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Link Depot Model TOS-12 12 ft. OD 5.0mm Molded Type Toslink - Fiber Optic Audio Cable
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Lower losses compared to the thin walled cables. A 3ft thin cable did not work with an active optical switch (also sold by Newegg), this 12ft cable did.
Looks robust enough for your typical home theater setup (connect and forget), and the protective caps attached to the cable are a plus (I always end up losing the non-attached ones)

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Newegg is getting ridiculous with the whole DHL eggsaver shipping. Took longer and cost more than just giving it to USPS to begin with. You should offer that option as well.

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YongNuo YN-468 II  Digital Speedlite With LCD Display, for Canon 50D 40D T1i Xsi XS
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Actually, IT IS E-TTL II compatible 11/17/2012

This review is from: YongNuo YN-468 II Digital Speedlite With LCD Display, for Canon 50D 40D T1i Xsi XS

Pros: Some people don't bother reading a manual, or even trying the functions in their cameras.
This flash is fully E-TTL II compatible, even if the back LCD only displays TTL.
It has a zoom head, and it will track the focal length of your lens up to 85mm.
It uses a laser grid for auto-focus assist, instead of the more common red light.
Good range of swivel/tilt for the flash head.
Fast recharge time, about 1s following a full power flash.
Can be optically triggered by another flash, but only at a preset power level.

Cons: Not the most powerful flash out there, guide number is a bit misleading, 2/3 of what's stated might be a better number. Plan accordingly.
The auto-zoom feature doesn't compensate for the sensor crop, so some of the flash power is wasted illuminating an area that's not going to be captured by the image sensor. If you need to overcome this issue, you can always switch to manual zoom mode and set the flash head to whatever value you need.
No high speed sync capability

Other Thoughts: It's significantly less than a Canon 430EX, and offers probably 90% of the features and 2/3 of the power. For a lot of people, that will suffice - for the others, there are always better (and more expensive) options.
Overall, the price/performance ratio is good, this could be a great first flash for a lot of people.

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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Quiet, decent speed, doesn't get that hot. Price was good, shipping was fast, The drive had some level of protection, the plastic carrier and a few layers of bubble wrap, all in a box of packing peanuts.

Cons: After 36 hours of operation, SMART shows Raw Read Error Rate as 1. Not 1%, just 1. That I'd let go, assuming it doesn't go up.
The big problem is G-Sense Error Rate. Was 0 when the drive was new, and it increased steadily by about 100-200 for every gigabyte of data copied to the drive. Write operations only, read operations seem to be ok and not increase the counter. The drive is solidly mounted, so it shouldn't be the drive itself vibrating and tripping the sensor.

Other Thoughts: Wrote an e-mail to Samsung's tech support, I'm curious what they have to say about that. Still, I would be curious what other users are showing in their SMART logs. I was only able to find a conversation on a German forum about a similar problem, but not a lot of info about any fixes besides a replacement. I'll keep it for a few more days, try and gather some more information, and decide what to do about it, although right now the drive has RMA spelled all over it.

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Display Name: Octavian C.

Date Joined: 01/03/09

  • Reviews: 14
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  • First Review: 09/20/09
  • Last Review: 09/11/13
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