Joined on 01/31/08
BEST LAPTOP DRIVE PERIOD
Pros: VERY Fast, Large Capacity
Cons: VERY slightly audible
Overall Review: This is simply the fastest & largest non solid state hard drive available at this time. Installation was simple, just like any other hard drive. It is about double the speed of my previous Hitachi 250GB 5400RPM hard drive. My previous drive had a very faint high pitched whine. This drive doesn't have much of a high pitched whine, instead you can hear it ever so slightly when it is accessing data, and that is in a completely quiet room. If there is anything else going on around you, you won't notice the noise. And even when it is completely silent it is barely noticeable. And the noise was one of my biggest concerns before I received this drive. I am happy to say it does just fine in that area, and better then I could have expected in every other area.
Best Consumer Camcorder at the moment
Pros: AMAZING video quality. Hook it up to a good HDTV and you will be blown away. easy to use menu and controls excellent manual features love the flash memory over the hard drive model I owned MUCH improved low light capability over the 2008 models, could still use a little improvement but honestly unless your shooting in a room with a 15 watt light or less I don't see a problem. I shoot inside all the time and everything looks great Basically you aren't going to find a camera that touches this and the HF S100 (same camera without internal flash memory) for comsumer level HD recording
Cons: I don't really have any cons except maybe the battery life (less then 2 hours with the one that came with it), but I have a BP-819, which gets me about 3 hours of recording time, and a generic BP-827 which pushes 4 hours so I am ok in the battery department
Overall Review: For the other user who wanted a SATA port there isn't ANY consumer level camcorder that uses SATA (although I think you mean E-SATA). As of now SATA does not carry a power signal with it along with data as the USB 1.0/2.0 spec does. Maybe in the future they will upgrade to Firewire 800, but I don't see this as a reason to complain as it there are no camcorders for consumers that use E-SATA. In fact no electronic device like this at all uses E-SATA. Only external hard drives really use E-SATA so far. I do agree a faster medium for transferring video files would be nice. I just use a 32GB SDHC card for my primary recordings and the built in memory as backup and pull the card out and stick it in my computer. Much easier that way IMO. As for it's build quality. I found it to be one of the most solidly constructed consumer camcorders I have ever used. After all I don't think any camcorder is going to survive a good drop on a hard surface, especially with the LCD out.