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Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It works and has all the connectors you'd need for anything but a high-end computer.. probably has enough juice to power even a modest gaming PC with a single video card and one or two hard drives. I've got two older versions of this PSU (80 plus but not "bronze" 80 plus) and they have been nothing but quality so naturally I got this when I needed another PSU.

Cons: No power cord included! This is not a con for me as I have a ton of them lying around (brought 'em home from work) but for someone who is building their first PC and overlooks this fact, it's a BIG CON that can set them back another $20 and a trip to the Big Box store to buy a cord. I didn't even realize it didn't come with a cord until I opened the box... not going to knock an egg since it does say "no power cord" in the description and again on the box... but I'd have been miffed otherwise.... y'know a power cord being packaged with a power supply is something you just take for granted and assume it's going to be included.. UNTIL NOW apparently...

"Save the Environment by using your existing cord" yeah right Antec... more like "cut costs by not including a cord".. it might not seem like a lot but by selling a million of these things without power cords they're saving quite a little chunk.. don't spit in our face and tell us it's raining

Other Thoughts: It's green. Literally.

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VANTEC NexStar NST-D300S3-BK Plastic Black USB 3.0 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It works!
It's very fast over USB 3.0, have not yet tried USB 2.0 but I'd expect it to top out at about 30-40 MB/s
Power supply has a nice long cable, unlike my old TT dock.
Included USB 3.0 cable is quite rugged

Cons: Obnoxiously bright blue LEDs... why??
Very lightweight, my previous dock had weights in the bottom to stabilize the drive. This one has no weights but it seems stable enough without them. (could be a PRO I suppose, if you move this thing around often)

Other Thoughts: Be sure the drive is firmly in place before you power it on. There is some resistance when you first insert the drive, then more resistance as the drive slips into the SATA connectors.

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WD BLACK SERIES WD5000BPKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Amazingly quiet in my new laptop, reasonably snappy performance, though not what I'd call a "night and day" difference over the stock 500GB 5400RPM 8MB cache drive.. merely "noticeable", especially at boot times and when resuming from sleep/hibernation.

This drive has not affected my battery life in any way, so it must be pretty power efficient.

5 year warranty is always a huge deal especially for a laptop drive since laptops can't help but be moved around/bumped/jarred slightly while the drive is spinning. I've replaced so many dead laptop drives for my friends and family... then again most of them don't understand that their laptops have a delicate mechanical device inside that's spinning at 5400+ RPM, and tossing the thing inside your travel bag while it's still trying to hibernate isn't doing it any good

Cons: 16MB cache seems kind of low for a "performance" drive, no reason this couldn't have had 32MB or even 64MB

Other Thoughts: Wish it came in higher capacity versions, as of this writing 750GB is the largest 2.5 inch WD Black drive

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Display Name: Jeff B.

Date Joined: 09/24/08

  • Reviews: 32
  • Helpfulness: 18
  • First Review: 11/21/08
  • Last Review: 04/22/14
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