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Pros: Solid State drives continue to drop in price and this fact makes this drive a good buy at the $200 price range for (virtually) a 1TB SSD. The benchmarks I obtained from this drive were on par with some that I have worked with in a bit higher price range. I have opted to put this drive into a older Acer Netbook and although due to limitations of the Netbook I don't see major benefits of the SATA III SSD the biggest two pluses I have are much faster boot times and the netbook runs a significant bit cooler as the heat produced by the SSD is much lower than that which the old platter drive was putting out. These are certainly worth pointing out for anyone wishing to upgrade their drive in an older laptop and being a SSD I am sure that battery performance will benefit as well although I did not look at that aspect specifically.
Cons: At the time of this review none noted.
Other Thoughts: Being a SSD that has ample storage space and a decent price point it would be a good choice for an external storage device as well when paired with a fairly priced USB 3.0 SATA III enclosure. Fears of damage due to accidental rough handling are minimized because of the fact that SSD's have no moving parts, adding to the draw for the use as an external device or use in a laptop.
Of course as with any electronic device Longevity is always a concern, two weeks will not offer any input to that particular category, but as time goes on if I have any concerns about its reliability I will make sure to “Revisit” my review, as for now all things working great and just a bit faster and cooler!
Pros: Quiet! Wonderfully Quiet! If your NAS is in a location near your entertainment center the fact that these drives are virtually silent is a huge plus.
Cons: Not a con of the drive nor the brand, but a bias of my own. I have been burned by WD drives in the past (lost major amounts of data) and have a hard time considering them for any major use. I would certainly NOT take anything away from these drives based on that and from the performance I have seen so far with these I may have to start considering them again.
Other Thoughts: I normally don't take this long to do a review, but I wanted to have these drives in place and in use for a while to try to make a better judgment call. I have always used drives that were designed for Video surveillance systems as they are designed for 24 – 7 use. The WD Red series are intended for use on NAS Devices so should hold up well to the task. Only time will attest to that of course, so at this point longevity is not something that can be critiqued.
I have two of these drives running in my Netgear NAS to do my review and so far they have been running smoothly and from a performance stand point I have had absolutely no issues. Raid has been keeping them mirrored without issues. Temperatures have remained even, there have been no spikes even during times of heavy access.
I feel that only a couple weeks is really not sufficient time to do a review on an item such as these, Although I have had no issues so far only time can be the determining factor in the ultimate review. I must follow up with a review at a later date to feel confident in my breakdown on these drives. I would most definitely recommend and consider these drives for any NAS system that is in need of large capacity drives.
Pros: Solid feeling steel construction, no light-weight plastic clinging to the body of this switch. Easily mounted to wall or placed on desktop with full Gigabit capability. Power adapter is a reasonable size, it is not a "brick". Has a Kensington lock connection and is a nice neutral grey color.
Cons: No real cons.
Other Thoughts: You really can't go wrong with this purchase if you need a wired switch. I often wonder why they cannot make a switch that allows you to "turn off" the link and activity leds, it would be a nice feature if you need to place this in or around your Home Entertainment System and you wouldn't need to put electrical tape over then to darken them ... just a thought.READ FULL REVIEW