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BUFFALO DriveStation Axis 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HD-LB3.0TU3 Black
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great External Hard Drive 01/27/2013

This review is from: BUFFALO DriveStation Axis 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HD-LB3.0TU3 Black

Pros: Decided to review because of so many negative reviews that don't make any sense.

Had this for around 4 months and it was running no problem. There were times I had it on for over 2 weeks with my computer.

I personally think it would have ran for years to come. You can't blame Buffalo for hard drive failures, since they don't make these hard drives, probably. My was a Seagate.

I really like the casing. It looks so nice.

It does run pretty fast regardless of using USB 3.0 since I don't have. I used it like a network drive with Hamachi. Was able to transfer within LAN and also from another location with Hamachi.

* Works as it is supposed to
* Works out of the box
* Sleek design
* Turns on when computer turns on, turns off when computer is off. (This may sound stupid, but since this was the first of its kind I have bought, I'm not sure if other enclosures do the same. I know that portable hard drives does this, obviously. I am used to buying my own external enclosures with internal hard drive. Since it was on sale before, I thought it'd be nice to try it.)

It was worth the try. I do recommend this hard drive, regardless of the negative reviews. If you can't even use the hard drive, I can't see why you can give it one egg, it's not even being tested.

Cons: * Rubber legs for horizontal design
* Better design for vertical stand
* Short power cord
See other thoughts for more information.

Other Thoughts: I dropped my external hard drive on the floor. It slide right off the table because I pulled the power cord since I wasn't aware of the length of the cord. I was trying to plug it into the power strip. Buffalo enclosure no longer worked. Windows could not detect the hard drive.

So I took it apart. I found out the file system was corrupted, however, I used GetDataBack for NTFS and was able to retrieve all 1.5 TB worth of pictures, videos, etc. back. I really do recommend a better versatile design. Although it says it can be placed horizontally and vertically, the vertical design isn't that safe. It is very easy to knock it sideways. The horizontal design is weak with the lack of rubber legs, which is why it slid off my wooden table so easily. But it was still due to my clumsiness. *lol*

I took out the hard drive to save my data. It was too late to return to newegg and I didn't want to go through the trouble with Buffalo since I had important data.

I opened the casing and took the hard drive out, which voided the warranty instantly. There is a weird seal like a film inside.

I found that it was a Seagate drive. I don't have anything against it, but I do prefer Western Digital. I used CrystalDisk to check whether or not the hard drive is bad in anyway after dropping it. It seems fine. It is in usable condition.

I wish it was white.

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ZALMAN Ultra Quiet Notebook Cooler ZM-NC1000 Black
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Can't cook eggs anymore... 09/06/2012

This review is from: ZALMAN Ultra Quiet Notebook Cooler ZM-NC1000 Black

Pros: * Does what it says: it's a cooler
* Pretty "quiet" (quiet really depends on your laptop)
* Sturdy
* Although it says fits up to 15" size, my is 15.4", it comes out a bit but it still works
My hard drive area, most left, is where needed to cooled the most so I leave the right side of the laptop hanging. It was impossible to type on it since it would get so hot to the point it would burn my hands (left side). I literally cooked an egg with a metal plate before (slow) but that's not normal. With this cooler, I was able to cool it to the point I can no longer cook eggs, great! And I was able to type on the laptop and not with external keyboard.

Cons: * Expensive compared many coolers, I can't vouch for whether this was a good choice compared to the cheaper one, but I was like what the heck and just bought the best I could find regardless of the price. It works wonderfully.
This is one of the more expensive cooler. But as said before it is very sturdy.

Other Thoughts: I wish it was in another color. I dislike black! Now I wish it can be used as an AC. I would recommend this cooler. I didn't really inspect whether or not you could add another fan, but other reviews said you could. But it works well enough for me. Pretty light weight.

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SanDisk 32GB Ultra SDHC UHS-I Card - Class 10 30MB/s
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Not too shabby 08/07/2012

This review is from: SanDisk 32GB Ultra SDHC UHS-I Card - Class 10 30MB/s

Pros: * Came with a mini usb card reader (unexpected)
* Class 10 speeds (more under other thoughts)
For people who say this is not as advertised, you have to read what you are buying. The packaging clearly says "up to" 30 MB/s" and never guaranteed it. Sequential read and write speeds are good enough for the Class 10. I bought this for my new Galaxy S3.

Cons: * Expensive compared to other micro sd's, regardless of UHS speed
* Sandisk in general is more expensive than other brands
* Was kind of a let down to see these type of results, but speeds are as "advertised"
For a UHS, I would think it'd be faster.
Even on Galaxy S3, it showed similar speeds: see Other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: *CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 Test*
Average sequential read speed: 21.5 MB/s
Average sequential write speed: 11.7 MB/s
Average random read 512KB: 21.1 MB/s
Average random write 512KB: 5.3 MB/s
I averaged this result with a total of 4 tests: Using USB Card Reader and With SD Card Adapter for both 50MB and 1GB. I've verified this by moving files myself from and to this card. A 701 MB file took a minute to transfer to and 30 seconds from the card. On the Galaxy S3 with Antutu Benchmark:
SD card write: 14.2 MB/s (142 (score)) and SD card read: 21.0 MB/s (190).

Compared to the price now, I had bought it around $10 more. This hasn't been more than 2 weeks yet.

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Date Joined: 07/31/06

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  • Last Review: 01/27/13
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