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WD SE WD2000F9YZ 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Have not used it yet.

Specs are nice for the price range, so its either going to be very nice, or end up a total avoid like the WD Reds.

Cons: Like the other reviewer said, the lack of having locking on the SATA connector is a really big omission. It would not have been as huge of a deal if it wasn't extra loose compared to early SATA1 that did not have cable locking.

The design was likely intended for backplanes, but even standard SAS drives have cable lock support, so I don't see why WD had to do this.

Other Thoughts: I may put these in one of my servers instead of the new desktop; while I have an extra RAID backplane I could mount up in this thing, I can't give up the 5.25" drive bays for it.
I've got a family friend that's an engineer at WD, I'm going to complain at them for the choice of connector plane on this series.

Microsoft Office Professional 2013 - Download
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs 03/01/2013

This review is from: Microsoft Office Professional 2013 - Download

Pros: Nothing new of considerable vavlue.

Cons: New licensing scheme locks license to physical hardware. If your computer fails, you will have to buy another copy at full price again.

Other Thoughts: Key only, guessing on win8 you use the key in MS's yet-another-app-store, but unlike app stores we've been using for years now, its an install-once-buy-again system. Win7 install requires hoop jumping to get download.

ASUS Laptop R500VD-RB71 Intel Core i7 3610QM (2.30 GHz) 6 GB Memory 500 GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 610M 15.6
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Nice hardware, light, seems build rather well.

Cons: Bloatware, there's a lot of it. The pre-boot setup REQUIRES accepting the Bing Bar EULA. When it finally gets to the desktop, there's a dozen windows/dialogs from all the various junkware.
Comes with both McAfee and MS Live Essentials installed....
I've been uninstalling all of it for the past hour and I'm not even close to half done. Its not helping that several of the uninstallers are in Chinese.

Other Thoughts: A certain level of bloatware is to be expected, like the obligatory useless pre-install of either Norton or McAfee, but Asus has got several orders of magnitude above others I've unboxed recently.

I like Asus hardware (love my Nexus 7), but if it takes more than another hour to remove the rest of the junk, I'm returning this thing and calling it quits on Asus.


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Display Name: Joshua P.

Date Joined: 11/12/03

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  • First Review: 12/28/04
  • Last Review: 08/06/13
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