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Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Cheap, but not much cheaper than a good Toshiba

Cons: Lasted me 13 months before it died.

Other Thoughts: This drive was a joke. I had problems with it in my HTPC but thought the issue was something else, since the issues were sporadic. Once I finally isolated it to this drive, I had gone a month past the warranty.

It can be difficult to find warranty status for Seagate drives. I went to the validator and it said that the drive I owned was sold as part of an OEM system which was totally bogus since I bought it on the Big A (sorry Newegg -- I buy most of my stuff from you but got a good deal on the Seagate drive). I later learned that this drive only had a one-year warranty to begin with, so I'm not going to bother complaining to the Big A. But, either way you go, this is not a good way to do business. The only thing that worked out well was that I was able to transfer all of my shows to a new Toshiba 4GB drive that is working flawlessly.

So, I'm out of luck as far as the money I spent on this drive just 13 months ago. I have to say that I was skeptical because out of the dozens of drives I have bought over the years, I have only had four go bad on me -- 3 Seagates and one Hitachi (which yes, I know is now Toshiba). Remember the "click of death" that was all the rage with Hitachi drives years -- yeah, I got that. Maybe I had more Seagates go bad because I bought more of those drives than any other. That's a logical possibility. But whatever the case, I'm done with them now and will stick with Toshiba and WD.

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HIS H667FN1G Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Low profile fit just fine in my small HTPC case

Audio and video worked with no conflicts, unlike the NVIDIA card this replaced

Very quiet

Cons: Woe will come to those who need an RMA

Other Thoughts: I was very happy with this HIS low-profile video card until it began artifacting all over the place and then just threw up a black screen. This was 11 months into my ownership and about midway into the 2-year warranty period. So, I obtained an RMA from the outfit that fulfills HIS's warranty claims -- LexyPacific. I sent the card in and received a notice that LexyPacific had received the card and would be sending me a replacement. That was over a month ago and I still don't have my replacement card. This is unacceptable. Fortunately, I was able to use my IGPU so I could still use my HTPC, but there are some pretty steep compromises with using that and getting 7.1 audio output. That's why I bought this card in the first place. I was pleased with the card, overall, but I am not at all happy with the sub-par warranty/RMA service. If you have this card, great -- I hope you don't have any problems with it. But if you do have problems, you had better settle in for the long haul and don't expect anything approaching timely warranty service.

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RAZER Black USB Wired BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Poor Customer Support 09/18/2012

This review is from: RAZER Black USB Wired BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Pros: Responsive. Like the adjustable light levels. Macros easy to set up/use.

Cons: I liked the keyboard, but as others have reported, had problems with several keys after just four months of use. Razer acknowledged that an RMA was in order, but it never came. I wrote back and was promised RMA within 2 days, but again, it never came. This has gone on for weeks and, quite frankly, I've got better things to do than spend hours and hours on this. Not to mention that I initially had to send my ownership/address information to them over and over again in email threads that contained the same info just a few lines below. It has all become a PIA and the only thing to do is throw a hundred-dollar-plus keyboard in the trash and buy something else and avoid Razer like the plague in the future. I got kind of a kick out of Razer's response to another reviewer, something along the lines of, "...quickly remedy any problem..." Rubbish, there is nothing quick or easy about working with Razer support.

Other Thoughts: Decent keyboard if you get a good one; but if you have any problems with yours, just trash it because they obviously don't stand behind their warranty.

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Display Name: Michael M.

Date Joined: 07/07/01

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 01/12/12
  • Last Review: 08/30/14
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