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WD Blue WD10J31X 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Drive Died During Testing 07/26/2015

This review is from: WD Blue WD10J31X 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop SSHD Bare Drive

Pros: Small, cleanly designed component, clearly labeled. Attractive design.

Cons: This hard drive died within 36 hours of its initial power-up. I was testing the drive with basic file-copy operations one evening and found the drive dead the next morning . BIOS still sees the drive but it is no longer bootable or readable as a secondary drive.

Other Thoughts: Initial testing showed that this drive compared pretty well in terms of speed to its full-sized desktop counterpart, in spite of its slower spindle speed.

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Belkin WeMo F5Z0489 LED Lighting Starter Set, 2 WeMo Smart Light Bulbs & WeMo Link, Control Multiple WeMo Bulbs from Anywhere, Wi-Fi Enabled
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Once this is setup, it's really pretty neat. You can control the bulbs either independently or together--your choice--from your smartphone. The bulbs are bright without being harsh and they make a nice light They can be dimmed and turned on and off from your phone.

The Link unit is small and unobtrusive and you can put it anywhere there is an outlet and a decent signal from your router. You connect to its SSID with your phone after you download the app and it walks you through getting it connected to your wifi network.

Once setup it can be controlled from a remote location using your cell phone.

Cons: Setup should have been a ten-minute affair but was complicated a bit (into a fifteen minute affair) by the app design. You have to go under ". . . " and then "Add WeMo Link Devices" to actually find the bulbs.

When you first open the app, it appears to be searching for devices, but it's searching for devices you have already configured.

This is not a huge problem, but it could be confusing. Seems like adding a bit to the printed instructions in the package to "Touch '...' to add new devices and get additional instructions" might save you a lot of customer service calls.

Other Thoughts: Nice little unit, overall. I do plan on buying more "WeMo" enabled devices.

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Logitech Z906 500W 5.1 Speakers
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Good Speakers 05/25/2015

This review is from: Logitech Z906 500W 5.1 Speakers

Pros: 500 Watt, THX-Certified 5.1 speaker system with a variety of both digital and analog inputs, a control console, and a remote control. Digital formats accepted are Dolby Digital Surround, DTS Digital Surround, and PCM (stereo).

Analog inputs include 6-channel direct (3 cable), RCA stereo in, and Aux-in (3.5 mm on the side of the control console. Digital inputs include 2 digital optical inputs, and 1 digital coax input. There is no limit as to the number of inputs that can be connected at once; the active input is selected either from the control console or the remote control.

Total RMS wattage of components: subwoofer is 165 watts, 6 ohms, at 10% THD. Satellites are total 335 watts RMS, 67 watts per channel, 4 ohms, at 10%THD. Frequency response is 35 Hz - 20 KHz.

The satellite speakers are small enough for a computer desk and weigh two pounds each. The subwoofer is on the large side (11.5 x 11.1 x 12.6 inches) and weighs 19.8 lbs.

Subjectively, these speakers deliver very clean sound. Volume will go higher than I can stay in the room for, with no apparent distortion. Unlike most "computer speakers," these have good mid-range response as well as bass and treble. Response is also good at normal volume; it doesn't require loud volume for these speakers to deliver good, balanced sound.

Cons: No real cons noted.

Other Thoughts: For these speakers to work as designed, you need to get the rear satellites behind you. This will not only improve the quality of movie and sound playback, it will also enable positional audio in the games that still support it.

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