Joined on 09/13/01
Pros: size, both physical and capacity. 256GB in a USB drive that's not much bigger (smaller in some cases) than drives with much lower capacity.
Cons: It isn't the fastest drive out there, I ran a couple benchmark but the numbers are nothing to write home about. The drive is plenty fast to watch full HD movies from but copying to it can take a bit depending on file size.
Overall Review: I know benchmarks are great for comparing, but real world results for me tend to be 45 seconds per gig for writing files. Most videos I write to this drive range between 3.5 to 7GB so it can take a few minutes per video but it's worth having the ability to transport them in my pocket. My benchmarks don't seem to be quite as high as some other reviews but I'll post my results anyway. Comparing mine to other benchmarks, your speeds may be closer to theirs than I'm getting. My equipment is: MB: Z97E-ITX/ac CPU: i7 4790k RAM: 16gb (2x8) 2133 HD: Transcend MTS400 256GB M.2 SSD OS: Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview build 10074 CrystalDiskMark 4.0.3 4K: read 6.922 - write 0.078 Seq: read 43.84 - write 24.30 I have to give this thing 5 eggs. It may not be the fastest thing out there but it has made my life much easier. When copying multiple videos/large file you'll have to give yourself a few extra minutes but that's been the case with all portable drives I've encountered anyway.
Pros: -texture has a nice grip/feel to it -locks/unlocks phone by flipping cover -can easily select what you want to control
Cons: -can't control Spotify -If playing a downloaded podcast, it only shows the minutes of the final hour. If the podcast you're listening to is 2 hours 42 minutes, and you're at 1 hour 30 minutes in it'll display you're at 30 minutes of a 42 minute podcast. It's a minor flaw, but I like to know how much time I have left and I'm stuck opening my case occasionally to check.
Overall Review: This case is a great concept but I'm hoping Asus updates their phone so it'll allow control of more than just the "play music" app so those using Spotify/Pandora can control their music too. I like the case but due to not being able to control Spotify, I need to leave the case open while in my car so I can skip tracks. My phone doesn't fit good in a car mount (at least my iOttie mount) because the case interferes with the mount seating properly on the phone when the cover's open. There's a couple mentions of wireless charging with this case, I'm not sure what they mean by that but I have a couple QI wireless chargers and I don't get any indication of my phone charging when set on either of my chargers. If you're looking to add QI charging to your ZenFone, I'd do more research before assuming this will add it to your device. I see it has been mentioned more than once so maybe it requires a special/better charger than I have? Regardless, look into it more before purchasing for that reason. While it's possible my phone's defective or my chargers aren't compatible, my research says this case does not add wireless charging.
Pros: black 2TB PCIe NVMe
Overall Review: I used this for an ITX build. It doesn't hit the max rated speeds in CrystalDiskMark with my gear but it still manages 3000+ MBps Seq for both read & write which is great. I'm using an ASUS ROG STRIX B550-I paired with a 5600G APU. The 2TB is perfect since it's a compact build with no additional storage drives. Crucial makes great products & this drive is no exception. I'm including an image of the CDM results, I did multiple passes with a 32GiB setting for an accurate benchmark. The drive is priced competitively, it matches the black PCB of my motherboard and it performs great. Crucial is one of my go-to's for RAM and storage since they never disappoint.
Pros: quiet, inexpensive, semi-modular
Overall Review: I installed this on a CPU miner, it's plenty powerful for the rig's needs. If you're running a high-tier GPU/gaming rig you'll want something larger but it's perfect for my needs. I prefer semi-modular over fully modular, you need the 20/24-pin plus the CPU plug anyway so I see no need for those to be modular. Having the wires come straight out makes it easier to do the initial routing since the modular plug would make them stick out further before you can make that initial routing bend. I also have no need for RGB since the mining bench is about functionality and not being a showpiece I have other rigs for that! The one it's in doesn't use a lot of power, paying the tax for a gold/platinum rating would cost more than I'll ever see in power savings.
Best of both worlds
Pros: It combines powerline adapters with Mesh Wi-Fi.
Cons: The units are pretty large, depending on the height of your receptacles & style of baseboards there may be fitment issues.
Overall Review: While these are expandable, I only needed the starter kit to get Wi-Fi in my barn. I already have a Mesh setup in my home but it couldn't reach the barn to connect our camera. The Magic 2 is able to carry internet over the electrical circuit that runs to the barn. I live in a rural area, the fastest internet available at this time is 200Mbps down & 10Mbps up. I'm including screenshots of Speedtest by Ookla results from my PC that's connected to the network via ethernet, along with my phone which is connected to the Magic 2's Wi-Fi. There is no loss of speed, or any (noticeable) latency for that matter. It would've been a lot less practical/lot more work to run an ethernet line to the barn in order to add an access point. This accomplished the same thing with no effort or loss of internet bandwidth. Something which doesn't apply to me, if you're a renter and can't run/install ethernet, powerline adapters provide a lower ping than Wi-Fi so that's another reason to consider the Magic 2.
Pros: -Price -Intel SSD's are known for their dependability
Cons: It isn't the fastest option
Overall Review: The included benchmark is the 512GB 670p, it was ran on an older/budget laptop. Against the 512GB XPG SX8200 Pro it replaced, the Intel tested a little (~5%) slower in every area. However, while it benchmarks slower I don't notice a decrease in real world performance. You can't go wrong with Intel SSD's, they're comparable to the competition in price and performance but their dependability is unmatched.