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ADATA DashDrive Durable Series HD710 1TB USB 3.0 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Self stores the cable, and price are about the only bonus here. It's just a USB 3 drive, so nothing that isn't out there in abundance.

Cons: Flimsy. The plug on the drive is very loose. The rubber coating isn't secured to the drive enclosure, so it's always pulling away from it, making it more of a pain when putting into a laptop bag. The plug cover for the drive isn't very good and pulls out anytime something brushes it. Likely I'll end up pulling the rubber coating off altogether since it's an annoyance at this point. Activity light isn't visible from the "Front" - it's on the tapered back so you can only see it if you're right above or "behind" the drive, so you need to spin it backwards so you're looking at the rear if you want to see activity.

Other Thoughts: Just feels cheap. Drive worked alright with my new Macbook pro, but every time I insert or remove the plug I wonder "is this the last time the port will still be connected to the electronics on the board inside?" In the last week I've purchased three USB 3 enclosures, and one USB 3 enclosure with drive (this one). The performance on here is on par with the other USB 3 enclosures I had from other manufacturers. But for a "water and shock proof" drive its the flimsiest one I've got.

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Parallels Desktop 7 For Mac
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works great 06/22/2012

This review is from: Parallels Desktop 7 For Mac

Pros: Fast. Compatible.

Cons: None that I've hit

Other Thoughts: Works perfectly. I've bounced between VMware and Parallels for the last three years, so when the recent competitive upgrade from VMWare to Parallels was cheaper than the upgrade from VMWare to VMWare's new version, I made the switch. Has worked perfectly for me since with a Windows 7 64 bit VM. From power on to desktop in under 8 seconds with my 8GB of RAM and SSD, can't ask for more for performance or reliability. Then I bought a new Retina Macbook Pro, copied everything to the new computer, and fired up just fine. Never a hiccup.

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John D.'s Profile

Display Name: John D.

Date Joined: 10/14/04

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 06/22/12
  • Last Review: 06/29/12
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