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Jeffrey W.

Jeffrey W.

Joined on 08/22/05

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Most Favorable Review

Best Bang for the Buck

Seagate BarraCuda ES ST3320620NS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda ES ST3320620NS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Quiet and fast. Good bang for the buck.

Cons: Ordered two drives for a RAID mirror. One was DOA. I have purchased many Seagate drives, this is my first DOA. Law of averages I guess.

Most Critical Review

Worst printer I have ever owned

HP Officejet Pro 8500 CB022A Up to 35 ppm Black Print Speed 4800 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer
HP Officejet Pro 8500 CB022A Up to 35 ppm Black Print Speed 4800 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer

Pros: Cheap

Cons: . Frequent paper jam errors (no jam) . Cleans itself more than my wifes cat.... I often have to wait for it to clean itself after printing a handful of documents. . Frequent loud snap/clcking noise. I'm waiting for a piece of something to come flying out. . Whe a color cartridge runs out, won't print my black faxes. . Fax log too small to be useful, log fills up and doesn't print faxes if a color cartridge is spent and you are not babysitting the device. . Tech support.....need I say more.

Overall Review: Don't buy it. In fact, don't accept it as a gift either.

DOA

WD My Passport Essential 640GB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable External Hard Drive WDBAAA6400ABK-NESN Midnight Black
WD My Passport Essential 640GB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable External Hard Drive WDBAAA6400ABK-NESN Midnight Black

Pros: Thinking

Cons: I forgot to mention in my first post. The first unit was DOA. The micro USB connector at the drive is marginal and this drive would not stay connected.

Kills my system

WD My Passport Essential 640GB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable External Hard Drive WDBAAA6400ABK-NESN Midnight Black
WD My Passport Essential 640GB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable External Hard Drive WDBAAA6400ABK-NESN Midnight Black

Pros: Automatic backup (sort of).

Cons: Data transfer is slow (expected). While the software is running in the "background" it knocks my Vista (3.GHz P4/ 4GB RAM) to its knees. Everything becomes a quick and wait. I have 3 hard drives: C; G; & H. The automatic backup only performs backups on the C drive. Unfortunately, my data is on the G drive.

Overall Review: I have a friend who bought the same drive for his Windows 7 muscle machine. He made the same comment about the backup software killing system performance. He disconnects from his system to regain performance.

18 month memory

CORSAIR 512MB 200-Pin DDR SO-DIMM DDR 266 (PC 2100) Laptop Memory Model VS512SDS266
CORSAIR 512MB 200-Pin DDR SO-DIMM DDR 266 (PC 2100) Laptop Memory Model VS512SDS266

Pros: Cheap

Cons: I bought two of these about 6 months apart. They both failed in about 18 months.