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Neato XV-12 Automatic Vacuum Cleaner, Colors May Vary - Manufacturer Refurbished (Scratch And Dent)
Cover colors are assorted (please see description below)
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Cleans hard wood, tile and low carpet well
Battery outlasts dustbin
Filters and agitator "brushes" are durable
2 years old and still works, even with my 1yr old riding it.
USB port for updating firmware (recently added Spot Clean)
Entertaining for cat and children
Cleans under TV stand, couch, etc, where I can't.

Cons: Doesn't get tight corners (no side brush like Roomba)
Dust bin fills up quickly, especially if you have pets
Does not clean shag or thick carpet
The "barrier" strips are primitive compared to Roomba's iR dividers

Other Thoughts: We named it Mo (from WALL-E) and almost feel like he's a family member. Our daughter loves it. It does a generally acceptable job but obviously lacks a dirt sensor so can't determine is a spot needs more focus, etc. It occasionally bumps in to furniture as is expected. If we don't run it more than once a week, it quickly fills up with pet hair and needs a bin dump half-way through cleaning.

Even with these shortcomings, we have never regretted the purchase. The company has done a great job of supporting older models with firmware updates, and upgrades. We've been using the newer style pleated filters for the past year, as the flat filters definitely cause lost suction after a few runs. Fortunately, both filters can be rinsed and reused. You can run them through the dishwasher from what I've read, but that could cause damage to your dishwasher garbage disposal which isn't designed to grind up pet fur.

The unit helps keep floors clean, is simply, and very reliable. It isn't a replacement for a vacuum, but an accessory. We usually run it at the same time we vacuum other rooms with carpeting; essentially cuts the job time in half.

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Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs As others have stated... 06/23/2014

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

Pros: Price

Cons: Constant "scratching" head park noises
Fast for burst transfers
Crippled firmware
Does not work internally
Runs extremely hot after transferring just a few GB
Aggressive power-saving, spin-down, and head parking cause system to hang while waiting for spin-up every few minutes.

Other Thoughts: Because of the terrible overall performance and consistency of data transfers in the external enclosure, I decided to pull the drive out and use it internally.

Obviously, as others have stated, that does not work. This drive has a crippled CC41 firmware that has an APM value of 64 (250 or higher is ideal for performance) causing constant head parking and spindown, both wearing out the drive. Since it has a 1 year warranty, I think this, in addition to the non-existent cooling of the enclosure, is obviously intentional on Seagate's part.

The firmware is also apparently crippled to not run AHCI in an again obvious attempt to prevent people from getting the "cheaper" external USB drives that carry a weak warranty, in order to push them toward more expensive internal retail drives.

Seagate, you're bean counters just lost you a lifetime customer.

It isn't as if there isn't other competitors that DON'T do this to chose from. I pulled a 4TB drive out of a Hitachi enclosure and had no problems. This drive is a 200 door stop. I wouldn't trust my data on it if it was free.

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BitFenix Phenom BFC-PHE-300-KKXKK-RP Midnight Black Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Holds lots of drives
Cable routing is easy
Clean overall design
Sides are interchangeable
Can hold two radiators

Cons: Steel construction is terrible at dissipating heat.
Front 200mm fan has tiny intake inlets, is starved.
Front fan has virtually no airflow with drive cage installed
Design basically requires a blower-style video card cooler
Expensive for not being aluminum

Other Thoughts: Spend $20-$30 more on a quality aluminum case from Lian-Li or Silverstone. This case is a good deal if it's $40 and only used for holding a bunch of hard disks (which will run hot, mine run around 47c.) It can't adequately cool a video card beyond a 650Ti.

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Display Name: Tim W.

Date Joined: 02/10/01

  • Reviews: 37
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  • First Review: 08/11/05
  • Last Review: 07/04/14
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