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Seagate SkyHawk 6TB Surveillance Hard Drive 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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Pros: This is a very fast (at 7200RPM), very large drive, and works very well with 24x7 video workloads. It has a rotational vibration sensor (for multi-drive systems), uses less power and generates less heat. It supports up to 64 cameras.

I tested it as a desktop drive, and unlike the previous reviewer, I did not hear any clicking noises or any unusual noise for that matter. I used ATTO Disk Benchmark:
Average write: 240 MB/s
Average read: 253 MB/s

I've been using Seagate drives for decades and they are still one of my top brands when choosing hard drives.

Cons: none

Seagate BarraCuda ST500DM009 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Still a good and reliable brand 01/03/2017

This review is from: Seagate BarraCuda ST500DM009 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Overall, the drive performs very well. The capacity is a bit on the small side, but a very good drive nonetheless. The physical size of the drive is slightly thinner than the standard 3.5" internal hard drive, which also makes it slightly lighter in weight.

Here are my test results from ATTO Disk Benchmark:
Average write: 208 MB/s
Average read: 218 MB/s

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I've been using Seagate drives for decades and they are still one of my top brands when choosing hard drives.

CyberPower 6 Feet 10 Outlets 3750 Joules Home/Office Surge Protector with 2 USB (2.1Amp shared) Charging Ports
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2 out of 5 eggs Good brand but this one falls a bit short 11/12/2016

This review is from: CyberPower 6 Feet 10 Outlets 3750 Joules Home/Office Surge Protector with 2 USB (2.1Amp shared) Charging Ports

Pros: 2 USB port chargers
10 outlets
3 ports for phone/fax/modem (1 in, 2 out)

The surge protector has a long 6-foot cable, 10 outlets (4 wide-spaced and 6 standard), and 2 usb chargers. Each outlet contains a safety cover that you can slide open or shut. The surge protector also comes with 2 LED indicators, one for surge protection and one for ground. The on/off switch also acts as a circuit breaker. When an overload occurs, it will automatically switch off.

Cons: The description about the USB ports is a bit misleading. According to the manual, it's a COMBINED 2.1A, which means each port is only 1.05A. An iPad requires 2.1 amps to charge efficiently, so it will take a LOT longer to charge it using the usb port. I've tested it with an iPad 3 and it will not charge at all with the screen on. The USB ports, however, will charge a phone or anything that requires 1A.

The direction that the outlets are placed is not the most efficient when you need to use most or all of the outlets. The standard outlets are so close together that the only thing you can plug into it is a regular 2-prong power cable or a 3-prong power cable (like one from a monitor or desktop computer). If I want to plug in a USB adapter for my iPad, I can't plug it into the standard outlet without losing another outlet. All the USB adapters that I own are wide enough to cover part of the outlet next to it, so I must use a wide-spaced outlet, which seems like a waste.

Many of my electronics now use side power adapters, where the adapter is an elongated rectangle and the cable comes out of the short side. If I plug it into a wide-spaced outlet, the adapter is sideways and the cable is now coming out from the side (not from the back like the more square-shaped power adapters) and is being pinched by the power adapter next to it. To avoid this, these side power adapters will only work using the 2 wide-spaced outlets on the farthest end of the surge protector. However, the adapter itself may run into the usb cable plugged into the usb charger port.

Other Thoughts: I really like the USB charger feature of the surge protector, but it falls short when I can't efficiently charge any of my tablets from it (anything that requires more than 1A to charge). And I can't fit all of my electronics due to the poor configuration of the outlets (which I can currently fit them all very well in an 8-outlet surge protector). It would've made a huge difference if they made the surge protector a bit longer to accommodate the size of the adapters used today.


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Display Name: Carol C.

Date Joined: 06/22/04


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