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WD My Passport Ultra Metal Edition 1TB USB 3.0 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very slim and attractive case. Data transfer rates seem to be on mark with what you should expect from USB3.0. Windows and Mac support.

Cons: Proprietary software that gobbles up a portion of the space available. Formatted to NTFS so may not be plug & play with all systems. I personally rate this at 4 eggs rather than 5 because of its proprietary nature, it is not truely plug & play.
As stated by another reviewer, the pricing seems a bit out of whack if for only $20 or $30 more you can get the larger capacity model.

Other Thoughts: The case is very nice and being made of aluminum I would suspect it would help keep the drive running at a cooler temperature better than a plastic case would, although during all my torture the drive temps never showed any signs for concern.

Although I dislike having to install proprietary software on my PC, the WD Smartware is a very easy to understand software and installed and even updated to the current version without a hitch on my Windows 7 Ultimate box, alas as is usually the case there is no direct Linux support. The ability to include your dropbox account is a nice touch although there are other services out there that offer much better plans (10 to 20GB) for free as well. Hardware encryption could be a plus to some, especially if you are the type that drag this thing around with you wherever you go. For the normal Joe that leaves it sitting at home as a Backup destination leaves little use for it IMO.
The Pro software provides licensing for three computers once you register the product on the WD website.

Not exactly sure of why one would want (or is that need) to back up the files on the cloud? If the cloud servers mess things up you still have the files on your computer, if your computer messes up you still have the files in the cloud, and/or on your other devices that are synced with it. ???

I was able to transfer a 1.1GB file to the device in just over 30 seconds. Transferring files from a second USB3.0 device saw rates of 70 to 72 MB/s for a sustained period of time and the drives never seemed to get any warmer than about 105DegF

On a side note for those that use and maintain OpenSource computers, this drive does work equally well on Linux systems especially once you ditch all the proprietary software from its internals, which will also see the recovery of disk space so you actually get 1.0 TB (1,000,170,586,112 bytes).

Overall I am quite happy with the performance aspect of the drive, and would recommend it to those looking for a simple option for backing up their PC that runs Mac or Windows. I would equally recommend it to those running Linux as long as they want to deal with a total delete and reformat of the drive prior to use.

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DEEPCOOL M6 Laptop Cooling Pad 17
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The metal grid over the fan supports your laptop well and gives a good solid feel to the cooler. The fan (in the unit I received) is super quiet and the variable speed is a great feature. The integrated speakers are a nice touch.

Cons: I really cannot find anything truly negative about this cooler, I would recommend this for anyone needing a little boost in their laptops cooling abilities. The integrated speakers are a nice touch for many older laptops that have not so good speakers... however the speakers that are in this cooler are still not top notch either, depending on the laptop it may or may not have better speakers.

Other Thoughts: Much larger than I expected... but sits very comfortably on your lap. The metal grid over the fan supports your laptop well and gives a good solid feel to the cooler. The fan is super quiet and the variable speed is a great feature as often times a massive amount of air is not needed for proper cooling, but simply a flow to move warm are away from the machine. Although the metal mesh adds a degree of firmness it does not prevent a smaller laptop or netbook from sliding down the cooler when inclined a bit more than it might be if it were placed on a table or other hard horizontal surface. On a side note, it would be nice to see a replaceable fan... yeah I know, then they wouldn't be able to sell as many coolers... but from a guy that loves to fix the broken things it would be a plus.

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USB 2.0 Phone Telephone Internet Handset Skype VOIP
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Sufficient 09/07/2014

This review is from: USB 2.0 Phone Telephone Internet Handset Skype VOIP

Pros: Lightweight and still feels fairly solid for the price, can be hung up on a hook,

Cons: Not back-lit although photo gives a slight appearance that it might be because the labeling on the buttons are so bright (would be nice if it was).

Other Thoughts: I use this in my shop and it was nice to be able to hang this on a hook under my cabinets above my bench. Works ok with Skype on Linux, just make sure you get the settings set up correctly for the input/output in sound settings.

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