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Peter W.

Peter W.

Joined on 04/19/08

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Most Favorable Review

Does the job

GARMIN 3.5" GPS Navigation with Voice Prompts
GARMIN 3.5" GPS Navigation with Voice Prompts

Pros: It works as it should, which is as an entry level GPS. Came with 2009 maps installed. All the stuff you need to put it in a car is included. Contrary to what I expected, it is very accurate.

Cons: Didn't include USB cable to charge/access data from the computer.

Overall Review: Any generic USB cable will charge/allow access to the device from your PC. For that matter, every USB charger I own works (IPod nano, cell phone, etc.). So this isn't a huge issue. If you don't have a cable I suspect you'll have to drive quite a bit before the battery is charged, but I think most people will already have a cable. Anyway, it does not need a full charge to work in your car.

Most Critical Review

DOA

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: None that I've experienced.

Cons: Drive was Dead on Arrival. I'm RMA'n it right now.

Overall Review: Tried it in two systems. All it did was make erratic clicking noises and lock both BIOS's when they tried to detect the drive. I thought this purchase was a good idea because a co-worker/friend has the same motherboard that I have and he recently bought Seagate's 1.5TB 'cuda. His is working for now (about two weeks), so I don't know what to think about Seagate's quality assurance. Time will tell, but 1.5TB is a lot of data to loose. As these capacities become more common, I think where going to start seeing a lot more built-in *true* hardware raid 1 support ifrom the motherboard vendors.

Great Drive

Western Digital Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: * 2 platter drive with 640 GB capacity * WD Cariar Black platform * Very fast for a drive in this class/price range

Cons: None so far

Overall Review: Cool and quiet... the 1TB drive is great too (three platters)... I bought both

It does what it's supposedtp de

BYTECC BT-300 USB 2.0 to IDE / SATA Adapter
BYTECC BT-300 USB 2.0 to IDE / SATA Adapter

Pros: It works. It's a simple USB/IO device designed to do a simple task.

Cons: None I've encountered.

Overall Review: Comes with ext power of needed, a good feature.

Good Drive, Great Price

Patriot Razzo 32GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model PSF32GRUSB
Patriot Razzo 32GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model PSF32GRUSB

Pros: Average read speed 29.2 MB/sec. Average write speed 13.5 MB/sec. Slim enough that you can plug other USB devices into adjacent ports. Passed a *full pass* stress test using ChkFlsh with zero errors (read/write to every sector 34 times).

Cons: Haven't discovered any yet.

Overall Review: Ran the stress test on my wife's laptop, which was running continuously at max speed (1.6Ghz centrino w/1.5GB ram). It might have benchmark'd better on my desktop. If you do a benchmark, remember to remove any lower speed (non USB 2.0) devices, as the controller will default to the slowest device's bus speed. Technically, to be fair, it should be the only device using the controller/root hub during a benchmark. 480Mb/sec is only about 60MB/sec, factoring control data.