Date Joined: 06/03/05
Pros: - Solid connection between downstairs kitchen and upstairs back bedroom in a house built 2 years ago.
- Point-to-point connections between 210 to 300 mbps (old AV+ kit peaked at 60 mbps).
- Full duplex. Yes, this is important.
- Solid connection and ping times to game servers.
- 100% compatible with my old AV+ kit. All the units work together on the same Powerline network with the older units working at their slower speed.
Cons: - Slightly larger than my old AV+ units, but they don't block the 2nd outlet plug so who cares.
- AV+ kits (DHP-309AV) at half the cost would probably work just as well for the majority of users.
- AV2 kits (DHP-700AV) might work better in an older home (MIMO seems to have more solid connections over farther distance).
Overall Review: Benchmarks using LAN Speed test:<br><br>DHP-700AV - 210 mbps (26.2 Mbps)<br>DHP-309AV - 60 mbps (7.5 Mbps)<br><br>* The DHP-700AV units occasionally peaked at up to 300 mbps (37.5 Mbps). The score above is a VERY conservative average over several days of testing.
Pros: USB 3.0 = fast transfers.
Very small for a 3TB drive.
Brushed metal looks cool (bottom is black plastic but who cares).
Cons: The drive makes a clicking sound once in a while that makes me nervous, but from WD forums it states that noise is the drive head parking to save power/prevent damage if dropped. If they say so.
Overall Review: Do not use the WD encryption software. It is not secure (Google it). If you use Microsoft Windows then use Bitlocker instead.
I am not sure how useful integration with Dropbox is. Most people use Dropbox for live files (files they access frequently), not exclusively for backups, so it doesn't make sense to me. If you are using Dropbox for backups only you might as well use Carbonite (unlimited space for 1/2 the price).
Cons: I bought it a few years ago and just started using it this past few months with my car stereo. The second time I tried to update the mp3 files I keep on it the card went into read-only mode. I cannot format it, I cannot write to it and I cannot erase any files on it. I will stay clear of Sandisk in the future.
Pros: Installed and working perfectly. Set the memory to the XMS profile in the BIOS and booted right up at 2133MHz on an Intel X79 chipset motherboard.
Pros: Bought last Sept. After 1 year of use the board is as solid as any board I have owned. Fast and stable with a non-OC'd i3930k.
Pros: Bought one from Neweggflash last week. Works great. Windows 7 laptop and Windows 8.1 Surface both recognized it immediately and installed the generic drivers.
Overall Review: Maybe the other people got bad units, but the one I got works perfect.
Cons: One of the buggiest, lag-ridden games ever made. The netcode is so good that people can shoot you 2-3 seconds after you go around a corner. Oh wait, they fixed that so now every 3 seconds the game will stutter like your ping is 500ms. Just terrible. BF3 was great, this one is junk.
Overall Review: Absolutely the worst excuse for a game EA has ever produced. They should be embarrassed. The only saving grace was watching EA's stock price sink during the first month this game was released (which led to a stockholder lawsuit).
Pros: Fast when working.
Cons: 2 different sets died within 2 years. The 2nd set was just after the warranty expired.
Overall Review: Choose a reputable brand like Netgear or Dlink. I will never purchase or recommend this brand again to anyone.
Pros: Perfectly fine drive. Copies from SSD to it are fast. Does what I want it to do (data drive).
Cons: Clicking; Like others I hear the clicking noises every few minutes. My initial reaction is "Click of death!", but it is apparantly the heads parking and is normal behavior. False alarm, but still, every time I hear it I wonder.
Overall Review: to pat a. below - formatting the drive to GPT format to see the entire 3TB takes all of about 20 seconds.
Computer Management ---> DIsk Management ---> right-click drive ---> convert to GPT.
Wow, what a total hassle. DERP.
Pros: I have owned this drive for over a year and 1/2. In that time I have never had any issues whatsoever. Fast and rock solid, even after pounding the drive with numerous games installs and video encodes for the past 18 months.
Pros: I bought two of these in 2012. I am still using my first one and I have not even opened the second one yet. Best mouse pad I have ever owned. Even after two years the first mouse pad is perfect after hundreds of hours of gaming.
Cons: I still can't fly very well in Battlefield games :-(
...but not the mouse pads fault :-)
Pros: I have owned this for about a month and I am totally happy. In fact, I am writing this review on my iPad 3 running on power from the OXA unit; iPad was down to 5% battery, so I plugged in the OXA and I have another 2-3 hours of life. I can charge my iPhone 5 from completely dead to 100% three full times after charging the unit.
Cons: Not all roses; iPad 3 won't fully charge with the unit, but it does serve as a good backup power source. Like I said above, I plugged my almost-dead iPad 3 into it and I have another 2-3 hours or so of life. It won't recharge the internal battery, even on the 2A input, but it will power the unit for hours (which is perfectly fine IMO).
Pros: Easy to setup. I had zero issues getting the unit on my network. Drives were already configured in a RAID5 CIFS volume, so it was ready to go after giving it a static IP.
Cons: I am using the Seagate NAS strictly to backup VMs using Veeam Backup & Replication software at a small remote site. Transferring data over GbE to the unit nets a ~ 30MB/s write speed during a full backup and it takes almost 7 hours to do a full backup of an ESXi host with only 600GB of (deduplicated) VMs.
Copying a full backup file (600 GB vbk) from one directory to another on the NAS is so slow that it is unusable. For tape disaster recovery of VMs/files, Veeam requires that a full vbk file be restored before any recovery can occur, but it takes over 12 hours to restore a 600 GB vbk to the unit from a LTO-5 tape drive over GbE.
Overall Review: The Seagate is probably fine for home users who want to stream music or movies, but for virtualization on any level it is useless in my opinion. iSCSI support to mount it to virtual hosts is a great feature, but slow read/write times render it useless for hosting live VMs in either ESXi or Hyper-V.
PS - we use a different brand NAS (starts with the letters "Syn") at another remote site and it achives write speeds of ~ 90 MB/s, which is fine for backups. The ~ 30 MB/s of the Seagate unfortunately is not.
Pros: So I wrote the previous review for this product and received a response from WD:
"We stand behind our warranty for the duration of the products provided warranty period, and as such, we are here to support our products regardless of the circumstances. We would like to resolve this particular issue for you. Please contact us directly, and reference this Newegg review, along with your previous Case number with WD support."
So, from "We would like to resolve this particular issue for you" I assumed they wanted to help...
- Created WD portal account
- Registered product
- Created support ticket
- Referenced Newegg in the ticket per instructions
- Called the # provided by WD
- Referenced the support ticket
- Told that they cannot help me
Cons: GARBAGE PRODUCT, GARBAGE SUPPORT. Do you hear me Western Digital?
WD just spit in my face by sending me an email saying they would help, having me create an account, calling support, then basically saying "Sorry, go eat cake".
Honestly, as a loyal Newegg customer for years you should not allow vendors to contact customers directly just so they can spit on customers.
Overall Review: I stand by what I say 100%. Western Digital has become GARBAGE. TOTAL GARBAGE from products to support.
Buy a Samsung or Hitachi drive. I use them in many devices and I have NEVER once had a bad drive.
Cons: Drivers install "sometimes", but mostly end with the printer showing up under "unspecified devices" and not able to be used.
HP drivers are a joke. The "unspecified deviced" error with USB printing is real. Google it yourself and see how many other people experience it.
Overall Review: Avoid HP junk and go with Canon, Epson, Ricoh or even a Lexmark. They all install easily and just work.
Pros: After numerous experiences with HP printers I feel compelled to inform newegg buyers of my poor experience with most desktop HP printers
Cons: HP drivers are the worst in the business. Time after time after time I have seen USB connected HP printers show up in "unspecified devices" and not able to print.
***Google it yourself and see how many people experience this.
I have personally seen this at least 6 times in the past 3-4 years, all ending in a return of the printer.
Overall Review: Avoid the headache of HP printers. Once a solid brand, now garbage drivers ruin their printers.
Go with Canon, Epson, Ricoh, heck even a cheapo Lexmark installs drivers and works correctly.