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PLEXTOR Duplication Grade DVD CD Burner Drive 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model PX-891SAW
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: After several burns, it hasn't made any coasters. But it's only been installed for a week so take that for what it's worth. Fortunately, with a Newegg coupon I got it for only a few bucks more than the more plebian DVD writers.

Cons: Like all writers nowadays it's a featherweight, weighing in at one third of the six year old Plextor IDE writer it replaced. Not exactly confidence inspiring for a writer that bills itself as "duplication grade." It's outward appearance, construction and heft is no different than the numerous Samsung, LG, ASUS writers I've purchased from Newegg in recent years. Of course I haven't opened it up to compare with my other writers, but I have this feeling that it came out of the same two or three factories in China that all the others come from (like one of the other reviewers posted).

Other Thoughts: And what is duplication grade, anyway? Well, if you look on Plextor's website, the only reference is the writer is "designed with a duplication grade controller." Ah, that explains everything; I feel better now. And I'm quite confident I can hear better sound and more bits from the music CDs I've "duplicated" so far.

I'd come back in a year and update this review after I know how long the device lasts, but seldom does a particular model writer of any brand stay in a manufacturer's catalog that long. I suspect like all other brands of writers you hope to get lucky and have one stand the test of time, but the reality is they are a throw-away item no matter how much you spend.

Hamilton Beach 33966 Silver 6 Qt. Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good But Not Perfect 03/11/2014

This review is from: Hamilton Beach 33966 Silver 6 Qt. Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker

Pros: Seems well constructed. Solid. We like the handles and rubber feet.

Cons: The probe feature is great but we have found it necessary a couple of times to place the probe in a second location and start again after the signal sounds that cooking is complete. Parts of the roast or chicken breasts are still not up to the set temperature. The second time doesn't take very long but you do need to check several portions of the meat to be sure the entire piece is at the correct temp.

Other Thoughts: Overall we're happy with the cooker except for this one caveat.

Thermaltake Silver River 5G ST0025U Aluminum 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's a well-built case, assembly is easy and it functions as it should right out of the box. And a lot of external cases don't do that; just read the reviews. But... one would expect as much at this price. Pricing is just a few bucks shy of name brand external drives that include the hard drive.

Cons: Come on Thermaltake, put the right screws in the box. It's not that hard. Just like a lot of the other reviews of this case have noted, this case comes with fine-thread screws that if used will strip the threads on your 3 1/2 inch drive.

As a computer technician I have hundreds of spare screws so it wasn't a big problem, but be aware that the standard sized head, coarse thread screws for 3 1/2 inch drives you have lying around will not work. The heads are too large and will not slide all the way into the case. You have to find coarse threaded screws with a very flat head to slide the drive into the case, and this may be a problem for the casual computer user.

This is a premium priced box and there simply is no excuse for this kind of oversight. And we all know the manufacturers read these reviews and Thermaltake has made a financial decision to keep shipping these boxes with incorrect parts and let the end user fix their mistake.

Other Thoughts: Newegg's free shipping, a combination of FedEx handing off to USPS, took over a week for delivery.


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Date Joined: 03/13/03

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