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Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 3.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Fast Drive but Despise the non-standard USB Cable 10/05/2013

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV2000100

Pros: The drive is fast. I can definitely tell the difference between the USB 3.0 speeds of this drive compared to similar USB 2.0 drives. My drive was purchased elsewhere but I have never had a problem with Newegg. It just happened I found it at a better price elsewhere.

Cons: Where the USB cable attaches to the external drive a non-standard cable is used. It has a larger than standard molded connector with 2 small mini "D" connectors that frequently seems to get disconnected when the drive is moved around even a small amount. Too large of a connector that just doesn't want to stay securely connected. The drive is made to work with PCs or Macs thus the 2 mini "D" Connectors. I think that Mac users can use a standard Mac cable to connect to the drive in order to use whatever the new Macs have as an improvement over standard USB 3.0. Not a Mac fan so I really don't keep up with what they are doing. Look closly at the Newegg pics where it can be seen.

Other Thoughts: While happy with the transfer speeds (sorry haven't benchmarked it) I really do not like the non-standard USB cable that comes with the unit.I would hate to have to attempt to find a replacement as it would probably have to come from Seagate and likely at a premium $$$.

Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Good Software at a good price 01/17/2013

This review is from: Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 6

Pros: Purchased this software as a Daily Shell Shocker for the wife, the artist in the family. My skills stop at stick men! She enjoys it, is happy with it and it does what she wants. She is using it on her laptop without a separate pen tablet. I have a feeling that a pen tablet is in the near future

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This came with free shipping which is a plus. I live outside of Nashville, TN and in the past I have received orders in one to two days. Looks like Newegg has changed shippers to DHL. This package shipped from Memphis, TN to St Louis, back to Memphis where it was handed off to USPS, then to Nashville then to me. Now it did arrive in the quoted time frame and was free! While I monitored the tracking info, I wondered if the package would show up with a bunch of stickers from other countries like in the cartoons!

Hey, it's all good! BTW, happy wife--happy me.

Rosewill RX-358 V2 SLV - Silver, 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Can't Complain-Inexpensive & works 01/17/2013

This review is from: Rosewill RX-358 V2 SLV - Silver, 3.5" SATA to USB & eSATA External Enclosure with Internal 80 mm Fan

Pros: This is the 2nd Rosewill RX-358 V2 that I have purchased. Both have worked flawlessly. Both even had extra screws included--don't see that often. I installed a Samsung Spinpoint F4EG HD155UI 1.5TB drive in this enclosure. Fan is quiet but can be turned off if desired. I like the idea of a fan. A more expensive Vantec enclosure I purchased has no fan but I knew that when purchased. The Rosewill has an on/off switch for both the drive and the fan. I prefer at least a power switch which my Western Digital My Book doesn't have.

Cons: Not a big deal but the power switch for the fan is a very small slide switch but I leave the fan on all the time anyway!

Other Thoughts: I have purchased more expensive enclosures e.g. a Vantec that came without a fan but it did have small rubber stubby feet on one side in each corner I suppose so you can lay it on its side. My first external drive was a 500 GB Western Digital My Book that is several years old and still working but as previously mentioned, no power switch.

Because of the cost and warranty of external drives, I started purchasing OEM drives and enclosures and building my own external drives. With drive manufacturers decreasing the warranty period on their drives it may soon be a wash cost wise to build your own external drive. I haven't really shopped for any but I do not recall seeing any with eSATA.


Thomas B.'s Profile

Display Name: Thomas B.

Date Joined: 11/19/01

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 05/12/08
  • Last Review: 10/05/13
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