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This review is from: Seagate STCS8000100 8TB (2 x 4TB) Personal Cloud 2-bay NAS server
Pros: - Looks slick
- Study Assembly
- x2 4TB HDD's!
- Amount of space is impressive
- Options for RAID are nice for those that want to use it
- Almost* plug & play (see Cons for more info)
Cons: - Not exactly a low power consumption device, as these drives are designed to be ran all the time
- Price point feels excessive
- It's a hard drive, if it gets bumped or knocked around its more likely to fail sooner (keep it out of reach of children)
- There is a bottleneck of sorts with this device for some reason. I used multiple cables & routers (I even tried daisy chaining a couple to see how the results varied) and WOW the read/write speed was ridiculous. The FASTEST I could get was just above 19MB/s. Considering the price point... this is very underwhelming, not to mention dissatisfying for the consumer.
- Cooling feels mediocre after prolonged use with multiple devices simultaneously. Even with the corners propped up to allow plenty of breathing room, but this may not be a big deal to some.
- Seemed to drop connection during lengthy movies like LOTR
- Performance would noticeably decline if you were streaming from multiple devices at once (3-4 to be exact), this was surprising and disappointing considering the price point.
- *Windows 8.1 seemed to have some issues picking up on this device, on my extra machine I had a fresh OS install. But for some reason it wasn't detecting it, nor were the other varying devices in my network. I ended up having to call Seagate and have them do some troubleshooting with me, after resetting the device multiple times to no avail. They weren't able to help me resolve it on my own but eventually I was able to somehow make it work after opening it up and cleaning it out.
^ Granted, this is likely to not be everyone's experience but it did validate my generally speaking shaky faith in SeaGate & its products.
Other Thoughts: - One of the other reviewers said that it mapped the drive letter to S: - this does not seem to be the case with Win8.1, as it did not automatically create a mapped network drive, but showed as "PersonalCloud' under network locations.
After that I did have an option to map a network drive to it... but there was no auto-map.
Individual results may vary? Unsure.
I gave it two eggs for the aesthetics, and for the amount of space it has.
Would I recommend this personal cloud to a friend?
Probably not... I'd be more likely to recommend a DIY solution for a cheaper or similar price point.
This review is from: Corsair MM600 CH-9000084-WW Double-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat
Pros: - Design LOOKS great.
- Construction is solid.
- Sweet Corsair logo
- You can wash it off, if it gets messy.
Cons: - It slides around.... the rubber edges leave a noticeable space underneath the mouse pad. If you have a glass desk it's highly likely that this thing is going to slide around as you play.
- It seems to do really well with around 3900-4500 DPI, go beyond that and it feels more jumpy, I find myself having to 'adjust' to this mouse pad, doesn't 'feel' good. I have other premium mouse pad's that do not have this problem / feature.
- If you care about cosmetics, this thing does seem to ding / scratch relatively easy due to the alloy that it was built with. I have noticed a few scratches already and I'm very meticulous with what I put on my desk, a little disappointing admittedly.
Other Thoughts: - I'm of the opinion there are superior / better value gaming mats for the same price point.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: WD Purple WD20PURX 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
Pros: Let's talk specifics:
*2TB - That's ALOT of space! :D
151.84 MB/s sequential read
143.12 MB/s sequential write
24.64 MB/s random read
87.09 MB/s random write
Not the fastest drive on the market obviously, but its fair.
I have some WD Black, Blue & Green Drives lying around.
Comparatively, each excels at its own thing.... that being said. The buyer should also do their homework prior to making a purchase in order to ensure the maximum value out of their dollars spent.
Cons: - I had to put some camera's I had collecting dust to use to adequately test this thing :p
- Price seems to be a bit high compared to similar products from my point of view (other reviewers have noted this as well)
- It is still a HDD... meaning it has moving parts. If this thing gets too cold or too hot, there is likely a possibility of affecting performance. But that's just the nature of the technology.
Other Thoughts: *3 Year Warranty is decent.
*This is a 5400 RPM Drive, but it is designed for 24/7 use. Could be a pro, could be a con.
*Didn't see any performance issues during my load testing, but I don't have a significantly large setup to test against with.
*Not sure how well these would do in a RAID setup for prolonged usage / storage. I may look into this and update my review later.
Overall, I'd say its solid.
But the price doesnt feel justified at this point in time.
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