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Pros: As an everyday user: Cool product! Made my old computer fast at turning on and the programs I use all day are really fast now, too!
As an enthusiast:The drive is fairly quick in applications (after using that application a couple times), Windows boots much quicker than I ever imagined it could in my old Dell laptop. Not only does it sort of feel like a solid state drive, but I have so much space to store things on. A terabyte worth of moderately quick storage, that acts like a solid state drive as best it can? I like it. I definitely wouldn't think of going with this drive over a real SSD, but the performance increase is definitely noticable. Data transfers...not bad considering the access times. I'm not sure if i'm being a pessimist here, or if this drive really fails to excite me, but see below. Sure, it's quick. Sure it's made my older laptop feel new while booting and using a few common applications, but it seems like some sort of bad joke when it finally hits the mechanical section of the drive.
Cons: I did run benchmarks on this drive, and they were not that terribly impressive, even on the SSD portion. This drive could definitely use faster NAND, and more of it.
For a hard drive that's meant to go in a laptop (which generally don't have that great of cooling for the drives), and being 5400rpm, the drive gets pretty warm. In my laptop, the old 5400rpm drive would stay around 40c, while this SSDHDD thing hovers around 47c. This is a bit warmer than I'd like a drive getting, but it doesn't seem to mind the heat.
The mechanical portion of this drive is not very impressive. Sure, it's fairly quick with sequential reads, and slightly better with writes, but the access times are absolutely miserable when focusing on only the mechanical portion. 19ms random access time? I have green drives that best that by a good margin. I've even seen better in 5400rpm drives from 5-10 years ago. It isn't AAM affecting performance...I checked. I should also note that I had a fan on it so it wasn't running as warm as I just mentioned. In my desktop...
So basically, it feels really really fast, then it's suddenly far from it. That should be alright, as the drive should try to "get smart" and move your most used data to the ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE (sarcasm) 8gb of MLC NAND that is in this thing. It would be a lot better if Seagate offered 16 or maybe even 32gb of storage in a hybrid drive.
Other Thoughts: Since Newegg hasn't had the greatest reputation for shipping hard drives safely, the retail box might offer a little extra protection, so that's always a good thing. The retail box also comes with some warranty information. That's all you get inside the retail box. I expected them to not include anything extra, and I was right. I'm not so sure about the reliability, but the drive does have a 3 year warranty, so that's definitely a nice touch. Just be sure to pick up an external and back your documents up to it.
I may not have given this drive that great of a review, but I would definitely recommend it for your average user. It's really nice to have your laptop boot up quickly, and have roughly the same performance it did before the drive upgrade in a worst-case scenario. I'm more of a power user/enthusiast, and it definitely isn't for me. I'm sure my sister will absolutely love it though...
Pros: Pros: This drive runs EXTREMELY cool and quiet. It's also quite fast. In HDTach on my AMD SB950 based chipset (SATA 6gbps) system, the drive managed to pull off a quite impressive 95mb/sec average read and a 15.6ms random access time. That's almost as fast as my 7200.12 rpm drive! You can't hear the drive spinning, but you can hear the occasional noise in a silent room with data being written to it.
I temporarily had the drive hooked up via. eSATA, in a hard drive dock. Definitely not the best for heat dissapation or silencing the drive...so i'm extremely impressed.
The drive is able to handle recording multiple video streams at once from a few network cameras (too bad my cameras aren't able to push my 802.11AC network), But with how speedy this drive is, I'm sure it could handle a bunch more.
After benchmarking the drive against a Hybrid SSDHDD, the mechanical portion of this drive is a little faster at sequential reads and writes, and has a much quicker random access time. Again, I'm very impressed with this drive.
Cons: These drives are NOT to be used as storage or a boot drive! AV work only. It handles errors VERY differently than any other drive on the market. Instead of pausing and retrying like most drives, it accepts the error and continues. Would you rather have a corrupt frame of a video or a minute of missing time in your video? Although, it is kind of a pro...depending on what you use the drive for. If you get this drive, it should only be used for recording video of some sort! Surveillance video or maybe even some TV shows/movies. This drive is NOT a regular hard drive!
Other Thoughts: Some of the 3.5" GP-AV drives were just as fast as the Caviar Green drives, but ran a bit warmer to the touch. This is most definitely NOT the case with this drive.This seems to be exactly what anybody would want in a notebook sized drive, recording many streams of video. Whether it's surveillance or media related, it'll do the job.
The only question is: how long will it last? With temperatures like this, I imagine a bit longer than most. Heat kills drives, and I haven't been able to make this drive warm to the touch. 30c MAXIMUM in an 85 degree Fahrenheit room?! I approve.
Pros: First of all, don't let the word Cloud affect your decision on purchasing a new router. It's completely optional with this router. Also, just as everybody else has said, the initial setup is very straight forward.
Range on the 2.4 Ghz band is quite awesome for those older wireless G and N devices. Not only do I have a much stronger signal at the back of the house, but the speed of the connection is much higher as well.
It looks awesome, there are no incredibly bright flashing lights on it, range on the 2.4 Ghz band (with WPA2 only mode selected) is absolutely awesome, the USB port is finally semi-functional on a router. Very straight forward to use, with only mild issues.
Cons: The router came in WPA/WPA2 mixed mode, which really ruined the range on both bands. After changing it to WPA2 only mode, the range issue was resolved. Not all devices support WPA2, so be careful if you have an old wireless card.
I've been playing around with QoS on this thing for a while now, and I just can't seem to get anything working right. Downloading something and playing a game worked out beautifully on my older D-Link router, but I get terrible ping spikes on this one no matter what I do.
Other Thoughts: The default channel width is set to Auto on both the 2.4 and 5 ghz bands. I'm not sure how older wireless cards would be affected by this "auto" setting. I also cannot seem to modify any files on the USB flash drive i've had plugged into the router. All files are in use...odd.
Overall, it's a pretty decent router. It has a number of features I don't even plan on trying to take advantage of (the cloud features, mostly), but for basic home use in an area with a very cluttered 2.4 GHz band, it'd be really nice to have. Connections are stable and quick. I am really hoping I can eventually figure out what is going on with QoS though.
I was only able to test Wireless N, as those AC adapters are quite expensive and I don't really have much use for one yet. If I do get my hands on one, I'll definitely post a second review.
I would recommend this router to anybody and everybody if QoS was a bit more simple to get working the way you wanted.