Joined on 06/16/04
Pros: Replaced an older APC UPS XL1000. Much quicker and quieter when going on and off. I have my LCD TV, printer, and computer running through this and I still have load to spare. My place actually lost power when I was playing the last map on MW2, and the power went out. All went dark except for my computer. This puppy kicked in and allowed me to keep gaming another 6 min to finish throwing the knife. :) Seems to run cool.
Overall Review: Power in the North East sucks so any electronics should have a battery backup. Also, don't connect the cable modem to this as it can cause signal problems. (according to the cable guy.) Stay away from third party battery replacements. I have bought many and they last 6mo to 1 yr. Pay for the APC brand which last 3 years.
Works well, but cheap build quality
Pros: N at 5Ghz network works as advertised (With a Netgear 3700), however range is currently not an issue. Longer than 30 feet I would probably switch to 2.4Ghz. XBox software automatically saw and configured the device.
Cons: Cheap build quality. Would not snap in cleanly into the Halo edition XBox I have. I have it working right now, but it feels like it is going to pop out. For 80 dollars, it should clip in better. Thats what you get for C3. 80 Bucks???, it should be closer to 40.
Works on MBP (early 2011)
Pros: No problems installing and imaging using CCC on my MBP. Speed on Win7 virtual machine using VMWare on the laptop is amazing. True SATA 3 speeds, combined with 8GB memory upgrade from Kingston (at 1600mhz) and the system screams. Laptop is completely silent except for the fan.
Cons: Cost of desktop version is lower than laptop version even though the only difference is the external case size.
Pros: Quality built, does not feel cheap. I am back to Netgear after having way too many problems with the Linksys brand.) Fastest consumer router I have used. Great range on the 2.4Ghz-N band. (Use a wifi analyzer to find out which channels around you are not being used, and stick your network there).
Cons: Web interface doesn't look very nice, but once you understand it, its fine. Much simpler than a Cisco IOS. :) 5Ghz-N band has a very short range. LED lights are very bright. You can have up to 4 networks, (guest networks) but I left them all disabled to free up clock cycles on the processor for my primary network.
Overall Review: Successfully connected this to a Samsung wifi enabled blueray player. At first I was having connection issues, but that was because the encryption was set too high. Settling down to WPA TKIP made everything work fine. It is able to stream netflix continuously without any hiccups through the bludray player to a 50in TV. Looks great. Both bands on at the same time can cause some performance issues but I keep everything at 2.4 anyways because the range on the 5 is terrible. If you are going to "dual band" your network, the 2.4 and 5Ghz-N networks NEED to have different names. (i.e. "mynet" for 2.4 and "mynet-5g" for the 5) Works fine with ASUS, MacBook, MacBook Pro, and HP Mini 5Ghz-N wifi cards.
Pros: Bought this to replace a full 60GB Macbook drive for a friend. Fast, quiet, no heat or vibration issues. Packaging was standard Newegg bubble-wrap in peanuts. Love Western Digital. 16MB cache makes a huge performance difference.
Overall Review: This is NOT the model that parks its heads if dropped. That is a different model (WD2500bjkt I believe). Used "SuperDuper!" to clone old drive to a firewire external and then back to this drive. Total time ~3.5 hrs, and the Macbook is about 3 x faster. No SATA 1 vs. 2 issues, it was plug and play.