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Best Laptop SSD in 2017 with 512GB 1TB capacity : Top 2.5” SSD brands for laptops – best 2.5 inch laptop SSD drives in 2017

Best 2.5” SSD for laptop with 512GB 1TB in 2017: top 10 2.5” laptop solid state drives of 2017

The best 2.5” SSD for laptop with 512GB and 1TB capacity are here. SSD a k a solid state drives have got very popular in 2017 chiefly due to the fact that they make the laptop faster almost instantly. Over the past few years, the prices of SSD for laptop with 512GB have come down considerably and you can find one below 200. Here are some important things to look in the best SSD for laptop with 512GB or 1TB capacity.

SSD for laptop with 512GB 1TB 2017

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SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

The SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 is the fastest USB flash drive out there, and it comes with an inspiring design and innovative features like 128 bit encryption that will attract a lot of people who like to keep their data secure.

sandisk extreme pro usb 3.0 review

Design, Features

The entire body of the SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 is made of plastic. Measuring 0.54 x 0.8 x 2.75 inches, it weighs 0.5 ounces. Our review unit came with massive 128 GB capacity. While you can flash it in any file system format, we suggest going with the FAT 32 as only then you will enjoy its encryption software’s Mac OS X compatibility. SanDisk also offers 2 gigabytes of free online storage.

Encryption via SanDisk Secure Access

sandisk-secure-accessThe flash drive maker has included a copy of Secure Access that offers password protection and secure partition with 128 bit AES encryption. Mac users will have to download it from SanDisk’s website since only windows version is included on disk.

Benchmarks and Performance

SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive benchmarkTo enjoy the full USB 3.0 speeds, you must be using a computer that has USB 3.0. As you can see in aforementioned screenshot of Crystal disk mark, we see it hitting 260 MB/s read and 245 MB/s write speeds. SanDisk claims 260 MB/s and 240 MB/s read and write speeds, so the claims are totally legit.

Extreme Pro 3.0 vs Extreme 3.0

SanDisk claims that the Extreme 3.0 will achieve 170 MBps write speed and 190 MBps read, but in our tests we got 110 MBps write and 105 MBps read which are not shabby in any manner. However, Extreme Pro speeds are much, much better.

SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive vs Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 vs Flash Voyager GT

In comparison to the other USB 3.0 drives, Kingston Data Traveler Ultimate 3.0 and Flash Voyager GT, SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.0 was the clear winner.

So what is missing?

Linux compatibility – While the flash drive is compatible with Linux operating systems, the encryption app is not.

Bloat ware – There is no need to bundle a 60 day McAfee Internet Security suite, GoToMyPC, RoboForm Password Manager, Club SanDisk and an eBay sidebar tool for Internet Explorer on the drive.

SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.0 review

SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Review Summary

editor choiceThe SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.0 USB Flash Drive is the fastest one that we have ever reviewed and it is must have for anyone who wants to secure his data. It has really set the standard for what one should expect from a technology in 2014.

Sandisk Ultra Backup USB flash drive REVIEW – perfect way to backup your data [netbook and notebooks]

Netbooks have become very personal devices now. We carry them with us everywhere we go. This makes backing up data extremely important. Sandisk provides an excellent solution to this problem. From outside, it may look like a normal flash drive, but what makes it different from the rest of the flash drives is its easy-to-use backup feature. Its massive capacity of upto 64GB makes it ideal for storing huge consumer files too. Do we recommend it? Read the review and find it out yourself!

We are taking more pictures; downloading a lot of music and storing a lot of files everyday. This calls for proper backup management as the risk of loosing the data also increases. The netbooks and ultra-portables have become more personal than ever and many of us store important files into it. Although carrying  a USD HDD to backup the files makes sense, but I do not recommend using them on the go for two reasons:

  • They have moving parts: Since they have moving parts, it makes them more prone of getting damaged.
  • They are heavy
  • They take a lot of space

This calls for a solution that does not have moving parts. Yes, I am talking about flash drives. Flash drives do not suffer from this problem as they:

  • do not have moving parts, which makes them more secure
  • are light and easy to carry
  • do not take a lot of space and are very compact

I believe that backup data process should be seamless and as user friendly as possible. Sandisk Ultra Backup USB flash drive excels in this area. This flash drive comes in 4 capacities: 8GB, 16GB. 32GB and 64GB.

How does the backup process works?

The backup process is extremely simple. Here are some features of the backup utility:

  • You can produce upto 10 versions of the same file
  • You can select what folders you want to sync
  • A little ‘+’ appears on the left of the file which has multiple versions
  • You can filter the files by date (that you wish to backup)
  • You can ignore the files that are below a certain file size

The backup process can be triggered by pressing the dedicated backup button too. Here are few screenshots of the backup utility.

EULA agreement

EULA agreement

select the folders that you want to backup

backup process

backup process

setting screen

setting screen

'+' showing multiple versions

'+' showing multiple versions

Final verdict

The Sandisk Ultra Backup Drive is great for those who want to have a no fuss solution for the backup needs. The Sandisk has taken care of the everything here:  speed, security and simplicity. I recommend it for every mobile professional.

Pros:

  • 1 click backup button
  • backup feature is reliable
  • password protection
  • maintains multiple copies
  • easy to use software
  • reasonable priced
  • Available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities
  • 5 year warranty

Cons:

  • the installation application takes a lot of screen estate. Installing it on a screen with less than 768 pixels in height is a tough job.
  • no Mac or Linux support

VIA Surfboard C855 supports 1080p playback!

VIA has unveiled a new mainboard reference design for netbook. It will come with 1.6GHz VIA C7-M ULV processor with a 800MHZ FSB. But that alone is not the reason for the HD playback. It has the VIA’s Chrome9 graphics with support for hardware H.264, MPEG-2/4, VC-1 and WMV9 decoding that let it decode the HD videos. It supports resolution up to 1366×768 and external display resolutions of up to 1920 x 1440. It also has support for wifi, BT and GPS.

Th VIA Chrome 9 GPU will allow a machine to decode the HD video with less 40% CPU use. Surely, they are going to give the Intel Atom, some tough competition.

[via Slashgear]

press release:
VIA Surfboard Rolls Out Peak HD Performance for Mini-Notebooks

VIA Surfboard C855 Reference Design offers a highly power-efficient, ready-to-build solution to give system developers a head start in the mini-notebook market

Taipei, Taiwan, March 17, 2009 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA Surfboard C855 Reference Design – an ultra-compact mainboard incorporating the VIA C7-M ULV processor, the brand new VIA VX855 unified IGP chipset, and advanced VIA multimedia and connectivity silicon, that has been specifically designed for easy integration into devices targeted at the rapidly growing mini-notebook market.

Unveiled today at the VIA Global Mobility Bazaar (GMB) Tech Forum Spring in Shenzhen, China – an event bringing together a host of PC manufacturing and infrastructure partners focused on delivering affordable, power efficient mini-notebooks to global markets – the VIA Surfboard C855 Reference Design will not only reduce development time and costs for system manufacturers, but offers the latest advancements in ultra-mobile technology including smooth playback of high bit-rate 1080p HD video and outstanding 8-channel HD audio.

While consumers have been quick to endorse the mini-notebook form factor and the convenience provided by its connectivity and web surfing capabilities, the rise of HD video has resulted in a growing demand for better visual computing from ultra-mobile products.

The VIA Surfboard C855 meets this demand by providing flawless playback of high bit-rate 1080p HD video, which along with support for internal display resolutions of up to 1366 x 768 pixels and external display resolutions up to 1920 x 1440 pixels, the latest high definition VIA Vinyl Audio, and a wide range of connectivity options, allows for a rich on-the-go multimedia experience.

“A key advantage of the VIA Surfboard C855 is the head start it affords mini-notebook system developers or those seeking to enter the market,” said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “Not only is VIA in the unique position of being able to offer customers a complete, ready-to-build solution, but the new board’s HD capabilities mean VIA-based mini-notebooks will provide a superior multi-media entertainment experience.”

For more details on the VIA GMB Tech Forum Spring, please visit the VIA website at:
http://www.via.com.tw/en/company/events/2009gmb-techforum/

About the VIA Surfboard C855 Reference Design
Designed for 10-12″-screen mini-notebook devices, the powerful, feature-rich yet highly power-efficient VIA Surfboard C855 Reference Design comes with a VIA C7-M ULV processor supporting an 800MHz FSB, combined with the VIA VX855 media system processor with its support for a wide range of digital media technologies and I/O appropriate for the mini-notebook market.

The advanced graphics experience of the VIA Surfboard C855 Reference Design is powered by the high performance VIA Chrome9 HCM IGP offering support for hardware acceleration of the widest variety of leading video standards including H.264, MPEG-2/4, VC-1 and WMV9, which significantly reduces the workload and power consumption of the processor and enables high bit-rate HD video playback while utilizing less than 40% of CPU resources.

The latest high definition audio is supported through VIA Vinyl 8-channel HD audio, and a rich range of connection options includes support for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and 3G for unparalleled flexibility.

More information about the VIA Surfboard C855 Reference Design may be found on the VIA website at:
http://www.via.com.tw/en/initiatives/spearhead/surfboard_c855/index.jsp

About the VIA GMB Alliance
Launched in Shenzhen, China, in October 2008, the VIA Global Mobility Bazaar Alliance was established as part of VIA’s long-term commitment to inspire innovation in mobile computing devices by sharing its leading-edge technology and expertise in power efficient x86 processor platforms.

Leading Chinese manufacturers are participating in the VIA Global Mobility Bazaar, as well as infrastructure partners such as American Megatrends (AMI), InnoLux, ITE Tech, PQI, SanDisk and TD Hi-Tech.

A key focus of the VIA GMB Alliance is to bring innovative mobile computing devices such as mini-notebooks to fast-emerging markets around the world, as well as within China. These markets are among the fastest growing in the world and are developing a keen appetite for mobile computing.

Further details on the VIA Global Mobility Bazaar may be found on the VIA GMB website at:
http://gmb.viatech.com/

SanDisk Unleashes World’s Fastest MLC SSD Family [UMPC] [Netbook]

Sandisk has unveiled it’s first affordable third-generation SSDs based on Multi-Level Cell (MLC) Flash Technology. The G3 model are available in 2 sizes: 1.8″ C18 model and 2.5″ C25 model. Although the G3-family is based on MLC technology, it has a great speeds of 200MB/s read speed and 140MB/s write speed.

It is available in the capacities of 60, 120 and 240GB costing $149, $249 and $499 respectively. Want to know how fast is it? It is equivalent to the 40,000 rpm HDD!

So, finally we are seeing cheap SSDs with great performance. This will let the netbook and UMPC manufactures to start using SSDs again, esp in their premium range.

[press release]

User Reviews: HTC Touch HD

As the release date of the HTC Touch HD gets closer and closer, more and more people are actually able to get their hands on or acquire the Touch HD.

The device actually feels smaller than I thought, feels only slightly heavier than my Diamond and much lighter than my Pro.
The screen sensitivity for my finger is great, however it seems that I have to press harder with the stylus than on my Diamond.
I cannot prevent TouchFlo 3D from installing, soft-resetting before customization brings the device back in setup mode.
The screen and the size of the buttons are great for finger usage.
User Reviews HTC Touch HDThe device is faster than my Diamond and Pro, Touchflo 3D is really improved in terms of speed, however there is a lag when using the file explorer I didn’t had on my previous devices.
I really like the small led in the power button, indicating charging, Bluetooth, etc. No more irritating charging lights from the action button when the device is next to my bed.
All software I installed on my Diamond works on my HD (Spb products, Mobipocket, Pocketbreeze.)
There is a soft bag for protection of the HD. The good is that it doesn’t make the device much thicker. The bad is that it will not provide much protection, but it is nice that it is included.
The device comes with a 8GB microSD card (Sandisk class 2) :!:
TomTom navigator 7 is working perfectly. Better, no GPS lag
Loud speaker
No problem with the signal strength
UPDATE: read ApoTheTech.com’s review here
One big let down is that there is no video out, which is available in Touch Pro and sound is no longer routed via the mini-USB ports. I don’t think there is a need for it as Touch HD provides fantastic sound via it’s 3.5mm headphone jack. People have reported that it’s sound is even better than the iPhone, which is a nice thing to hear.

Thanks to random reviews of people at xda-devs

SDHC patch for Windows Mobile 5 and Windows Mobile 6 devices

Geniuses at XDA-devs have done it again! lepsyfou has come up with patch which would enable SDHC on SDHC-devices.

The price of SDHC cards have dropping faster than one even thought. Some manufactures and carriers didn’t come out with WM6.1 update which enabled SDHC support on their devices. I hope their device gets compatible with this ‘patch’ and they too can enjoy the high speed memory cards.

And now the best part of this news, it is FREE. Get it here!

From wikipedia,

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REVIEW: Sandisk Sansa Fuze 4GB MP3 player – Take that iPod Nano!

When you want to be a part of I-do-not-want-to-buy-an-iPod list, Sandisk has been on the progressive line of making feature-rich MP3 players. They have learned quite well from the past mistakes and have come out with great innovations in their new range of MP3 players. In the new Sansa range, they have improved the built quality; screen quality and sound quality. They have made something which can actually stand against the iPod Nano

Just look at the impression the Sansa makes on it’s user. It is under $100; packs more functionality than the iPod Nano; looks very sleek and is very fashionable. Packed with lot of great features like built in FM, video player, photo viewer and an great MP3 player, this one is not something to let go easily.

Design

The Sandisk Sansa Fuze is just 2.0 inches wide by 3.1 inches tall by 0.3 inches deep. Due to those comfortable dimensions, it is very easy to hold in your hand. It has very nice illuminated job wheel in the middle which is used also used to change the volume when playing a song. It is a very well designed MP3 player. It has a rubberized back and glossy front, together making it look very snazzy. I would prefer the rubberized back of the Sansa way more than the slippery back of the iPod Nano any day. In other words, the Sansa does not look like the cheap MP3 players from China

What is there in the Box?

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REVIEW – ASUS EEE PC 1000H – the ultimate Netbook/Mini-Laptop so far!

There is so much rage in the netbook arena. With so many companies jumping into the Netbook arena, it definitely becomes difficult for the number one netbook manufacturer, ASUS to stay as the leader. With the ASUS EEE 1000H, it seems like they have made the ultimate netbook so far. Combined with fast processor, ample storage space, great upgrading options and EXCELLENT battery life, they seem to have got everything right

REVIEW - ASUS EEE PC 1000H - the ultimate Netbook/Mini-Laptop so far!

A little HISTORY

Last year, ASUS was the first one to introduce netbooks into the market. It was due to the Asus, the term netbook became popular. ASUS first came with the EEE PC 70x series which included 700, 701 and 702. Those models became very popular due to their low price tags; good build quality and ruggedness. After few months, it launched ASUS 900, which was similar to EEE 701 but with bigger(8.9″) and better screen(1024 x 600). Size increase was marginal too. After a month, they came out with EEE 901, which sported Atom processor and bigger battery. 901 is still selling very well. Some even said that the EEE PC 901 is the best balance of power and mobility.

I personally own two EEE 701s. They work very nice for me. I upgraded to 900, but returned it as it also had the exact keyboard as 701. It is not that I hate the keyboard of 70x series. It is great for 15min data entry but definately not for prolonged durations. I didn’t upgrade to 901 just due to one reason. The reason was that I have been yearning for a better keyboard. Sooner, my wish was answered by ASUS when they introduced the ASUS 1000H. According to ASUS, the keyboard of the 1000H is 95% of the normal laptop size keyboard. This makes me a happy camper for sure!

Bootup

The EEE PC 1000H boots up very quickly. Definately, it boots faster than my 701 which has my personal nLited verson of XP professional. The EEE PC 1000H comes with Windows XP Home edition(too bad they don’t have XP professional option).

KEYBOARD = Perfect for typing and great for the bloggers

The size of the keyboard of the ASUS EEE PC 701 was just ok. It is perfect to enter small URLs and do some basic editing. If you had plans to write a lot on the keyboard, then, I would really not prefer you to write on the small keyboard of the 701.

On the other hand, the keyboard of the 1000H is simply fantastic. Infact, I’m writing the whole review on the keyboard of the ASUS 1000H. I feel like typing on the full keyboard. Asus claims that it is 95% of the full keyboard. The first time I started using this keyboard, I’d to make no adjustments at all. The keys are of good size and they have excellent tactile feedback.

1000H keyboad

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Sandisk Sansa Fuze MP3 player is here!

Look what I received today! It is the new Sansa Fuze from Sandisk. Sandisk has been a quick learner from it’s past mistakes. It has taken the feedback from it’s customers and has come out with a feature-rich product which provides it’s users a great multimedia experience everytime they use the Sansa Fuze.

Sandisk Sansa Fuze review

Stay tuned for the complete review :)

Here are it’s quick specifications:

  • Size: 3.1 x 1.9 x 0.3 in
  • Capacities: 2GB, 4GB, 8GB
  • microSD memory slot (SDHC supported)
  • Screen: 1.9”, 64k color, 224×176 pixel
  • Audio: MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC
  • Video: Converted MPEG-4 20FPS
  • Battery: 24 hours audio / 5 hours video

update: it finally received it’s full review at ApoTheTech.com  click Here to read it.