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My Passport Ultra Anniversary Edition 1TB USB 3.0 premium storage with style Model WDBTYH0010BCG-NESN
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Great portable HDD if Looks are important to you 09/30/2014

This review is from: My Passport Ultra Anniversary Edition 1TB USB 3.0 premium storage with style Model WDBTYH0010BCG-NESN

Pros: USB 3.0 means that performance is good - more than sufficient for a portable HDD (see "other thoughts" for the numbers).

Price is good for a 1TB external HDD

The drive's build quality is very good, and it really does look nice aesthetically. The drive's looks are clearly the selling point, and if they matter to you, you can consider this a 5/5 option and probably the best on the market right now.

3-year warranty is great, and I've always had good experiences personally with WD's warranty service.

Basic encryption is a nice feature, and cloud storage will be useful to some folks (though I personally try not to back up data to the cloud for privacy reasons).

Drive runs cool and is silent when placed on a firm surface (you can hear it spin if you pick it up in your hand while transferring data, though)

Cons: I'd love to see the use of a 7200 RPM drive instead of the 5400 RPM drive used here, in order to achieve even better performance that would be more comparable to a modern desktop HDD.

The encryption options here are quite basic. While I imagine it's enough for the vast majority of users, if you are concerned about serious encryption on your data, you may want to look elsewhere.

While not a specific con, I didn't find anything other than aesthetics that really made this drive stand out from the crowd (and the 1TB external HDD market is quite crowded). As such, I'm only rating this drive 4/5 eggs.

Other Thoughts: This is a competent 1TB external HDD for portable use that happens to also have great aesthetics. If you care about how your portable HDD looks, this is the drive for you. If looks don't matter to you, this is just one of many competent options on the market, and doesn't really stand out in any way. If looks DO matter to you, then this is one of the best options you have.

Performance #s from CrystalDisk Mark:
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Sequential Read : 117.238 MB/s
Sequential Write : 116.963 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 42.583 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 57.252 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.516 MB/s [125.9 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.372 MB/s [334.9 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 0.578 MB/s [141.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.401 MB/s [342.1 IOPS]

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NETGEAR GS205 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch in Plastic Case – Essentials Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small form factor & sleek design

Super simple ease of use - it's functionally plug n play on all ports for any devices you connect.

Performance was A-OK for me; I plugged in my two computers, my router, my NAS, and my printer, and had zero issues. This little device never took more than 30 seconds of my time, which is perfect - it lets you set up your network and then forget about it.

So in short, you get an inexpensive & nice looking switch that functions perfectly well for home use, with a decent price tag and 2 year warranty. Good stuff.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Great little switch - definitely recommended. I'm a big fan of how this looks in my house compared to some of the more traditional "looks like it belongs in a server room" switches I've had before.

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SteelSeries Flux In-Ear Mobile 3.5mm Connector Canal Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Pretty good 07/30/2014

This review is from: SteelSeries Flux In-Ear Mobile 3.5mm Connector Canal Headset

Pros: Sound quality is good for the price. You are not going to mistake these for a $200 pair of headphones, but you shouldn't expect to. The sound is good enough that there's no annoying qualities to it, and it's a definite step up from budget headphones like the ones that come with your phone.

The no-tangle cords are EXCELLENT... I cannot say enough good things about this design! It's also nice to have multiple size fittings for your ear.

In-line mic is a nice feature to have, though its usefulness seems to me to be a bit niche.

Cons: I primarily wanted to use these headphones to listen to my music on my smartphone while running, and I absolutely hated that experience... when the cord bounced up and down, even a small amount, it created a loud & obnoxious "thump" sound in my ear. It was absurd... instead of hearing my music, I felt like I was listening to the noise of a heartbeat turned up wayyyyyy too loud. Adjusting the size of the earpiece did not alleviate this problem.

I'm not sure if it's due to the design of the ear piece, or the design of the cord, but I found these headphones to be much more sensitive than typical to movement or contact, even compared to other in-ear headphones I've used.

-1 egg for this.

Other Thoughts: I was really bummed that these didn't work well for running, but overall this is a decent headset given the price. The issue with cord noise is a typical downside of in-ear designs, so I'm not going to be too hard on these for that.

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Display Name: Joshua M.

Date Joined: 06/07/05

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