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4 out of 5 eggs Impressed with price/performance for the capacity 09/10/2016

This review is from: Seagate ST500LM000 500GB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop Thin SSHD Bare Drive

Pros: I purchased a new HP laptop for a good sale price knowing that I would replace it with an SSD (ended up getting 52GB SSD) since I'm an SSD snob and we all know that booting a drive off the old school spinning disk is entirely unusable :) and at this point old spinning disks are only suitable for capacity/storage of your data.

What I didn't realize realize is that my new HP laptop came with this hybrid drive so I decided to leave it in there for a while. I was really impressed with the performance booting and loading some common apps that are used all the time (web browser, office apps, etc.). These apps make hier way into the SSD cache where data is accessed quickly at SSD like speeds. It really did speed this up over a traditional spinning disk and made a noticeable improvement. I would even say that the performance was totally fine for an average user so I would recommend this as a cost effective upgrade over traditional disk if you can't spend a little over 2x for an SSD of about this capacity.

However, since I purchased the new Crucial MX300 SSD along with the new laptop after a few days I put in the SSD and it was faster but you pay for it. Still the performance this hybrid drive delivered is entirely acceptable.

Cons: Still uses spinning disk technology at its core which is susceptible to data loss if you drop or bump your laptop too much. If you access some data that is not used frequently then things are slow since its going to spinning disk to retrieve the data but this is expected and by design. This can happen with editing large video files for example or if you decide to play a game that you have not played for a while.

Other Thoughts: I think this hybrid drive made more scene a couple of years ago when SSD prices were still challenging for a lot of average users. Now that you can get a 500GB SSD drive for about 120-160 I would probably just spend the extra money and get the full SSD that is much more durable when it comes to bumping or dropping your laptop and is faster overall for all data on it.

NETGEAR R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Smart Home Router
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5 out of 5 eggs No issues - works great 06/21/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Smart Home Router

Pros: Seems pretty fast. I'm don't follow all the details and technical specs but this router has no issues with speed for me. It covers my entire 4000 sq. foot house with WiFi and streams flawlessly over 5G to my bedroom Samsung smart TV. I am a pretty basic user from a feature set perspective but I really have no issues with this router. I like the auto firmware download/update feature.

Cons: none really. Maybe its a bit large in size or the antennas are slightly larger.

Other Thoughts: I don't use the USB port drive for file sharing or even the guest wireless network. I'm a pretty basic user. I wired my two primary TVs to hard line Ethernet then just use the wireless for cell phones/personal devices, my work Macbook (5G), and the Samsung smart TV in my bedroom (Netflix). Don't expect to run everyth9ng wireless. If you plan to spend anytime in your home invest in running some Cat 5e cable to your major TVs or entertainment centers - don't expect wireless to support more than 1 TV streaming HQ video well.

HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 Micro ATX Tower (4U) Server System Intel Xeon E3-1220V2 3.1GHz 4C/4T 4GB DDR3 No Hard Drive 686232-S01
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Pros: HP quality. cool silver color now.

Cons: Server uses only new GEN8 HP proprietary disks so I can no longer buy WD raptor drives and insert into inexpensive generic drive tray. I hHad to buy HP branded disks for 3 times the cost of the basic ones that I used to be able to just slide into a generic drive carrier so this is no longer an option for a cost effective server. If this concerns you try to find an HP G7 server or buy another brand of server.

Other Thoughts: Great if you don't care what your server costs. Maybe there is some advanced functionality that rich enterprises may want in these new more advanced drive (same drive but with some new firmware and drive carrier) but for the lower end SMB I can't imagine anyone would want this feature. as of today (Oct 2013) you can find generic drive sleds that have some electronics in them but I'm not sure if they work with regular SATA drives and they are about 3x-4x the cost of the G7 drive trays each. Thumbs down for greedy HP gouging SMB customers.


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Display Name: Michael B.

Date Joined: 05/22/01

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