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Zeus X Styled RTA Rebuildable Tank Atomizer
Zeus X Styled RTA Rebuildable Tank Atomizer

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Overall   (3.5)
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PROS
Inexpensive. Doesn't leak. Easy to build and wick. Comes with a bubble glass for better capacity. Protruding 510 pin for compatibility with just about everything.
CONS
Some machining issues. Sharp edges. Very tight top cap.
I have genuine Zeus, 1:1 clones and Zeus styled tanks. They look similar, but up close the differences become apparent. The fill port is cut into a slightly different position on the outer steel chamber, the inner chimney air holes are in a different place ( doesn't actually make any difference in use, I tried ) and there's some differences in the materials used. None of which make a deal of difference. What does make a difference though is the top cap is very, very difficult to remove. The top cap and airflow rings have edges sharp enough to inflict minor cuts. The 'grooving' cut into the top cap, airflow ring and base have been cut, but not finished, leading to a feeling of sharp edges. The threading is OK, a little coarse, but it all works. Building and wicking is easy. In use, it gives a vape every bit as good as a genuine or 1:1 upon which it is styled. It doesn't leak. The supplied spares will keep it working for a long time. A stylish, fairly well made tank, but watch the sharp edges.
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Overall   (4.7)
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Well made, good looking, works perfectly.
CONS
None.
Arrived quickly. The mod seems well made. The switch is spring rather than magnet, and is easy to operate. No 'misfires', it fires every time. The threading of the switch assembly and the 510 is well done. The colour coating is smooth and well applied. Minor battery rattle, but that's not a downside. At least it'll never fire in your pocket. The supplied RDA is OK. I'm not a 'dripper' but built on it to try it out. I prefer a two post/four screw design, but the three post setup works OK if a little care is taken. Take care positioning the coils too. Too low and you'll not get a good juice well, too high and it gets hot and spitty. Get it right, and it works just fine. The kit came supplied with a pair of coils, a spare 'O' ring for the RDA, a spare spring and a screwdriver. I'm running it with a Dead Rabbit with a 0.3 Ohm coil pair and it fires every time. The mod does not get hot in use, and there's very little to almost no voltage drop. Your atty/RDA/RTA does need a centre pin that extends slightly, but every one I've tried has fired without issue.
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STICKDRIVE Class 10 High Speed microSD Memory Card (128GB)
STICKDRIVE Class 10 High Speed microSD Memory Card (128GB)

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Overall   (4.0)
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Capacity verified Fast enough
CONS
Not as fast as claimed That's it
The card formats out to 125GB of useable space, which is about right given how manufacturers use 1000 Bytes in place of 1024 Bytes when specifying capacities. The card isn't as fast as claimed. The write rate is close to the claimed speed, but reads are 1/3rd the speed. This was tested using a USB3.0 reader. To verify, I plugged the reader into a USB2.0 port and the speeds were almost identical. The huge dips in the write speed are to be expected as the SD card has no cache. They all do that to some extent. Using the hdparm command, we get :- hdparm -t -T --direct /dev/sdc /dev/sdc: Timing O_DIRECT cached reads: 64 MB in 2.04 seconds = 31.33 MB/sec SG_IO: bad/missing sense data, sb[]: 70 00 05 00 00 00 00 0a 00 00 00 00 20 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Timing O_DIRECT disk reads: 96 MB in 3.01 seconds = 31.89 MB/sec Ignore the missing sense data, most if not all SD cards/USB sticks do that. Note that even direct reads don't approach the quoted speeds. In use, in its chosen environment, a portable music player, it performs flawlessly.
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T3 Bluetooth V3.0 Mobile Game Gamepad Controller
T3 Bluetooth V3.0 Mobile Game Gamepad Controller

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Overall   (3.7)
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Good battery life Good Bluetooth range Adaptor works for PC use Can be used as a wired USB pad Looks good Feels good in the hands
CONS
Bluetooth refused to connect to my PC(s) Instructions very confusing
The pad feels quite light, yet sturdy in the hand. The D-pad and analogue sticks respond well, and are well weighted for use. The shoulder buttons and face buttons feel positive in action, as do the 'Home', start and select. Charges fairly quickly, and gives a good working life per charge. I move on to other things before the battery runs flat. Works fine on my Android TV box via Bluetooth, the supplied dongle or as a wired connection. I use Bluetooth because it's convenient. The dongle and wired connections work fine on my computers, but neither will recognise the Bluetooth connection. The supplied instruction leaflet is very confusing, but there are videos on setting it up on your favourite video sharing site, so no issues there. The construction raises no issues. The plastic used feels good quality, and the unit as a whole exudes sturdiness. I look after my things, but even so, a drop may happen and I don't feel it'd damage this pad. I use it for playing classic games consoles and arcade consoles via emulation, and it fits right in. Recommended.
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DM PD137 Portable High Speed USB 3.0 Flash Drive (128GB)
DM PD137 Portable High Speed USB 3.0 Flash Drive (128GB)

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Overall   (3.7)
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PROS
Seems well built Good read speeds Capacity more or less as listed
CONS
Slow write speeds See above Really, they're slow
It's nice that the actual capacity is as stated. The drive is well housed, feels weighty in the hand, has good read speeds, but the write speeds are somewhat below those stated. In terms of write speed, it underwhelms. The image shows a benchmark I cancelled due to the time it was taking. I tweaked, reformatted and tried again. There were some spikes to the claimed speed, but it was mostly writing only slightly faster than a good USB2.0 drive. The average write speed came out to be 13.6MB/S. I have USB2.0 drives which can sustain 10.5MB/S writes when connected to the same USB3 port. Dropping the sample size to 1MB brought about a reduction in speed to sub 1MB/S transfer rates!, but the read rate remained commendably high. Raising the sample size to 100MB also raised the write speed. So, it can stream large files in either direction at a good speed, but slow writes for smaller files, and abysmal rates for tiny files. If you're using it to transfer lots of small files, be prepared to wait. Moving video files and compressed backups?, fine. Overall, good value for the capacity with the caveat regarding the slow write speeds on files < 10MB Would I buy another?, yes I would.
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