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Pros: This was a rather inexpensive product that perfectly suited my needs. I intentionally bought a 10ft cable when I only needed 3 because the price differential was very small and I wanted the option to use this in other settings later on. The connectors seem fairly robust and the digital nature of the signal means I'm getting the best quality possible with the hardware I have connected. Additionally, the lightweight cable and mini DisplayPort connector are at much less of a risk of falling out of the machine compared to the VGA alternative
Cons: the only potential con of this product is that the housing for the DVI connector is much larger than average. This could lead to some problems for users attempting compact mounting methods.
Other Thoughts: This cable allows my setup to connect directly to a third monitor without additional adaptors. As previously mentioned in the Pros section, the digital format provides a fairly obvious increase in video quality over VGA, so I recommend DisplayPort whenever possible. The snap in connection on the DisplayPort side also means the connector keeps itself secure without the use of screw terminals, so any accidental tripping is more likely to lead to a disconnect than a fallen computer or a broken port.READ FULL REVIEW
-rated to military specifications for ruggedness (not the silly rugged specs, I don't remember the actual number for the standard used)
-in great shape for a used computer
-clean copy of Windows 7
Cons: It is a used computer, so you don't know exactly what you're getting until you get it.
Other Thoughts: I purchased this computer basically as a disposable machine. It will be spending a few months overseas in "the sandbox" so we'll see if that ruggedness spec holds up. I updated no drivers when I received the machine, and everything but the webcam appears to function fine (probably needs a driver update or I didn't spend enough time checking to see if it worked). When I purchased this machine, it was basically the same as me ordering an individual copy of Windows 7.
-I chose this machine over other brands because of reputation. I have personally dropped and (I swear accidentally) thrown these machines to have them come out with only cosmetic damage. These are seriously rugged workhorses.
This review is from: WD My Passport 1TB Portable External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 - Silver
Pros: small form factor
low power consumption
Cons: -Comes formatted NTFS, which new Apple computers cannot write to without modifications (reformatting to FAT32 will be required)
-not rated for dust and sand. Good luck overseas little drive
Other Thoughts: Preface to actual commentary: I purchased this drive because it was inexpensive. I don't plan on it lasting long because it will be on deployment, where sand and dust are a huge issue.
Additional side note: I tend to consider "refurbished" products as "inspected more rigorously than usual" products and have had very good experiences with them so far.
-Unlike other portable drives I have used, this one can sustain read/write for long periods of time without the USB port shutting down. no additional power injection was required.
-Transfer speeds were on par with USB 3.0 standards.
-As an Apple computer is part of this whole file transfer thing, reformatting to FAT32 was required.
I will post an update on durability either when the drive finally gives out from too much sand inside of it, or when the drive makes it home safely (maximum of 10 months). If the update is about drive failure, this does not necessarily mean the drive is bad, will be more like saying how much abuse it took to kill it.