Date Joined: 06/30/06
Pros: Several parts of this package are class-leading. Who does word processing better than Word? Who does excel sheets better than Excel? Taken together as an entire suite, there is no competition out there.
Cons: Sometimes they break things.
Being the direct channel upgrade model, sometimes plugins will suddenly stop working (SalesForce for Outlook anyone?). Seems like the breaks do get fixed eventually though.
Overall Review: There's much room for improvement, but good news -- it's constantly getting top tier development. I gave the five eggs by grading on a curve. If there's no competitor even coming close, how can I detract eggs?
Pros: Regardless of the bizarre reviews found here on Newegg, these drives prove themselves exceptionally more reliable when compared to other consumer drives. This mirrors my own experience with 4 of these drives operated in a server 24/7 for several years.
Cons: Newegg handling/packaging seems suspect at times, though my drive appeared to have adequate protection this time.
Overall Review: Always backup data you want to keep. Always.
Pros: High quality, beastly piece of cable.
Cons: No cons found.
Overall Review: I used this to tidy up the connection from my UPS to my PC. This is the same AWG cable that came with my higher wattage power supply. You couldn't ask for a better built cable.
Pros: Impressive length and average girth.
Cons: The retaining tabs or "teeth" that click into and hold it into the connector are the main design flaw with this cable. After a couple uses, they collapse and are sunk flush with the connector side. With a normal cable you can push these down with your fingernail and they are springy. Not with these, they are garbage. Bought 2 cables and they both had this same symptom.
Also, even when new these cables couldn't carry charge current over 1A as needed by smart phones and tablets.
Overall Review: The manufacturer product and support links here are broken. For the price it's a waste to pursue the lengthy rma process.
Pros: This little adapter works perfectly, low profile and passes ARC audio signals. The pictures here do a great job showing you exactly what you're getting. I used this on a wall mounted 2012 Panasonic TV with rear jacks. It lets the panel rest against the wall without contacting or damaging the port or cable.
Cons: Haven't observed any cons
Overall Review: If you need an adapter that turns UP, those tend to be labeled as a 270 degree right angle adapter. Definitely look at the photo of what you're buying! And DON'T give a bad review because YOU picked the wrong part!
Pros: I got this drive 2/9/13 and it has been running 24/7 for about 4 months in a Windows Home Server without issues. It survived break-in torture testing and then was loaded to around 90% where it has been working just fine. The 2 TB size is great for WHS and installs without any major workarounds. The speed is much faster than the previous generation 1TB drives that I am replacing. The retail packaging affords good protection during shipping.
Cons: Short track record for Toshiba in the 3.5" drive market. There is much confusion regarding the actual part number for these drives. The drive I received had both Toshiba and Hitachi branding on the drive label itself, and part numbers for both.
Overall Review: The sticker says, "MADE IN CHINA BY Hitachi Global Storage Products". I consider it an advantage that this drive contains Hitachi heritage. Once booted, it identifies as a Hitachi. On the sticker it claims to be a DT01ACA200, but a friend bought that number which is an OEM/bare drive and his sticker was completely different. (the newegg reviews for that drive are also really scary, but don't tell him that)
HD Tune Tests (on Z77 Intel controller):
Access time: 15.0ms
Pros: Purchased 4/18/11 - running 24/7 in a Windows Home Server since I received it. I've used and benched drives from Seagate, WD, Hitachi, and Samsung. I tested with HD Tune and the only HDD's I have that beat the average throughput were Velociraptors and a Seagate 500GB 7200.12. Amazing, and not just for a 5400rpm drive.
Cons: Samsung no longer manufactures HDD's. They are now relabeled Seagates.
Overall Review: HD Tune Tests:
Samsung EcoGreen F4 2TB Transfer rate
Minimum: .2 MB/s
Maximum: 137.7 MB/s
Average: 101.1 MB/s
Hitachi HD31000-7k1000.B 1TB Transfer rate
Minimum: .1 MB/s
Maximum: 136 MB/s
Average: 85.7 MB/s
WD Velociraptor WD1600HLFS 160GB Transfer rate
Minimum: 82.0 MB/s
Maximum: 120.9 MB/s
Average: 101.9 MB/s
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB
Minimum: 65 MB/s
Maximum: 136.8 MB/s
Average: 107.6 MB/s
*Note - The Samsung and Hitachi were both tested in an active server, the throughput would briefly plunge during the tests.