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This review is from: Seagate Expansion 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive STBX1000101 Black
Pros: The drive is as small and light as you’d expect from a portable 2.5 inch. The cable is longer than usual, at 18” which is not revolutionary but certainly convenient. It’s also fast, it benchmarked 105.2 MB/s read and 99.7 MB/s write from a Lenovo X1 Carbon. The 750 GB drive formats to a capacity of 698 GB.
Cons: I don’t trust it. For one, there’s the “Scan and Fix” error that pops up every time I plug it in. Reformatting solves this only temporarily, as the error eventually returns. For two, the drive doesn't work at all on the USB 3 bus of my desktop PC (an ASRock Extreme3 Gen3). Continuous “Device could not be read” errors occur. My other USB 3 devices function perfectly. On USB 2 it works without incident. I also tested it on a Macbook Pro and a Lenovo X1 Carbon, both of which also have USB 3. The drive worked fine, aside from the occasional “Scan and Fix” error.
Other Thoughts: This is a tough one, because it’s possible the drive is defective and this doesn't represent the typical Seagate experience. Had I not tested the drive on my desktop PC this review might be different. However- I feel obligated to report my experience as it happened. This drive does not have my confidence. It works for the most part, but I feel uneasy about storing anything on here permanently.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC2.0U3
Pros: The Buffalo Drivestation is nearly silent in operation, I had to check the little green LED to make sure it was really on or off. It’s also fast- I averaged about 100 MB/s while loading this thing up with ripped movies. Given the USB 3 interface, I expected it to be fast, but it’s the details that make this an outstanding external drive. There is no on-off switch, instead the drive automatically shuts off when the PC is asleep or off. It does not emit too much heat, which is a good sign when considering longevity. A three foot USB3 cable is rightfully included, and the drive can be arranged horizontally or vertically.
The Backup Utility software (for Windows) is not exactly industrial strength but it’s at least as useful as the Mac OS’s Time Machine. It allows you to set a backup schedule and run backups on designated drives or directories. Simple and effective.
Cons: It’s expensive. Seagate offers a similar product for a good $20 less at the time of this review.
Other Thoughts: I assume Buffalo’s intent is to appeal to users who want speed and silence and are willing to pay a little more for it. With that in mind, this drive is a real winner. Quiet, fast, unobtrusive… It’s easy to forget this thing is external. I hardly notice its presence. The software, other than the backup utility, is forgettable and I doubt most users will bother with it. Overall, this drive gets a big recommendation from me.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very bassy. When things go boom you feel it in your brain! The audio has a lot of depth and dimension, I appreciated sound details that I didn't when using my speakers. I’m really particular about these over-ear sets, I often find them claustrophobic or uncomfortable for long durations… I didn't have a problem with these. My ears felt cushioned without my head feeling compressed. This is a comfortable and well-constructed headset.
Sound quality from the mic is fantastic. No distortion or static at all, which I’ve had problems with on cheaper headsets. The mic is flexible and can be easily adjusted by bending it. You can also detach it easily as it is connected via an audio jack. Usually I swing the mic up and out of the way, but on this set, you can just unplug it if you only want to use the headphones without the mic.
Beefy illuminated volume controls are built right into the cable, which, to me, is a must-have feature. Speaking of the cable, it’s one of those soft braided cables. It’s very long and doesn’t tangle easily.
Cons: Personally, I don’t listen to much music at my PC, but the strong bass does cause mild to moderate distortion. Not a big deal to me, but if you’re really picky about music, you’ll either want something more versatile or a second headset just for music. For future versions, I would include a bass toggle on the controls.
Other Thoughts: The aluminum earpiece plates are amusing but not a big deal. I can see how they wanted to give the headset a defining feature but ultimately it’s a gimmick. As gaming headsets go, I’d say this one is very competitive. It’s a well thought-out product, without any obvious flaws. I would easily recommend it to anyone needing a high-quality sub-$100 headset, unless they were more particular about music than they were about gaming.READ FULL REVIEW