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Seagate Seven mm 500GB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive STDZ500400 Silver
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: THREE year warranty

Extremely thin profile-when space counts

Useful packaging

All steel housing

Braided style USB 3 cable

Cons: High cost per MB

Impossible to open (without the special jig they must have at Seagate)

No mac backup system If you aren't keen on time machine

Other Thoughts: The Seagate "7" isn't just another portable hard drive. It's the thinnest external drive issued to date and it's all steel case construction assures it can take the typical bumps and falls that road warriors expose their equipment to.

The drive itself came packaged in nothing short of a spectacular box with a magnetic seal and a dense foam insert.

I'd retain this box for travel if I was the sort of guy that put his watch back in the original box when not wearing it. It’s that cool, and I’m usually against fancy packaging for the sake of fancy packaging. Check back with me in ten years.

The 7 is your typical USB 3 external drive. I like the braided cable, but it’s a couple of inches shorter than the cable on the last Seagate 500gb external drive I reviewed, the slim for mac portable.

So thinness aside, this drive has a pretty narrow market, considering what you can get in storage at the $100 price point.

Who would choose this drive when you can get a 2tb external for a bit more? The guy that would back up the family stuff on that sub 500gb laptop hard drive, then dutifully put the drive back into the box for the trip to the bank.

Why would I pay nearly twice the going rate for a 500gb drive?

The warranty is great.

It’s 3 years for the Seagate 7 while the larger externals drives at the 2TB size and $100 price typically have a 1 year warranty. It shows that Seagate has some confidence in the longevity of the drive.

As I expected, the drive was recognized instantly and appeared as a formatted drive (win 7/64) with both the mac and windows installers for the bundle software, Seagate Dashboard.

Dashboard is a backup system for supported drives and has the typical social media hooks and cloud storage which doesn’t play at all in my particular market segment. I don't do social media

For folks that engage in social media, it’s nice to be able to have an easy way to protect your pictures.

In regards to the case, good luck if you ever want to open it up for a peek. It’s sleek with no visible fasteners, and a proper (not a 5 watt) blue led to show power and activity.

The drive got pretty warm during my running tests. Typical USB3 transfer speeds. 70-85mbs sustained on a single large USB3 to USB 3 file copy. I’d estimate the case temperature at 90f. Not tragic if it sits on a bit of finer furniture for a while.

Even at the high price, the three year warranty makes this a suggested purchase.

It doesn’t get 5 eggs-strictly due to the cost per MB

Check back as I will post a follow up review in a few months to the drives performance in the real world.

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Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4-19200) Desktop Memory Model BLS4K4G4D240FSA
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Used them in a Gigabyte x99 with an intel 2011-3 cpu.

Least expensive ddr4 at the time

Cons: Had to reseat them a few times to get them recognized, but like good ram, you only know they are there by looking at the system properties.

Expensive, but it goes without saying if you are shopping these you are bleeding money everywhere on your build.

Other Thoughts: finally made the jump to a 64bit system, these were a must.

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Vizio 6ft High Speed HDMI Cable - Premium Series – Retail
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Good deal 01/09/2015

This review is from: Vizio 6ft High Speed HDMI Cable - Premium Series – Retail

Pros: In the land of $35 6ft big box store "accessories" these were a steal.

They worked

Cons: the packaging nearly sent me to the hospital.

Hasn't ANYBODY gotten that yet? Plastic clamshells are not good packaging. Here's were I'd would have liked getting cable in a plain paper bag.

Other Thoughts: should have bought longer ones while the 6 footers were fine a 10-12 foot would have been easier to deal with.

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Display Name: Peter P.

Date Joined: 06/27/07

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