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This review is from: Vantec Stealth 80mm Double Ball Bearing Silent Case Fan - Model SF8025L
Pros: Was silent for 3.5 years of near continuous use @ 37-45C temps before it started making noise. And at least it still worked even with a little noise--giving me time to buy another one.
Cons: It didn't last longer?READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Creative GigaWorks T40 II 32W RMS 2.0 Speakers
Pros: They look nice, have a small footprint, powerful sound, and great bass for such a small set of speakers. Clarity could be a bit better, but still a great set of speakers and I did ultimately pack my old speakers up and put them in my closet to keep these on my desk.
Cons: Compared side by side with my 15 year old Boston 2.1 set that I got with a Gateway computer, the sound clarity was a little lacking. Everything seems to be a little muffled ad some of the tones are meshed together. I was really quite shocked that my old Boston speakers sound less muffled even if you take the bass all the way down to try to compensate for the difference of the 2.0 vs. 2.1 system.
Other Thoughts: A friend of a friend had brought a set of these speakers to a BBQ on a deck in Chicago to play music from a phone. I thought they sounded really nice and they were so loud they drew noise complaints from the neighbors. That's what got me interested in these speakers.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: WD WDBVHT0080JCH-NESN 8TB (2 x 4TB) My Book Live Duo Personal Cloud Storage
Pros: Great Value: Only a small premium over two plain drives.
Decent Speed: Transferring at 13.1 MB/sec from my old WD My Book Mirror to the new My Book Live Duo while also transferring at 9.33MB/sec from my Hard drive to the same My Book Live Duo at the same time. I also hit up to 15.9MB/sec transferring only from my old WD My Book Mirror to the new My Book Live Duo. Keep in mind that 1MB/sec is 8 Mbit/sec so at my max transfer rate I was utilizing ~200Mb or 20% of the 1Gb/sec network connection---Pretty Good and Faster than copying files to some cheap USB sticks.
I was a little worried about making the purchase considering some of the bad reviews that I've seen, but it works great for me. I was up and running in minutes out of the box with the Ethernet cable going straight from my computer to the new My Book on a separate subnet from the rest of my home network.
Cons: New Drive Manager does not recognize old WB My Book Mirror's so I'll be stuck with two tray icons. I also still prefer the straight USB interface of the Mirror Edition vs. the Ethernet connection. I also worry that the Mirror Edition HD's could be directly recovered to a windows OS if the unit dies, but you'll need some freeware to do the same recovery from the Linux based system of the WB My Book Live Duo if it's hardware goes dead.
Other Thoughts: I thought about giving it 4 stars for lack of a direct USB interface and the Linux file system, but I figure that I really can't considering that I knew about those drawbacks before I made my purchase.
But still, if you are looking for a large external RAID 1 setup, this is still probably the best value.
I didn't do any firmware updates or download the latest software yet.