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Samsung 128GB FIT USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 130MB/s (MUF-128BB/AM)
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3 out of 5 eggs Great design, fast in Windows 10 but extremely slow in Mac OS X 10.11.5 07/14/2016

This review is from: Samsung 128GB FIT USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 130MB/s (MUF-128BB/AM)

Pros: I like that it's so small, holds 128GB of data and seems to be extremely rugged. As you will see in the conclusions below, if you are using it in Windows it is satisfyingly fast, but in Mac OS X it's very slow. I'm raising my rating from two to three stars.

Cons: I have done numerous speeds tests with the latest version of Drive Genius on my MacPro and MacBook Pro, using USB 3.0 ports. It didn't matter whether I kept it formatted as FAT32 or changed it to Apple's HFS+ format (journaled), either way it tested out very, very slow. The raw sequential read speed averages out to about 10MB per second. My SanDisk Extreme 64GB USB 3.0 stick tests at about 230MB/sec. Even my SanDisk Glide 8GB USB 2.0 flash drive tests at 25MB/sec. Very disappointed in the speed of the Samsung FIT. I tried copying large files to it and it was slow to do that. Just to push it to the limit, I installed OS X 10.11 on it and booted from it the drive but it was painfully slow.

Other Thoughts: Follow-up: I spoke with a Samsung tech support rep. He said he thought I got a defective unit and suggested returning it and getting a replacement. Since NewEgg is back ordered, I ordered one from another vendor. Test results on two different Macs were identical, so the first drive was not a lemon.

Then I thought I had better test it out on a Windows installation. I connected it through the MacBook Pro to a virtual Windows 10 machine via VMware Fusion. Using CrystalDiskMark I test the drive and found much better results:
Sequential Read: 139.0 MB/s
Sequential Write: 98.99 MB/s

7-14-16: Further follow-up: Compared real world performance of the Samsung Fit with the SanDisk Fit on MacBook Pro. Here are the results:

8.02GB file copied from MacBook Pro to Samsung Fit 128GB USB 3.0 drive:
6 minutes 48 seconds

Same file copied to SanDisk Fit 128GB USB 3.0 drive (Write test):
5 minutes 27 seconds

Same file copied from Samsung drive to desktop (Read test):
57.38 seconds

Same file copied from SanDisk drive to desktop:
46.47 seconds

Summary: SanDisk Fit tested about 20% faster reading and about 24% faster writing than the Samsung Fit drive. Both drives were quite warm after the tests, but not noticeably different in temperature. Neither drive seemed dangerously hot.

CONCLUSIONs: Samsung drive is much slower on a Mac than in Windows, but speed on a Mac is only 20 to 23% slower than the similar SanDisk drive when transferring an 8GB file. On the plus side, when the drives were both formatted Mac Extended/Journaled, the Samsung showed available size as 119GB, while SanDisk showed only 115GB.

LINKSYS PLEK500-CA Powerline HomePlug AV2 AV500 1 Port Gigabit Ethernet Kit, Up to 500Mbps
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Pros: Easy to install. Syncs up automatically, plug and play. It's in bridge mode so it instantly extends the existing network. Much faster than Wi-Fi in long distance setups.

Cons: So far, none.

Other Thoughts: Like any network extender or repeater, you lose some speed compared to the original signal, but with today's broadband rates it's not a problem for streaming TV, etc.

SIIG CB-DP0072-S1 DisplayPort to DVI Adapter Cable
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5 out of 5 eggs Excellent! 11/16/2013

This review is from: SIIG CB-DP0072-S1 DisplayPort to DVI Adapter Cable

Pros: Solidly built, works great, no problems.

Cons: None. Worth paying $20 to get a quality connector that won't fall apart in a few months.


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Display Name: BRUCE J.

Date Joined: 12/20/02

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  • First Review: 10/26/13
  • Last Review: 07/14/16
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