Date Joined: 11/14/04
Pros: Have over 5 of these and buying 5 more. Used everyday for computers to microwave oven (1000w), hair dryer (800-1200w) and even a toaster oven (1500w). None failed after at least 3 years. The switches on the toaster and microwave are turned on and off at least 10x a day, everyday.
Cons: Can't think of any. None of the 5 owned have any failures. Every single switch works.
Overall Review: Some guy said that the quality was low making it difficult to tell if the rocker switch was on or off...well ON, it would freakin' LIGHT UP.
Pros: Does what it's supposed to.
Cons: A little on the loud side.
Overall Review: The "Not Happy" guy doesn't know what he's talking about. These things are NOT refrigerators, they are ice makers. You make ice, then you put it in your freezer or cooler, otherwise it will obviously melt. It would be silly to expect all the parts & functions of a fridge AND ice making capabilities for $150-250?
Cons: Instructions are terrible.
Overall Review: When inserting the micro SD card, make sure you're putting it in the slot. It's very easy to put it just above it, and it will get stuck. Not only will it not register/work, but you'd have to remove the cover to get the SD card out. You need jewelry type Phillips screwdrivers ready for the super tiny screws.
Pros: Runs cool (can hardly feel any heat). Quiet (virtually no sound at idle). Cheap ($55 with codes Sept 2010). Samsung provides a clamshaped plastic case & small cardboard box which helps a lot due to New Egg's shipping department being very, very sloppy with packaging bare drives.
Cons: A little slow, but expected.
Overall Review: I have 2 of these now. When purchased, I would run it for at least 5 days continuously to burn it in & detect any defects. The first 2 months it gets used every day as I fill it up with mostly TV shows. After that, it sits in a drawer and gets accessed only about 30 hours per year so I can't comment on reliability due to so little use.
Pros: Voice commands works decent. Large screen. Nice & slim. Lots of features. NEWEGG's RMA dept is AWESOME, fast & efficient. Their shipping dept. sucks though. Not enough padding for anything being shipped.
Cons: Battery. You can't turn it off. It stays on sleep mode while draining the battery in a few days. Takes a long time to recharge too. Must remove battery to turn off. But you'll get used to removing the battery b/c it crashes at least 2-5 times a day. No joke.
Overall Review: This is my 4th GPS. I also had a Garmin iQue 3600 & 3200, so yeah, I'm really used to my GPS crashing and having to reset. I bought a Mio for $99 (about 3 years ago) for backup due to these Garmins being known for crashing. Anyhoo, I can't stand this Nuvi 855 any longer. The battery situation is the worse ever.
Pros: Free with HDD. Works well. Shuts off/spins down hard drive when idling a while. Saves electricity and HDD life.
Cons: This device automatically powering off and on too often may hurt the drive more. Hard to say.
Overall Review: This looks exactly like the Thermaltake, but it's not. The Thermaltake (w/o eSATA connection in the back like this one) will not power down the HDD when idling too long (I have 1). The Thermaltake with eSATA connection in the back will power it down (I have 3). This Rosewill does power down the HDD. I leave the drives on for months to years 24/7. W/O this feature, the drives will be constantly spinning and running HOT.
Pros: Cheap. 8gig. Drag & drop copying. Sound is decent.
Cons: Huge. Marketing pics were taken at an angle to hide the massive compartment that houses the AAA battery at the bottom. Expect it to be 30-40% bigger when you open the box. Screen changes colors with almost every click, annoying. Thought it was mine only but another reviewer's did the same thing. Manual? haha.
Overall Review: Using my iPod's earbuds, sound quality improves greatly. Bought this for jogging and non-contact workouts. It doesn't have a clip so I tuck it into an elbow band/support. Everything feels cheaply made. Not sure how long the buttons will last? Bought this for $30. Should have bought the 4gig version for $18 as a throwaway item. Going through the folders is a PITA. It shuffles music OK, but can only do it in the CURRENT (single) folder (anyone knows otherwise, let me know). So I had to put like 1,000 songs into 1 main folder. It's not fun scrolling around with 1 line display looking for songs anyway.
Pros: Cheap. RELIABLE. ZERO errors so far.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I bought 4 of these 8gig cards and used it to shoot 150 gigs of HD video (and about 10 gigs of photos) using a Panasonic Lumix FZ28. All within 2 days. The cards were running just about non stop for 8-10 hours a day (recording then dumping to a laptop). I also used the cards as storage devices during the compression process (thus reading & writing on them for tens of hours straight). I had other brands of cards too. None had any problems and worked flawlessly (except for the Kingston 4gig micro SDHC that my Dell Insp 9300 won't read). Most problems are user error. Common sense precautions are, protect them from static electricity, etc.
Pros: Drive is fine. Runs very cool.
Cons: NewEgg shipped it fast but packed it horribly. The plastic around the jumpers was bent and then broke off. I needed the drive right away so I didn't bother to return it. It's running OK as of now 1.5 months later. The packing sucked. The BARE drive was wrapped with ONE layer of bubble wrap and then placed on the DIRECT bottom of the box (touching the cardboard box w/no foam peanuts in between). Then foam peanuts was sprinkled on top. The drive had some banged up scarring on it and the bubble wrap touching the carton was 80% POPPED.
Overall Review: Obviously the UPS guys are going to throw little boxes around and may even let them get topped by bigger boxes. NewEgg needs to address this problem. I've bought about 15 drives and this problem happened to all 7-8 of the last consecutive purchases. I'm starting to compare pricing with other places.
Pros: Bought this somewhere else. Good drive. No complaints.
Cons: Short USB cord.
Overall Review: For people crying about not getting a full 400mb....congrats and welcome to owning your first ever computer + buying your first ever external hard drive for it. Other than explaining the binary system as others have done so already, just think MARKETING. Every car sold is advertised at the Brake Horse Power (BHP) output, but it's true usable HP is about 12-17% less at the wheels. Same goes with my first ever 20mb 5.25" internal hard drive that cost me $300 in 1986. I didn't get the full 20mb neither, 23 years ago....why are you so special that you should?
Pros: My 2nd one. Very convenient. Can't comment on the reliability yet, but the 1st one passed burned in period of 72 hours. Inexpensive.
Cons: Does not power down HD when idling (but neither do my other external cases by other MFG in the same price range). No fan. USB cable is way too short.
Overall Review: This is my second unit b/c I like it so much. But I went cheap and bought this version w/o eSATA connection. This one does NOT spin down the HD when it's idling therefore, the HD spins continuously. The first unit I bought that's 10 dollars more (same company, almost identical), that has the USB & eSATA port, does power down the HD when not in use for a while.
Pros: Easy plug & play. Sturdy base. Medium sized power adapter (not a giant brick). Very convenient for swapping external drives. Powers down hard drive when idling.
Cons: Powers down HD too soon I think. No fan (not sure if it needs one b/c the HD is 80% exposed to room temp.). NewEgg's shipping was slower than usual, yet still acceptable. NewEgg packer(s) is bad though. Very big box with all of my stuff put in first (directly against the thin, cardboard box) and then all the padding (wads of paper) on top. This makes no sense as it doesn't protect my items (which included an internal, bare HD) on that one side of the packing box against impact.
Overall Review: To those saying this runs hot...HOW? It's almost complete open and exposed. It's not the unit causing your HD to run hot, it's your HD running hot. Some cases are cooler to the touch...it's because you're touching the external case and not the hard drive inside of it. Some cases may run cooler due to a built in fan, but so far I haven't found any external cases that powers down the HD like this one.
My only concern is that this set idling period is too short and may cause powering up and down too often....and IMO, can cause more stress on the HD than leaving it on continuously. Not sure if it's a complete power down or some kind of sleep mode, but the drive definitely stops spinning. And once stopped for a while, it's pretty much completely cool to the touch.
Pros: I have 3. Inexpensive. Reliable (1-2 years so far). Fan with on/off switch. Power adapter/transformer is small...very small compared to the others that comes with a giant BRICK.
Cons: On/Off switch sticks. Fan doesn't feel that strong and drive feels the same amount of heat. Remember to blow out the dust once in a while.
Overall Review: I have 3 of these that I switch back and forth int. drives for archiving purposes. This is usually bad for the connectors' but so far these have held up for 1-2 years. I especially like the small power adapter as i've got 3 of these and 2 other externals connected at one time. I've tried cheap $20 ones and they look very flimsy and XP didn't recognize. RMA tech is was fine. this Rosewill seems easier and no headaches so I'm sticking with it vs. experimenting on others.
Pros: cheap. somewhat quiet.
Cons: a little hot. not sure on realiability in the long run.
Overall Review: i'm on my 5th one. use them to store movies and i don't really access them much. the 1-3 i'm swapping into my external bay, is usually on 24/7. none has failed. but it has only been a year or so.
Pros: i have 5 of these Barracudas in 320gb. now a 500gb. i don't access them often, just use to store lots of movies.
Cons: kind of noisy compared to my WD's, but i'm ok with it for the price of cheap storage.
Overall Review: people talk about drives rated at 500gb, but after being formatted...it's less. well use your head. think USEABLE space. when you buy an advertised 405HP C5 Corvette ZO6, only about 350HP of that 405HP is rear wheel HP... thus USEABLE.
Pros: works great anywhere from 5-10 minutes, then crashes. time to reboot. i'm using this to swap between bare drives for backing up movies. once in a while i watch a movie using the drive running off this BYTECC...but it's too much of a crapshoot as to when this thing will crash. i run everything off of a LAPTOP and its USB ports. maybe because the drive is not GROUNDED...and that's causing my problems (drive is just naked with the BYTECC attatched).
Cons: sometimes it works for over an hour. tried mounting it first, last, middle.... i use some electrical tape to make sure nothing jiggles the wires & connection. no dice. it has been many months now. and i'm very, very, very cautious about cutting off the power (by detatching/"safely remove hardware") from the USB ports AND shutting down the BYTECC's power....first before unplugging anything.
Overall Review: if you're a computer techie, this sounds great...but the flimsy cable and it's connection shouldn't last too long inside your toolbag.
Pros: Wished someone showed us where to download the firware. Well HERE it is. I also included directions & a picture taken with the camera to show the quality. (I do get points when you download)
Lots of features for such a cheap price. Don't expect great sound quality. My iPod is better but this is still good (because iPod is above average). Also used my iPod's earbuds. What came with it is OK. FM tuner not great, but good enough. W/O earbud/wire connected, forget it...no reception. I bought it to watch movies whenever I'm stuck somewhere...and it's good for that. Better than portable DVD players. Only 700mb average per full length 2-hour movie downloaded ;) so that's a lot for 20gigs worth. The battery seems to last very long.
Cons: Camera...sucks. No flash. .JPG pics and .ASF videos. See a sample picture I took included in the file link above. It was taken with good daylight. Built-in speakers not very loud and no bass...but expected. This unit is small for all that's included. Just consider these extra functions as freebies. MP4 conversion software is REALLY SLOW. I aborted. I've got a new $2k gaming notebook too. So far, my .AVIs are fine. Don't have too many .MP4s but tried 5 and none worked. Probably converting it with their firmware may work. Not a big deal. Most of the reviews are pretty accurate so I won't repeat anymore.
Overall Review: Updating firmware gives you a TEXT READER function in the Main Menu and cool disco background. I'm sure there's more, but I'm going to bed now.
Cons: this thing runs HOT. too hot to touch and leave my finger on it (and i've walked on hot coals before). i've got it standing naked with a quick USB connector. and noisy too...compared to my 3 Western Digitals.
Overall Review: i'm buying another 'cause it's cheap.
Pros: OK for the money when it works. user needs to have voodoo skillz. good if you want to keep backups of rarely used files.
Cons: sometimes HD connected to it just stops being recognized by XP. rebooting sometimes doesn't help. usually it wants to be the FIRST or ONLY USB device mounted after rebooting. after it's recognized, i mount my other USB drives. power cable connection is FLIMSY.
Overall Review: probably good if you were a computerguy going to clients' site...regular use at home, i don't trust it.