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This review is from: WD 2TB My Cloud Personal Network Attached Storage - NAS - WDBCTL0020HWT-NESN
Pros: After searching around, decided to try this one because of the reviews. Easy setup, updated firmware, and transferred 500 MB right away. Network took awhile to make the first upload (16 hours) but that was likely due to an older switch in the network and not the WD device. Can access remotely via WD website - great feature that I didn't fully appreciate until after I used it.
Update: Coming up on 2 years in service. The device has been reliable and I've had no issues. Overall I'm very pleased - lots of storage and no fuss.
Cons: Wish the PC-side programs were lighter and faster. Depending on how you use it, you'll be installing a little or a lot. 99% of my use is as a local network drive, so quickly jumping to the drive in Explorer is most appreciated.
Other Thoughts: None.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Used on a new budget build, running with an ASRock Z75 Pro3 and i5-3350P. Works great. Haven't taken it to the max yet but it doesn't flinch with Steelbeasts v3 and FSX, with FSX's settings to the max. I have plans to take it further to the edge...
Cons: Has two 6-pin PCI-E power jacks, and I had to get a connector adapter because my PSU only had one 6-pin jack.
It is also a sizable unit and the fans point down. It fits fine on my build but you'll want to avoid having any PCI cards below it or the airflow could get impeded.
Used rebate card but price could still be lower. Radeon is on to a new video card lineup, so this series ought to be at bargain basement prices.
Other Thoughts: Closely considered this against the new R7 and R9s. It appears that the R9 270X and this card are very similar and have the same silicon inside, so I figured I could get almost all of the performance at a discount by going with the HD 7870. So far no regret and enjoying the cash I saved.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG USB 2.0 Slim External DVD Writer Model SE-208DB/TSBS
Pros: The idea is simple - take a laptop drive and sell it separately in its own plastic shell.
Got it for two reasons:
1. External drive for Asus T100. Works great - Win8 sees it fine. Reading is fine, haven't tried writing yet. Didn't need provided drivers.
2. Bring-up of new desktop build. Didn't want to buy a whole DVD drive just for that step, so used this. The new build booted right off power-up on the Win7 64b CD in this drive. Didn't even need to tell BIOS to boot off it. Super smooth.
Runs entirely off USB, including power.
Cons: Not the fastest drive I've ever encountered - probably because it has to keep a lid on power consumption since it powers off the USB. As noted above, it was used to load up a new blank desktop build and more speed would have been nice, but not a big issue.
Also, it choked on one game install disk, but I haven't tried that disc in other drives to isolate the issue. Also, I never used the driver disc provided in the package, which could also be the issue.