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Pros: What a device...12TB of storage, USB 3.0 expansion ports and hardware RAID. According to the specifications, the My Book Duo measures 6" x 6" x 4" and weighs in at a little over 5lbs, so this isn't something you'll be using on-the-go. It ships with two (2) 6TB WD Red drives designed specifically for NAS use. The WD Red drives have become some of the most reliable HDDs on the market recently, so it's nice to see WD using their flagship consumer grade HDD in this device.
The plastic lid pops off without the need for tools and provides access to the HDDs. Each drive can be removed from the back plane by pulling on a plastic tab (more on this tab later) and the drive slides out. This makes for a pretty quick drive change, except for having to transfer the posts from the old drive to the new drive.
Turn the device around and you'll find the Micro USB 3.0 PC interface, a power connection and a USB 3.0 hub containing 2 x USB 3.0 ports.
Out of the box, the device is configured for RAID 0 providing for a ton of storage buy no redundancy. I almost wish that WD would have shipped this RAID 1, as some people might not understand the different levels of RAID. I wouldn't want to see someone transfer all their files to the drive and later find out there was no drive failure protection. The RAID level can be changed by using the provided WD software.
Keep in mind that RAID 1 is not a viable backup. Partition tables can get hosed, power surges can destroy drives, you could knock it off the desk, etc. RAID 1 is only designed to protect against a mechanical HDD failure, it is not intended to be a sole solution for backup of data.
Speaking of software, WD provides their Utilities, Acronis True Image, WD Security and SmartWare. The Security software allows you to use the 256 bit AES encryption the device supports if you want to protect your data. Using a combination of the True Image and SmartWare, you can not only back up your data, but also image your machine. I would have liked to see both applications combined into one tool as opposed to having to use two separate programs for a complete backup.
With that said, the included software is easy to use and very straight forward.
Running some hardware transfer tests, I was seeing the following transfer rates:
RAID 1 - Write ~146MB/s
RAID 1 - Read ~161MB/s
RAID 0 - Write ~221MB/s
RAID 0 - Read - 252MB/s
Lets just say this is the fastest external HDD I've ever tested.
Cons: I was a little disappointed by the way the drives are removed. There is a cheap plastic tab that's attached to the post on the side of the drive and looks as though it could be easily ripped off the side of the drive. I would have preferred a latch system or some other way of removal. Other high end devices I've used allow drives to be swapped without the need for tools. I would have liked WD to include that as well. With their system, you still need a screwdriver to transfer the drive posts that align the drive when it's installed.
WD indicates that no tools are required to replace drives, but I'm still trying to figure out how that's possible since you definitely need a screw driver to transfer the posts on the sides of the drive. You can take a look at the NewEgg picture showing the top of the device open to see what I mean about the alignment posts.
Why the heck isn't there a LAN port on this thing? It just boggles my mind that you wouldn't include the ability to network this bad boy. I just can't think of anyone that would really need 12TB of local storage.
The warranty is a little too short for my liking. I would liked to have seen WD include a 5 year warranty on the My Book Duo.
My cons might seem petty, but I try to be overly thorough when I write my reviews. For these two reasons, I'm deducting 1 egg. If I had the ability, I would only deduct 1/2 egg, but NewEgg doesn't allow for 1/2 egg deductions.
Other Thoughts: The 12TB WD My Book Duo is fast, easy to install and comes with a great software suite. It is also affordable considering size and makes it easy for someone to add tons of storage to their local machine.
Even though I have a few small grips, it wouldn't keep me from recommending this to someone that needed additional local storage.
This review is from: Corsair Gaming MM200 Mouse Mat - Standard Edition
Pros: I've never owned a mouse mat before, but after using this, I'll never not own one. The mat ships in a plastic tube to protect against damage and includes the mat and a warranty card.
The mat itself has a soft feel to it but also looks like it could take some abuse. It's very thin making it great for someone like me that has a pull out shelf in the desk for my mouse. It is slim enough that I don't have to put it on the desk when I want to push the shelf in.
The mouse just floats over the mat. I'm really impressed by the way it moves and feels. I never thought switching to something different would make that drastic of a change in the feel of the mouse. It's light years ahead of those plastic things I've used before. It's also a great size so you don't run out of room when working.
The mat has a great grip and doesn't move around at all and believe me, I tried to get it to slide around.
Other Thoughts: I would definitely recommend this to anyone...even someone like myself that isn't a hardcore gamer. It's also not a bad price either.
Well done Corsair.
Pros: Well, lets start with the packaging. The LXP DDR4 memory DIMMs are shipped in a box, which I find much nicer than the cheaper plastic only sleeve packaging options. The heat spreaders are made of Aluminum and are ribbed to provide additional surface area. They aren't the largest heat spreaders I've seen, but are adequate for cooling.
The LPX is Quad Channel memory designed for the new X99 chipset. I installed them in an ASRock X99 Extreme4 motherboard along with an 8 core i7 LGA 2011 CPU. That was paired with the jumk video card from my last system and a Samsung 840 Pro SSD.
Unfortunately I don't have any other DDR4 DIMMs to test against, so any speed claims would be worthless. I ran 4 passes of Memtest 86+ prior to the OS installation because there is nothing worse than running into a bad stick when doing an OS install. The LPX passed with no errors.
The OS installation went smoothly using Windows 7 Ultimate. Speed was phenomenal as was the responsiveness of opening and reopening programs. I downloaded the trial version of Adobe Creative Cloud and installed Illustrator. Reopening the program was pretty darn quick and only took about a second. Once again, I don't have any other DDR4 memory to compare it to, but it is significantly faster than my old system using DDR3 memory.
I'm not an overclocker, so I can't comment on the LPX performance, but I'm sure there are other reviews covering that aspect.
Cons: DDR4 memory is expensive, although this is on the lower end of the spectrum. I'm not deducting anything for the cost, as sitting on the leading edge of technology is never a cheap endeavor.
Other Thoughts: For someone looking to dip into the DDR 4 realm without dropping a ton of cash, the LPX fits the bill. I searched around before testing and found that there isn't a ton of data out there, so tread lightly if you're looking at overclocking.
The main reason to pick this up is if you want to jump on the new X99 chipset. The big allure for me was the new Haswell CPUs. I just wish I could get my hands on one of the new 18-core Xeon Intels......
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