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This review is from: Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP032GBUF3B05V1K)
Pros: The Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B05 flash drive came shipped in a tiny clam shell package that was relatively easy to open and did not force me to break the flash drive to get it out. The drive comes with registration and warranty links right on it and I was shocked to see this drive has a lifetime warranty. There is a tiny red LED that flashes while the drive is inserted. It does shut off which to me is good because the tiny flashing light would bother me in a dark room. The advertised 32 GB is actually only 28.8 GB. Once registered, I formatted the drive and ran some speed tests using crystalDiskmark. On the USB 3.0 port I was impressed to see a read speed of 128.6 MB/s and a write speed of 21.2 MB/s. On the USB 2.0 port speeds dragged to read of 41.5 MB/s and a write of 13.9 MB/s. The retractable USB connector worked well, but I question just how well retracting the USB will keep out dust and debris like pocket lint. At the time of this review the drive was only 9.99.
Cons: The drive itself is made of plastic. Don't drop it on a concrete floor or step on it. For this reason using it as backup would be ok, but if your an international spy carrying classified documents you might want to step up to something a little more solid. ;)
Other Thoughts: This is my first Silicon power product. I'm impressed to see an emphasis on price and functionality. I'm not removing any eggs for the plastic construction as I believe most drives in this price range will be made of plastic. I would have liked to see a constant illuminated red LED as apposed to the flashing LED, but that's just my personal preference. I look forward to trying more SP products in the future.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate BarraCuda ST2000DM006 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Pros: This Seagate Barracuda 2TB hard drive for me is the perfect balance between capacity, speed and price. Using crystal diskmark I got read speeds of 214MB/s and write speeds of 209MB/s. The advertised 2TB equals more like 1.81TB of usable space. More than enough room for several Large games, videos pictures and more. Priced just under 70dollars the Seagate Barracuda is a great buy!
Cons: To find cons for this hard drive I really have to dig. No eggs to be removed for any of these. Its a mechanical drive! If your buying this drive you know it is and you know what your getting. Its speeds are great for a mechanical drive but if your looking for super fast read and write speeds your best to look at SSD's where you can double and some times triple these speeds. However then you sacrifice capacity unless you have a big wallet. Looks. Its understood the hard drive just sits hidden in its own little corner of the computer, but that never stopped SSD manufacturers from actually spending time with the way SSD's look. I really don't know if making mechanical drives look good would be a worth while endeavor.
Other Thoughts: I have been using Seagate for years and have never had a failed drive. I would highly recommend them. I have never had problems formatting them, cleaning partitions or recovering data. This drive comes with a 2 year warranty but I seriously doubt it would be needed.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The TP-Link AC 450 wireless Nano USB adapter is incredibly small, yet it performs very well compared to other wireless options that I have used in my home. My router is in the basement and I connected to it using the USB adapter from the second floor in my house. Speedtest displayed the same speeds I was able to get through hard wire. More importantly, I felt little to no connection downgrade while playing multiplayer games such as Arma3 and Black Ops3. There was no lag usually associated with wireless gaming. This was a shock to me. There is a green LED status indicator at the top of the adapter. At the time of this review this wireless USB adapter was just under 20 dollars and has a 2 year warranty.
Cons: I do not have an optical drive in my computer, so I resorted to getting the driver from the TP-Link site while connected via hard wire. The driver provided on the site gave me just what was needed to allow the adapter to work with windows 10. It forced me to do everything manually which required me to know the name of the wireless network I was connecting to. I was not able to scan to see networks in range which was a bit of a con for me. After testing on another computer in my house I was able to use the optical drive and the driver utility provided on the disk in the package worked flawlessly and was actually much more user friendly! Only works on a 5GHz frequency.
Other Thoughts: Overall I was very pleased with the TP-Link AC 450 wireless Nano USB adapter. It was priced right, Its small form makes it barely noticeable and It performed well above my expectations. I would highly recommend this product as a wireless solution.READ FULL REVIEW