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This review is from: Pogoplug POGOE02 Diskless System Network Storage
Pros: Setup - Super easy to set up and access. Plug it in to power and your router. Plug in a USB storage device. Set up an account online. That's it. You're accessing your files from any internet connection.
Sharing - I can share files between multiple computers at home, without having to run another server, or leaving all my computers are on (windows 7 file sharing...) - you just have to make sure that the files are on a USB drive connected to the Pogoplug.
Online Sharing - Incredibly easy to set up online sharing. Click on the folder, then invite people to share it with (Pogoplug will send them an email) or enable public sharing, which will create an url you can send to people.
Usefulness - It does exactly what I need - gives me access to files from anywhere - home, office, school, iphone.
Value - There is no subscription fee, ever. Compared with the time it has saved me, and the features available "out of the box," it's a great value.
Cons: Access Speed - Not incredibly fast, but I'm not sure if that is because of the drives that are connected to it, or the device itself. I'm going to be getting a fast 16GB thumb drive for my frequently accessed files. (Upload speeds from my computer to an old WD USB drive of 13GB of files is running at about 2.5MB/s)
Other Thoughts: It is pink, but not bright pink. More of a mute dark pink.
The best part about this drive is that it can be plugged in, left on, and stuffed behind a desk, in a closet, or somewhere else it won't be seen or in the way.
I know it isn't the most feature-rich NAS device, but it makes having a home NAS incredibly easy and relatively inexpensive.
Now I won't have to worry about leaving my thumbdrive (along with my house keys) plugged into computers at work and school.
Privacy/Security - I'm not sure how secure the Pogoplug is, but as I'm not doing anything illegal or top-secret with it, I'm not really worried.
This review is from: Patriot Xporter Mini II 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model PSF8GMIIUSB
Pros: Tiny. Easy to carry around at all times on a keyring. Fast read speeds. 77 seconds to transfer 1.7GB = 22MB/s
Cons: Slow write speeds. 10 minutes to transfer a 1.7GB file = 2.8MB/s write
Other Thoughts: Writes begin at around 8MB/s, but slow to 3MB/s after the first few hundred megs.
It is an incredibly convenient form factor, and I shouldn't usually need it for more than a gig or two of data at a time. I will be looking for something as small but faster though.
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
Pros: Works incredibly well with Autocad 2010 and Adobe CS4. Being able to pin and unpin applications to the dock is very nice. Switching between windows with the dock is also much improved. It automatically configured my dual display setup (resolution and extending) and installed the current driver for my FirePro video card. Easy and quick management of HD's - partitioning, resizing partitions and formatting. The new Libraries feature is definitely helpful in organizing my files.
Cons: A slew of automatic updates in the couple days of use (I swear it said 1,400 at one point) though it didn't take very long to do.
Other Thoughts: I like the interface vs. XP. It's what Vista should have been. It is MUCH more stable than Vista and feels much lighter on the resources it takes up. AutoCad 2010 is MUCH more stable and "snappier" on Windows 7 compared to Vista Ultimate. I am very, very happy about this.READ FULL REVIEW