Joined on 07/08/05
Pros: Fast 7200 RPM, large capacity, great price, and best of all no bad sectors. I performed a complete surface scan with WD Diagnostics prior to install and drive cloning (since I have been burned before by using a bad drive before testing it). Used this to replace a 3 year old WD320 Gb that was going bad. Really pleased with the performance.
Cons: This drive is Advanced Format, meaning it has 4096 byte sectors instead of the older 512 byte sectors. Not a con in the true sense, just wanted to point out that if you clone a Win Vista partition from a non-AF drive to an AF drive you will need to install a MS hotfix. However, you cannot patch your system AFTER it has been cloned (the people at MS can be real smart sometimes).
Overall Review: if you are migrating a Windows system from a non-AF to an AF drive then apply this hotfix PRIOR to cloning (search kb2470478 on Microsoft support site): Article ID: 2470478 - Last Review: March 15, 2011 - Revision: 2.0 Applications that are built on ESENT and that run on a Windows Vista-based or Windows Server 2008-based computer may not work correctly after the reported physical sector size of the storage device changes
Dead after 10 days
Pros: Massive capacity for cheap. Great performance for an economy drive. Comprehensive (user friendly) 3 year warranty. Customer loyalty upgrade program.
Cons: You get what you pay for? Dead after 10 days
Overall Review: I read many complaints about these drives here on this forum, but I have an extensive history with WD products so I figured I would roll the dice (especially when factoring in the dirt-cheap cost). I got burned, but will try to RMA with NewEgg shortly (1st time ever). If that doesn't work, WD offers an advance replacement warranty, i.e., they mail you a new drive 1st, then you have 30 days to mail them the bad drive. WD also offers a "Loyalty program" for drives still under warranty in which you can upgrade to a different drive (doesn't even have to be the same form factor) for a discounted price. I also just RMA'ed a drive for a client and it only cost $7 to ship to WD using the advance warranty. Conclusion: even if this drive is junk, WD offers an extensive 3 year warranty to get you back up and running. Therefore, the warranty offsets the drives crappiness for a sum total of a 3 egg rating.
Good while it lasted: 18 months
Pros: * It's RAM, it works. * Looks decent.
Cons: * Both sticks strangely died at 18 months.
Overall Review: I've had good luck in the past with G.Skill and I have bought many of their products over time. But these two sticks oddly died at the same time. I tried booting the PC with each single stick as a diagnostic test, and neither stick would be recognized anymore by the mobo. This is after only 18 months. The same mobo is now running on other sticks of ram.
High quality M.2 expansion card, with solid thermal management and aesthetics.
Pros: * Looks nice. * Gold plated heat sinks. * Thermal pads (jelly like substance) included. * Supports two M.2 drives. * Driverless / plug and play. (Drive visible in both Ubuntu 18 and Win 10.)
Cons: * Supports a SINGLE NVME drive. The other drive is SATA mode.
Overall Review: Nice quality construction, driverless, and works in both Ubuntu 18 and Windows 10. Literally plug and play. Biggest drawback is that only a single port is available for NVME drives, the second port will run in SATA mode, which will be less performant.
Good TV mount
Pros: - It works. - Can adjust rotation (to clean up installation). - Can adjust tilt. - Can adjust pan. - Has a built in (snap on plastic guides) cable management system.
Cons: - Pay attention when mounting it. I didn't. I installed it directly on the wall centerline between two windows before noticing that the TV mount rests off center by about 1-2". So although I was very precise in the installation, the TV is now off centered. Oops. Just going to live with it as I don't feel like drilling more giant holes into the wall to move it about 1 inch to the right. - Rotation is really an installation adjustment. It is not freely rotating and does not support landscape to portrait rotation (90 degrees).
Overall Review: - I don't want to count this as a con, but I have a Sony 55X900E 55" TV and it seems the mount is near it's load limit. It tends to tilt down which is okay for me as I installed it high. Also, I might be able to tighten the tilt mechanism, but I don't want to over tighten things and ruin it, so I'm just dealing with it as is. I am not saying this is a con, as 55" is listed as the max supported size. If it was a bit sturdier (no sag) and supported 90-degree rotation I would give it 5 eggs. As is it, is a solid articulating wall mount and I rate it 4 eggs. Overall, you probably cannot beat the functionality at this price point. It seems decently constructed, although at this load the arm does seem to sag a little. Again, I have the largest size TV it says it can handle, so this is expected. Overall, would recommend.