sell some of your furniture and appliances and buy this monitor.
Overall Review: Using the supplied HDMI cable I connected up to a 2016 ACER laptop with Core i5 and Nvidia 950M graphics. The Input Control button on the right side of the monitor lets you select Displayport or HDMI input. With HDMI selected the laptop's display was instantly duplicated on the OMEN X screen at the laptop's native resolution of 1980x1020p. Pressing FN+F5 on the laptop keyboard brought up a menu of display options: Laptop only, Duplicate, Extend and Second display only. Windows 10 display options menu listed a variety of available resolutions, and I selected 3440x1440 which then filled the OMEN X screen as expected. The laptop display became "letter-box" to accomodate the 3440x1440 on its own screen. The only glitch was that sound from the laptop was automatically sent to the OMEN X which has no built-in speakers. This was easily resolved by going into Windows Sound properties and selecting the laptop speakers as default instead of OMEN X. USB ports on rear panel: very convenient, of course, but do they introduce any lag? Fortunately, the answer is no. Mouse action and keyboard action are as quick and precise as they were when connected directly to my PC. Result is based on using a G-Skill Ripjaws mouse (the one that looks like a Transformer) and Corsair K-70 Lux keyboard. Ambient light softly glowing down onto the OMEN logo on the stand base doesn't measurably improve your gaming prowess, but it looks cool so who cares? Also, you can choose the color of the ambient glow. Finally, we come to the biggest dangers of gaming on the OMEN X 35-inch monitor. Spend just a couple of days playing your favorite games on the R1800 curved widescreen with G-sync enabled and there's no going back. You will be HOOKED. Furthermore, you'll be wanting to upgrade that graphics card so you can run higher detail game settings at 3440x1440. OK, game on!
Improved Efficiency At Low Loads And It's Quieter, Too.
Pros: Most of the cables are modular. The only captive/permanently attached cables are the ones every PC absolutely must have. All the extra/modular cables appear to be of good quality. Quiet, efficient power supply. You have to push it pretty hard before you hear the fan rev up, so it's nearly silent most of the time. Almost reaches "Silver" efficiency rating. Efficiency holds up well even at low loads such as when idling. This is a clear improvement over "Bronze" rated power supplies of just a few years ago. Compact size so it should fit comfortably in almost any standard PC case.
Cons: If using a full tower case some of the cables may not be long enough depending on what motherboard you have. I'm told Corsair may be able to help with that if you ask them, but I didn't experience any problem with my mid-tower case. Like many other PSU SATA cables the SATA connectors are too close together for my taste. Would like to see at least another inch of distance between connectors. Having said that, I was able to connect our 2 x SSDs and 2 x HDDs without too much effort.
Overall Review: Compared to a CX-450 model we've been using for about 3 years this "refreshed" version of the CX-650 is slightly quieter and a little more efficient, mainly at low power loads where this one maintains better efficiency. It's only been in use a couple of weeks. Tried to trip it up with some demanding loads, and it remained solid and stable throughout. The test load included attaching 2 x USB portable HDDs in addition to the internal 1 x Sandisk 1TB SSD, and 1 x WD Red 3TB HDD, and 1 x Seagate 2TB HDDs, and 1 x Toshiba 6TB HDD. Then select folders of videos totalling 40GB - 50GB and copy them simultaneously to and fro amongst all of the drives. During that transfer I launched a favorite game on max settings to ensure max power draw by the graphics card. I didn't notice any sign of sagging power or any other anomaly such as in-game stuttering or file copy slowdowns. The attached chart shows very stable voltages for 3.3V, 5V and 12V. Importantly, there were no signs of overheating, either; thus, I'm satisfied the CX-650M is working as it should. With all that HDD activity and my game running, eventually the CX650M's cooling fan revved up after about 10 minutes. I should point out that the case has 2 x 120mm front intake fans, 1 x 140mm rear exhaust fan, and a Noctua cpu cooler. Nothing is overclocked. The test continued for about 45 minutes of gaming and file copy/re-copy, and the cpu max. temperature was 64° C. There's a standard 5-year warranty from Corsair. If you absolutely must have a top-drawer 10 year warranty then look to the more expensive model ranges. We've been pleased with the CX-450 model that's been in use for about 3 years, and look forward to this revised, improved CX-650M to work even better.
Small, Light weight, Inexpensive
Pros: Nice clear midrange so voices sound distinct. Good for when you're watching video on Youtube, or news broadcasts, podcasts, etc. OK for background music while working, too.
Cons: None at the price.
Overall Review: We got these for my GF's desktop setup where there isn't much space. She has 1 speaker at each side of her monitor screen, and they provide clear sound and play loud enough for all her needs.
Good For Updating Older Computers.
Pros: Inexpensive. Enough capacity for Windows and some additional apps/programs. Makes an older computer feel quick and snappy.
Cons: Write speed isn't as fast as it would be on a larger capacity model, but I can't notice any problem in everyday use.
Overall Review: Bought a couple of these for use in refurbishing and upgrading old PCs and laptops. Replacing an old, slow spinning hard drive with an SSD like this Patriot Burst will make your computer boot up much faster, and opening programs, accessing documents, photos, videos, etc. will also be noticeably quicker. Many people just want an inexpensive upgrade and this is exactly what a low price SSD from a brand name maker can accomplish.
Previous One Lasted About 8 Years
Pros: Does a good job of cleaning your teeth and polishing them. Has a couple of optional settings. Included charging stand takes up very little space on bathroom countertop.
Cons: It's not silent.
Overall Review: My first Sonicare was the earlier version of this same model. No need to bear down when brushing. Press lightly and let the vibrating bristles do the work. The polishing option provides two 15-second extra cycles after the regular four 30-second cycles. Use the extra time to polish your upper and lower front teeth. Brush lasts for about 3 months and is removable (just pull up on it). Replacement brushes are readily available. Here on Newegg search for " Genuine C2 Replacement Brush Heads ".
Slow shipping, arrived a week late
Day after day the shipping tracking number stated only "Label created". Item finally arrived a week later than expected. After waiting 10 days for a single item that was described on the website as "Delivery in 3 - 5 business days" i ordered a similar item from A*az*n. It arrived the next day. Enough said.
Seller did not respond
Item was a USB dual-band Wi-fi adapter. It only worked on 2.4GHz band, not 5.0GHz band. Tried it on two computers, same result. Used Newegg's contact-the-seller service, no response Contacted Newegg for refund, no problem. Thank you, Newegg!