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This review is from: Symantec Norton 360 Premier 6.0 - 3 User
Pros: Installs easily, does not bog the system down, catches a lot of nasty bugs. It does some system maintenance in the background.
Cons: The interface is not the easiest to navigate but once you get used to it is not all that bad.
Other Thoughts: For years Norton has been a very effective product that could drag a computer to its knees. Updates used to cause occasional problems, often major ones, and I finally ditched it a after having used it since the DOS days.
I am happy to say that this version of Norton works well, it causes minimal system slowdown, and the auto update has never caused a problem. I guess Symantec finally got wise and fixed the product. I have been using Norton 360 going on two years with no problems whatsoever.
The interface is a bit complicated to navigate at times. Things that should be simple to find are not always. Once you get used to it it is not so bad. The good news is that there is little need to tweak the settings, as I used to do with another security suite.
This review is from: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
Pros: Three terabytes with USB 3 is hard to beat but this disk was mostly dead on arrival.
It was seen by Windows 7 but it had no files and no drive letter. When I rebooted it powered down. I had to power cycle it to get it to be seen again.
After 30-40 minutes it started making high pitched noises and clunking sounds and then it came up OK. That does not instill a high degree of trust. I returned it to Best Buy.
Cons: The disk will power down if the computer is rebooted. It will not come back up. Seagate says to download new drivers for the USB 3 port and install their dashboard software to configure the drive so it does not shut down.
I'm sorry but an external hard drive is supposed to just work. I should not have to install software from an unknown company just to configure the drive so it works as expected. I suspect the entire GoFlex line has the same problem.
The drive works fine on an XP machine with a USB 2 port so Seagate may be correct about the USB 3 driver issue. I cannot imagine the grief the average computer owner would go through to get this drive up and running. External hard drives are supposed to be simple devices. This one is not.
Other Thoughts: This drive is entirely too "high tech" for its own good. I should not need a dashboard program to get an external drive to run. There is a utility program available called SeaTools that tests Seagate drives. It requires .Net Framework 4.0 to run.
So, to test a Seagate hard drive you need to modify your PC in a major way, waiting 10-15 minutes for .Net to install, so you can have really nice graphics. I would prefer an ugly screen with courier 10 type if it just works.
The replacement Hitachi has 2 TB capacity and USB 2 capability and cost $130. Most retailers had the Seagate 3 TB drive for $210 or $220. I paid $160 at Best Buy, which usually is not the best buy in town. I can handle the lower capacity and speed since the Hitachi drive is reliable and just works, without the special software.
This review is from: Panasonic Blu-ray Player DMP-BD60K
Pros: Easy setup, seems simple to operate, good value.
Cons: None so far
Other Thoughts: I bought the Sony BDP-S560, which arrived dead out of the box. The manual was confusing as the blazes. NewEgg took an RMA with no re-stocking fee and they pre-paid the return shipping. What more could you want?
With grand kids coming by we MUST have this unit working on 01/01 so there was not time to order a replacement. I got the Panasonic at Worst Buy for $150, or about $25 more than New Egg's price. At least a Blu-Ray disk of my choice (value up to $30) came with it.
New Egg shipped the Sony in the retail carton, which may be why it was defective. Those boxes are intended more for trucking on a skid than shipping individually. UPS left the retail box, emblazoned with BLU-RAY DVD, on my porch for the world to see. The box may as well have said, "I'M EXPENSIVE. PLEASE STEAL ME".
No matter, New Egg is tops.
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