Wors piece or trash I've seen at $1007/27/2013 10:36:25 PM

Pros: Looks nice. Cooled okay Worked well for a short while, until it sprayed a leak. Had software for it but we didn't get far enough into testing to be able to use it before the failure. (Less than 2 months)

Cons: Expensive. Low quality, and a good reason to stick with Koolance products. Danger to your system when it leaks, not if.. A real pain to clean up if you are lucky enough to catch it. I'd be shipping it back to Corsair for a refund if it weren't for the rebate,which I am SILL waiting on, should have known better. Corsair should stick to what they do best, and it isn't making water cooling solutions.

Overall Review: We'll see how things go when a new solution arrives. Corsair may be looking at 64GB replacement ram, I7 6 core and the usual $300-400 motherboard. First came a hissing sound, next thing I'm going is scrambling for the power cord. the connection at CPU water block just sprayed all over the motherboard CPU and ram. All in all for us, this rates at an Epic FAIL.for equipment.

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Excellent Hard Drive, Solid.6/6/2013 9:03:14 PM

Pros: Newegg product listing N82E16822178306, Seagate Constellation ES.3 ST4000NM0023 boasts as solid drive. I haven't visited Seagate's High-end product line since their departure from the 5-year warranty of standard consumer lines several years back and only have had two 1 TB models recently for video editing / capture ( RAID 0). Since some time has passed from owning a high-end Seagate product, I welcomed the opportunity to see what Seagate has been putting under the hood lately on their Pro line of hardware, especially one in the price range near a half grand. Even with a high price there are just some inherent advantages that SAS offers over SATA and I occasionally prefer offloading to a SAS CPU than having local system boards handling data so seeing what SAS2 is in comparison to consumer lines and SATA will be interesting. (Wiki offers a good starting place for the casual beginner when looking at SAS vs SATA and determining if one or the other is a good choice for and particular utilization if you are new to SAS). With Seagate's Pro lines, I'm seeing a toe-to-toe stance when dealing with their competition and perhaps even a little extra toe stomping when it comes to exceeding longevity and outliving the problems their competitors have on their Pro lines. The drive is smooth, well put together and operating quietly and surprisingly cool, when compared to other Seagate drives and competing brands. If you see the notes in the "Other Thoughts" section, you should notice that this SAS2 drive falls in line with pretty much the performance of SATA III 6.0 drives. Keep in mind that SAS offers drive controller intelligence that SATA does not; also, SAS has the ability to monitor backplanes via sideband cable options on most mid to high level SAS cards. SATA more often mimics monitoring via software solutions weighing the system down more so than SAS hardware solutions. Another big factor that stands out is the little amount of heat that this drive puts off. True, I'm not running SQL Server or Oracle DB on the drive, but given the fact that I am moving a 40GB chunk of data all over the drive for an hour, and it's doesn't really get warm, helps draw the conclusion that Seagate's enterprise class drives run cooler and can take on more tedious encounters on a 24/7/365 basis. Further, not a single sector showed any defect, skip or error after a pounding 24 hour testing session

Cons: With me, the only major and prohibitive hurdle Seagate has thrown me for Pro line models is the price for owning their products SATA or SAS models. In order to get a 5-year warranty, there is a considerable price point difference. With lesser warranty as compared to their competitors for consumer lines, I choose to look at warranty length, reviews / failure rate, customer service and price when buying into a product line for use in my equipment. With consumer lines you'll see a shortfall but no so with the Pro line models. Other than the above, I am not seeming much of any cons physically with the drive or performance. Still, I honestly have to admit, though impressive performance, at it's current price point it's not something that I'd personally jump at first sight, so do some research to make sure this is designed for YOUR specific needs; otherwise, a good SATA III 6.0 will offer close to the same performance. I might be tempted to burn through a handfull of cheaper drives in a 1 or 5 RAID array at a cheaper price and still be able to have a few spares on hand. With 3 and 5-year warranties for consumer line from Seagate and other competitors, some TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and performance/failure probability calculations may be in order to see what points work best for any given scenario.

Overall Review: Some important considerations for those getting into the SAS arena and Enterprise drives are as follows. Be aware that /w Seagate Constellation ES.3 ST4000NM0023 & many other SAS drives, you will need either a back plane or cable with supporting connection of SFF-8482 (SAS 29 PIN) and not standard SATA; though they look very similar, you won't be able to plug your data or power cables into the SAS drives as you would on SATA drives. StarTech offers cable solution part SAS808782P50 / UPC 65030848039 /w life time warranty that workes on SAS. SEE NE listing N82E16812400142, if needed. In my case, it was just a simple task of opening the side panel on rack, opening server chassis and unplugging my (Mini SAS) SFF-8087->SATA cables, swapping to SFF-8087->(29 pin SAS)SFF-8482 x4 cables and plugging the power into the Y pig tails. The particular SAS card used to drive my SAS array and SATA is a Highpoint RocketRAID 2720. Initially the BIOS didn't support over 2TB and the Seagate showed up as 2TB; flashed SAS controller to BIOS V1.5 and had no issues after that; it was a 3-second Flash fix, and everything went beautifully without issue and the drive just worked after that. Both, the HighPoint RocketRAID 2720 and the Seagate drive, worked well hand in hand. Some basic Drive Stats via HD Tune Pro 5.50: Configured as JOBD stand-alone. Test capacity: full Read transfer rate Transfer Rate Minimum : 84.0 MB/s Transfer Rate Maximum : 182.8 MB/s Transfer Rate Average : 144.9 MB/s Access Time : 12.3 ms Burst Rate : 227.1 MB/s CPU Usage : 5.1% Test capacity: full Write transfer rate Transfer Rate Minimum : 82.6 MB/s Transfer Rate Maximum : 183.8 MB/s Transfer Rate Average : 145.7 MB/s Access Time : 4.11 ms Test capacity: full, Read test Transfer size operations / sec avg. access time max. access time avg. speed 512 bytes 81 IOPS 12.296 ms 26.132 ms 0.040 MB/s 4 KB 83 IOPS 11.949 ms 27.584 ms 0.327 MB/s 64 KB 79 IOPS 12.628 ms 22.027 ms 4.949 MB/s 1 MB 48 IOPS 20.634 ms 67.447 ms 48.464 MB/s Random 60 IOPS 16.422 ms 97.053 ms 30.897 MB/s Burst Rate : 210.3 MB/s CPU Usage : 3.6% Extra Tests: Test capacity: full, Read Random seek 84 IOPS 11.962 ms 0.041 MB/s Random seek 4 KB 93 IOPS 10.761 ms 0.363 MB/s Butterfly seek 73 IOPS 13.779 ms 0.035 MB/s Random seek/size 64 KB 79 IOPS 12.724 ms 1.208 MB/s Random seek/size 8 MB 23 IOPS 43.907 ms 92.352 MB/s Sequential outer 2830 IOPS 0.353 ms 176.897 MB/s Sequential middle 2426 IOPS 0.412 ms 151.614 MB/s Sequential inner 1348 IOPS 0.742 ms 84.274 MB/s Burst rate 3634 IOPS 0.275 ms 227.133 MB/s Test capacity: full, Write Random seek 243 IOPS 4.110 ms 0.119 MB/s Random seek 4 KB 199 IOPS 5.033 ms 0.776 MB/s Butterfly seek 209 IOPS 4.779 ms 0.102 MB/s Random seek/size 64 KB 192 IOPS 5.197ms 2.958 MB/s Random seek/size 8 MB 21 IOPS 47.022ms 86.235 MB/s Sequential outer 2835 IOPS 0.353 ms 177.218 MB/s

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Drive is showing some oddities over time5/11/2013 2:47:56 PM

Pros: The size of the drive is a nice offering for archives and backups. The drive runs cool and very quiet. The drive responds well to hot-swapping on SATA as well as SAS interfaces

Cons: Over time I have noticed this dive growing slower and slower to the point that it seems that backups stand still. I am not running this drive as part of a RAID set but as a standalone drive on a raid connection. While other WD Blue and Blacks show their full speeds this drive for some reason is reading 1.5. The drive is in it's native format as shipped and has no jumpers installed so it should be operating and registering at full speed. I've since moved it to a SAS connection and and have seen slight increase of transfer rate but nowhere near SATA II or III rates. The slowdown and halts are intermittent still with this drive. The drive still registers in BIOS as well as disk Management in Win 7 64 bit as well as AMD RAID and Promise RAID monitoring but is still reading as 1.5 , SATA I. Odd at best but still functional albeit inexplicably slow and has been faster in the past when tested.

Overall Review: Continuing to monitor and review this product to determine why there seems to be a performance hits even with latest SATA/SAS controller software and Drivers while configured as a straight non RAID standalone drive.

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We appreciate your feedback and apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced with the WD Green, as this is not the typical experience with the product. We are very sorry to hear that your drive did not function so soon after it was delivered. Western Digital does rigorously test and verify all of our drives, prior to shipping, with burn-in and diagnostic tests. As a troubleshooting step, we recommend running either our WINDLG diagnostics software or Macs built-in Disk Utility to check your drives health, should your device exhibits signs of concern. http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/940 We do stand behind our warranty and replacement policy and would appreciate the opportunity to replace your drive for you. Please use the following link for our replacement procedure. How to get an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) or replace a defective product under warranty http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/8 We would appreciate the opportunity to further assist you, and resolve any further concerns you may have with the device and/or your experience. You may contact us at 1 (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs/. Please indicate within the online case creation or with the first support agent you speak with, that you are responding to a Newegg review, so we route you and your information to the correct team members.
Good while it's lasting5/8/2013 10:29:57 PM

Pros: Intel 520 series drives are generally fast no issues yet and come with a 5yr warranty, however pay close attention to what Intel has done to it's customers now. Compare to N82E16820167093 and check Intel's website regarding warranty to make sure it's what you want.

Cons: It seems that Intel is now hiding behind a wear-out clause for OEMs that they conveniently determine themselves. I will say that at this time I have no issues with my current drive but I do have issue with Intel. At the time I purchases the 120GB version of the 520 drive from NE it had no conditions or exceptions shown on it and still doesn't. See N82E16820167093 I can't but wonder what the customer is going to do when the drive faults and writes E9 status in less than 90 days and Intel says the warranty's up regardless of the 5 year stated parts and labor. On this point I'd take my chances with Hitachi DeathStars... -The short resolution: don't buy OEM from Intel if you want the 5 year, but still read their coverage policy on the Intel site before making the jump. Companies like BFG, EVGA, IBM, Compaq and Tandy have all dared to play the Warranty Shuffle Game with their customers. Few have lived through the backlash and managed to stay in business. They either learn from the mistake or closed down all consumer marketing and go corporate only if not just roll over and die with what money left over. Let's hope Intel learns to be more careful in it's offerings without having to remove much egg foo young from face. It appears that Intel has done something similar here. They've implemented a limitation to the 5 year warranty. One can see Intel is making noises contrary to what the initial offering was due to the unforeseen / seemingly unexpected use of their product. All because it may be used in a server OS environment ? Intel should modify the warranty to say; If said device is used in any RAID or server environments / configurations; the 5 year warranty doesn't apply and a 2 year warranty shall then be in effect.

Overall Review: After reading this notice regarding limitation of 5 year coverage, my fellow Game Warriors, Admins and Devs, I will error in the side of caution when it comes to a CPU and Network chipset giant trying to break into the Data peripherals market. As I want to save buyers / owners, of this wonderful piece of equipment thus far, a potential pitfall and rude awakening of ownership should the need arise to have to actual USE warranty coverage on your purchase. In this case a NE offering of extended warranty *MAY* be a good choice since Intel has limitation implied on OEM. For a standard windows 7 / 8 GO FOR IT it but we warned about the warranty "cache" ;-)

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Decent straightforward router / AP4/30/2013 9:23:58 PM

Pros: Router was easy to set up & get going, performance can - & will - vary if one goes off into the supplied options in the Advanced section. The settings save time is average & better than most but still not as fast as I've seen in Netgear's Business class lineup. Some comparably priced select SOHO models of other companies that I have tested have shown faster save times as compared to this one. Average save time is between 15-31 seconds for settings to be saved. Netgear design & placement of easy access buttons are a VERY NICE touch; finally, engineering field tested their design placements. The power button is on the back side by WAN port, the WPS/ & Wi-Fi On/Off on the front side on right if horizontal or if wall mounted, vertically with wires up, it will be on the lower right side & accessible without having to unmount it from the wall. Unit is wall mountable & has dual removable antennae. Unit has a nice physical design & nice change from typical NG routers of the past but still has characteristics of the old designs like the compact & the low profile design. Wi-Fi coverage is decent & my wife was delighted to have an easy flip-switch-on option for internet in the den. I believe Netgear is going in the right direction with the Genie GUI as their interface for the home/SOHO environments. Netgear has greatly cleaned up their interfaces & the icons used for representation are a good match for intuitive relationship between icon & function. The "Attached Devices" (USB drives & printers) status works better than some competing brands in that it gives more of a real-time status update. USB drive sharing was a tad clunky to set up when compared to other offerings by competitors it was generally easy enough with only basic sharing setup, though not as fancy as Netgear's Centria line & it's extended setup. Router firmware patch was available from Netgear servers; download & install had no issues - everything went smoothly & most important of all, the router is still working & operational on my network. Router is good for maximum of 2 .mp4 files @ 12.27Mbps with minimal freeze/dropout/stutter & pixilation. Exceed more that 12Mbps, even on a wired Gigabit solution, & you will see & hear anomalies when playing back from USB hard disk with progressive severity as you go up in bandwidth. This unit WILL ACCEPT private IP ranges for the WAN IP & it plays nice with other routers in the WAN side both with Dynamic DHCP & STATIC options. I have tested a few routers that have pre-programmed static mask ranges dictating what you can / can't enter as the WAN IP or as ISP IP. Needless to say I don't have much use for manufacture burned in settings that restrict configurability like that & seeing this Netgear router didn't impose restrictive WAN IP limitations presents broader possibilities to implement in different down-stream network configurations where it may fulfill a subjugate roll without issue.

Cons: Upon initial configuration/setup I was not able to access router using any of the typical IP 192.168.x numbers but used routerlogin.net, which worked just fine. Although I do like Netgear's layout, I don't think the SSID & password scrolling across the screen is a good idea especially if there are little eyes or employees around to look over a shoulder to see & get full access, I consider this a correctable security flaw via software update. Support for customized user login regarding file sharing is not present on the router based, only basic admin or open non password user accounts applies here; in other words, there is no way to customize user access at this level with additional user rights. At times, even though set to issue DHCP, the router didn't hand out DHCP IPs & I hard code PC's IP to get to router & "jump start" its internet; otherwise, I was just sitting there with a Windows assigned IP & no internet , even with the internet good on the WAN side connectivity, no rules were applied in the router settings. After updating the firmware the issue hasn't resurfaced, in weeks of testing & usage. USB to LAN video play back of .mp4 video file /w audio via Seagate USB 3.0 on router USB port US. Statistics showed using Netgear Genie was @ 8.97Mbps for single file. Physical transport medium for test is wired CAT6e shielded from Netgear Router LAN GiB to GiB PC Network Card using a Netgear 10/100/1000 24port switch with connections at 1000Mbps. Playback was good until I loaded up second .mp4 video file /w audio for simultaneous playback, QOS settings off & no internet data transfers in progress. I turned QOS on & did not see a difference in performance on the LAN side for streaming. At 12.27Mbps, simultaneous playback of 2 files the results are somewhat jittery but smooth out with only slight jerks. I loaded up 2 more files for simultaneous playback via USB , for the total of four simultaneous files, & started to see the quality dramatically fall off for all playback & maxed out at 29.90 (Mega bits per second) & then finally bottom out with severe freezes, dropouts & distortion with pixilation. With transfer of 4 separate & simultaneous A/V .mp4 files from Hard drive -> USB port -> to router to -> LAN to PC: Maximum calculated is 29,900,000Mbps / (8000KB/sec) = 3737.5 Kilobytes /s / 1000 (one Mega byte ) is 3.7375 MegaBytes (approx 1/16 of USB 2.0 throughput speeds or a little more than twice USB 1.0 speeds (2.49) seemingly with compression. I was disappointed at throughput performance on the USB side, since it fell short at just 10-12Mbps. USB 2.0 ports render faster result & at USB 3.0 I get a gigabyte transferred in about 12 seconds, so I know it isn't the drive slowing things down. Throughput needs some work in this area if this is to be used as a media streaming device of more than 1 or 2 "simulcast" files.

Overall Review: I tried QOS during the USB video stream sessions but I didn't see how or where it was having any effect on USB/LAN streaming, though internet HTTP was smooth during the video tests. Disappointed with the overall USB performance, especially over gigabit LAN from router -1 Egg The fact that DHCP didn't work correctly out of the box without a flash update. Customers don't want to have to fix their new hardware right out of the box, but in all fairness it was easy to upgrade. -1 Egg I have not experienced having to reboot the router for freezes or hangs as some colleges on the net have reported in their reviews. The straightforward: Being able to read and follow the simple directions / buttons for updates and owners should not have any issues getting the latest updates. Netgear has done a good job of being able to lead the user around basic functions and tasks and has applied the software to take it to the next level to help simplify tasks for users. The price while on special with Newegg /w rebate is a good price and this router is a good option as an entry router with a good feature set.

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Skeptical at first but impressed at last2/12/2013 8:53:29 PM

Pros: Simple out of the package operation. Plug, sync and use. I have been skeptical about Ethernet over power line technology for some time now. Ever since the power / utility companies published documents on how they were utilizing their infrastructure of power lines as communication between power plants and substations I was under the impression it was fine for limited use but I doubted that much would ever come of it or that it might compete local ISPs. Utility sponsored Internet may not be here quite yet but after plugging in and using TP-Link's TL-PA2010KIT, I have been quite impressed and satisfied with the ease of operation, straight forward design and functionality. The role in which this particular device fell into was a unique one for me, which incidentally ended up in solving a minor annoyance. Being 1400 feet short of tying into fiber at home and living on top of an iron hill doesn't make for a stellar broadband experience, and with cable broadband being about 6-10 miles away, options are slim but not impossible. Currently, I am Running a 3G/4G cell router on an unlimited plan running an average of 44GB downstream a month, the majority of which is streaming audio/video. I currently have a wider bandwidth window in the fall and winter months and narrower in the summer due to oak trees, so positioning of the Cell Router for the best reception is critical but unfortunately that also impacts AP reception quality for the devices on location. My sweet spot is in a window facing north and between a full sized refrigerator, 1200 watt microwave and 2500 watt convection oven. Needless to say operating the microwave anywhere near an 800/1800 2.4/5Gz bandwidth AP presents a quandary of choice, food/meal/drink or internet/network . Using the pair of AV200s allowed me to stick my Cell router in a shielded position and still get line-of-sight with the 3G/4G beam with good throughput. Granted it's not N connectivity but in exchange for running over a wired line, I get almost non-buffered frames on Audio/Video streams with little load up times while the network speeds are being negotiated for HD. This solution is compact and has proven to be very simple to implement and use. I have seen no failure or glitches whatsoever. I am as pleased with its operation as I am surprised. As for the pricing, I believe this model could go down a bit compared to other brands and speed on the market using similar standards / chipsets. Personally, I would go for a higher speed but for this device, it performs well and is a quick solution to integrate networking in a medium-sized house (even with hi-power demanding devices on the same line and in proximity to it.)

Cons: I believe the price for 200Mb is on the high side as compared to other offerings on the market. I understand why power strips and surge suppressors impact or even prohibit the performance of these devices but the power protection factor still remains a concern for me and my equipment.

Overall Review: Not much documentation out there on what happens when you have transient line voltage and whether it comes through and stops at AV200 or travels through to kill whatever you have on the other ends. As with any product, it may be useful to the devout geek / techie to look into published whitepapers on HomePlug AV, IEEE802.3/3u standard to see where the product stats are coming from and going to. The Ethernet over power line is an animal all by itself and provides advantages and disadvantages due to the physical transport medium it utilizes. Please keep in mind that cat 5 / 6 wired networking is still the standard and is developed specifically for communication/data transmission and still carries advantages of speed and low line noise as well as the ability to select and implement additional security.

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Decent storage drive but not so for all OPS/OS Installs1/27/2013 11:58:29 PM

Pros: Green power saving features do kick in & shut off the drive for extreme power saving settings but also the drive weighs in with reduced rotational speeds to help tailor towards the power conscious among us. The drive itself is very quiet & runs cool as well. Running with the WD10EZRX installed & a spin up time of 4.1 seconds in a full tower case, 8 core CPU, 16GB ram running Windows Server 2012 x64 standard @ idle the ambient system temp maintained 18.8° C or 65.84° F (with hard drive running) & /w test area temp set @ 68° F.) The case pretty much held /w the room's temp but the drive itself had an internal hot zone of 24°C 75.2°F, still impressive performance compared to WD's Black line including 250GB, 500GB, & 1TB models so you will see some heat/power savings in that area with the Green lines. While hand hot-swapping the drive is cold cold to the touch which follows suit with it's larger 2TB WD green cousins installed above & below it. Some quick stats on the drive presented honorable results which are well within the expected SATA 3.0 results combined with a drive promoting Green technology.(see Other Thoughts)

Cons: Drive failed to be recognized by & failed installation of the following OS: Fedora core 17-32/64bit, 18a-64, FreeNAS 32/64, OpenSuse12/32 OS that I had on hand & tried that would work with the WD10EZRX are: Windows Server 2012 Standard/64, Windows 8/64. It made no difference in AHCI/RAID/IDE mode on the SATA buses & further received same errors when using USB2 & USB3, (/w slightly better results using USB2.0 as the data bus for the drive), so Windows 8/64 and Server 2012/64 on sata it was. Most of the Linux flavors complained about I/O errors from the device & streamed about 2 pages of errors when trying to access the drive. Initially I believed it was an Advanced Format issue but tests show that the drive is using the standard 512k config. I'm suspecting possible power terminology between the Linux OS and WD green may have been speaking a different language /w each other & not getting far as a result. Further frustration & experience /w WD support not to mention getting support software has shaken my trust in WD as a customer oriented company /w their favorite prevailing phrase being "that's not typical" regarding their performance or service. It is unfortunate that I've encountered the non-typical more often than I'd like but WD has come through & made good /w some arm twisting. As a note fellow consumers: Watch your registrations & warranty info, if you replace drives, do make sure they don't shortchange your 2,3,5 year warranty /w a 90 day on the replacements as some don't pay attention when sending replacements out to you with what warranty duration item you sent in to them. Beware when trying to get software support. As a customer be prepared to navigate a looping labyrinth of webpages & prohibitive download sections despite being logged in. I have posted a help guide in WD's forum which is pushing 2000 unique views & growing in just 8 months from frustrated customers. No fixes by the WD web team seem to have had any impact on addressing the access issue nor quelling the complaints, be sure have a drink & a stress ball ready if you try going for Advanced Format software and the like.

Overall Review: Additional drive details of supported features include: SMART,48-bit addressing, Read Look-Ahead, Write Cache, Host Protected Area, Device config Overlay, Firmware upgradeable, Security Mode, Power management, Interface Power Management, Power-up in Standby, SCT Tables & NCQ Native Command Queuing. But interestingly enough it lacked Automatic Acoustic Management (possibly locked in ON position by firmware), Advanced power management & of course not much need for TRIM on non-SSD drive. My particular drive arrived with FW Ver 01.01A01 with a sector size configured as the standard 512bytes Using HD Tune Pro 5.00 I saw the following transfer numbers read /write Min 67.4 - 70.0 MB/s Max 156.9 MB/s Average 118.6-119.4 MB/s Burst Rate transfer of 206.0 - 209.1 MB/s CPU utilization of 2.4-3.6% (on an 8 core system) (Transfer size, Operations/Sec , Avg access, Max, Avg Speed) 512bytes, 56, 17.665 ms, 391.189 ms, 0.028 MB/s 4kb , 59, 16.923 ms, 31.672 ms, 0.231 MB/s 64kb , 55, 17.996 ms, 33.446 ms, 3.473 MB/s 1Mb , 33, 29.419 ms, 50.823 ms, 33.991 MB/s Random , 42, 23.567 ms, 46.491 ms, 21.529 MB/s With CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 1000MB transfer Read/Write MB/s: Sequential@163.0/161.6 512k@0.000/0.000 (too fast for it to measure) 4k@0.567/1.950 4KQD32@1.830/1.834 With Parkdale v2.83 1000Mbyte /w 1Mb allocation unit Read 153.6 MB/s @ 31.91ms Write 153.6 MB/s @ 8.04ms With Parkdale v2.83 1000Mbyte /w 64Kb allocation unit (Windows standard) Read 152.3MB/s @32.15ms Write 150.7MB/s @ 8.27ms Other notable info /w block transfer test With read block transfer set @ 4000 / access linear Had an impressive Max of 390 MB/s Low of 45 MB/s Avg of 280 MB/s overall

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We appreciate your feedback and apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced with the Caviar Green 1TB, as this is not the typical experience with the product. If you are experiencing any concerns with your device, please consider running either WinDLG diagnostic software or Macs built-in software, Disk Utility. http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/940 http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/866 We would appreciate the opportunity to further assist you, and resolve any further concerns you may have with the device and/or your experience. You may contact us at 1 (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs/. Please indicate within the online case creation or with the first support agent you speak with, that you are responding to a Newegg review, so we route you and your information to the correct team members.
An AP / Router NAS with usable features1/23/2013 10:13:40 PM

Pros: At first glance there is the connotation of "oh another plastic router in which the engineers have designed to be an odd quirk". Granted I have seen some rather odd designs /w perhaps some hopes of standing out & apart from the competition. I will say that I like metal & even accept metal /w plastic accents so plastic doesn't ordinarily rank high on my lists of desired equipment now days, /w few exceptions. Enter Netgear's WNDR4700 to the network frontier /w a wide & surprisingly impressive selection of features... Sleek & glossy design /w a slight backwards tilt, this router is designed to be somewhat of a center piece of equipment though it is an interesting design. For those who put merit on weight, this router / AP feels like you are actually holding something & after putting in the 3.5 inch hard drive you will actually feel some weight to it unlike some of the competition's offerings. There is also an SD card slot which hits home /w me as I had a USB card reader hanging off my other router for small can to PFD FTP shares, the WNDR4700 had that option built in, just add you SD card & you are good. Customers have sounded off about the designs & complaints of their routers not being field / user serviceable. Netgear has heard the call, the WNDR4700is one of the first, & I hope more to come, that I've seen a company try to do something about. A functional solution has been presented by Netgear to provide customers /w options on capacity & serviceability for a router /w internal file storage. As seems the growing fad of NAS & for the quest for "affordable" end-user NAS solutions Netgear has not only provided a way for customers to add their own hard drives but to also replace or swap them out along /w providing USB 3.0 ports, (which in my opinion is great but slightly baffling as the LAN only provides 1Gbit, but better too much than to little /w multiple connections. ) Along /w the hard drive the file backup software was surprisingly aggressive & vigilant in its attempts to ensure backups were sent to the router's drive(s). The crown jewel would be , I believe, the ReadySHARE feature for FTP & files sharing, similar to a file server much like AD file permissions. WND4700R seems much better than most offerings of home user products, but at the price the WNDR4700 retails at, users should expect & get configurability (and maybe someday some blue/grey Netgear metal) to go /w their product. I can honestly say that I've tried to poke criticism at the offerings & have found everything pretty much well rounded, intuitive, versatile & useful - you get features & options. Where most routers stop /w a firewall & DHCP this one even offers wireless repeating functions in the 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz bands to extend your network & the ability to regulate power of the Wi-Fi radio. Media Server functionality is thrown in (also /w TiVo support) all just a WPS away ( /w WPS supported devices else the conventional way of connecting applies).

Cons: Fingerprint, dust & scratch exhibition magnet. Think PS3 gloss & you're right on, perhaps a mat finish is better option? There is no low-profile desktop solution to this router nor is there a rack mount configuration for it. There is no way I would trust in mounting this that I would feel comfortable /w given its unusual physical configuration so make sure you have a clear space on your desk, cabinet or shelf. It is unfortunate that this particular device was never meant to add external antennas to as it would be a real killer on the network front giving ability for extended coverage options. The plastic drive door on the side feels like one day it will snap off. The Router itself has a vertical desktop foot print so space may be of some concern to some people. any my pet peeve The engineering of the WAN & LAN port are in an extremely tight spot & provide come difficulty in removing you network cables. It is really hard to get Ca6 patch cables undone with protective boots once plugged into these LAN and Wan ports.

Overall Review: The on-board OS appears clean & crisp /w icons well tailored to represent their intended topics. Under the home key users/admins are greeted /w a quick status screen covering Internet, Wireless, Attaches Devices, Parental Controls, ReadySHARE & Guest network /w real-time updates. The Wi-fi access, capabilities & performance of this router were above normal for what I have been seeing /w competing brands hand the guest network provided & nice option to hand off to visitors when needed.. I've had solid performance Additionally, the security, scheduling & parental options allow for even finer tuning if needed in a SOHO / Public / Family or Dorm setting.

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Good drive with a good track record12/10/2012 6:19:33 PM

Pros: This drive has been everywhere, all over the world, suitcases, laptop bags, on desks sustained a few minor drops. No damage, cracks, bad sectors, crashes or lost files. USB Powered ! ( can be a pro or con but in this case I count it as a pro)

Cons: None really.

Overall Review: Sad to say WD quality has gone down in 4 years on their drives. I still look at Black Caviars but still keep an eye on Seagate's offerings. For me a drives performance AND warranty offer go a LONG way. With larger capacity I lean more to performance and robustness as I want my data to be there. Now that I wrote "dependable" watch it fail lol, but I don't think it will any time soon; no so with the internal desktops though I'm afraid. I had brand new drive for 3 hours and it formatted itself rought out of existance, which results in a "that isn't typical performance" error response. Older drives seem to be better, but for newer high-density I have no clue why quality seems to have dropped off except for the reason the companies are using digital crowbars and toilet plungers to fit and compress more and more data on platters now days. Perhaps they are still spinning the "proverbial" mud and sand out of them since the flood, look forard to advancement in technology and stability. I've got a good drive here so I hope others are seeing the same with this and hopefully future developments.

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Nice case, well built12/10/2012 6:02:13 PM

Pros: I was looking forward to a solution of removable drives and this solution fit the bill. I have had ZERO problems with the case and the backplanes and caddies. Yes it can get heavy loaded down, but it has smooth metal handles, easy to hold on to and lug and also easy to take handles off.

Cons: A tad cramped but still if you plan you can stuff alot in this case. finding rails can be challenging for any of these 4U cases that

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Good Monitors while they last12/10/2012 5:52:14 PM

Pros: Good picture no ghosting * for years. Nice design ( it cale with more than most monitors did ( see cons regarding Samsung below though )

Cons: Had a scratch on the screen right out of the box. Box was not damages or even touched and original packing, well packed, looks like factory mess up. Customer Service said send everything in that was with the package and they'd take care of it. (THEY SURE DID...Big mistake, they returned the monitor without repair and kept my power cords and DVI cable) Well that ended my Samsung monitor buying forever. But I did manage to be able to buff it out of the screen to hardly noticable except from two angles.

Overall Review: 3 years into the warranty and weeks after it ended the monitor whent out. I thought "Okay why not.. it's not working any way" I opened up the monitor to see what the damage was and found the 5 main capacitors on the inverter board witherblown or buldging. For a litte over $5 and a little solder time I have replaced them with 10 year Japanese solid caps... I doubt the the rest of the monitor will last that long but it is alive and well to this day. Easy test and repair for the electonic minded.

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Decent home router with storage11/25/2012 7:58:59 PM

Pros: Stylish design that isn’t too much of a finger print magnet but does much better than some of the more glossy encasements routers come in. Interface is clean with basic iconic representation at a “guessable” state as to what it does. Though the router has a larger than average footprint, it is a tad thinner than most, while including the feet on back. This router, like many others, is wall mountable but can also serve as desktop or shelf-top equipment. Unit as a whole runs cool & the design included an approximately 1x1-inch fan enclosed in the housing with the vent located at the mid- center underside. Also located on the under carriage is the pin-hole reset button, which took me a few minutes to locate. On-board 1Tb hard drive has lots of space to start out with - which is enough for about 117 standard definition DVD movies or over 5500 hours of CD quality music. Expansion for additional storage possibilities is provided via a single USB port on rear of router. Like other routers, it should be able to accommodate a small powered USB hub to provide additional ports. This unit has a really decent design layout of the ports with power connector & button located next to each other, so there is no guessing where the switch is nor an accidental power off when trying to join a device using WPS. Router sports all gigabit ports, which fits my minimum requirements for any file share device, though 5x 1Gbit LAN ports + 1x 1GB uplink/WAN is my ideal target for consumer / “small” SOHO use. I am more than happy with the transfer rates wirelessly but I would recommend that any file shares be connected via hard line. However, this unit does provide useful QOS for data streams & prioritization.

Cons: Physical There is no way to upgrade or replace internal drive without cracking the case open. I can only assume that the WD engineers were under the utopian impression that drives never fail. A product with as many features & the matching price tag as this, I would have expected to see more than a 1-year warranty & a way to easily service the investment – or at least, being able to replace its drive . The lights on the front of the router are too dim. Given that the opposite is usually the complaint, I have to say that there might as well not be status lights on the front of the router, as they are useless; even at 5 feet away & at eye level, they are barely seen. With only internal antennas, the router provides no way to extend or add external solutions (external antennas) or regulate output power up/down. An ability to tailor & integrate this router into existing AP coverage would be nice to avoid mowing over existing setups with mixed manufacturers or neighbors on all sides; then again, how big or small your place is does come into play here. As with all “suggested or implied” backup devices, it’s best to use caution when keeping just one medium as the only basket to hold the important stuff. Also, take note that the internal drive is not physically accessible, so typical hard drive diagnostics or salvage operations aren’t an option without risking destroying your router to do so. **See “Other comments” for continuing note on backup. FTP I was disappointed that the FTP support didn’t have a more robust user interface for laying down permissions & user access. Though this isn’t DDWRT (an open source router OS), I see there is a good amount of room for features & improvement that could be done with the supporting OS part. Other than setting a single username & password, there really is no way to add a roster of users with different access to folders; furthermore, the FTP is limited to 10 concurrent users. While setting up access & performing FTP, both at 54g & at 300n connections, the router performed very well but for some reason, it hit a disconnect a few times as well as a time out during an active transfer. The disconnections were experienced while using 54g (connected at 54 maximum @ approx 20 feet) transferring 600MB. Another FTP oddity encountered & is repeatable was when using ftp> mget *.* which rendered “200 TYPE is now 8-bit binary” instead of initiating multi file transfer from remote source. Binary command, “bi”, should have rendered this statement, therefore there is software compile error in the FTP portion. Supported FTP commands are listed by typing “help” at the FTP prompt, mget is present. Power cord The barrel plug & the power port appear to be a little touchy on making their connection. Looking at the router’s power plug design, I believe it could be improved by a longer barrel plug & connecting the interface with reinforced anchorage to the internal PC board.

Overall Review: Western Digital should take a class note from the leading corporate network industry leaders & unleash more potential to their end users. This nice router performs well & houses 1TB of storage, though unleashing the potential to off-load & even expand router coding OS to the storage medium, transforming it into a small Firewall/File share server. True, the router does save some data to the internal drive to some extent but potential is there to expand upon. Whether it be Western Digital or DDWRT that provides modification & expansion I believe it will be interesting to see what the My Net series routers develop into. Backup Some backup is better than no backup; however, I would recommend the router’s internal drive be used as an “operational” drive or as a supplemental backup option. With backups, failure is not an option, & the same applies here; thus, the USB port provides a redeeming factor, a means to attach an external storage medium, in addition to providing network print capability (having both concurrently will require the use of an external powered USB hub). I haven't determined whether the internal cooling fan is a pro or con, however it has never been running during testing. Basic wireless transfer times seen. _ 300n Get (Download) Start Connected @ 300n 100MB (102358334 bytes received in 11.26Sec 9088.02KB/sec.) 500MB (512753664 bytes received in 55.90Sec 9173.19KB/sec.) 600MB (665845760 bytes received in 74.33Sec 8957.37KB/sec.) 700MB (717225984 bytes received in 77.91Sec 9206.30KB/sec.) 800MB (819986432 bytes received in 88.30Sec 9286.69KB/sec.) 1-GB (1024458752 bytes received in 111.71Sec 9170.53KB/sec.) 300n Get End _ 300n Put (Upload) Start Connected @ 300n 100MB (102358334 bytes sent in 16.55Sec 6184.05KB/sec.) 500MB (512753664 bytes sent in 82.95Sec 6181.63KB/sec.) 600MB (665845760 bytes sent in 107.72Sec 6181.26KB/sec.) 700MB (717225984 bytes sent in 116.80Sec 6140.69KB/sec.) 800MB (819986432 bytes sent in 132.54Sec 6186.66KB/sec.) 1-GB (1024458752 bytes sent in 172.47Sec 5939.99KB/sec.) 300n Put End _ 54g Get (Download) Start Connected @ 54g 100MB (102358334 bytes received in 37.89Sec 2701.32KB/sec.) 500MB (512753664 bytes received in 189.06Sec 2712.11KB/sec.) 600MB (665845760 bytes received in 621.16Sec 1071.93KB/sec.) 700MB (717225984 bytes received in 863.48Sec 830.63KB/sec.) 800MB(819986432 bytes received in 914.85Sec 896.31KB/sec.) 1-GB (1024458752 bytes received in 1051.52Sec 974.26KB/sec.) 54g Get End _ 54g Put (Upload) Start Connected @ 54g 100MB (102358334 bytes sent in 48.17Sec 2124.81KB/sec.) 500MB (512753664 bytes sent in 195.89Sec 2617.52KB/sec.) 600MB (665845760 bytes sent in 403.19Sec 1651.46KB/sec.) 700MB (717225984 bytes sent in 346.37Sec 2070.67KB/sec.) 800MB (819986432 bytes sent in 506.08Sec 1620.26KB/sec.) 1-GB (1024458752 bytes sent in 465.00Sec 2203.15KB/sec.) 54g Put End

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Great Referb11/21/2012 9:18:21 AM

Pros: Have had really no performance issues with these ( bought 2 for side-by-side on mount on VESA compliant monitor arm for desktop). Picture bright adjustable and no dead pixels, sound is so-so but having 2 HDMI on each one is great and gives options. Monitor VESA mount holes are up to spec with no alignment issues. These are my 2nd and 3rd Vizio products and I have had outstanding performance so far for the price with this brand. Lucky perhaps ? Meanwhile I am enjoying it while it is lasting.

Cons: Down side, power buttons are touch sensitive ( like PS3 ) and are on the front edge of the monitor. Sometimes when adjusting height of monitors or tilt they are in inadvertently pressed. Also I am planning on turning these into multi-touch monitors so the button placement needs some working consideration on bezel placement as not to obstruct the power and buttons.

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Seagate External USB 3 Performance11/16/2012 5:01:30 PM

Pros: My experience with Seagate's external USB3 drives lately have been a pleasure ---- Performance on USB 2.0 port. Within 2-3 seconds device was recognized on USB2.0 / SATA combo port with no issues. 100 MB transfer 3 sec @ 33.33 MB/Sec 500 MB transfer 19 sec @ 26.31 MB/Sec 650 MB transfer 24 sec @ 25 MB/Sec 700 MB transfer 28 sec @ 25 MB/Sec 800 MB transfer 34 sec @ 23.52 MB/Sec 1000 MB transfer 39 sec @ 25.64 MB/Sec 4700 MB transfer 189 sec @ 24.86 MB/Sec 8500 MB transfer 344 sec @ 24.70 MB/Sec ---- Performance on USB 3.0 port. 100 MB Transfer 3 sec @ 33.33MB/Sec 500 MB Transfer 5 sec @ 100MB /Sec 650 MB Transfer 8 sec @ 81.25MB /Sec 700 MB Transfer 7 sec @ 100MB /Sec 800 MB Transfer 9 sec @ 88.88MB /Sec 1000 MB Transfer 10 sec @ 100MB /Sec 4700 MB Transfer 43 sec @ 109.30MB / Sec 8500 MB Transfer 79 sec @ 107.59MB / Sec I performed these tests on two different systems: the first test on a 2-year old laptop running windows XP SP3, using USB 2.0; the USB 3.0 tests were conducted on a 2012-build Win 7 64 desktop.

Cons: Only cons are that I can state /w trying to use Seagate's backup software. After spending a minimum of 3 & a half hours of different configurations on a laptop (XP SP3 Enterprise) & still making no progress getting the software installed, I contacted Seagate support. The issue was that the Microsoft libraries would not install from the Seagate drive & the provided installer attempted to download it /w failure every time. I downloaded the redistributable 2010 SP1 (x86) library from Microsoft & was able to get past that install hang-up, only to meet the proverbial nail in the coffin, the reboot validator install. This portion of the installer is, in its own design, provisioned by a third party; there are currently no downloads available to be able to patch this failure. Having checked several blogs & forums (including Seagate's), I explained what failures I had encountered to Seagate tech support & they acknowledged there is an on-going problem with the installer and the "Nero packager" that is used to install Seagate Dashboard. I actually had to go through 2 support techs; after I read what the issues were, the first tech who took my call dropped me out of the queue like a hot potato. About 20 seconds later, another tech picked me up and dusted me off with many apologies for their colleague's unprofessional behavior. The second tech was professional. I brought him up to speed, he was quick & to the point, admitting that there is a problem /w the installer package for their software. Without beating around the bush, honesty prevailed & two options were offered by the tech, as well as elevating my incident to management to address & keep me posted if & when a patch/fix would be out. The problem was cited as "Nero's" and there is no current available fix to be released to the public, but work is in progress. Hopefully this means that Nero will release an updated install packager used to install Seagate's software. The tech said there was a way around the issue by using the MSI installer, but the standalone installer is not provided to the end user due to the instability it will cause if improperly installed. The only means of installing the stand-alone MSI would be to allow Seagate to remote into to my equipment & manually tweak it. I replied that remoting in is NOT an option & used the offered link to the older Seagate Manager, which I downloaded & installed. The substitute software installed & has worked without issues so far. Not being satisfied /w just installing the software on one computer, I tried a newer system built this year (2012). I chose a Win7 64bit (Enterprise) platform as the next test subject. The Seagate Dashboard installer seemed to have some hesitancy but was able to pull in ALL libraries & install the reboot validator. I found the software to be slow to load & respond, which on par /w other reports in the blogs & forums; nevertheless, the software works - in its own time (albeit /w some patience)

Overall Review: I am still aghast and annoyed that Seagate QA would have let something like this slip out to the consumer with their product's reputation left hanging on a 3rd-party to provide a working install. While Seagate's external hard drives I've worked with recently are providing flawless service and pleasing transfer speeds, their Dashboard software software does not work well at all. Tech support suggest using older Seagate Manager in place of the Seagate Dashboard software, which at least helped me to get up and working after annoying trials. Seagate Manager worked on both XP and Win 7 systems, and the Seagate Dashboard worked only on Windows 7 64bit for me. In some of the forums, it was mentioned that there may be an issue with computers joined to a domain. In my particular case, both systems are joined to a domain. I would have thought that Windows 7 + would have been at least part of the problem, but it seems that this instance of XP and the Seagate's Dashboard installer have a mutual hatred for each other with XP gaining the upper hand . Both software, (Seagate Manager and Seagate Dashboard ), were tested on Win7 and worked. The only one to work for me on both, XP and Win7, was the Seagate Manager. Upon comparative testing, I prefer the "snappy" response that Seagate Manager provides. I will say that BOTH backup software options provided by Seagate are simplistic and easy to understand; in other words, they do not provide a robust backup solution, just a basic one. I would recommend that the casual user stick with Seagate Manager.

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Great Drive , but backup software lacking11/16/2012 4:32:06 PM

Pros: Product was packaged well. I was pleased to see this device didn’t just flop around in the packaging and sustain damage like similar external hard drives. The USB 3 cable was included. It is of acceptable length for side USB ports on laptops, but docking port users and desktop users will probably want to obtain a longer cable or a powered USB 3.0 hub. I do like the removable adapter on the end of the drive; Seagate has USB3.0 (also USB 2.0 backwards compatible) along with Firewire 800 and Thunderbolt adapters available at extra cost. The adapter has a snug fit and doesn't fall off or rattle around like some other brands with adapters. I would like to see all hard drive manufacturers implement similar options for internal desktop hard drives. Adapter is matching color and looks as it is just part of the dive. Drive is small and solid feeling. Housing is solid plastic and feels durable. ---- Performance on USB 2.0 port. Within 2-3 seconds device was recognized on USB2.0 / SATA combo port with no issues. 100 MB transfer 3 sec @ 33.33 MB/Sec 500 MB transfer 19 sec @ 26.31 MB/Sec 650 MB transfer 24 sec @ 25 MB/Sec 700 MB transfer 28 sec @ 25 MB/Sec 800 MB transfer 34 sec @ 23.52 MB/Sec 1000 MB transfer 39 sec @ 25.64 MB/Sec 4700 MB transfer 189 sec @ 24.86 MB/Sec 8500 MB transfer 344 sec @ 24.70 MB/Sec ---- Performance on USB 3.0 port. 100 MB Transfer 3 sec @ 33.33MB/Sec 500 MB Transfer 5 sec @ 100MB /Sec 650 MB Transfer 8 sec @ 81.25MB /Sec 700 MB Transfer 7 sec @ 100MB /Sec 800 MB Transfer 9 sec @ 88.88MB /Sec 1000 MB Transfer 10 sec @ 100MB /Sec 4700 MB Transfer 43 sec @ 109.30MB / Sec 8500 MB Transfer 79 sec @ 107.59MB / Sec I performed these tests on two different systems: the first test on a 2-year old laptop running windows XP SP3, using USB 2.0; the USB 3.0 tests were conducted on a 2012-build Win 7 64 desktop.

Cons: The cons are /w the Seagate backup software. After spending a minimum of 3 & a half hours of different configurations on a laptop (XP SP3 Enterprise) & still making no progress getting the software installed, I contacted Seagate support. The issue was that the Microsoft libraries would not install from the Seagate drive & the provided installer attempted to download it /w failure every time. I downloaded the redistributable 2010 SP1 (x86) library from Microsoft & was able to get past that install hang-up, only to meet the proverbial nail in the coffin, the reboot validator install. This portion of the installer is, in its own design, provisioned by a third party; there are currently no downloads available to be able to patch this failure. Having checked several blogs & forums (including Seagate's), I explained what failures I had encountered to Seagate tech support & they acknowledged there is an on-going problem with the installer and the "Nero packager" that is used to install Seagate Dashboard. I actually had to go through 2 support techs; after I read what the issues were, the first tech who took my call dropped me out of the queue like a hot potato. About 20 seconds later, another tech picked me up and dusted me off with many apologies for their colleague's unprofessional behavior. The second tech was professional. I brought him up to speed, he was quick & to the point, admitting that there is a problem /w the installer package for their software. Without beating around the bush, honesty prevailed & two options were offered by the tech, as well as elevating my incident to management to address & keep me posted if & when a patch/fix would be out. The problem was cited as "Nero's" and there is no current available fix to be released to the public, but work is in progress. Hopefully this means that Nero will release an updated install packager used to install Seagate's software. The tech said there was a way around the issue by using the MSI installer, but the standalone installer is not provided to the end user due to the instability it will cause if improperly installed. The only means of installing the stand-alone MSI would be to allow Seagate to remote into to my equipment & manually tweak it. I replied that remoting in is NOT an option & used the offered link to the older Seagate Manager, which I downloaded & installed. The substitute software installed & has worked without issues so far. Not being satisfied /w just installing the software on one computer, I tried a newer system built this year (2012). I chose a Win7 64bit (Enterprise) platform as the next test subject. The Seagate Dashboard installer seemed to have some hesitancy but was able to pull in ALL libraries & install the reboot validator. I found the software to be slow to load & respond, which on par /w other reports in the blogs & forums; nevertheless, the software works - in its own time (albeit /w some patience)

Overall Review: I am still aghast and annoyed that Seagate QA would have let something like this slip out to the consumer with their product's reputation left hanging on a 3rd-party to provide a working install. While the 1TB Seagate hard drive is providing flawless service and pleasing transfer speeds, the included software does not. I would have to say that the product is not necessarily a total failure, but due to the packaged software included and device as a whole being marketed as a backup option, Seagate's solution falls short at this time. Seagate tech support substituted older Seagate Manager in place of the Seagate Dashboard software, which at least helped me to get up and working after annoying trials. Seagate Manager worked on both XP and Win 7 systems, and the Seagate Dashboard worked only on Windows 7 64bit for me. In some of the forums, it was mentioned that there may be an issue with computers joined to a domain. In my particular case, both systems are joined to a domain. I would have thought that Windows 7 + would have been at least part of the problem, but it seems that this instance of XP and the Seagate Dashboard installer have a mutual hatred for each other with XP gaining the upper hand . Both software, (Seagate Manager and Seagate Dashboard ), were tested on Win7 and worked. The only one to work for me on both, XP and Win7, was the Seagate Manager. Upon comparative testing, I prefer the "snappy" response that Seagate Manager provides. I will say that BOTH backup software options provided by Seagate are simplistic and easy to understand; in other words, they do not provide a robust backup solution, just a basic one. I would recommend that the casual user stick with Seagate Manager, but please note that the use of the drive is not contingent on use of Seagate software. For me, the sacrifice of the Facebook and Flicker backup option throws the doors wide open to using other Retail, BSD, GPL, GNU or Free backup software. Information regarding just some backup options may be found at wiki List_of_backup_software for more information on taking this performing drive further.

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Just based on overview and packing labels11/2/2012 6:39:17 AM

Pros: 12 volt only so power supplies should be easy to find. I like the tape idea

Cons: Possible conflict (see other thoughts) I was considering its use outside as walkway / runway lights but in honest opinion I believe the truth is printed as a caution on the bag and it won't hold up to the elements (moisture)

Overall Review: Supposedly these are "water proof" so I wonder why the warning on the package unless the items don't hold up well and it is a disclaimer: " Caution This bag contains moisture and electrostatic sensitive devices " The above statement is true for all capacitors and LEDs as well as general electronic equipment but the Overview statement of waterproof and the warning together just don't seem to fit together objectively.

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VANTEC CB-SATAU3-6 NexStar SATA11/1/2012 4:01:07 PM

Pros: I was needing an SATA to USB 3 solution for backup and this very much fits the bill. Nice design especially the larger power switch. The lights on it are really useful to see what the status is on the device. Works with SATA - SSD, hard drives and CD/DVD

Cons: None encountered

Overall Review: Would be nice if they had a protected rocker switch on the power switch to keep something from bumping against it and flipping it to the powered off position.

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Fast little card, 32G space.11/1/2012 11:52:19 AM

Pros: I have not had any issue with this card or using it in a SD card reader ( in this instance was a Rosewill USB SD Card reader) Card is still working without issue and transfer speeds are good. Hundreds of writes ( basically windows 7 installed with basic drivers to it), later it became Antivirus,anti-malware and resource SD which serves as a read-only, (by choice not by device failure), NAS device via USB off of router As with most, if not all SD cards, this has a Write protect switch tab on the side. Write protect tab feels sturdy and appears that it will last a while.

Cons: None encountered as of up to current 11-1-2012

Overall Review: I needed a larger hard drive back backup media and this would store a generic install of windows 7 to restore from. I needed a device that I could update periodically and still have the ability to physically control any write to the storage media. This SD card has migrated from being a HD image backup to being a NAS file media served from USB port on a router and it performs well in that role as well.

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TP-Link WDR3500 Unboxed11/1/2012 10:02:41 AM

Pros: Settings Apply and Save time are quick compared to other routers I’ve used which nice for a change when you want to get on with the show. This router is good for basic home or small office use. The TP-Link WDR3500 has 2 good detachable antennas that are more in line with the 3G / 4G WAP quality devices sold for Version / Sprint. Detachable antennas are swivel and have 3 "locking" positions ( 0, 45, 90 degrees ). Small, low-profile, light, won't tear down your walls you hang it on and runs cool as well as sporting a small DC adapter that isn't your average wall wart; the power cord could be a foot or two longer though. Sturdy solid conductor Cat5e 26 AWG factory molded network cable provided in box; up until now, all my AP have had stranded cat5E with less quality given to their included network cables. The icons / lights on the front of the router actually made sense and are easy to see. All physical switches feel sturdy and have good tactile feel when using. WPS works great and with no problems with other WPS devices connecting to the router. The setup process was simple enough for someone working long 16-hour days; just pop the CD in and install right out of the box. I was pleasantly surprised at how fast it went and even wondered whether it was actually done in such a short time. WPS works great and with no problems with other WPS devices connecting to the router. On the router's USB port I tried SD Cards, a hard drive and printer, the card slots on printer were recognized immediately; the router also works with powered USB hubs allowing for more devices to be utilized on the single USB port on router. The USB print server was easy to set up. I chose one of my more difficult printers to setup on USB, just to see if the print server would catch it and work with it. The software just made it happen, which was a feat since I have been through 3 other routers with a much more involved process to get up and printing. I have to say that the print capability is a simple and viable solution. While I do not need to use the parental settings in the current environment it's deployed in, I see that the design in the software has a good and rounded potential for tailoring access, be it address/site-based or hardware-based; it provides options to explore and use. Access control provided a whole different ballpark of rule, host, target and schedule-based management which is more along the lines of what I use to control what devices are on my network and at what times. Access control can be great for blocking unwanted updates connections and downloads right in the middle of games, work or family movie time.

Cons: Under the USB FTP settings, the chosen passwords corresponding to the user accounts are not masked, which I consider a security flaw in the code. For security reasons, it should be apparent not to leave your router with the default password and only set up the USB FTP passwords once you have established some Wi-Fi encryption to avoid transmitting in the clear and preferably WPA/WPA2 & pass-phrase. There should be a patch modification created and rolled out to apply a mask to these “clear” passwords. Though some mid-range routers have Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) features allowing you to bridge routers / access points together for a greater area and functionality, I saw no such functionality in this model without the use of a 3rd-party AP/Ethernet device attached to the WAN port. It seems that this router does not like to play well with getting DHCP handed to it from another router, though it worked just fine with and AP/Ethernet device on the WAN port. I have 2 functioning routers, the first up from TP-Link acting as internal LAN and AP distribution connected up-stream to a border router acting as the demark and master Wi-Fi. The TP-link did not want to be subservient when connected via WLAN or LAN to the distribution router as it refused to be on the same subnet; unlike the rest of its neighbors, it didn't play well. My resolution was to move it upstream by one and have the border router manage DHCP and WAN for the TP-Link. The result was an operational TP-Link, full service. The WPS / factory reset button is easy to find, with the cons of it not being recessed and being the WPS / Factory reset all in one. Again, someone just holding WPS for too long (about 7 seconds) could bring it down back to factory defaults, which can make for a little headache reloading things as you had them. To help reduce headaches, the "System Tools" and "Backup & Restore" option can give you back a piece of mind for protection and restores, as long as you remember to do it. The router can be reset quickly without the hunt for a paper clip or pen. For the average owner /admin, if router is mounted up out of the way from inquisitive or malicious hands, unauthorized resets and tampering should not be a problem. For some reason, when opening the PDF provided on the mini CD, my 3rd-party firewall was tripped and it flagged the PDF as being the origin of the connection and blocked it. I thought this was odd for a PDF auto connecting to the Internet.

Overall Review: The TP-Link WDR3500 will serve the average consumer who's not looking to expand & provide wide area coverage via bridging APs or spanning; however, beware if you are nesting or bridging APs & network coverage as you will have to be somewhat creative /w options & arrangements on order of devices. Having the Wi-Fi on/off provides a much simpler way of hiding or turning the Wireless radio on & off, as opposed to either not broadcasting the SSID or actually disabling the radio via the web interface on outer, but as a con that leaves the switches susceptible to being tampered /w, since they aren't recessed like most switches are (i.e. kids, office workers or the occasional dust cloth on the back of the router :-) . Notice & tracked that TP-Link used netsh.exe scripting command to work a lot of the behind-the-scenes magic, but more experienced users may want to forgo the automation & set up some of the router adlib. For the average user just shopping for a router, using the automated solutions provided should provide an adequate solution. I performed file transfer of 497MB from SD card on the router via USB port using the following methods & saw the following results: (Wired) 100Mb Ethernet LAN took 60 seconds @ 8.283MB /sec. (Wi-Fi-) 300N took 292 seconds @ 1.702MB /sec @300N/300 sustained TX/RX rate, 54G 232 seconds @ 2.142MB /sec @54G/54 sustained TX/RX rate, 11B 754 seconds @ 0.659 /sec @11/11 sustained TX/TX rate. I noted that Wi-Fi performance was best at 54G while a/b/g/n were enabled. With dedicated N turned on using only the 5GHz & 300N, there was a 50.5% performance gain resulting in transfer of 479MB taking 194 seconds @ 2.561MB /sec using 300N/300 sustained TX/RX rate. In order to gain the best 300N transfer rate I had to shut down the dual band options, which is fine unless not every device has N capability, defeating the point of having dual band. Personally I was disappointed /w the 300N performance as at best the 300N only offered a 0.419MB advantage over 54G even /w 4 feet direct line of site from external USB wireless to TP-Link WDR3500 AP/Router. Modernistic look, its sleek black decor would match well with any PS3 design, this could be a pro or con, but like the PS3, it is a finger print magnet and looks as if it exhibits dust just well. I would have preferred a matte finish option, inverse to its current one, as opposed to shinny, as it would hide prints and dust as well as the wear and tear of life. The WDR3500 has good 54G support as well as USB File & Print options but a high-speed transfer demon it is not & the N support fell short of my expectations. For generic wireless TP-Link WDR3500 AP/router will perform but for those wanting or needing LAN features & better through-put I would look to the next few versions up on TP-Link's totem or if you are needing to stick in the price range I would comparative shop & see if there is something that will cover the weak spots stated in this review.

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Poor Quality, Poor support, poor Customer service8/14/2012 8:43:13 AM

Pros: Thought they were a good price with NE discount So far 2 of the 3 ordered are working.

Cons: 1 of 3 drives... died only after 4 hours of use, lost 200GB copied onto it. Luckily I don't erase important data until I know I have several good copies, so only 120GB of useful data totally lost. Used all WD DLG tools all test failed reporting too many errors. Ran the Write Zero utility 5/24 and it didn't even get past 6% with estimated time till finish 3387 days - probably pretty accurate after 5 days of 24 hour testing and still no real progress. Filed a ticket with WD, on the 08-09-2012 still no e-mail back from them, also US and Canada customers after 30 day it says for any calls to support you may incur charges for the telephone call - it is clear that WD has totally dropped caring for their customers and don't want to talk to their customer base unless it's to order more drives. - they used to be better with no hassles, I guess taking over Hitachi rubbed of some poor quality on WD - same mentality

Overall Review: I have dealt with Seagate 50/50 % of the time and at least they pay more attention to their customer issues with their drives even going the extra mile when they really aren't required to in order to replace drives. Their WD Forums seem to be customer self-help driven by community of customers themselves with a few blurbs here and there by staff. Hot topic was bad webdesign not allowing users to be able to download their tools that come with their paid drives - ADF or Advanced drive format was a hot one for customers, see other WD postings and consider carefully: Is it the 5yr warranty and WD forums you want to use or the drive itself ? I'll be looking Seagate more now at least they talk to me without charges for a dead product after just 4 hours

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Manufacturer Response:
We appreciate your feedback and apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced with the Western Digital 1 TB Black Drive, as this is not the typical experience with the product. We typically recommend downloading, installing and running our Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Windows (WinDLG) utility for Windows users, but as you have already done that, and the diagnostics failed, we would say that you may have a defective drive. Our drives are rigorously tested to ensure that they are in good working condition before they leave our warehouses, however there are many variables that affect the drive between leaving our warehouses and reading/writing to an installed drive. We stand by our warranty and replacement policy and would appreciate the opportunity to replace your defective in-warranty drive for you. For information on replacing your drive, please view the information provided by the following link. http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/8 We would appreciate the opportunity to further assist you directly, and resolve any further concerns you may have with the device and/or your experience. You may contact us at 1 (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: http://support.wdc.com/rs/ Please indicate within the online case creation or with the first support agent you speak with, that you are responding to a Newegg review, so we route you and your information to the correct team members.
10 KM range I'm Impressed7/27/2012 10:56:39 AM

Pros: This thing blew me away. I thought it was going to be one of those cheap so-so plastic cans you throw up on the side of the building. This has lots of features, power and a wide angle for seeing other access points to bridge off of and relay. I would recommend this for light duty commercial application between building. Great for relay of internet to a place where you can't get any. Has POE to end-point so that's a plus ! Not bad size at all.

Cons: No really, not metal but than again it holds up well though

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Awsome Router7/27/2012 10:51:56 AM

Pros: Not a bit of trouble with this thing. Also you have a good enough processor and space to experiment with it with different firmware load out. I have purchased 2 of these and have not had any issues with either one.

Cons: The DR icon gets in the way of the web interface with it's popup, for the impatient you have to wait about 3-5 got him to get his balloon pop-up outta the way to continue. It would be better IF programming to move him on the other side of the ASUS logo so we won't react to mouse over when you try to click on command button :)

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Great product7/27/2012 10:47:29 AM

Pros: Bought 5 of these and they are great for throwing drives into. These are metal, feel sturdy and like you get something you've paid for. Has fan and cables (USB and esata and powered) unlike some...

Cons: none, wished NE sold replacment PCB to change out and upgrade these to USB3 / eSATA 3 they'd under-cut the rest by giving geeks the option to upgrade and still keep cost low usign same design.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Gets the job done7/27/2012 10:41:33 AM

Pros: Works, can see the lights, and its layout is good

Cons: Bulky feel Feels cheap

Overall Review: Cheap solution for termination testing, plug testing and port testing. beyond that ... nothing more.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
It's been a good investment7/27/2012 10:38:14 AM

Pros: It has worked to get miles of cable terminated, the blade is still on the factory installed one, it's been dropped a few times and has held up like steel with no cracks or chips -still working great!

Cons: none. ( case is lame though cheap hinges - Lowes tool box to the replacement ! lol )

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