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Seagate  STDE16000100  16TB  NAS Pro 4-Bay Network Storage
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Reliable and fast transfers all around, 1.7Ghz dual-core Intel 64-bit - 2GB DDRIII.

- Open API and custom application support integrated.

- Easy to setup as a personal cloud and able to transfer android/iOS devices data through seagate's Sdrive application.

- Seagate's NAS drives seem amazingly reliable** (see cons) and while at a lower RPM manage to perform nearly as fast as 7200RPM drives.

- Free seagate MyNAS dynamic DNS which makes it easy for http access anywhere.

- MANY methods of accessing files, email/printer server, streaming media server (UPnP A/V, DLNA, iTunes DAAP, MTP/PTP).
- Supports protocols/services using CIFS/SMB, NFS v3, AFP, HTTP(S), FTP/sFTP, SSH, SNMP, SMTP, NTP, UPnP, Bonjour, WebDAV, DFS-N.

- Can be setup as a download box and automatically download torrents/weblinks.

- Supports alot of backup solutions/security methods, volume encryption, SimplyRAID Raid 0, 1, RAID 5/6/10 various configurations.

- Has a network surveillance manager (NVR), network recycle bin, scheduled power on/off, can autoboot after power outage, UPS support.

- Many more capabilities especially if more third party applications get developed.

Cons: 1. Automatic... firmware... updates...
Major major con in my opinion, Whose idea was that anyway, i mean sure the odds are unlikely it would auto update during a thunderstorm or whatever but you never know, I personally think firmware updates should always be manually initiated due to the major damage that can occur if it fails, and its not that hard to just have it noticeably say that there's an important update available, seagate should force it only if there's some critical security risk that's been detected or something.

2. Minor con which wont be relevant soon, i apparently discovered a bug in Seagates sdrive application (posted it on their forums), sdrives 'S:\' auto mapped drive is bugged to 14gb file size max on windows, they are working on a fix as of my writing this, make sure to map your drives yourself through windows SMB/apple AFP if attempting to transfer large files, no confirmation if that bug will affect the sdrive ios/android applications although i seriously doubt anyone would transfer a single file over 14gb in size from an android/ios device to the NAS anyway.

3. Minor con personal preference the External PSU, has a big HP printer style brick on a cord as a PSU, id prefer it internal.

4. UPS shipping, if you ever buy a hard drive off newegg or online anywhere always pay the extra for fedex, UPS handling sucks had a noticeable amount of damage to the packaging, by that i mean damage to the NAS's box itself INSIDE the newegg box, was worried at first all the drives surprisingly tested fine (hence the pro of NAS hard drives reliability), when i first booted it up it had a warning that the fan failed even though it was running perfectly fine, cant be sure if its related to UPS handling or not, after i rebooted the NAS the warning went away and fan is still working fine.

Other Thoughts: Seeing as i haven't had any actual issues so far this thing is great.
I'm very annoyed about the automatic firmware idea due to bad past experiences and the fact that when i first started the thing it downloaded and started installing new firmware, (firmware updating always makes me paranoid), then when it finished installing it said it failed which had me panic, then when it started up fine and i clicked check for updates it said it was perfectly up to date?? I don't know what to think about that.
I love the amount of supported protocols and capabilities this device has to offer, hard to say if the NAS PRO bay itself alone is worth the retail 500$ seagate says its worth, but it does a remarkable job at making it easy to setup the device to do what you need it to, id give it 4.5/5 not 5 simply because of the idea of automatic firmware updates, but i have to round it to a 5 since its too good to be given a 4.

For more details/specs on the device google "seagate nas pro" and click on seagates site and then click on support, specs and details sheets and even source code for developers are on the support page.

Friedrich AP260 5-Stage Air Purifier (HEPA, Carbon, Plasma, Pre-filter, Multi-filter)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Felt like it cured my very severe allergies, haven't sneezed since Ive been running it.
- Main filters last long (yearly) and clean air amazingly.
- Took only 5 minutes to setup and get it running and on high 5 minutes later the room already smelled cleaner and completely different.
- The carbon filter manages to filter out strong smells (for me that would be from the cats litter box in the hallway).
- Lightweight and easy to carry, small and fits quite well anywhere.
- Uses only 60 watts? maybe??** (see cons)

Cons: - Pricey filters
Yearly filter replacement will run around 100-150$ to replace them, this is of course if you have it on automatic 24/7, id guess you could go 2-3 years if using it periodically for seasonal allergy control.

- Sensor Oddities
Normally the air sensor should fade from blue (clean) to green to yellow to red (bad), i have a faulty one or i have the worst air ever, anyways heres how it goes, i turn on the purifier in closed airtight room, it works normally, the light fades properly from yellow to green to blue after a half hr and stays blue and seems fine, after a few hours hours of running it flat out turns red and never changes, i checked the sensor for dust/dirt etc cleaned it in accordance with the manual and didnt work, i guess its possible the air is just THAT bad, but it doesnt make sense that it does that, if i power off then back on turns to blue nearly instantly again then after several hours suddenly red with room shut the entire time. The light from the sensor can be annoying at night anyway so i just turn it off.

- Power Usage Uncertainty
The back of the device states it only uses 60 watts which is hard to believe since most fans half as strong as the one in this use 200-300w some as high as 800w, the manual says nothing about power usage, manufacturer brochure on their site states it should be be on a 15 amp breaker which is odd considering this thing supposedly uses less electricity than a single standard lightbulb so it shouldnt matter what breaker its on if the 60W wattage is true.

Other Thoughts: This made my seasonal allergies virtually nonexistent when in a room with this thing and the airs noticeably better in general, the price is stiff as is the yearly costs of maintaining it, i didn't take any eggs off because the cons arent that big of a deal, it does what its supposed to do and will freshen up a smaller room in minutes.

Overall if you have allergies/asthma this WILL HELP ALOT, really up to you to decide if its worth the cost of buying and maintaining.

HP Slate 7 Extreme Android Tablet - NVIDIA Tegra 4 1GB Memory 16GB 7.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Fast processor, decent ram, VERY nice camera and 16gb space for a great price.

- The rear camera with nvidea tegras HDR processing takes great quality photos in any type of lighting.

- Great clear colorful screen, with very accurate multipoint touch detection which works surprisingly well, managed to start drawing with four fingers on the screen around an inch apart each and the tablet managed to keep detecting them properly even while running my fingers into each other.

- Stylus is easy and fun to use detection is great and can easily erase handwriting, this tablets definitely one of the best for notekeepers.

- Power saver functions of the nvidea tegra keep this tablet running for a long time with it enabled.

- Audio/Mic are great and the speakers are much louder than other tablets ive used, sleek design feels very sturdy.

- Wireless for streaming media to compatible wireless televisions and wireless printing.

- Has microSD slot for up to 32GB more space.

- Strong enough internal magnet's to stick this thing on a refrigerator its not slipping anywhere if on a metal surface.

Cons: - The rear 5mp camera has a varying random delay when taking a single shot photo. In single shot mode, after tapping to take a picture, ive had anywhere from 1.5 but usually 2 to 3.5 seconds delay before it would actually snap the photo, which is more than enough time to miss something happening that you're trying to photo. You CAN use rapid fire mode which has 0.5-1 second delay then snaps several photos but i dont want to have to delete a bunch of duplicates maybe i'm just being picky but its odd it can usually take 5 rapid photos faster than it can take a single shot in the same quality.

- The front facing cameras cheap 0.3MP is just plain horrible quality for 2014, not to mention most 0.3MP cameras look better than the one on this tablet, its also unusable indoors at night in 60w equivalent warm CFL lighting (the lighting seems to cause most cheap cameras to appear way darker).

- The rear camera lens is flat with the rear of the tablet, might make it much more prone to scratches.

- Strong internal magnet's. Yes its also a con, useful to keep tablet still but again i cant help but worry about the extra pressure this may create on the camera lens if the tablet was slid while on a metal surface.

- Battery life without power saver, the ad for the tablet states 'Up to 10.5 hours' newegg specs state 'Up to 7.25 hours' but both of those are likely only possible while the battery saver is on, without battery saver on i got about 5 hours just texting, taking pics, drawing & testing functions while brightness was set low from a full charge.

- Not a big fan of the tablets packaging, second tablet ive had that came with the screen pressed right against the box, a bad bump and the screen could be damaged quite easily if anything managed to poke that side of the box.

Other Thoughts: As far as the rest of the tablet goes its really great for its price, nice strong cpu good for multitasking, should be a really good tablet for most games since it has some of the best touch accuracy ive seen on a tablet, could use more ram though. I seem to typo more often on this tablet not sure if im just not use to it yet, or the fine touch detection triggers too fast before my fingers centered on a key.

Overall if it matches the specifications and the price that your looking for, its a great buy and you likely won't be disappointed *exceptions being the noted cons or maybe anything ive missed*.

Extra random test - sleep power usage was average around 9-10% power per 6 hrs of non use (with battery saver on) So it should be able to sleep 2.5-3 days.


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Display Name: Michael D.

Date Joined: 03/23/08

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