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Jack W.

Jack W.

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Most Favorable Review

Pretty good choice for portable drive

WD 500GB My Passport External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model WDBKXH5000ASL-NESN Silver
WD 500GB My Passport External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model WDBKXH5000ASL-NESN Silver

Pros: This is an enclosed 2.5" 5400 rpm, 8MB cache drive that uses USB as its data and power source. This expandable is very portable as the hard drive enclosure provides just enough room for the internal components. This portable drive isn't much bigger than an MP3 player. Pricing for this portable drive is competitive to others of its kind. This is the third portable drive that I have owned. What makes this one a step above other portable drives is that it only requires one USB port where some require one for power and one for data. For write data connected to a USB 3.0 port, I transferred 1GB worth of data in 25 seconds and for write data connected to a USB 2.0 port, I transferred 1GB worth of data in 46 seconds. It's by no means slow but not as fast as other portable drives. Small chunks of data, takes almost no time to transfer of course that depends on the system the data is coming from. A slow system will not gain these numbers as my system is using i-series technology. For read speeds, you can generally look at the write speed number and double it for read. Because the portable drive gets its power from the device (PC in most cases) it is plugged into, when the device or system is turned off the portable drive does as well. However, I did plug the portable drive into my NAS box, which is always on to see what kind of temperatures the portable enclosure would get and after 3 days it really never reached over 32 degree Celsius. That isn't bad but I don't believe the enclosure was made for extended uses as it has no air ventilation. This isn't untypical for portable drives as my other one has no way of venting heat as well and know I've had that powered on in some case for up to a week at a time without any issues. The drive does come with a software package that can be used to password protect the drive, run diagnostics, and backup.

Cons: This isn't really a con but some would place this in this area. The portable hard drive isn't a true 500GB drive. It drive storage space is actually about 466GBs. The first con I see is the length of the USB cord. It only measures out at about 15", which to me isn't long enough. Where my USB 3.0 ports are, it require me to place the portable drive on top of my system, which is where the heat is ventilated from my system. One may also have the same issues if this is a portable for let's say a school environment. As most school computers are located under a desk, the cord my prevent the user from finding a location to place the drive. My previous portable drive as a USB cord that is twice as long and I found in some cases that cable length not being sufficient. As mentioned, heat really isn't an issue but could be with prolonged usage as if the portable drive never being powered down. In cases like this, we could be talking about this portable drive being used as cloud storage device that is never turned off. I'm only stating this because prolonged constant use could cause the portable drive to overheat or the drive to fail. Not all hard drives are designed for constant 24/7 usage. The software on the drive installs on your PC system. After installing the software, I found that my system takes longer to boot into Windows. I also see price being a con. This isn't a bad portable drive but I believe for the price of this drive one could get more drive space. 500GB internal drives are going for $40-45 and this is going for twice that price. So the enclosure costs $35+ ? Not enough space for the price.

Overall Review: This portable drive would provide a good way to store data from one's PC or to transfer data from one system to another. As for the cord length, it is possible to purchase a longer cord if needed or maybe an extension to it. I've purchased quite a few USB extension cables for devices that won't reach. In closing, there quite a few positives towards this drives usefulness; it has a decent write and read time for data, easily transported as the enclosure has a small footprint, doesn't overheat during typical usage, and the pricing is competitive. After several weeks of use, I could only come up with three negative for this drive; the length of the cable, software could be better, and price is too much for a 500GB drive.

11/14/2012
Most Critical Review

Many feature but has problems

Linksys EA6500 V2 AC1750 Wi-Fi Wireless Dual-Band+ Router with Gigabit, Smart Wi-Fi App Enabled, Open Source supported
Linksys EA6500 V2 AC1750 Wi-Fi Wireless Dual-Band+ Router with Gigabit, Smart Wi-Fi App Enabled, Open Source supported

Pros: This router comes with a good many features that the average user may not need or understand how to use. The Web GUI is laid out pretty well. Easy to find what is needed. It has the new wireless AC tech, not widely used so it is something that may come in handy down the road. The speed of the router is pretty decent in regards to wireless. The range is fairly decent. It covered the 2400 square ft house I live in. There were weak areas, which I also have with my current router because of the brick walls. This is a dual band wireless router meaning that it covers both the 2.4GHz and 5 GHz range, which helps cut down on local interference. The wireless speeds seem decent but not what one would have expected from a router like this. My Netgear was faster. It also has 4 Gigabit wired ports for those that want wired devices. The security configuration is up to standards providing current standards. There is also an app that can be downloaded and tied to the network called "Block the Bad Stuff." This allows one to select one of three options to try and block content that may enter your network. Options 1 is malware, phishing sites, and scam sites; 2. all of 1 plus explicit materials; 3. 1 & 2 and protection from non-family sites. It comes with Cisco Smart Wi-Fi cloud service. This allows for remote connections to the router. This service can also be used to setup the router but I wouldn't recommend doing this. Setup using the typical process by connecting through your network. The router has two USB ports for component connections such as printers or USB storage devices like thumb drives or USB portables. This allows one access to stored data from anywhere within the network or cloud services.

Cons: Not a con to me but some with limited knowledge may find the setup and other featured a little difficult to understand. I did have problems connecting some of my other networking devices to the router. I used this router as a base and I have two wireless extenders and they would drop out. This could be a pain for those wishing to use this in a business environment where network connectivity is a must. Range is also a negative considering this router is suppose to be better than N, it wasn't for me. Right out of the box, you need to upgrade the firmware. This is a must as there are problems with the router without the current version. A problem with updating firmware could lead to access problems. I found that after updating the firmware, I couldn't access the router through the typical access method. I had to reset the router and then reconfigure. Saving router settings prior to updating can keep you from having to reconfigure from scratch. You also have to have internet access to set the router up. I know you are say isn't that the purpose but there are some that would rather setup their network to include security measures prior to connecting to the internet. I also had several lockups and had to restart the router several times. It does get a little frustrating having to run back a fourth to restart especially if you are in the middle of doing something such as gaming or streaming. Another problem I saw was the footprint of the router. It isn't the typical standup model that you generally see. This either lays flat taking up a good deal of space or has to be mounted using screws. Another problem is the ability to turn off or hide the SSID. SSID is a name that one would look for when trying to connect to a wireless router/access point. Many would like to hide their SSID to avoid others from trying to connect to the router. The access control is iffy. I was able to connect some of my wireless devices where other would not connect even after entering the correct MAC addresses. As for USB storage, you may find that some of your USB storage devices may not be recognized by the router. I had a portable Seagate 1 TB drive that wasn't recognized where my WD was.

Overall Review: This router has a lot of potential but there are still quite a few bugs that need to be eliminated first. So, I would expect a good many firmware updates to solve problems. Don't expect to use the new AC standard on the 2.4 GHZ band. It is only at the 5.0 GHz band. The 5.0 GHZ band is used to avoid surrounding interference such as from microwaves and other appliances to include cordless phones.

Luck of the draw

Crucial M500 240GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT240M500SSD3
Crucial M500 240GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT240M500SSD3

Pros: None

Cons: Died after 5 days. I would pass on Crucial. I read more on them and they are so-so. Look at Samsung or Plextor. A little more expensive but seem more reliable according to reviews.

Overall Review: Understanding it's always possible to get hold of a product that may have problems, I usually don't write reviews until I receive a replacement to see if the problems are across the board. No can do this time. Won't be receiving a replacement do to my error. Just an FYI so you won't lose money, save all packaging until the Newegg 30 day return runs out. I can't RMA this dead drive because the plastic packaging it came in missing. I thing it's silly as hell that all packaging must be present. I guess they are going to reshelf this for others.Save everything.

Excellent SSD option

Seagate 600 Series 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ST240HM000
Seagate 600 Series 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ST240HM000

Pros: I use to be a big Seagate backer until I had several relatively new regular HHDs die for no reason over the last year. They may have brought me back to their products with this SSD. First, you have to like the size of SSDs compared to the typical hard drives. In my computer case, I can attach two SSDs for every hard drive sliding mechanism. That frees up space and allows for more airflow from my case's front fans. Had no problems installing this SSD into my system and BIOS picked it right up. After configuring it in disk management, it was up and running without any problems on my ASUS P8P67 Deluxe MB and with Win 7 Pro. I ran a few tests and no since in posting numbers the average use will deem as confusing. Let's say SSDs are quite a bit faster than the typical hard drive that most users have. My primary hard drive is a Western Digital Black 6G (SATA III) 1TB drive. I ran a read and write test on both my primary drive and the Seagate SSD. Read and write is what it is; how fast the data on the drive can be read and how fast data can be written to the drive. Below is the collected data: Drive Read Write WD Black 117.05 105.75 Seagate SSD 509.23 433.10 This data is listed as megabytes per second. As you can see, the speed is considerable. I copied the complete data of about 25GB worth of data from my other WD hard drive to the Seagate SSD. From start to finish, it took about 3.5 minutes. Copying the same data from my WD Blue hard drive to my WD Black HD took over three times longer of about 10 minutes. This isn't bad for a starter SSD. There are better ones out there at higher prices.

Cons: No real cons.

Overall Review: If one is looking at purchasing a SSD as their primary hard drive for their operating system, be aware you would need to allocate probably 2/3 of a 250GB SSD towards Windows and its space requirements. My primary drive/partition I've allocated for Windows, space requirements, and future space requirements was 200GB. Currently my drive C has taken up about 110GB of that space. You may not get a whole lot of extra room for programs and such once Windows starts taking claim to space; however, the SSD will load Windows much faster than a typical hard drive. When looking for an SSD, ensure that your motherboard will support SATAIII/6G. It is compatible with SATAII/3G but you won't get the speeds that these are built for. Also be aware that SSDs have a life span. Meaning, all SSDs will die eventually due to excessive numbers of reads/writes. That's one of the pros that typical hard drives have over SSDs. That's why an SSD for your operation system is a very good option over having one for programs that are used often. Think of it this way, once your operating system is loaded there isn't much reading/writing after that. However, word programs and games are reading/writing constantly while they are being used and processed. This takes away from the SSD's life expectancy. If you backup regularly, then SSDs are the way to go and this SSD is a good choice on a budget. Personally, I'll be looking at grabbing a 500GB SSD for all of my programs. One SSD for my operating system and one for all my programs. In my opinion, keeping the OS and programs separated makes life easier. The OS SSD should have a longer life as it would be used less. One would get the speed on OS load and increased speeds using programs. That being said as one of my professors many moons ago always stressed; backup, backup, backup. Seagate's SSD is a great start to increased speed. Last thought is cooling. One may think that since SSDs are small and have no moving parts, there has to be less heat. Well, that isn't the case. If anything, they can create more heat than a typical hard drive. Proper cooling is a must.

Excellent option for App-less TVs

WD TV Play Media Player WDBMBA0000NBK-HESN
WD TV Play Media Player WDBMBA0000NBK-HESN

Pros: The device is very easy to setup. All setup option are easy to understand. There are two options for connection; HDMI or RCA plugs. I used a HDMI cable and the video was excellent watching Netflix. This is 1080p with HD audio at a decent price. There is also a port for USB connection for either keyboards, thumb drives, or storage devices to stream, listen to music, or view personal pictures. There are quite a few Apps that come with this box. I have an App ready TV and Blue-ray in my living room and both combined do not have as many Apps this box has. Apps include movie Apps such as Netflix, Hulu, and Vudu to name a few. As for social Apps; Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Music Apps include Pandora and radio station Apps. Just too many to list. You can also turn your Smartphone into a remote with the WD remote App.

Cons: Not a real con but causes me to take a half egg and no more, unable to add additional Apps. But considering this is could be seen as the basic model, what more could one really ask for.

Overall Review: This is definitely a plus for TV's that only have regular TV programs and no App options. Also, when looking through the reviews and seeing the negative ones. Understand there are some that have no clue what a review is all about. All they want to do is vent due to poor selection. As stated, this box is considered the basic model of the WD series. Of course, it will be limited in what it brings to the game. If it had everything, then it wouldn't be at a low price. As a few have seemed to do, they have compared this box to the WD TV Live boxes and then gave this a poor rating. That's like comparing a Pentium 4 processor to the i5 processor and then giving the P4 a bad rating because it doesn't stack up. Of course it doesn't but it does what it was meant to do as the WD TV Play does. If you are looking for a box that offers more then by all means upgrade.

Pretty good mouse

Corsair M65 Vengeance USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse
Corsair M65 Vengeance USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse

Pros: The quality of construction is pretty good. It has an aluminum body and the cord is braided and seem durable. The mouse comes with a weighted design where three weights at the bottom of the mouse can used or not used to provide balance. This is a six button mouse not including the left and right mouse buttons. The software is straight forward nothing special but easy to understand and use. This mouse has on board storage of profiles. This is very handy for LAN parts and such as your profiles will be with you if you use a different computer. The DPI change is a plus as many gamers use a high DPI for quicker more precise tracking and can be changed on the fly. The DPI goes up to 8200, which is pretty high. One of the side buttons is a sniper button that slows the DPI for easier aim in FPS games. Compatible with Windows 8 and Linux. The mouse is lighted to an extent. Not really a plus unless you light LEDs.

Cons: The shape is different than most mice. It is larger than typical. That being said if you have a medium to small hand, you may find this a little difficult to either get use to or use. The mouse's shape makes it a little difficult to use or I should say uncomfortable especially the shape of the back end. The buttons are well placed for my large hand but smaller hands may find the buttons difficult to get use to. As I placed the weighted design as a pro it is also a con. With this mouse the weights are either in or out nothing more. If weights are go to be added for balance, there should be an option to add different weights. Considering this mouse is labeled as a gaming mouse, the number of buttons seems to be limited . The button layout in my opinion seems mainly designed for First Person Shooter games. No other game that I know of requires a DPI slowdown (sniper button). For my size hand, there isn't anywhere to rest my thumb other than on the button. So, it's placement is a little annoying as it is very touch. As the software is adequate for the mouse, it is nothing compared to that of the G series Logitech mice. It has more option and a better design. In my opinion, the LEDs can be a distraction. Not sure why one would need LEDs on a mouse other than those that display during DPI change or batteries power indicator. Last con for me is "cord". I used a corded mouse for a long time until about a year ago when I switched to a wireless. Will never go back.

Overall Review: I'm not taking anything away from this mouse as it is very adequate for its purpose but could be better. My current mouse for the same price provides me wireless, 13 buttons, DPI change on the fly, multiple scrolling options, more comfortable design, and better software. I took an egg as this isn't among the best that I would consider based on options, design, and price. So if you are an FPS gamer, then this is a doable option that should work for you but if your game is something else, I would look for something else.