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Seagate Barracuda STBD2000101 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I bought this model after extensive research because it appeared to be closest in build to the Samsung 2TB 204UI 5400 RPM model's that I already own multiple drives of. Those are extremely stable and were built in Thailand before the Tsunami. So far this drive is living up to the Samsung legacy. I hope that it doesn't bring back and of my previous bad experiences with Seagate.

Cons: None yet

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EDIMAX EW-7811Un N150 USB 2.0 Wireless nano Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Slow 06/08/2014

This review is from: EDIMAX EW-7811Un N150 USB 2.0 Wireless nano Adapter

Pros: None. I need to get rid of these now, they are worthless.

Cons: This is extremely slow when paired with XBMC on Raspberry Pi.

I regret purchasing this and not the 300mbps adapter.

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Roku 3 Digital HD Streaming Media player w/ Headphones Game Remote
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5 out of 5 eggs Roku 3's are great for international programming 06/08/2014

This review is from: Roku 3 Digital HD Streaming Media player w/ Headphones Game Remote

Pros: I own a full blown XBMC htpc as well as 2 Raspberry PI XBMC builds.

I am blown away by how well the Roku 3 works and the total value proposition. The device is very responsive, easy to use. My 66 year old mom is on YouTube all of the time now with the Roku 3. The YouTube app acts almost as good as Chromecast. The YouTube Cast button launches to the Roku 3 any video that you have searched for on your phone. The only caveat is that you have to launch Youtube on the Roku 3 before you start casting to it.

The best part about Roku 3 versus XBMC has been the Dishworld app, and the fact that I can run Netflix and (SouthAmericanRiver)Prime without spending too much time hacking around with the device. Dishworld is the most expensive streaming service we subscribe to, but it has by far the best and most international programming. Overall our cost savings versus our regular Dish bill has been high. The Dishworld also gave us an automatic upgrade to the HD international channels that Dish was going to charge us for.

You will love the fact that the remote has headphones on it when you want to watch TV late at night with your spouse asleep.

I was worried about the network connection being too slow on wireless (which had me checking if this device was gigabit when wired), but it has been very responsive. I don't even bother to plug in even when I have a network port acccessible nearby

Cons: Youtube Cast buttons don't work without launching the app first
Hulu commercials are excessive on Roku versus on XBMC
Headphones drain the remote battery quickly

Other Thoughts: Compared to what it costs to build a Pi, the Roku 3 is an INCREDIBLE value. The processor feels much faster.

The network connectivity is faster than my Pi's where I cheaped out and got 150/mbps adapters (to avoid having to do a USB hub).

I'd like to see what it takes to build apps for the Roku 3, such as to watch other streams off of the net like XBMC has. I haven't had time to look into it yet but I wonder if it'll be as easy as XBMC.

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Display Name: Ajay S.

Date Joined: 05/29/04

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 12/15/13
  • Last Review: 06/08/14
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