Date Joined: 04/06/05
Pros: -As indicated by the attached screenshot this drive is very fast.
-Comes well packaged including a high-end cable.
Cons: -Connection to my PC was always unstable. The device would disconnect and reconnect every few minutes.
Overall Review: I use virtualized systems for development and testing. Many of my environments are sensitive and require encrypted storage. To improve performance I was intrigued to try an external thunderbolt drive. I mean, why not double R/W speeds over my Sandisk Extreme drives right? As shown in screenshots this drive does provide the speeds claimed by Sabrent when connected to the TB4 port on my Dell XPS 13 9310. The bad news is the drive constantly disconnects! I tested it with and without windows write-caching enabled using various methods. Whether running a VMWare image or simply playing a looping video within ten minutes a drive error would occur and windows logs would indicate access one file or another was lost. Sabrent, your drive is fast, but it's connection is unreliable. I'm sure it would be fine for backups of files, but it is not suitable for my use on a windows PC.
In fairness to Sabrent, this is the first thunderbolt drive I've tested. It is possible that TB technology is flaky and it's simply accepted as such. My limited experience may not reflect the blind devotion many have to apple technology standards.
I'm giving this drive three stars because it probably meets the needs of those who just want ultra fast archival storage where recovery from disconnections is not a catastrophic issue.
Pros: Build quality
Cons: Didn't get the V2 speeds. Ever.
Overall Review: These Sandisk drives are very well made, small, and all around quality hardware. I have several of the V1 models and decided to step up to the V2 because, who doesn't want to double their speed, right? I tried with multiple rigs, high quality cables, and never got more than the 1,066Mb/s speeds I obtained with the V1 drives. I'm sorry Sandisk, I really wanted it to work, I promise! In the end, I returned it. I think I cried a little bit when I put it in the box. : (
Pros: Good quality
Overall Review: Seems a well made mouse and frankly I'd like it if it weren't so small. The two buttons on the left side of the mouse are difficult to avoid during gaming because my thumb sits over the back one. It's just a small mouse, and I have average sized hands (perhaps even smallish). I want to like it, but had to switch back to my ten year old MS ergo mouse.
It's my fault. Earlier reviews said it was small and I should have paid attention. So, for those of you pondering... if you don't have little hands it's not for you.
Very efficient with batteries
Cons: Mouse is a bit small
Very short range (but I'm using it on a desk so that's fine with me)
Not made of sharp cheddar cheese
Pros: This speaker produces very big sound for it's size. I expected it to be larger and when I received it I was surprised. It's pretty tiny. I should have read the specs more closely. But, I was very pleased with it's performance. It produces very good sound, and is quite loud if you want it to be. It substantially exceeded my expectations (I use it for gaming believe it or not).
Cons: Doesn't shine shoes or wash windows...
Overall Review: If you want high fidelity it's maybe not for you. But I wanted a small speaker for gaming that didn't clutter my desktop with wires, and this works great.
Confession: I didn't like the 8-15 days for delivery so bought the same brand name on another site (sorry newegg). But it's the same brand name, specs, etc and I thought I'd leave a positive review because it's a nice piece of HW.
Pros: It's a cable... it's tough to come up with pros.
Overall Review: We crack atoms and put men on the moon. Cables should be easy stuff and this one is. Plug both ends in. Don't let your pet rabbit chew on it. It works. Good stuff.
Pros: It's a nice monitor for the low price.
-All the inputs you want: HDMI, DVI, VGA
-It has a nice clear image
-None of the normal cheap monitor issues (bad pixels etc)
Cons: -The firmware clearly has controls for non-existent speakers. Thus when you connect it via HDMI it takes over as your speakers, and has controls in it's panel. But there are no speakers. It's annoying that every time I boot or reconnect I have to go select the speakers on my laptop, or I'm insta-muted. That's a fail.
Overall Review: It's a good piece of hardware and would get five stars if they released a firmware update (not that I'd know how to install it).
Pros: -Weather proof
-Good wireless range
-Tested well in three environments
-Poor motion detection
-Average resolution (advertised as 720p but simply doesn't perform at that level)
Overall Review: After some testing of the cameras stand-alone abilities I paired it with a synology RAID device. I'm very happy with it, but wouldn't spend the high price tag on it again. However, if you truly need an outdoor camera this may be the best you'll find. I'm disappointed in the quality of the picture. But when using Synology to determine motion detection I'm pleased with it and it fulfills it's purpose as an outside security camera well.
Pros: Hard to find any when they fail so frequently.
Cons: Long warranty in which you can pay shipping to have a drive replaced. Given the price compared to others, I expected better.
Overall Review: Bought a Synology 414 and ordered four of these drives for RAID 5. Glad I mirror the NAS because in just over a month one drive failed, and one is clearly failing. WD has the gall to charge me for shipping for their defective product! I'm stuck with these, because they won't just refund my money. So I guess I'll tough it out. But I expected better, and wont by WD again. Like ATT wireless, I'll return to Seagate and accept that average is the best I'll ever get I suppose.
Pros: Nice keyboard, ergonomic and well liked by employees. The price is very fair, and overall our impression of the device was good. But we tend to test input devices for 6-8 months before buying more of a device. It's a good thing.
Cons: You cannot use two logitech KB/Mouse combinations in the same space. Unfortunately the set began failing and we found a user in the office next door had begun using a logitech wireless keyboard. This caused havoc this set (KB and mouse but mostly KB) making it unusable. We picked up another at BB with the same result. Went to extremes using logitech tools to fix it. No joy. The result, it's a great keyboard for a home where it is the ONLY logitech KB/M set. Logitech, please do a better job pairing these uniquely at the factory.
Overall Review: for the price I suppose we can't complain (thus 3 stars instead of less). It seems a quality piece of hardware. I just wish they'd either take basic steps to ID/Pair them, or state on the advertisement they are not unique. The poor guy next door had three mice and three keyboards at once through two walls! :)
Pros: It's cheap and has a small form factor compared to others.
Cons: This thing just doesn't work. It is not compatible with WIndows 8.1 in several tests on several TVs. The video and audio are too delayed and broken up to be usable (never above 20fps with an average lag of six seconds from laptop to screen). In one test the lag was 15 seconds!
Overall Review: It was a nice idea, but it's just poorly executed on. Frankly I think it was criminal to put this item on the market in it's current condition. I'm going to ask Newegg for a refund, and with their excellent service I'm sure they'll oblige.
Pros: Does it's job ok, and in a server room is probably excellent. I've noted littled video degradation at 1600x1200 and it seems quite reliable. Overall it's great, but it's not suitable for gaming or other high-end tasks. For your server room it's the cheese.
Cons: Does NOT support newer mice (4-5 button). Even if you plug newer mice into the USB hub rather than the mouse port (USB 2.0 vs 1.x) a five button mouse behaves oddly. Also, with vista I've experienced a lot of mouse freezes plugging the mouse into the hub rather than the mouse port. In the end, this switch only emulatese BASIC hardware. No mouse or keyboard expanded functions work. This is my experience with an M$ wireless mouse/keyboard 5000 and 3000. I also tested a logitech hard-wired 5-button mouse.
Overall Review: In the end, it's a good piece of hardware for base tasks such as server room usage. If you want to switch between a work pc (laptop) and a gaming pc then you need something better.
Pros: Smooth and accurate selections. Feels good in the hand. My wife loves it since I pawned it off on her.
Cons: Not compatible with many PC's which is a shock for MS. They usually produce product that "just works." The software included is very flaky and had to be uninstalled or the magnifier would pop up and couldn't be removed. Lastly, it requires a huge wireless base, so practically it's not wireless.
Overall Review: My rating of 2 reflects my high expectations of MS. Frankly when I pay 40 bucks for a mouse I expect a kick **** mouse. This one is just average. It's worth 15-20 dollars if you can find it on sale.
Pros: Has a good feature set and the price was reasonable.
Newegg shipped this to me in something like 5 minutes from the order time. Yeah Newegg!
Cons: Drops connection constantly. I've tested it extensively and it's DSL modem just isn't reliable. Port forwarding doesn't work correctly. They say you get support, but always ask you to pay $30 per incident. I finally recieved one free e-mail with a copy/paste from the manual.
Overall Review: I think they have a good idea of making one, full-featured wireless router with integrated DSL modem. But after burning a lot of patience I'm back to reliable linksys.
Pros: Quiet! Easy to install, nice modular cable design. Overall a quality product. I've been pleasantly surprised.
Cons: None as of yet.
Overall Review: Alienware needs to seriously rethink the stock power supplies they use. Ugh.