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This review is from: 54mm Express Usb3.0 To 3 ports Card Adapter Hot-Swap
Pros: Inexpensive, providing three USB 3.0 ports with reasonably good throughput. The card fits nicely, with no protrusions.
Cons: This is a Do-It-Yourself project from the ground up. The device comes with an unlabeled mini-CD and the card. There is no manual, no data sheet, nothing. The five I bought came in a bubble-wrap filled envelope that appeared to be hand packaged in China
The driver disk has a collection of folders and compressed files. There is no start-up script. You will have to find the 3 port USB folder and unpack its files and folders manually. Then you will find an installer, which does the rest. When the installation is done you must reboot to see the new device, although this is not mentioned. .
I can find no Website for this company. It looks as if what is on the disk is all you will ever get.
I am still testing the card to see if it is actually running at USB 3 speed. There is no Windows message telling me I could get better performance but the speed does not seem as high as I might expect.
Other Thoughts: If this card has the desired USB 3 throughput it will be a welcome addition to the laptop.
This is likely an OEM product sold by the hundreds to equipment builders. I would not wish its installation on anyone who is not technically skilled. The average computer user is probably not going to get this card to work and at under #20 apiece, don't expect much support.
In the future I will be certain to buy from New Egg partners who list a Website. That might have saved a lot of hassle.
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.