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Pros: Reasonably snappy UI and load times, even with GUI updates. Wireless (N300) speed is OK, but Wired Gigabit speed and reliability is how you get the best and most consistent experience. Works well with the PLEX software on the home server, and PLEX itself is pretty well written and engineered, with easy setup and administration.
In the year or so that I've had this device, it has already paid for itself via the electric bill. Instead of using a 95+ Watt PS3 to watch Netflix, Hulu, etc... I use a 3W max Roku that does it all just as well.
Cons: On rare occasion the Roku will freeze, necessitating a power cycle (unplug and plug back in). I usually have to pull the battery on my smart phones, more often than I have to pull power on the Roku. So it's a non-issue.
Other Thoughts: If the Roku 2 XS is this good, the beefier Roku 3 has to be a dream.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: One year out, and it still works as it should. I test it every so often with my ESXi 5.1 VM, and my various switches, and routers, and such, and it performs a clean shutdown every single time... with runtime to spare. This UPS runs at a constant 40-55% load.
Cons: However useful and functional the UPS may be, it's always let down by the software. Especially the terrible UI. Business, Personal, or VM appliance version. Doesn't matter.
Other Thoughts: It's a good buy for the price. Still have to spend a bit more money for something more feature-filled and robust, but for a-step-above-normal-home-use, it works.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Like a digital record, baby, right round, round, round. I was skeptical of buying a refurb drive, but at least 1 year later it's doing well. If it's made it a year, it'll probably make it 3.
Cons: The failure rate of all modern hard drives (2009-ish and ongoing), both 2.5" and 3.5", is alarmingly higher than in the past. Part of this can be seen in the number of refurb drives you can find at various outlets, like Newegg, and is also evidenced by the fact that all the manufacturers cut their Warranties down considerably.
At least it isn't a Seagate drive.