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Joel M.

Joel M.

Joined on 07/06/08

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Most Favorable Review

This thing is tiny!

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive - STDR2000102 (Blue)
Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive - STDR2000102 (Blue)

Pros: 2 TB in a tiny package. Actual storage comes in at 1.81 TB. This thing is tiny! Much smaller than I was expecting. It's smaller than my S5. Thicker but smaller in height and width. Runs very cool. It's cool to the touch. So far it puts out an almost imperceptible amount of heat. You can barely feel it at all. I have it standing up not lying down if that makes a difference. Clocked in at 121.5 MB/s READ and 124 MB/s WRITE using USB 3.0.

Cons: The included USB cable is insanely short.

Overall Review: This drive seems to be great at transferring very large INDIVIDUAL files but not so much at very large files consisting of numerous smaller files. I went to back up my ebook collection which consists of 10's of thousands of files and it estimated 20 hours to completion. The total size was about 26 GB. I rared the collection into a single 26 GB file and it transferred the entire thing in about a minute or so.

Most Critical Review

The drive is RIPLOCKED

Pioneer Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X BD-ROM 4 MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-209DBK
Pioneer Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X BD-ROM 4 MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-209DBK

Pros: It matches my case.

Cons: If making legal backups of your movies or ripping anything is important to you then look elsewhere this drive is riplocked. The fastest you're going to rip a disc is 8MB/s.

Great drive with one flaw

WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD4003FZEX
WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD4003FZEX

Pros: I've always used WD Black drives for their reliability and dependence and this one is no different. They are great drives.

Cons: I've owned MANY WD Black drives and this one is the only one to ever do this but it does cost it a star. The SATA cable will not snap and lock into the hard drive. I've tried three different cables that snap in place fine on other equipment but on this hard drive they just won't snap and lock in. It's provides a semi-snug fit so as long as there's no jostling around of the drive, which there shouldn't be, then there shouldn't be a problem but it costs it a star nonetheless because I can see it being an issue one day.

Overall Review: Great drive but with poor SATA connector.

The drive is RIPLOCKED

Pioneer Internal Blu-ray Burner, Black, Supports BDXL media, SATA - BDR-2209
Pioneer Internal Blu-ray Burner, Black, Supports BDXL media, SATA - BDR-2209

Pros: It burns nicely.

Cons: If making legal backups of your movies is important to you then look elsewhere this drive is riplocked. The fastest you're going to rip a disc is 8MB/s.

Excellent Fan

EVERCOOL FAN-EC6010M12CA 60mm Case Cooling Fan
EVERCOOL FAN-EC6010M12CA 60mm Case Cooling Fan

Pros: Great air flow. Zero noise! Great Price.

Cons: None

Overall Review: If this is the size fan you need this is a great one to get.

11/30/2011

Awesome Router

Linksys WRT54GL 802.11b/g Wireless Broadband Router up to 54 Mbps/ Compatible with Open Source DD-WRT (not pre-load)
Linksys WRT54GL 802.11b/g Wireless Broadband Router up to 54 Mbps/ Compatible with Open Source DD-WRT (not pre-load)

Pros: Great router this one. It has performed flawlessly for years now. Never had any hiccups or drops or anything.

Cons: The only con I can think of is a way to monitor how much bandwidth comes through it. Sure you can install bandwidth monitors on your computer but what if you stream on wireless devices such as a Roku? I would like to be able to see how much bandwidth passes through it but can't.

Overall Review: Great router don't hesitate.