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WD BLACK SERIES WD1003FZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Might not be Authentic WD Black HD's 11/08/2014

This review is from: WD BLACK SERIES WD1003FZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Arrived quickly (4 days). Packaged well. Cheap.

Cons: None yet. I haven't installed them yet. (off topic) Also I rated my Tech Knowledge as "somewhat high" because I didn't want to claim it as being "high" while the entirety of my review focuses solely on what it is that I don't know, lol...

Other Thoughts: These were purchased for a small business server RAID 10 and when I ordered them I specifically went looking for smaller-sized, WD black HD's as I purchased one of these over a year ago for a data backup drive and it is an invisible workhorse. The first thing I noticed with that drive is that it is significantly heavier than other drives. With the skyrocketing cost of metal today, it makes sense to me that better drives are heavier, cheaper drives are lighter. Whether the extra metal is in the case, the platters, both, IDK. I just associate "heavy" with quality. I was only half expecting to get 4 exact duplicates of the drive I already own because the price felt a little "too cheap", and so when they arrived I was not surprised when they turned out to be significantly lighter than the WD Black 1 Tbyte drive I purchased over a year ago. These feel super light, and convey the sense of "cheap", much like how a WD green drive feels. So, to the reader, the entire point of this review hinges on the question of whether or not a heavier drive is a better drive, or if a lighter drive is lower in quality. If lighter means lower quality, then these are significantly lower in quality than what I would have expected from a WD Black drive.

It is not outside the realm for me to believe that a manufacturer (any manufacturer) might try to make a few extra bucks by taking one of their lower-end products and pasting a higher-end label on it and using the reputation of their higher end drives to sell their lower-end product. It wouldn't be the first time that a seemingly reputable company would do something like this. Am I "accusing"? No. I'm wondering, and letting others know what I'm wondering.

I haven't even installed them yet, and it's possible that these drives will work for years with no issues. Readers can assume that if they do not see another review from me on this question that the drives are performing normally. I didn't take any eggs off for what I'm worried about, but I also want to let others know that they might not get what they think they are buying. Might be a good idea to do some research first on the whole "Is heavier better?" question. Electronically I think it doesn't make any difference, but perhaps heavier is better for platter "flexing" due to heat? IDK. But I'm raising the awareness as a favor to the purchasers, and also to let the manufacturer know we're aware of the possibility that they are pulling a fast one.

A4Tech G11-570HX-1 Black RF Wireless Mouse
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs I Own One, and am Using it Right Now 06/04/2014

This review is from: A4Tech G11-570HX-1 Black RF Wireless Mouse

Pros: It's "good enough", and not great. Hard to find a top-shelf wireless mouse that is rechargeable. I hate batteries and the devices that use them. It's an OCD thing with me, I think, because I got to a LOT more trouble, and pay a lot more money to use rechargeable mice. I've had at least 5 different rechargeable wireless mice over the last 5 years or so, and none of them are all that great. This one has lasted about 1 1/2 years, and I don't know why NewEgg doesn't show me as owning it, because I bought it from NewEgg.

The Good:
Works. Recharges, works, etc... Charges from a USB port with a USB-to-2mm (or so) power cable. Lasted over a year, until...

Cons: The Bad:
The battery lost some of it's capacity, and so now a mouse that used to work for about a week between recharges needs to be recharged at least every other day.

More Bad:
It's not really a "desktop" mouse. It's small, like a "travel" mouse, or a laptop mouse. NE, as usual, allows manufacturers to (I think deliberately) miscategorize their product's specs.

Yet even more bad:
Because it's small, and I'm a medium-sized (hands) male, it's easy to hit one of the 7 or so buttons located by the thumb, which is pre-programmed by the manufacturer to launch an internet browser window that goes to the A4 website. A script. I think the thing is programmable, so it can run maybe any kind of script/macro. Maybe someone would like that. I don't. It's annoying. But that's what you get when you buy a mouse with a bajillion stupid buttons that no one (really) ever uses.

It's that one machine that goes "BING!" (Monty Python reference).

Other Thoughts: I think NewEgg could do better. They're the best online e-tailor, and I think that's a negative in some respects because they haven't any competition in terms of price, search engine functionality, shipping cost, speed, etc....

But they could do better, I think. First, by holding these manufacturers to a higher standard of completeness and accuracy when it comes to describing the specifications of their products. In fact, if done properly, NE could make this a self-policing situation where manufacturers monitor and report when their competitors are (I think deliberately) inaccurately describing their products so as to (again, it's what I think) artificially inflate their sales. Which their competition should object to, if they are behaving ethically. End-result? Better service and customer experience, fewer returns and a better company overall.

I've emailed NE asking for someone to contact me (last week) because I have more ideas than this, but they haven't. Maybe this will shake the coconut tree a little bit.

Anyways, the mouse is "good-enough" and a safe buy, especially if you are female and/or have small hands. If you are a gorilla with bananas for fingers, you are probably going to hate it.

Linksys WRT54GL Wireless Broadband Router 802.11b/g up to 54Mbps/ Compatible with Open Source DD-WRT (not pre-load)
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Reliable, durable, well-documented, from the 5 or so of these that I either own or maintain, and from all the research that I've done on these routers, the WRT54 series is WAY more router than what the average residential customer needs.

Cons: From what I've read, the custom DD-WRT firmware makes this router dramatically more functional and customizable. I plan on flashing my home router someday and seeing if this is true. Which is the "con". The router can do more than what the manufacturer allows, i.e. it's crippled. Another con is that I can't seem to get it to blacklist certain websites like FB or YT, etc...

Other Thoughts: I buy this router every time I need one, because I'm not willing to take the risk that a different router might not be as reliable. These things DON'T die.


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