Joined on 05/16/07
Great External Hard Drive
Pros: Great USB 3.0 Speeds. CrystalDiskMark shows a sequential score of 121.2 MB/s Read, 120.7 MB/s Write. At those speeds this drive is the fastest USB 3.0 external hard drive I own. Roughly 8-10 MB/s faster than my WD & Silicon Power 1TB USB 3.0 Drives. Real world testing transferring a 3.6GB ISO file took approx 42 seconds which is about 2 seconds faster than the aforementioned drives. No bloatware. Only comes with simple program to register drive online & has Serial Number & drive information already filled out in an xml file so you don't have to go looking for any info. Sleek black finish, low profile Blue LED that flashed when drive is reading/writing information. Cord feels snug when attached, something I've had problems with on other drives.
Cons: Warranty is short compared to other competing brands. However I should note that the Hard Drive is actually a Samsung drive & so far my other Samsung drives have yet to give me problems. I've owned dozens of HDDs throughout the years & had every brand (WD, Seagate, Maxtor, Hitachi, Iomega, Toshiba, nobody is perfect) die on me or had to RMA them. My 3.5" Samsung drive has yet to give me problems after 2+ yrs of daily use ownership. Blue LED activity indicator is just a little too bright for me. I like low profile lights & this one is very small but bright, it can be annoying if it's sitting next to you in a dark room & you're constantly accessing it. Case is made of cheaper plastic construction. Tapping on the side of the case it feels as though there is open space inside the case which makes me question if they could have made the drive slightly smaller.
Overall Review: I would probably spend the little extra money & get a 1TB drive, but that's just me. If you're in the market specifically for a 750GB drive (or similar size) then this drive is excellent. Seagate has a good RMA process & with the Samsung drive behind the curtain you're arguably getting the most reliable brand of HDD available right now.
Not worth the Money
Pros: Titanium Case. Retractable USB input.
Cons: I've had this product for about a month and every time I use it I get more and more frustrated. First off when you retract the usb input it is still exposed. My last SanDisk USB flash had a little metal plate that would cover the usb input so natrually I expected this on an expensive Flash drive. Second when you fully extend the usb input you have to push it out hard so the input doesn't retract back in when you plug in into your computer. This is very annoying because the mechanism that holds it in place while extended is very weak and always causes the usb to slide back into it's casing. The drive also tends to hang for a few seconds after transferring a file. The larger the file the longer it hangs. Transferring a 700mb movie will make the file transfer icon in windows hang for about 10 seconds. This does not happen with my 4gb flash from a top memory producing company.
Overall Review: I would consider a flash drive from a rival company if you are thinking about buying this. It was not what I expected for the money. I am much more satisfied with my older flash from the largest memory producing company and use it much more often then this one. I will not buy another product from this company.
Going strong 2+ months
Pros: Nice solid construction. Weighs alot so multiple cords wont pull on the box. Using 10 of the ports at the moments in a home network setup without any problems.
Overall Review: Was the cheapest Unmanaged 16-port switch at the time. Was a little hesitant on getting it because of low reviews but I have no regrets. Wanted to upgrade to a 16 port switch rather than add another 8 port box in my home network. This works wonderfully for my setup. Would recommend to anyone looking to expand their wired network.
Great for price
Pros: Nice gunmetal finish. Heavy. Bright. Used under house to replace some pipes, was able to illuminate the entire area. Co-worker was very impressed with how bright the light was and asked what it was and where they could get one.
Cons: The batteries don't fit snug inside the light. They wiggle around a little while inside, kind of makes the flashlight feel flimsy.
Overall Review: Great light for the price. I have flashlights that cost 3x what I purchased this for and this is much better.
Reliability is Tossup
Pros: Boot up time is faster than traditional 7200rpm drive. Generally a better hard drive for OS than traditional drives because of the numerous writes and rewrites being made to the drive. Significantly cheaper than a SSD byte for byte.
Cons: Originally purchased the first generation Velociraptor drive, which lasted approx 6 months before having problems. RMA'd that drive and was given a replacement, the 2nd drive lasted approx 18 months before having to RMA and then received one of these Enterprise edition drives as a replacement. That drive is going on 1+ yrs without any problems.
Overall Review: Toss up whether to invest in 10k HDD or a SSD. In my experience SSD tend to last longer than any 10k rpm drive I have had experience with. With that sad the Enterprise edition drives from WD are the most reliable 10k drive I have owned. And if you ever have to RMA a HDD, WD is by far the best experience I've had RMAing items.