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WD My Passport Ultra Metal Edition 2TB USB 3.0 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This little drive has a super small foot print and is fast. Good on weight as well as feel of the outer hard case. It has a micro texture of the metal case that is very nice, it kind of has this cross grain feel, it definitely gives you a bit more control while holding on to the surface, nowhere near slippery . Soft rounded corners are very nice and it is very shiny so if you're like me and buy into the shiny factor then this drive has that appeal locked down. It has a pin hole blue light next to the cable connection that does show the HDD status and it's not that harsh piercing blue; it's a soft light blue which is a big bonus for me when transferring files late at night in low light to not have a blinding blue light coming off the drive. It is plug'n'play and you don't have to install the WD Smartware to make it work. That is what I had to do as you will read in my cons section - I had a lot of issues with the WD Smartware but once I blew that out and used this just as an external drive, it was great and fast, I just wished I would have gotten the software to work for me. I am using VirtualBox as my virtualization software so if anyone knows if this was part of my issue, please leave a review saying so, I do check back from time to time. I think that overall it's a good drive, I can't give it 5 eggs because of the software issues but if you're very comfortable with WD Smartware then this is the upgrade for you.

Cons: Where to start??? I really really dislike the WD SmartWare, it is way too bulky and took almost 5 minutes to install and while it was installing it updated my .net. I really hate when third party software updates my windows software to do menial things like external storage. I also disliked that the SmartWare was aggressive about what it thought I should update rather than what I wanted to update. You do have two options when installing the software. I ran both options and the more advanced option of the software was still more or less aggressive about scanning my installed hard drives and telling me what I should back up. The biggest disappointment was when the software kept crashing when I left it open and unattended for a more than three minutes. I had to uninstall the SmartWare to really use this drive as a backup source. I am using a windows 7 virtual machine that is running on virtualbox 4.2. I also came across some very interesting information about SmartWare and MAC not working properly, I will leave a link to the forum where I found this information on and will allow you to read the conversations that have taken place. The metal case only covers the top and the sides of the device and not the bottom. The bottom does not even have a non-slip coating or feet so please be careful that it does not fall off your desktop with its short 19 inch cable. The cable is even a bit shot for laptop use in my humble opinion. I was not really able to test this drive the way I wanted to, there are many feature of the software that did not work for me seeing as how I had to blow the software out to make the drive work. I would bet that many of you out there reading this review would not have the issues that I have had and would be much happier than me, but that is just a guess. I am running three virtual machines on my one tower and not sure if that has something to do with the software glitches or not so please read as many reviews as you can before taking just my word on things

Other Thoughts: I can't really give you a speed test here as I can't get the Smartware to work properly but it does move files quickly once I created my own file on the root of the hard drive.
Link to chat about Time Machine and MAC issues
http://community.wd.com/t5/My-Book-Live/Issues-with-Time-Machine-new-backup-must-be-created/td-p/251252/page/11
"I know that this link is for MY Book and this item is a My Passport but they chat about the Smartware"
Over all for an external its nice, it's small and it's fast what more do you really want, it's not meant to be a NAS system, it's just a back up. I am Happy.

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CORSAIR Voyager Slider 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFSL3B-32GB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good But a small flaw 09/12/2014

This review is from: CORSAIR Voyager Slider 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFSL3B-32GB

Pros: I really like this flash drive. Its fast, it does not have a cap and it's USB 3.0. I used this flash drive to play music and videos for my son over my vehicles navigation system. The files are large and do load fast, I have been playing files from this flash drive almost nonstop because I drive most of time for work and I have to say in the past month this flash drive has a minimum of 200 hrs and not a single hiccup.

Cons: The thing I really dislike about this unit is the slide locks - they are too hard and when I try to use one hand to open it or close it I can't do it driving. One handed operation is a must and is very difficult, so if you have limited use of your hands from physical disabilities I can see how this flash drive will be very hard for you to work with. If you have limited dexterity then this drive will not work well for you.

Other Thoughts: If they would just fix the locking part of the slider I would be happy to re-review the product and give 100% happiness. Until that day if you have kind of dexterity issues with sliding things using your fingers and thumbs, be cautious. But over all I have been more than happy with this flash drive and would recommend it

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SteelSeries Flux In-Ear Mobile 3.5mm Connector Canal Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I always try to review an item only after I have used it a lot and feel comfortable with it. I have got about one month now on these headphones and they did not blow me away but they did stand out. Skype was great with these the sound that my counterpart got from the mic was very very good and the crisp sound of the headphones made hearing them talk very easy and enjoyable. I also liked the small caring case that came with the headphones; they fit in the case nicely and went into my pocket with no issues. The soft caring case was a very nice add on and made me feel like this company really carried about their product lasting for you and your overall enjoyment of their product. My gaming overall rating is high for such a small set of headphones, they do carry a good range of sound; my biggest complaint is the base, you can read about it in my cons. This headphone set comes with a caring case and three sizes of ear buds. If you're going to be using these on a phone to listen to music and talk to people you can't go wrong with them. A good buy for these uses.

Cons: The Mic mute button is small and a bit hard to push; when I was gaming I found that I had to look down to find the button sometimes because it is not raised enough on the dongle to find easily with my limited sense of touch. The non tangle flat cord is also something that just did not feel right to me, it's kind of sticky to itself and keeps a lot of memory in the line itself "if you twist it, it stays twisted for a time". For gaming I like more base and I am willing to have a larger headset especially if I am going to be tied to my PC with a cord. The only real reason I bring this up is that it stated on the box that these are meant to game with so I did. This quote is from the box "gaming headset with in-line microphone + controls".

Other Thoughts: For right around $50 I am on the fence; some of the Bluetooth headsets out there are right in the price range and give you that cord free feeling as they are cord free. If you don't like to worry about charging your headset and don't mind cables you will be happy with these. They are great for on the phone calls and Skype - for this purpose you can't go wrong. Samsung Note 2 Mac Book Air and custom PC.

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Display Name: william r.

Date Joined: 03/22/08

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  • Last Review: 09/12/14
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