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WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Had issues, but it's fine now 12/07/2013

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD3003FZEX 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: This drive is built very well. In your hand it feels very solid and heavy and gives off a vibe and appearance of quality.

The drive has a rather low seek time, which is usually what makes hard drives appear slow. My benchmarks were consistently around 14ms, whereas other drives I've benchmarked in the past take about 33ms to seek. This means that you'll get better performance with lots of small reads and writes to random spots on the disk.

I also saw great performance with the sequential read/write with both clocking in at 170-180MB/s (about 1.3Gbps).

The drive is packed with lots of features under the hood to help it be quick and reliable. It's smart enough to queue up operations in the right order to minimize seeking.

The description talks about anti-vibration technology. The chassis of the drive is heavy enough to dampen most vibration, but I'm somehow comforted that it is there.

Cons: I had some reliability problems at first. The drive would offline itself and not come back until reboot. I was using it in AHCI mode, and after switching the IDE in the bios, the drive begin to behave normally. I'm not sure if I should blame the drive or my AMD 980a motherboard, but it was slightly frustrating that the drive didn't work reliably out of the box.

Other Thoughts: Maybe if you have an amd board, check for bios updates before installing this drive.

Overall, I would recommend this drive to people who need to store a lot of content, say a massive steam library or backups of your bluray collection.

If you are trying to build a silent htpc, it might be good to note that the drive is sometimes audible when it seeks. It generally doesn't make noise when it is doing things like reading a video file, but it does make noise from time to time. Not really a con for me, but it is something to note if you are trying to make a quiet system.

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Rosewill R4i 3 ft Charge/Sync USB to 30-Pin Connector Cable w/ LED Indicator for Apple Devices
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The indicator light is cooler than you think. You only need to glance to see if your apple device is done charging. The cable is also much cheaper than apple branded cables. The build quality is good enough. The cable is made of cheap plastic, but so are the official cables.

The connectors fit snugly on both ends.

It works with the models listed on the box with no problem.

Cons: I've seen better made cables, but not for this price. If you are buying the cable to travel with, it may not be the best option, but normal home/office use should be fine.

Other Thoughts: The indicator is cooler than you think it would be. If the light is red, you don't need to bother checking to see if the iPod is done charging yet.

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TP-LINK TL-WN881ND Wireless N300 PCI Express Adapter, 300Mbps, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Class compliant drivers means you can just physically install it and Windows 8 will pick it up ( and then download the latest drivers after you connect ). It still has a CD with drivers in case you have an older operating system.

This card has no stability issues so far. I haven't had any drops or problems with packet loss or latency.

The range is pretty good I live in a small house with plaster walls and I get 4-5/5 bars on the other side of the house.

It includes a low profile bracket, which makes it great for a htpc or any other small form factor desktops.

The speeds are good enough for streaming in HD or playing video games where latency matters.

It uses PCI-Express!

It works perfectly fine without the utility. However, for advanced uses, there's a utility on the CD and the Internet.

Cons: The antennae aren't as strong as a typical laptop internal antennae, so the range isn't the best, so as long as you don't have a super huge home, you should be fine.

Other Thoughts: It's an atheros chipset, so it's compatible with many network security tools.

The card is tiny.

You can replace the antennae or inject a bigger one.

Also works great on Linux

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Display Name: Owen J.

Date Joined: 03/10/05

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  • Last Review: 12/07/13
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