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Pros: The user manual included directs you to corsair.com/downloads to be able to download the software package to customize it. When opening it for the first time, it auto-notified me of a firmware update, giving me the choice to update. Upon choosing “yes”, the firmware update was automated.
On-The-Fly adjustable sensitivity with the onboard buttons by default; this could really give someone an edge in a FPS game. Said buttons are also programmable to perform other actions if the adjustable sensitivity is something you don’t want/like.
Re-defining button actions through the software package is very easy and intuitive with the option of setting up profiles for specific programs.
Cons: The scroll wheel is a little too, I guess the word would be “restrictive” in its movements. There is notably more resistance when scrolling compared to every other mouse I’ve used. My current gaming mouse actually has a button on it which allows the scroll wheel to spin freely; a feature I would have very much liked to see on this mouse given its functionality for productivity software.
The mouse itself just feels a little too large; it took a little getting used to.
Other Thoughts: Definitely a mouse designed with gaming, specifically, in mind. Other options out there are better for working professionals who mix gaming and productivity. If you’re looking for a full-on gaming mouse, this one fits the bill.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I ended up deciding to not use this devices wireless functions at all, see cons.
USB 3.0. The drive comes pre-equipped with very helpful videos of setup and use; plug it into a computer to view them. Default formatting is exFAT which allows for files larger than 4GB (useful for HD videos). Also with a built-in standard sized SD card slot which can be used to easily backup files through their proprietary app.
Comes pre-equipped with DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) functionality to be used as a streaming media server, complete with an easy-to-use manual for setting it up as such. Can stream media to wirelessly connected computers to your home network and to mobile devices which you’ve set up the WD My Passport app.
Comes pre-equipped with Drive Diagnostic Tests.
Power efficient – It’s a 7200 RPM external drive and only needs 1 USB port to power it.
Cons: I chose to not use the Wi-Fi Phone connectivity; the terms of service for the App was too intrusive for my taste:
1) Identity - The App uses one or more of: accounts on the device, profile data. Alright, I can understand the need for this; we’d need to set up some sort of account for the app to be able to wirelessly connect/upload files to the Passport. However, it’s that “or more of” that concerns me; there’s no way for me to know if this app will only use a WD account for the purposes of file backup, or if it will also gain access to any/all other accounts I have synced with my phone.
2) Photos/Media/Files – Uses one or more of: files on the device such as images, videos, audio, the device’s external storage. Again, understandable; if I’m going to be backing up files, the app needs access to said files.
3) Wi-Fi connection information – Allows the app to view information about the Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and names of connected Wi-Fi devices. Understandable, see #2.
4) Device ID & call information – Allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by the call. This is the one that broke it for me – I can’t think of a good reason why the app would need to know what number I’m in a call with. This just seems like data mining. A lot of people are okay with that, and more power to you; but I’m not.
I also chose not to use the desktop client connectivity, as I found the License Agreement to be too intrusive. It had the standard clauses in there (waiving right to use judicial processes, software is licensed and not sold, etc). The Agreement also stated that 3rd parties are allowed to automatically install software bundled into updates, which sounds suspiciously like bloatware to me.
From the videos, it’s clear that you can “sync” your WD profile and Passport with other cloud-based backup services you already have (googledrive, dropbox, etc); this concerns me greatly, as the WD EULA seems to be worded such that they could use files already stored on other services per their privacy statement.
If WD also published their intended use for these permissions I may have a different opinion of their app/software, but I haven’t been able to find anything pertaining to that kind of information, so I choose not to use it.
Other Thoughts: Generally speaking, I honestly don’t see the point of this product; it’s duplicating functionality of several other cloud-based backup options which most people probably already use (google drive, dropbox, evernote, social media insta-photo/video-upload, phone’s default backup via your service provider, etc). The Wi-Fi functionality of this device seems gimmicky to me and as a means for WD to try to gain access to “personal, non-identifiable information” for advertising purposes. I honestly can’t recommend this product as anything other than just a plug-n-play external hard drive.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: You may have noticed in my previous review that I found the drive performance to be impressive enough to convince me the increased cost makes this drive a solid buy over it's less expensive, slower, competitors. The only con was that my drive seemed to be faulty and failed ~ 5 - 6 weeks after installation. However! OCZ Technical support reached out to me and offered to replace the drive at no additional cost to me; that level of technical support impresses me enough to change my rating (or rather, give it a new rating since I can't edit my previous one) to 5 eggs. The hassle-free replacement option almost removes the concerns of hardware failure, letting me judge this drive by the merits of its price and performance alone.
Cons: My original drive failed; something which seems to be pretty rare in the world of SSDs, so I think the first one was a fluke. OCZ's quality control/quality assurance quickly addressed that issue to my satisfaction.
Other Thoughts: I received this drive free from Newegg for the purposes of testing/review so I had already disposed of it before OCZ reached out to me, making me unable to take them up on their offer (I honestly figured that any warranty support wouldn't apply since I didn't actually purchase the drive). This serves as a great reminder to always keep faulty hardware until after you've communicated with the manufacturer!READ FULL REVIEW
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