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This review is from: Microsoft Windows Store Gift Card - $25 (Email Delivery)
Pros: These gift cards can be used for almost anything, from Windows Store to Xbox Live. While it is true that you cannot use them to purchase an Xbox Live Gold subscription, you can buy games, DLC, and anything else from your Xbox which is what I use these prepaid cards for. There are separate subscription cards for Xbox Live Gold, the negative reviewers should have looked for those first.
A definite huge plus is that NewEgg delivers these very quickly via email and doesn't charge any extra for the convenience. A $25 gift card is exactly $25 but saves you from having to drive down to a retail store to get one. A+ all around!
Cons: None, it's just a prepaid gift card.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: As others have pointed out, these drives are basically just re-branded Hitachi 7200RPM drives. I just did a benchmark on the drive and it has a sequential read speed of 190MB/sec and a sequential write of 138MB/sec! That's insanely fast for a hard drive, I'm totally satisfied! It has a 3 year warranty and I've never really had any problems with Hitachi's internal hard drives, so I'm expecting that this one will be the same.
Other Thoughts: I bought one of these drives a month or two ago, and it showed up as a Hitachi drive in Device Manager (proof that it's just re-branded)
This one shows up as Toshiba. So it looks like they finally got around to changing the firmware on the drive - but either way, it's the same guts and as I mentioned, it's still very fast.
This review is from: WD My Book 2TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Storage WDBACW0020HBK-NESN
Pros: It's Western Digital. I don't care what people say, WD has some of the best lifespans of any hard drive manufacturer, and I have owned drives from all of the main ones, never had a single WD die on me.
Cons: Even though the drive is advertised as USB 3.0, and yes - I have USB 3.0 ports on my computer - it's very very slow.
I have used other USB 3.0 external drives from other brands and they easily transfer twice as fast. This one bottlenecked around 35MB/sec, which is barely faster than USB 2.0!
Other Thoughts: Nothing against WD but these drives aren't very good. You're better off just taking the thing apart and mounting your hard drive internally, it'll be much faster.READ FULL REVIEW