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WD WDBVHT0080JCH-NESN 8TB (2 x 4TB) My Book Live Duo Personal Cloud Storage
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Move along to other product. 01/21/2015

This review is from: WD WDBVHT0080JCH-NESN 8TB (2 x 4TB) My Book Live Duo Personal Cloud Storage

Pros: + 2TB on RAID 1 or 4TB with RAID disabled.

Cons: - Linux filesystem (Ext2/Ext3)
- No direct USB connection.
- FATAL Gigabit transfer rate over Gigabit network.
- FATAL movie streaming, Music streaming was less than optimal.
- Web console sluggish, up to 2-3 minutes to load each menu option.
- Device stops responding randomly if it goes to sleep and doe snot wake up.
- HD replacements must match "entire" model number, so in order to recover data must get outdated and overpriced drive to rebuild RAID 1 mirror before you can copy it to another place. Cannot use same-size, same-series(Green) but different-model drive.

Other Thoughts: I got one of these 2nd hand and was working fine at first until the web console returned error on one of the drives, of course at this stage I assumed I could just connect drive to computer via USB adapter and pull my data then found out it was linux filesystem so cannot be pulled easily.
Began looking for replacement drive and once more found that I must use the same drive-series model, even more modern drives same size and same Green storage series were out of the question. I assume this is due to the linux filesystem again.
This unit has been disappointment after disappointment.
Attempting to stream movies from it was out of the question so its only use is pretty much music, pictures and documents storage.
While HD prides itself on making great hard drives this book duo device is abysmal.
The RAID option is great, that's a relief even when drive failed still have the other so must wait for replacement to arrive and according to WD support placing new drive in place should begin to mirror data and be up and running once more. It better be...
As of 01/21/2015 this book duo is greatly outdated and overpriced, already looking into something more friendly and more efficient and with USB compatibility.
Do not bother with this one there are better options.

PS: WD suport was also unable to help, the manufacturer itself had no replacement drives of the same series I needed, thankfully newegg appears to have them, now waiting for it to arrive to confirm so.

Dell U2913WM Black 29
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: *Great work space, worth 2 monitors together.
*Great gaming space, most games support 2560 x 1080
*Great movie space, no more black bars on 1080p movies, full display on screen.

Cons: *Promo picture misleading, it shows FULL screen use, in reality there is a 7mm black frame on sides and on top the monitor screen.
*The 1080 vertical feels a little squashed at first but that's due the pixel size, you get used to it.
*Slight noticeably ghosting at first but also get used to it quick
*Dell utility sucks, it attempts to change screen tone every time one switches between applications, disable this and you are golden.

Other Thoughts: Overall, the pros beat the cons with extreme prejudice.
The screen is just beautiful, from gaming, movies and working it all just fits perfectly. When multitasking just have to move a window to the side and no more ALT+TABing all over the list of windows to find your right frame.
Coming from a 22" Samsung this monitor felt a little smaller on the vertical but the pixel size was too different, I got used to it and have not regretted the purchase.
My only heartfelt wish is to see an upgrade from Dell that gives us 2560 x 1440 and 1 or 2 inches taller on the vertical.
I can always dream :)

LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature IHBS112-29
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: *Install was quick and easy.
*Reads pretty much all media.
*Burning speeds is good for BR media.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: After almost a year drive works fine so far, have had experience with previous Lite-On drives where they simply stop working after 1 year or so. As previously posted cheap enough to be able to upgrade now and then.


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Display Name: George M.

Date Joined: 10/25/02

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  • First Review: 05/17/11
  • Last Review: 01/21/15
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