Top Ten Best Sellers – Data Storage

March 24, 2017

This week I went on the hunt at Amazon to see what the TOP TEN best sellers were in Data Storage devices (see results below). The top dog in this category was the:

Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive with USB 3.0

 

#1: Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA1000400)

#2: WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive (WD10EZEX)

#3: Samsung 32GB BAR (METAL) USB 3.0 Flash Drive (MUF-32BA/AM)

#4: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM)

#5: Seagate Expansion 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA2000400)

#6: WD 1TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0 – WDBUZG0010BBK-WESN

#7: WD 2TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0 – WDBU6Y0020BBK-WESN

#8: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM)

#9: SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive, Frustration-Free Packaging- SDCZ36-064G-AFFP

#10: Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB5000100)


Logitech K380 – Best Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard Out There

January 31, 2017

Stating, “Best Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard Out There” is my personal opinion; HOWEVER, I will tell you that the Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard is, by far, the best bluetooth keyboard I have ever owned. I have tried quite a few bluetooth keyboards and my experience with them have not been good. I would often experience lag time when typing and disconnects from the device I was using.

The Logitech K380 changes all of that: but, the main feature of this keyboard is that you can connect up to three devices to the keyboard and toggle between the three on the fly. For example, I connected my Minix NEO Z83-4 Mini PC, my Samsung Galaxy Tab S, and my smartphone to this keyboard. Toggling between the three is a simple as 1-2-3 (number’s individually assigned to each device). I cannot get over how fluid this keyboard is. As a matter of fact, I am composing this article using this keyboard; AND, even though it is a mini keyboard, I would not hesitate in using it as my main keyboard. Another biggie with this bluetooth keyboard is that it takes two AAA batteries and according to Logitech the keyboard will give you 2 years of use between battery changes. The keyboard is available in four different colors.

As of this posting of this article, Amazon has the Logitech K380 on sale for around $30… Normally it is priced at $39.99… In my opinion, this price is reasonable, due to the fact that you have the option of connecting to 3 different bluetooth devices and that it is very reliable for a bluetooth keyboard.

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

Logitech K380 Bluetooth Keyboard

 


My Amazon Review On The Minix NEO Z83-4 Mini PC

December 30, 2016

Recently I posted an article, All I Want For Christmas Is A MINIX NEO Z83-4  … Well, Santa left me one of these and I must say, I am very impressed, thus far. As a matter of fact, I am writing this blog post using this mini PC, connected to a 32 inch TV, in my garage.  I typically do not post reviews, but I did post a review on Amazon (see below) to encourage others to consider this mini PC as a home entertainment setup or even for a basic PC for everyday use (such as email, web browsing, watching videos, office documents, etc…). Very nicely built with a very small footprint.

This review is from: MINIX NEO Z83-4, Intel Cherry Trail Fanless Mini PC Windows 10 (64-bit) [4GB/32GB/Dual-Band Wi-Fi/Gigabit Ethernet/Dual Output/4K]. Sold Directly by MINIX Technology Limited. (Personal Computers)

Great Mini PC That Met All My ExpectationsDecember 30, 2016

Put a great deal of research into the Minix Neo Z83-4 and based on my research I purchased this mini computer (as a Christmas gift to me) with high expectations. The Minix Neo Z83-4 has met those expectations and more… If you are looking for a computer to connect to your home entertainment system, this is the one to get. If you are someone looking for a basic computer setup, this will do the job. I currently am a tech blogger (whatsonmypc.wordpress.com) who has an obsession for computer technology. Setting up this computer was quick (and easy), with no software bloat that you typically would find on new computers. I have put the Minix Neo Z83-4 to the test by running numerous software applications, videos, browsers, etc… and for a mini PC this thing rocks. I have been very pleased with the build, ease of setup, the numerous ports available and the fact that my experience with this mini PC, thus far, has been very positive. Currently, I am using this computer in wireless mode, with a 32″ Insignia TV connected (via HDMI), with a wireless mouse connected, wireless keyboard connected, a 128GB Mini SD card installed and a 1 TD Western Digital external drive connected. One thing I did run into is that when you insert a SD card, it has to be inserted upside down. Ditto on the other positive reviews you are finding here. Nice work Minix…


Convert Any 9.5mm & 7mm 2.5-Inch SATA HDD/SSD Into An External Hard Drive

December 22, 2016

Now this is what I call a really neat product. It is the Inateck 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (External Case) for 9.5mm 7mm SATA/HDD/SSD drives… What makes this enclosure standout is that it also serves as a 3 port USB (3.0) hub. Makes good use of any old drives you may have laying around.

Inateck

Features:

Automatic sleep function: Features automatic sleep and spin-down, goes into sleep mode automatically after 10 minutes in idle state. LED flashes each three seconds to indicate standby, a single access to the drive restores the operational mode. Sustainable power management and environmental protection ensured.

Features ABS plastic material, contemporary and reliable design; Top-grade Jmicron JMS567 chipset, theoretical USB 3.0 speeds of up to 5 Gbps, downward compatibility with USB 2.0/1.1.

Suitable for 9.5mm and below thickness 2.5-Inch SATA HDD; Converts any 9.5mm & 7mm 2.5-Inch SATA HDD/SSD into an external hard drive for ultimate mobility and convenience.

Tool free, No Reboot and Additional Driver is needed, easy to install and disassemble; Built-in foam pad, protect hard disk effectively.

Compatible with all Windows versions and Mac OS; eye-pleasing HDD LED activity indicator; Support hot-swap,Plug & play.


If You Are Wondering About SD Memory Card Speeds

December 20, 2016

SD Memory cards are used in many different devices these days from smartphones to cameras to video recording devices…  There are so many cards to choose from. For example, check out [click here] to see an example of what I am talking about.

So, how do you determine what “class” card to purchase? Like everything else when it comes to storage; speed and capacity are two of the main factors that most people look at. A general rule of thumb when it comes to the SD Card (for file and data storage) is that the higher the class number, with Class 10 being the highest, the faster the read/write speeds. To learn more follow the source link below to get insight on SD Memory Cards…

sd-card-ratings

The SD Association defines Speed Class standards indicated by speed symbols to help consumers decide what card will provide the required minimum performance for reliability.

Source: Speed Class – SD Association


All I Want For Christmas Is A MINIX NEO Z83-4

December 13, 2016

Looking to get one of these mini pc’s for Christmas (like I need another tech toy)… It is called the Minix NEO Z83-4. My intention is to set this up as a connection to my TV.  See spec’s and YouTube video below…

Minix NEO Z83-4

YouTube Review

Here are the specs:

Palm-Sized Computing – Ultra-compact design combined with premium performance. Equipped with Intel’s Cherry Trail Quad-Core processor.

Excellent Thermal Design – Perfect balance of speed, temperature, performance and absolute silence. Low operating temperature and incredibly energy-efficient.

Desktop Performance – Lightning-fast and highly responsive user experience. Exceptional connectivity capabilities, packed with 802.11ac Dual-Band Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet.

Multi-Purpose PC – Excellent Thin Client Solution or Home Theater PC. Equipped with Dual Output display ports (Mini DP and HDMI) and supports up to 4K @ 30fps.

Ready To Run Out Of The Box – 32GB of Samsung eMMC (MLC), 4GB of DDR3L memory and pre-installed with Windows 10 (64-bit).


Half Price On This Foldable Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard

September 16, 2016

Don’t know how long this deal will last, but you can get the Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard for iPad, iPhone, Android devices, and Windows Tablets at half price on Amazon. Two things jump out at me that I like and that is it is Bluetooth (4.0) Smart and has full-size keys.

 Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard