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This review is from: Seagate STCR3000101 3TB Personal Cloud NAS server
Pros: Easy initial setup on network with primary computer.
Solid looking hardware.
Easy configuration with Windows 8.1 File History.
Cons: Slow transfer speeds
Even though initial setup is easy adding other devices takes some head scratching.
It doesn't like multitasking.
Other Thoughts: I've had this device for a little over a week now, enough time to run some tests and get a feel for it. The initial setup couldn't be easier, simply plug it into a spare port on your router, plug in the power, and follow the prompts. The first prompt was for a firmware update that went smoothly, as did setting up the usual things like the administrator password and username. Adding users threw me a bit at first since once a user is added there are times you need to enter admin information and times you need new user information to access folders, but it didn't take long to get the hang of it.
To see how it worked as a media server I transferred about 14GB of music and over 50GB of video files, an overnight project because transfer speeds were slow. I didn't dock an egg because I don't know if the slow speeds were caused by the Seagate hardware or my networking setup (I use powerline adapters throughout the house). For the music and videos I used the default folders in the Public folder. After the files were transferred I streamed both music and movies to my desktop PC (wired), and Surface Pro 3 and HP Stream 7 tablets (wireless); all media played with no stutters or lag.
Next I setup up File History, a Windows 8.1 feature. Again the initial process was an overnight affair because of the large amount of files to initially transfer. For File History I created a personal folder with unique login information to protect my private documents, and again everything went smoothly.
One of the options in the File History window is to create a system image. This was a little trickier because it's networked rather than local storage and sorting out which password and username to use took some trial and error but I got it figured out.
I was pleasantly surprised when I went to stream music through a Phillips streaming device I picked up a few years ago for playing stored music through my stereo system. It tends to be really twitchy with different media servers but it saw the Seagate unit immediately and I was able to use it without a problem. In fact, the only glitch I've run into with this device is that it doesn't multitask, in that I was not able to run a file transfer at the same time as I ran File History (I would receive an error message saying the target device couldn't be found). This may be a big issue for some but to me it wasn't worth an egg.
I think my one big critique for the Personal Cloud would be its value. In our home we have desktop PCs with lots of internal storage that don't really need a centralized media server. However, as I mentioned, we also run tablets in our home and their internal storage is limited, and for them a media server is very nice luxury to have. So it all comes down to what type of devices you have in your home.
This review is from: Microsoft P2Z-00001 Black Bluetooth Slim Universal Mobile Keyboard
Pros: Easy to pair with devices and to switch between different platforms.
Goes into sleep mode automatically when the lid is shut.
Other Thoughts: I picked this up to use with an HP Windows 8.1 tablet and my work iPhone 4s (I'm lousy at thumb typing). It was a piece of cake to pair both devices, and the built-in stand props them up at just the right angles (you have two options). The construction seems solid, and it isn't difficult to type on even though the keyboard is small.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Team 32GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model TG032G0SD28X
Pros: It works!
Other Thoughts: I got this card to increase the storage for a new HP Mini PC I just picked up. No problems with compatibility, I plugged it in and the system saw it immediately. I use it to store my mp3 collection since the SSD that came with the Mini doesn't have a lot of space to spare.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Cecil S.
Date Joined: 03/29/06
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