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Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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Pros: - 2TB in a laptop drive is pretty amazing
- 128 meg cache

Cons: - 5400 RPM
- Only 8GB NAND

Other Thoughts: There's no denying that 2TB in a laptop drive is pretty amazing, and wasn't even available a few years ago. The increase to 128 meg cache is also welcome, but the speed improvement is unfortunately a bit too small for it to be of much benefit. The 8GB NAND is almost not even noteworthy these days, since it's such a small amount of memory that it would only affect programs that weren't an issue in the first place, and would have no affect on larger ones. An example would be that it might speed up how quickly Steam loads, but not the game you run inside of it.

If SSHD's are really the future of rotating drives, they need to step it up a notch or two. 8GB NAND drives have been around since at least 2012, and just feel dated now. Imagine a 2TB drive with 32GB of NAND, and how much that could improve access times on various things? That could really breathe some new life into rotating drives, which are already dying a slow death. Until then, at least we got a 2TB laptop drive that makes a great upgrade to most console drives, or could work as a backup storage drive for music/movies/games.

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4 out of 5 eggs Product Is Great, App Could Be Better 01/03/2017

This review is from: Belkin F7C029fc WeMo Insight Switch, WiFi Enabled

Pros: -Works flawlessly once properly setup and paired
-Setup is fairly simple, and anyone with a little patience and smartphone knowledge can make it work
- The power tracking portion of the app is really interesting, and could potentially replace a kill-a-watt type device

Cons: - Despite using one plugin, it takes up the space of two, which can be really frustrating depending on the placement
- Firmware updates can be painful (Notes below, this is why an egg was removed)
- Like most similar products, uses a proprietary app rather than an app that can see multiple variations of this, requiring you to have an app per product if you mix-and match brands. Not removing an egg for this, it's just a con that I hope is fixed in the future.

Other Thoughts: Once the app is updated, it seemed to work flawlessly for me. However, I had to update the firmware of the product out of box, and that took almost three hours of me not being able to use the app or product, and only "finished" after I randomly pressed the back button for the 80th time nearing the end of the third hour. There was no message stating that it had completed. That being said, it did work fine afterwards.

I have the TP-Link variation of this product, and I have to say, while I like the functionality and simplicity of the TP-Link a bit more, I like the app design of this Belkin model more. It's easier to navigate the app and turn the products on and off, and it's nice to have the power information right in front of you.

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APC BE600M1 Back-UPS 600 VA 330 Watts 7 Outlets Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) with USB charging Port
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Pros: - Compact when you consider the battery size and number of outlets
- USB Charging Port
- PowerChute Software provides great flexability and monitoring support

Cons: - Other reviews mention that this isn't a "true" UPS in that it isn't tied directly to the battery, however I can't find any direct documentation referencing this. There are 5 outlets that seem to do just that, and two others that are surge only. No eggs removed.
- The battery doesn't provide much actual power, but this could be argued of practically any UPS. The powerchute software at least gives you a measure of control as to how to use what limited time and power is available.

Other Thoughts: Truth be told, this would be a fantastic UPS for something like a Laptop, which sips so little power that you could get a fair amount of time out of the available power. A full sized gaming /productivity PC would last mere minutes, even at idle.

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Date Joined: 01/11/03

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