Joined on 03/18/02
Seems OK So Far!
Pros: Windows installed pretty fast. Very Quiet. Not sure what other peeps are talking about with heat... mine is cool to the touch... good air flow around it though.
Cons: Formatting took FREAKIN' forever! It took FAR less time for XP to install than it did to format the drive!
Overall Review: I have seen the error of my ways and I shall never depart from Seagate again. I have returned to the flock after having an adulterous relationship with a 160GB WD drive. That only ended in heartache... she took my music, my movies, my pictures... my heart... And after only 8 months! I should have had a prenup (AKA: Backup!) I never thought I would find love again... And then, when I was least expecting it, I staggered in from the cold to Newegg's site. I had tried all the other places, WorstBuy, Short Circuit City... And there she was... 250GB of love for only 65 Bucks! Sure she was a little larger than the last one, but after what I've been through, you don't really look at the physical things anymore. You just want dependability... I hope you find your soul-mate!
Great Addition to My Living Room!!
Pros: As others have said, setup is pretty easy. You tell the software what devices you want to control and it does a great job of giving you a starting point to work from. Based on the type of products you tell it you own, it will automatically bunch commonly used configurations for you to start with. For example, you tell it you have a DVD player, a TV, a surround sound system and a cable box and it will automatically give you 3 groups: Watch DVD: Turn on DVD, TV & Surround. Watch PVR: Turn on TV & Cable Box (you can also tell it to never turn off the cable box so you don't miss your scheduled PVR recordings) Listen To CDs: Turn on Surround & DVD. I gave mine another Activity after playing with it for a while and it was easy. I wanted to be able to watch TV with surround or without, so I made a "Watch TV" command that powers on the TV, cable box and surround. This way if you're watching the news you don't have the surround on, but if it's football or a movie on HBO it will be on.
Cons: Hmm... it was pretty simple... it feels like it's missing some complicated function that I'll want somday but I can't think of what I would possibly throw at it that it couldn't handle. Is that a con? The only trouble I had during setup was that my DVD player wouldn't respond at all to the remote after setup. That was easily fixed too! The rear end of the remote has an IR reciever that allows you to use your old remote to train the Harmony how your device works. You simply point the old remote at the harmony, follow the directions for which buttons to press and BAM! Done! Once I did that it was perfect!
Overall Review: Oooo!! I've saved the best for last!! You know the usual plastic packaging that stuff like this comes in? You know... You fight it with a hacksaw, blowtorch and curse words for what seems like forever and once you have it opened you spend the next week in the ER while they bandage your bleeding appendages? This package WAS A JOY TO OPEN!!!! 10 Eggs for the package alone!! You simply bend a corner and the PERFORATED SEAM easily comes apart! BRILLIANT! This one factor probably shortened the setup time by at least a full day! It was so enjoyable that I wish I had bought two of them JUST so I could experience it one more time... BUY PEOPLE, BUY!