Date Joined: 12/18/04
Pros: The WD Blue 3D NAND series of drives is a solid mid-range choice where a lot of folks will want to look when searching for the best value. The "Blue" designation by WD indicates that it is a desktop-grade drive; that is, it's designed for everyday computing and not enthusiasts who want best-in-class performance. The price is reflective of this and should be a consideration for users who want the benefits of SSD (fast boot, increased performance for day-to-day applications) without wanting to shell out big bucks for a top-of-the-line model.
I replaced a 256GB Corsair GS SSD that was on its last leg with this drive. It certainly is nice to have the extra space without needing an additional drive, but even 500GB is not much in terms of space compared to other SSD options out there. This Blue drive is (expectedly) a little slower than the Corsair - in my testing it averaged around 435MB/s read and 412MB/s write speeds. Again, be prepared for marginally slower performance because of the 'Blue' desktop designation.
Cons: The 3 year warranty is concerning. Will it last for longer than that? Probably. But anyone looking at a Blue drive such as this one is probably not going to want to migrate data, clone a drive, or reinstall their OS every 3 years. You should factor this into your decision as there are competitors in the industry who appear to have more confidence that their drives will last longer.
Overall Review: This drive is a good value, a nice combination of respectable speed and decent price. Again it is not for the enthusiast but is aimed more for the day-to-day home PC user who still cares about how responsive their system is.
Pros: The first thing I noticed when pulling these TP-LINK powerline adapters out of the box was their small footprint. Much smaller than previous powerline kits that I’ve worked with and slightly less of a nuisance hanging off of a power outlet; definitely more appropriate for the ‘Nano’ description. After unboxing, I plugged these units right in (if you need instructions you are over-thinking it!) and they immediately paired with each other automatically.
If you do ever need to add an adapter, or if they become unpaired, the ‘Pair’ button is simple to press without being easy to accidentally bump. The “green” feature of this kit is that it goes to sleep after 5 minutes of no network activity. In testing this did not cause me any problems and it should only sleep when the connected device is turned off or absent. After connecting the powerline to my wired network, I did some quick speed tests with these units:
**BASELINE TEST** (not using powerline kit):
Speedtest.net = 28.56Mbps download, 5.67Mbps upload, 10ms latency
iperf (LAN-to-LAN test) = 90.1Mbps
**POWERLINE TEST** (using TP-LINK powerline kit):
Speedtest.net = 28.73Mbps download, 5.71Mbps upload, 11ms latency
iperf (LAN-to-LAN test) = 54.57Mbps
As you can see, local network performance takes a pretty big hit using the powerline kit. However, internet speeds did not drop because the kit was still fast enough to out-perform the internet bandwidth. This will be the case for most people and makes this kit a good choice for casual internet users. Please also note that in this test each powerline adapter was on the same electrical circuit.
Cons: One of the first things that I noticed with this kit was that the adapters used a 100Mbps port, but advertised 200Mbps speeds on the box? They even advertised speeds up to 500Mbps on Newegg’s product description. I’m guessing that the 200Mbps claim is assuming total speed in full-duplex (100Mbps speed simultaneously in both directions), but the 500Mbps claim is physically impossible with this kit. A small gripe I had was that the adapters only have green LED’s and therefore do not have any indication of signal quality as similar products by other manufacturers do.
Finally, I ran a second set of speed tests with the powerline adapters on different electrical circuits – one upstairs and one downstairs. With this configuration, we see speeds drop pretty drastically:
**POWERLINE TEST** (using TP-LINK powerline kit):
Speedtest.net = 28.72Mbps download, 5.73Mbps upload, 10ms latency
iperf (LAN-to-LAN test) = 28.8Mbps
Here we see that speeds are reduced to about one-third of what they were when we had our baseline setup plugged directly into the network and not using the powerline kit. This should be a red flag for power users who may do a lot of file transfers over the local network or lots of video streaming (Netflix/YouTube); however, this may still be acceptable for casual internet users because it does still provide the bandwidth to keep pace with my internet service provider.
Overall Review: TP-LINK has built a capable product for the lower-end consumer market. While I would caution against purchasing this kit with the intent of ‘HD Video Streaming,’ as the box claims it is ideal for, casual internet users may find value in this kit for extending a network connection where a wireless signal is weak or unavailable. TP-LINK covers this unit with a 2-year warranty and 24/7 support.
Pros: This device isn't anything fancy to look at but is no means an eye-sore. I was happy to see a cooling fan on the drive casing to keep the drive cool.
After getting this unit connected to my network, I went to logon to the web GUI. It first prompted my to set a new administrative password (like when companies do this - prevents the use of factory-default passwords). The web GUI is easy to navigate and understand. This unit is packed full of features that most users probably would not use, but they're great to have available.
The web GUI reports that this NAS contains a 2TB Seagate 7200RPM drive. This interested me because the Newegg product title states RAID - even the box of the product states "Single Drive" (no RAID). RAID would be nice but this was not a big deal to me - hopefully this did not throw any other buyers off.
One of the first things I did was to connect the NAS to my home Active Directory domain. This device makes the AD connection very simple, without entering Base DN's or anything like that. For most users who will not be using Active Directory, the user/group system is easy to navigate and build local users and groups and assign these to access specific folders.
Setting up samba shares was an easy task in the web interface. I don't torrent so that wasn't a useful feature to me, nor was FTP as I try to stay away from that wherever possible. The 'backup' feature of this NAS seems useful, although it turned out to be not so useful for me (see Cons section). Buffalo gives us the option to backup to USB, set as a backup destination for Mac OSX's Time Machine, or backup to another Buffalo NAS. The "cloud" internet file sharing service allows HTTPS protection - kudos for that, Buffalo.
Cons: After first unboxing the unit, I plugged it in per the included instructions and installed the NAS Navigator software on my machine. Unfortunately, the NAS Navigator would not locate the unit on my network. I had to go into my DHCP server and find the address lease that was given to the unit and then connect to that IP via a web browser – I wouldn’t expect most people to have the capability to do this. I noticed that this wasn't an issue with the other reviewers, so hopefully this was just related to my environment.
One of the big pluses for me with this unit was the backup feature, particularly since this is a single-drive unit. So, I connected a 1TB Seagate FreeAgent external drive to the USB port of this Buffalo NAS to setup for backups. I was a little worried when I went into the GUI and saw that the external drive wasn't recognized. I went ahead and rebooted the unit - I was pleasantly surprised when the drive showed up after the reboot. However, the NAS would not let me format the drive no matter what I tried. Each time it would say that the format was successful, but the drive continued to be listed as unformatted and was not an option for backup destinations. No combination of formatting settings or reboots seemed to fix this.
There also seems to be limited information in the Buffalo forums or on search engines for troubleshooting with this device. That makes it difficult when you run into problems (albeit few problems) like mine.
Overall Review: You have to type a simple ‘captcha’ code before certain actions can be done on the device, such as initiating a reboot or deleting a shared folder. This helps idiot-proof the interface.
Pros: I went into testing this product with no previous experience with powerline network products. I thought to myself, “How would this be an acceptable alternative to something like wireless? Can I really trust something that runs on AC power lines to be reliable enough for home networking?” Well, I was pleasantly surprised how well this powerline product worked. From the box, it was literally plug-and-play. I didn’t need to look at the instructions, although I did and they were clear and understandable.
Each unit has three lights on the front: power, status/quality, and Ethernet. On each unit there is also a security button used to add additional units to the powerline network. I found another one of these Powerline 500 units (a slightly different generation of the same model) and added it onto this kit’s network with no problem whatsoever.
This powerline kit should be used as a good substitute to get network connections where wireless is not available or cannot reach. For me, I use it primarily for a more reliable network connection: wireless routers have a tendency to lockup from time to time, and their signal strength also varies and changes with the conditions around it.
Overall, this is a great networking kit for consumer use and for those who want an easy-to-use solution that won't break the bank.
Cons: Don’t expect this system to reach advertised speeds. For one, advertised speeds in the consumer market are essentially just an advertising ploy because consumer networking products don’t run at wire speed to begin with. Second, this product is going to be subject to the line quality and load on the AC power circuit that it is plugged into. The same marketing ploys apply to wireless networking too, so don't assume that a wifi connection advertising speeds of 600+ mbps are going to be faster than this.
In my house the status LED is usually yellow and sometimes red, but Netgear doesn’t give us much indication as to exactly what that means we can expect for network speeds. In my house, I only get about 24mbps throughput between the powerline network and the wired LAN – this is slightly higher than speeds measure when connected to my wireless router, so that is good enough for me.
One con that I have to list for this product (and this is not specific to this product – it applies to any powerline unit) is that you can’t or aren’t supposed to plug these in behind surge protectors. I’m listing this as a con because computers should always be behind a surge protector or UPS, so that automatically means that you’ll need a second available wall outlet just for this kit.
Pros: Very beautiful diamonds. They sparkle very nicely despite their small size, and the blue color is very attractive.
Cons: As others have stated, these are very small. The size chart shown in the images is accurate, but deceiving because it is blown up. Just be OK with small studs going into this purchase.
Overall Review: Would buy again despite the small size.
Pros: This cooler does its job and is not particularly noisy.
Cons: Flimsy plastic around the outside - part of mine broke while I was installing it.
Overall Review: Read the instructions (who thought you would need to for a simple HSF?) The clips loosen to make it easier to secure to the mobo - I did not realize this and had to put a lot of effort to get them to clip on out of the box.
Pros: Works good in my Samsung DV300F camera. microSD > SD adapter included.
Cons: none... it does what it's supposed to
Pros: This camera is stylish and small enough - my only complaint is that the red looks more pink-ish. Samsung states that they'll only guarantee that 8GB of memory will work in this camera, but my 32GB card is working without problems.
the front LCD is awesome, no doubt about it. that is what sold me on this camera compared to any other in its class. When the front LCD is off, you can't even tell that it is there.
The camera takes good quality pictures - not great, but similar to that of a Nikon Coolpix S4300. HD videos look very nice and the microphone seems to be good.
Wifi on a camera! how cool is that? The email feature works well but it is a little tedious to type in email addresses, as you would expect. havent tried uploading directly to social networking or anything like that.
Cons: Pictures do seem to be slightly grainy when the flash is used. I could not get the remote viewfinder app to work, and this seems to be a common problem for a lot of people. Checked firmware, wireless networks, but still nothing. not a big deal but that could be nice to have on occasion.
Overall Review: Wifi wouldn't connect until i removed a special character from the network password. Had this same issue with a mobile Seagate device as well.
Pros: This wireless drive is a cool concept for travelers. With a sleek, minimalistic look, it's perfect for folks who want their entire movie or picture library available wherever they go, but don't have the internal storage space available on their playback device. This drive lets you have that mobility easily and conveniently. The power button is on the side of the drive and is easy to access and push, and is slightly recessed so that it isn't bumped on or off by accident.
The drive itself weighs about a pound, battery included. It is USB3.0-compatible for fast transfers with compatible computers. You can also run it on battery or plugged in with the included AC adapter/charger. During my testing, the battery seemed to hold a long charge of 5+ hours (more than enough for a long plane ride). A Seagate Media App (free) is required for media playback. Download the app, then connect your device's wifi to the Seagate, and launch the app. From here the app will find all of the media on your device and let you select by type or search through the raw folders. You can also view the drive's battery life.What is really cool is that the drive also lets you do a sort of pass-through wifi mode, where you can also connect to the internet by joining another wifi network.
The default wifi network the drive uses can be changed and a password can also be set on it. I found that this password does not accept special characters, so that is a limitation.
Movies streamed from the drive smoothly and without hiccups. I did not test the usable distance, so trying to stream from a longer distance may create bandwidth issues. This device is more suited to being in the seat pocket in front of you, or perhaps on the desk next to your bed in your hotel room while on the road rather than on the other side of your house.
Cons: The biggest let-down of this device? Movies must be MPEG4 only! All other formats that I tried failed saying that playback of this media was not supported. This is terrible for folks who have an existing digital collection, perhaps on a traditional external drive, in a different format. They would have to go back and convert their entire library again! I'm not sure what Seagate's reasoning was for this limitation, but I bet it will turn a lot of people off of this product.
As cool as I thought the feature was, Wifi pass-through didnt work for me. It gave me a simple error saying "operation failed." I thought that this may be because the internet wifi network's password had a special character in it (as i mentioned earlier), but did not test this theory. Maintaining internet connectivity these days is a must, and this was very disappointing to me that it hogged my wifi connection without letting me pass-through to the internet.
I did not find a convenient way to transfer media straight from my phone/tablet to the Seagate drive - I had to channel them through a PC first. This is an inconvenience but not a deal breaker. The drive also takes a minute or two to power all the way on to the point where you can access it wirelessly. Just a nuisance but again, not a big deal.
Overall Review: Not sure how the FCC/FAA would feel about people using this on a plane. But, what they don't know will most likely not hurt them.
Removing the USB3.0 connector module from the drive reveals standard SATA data and power connectors. I like that Seagate does this with their recent external drives, as it gives the geeky people out there more flexibility for wiring the drive up (especially when using a computer that doesnt support USB3.0).
Pros: This is a surprisingly good headset considering the low cost. I've been using it for 8 hours or so on and off for Pandora, and haven't had to recharge. The distance is good, about 30-40 feet or so, about what you'd expect for bluetooth. Sound quality is average - not bad but not amazing; definitely acceptable.
Though this headset does get uncomfortable after several hours, like any other behind-the-ear headset, but it is generally comfortable and doesn't bother me. It also folds up nicely and includes a small velvet carrying pouch. It connected without a problem to my Win8 laptop with an external BT dongle.
Cons: The earphones don't work with Microsoft Lync when it is configured on the Stereo device. Changing to the Bluetooth headset device worked properly, but i was hoping to use the stereo device because it seems like it would indicate better quality... not sure about that. other than that, i haven't come across any other cons yet.
Overall Review: As i alluded to in the 'Cons' section, the headset installs two different playback sound devices - one for a bluetooth headset and one for bluetooth stereo. I haven't tested to see if there is a quality difference between the two.
Pros: Purchased for a Christmas stocking stuffer. Was very pleased with the color and size of the stones, as well as the general beauty of the set.
Pros: Affordable red laser. Attaches to standard handgun rails and includes both an on/off switch on the unit itself and a momentary pressure switch for turning on the laser from the grip. Includes the batteries needed.
Cons: Had to saw off a little bit of the front of the rails on the laser to get it to fit on my USP45T; it needed just a little bit more room in front of the trigger guard. Can't use the included pressure switch because that needs even more room off of the back of the unit.
Pros: In this package, Western Digital has delivered an easy-to-use wireless router that integrates nicely with WD's line of storage and entertainment media. For most users, they'll enjoy how it is configured out of the box and won't need to bother with changing configuration settings. The device has both 802.11g/n and 802.11a/n wireless routers which helps to ensure compatibility and can also use less congested wireless frequencies (5GHz 802.11a vs. 2.4GHz 802.11g).
The router itself appears to function properly and has a simple, easy-to-use configuration menu. With the built-in USB port it is easy for users to attach their USB hard drive to the home network. From these devices, this router makes it easy for wireless devices to stream your media.
In this router, Western Digital implemented a simple Quality of Service feature for users which prioritizes certain types of traffic, such as streaming video from websites like Netflix and Hulu. In the configuration options, users have some control have what services are prioritized higher than others.
Cons: This router has a general cheap feel to it. Although it looks nice, it is very lightweight (not usually a good sign with electronics) and the outer shell is entirely plastic. For most users I don't think that it will have longevity issues, these are just potential concerns I've noticed.
Western Digital is well-known for storage, but not so much for networking. This is another area of concern for me because they have yet to build of a reputation of reliability and performance.
One thing that I also noticed while testing this product is that the firewall access list/port forwarding list only holds a certain number of entries (32 I believe). This is not a problem for most people, but i wanted to include it as an FYI for folks out there who use that feature.
Pros: This TP-Link Nano router is a very cool little unit. It supports being setup in Router Mode, Access Point Mode, and even Bridge Mode. These options make this device very flexible and suitable to nearly every use. The unit has been reliable and has not shown any issues with dropping wireless connections or crashing.
The packaging that the device comes in is very nice and has the fashion you'd expect from a popular fruit-themed electronics company. The unit itself is about 1.5" wide by 1.5" long and 0.5" high - easily fits into the palm of your hand or into a small pocket of a bag.
The unit itself is very simple and easy to use. It has two ports: an ethernet RJ-45 jack and a USB port for power from a computer or the included power adapter. On the device it also gives you the default IP address, admin credentials, and wireless SSID and password. It comes out of the box in Router mode, so you'll have to connect to it via wireless to get to the initial setup. In this mode, the ethernet port acts as a WAN (or internet) interface from which you can't access the device configuration.
Once in the configuration, the menu is easy-to-use and in here you can switch the device to Access Point or Bridge mode, if you desire. You can also change the SSID name and password, configuration password, and IP addressing options. I keep my unit set in Access Point mode so that I can use it convert a wired connection to a secure wireless network if I ever need it, such as for connecting multiple clients to a single wall jack or for a hotel room that doesn't offer wireless service. This little guy fits the bill just right and they don't make them any more portable than this.
Cons: The basic instructions will make life difficult for users who aren't savvy with consumer-grade routers. I didn't find them particularly helpful, but luckily TP-Link has printed the connection and configuration information that you need right onto the unit itself. Basically, plug the device in, connect to the wireless with the SSID and password on the label, and then go to the default IP address (192.168.0.254) from your web browser to get to the device configuration. If you want to use it as a router, it is plug and play and does not require any manual setup out of the box.
Overall Review: Love that it can be powered by AC power from the building or DC from a computer. Makes it that much more portable!
Pros: Pros: The initial setup of the device is fairly simple. Connect a HDMI cable, Ethernet cable, and power to the Media Hub.
Data syncing and data transfer was a simple process, but a very lengthy one at that. I connected a 1TB external via USB to the Media Hub and it synced all supported file types. It categorizes all supported files into Videos, Music, and Pictures. Inside each one of those folders, it maintains your original file hierarchy.
The home screen, or main menu if you will, is a very easy to navigate, clean, simple, and user friendly. The remote that comes with the Media Hub has 4 buttons that can be programmed shortcuts which I found to be very helpful. From the home screen, you can access the remaining features such as Facebook, Pandora, YouTube, and Netflix. Overall, navigation is very simple and well thought out.
If the movie that you are playing has subtitles in the root folder that the movie is in, and is a compatible file type, the subtitles can then be turned on or off by pressing the ‘subtitles’ button on the remote. It cannot be much simpler than that. I tested this with a few movies, all of which worked fantastically.
The device itself is small and very clean looking. It is all black with a smoked mirror facade. Also, when on, there is just a lightly illuminated Western Digital logo that is not at all distracting for movie watching. That logo will blink as a sign of HDD activity, which is nice as it is an indicator that a file is done transferring.
The 1TB drive is quite sufficient for almost all needs.
I mapped a drive on my laptop to the Media Hub and have since been using that for file organization. It works rather well, and the file hierarchy is then what you want it to be.
Cons: The overarching issue with this device is the slow data transfer. Over USB 2.0, 800 GB’s of data took somewhere between 12 and 18 hours to sync with the device. Over a wired network, speeds were around 10 MB/s and wireless 2 MB/s. I did not get a chance to test on any other networks, but I have no reason to believe that it would change in a different environment. My solution to this is to just transfer all large files overnight as you sleep.
The device has a few different web interfaces that are a little wonky and more or less useless. There is one that just shows you the file hierarchy in what I would describe as a ‘programming’ theme as compared to something that is polished for the end user. The other is the interface for the system settings. I found this pointless (expect for being able to set the admin username and password) because using the remote and the device itself to access the system settings is much easier IMO. Not to worry though, as neither of these two menus need to be used to fully enjoy the device.
Each time there is a firmware update (I have had 3 in 2 weeks), your media is de-synced. This is not as big of an issue as it sounds because none of the media is lost, but you must retell the device where to look for all of your media. I’d assume that a default setting would be to look in the same place before the firmware update, but hey.
Using a remote to enter Facebook, Pandora, Netflix, YouTube, ect account info is a major pain (almost like non-predictive texting with a remote). No way around that though.
I found that YouTube was sluggish when searching for a video, but seamless once you select and start playing one. Also, Pandora takes more time that you would suspect to open, but once it is open, plays very well. Same with Facebook; getting the initial data is sluggish, but smooth once up and running.
A small gripe is that when I was prompted to sync my external drive, it was an all-or-none sync and I did not have the option to just sync music, or just sync photos.
Lastly, and this is likely because I chose to sync with an USB connected-external initially, but the folder system inside each home screen menu is very poor. For example; Movies > WDLiveHub > My external drive > actual movie files and folders. IMO, they should get rid of the device name as that is beyond useless. I see why they have my external’s name, as you could have synced from multiple external drives, but if you only sync one device then it is just an extra folder you always have to click on.
Overall Review: From my computer in the basement, I transfer movies, pictures, and music to this device so that I can watch on my TV in the family room. For that use, this is a fantastic, perfect device. Just be ready for a significant initial data transfer time. The ease of use and operating smoothness far outweigh the negatives of this device. For anyone that hates lugging your laptop around the house just to show photos to guests, or someone who wants to listen to music on your entertainment system instead of your laptop, or wants to watch your favorite YouTube video on your TV, this media hub fits the bill.
Pros: This drive is quite compact (I believe it uses a 2.5” laptop-sized hard drive) and does not generate a lot of heat – the drive casing is hardly warm to the touch after several hours of use. It is also quiet with minimal vibration. This drive is USB 3.0 compatible, and I couldn’t believe the speed difference that made when reading from or writing to this external drive. If you don’t have a USB 3.0 port on your PC, I would definitely recommend getting a PCI card to add those ports on. This drive is powered only by USB, but so far I have not had a problem with the drive not getting enough power.
Seagate makes it very easy to have a large, simple, and easy to use, backup solution for day-to-day computing. Seagate’s Dashboard backup software couldn’t be much easier and seems to work quite well. You can schedule your own jobs and select what you want to be backed up vs not, or you can keep it simple and just select their continuous backup option which copies all files over to the external drive (with a 1TB external drive, this is probably suitable for most users). I found this continuous backup option to be the best fit for me, as the Dashboard took care of everything for me and backed up any changes that were made every 10 minutes. My previous Seagate external would not backup using the Dashboard software from a 64-bit Win7 machine – it just wouldn’t do it. I’m happy to report that this drive’s software does backup successfully! Maybe it was the drive I had, maybe it was the Dashboard version, but either way it works. I also tested it on a 32-bit Win7 machine without any problems. You can view the backup job status right on Seagate’s dashboard, and you can also browse to the drive manually and find your files to ensure that they are there. It is nice that Seagate doesn’t convert your files to a proprietary backup file type that you can’t browse to from Windows.
I found that this drive is essentially two separate components: a USB>SATA converter and a SATA hard drive inside of the plastic housing. For the more technically inclined out there, you can pull the drive off of the converter piece of this unit and you can then plug any SATA drive into it for conversion to USB. Not sure if Seagate made it that easy on purpose, but it is nice to have added versatility like that.
Cons: Not crazy about the color of this drive. The racecar red looks good, but it is trimmed with white – I don’t think that those colors go together too well. I’d prefer just a solid color, one way or the other.
The included “Cloud Backup” option touted with this drive is just a trial version provided by Nero’s cloud backup service. This trial only provides 4GB of storage, which will probably be fairly useless for users buying a terabyte hard drive. You also have to register the drive before signing up for the trial, which may be a con for those of you who like to stay off the grid.
I would like to see Seagate include an option to encrypt the backups, preferably some sort of on-the-fly encryption. External drives are easy targets for thieves, and without encryption your files on the drive have no protection.
Seagate also flogs the drive as being able to backup your images/movies from Facebook and Flickr. While this may sound like a fancy feature, the pictures get saved in lower quality and, for older pictures, they are saved in a lower resolution before Facebook added their High Quality upload option. For me, those pictures that I upload are kept on my computer anyway, so there would be no real need to have them backed up from my computer as well as from Facebook.
Overall Review: Seagate’s dashboard gives you an option to upload pictures and videos up to Facebook, flickr, or YouTube. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d prefer to upload the files straight to those networks myself.
Pros: No complaints. The earrings look nice and are actually bigger than I expected them to be. Haven't had any problems with quality so far.
Pros: This drive offers a cost-effective means to move from a traditional hard disk to an SSD. Since 60GB won't hold more than an OS and a few run-of-the-mill applications these days, most users will want to consider using this drive for maybe just the OS and a game or two (or something that would benefit from the increased disk speed) and have a second traditional disk that they can keep everything else on.
Using ATTO disk benchmark, I was able to reach and slightly exceed the speeds of this SSD as advertised by OCZ. I've known OCZ to be a reputable brand in the past, and that holds true with the experience I've had with this drive so far.
There should be a lower power usage with this guy for the laptop users out there, though I can't comment on how much.
Cons: Price per GB is probably not as good with this drive as it is with other larger solid state drives. However, it is a cheap SSD for those not looking for a ton of SSD storage.
compared with some of the other SSD's out there, this drive is fairly slow. The read speed of 180MB/s blew away my traditional hard disk that I replaced, however the 80MB/s write speeds weren't much higher. Other SSD's will offer much higher speeds, although you'll pay for it. It really is true with these that you get what you pay for.
Overall Review: OCZ didn't include a 2.5"-3.5" adapter bracket, so you'll need one if you're planning on putting this in a desktop chassis.
Pros: This drive has two things going for it: the large storage capacity and the fact that it is an SSD. I switched to this drive from a 320GB traditional hard disk, so I didn't lose a whole lot in storage. This wasn't a problem for me, but users with larger storage needs may want to consider a second internal drive or an external to keep things like music, pictures, and movies on. Hopefully 240GB will be large enough for your operating system and applications, so that they can benefit from the speed of this drive.
I was very impressed from the start with this drive. Windows 7 installed in about 15 minutes, and even after filling up the drive with data and applications it still only takes Windows 10-12 seconds to load to the login screen. I used the ATTO disk benchmark utility to test the speed of this drive and was very pleased with the results: it reached top speeds of 534MB/s write and 558MB/s read on a 6GBps Intel P67 controller, which is slightly faster than what Corsair advertises. Applications load up nearly instantly, and levels in games load much faster. It's also nice when dealing with large data transfers, it seems like they take no time at all. Can't wait until SSD's become more prominent and affordable in the server and business storage markets.
The lower power usage is always a plus, although I've got mine in a desktop so it isn't a big concern for me. The included 2.5""-3.5"" adapter tray was a definite plus, so thank you to Corsair for including that. I'm also stoked about having a 3-year manufacturer warranty; my initial hesitation about moving to SSD was the limited lifespan of the flash memory, so the warranty gives me some peace of mind. The mean time between failures (MTBF) is also listed at 2,000,000 hours; hopefully that is an accurate rating.
Cons: I can't think of many cons for this drive, but one is the size. Even though it is relatively large for an SSD, it's still not nearly big enough to accommodate larger data needs. Additionally, the price of SSD drives (especially over 100GB) is still too high and is still scaring off plenty of potential buyers. I'll definitely be buying more SSD's like this one once the industry price comes down... until then, it's still just too expensive.
Although the warranty is 3 years, which is great, it's still not as long as traditional disk drives which generally have 5 year warranties.
Overall Review: I couldn't list this one as a con as it is more just stupidity on my part, but the included adapter tray doesn't tell you which way the drive should go in the tray. I got it wrong the first time and the screw holes didn't match up with my case's drive cage. Just stick the tray in your case first and see which way it needs to go for the holes to line up before you screw the drive onto it.
Pros: This Seagate drive is very compact and portable. The drive is just in a simple black casing, but it feels sturdy and looks nice. The included 18" USB cable is adequate for most needs. I connected this to a system with both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, and the 3.0 speed difference was pretty amazing - transferring a 460MB zip archive to this drive took 17 seconds with it plugged in to a USB2.0 port, but only 7 seconds when connected to a 3.0 port.
The included Seagate Dashboard backup software has a nice, easy to use interface. It worked well on my Win7 x86 installation. Connecting to Facebook went smoothly and was successful, though I'm not sure why anyone would save files this way as they lose quality during the backup. Backing up of user files to the drive using the Dashboard was quick and ran in the background without any problems.
Cons: Backups would not run with the Dashboard installed on my Win7 x64 machine - they just sit at 'initial job pending,' even if I tell the job to backup now. This happened when trying to backup either to the drive or to the cloud storage.
Overall Review: With this product, they offer you a free year of 4GB cloud storage powered by Nero. Because my x64 machine would not back up to it, I was not able to try this feature although it seemed convenient and easy to use. You are required to register the drive with Seagate before you are able to use the cloud storage.
Pros: Works as an SD card should. haven't tested speeds since I just use it for casual still-photo shooting. Worked without a problem in my Nikon Coolpix S4300.
Cons: none that i can think of.
Overall Review: love how cheap flash memory is getting.
Pros: Good quality blu-ray trilogy, as described.
Overall Review: Can't list this as a con since it is not a reason that I bought this item, but this copy of the trilogy came with an already-expired coupon to download the Digital Copy of these movies. who knows, it might still work - I haven't tried it.
Pros: Nice little camera; it feels sturdy and well-built. A lot smaller than I expected it to be from the pictures, which is good since I was looking for portability. The pictures are very good quality, high resolution 16MP images, and takes pictures very quickly - no delay when pressing the capture button unless the flash has to charge. 6X zoom is nice on a camera this small. the LCD touchscreen is bright and I found the menus easy to use. Touchscreen responsiveness could be a little better, but it is acceptable.
included Li-ion rechargeable battery is a big plus - I'll probably get a spare at some point to carry for extended life, especially because they're very affordable.
Cons: None so far!
Overall Review: I'd be interested to find out if they make screen protectors for it - fingerprints on a touchscreen can get annoying.
Shopped around for this camera, and as usual Newegg came through with the best price!
Pros: Very good looking earrings.
Cons: like others said, they're smaller than the picture would make them seem. but, they still look great. I'd buy them again.
Overall Review: this "Oravo" company seems to have a trend of claiming that their earrings are originally $100+, however I cant see these ever being worth that.
The "sale" price that you actually pay here on Newegg is a fair value i'd say.
Pros: Great looking earrings. Contrary to what another reviewer said, these are definitely the size i would expect for 2 carats.