Date Joined: 02/24/11
Pros: Quiet, runs cool, low power consumption.
Cons: None so far. Note that this is a storage drive, not a performance drive.
Overall Review: I ran a full surface test, no issues were found. Read speed was between 77-151 MB/s (124.5 avg), write speed 78-148MB/s (124.5 avg). This was about 50% faster than my 3-4 year old 1.5G Seagate SATA300 5900RPM drive, 2-3 % slower than a current Seagate SATA600 5900RPM drive.
I'm amazed by this drive's 1M hour MTBF rating, that's over 114 years.
For Server or NAS applications, this drive is the way to go.
Pros: Huge storage, runs cool (33C), low power usage. Seagate software made the install a snap.
Cons: Not super fast, but it isn't intended for that.
Overall Review: This drive is a good choice for HTPCs, other general use computers that run for extended periods, and, obviously, storage. I'm pairing mine with a Raspberry Pi for low power always-on NAS, should keep Edison out of my wallet.
HD Tune Pro: ST4000DM000-1F2168 Benchmark
Test capacity: full
Read transfer rate
Transfer Rate Minimum : 73.0 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum : 168.0 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average : 136.1 MB/s
Access Time : 17.8 ms
Burst Rate : 176.2 MB/s
CPU Usage : 18.8%
Write transfer rate
Transfer Rate Minimum : 71.0 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum : 161.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average : 132.0 MB/s
Access Time : 17.3 ms
Burst Rate : 139.6 MB/s
CPU Usage : 21.0%
Random seek 56 IOPS 17.942 ms 0.027 MB/s
Random seek 4 KB 56 IOPS 17.749 ms 0.220 MB/s
Butterfly seek 52 IOPS 19.401 ms 0.025 MB/s
Random seek / size 64 KB 56 IOPS 17.925 ms 0.858 MB/s
Random seek / size 8 MB 20 IOPS 49.071 ms 82.634 MB/s
Sequential outer 2261 IOPS 0.442 ms 141.323 MB/s
Sequential middle 2173 IOPS 0.460 ms 135.790 MB/s
Sequential inner 1183 IOPS 0.846 ms 73.914 MB/s
Burst rate 2946 IOPS 0.339 ms 184.126 MB/s
0.5 MB 183.022 MB/s
1.0 MB 183.334 MB/s
1.5 MB 183.153 MB/s
2.0 MB 214.184 MB/s
5.0 MB 181.094 MB/s
10.0 MB 142.463 MB/s
15.0 MB 136.012 MB/s
20.0 MB 139.550 MB/s
25.0 MB 138.532 MB/s
30.0 MB 140.155 MB/s
35.0 MB 138.035 MB/s
40.0 MB 140.756 MB/s
45.0 MB 136.011 MB/s
50.0 MB 138.529 MB/s
55.0 MB 139.607 MB/s
60.0 MB 139.174 MB/s
64.5 MB 138.744 MB/s
Pros: Good price, hopefully that rebate will make it even better. Installed on Win7 without a problem. I didn't use the included software, so I can't comment on that. Burned 6 Blu-ray disks and several DVDs (R and RW) all went fine.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I was looking for a Blu-ray player, saw this for $50 (after $20 rebate) and bit.
Wonder if it'll play nice with a Raspberry Pi w/XBMC???
Pros: Very inexpensive, especially after rebate. They burn fine.
Cons: These disks are made by Ritek, who has a lousy quality record.
Overall Review: First, the Memorex disk ID :
Unique Disc Identifier : [BD-R-SL:RITEK-BR2-000]
Disc Type : [BD-R SL : Class 0 - Version 1]
Manufacturer Name : [Ritek Corp.]
Manufacturer ID : [RITEK]
Media Type ID : [BR2]
Product Revision : 
Stamper Date : [Not Present On Disc]
Layer Info : [1 Layer (L0) : 25.03 GB (23.31 GiB) Per Layer]
Blank Disc Capacity : [12,219,392 Sectors = 25.03 GB (23.31 GiB)]
Recording Speeds : [1x , 2x , 4x]
[ DVD Identifier V5.2.0 ]
Now, the issue:
" Ritek/ Ridata went through a major quality problem for all the Blu ray disks it sold up until the second quarter of 2010. The media degraded so fast that BD-R disks manufactured by Ritek often became unreadable in a few months, causing data loss. Both Ritek/ Ridata and Memorex (outsourced to Ritek at the time) showed a massive percentage of user reviews testifying about data loss. The problem was so acute that Ritek had to stop most of its production and switch to Philips licensed media." Paraphrased from media review.
I would think that the problem disks would be long out of the system. The question is, what kind of company would allow it to happen in the first place?
If I have trouble with these, I'll be sure to pass it along.
Pros: Cheap upgrade?...no, it's a downgrade.
It's easy to get to standard desktop, and bypass the "Metro" interface.
Cons: Applications freeze, computer reboots with NO WARNING!
Overall Review: I got this as a direct download from Microsoft for my Thinkpad X61 convertible tablet, which has a pen-enabled screen. I get constant nags about Win8 software upgrades, many of which are announcements of a restart, no "restart at a later time" option.
I'll be cheritable and say I think they pushed this one out the door too early. I've always disliked the "Metro" interface. When they changed their Zune (stop laughing!) software to this format, I stopped using it, I won't use Media Center, either. It's a sorry interface.
Pros: Works well, inexpensive after rebate. Works with both USB and SD cards.
Cons: Somewhat limited file type support, no HDMI out
Overall Review: I got this for a friend so I wouldn't need to burn DVDs for her, she got frustrated with it, so I'm back in the DVD business. I have no issues using it. The rebate was in the form of a check, rather than reward card, a plus.
Pros: Solid processor, light weight, good battery life, Win7, still supported.
Cons: These are made to be "on the go" devices, so they have been subjected to the effects of gravity and hard use. On mine the left side USB port is dead, but the two on right side are ok. The screen is fine, it appears it's plastic overlay was replaced, but does not fit properly, so there are gaps on the sides between the overlay and the bezel. The right front corner of the base has a half inch piece missing, the screen wobbles on every axis about 15 degrees.
Overall Review: If you don't have a compelling need for a tablet PC, you can do better with a conventional laptop.
Mine came with an 80Gig drive. I partitioned it and am dual booting a version of Android 4 optimized for this tablet, and Windows 8. Both OS's work fine, though the bluetooth on Android needs some work. I'd give these tablets a "B+" on functionality and a "C-" on cosmetics. At $150, with Windows 7 and a year warranty, they aren't a bad deal, just don't expect something really pretty. The free "EggSaver" shipping took 10 days, so don't be in a hurry.
Pros: Inexpensive when on sale, might be okay as a shaver for the office or at GF's house. No big deal if it gets lost.
Cons: Poor shaving results. I've used triple rotary style shavers for many years, including european, domestic, even cheapo asian knockoffs, they all did a better job than this shaver. Not worth returning. Shaver plugs directly into charger, no cord, my outlet is directly under the medicine cabinet, so it blocks the medicine cabinet door.
Overall Review: I don't know if the poor performance is because of this particular model or because of the linear cutting design. I recommend the rotary style razors.
Pros: Small, easy to ceiling mount, decent brightness.
Cons: Blue LED died at a little over 1000 hours. The tiny (1") fans are very noisy, and are not very effective. I opened the projector case and found some dust on the LED heatsinks, there are no filters on the fans. If the LEDs are good for 30,000 hours, why are they warranted for only 90 days?
Overall Review: I don't think these are good for long term, permanent installations, they generate more heat than the tiny fans can get rid of. Hopefully I can get repair parts for this. Back to my old school lamp projector. :-(
Pros: Heats crazy fast, easy cleanup. The timer is very useful for preparing long cooking food at low power.
Cons: Non- ferrous (like aluminum) cookware won't work with this.
Overall Review: I haven't used my stove since I got this. I pretty much use the 2nd (simmer) and 4th (sear) heat settings, the highest setting is incinerate, too hot to be of much use. Makes good popcorn. When you get this you'll want to use the higher heat settings, don't get carried away. Included cookware isn't premo quality, but it works fine.
Pros: Looks nifty, auto shutoff, timer
Cons: Too tall, openings for coffee and water small/oddly shaped. Makes medeocre coffee.
Overall Review: My 10 year old Procter-Silex makes much better coffee, but it only does on and off. The emphasis on this maker was on looks, not functionality. I'd like to see a coffee maker with no "keep warm" energy waster and a thermal carafe. By eliminating the heater and 2 hour shut off timer, I'd think it would be easier/cheaper to build.
Pros: Browns food, much tastier than microwave, sometimes faster than toaster oven. Died 2 weeks BEFORE warranty expired, RMA'd, UPS says a new one should be here soon.
Cons: Cooking thick cuts of meat from frozen takes FOREVER! Mine died.
Overall Review: If you cook thicker cuts of animal flesh (yummy!), this works much better if you defrost first. Mine croaked cooking some Western Ribs. For things like Pizza, make sure there is plenty of open space for air to flow, otherwise it'll be cooked on top, raw on the bottom or burnt on top, cooked on the bottom.
Pros: Works ok as an MP3 player, camera and USB storage device.
Cons: Page Plus says the phone is bad, Palm says Page Plus is bad (and charges $15 to say it). JUNK
Overall Review: A total waste of money. I'm staying with Tracfone.
Pros: 64 bit processor, well refurbed, new USB keyboard and mouse, dvi video out.
Cons: Only accepts low profile expansion cards, all 4 mem slots filled
Overall Review: Got this to use as a stand alone data acquisition unit, it's great for that. Windows XP support ends in a year or so, but for stand alone use, who cares?
Pros: No scratches or dead pixels. Good resolution.
Cons: Not 16x9, only analog in.
Overall Review: I bought this with an HP refurb PC, not too worried about the minor backlight bleedthrough, it's for data acquisition only. Slight yellow tint.
Pros: Works as expected, exceeds class 10 speeds. I've used Patriot RAM in several devices, all good. They honor their rebates, all good there as well.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: Warning: Only 30448 of 30538 MByte tested. (This warning is normal with NTFS)
Test finished without errors.
You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
Writing speed: 13.9 MByte/s
Reading speed: 17.0 MByte/s
Pros: Low price, 280 on a shell shocker, decent performance, HDMI and USB v3 ports, came with 1x4Gig SIMM, no wasted RAM with upgrade to 8Gig.
Cons: No huge cons, just little ones. "Glary" screen, it reflects background lighting, only 2 usb ports (1x v2 and 1x v3) necessitating an additional hub, base 4Gig RAM soldered in and not replaceable, all port connectors are in the front half of the case, kinda cluttery, but more accessable, no scroll strip on the touchpad. 25Gig of the harddrive has been partitioned and made invisible for a backup program that does not work on this laptop.
Overall Review: I was pleased that a 4Gig SIMM I had that wouldn't play nice in other laptops worked fine in this, and gave a nice boost in RAM performance. Because this comes with 1x4Gig SIMM, it's not going to be as fast as 2x2Gig SIMMS running in dual page mode, not huge, but a thing.
Pros: Ease of use, portability, low cost, excellent still frame picture brightness, color saturation and contrast, given the limitations of 50 lumens.
Cons: Not a full motion video projector, uses huge CPU resources if video projection is attempted.
Overall Review: This projector is for slide type presentations only. The picture information is packetized by your computer and sent over USB to the projector. I tried using a Quad core AMD desktop to see if it could hit full video rates, some "training" type video clips didn't look too bad, but they had very little movement in them. This projector uses the same chipset as some digital picture frames. There are efforts to increase the video rate using Linux, I guess we'll see.
Pros: Good price, straightforward installation. SB710, so core unlocking is available.
Cons: No HDMI output.
Overall Review: Combined this board with a Sempron 140, cheapo HS/fan, and 8G of Corsair ram. Got a decent bare bones dual core 3.25Ghz computer for $75 (after mobo and memory rebates, and yes, I got both rebates). I used a hard drive I already had, I'll wait for HDD prices to settle down before buying another one.
I've used ECS boards for 10 years (15-20 builds) and have never had a problem with them.
Pros: Works flawlessly, I initially used it for PC storage (WinXP and 7) and backup, now it's serving as the storage device on my satellite receiver (Linux).
Cons: None so far with the drive, these have really increased in price!
Overall Review: I replaced this for PC duty with a 2.5" drive and case that is USB powered. Using this drive portably is a pain because it uses it's own power supply. That could be a good thing, as it won't load down the device it's attached to, anyway it's a thing.
Pros: Cheap, after rebate. Not totally dead.
Cons: Memtest reports errors if I try running these any faster than 1066. Other brands of memory modules work fine.
Overall Review: I'll probably use these cripples. I bought a 4Gig Patriot DDR3 module for my laptop a few months ago, it doesn't work well, either. Now it's gathering dust. Patriot is 0 for 2 in my experience.
Pros: Cheap after rebate
Cons: This module, used with any other module (tried 1 Gig, 2 Gig and another 4 Gig module that all work fine in any combination) causes the laptop to crash, restarting without warning, or displaying garbage on the screen. When the module is used by itself, the computer occasionally freezes for a few seconds but doesn't crash, maybe Windows 7 is working around the issue.
Overall Review: I tried using memory testing software to find a problem, nothing. The memory is being run at 25% below rated speed, so that isn't an issue.
Pros: Looks nice.
Cons: Plastic knobs are easily broken under normal use. Baked Pizza comes out burnt on one side, raw on the other if pizza is not rotated 180 midway through bake time. Parts are difficult to find and very expensive. The broiler element went out on mine, a new element is over $50, not worth fixing.
Overall Review: If you want something that looks pretty, this fills the bill. otherwise, you can find something better.
Pros: Reasonably priced, good picture quality and battery life, seems well made.
Cons: Poor tuner sensativity.
Overall Review: If you are going to build a portable TV, shouldn't it be...wait now...portable? While I DO live in a remote area, I'm not that remote. We have cellularized tellefones, indoor plummin' and toofbrushes.
Using the included antenna this thing gets SQUAT! I can use the included antenna on one of my other TVs and get at least 6 OTA channels, plus their subchannels. However, that's not what I bought this for. I bought it to use with a very small STB that uses USB memory devices, also a NewEgg purchase, for use as a portable video presentation setup. To that end, this little TV is perfect.
BTW, anybody want a low mileage Ironman 2 DVD, it was a "bonus" with this...