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Gary K.

Gary K.

Joined on 06/28/05

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Most Favorable Review

Install your muthaboard specific drivers

Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black
Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black

Pros: Nice value for the money (bought on sale). I've had a 2TB bouncing around for a couple months that hasn't had any issues. Bought this same model 3TB a couple weeks ago that's been reliable and now have bought a handful more while they're on sale again. Relatively quiet and the blue LED isn't too offensive.... I have run these 3TB's on: -Win7x64 systems through 3.0 ports and 2.0 ports -Win7x86 systems through 3.0 ports and 2.0 ports -And even, even, on a couple old P4 systems with XP Pro through 2.0 ports with no issues (even sees the correct drive size). Between the above systems, it's a combination of Intel, Asus, and Gigabyte MBs....no problems. No issues when the drive is asleep with it waking up and being available within a couple seconds...such a short time that I haven't even bothered to time it. I blink two or three times and it's ready. Had no issues with the drive going to sleep while transferring loads of date (about an hour for one dump). Overall I like these.

Cons: Wall wart isn't a side saddle, so if you have a traditional "strip" surge protector it'll probably cover the plug(s) around it. However...not pulling an egg for that since many many manf do that. Would prefer some additional holes along the sides to ensure good cooling during warmer weather, but I haven't seen any high temps so far with any of these. Keep them on a completely flat surface so the bottom holes aren't blocked and they should be fine. And remember to dust not only the shelf, but compressed air into the drive once in awhile... Ignorant reviewers...see "Other Thoughts" below.

Overall Review: First...the cable that comes with it is standard (it's a micro). Decent standard length. Go downtown and buy one at an electronics store and it'll be the same..ok? Check the cable section here on egg and it'll be the same..ok? Second... Install your motherboard specific drivers Install your motherboard specific drivers Install your motherboard specific drivers What is it with a number of you, that you don't get this? I took that XP Pro system mentioned above (it's basically media storage), that is working just fine through 2.0 USB, and imaged it back to an earlier build (only XP drivers-no MB manf drivers). Sure enough it choked on installing this drive when I plugged it into a USB port. I then installed the USB drivers from the MB manf (Intel) website and the drive works fine (with dreary 2.0 speeds, but it works). An ancient operating system, on an ancient hardware platform and everything works fine once the correct drivers (which btw are ancient too) are installed. Stop automatically blaming Seagate and MS...if you installed a new graphics card, NIC, or printer you'd go to the companys website and download the latest drivers rather than use that 6 month old disc of drivers (at least I hope you would). So why are you using generic drivers that are a couple years old? The first thing we do in my IT support section when pulling a new system out of the box is go to the MB manf website to get the latest bios/drivers. Anyone familiar with the infamous Dell laptop bouncing trackpad issue? Yeah, that happens when using the MS generic drivers....it gets fixed when the Dell specific drivers are installed. It'll take you all of 10 minutes to go to a website/install drivers/and reboot for you to see if it fixes things with your USB port...even if you installed them back when you got your system, check for updates. Out of curiosity I looked through these reviews, and don't think I saw a single person comment that they went to their MB manf website to get the latest USB drivers to troubleshoot (sorry if I missed someone who actually did). That's just lazy and anyone who is listing themselves as a 4-5 knowledge and didn't do this, should downgrade themselves by 2.

Most Critical Review

Terrible Edge Light Bleed

Acer G245HQABD 23.6" LCD Monitor Black 5ms Full HD Widescreen 300 cd/m2 ACM 80,000:1 (1,000:1)
Acer G245HQABD 23.6" LCD Monitor Black 5ms Full HD Widescreen 300 cd/m2 ACM 80,000:1 (1,000:1)

Pros: Nice picture overall and is better once you do some calibration. Screen is matte so it is non-reflective (I hate "mirroring" monitors) and although the bezels do have a small strip of non-matte area (about a half inch right next to the screen the entire way around), it's not too bad as the rest of the bezel (outer edge) is matte.

Cons: The terrible thing about these monitors is the light bleed the entire way around the monitor at the bezel. Let me emphasize this by putting it into caps so others reading the reviews pick it out easily. THESE HAVE TERRIBLE, VERY NOTICEABLE LIGHT BLEED THE ENTIRE WAY AROUND THE BEZEL. I bought two of these monitors and they are both the same with this problem. Luckily the systems I'm adding these to will only get limited movie watching use (office) so it probably won't be that noticeable. For full screen apps you won't notice something like this, but for wide screen movies it's VERY noticeable on both....and this is in a well lite room, not a dark room. I would be embarrassed to sell these as part of a computer system unless I knew the user was only using them for the office.

Overall Review: I take the price of an item into account when commenting on Pros and Cons....so for example I don't expect an i3 processor to outrun an i7....you're getting something cheaper, so you should expect less bells and whistles. But even taking that into account, in this case I definitely have to mark this item down for the light bleeding problem. I'd recommend before anyone leaves a review here they play a wide screen movie to see if this is a trend and comment here. I think so since I see it on both of these I have in front of me. For the sale price I got them for ($120) it's only a minor issue (again, considering the price), but if I had bought these at the normal $150-$170 cost, I'd be really really jack'd as the quality does not meet that price at all. Even at the sale price I got them for I can only give three eggs. If this was normal price I'd give 2 eggs.

Nice Try But Has Problems

MEElectronics Air-Fi AFS1 Black Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Speakerphone
MEElectronics Air-Fi AFS1 Black Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Speakerphone

Pros: I tried to like this...but even at the sale price ($30) I just can't justify the purchase. The pros would be the build quality\appearance (other than the speaker cover-see below). It doesn't feel "plasic-sy" at least and has a decent weight to it. I also like the way the buttons are on the bottom and you press the top down to click them. Sound quality isn't bad...little more rounded sound than my cells built in and would probably be nice for low background music in a quiet room.

Cons: The cons are many: First is the odd power plug. If you loose it, you'll never find a match. Plus, even when plugged in, a portion of the metal sheathing remained exposed and I always felt it should go in further. The unit did charge fine so the plug was in the proper amount....it just seems that the plug should be stubbier and snugger. The box it comes in seems nice and has a magnetic lid, but is a paper/cardboard product...the entire box! I can tell you from sending people on the road all the time at my employment, that something like this would NEVER last many road trips before it started to look ratty and ripped up. For the same price the company could've provided a tin to store the speaker in that would be much more durable....If I'm able to buy a friggin box of chocolates with a "collectable tin" for pennies on the dollar, the company can make a more durable container for the same price. A lanyard is provided, like this speaker is supposed to be ultra portable, but the top of the speaker isn't solid perforated plastic, but a nylon material...again, I can't see this lasting very long and ripping very easily. Plus, it's a dust/hair magnet. From just having it sitting off and on a couple days it was already gathering "fur." All the speakerphones at my office use perforated plastic to cover the speaker and work fine, why can't this portable one do the same? As mentioned above, for playing music this does ok, and during speakerphone calls I could hear the other party in decent quality, but everyone I spoke to said that my voice was too tinny and distant for comfortable conversation. These comments are from people who are used to teleconferences over speakerphones. This was with me about about a foot and a half away, to 5 feet from the unit. For the price I wouldn't hold out for perfection, but if it's mostly un-usable, then it's not worth the hassle.

Overall Review: I did want to like this item, but even at the sale price there's too many problems that the company needs to address. To me the most important is changing over to a standard plug like micro-USB...there certainly seems to be plenty of room on the side for one to fit in place of the existing. I was mainly looking for portable use from this, but again, can't see that with the way this is built (and who among us that travel frequently haven't left at least one charger cable at a hotel over the course a a dozen or so trips?). If at a minimum the company changed some of these problems, it may be worth buying for a couple dollars cheaper than the sale price. As it is, I'll use the speakerphone in my cell for about the same results. Also, for anyone who has problems fully synching this to their phone. When I first set mine up, I could get the unit to work for music, but not for calls even after removing and re-adding it. I finally went into the bt setting for this and there's separate checkboxes available for music and phone calls. Both were checked, but I un-checked the phone option...saved...then re-checked phone and resaved. The unit started working for phone calls after that.

Nice Budget Case

Rosewill ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, Blue LED Fan, Black Steel & Plastic - BLACKBONE
Rosewill ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, Blue LED Fan, Black Steel & Plastic - BLACKBONE

Pros: This is a really nice case for a budget/first time builder at the price it is. I mention that because, other than the front panel using different mesh, this case is the EXACT same as another case on NE from Apex. Except this one is about $20 cheaper (and less shipping). Apex used to have theirs the same price as this but over the last year they've bumped up the price a lot (boo on them). So, the good is: tooless drive install, expansion board kickplates w screws, larger relatively quiet fans, backboard allows rear CPU access for cooler installation. And, I know there will be some who will eventually complain about cable managmnt, but if you know what you're doing there is "plenty" of room on the backside...cable mangmnt means "tidy and not crossing multi times" ok?

Cons: The cons mentioned are usually the fan/pwr/drive leds being bright. These are easy to fix. Remove the fan from the tower. You only need to get to the back of it. You'll see wires coming from the center to each each led. Take a pick or something sharp and lift one of those two wires up (I recommend near the center close to the sticker) and snip one of them with scissors/clips. If you're really worried about shorts you can use the nail polish I'm about to mention, for the other leds, to cover the tip of the wires. Now, as to the pwr/drive leds...take the front panel off and as you build your system start putting coats overtop the leds. I usually get about 7-8 coats on by the time I finish building. This will dim them, but still allow you (or a customer) to see them. If you're not messy, once you put the front back on no one can tell..but wait before you put it back on to make sure the polish is completely dry, or it might pop off like a shell the next time the front is removed.

Overall Review: My last thoughts....why would reviewers knock down a product for things that are completely evident in the pictures??? Location of ports/jacks/PSU...all pretty easy to see. Knock yourself and not the manf for stuff like this. If you consider yourself a "meka" builder, or a mobile gamer, then buy a $100 case, but value for cost is very good on this.

Working Well So Far

Seagate BarraCuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Decent speed/temperature/low noise

Cons: None on this unit

Overall Review: I've honestly become a bit gun shy with Seagate drives in the last 2-3 years as it seems I've had a higher percentage than normal drive failures from either myself or my users. This particular drive I purchased for my own use and so far with it running pretty much 24x7 I haven't had any issues. Seagate: I used to recommend your drives towards the top of my list to others, but not so much now. Get off your backsides and get your quality standards back up (oh, and how about improving your tech support (e-mail/phone) too as that has definitely gone south over the last 2-3 years)

Love Verbatim...

Verbatim 25GB 6X BD-R 25 Packs Spindle Disc Model 97457
Verbatim 25GB 6X BD-R 25 Packs Spindle Disc Model 97457

Pros: No problems at all with these discs. Have bought a number of stacks here and other locations and have only had one burn problem which was cause by an instable system.

Cons: Keep wishing I had waited another week to buy when I see the price has gone down....

Overall Review: Have mostly used Verbatim media for years now. Once in awhile I have to use a different company's discs but it has really seemed that Verbatim discs last longer. We'll have to see what the long term record of thes Blus come out to be.