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Samsung 32GB BAR (Metal) USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 130MB/s (MUF-32BA/AM)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Design is visually appealling but awkward in use 12/22/2016

This review is from: Samsung 32GB BAR (Metal) USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 130MB/s (MUF-32BA/AM)

Pros: The metal case dissipates heat fast.
It writes to a storage HD very quickly (I don't have the tools to accurately measure its r/w speeds).
It was inexpensive.
Narrow design allows the drive to neatly fit between other bulkier USB plugs.

Cons: It builds up heat quickly, so much that it becomes difficult to handle.
It's extremely awkward plugging in and removing.
No LED to let you know it's working.

Other Thoughts: When I first tried plugging it into a 3.0 USB port on my desktop computer, it wasn't read. I tried again, and this time, my PC blue screened. After the recovery, I tried a third time in a different port---it finally worked correctly.
Write-to the flash drive registered around 87.6 Mb/s, while in turn writing the same file to a storage HD was so fast I didn't see a clock time. The "up to 130 Mb/s" must only apply when the drive's doing the writing, not the reading.
All in all, it was inexpensive and as long as I'm careful inserting the drive into a USB port, it should be fine. However, I'm not buying any more of these, no matter how cheap. I don't want my computer to crash again like that, due to hard-to-handle flash drives. Samsung needs to redo this product; it's a very poor design, in my opinion.

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Fantom Drives Gforce/3 4TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B4000U Black
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Comes with a stand, so its footprint is smaller.
Setup was no hassle at all.
It has had no problems after three months, so it'll probably last a long time.

Cons: It's a bit slow spinning up, but eventually gets there.

Other Thoughts: Not sure what to say that's really bad about it. It's a good drive for the price. I'm seriously thinking about buying another one.

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Coboc CY-U3-AAMF-10-BL 10 ft. Blue SuperSpeed 5Gbps USB 3.0  A Male to A Female Extension Cable,Gold Plated,Blue
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works great as an extension; provides USB 3.0 when available but no slow-down when connecting to earlier versions.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Not sure why the other reviewer found this product a bad deal. I have bought two of them so far, and have had zero problems with either.

Just bought a third one, to act as an extension for recharging my tablet. I have to use the cord the manufacturer provided, which only has a 3' reach. I prefer to use the provided transformer, which is much better than the slow, slow trickle through my PC.

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Richard K.'s Profile

Display Name: Richard K.

Date Joined: 07/27/02

  • Reviews: 22
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 02/26/08
  • Last Review: 12/22/16
  • Most Favorable Review: 4 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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