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02 Apr 2014   #911
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

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I own one. It does not get great reviews, but I've been using mine for over a year with no problems at all. It works well. If you read them, some of the bad reviews are user errors.
I check buyer reviews on almost everything I buy. I think the vast majority of low ratings are from people that rode the short bus. It can be very humorous reading at times.
Yup, "I pushed down on the flash drive only a little bit and the USB connector broke, this is a piece of junk".
All joking aside
I have noticed that more and more USB sticks are supplied with plastic USB connectors, these do tend to break without much real effort, especially if you actually insert / extract a stick many times a day as is normal for a technician moving around many systems


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02 Apr 2014   #912
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I have one of those too. It runs flawlessly since at least 2 years. Only little problem is to yank out the disk. That is a bit hard at times and needs a strong arm.
Yours does not have an eject button on the front? Mine does and if I push it too hard the hard drive will shoot all the way out and on the floor, if I can't catch it. So, I've learned to push it easily.
Steve, mine looks the same as the one on the linked picture. But you are right, it can make quite a jump when you push real hard.
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02 Apr 2014   #913
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Nigel, how can plastic USB connectors give you an electrical connection?
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02 Apr 2014   #914
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

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02 Apr 2014   #915
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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I own one. It does not get great reviews, but I've been using mine for over a year with no problems at all. It works well. If you read them, some of the bad reviews are user errors.
I check buyer reviews on almost everything I buy. I think the vast majority of low ratings are from people that rode the short bus. It can be very humorous reading at times.
And that is why you have to read the reviews, not just count stars or eggs. Take Amazon's Marketplace vendor reviews for example. Many of those reviews are actually product reviews so you have to read through them and look for patterns, such as the vendor frequently shipping the wrong item, takes longer to ship than promised, makes lame excuses for its mistakes, etc. I've shied away from many Marketplace vendors that had otherwise good reviews because a high percentage of the reviews were actually product reviews and a high percentage of the actual vendor reviews were less than stellar or showed a pattern of vendor incompetence, such as late shipments (actually, not all that big a problem unless one is on a schedule), shipping wrong items, poor packaging of shipments, blaming the customer for complaints, etc.
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02 Apr 2014   #916
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Thanks Nigel for the heads up.
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02 Apr 2014   #917
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Nigel, is this you or did someone steal your avatar?

Ran across it while searching for hardwood lumber.


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02 Apr 2014   #918
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

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I own one. It does not get great reviews, but I've been using mine for over a year with no problems at all. It works well. If you read them, some of the bad reviews are user errors.
I check buyer reviews on almost everything I buy. I think the vast majority of low ratings are from people that rode the short bus. It can be very humorous reading at times.
And that is why you have to read the reviews, not just count stars or eggs. Take Amazon's Marketplace vendor reviews for example. Many of those reviews are actually product reviews so you have to read through them and look for patterns, such as the vendor frequently shipping the wrong item, takes longer to ship than promised, makes lame excuses for its mistakes, etc. I've shied away from many Marketplace vendors that had otherwise good reviews because a high percentage of the reviews were actually product reviews and a high percentage of the actual vendor reviews were less than stellar or showed a pattern of vendor incompetence, such as late shipments (actually, not all that big a problem unless one is on a schedule), shipping wrong items, poor packaging of shipments, blaming the customer for complaints, etc.

To me, the hardest thing about Amazon reviews is they take all reviews for every vendor of the product, including themselves, and lump them all together. So, when you see 'the item was poorly packaged and the wrong item sent', you really have no idea which vendor they are talking about unless they name them. It lends a new meaning to the saying 'one bad apple can spoil the whole barrel'.

It's the same with Windows OS on Amazon, if one vendor sells a pirated product and the review does not state who it was purchased from, it makes everyone selling that OS suspect, including Amazon. And that simply isn't the case.
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02 Apr 2014   #919
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

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To me, the hardest thing about Amazon reviews is they take all reviews for every vendor of the product, including themselves, and lump them all together.
Very true. Unfortunately, I'm seeing a related issue on Newegg reviews---they often combine reviews of similar but distinct products into the same list.

Suppose you are researching 3 TB drives and locate one of possible interest and begin looking at the reviews--you'll see reviews of the 1 TB and 2 TB versions of the drive mixed in with the 3 TB reviews.

I think this is a relatively new development---at least I don't recall it from 2 or 3 years ago.

Not that you should place a lot of credence in Newegg reviews generally.
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02 Apr 2014   #920
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

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Nigel, is this you or did someone steal your avatar?

Ran across it while searching for hardwood lumber.
Not Me - not a gamer or a lumberjack

The avatar is something I picked up years ago online, so not a problem
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