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Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Cheap

Cons: This is a risky purchase- these thing fail a LOT. I have a friend who was an engineer at Seagate and he told me (after my purchase) that I should've gone with WD. He was right. Mine was only used for media storage (not my primary drive) and died without warning two months outside the two-year warranty.

A recent article from an online cloud storage co. said the Seagates failed at alarming rates vs WD and HGST. They are using more than 12,000 of EACH brand simultaneously, so it's a pretty large scale observation and "luck of the draw" is essentially not a factor. They also noted that most Seagates died 2.2 years into service (conveniently, right after the warranty expires) and that's exactly how old mine was!

Seagate's 3TB drives had a failure rate of over 43%!

Other Thoughts: Most of the positive reviews state they've had no problems in the first year- but let's see how they feel a year from now... I spent the extra money on the WD Black (which has a 5 year warranty), because it's cheaper and less hassle in the end.

You may have much better luck than I did, but there's a reason why the Seagates are so much cheaper. When you factor in the higher performance and 3 year longer warranty (5 yrs vs 2) of WD, I think it's worth the extra dough.

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Magic Wand HV260 Personal Massager
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Even works on MUSCLES 02/17/2015

This review is from: Magic Wand HV260 Personal Massager

Pros: How this large and powerful massager became known only as a pleasure device is beyond me. The motor in this massager will shake your muscles to the core, and is powerful enough that it barely slows down when placed between your back and the back of a chair (in other words- you can put a lot of weight on it for a deeper massage).

Works great on feet, hands, neck- anywhere that you want relief from sore muscles.

Cons: None- well built and powerful enough to relax the most achy muscles. Don't be scared off by all the *bedroom* reviews, this was designed and built to be a massager, not a vibr.ator; that's why it doesn't offer low speeds, a moisture-proof cover, or a long cord.

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Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II 32 watts RMS 2.0 Speakers
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs High-end sound 01/27/2014

This review is from: Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II 32 watts RMS 2.0 Speakers

Pros: With their yellow cones, these speakers remind me of an old pair of excellent B&Ws that I owned a while back. Well it turns out that the Creatives aren't all show- they sound excellent!

They're obviously too small to produce a lot of bass, but what impresses me is how deep they go for their size, with zero boominess. The response sounds very flat (in a good way) and the bass is tightly controlled, thanks to the 32 watt amp.

Mids are smooth and well defined, with a real sense of depth and clarity. This soft dome tweeter would be perfectly acceptable in speakers three times the cost... ultra smooth, great extension and terrific stereo separation.

Cons: Minor quibbles that have been covered by others:

1)Knobs are stiff to turn and smoothly polished, requiring a firm squeeze to get a grip.
2) Speakers power off after ten minutes of no signal input, and there is a delay in getting them back on when they do detect a signal. You can always turn them off and back on again for instant sound.
3) Headphone jack is very stiff (at least mine is).

Other Thoughts: The fit and finish on these is amazing and at $100 they're a bargain. These don't just do the job- they are audiophile quality, and I'm still regularly surprised by just how detailed and balanced they are, along with their ability to create a wall of sound that doesn't seem to come from the speakers at all.

If you're looking for lots of bass you should be looking at 2.1 speakers, not 2.0. But if you care more about flat response and excellent quality in both sound and finish, look no further. Buy 'em.

Remember. like all other speakers and headphones, the drivers are "stiff" when new and need to be broken in. During this phase they won't produce much bass (because the driver's suspensions are still stiff and they can't move much air). Give them time and the bass will start to get deeper and stronger. Don't judge the sound in the first few days- they will slowly transform into what you hoped they would be.

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David F.'s Profile

Display Name: David F.

Date Joined: 04/18/10

  • Reviews: 23
  • Helpfulness: 16
  • First Review: 12/22/10
  • Last Review: 02/17/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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