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This review is from: SONY 4.7GB 4X DVD+RW 25 Packs Spindle Media Model 25DPW47RS2
Pros: I bought these for use in a Philips consumer video DVD recorder. I had tried several cheaper brands of DVD-RW and DVD+RW, but none of them would work reliably in the DVD recorder. The Sonys were only a few dollars more for a 25-disc spindle (roughly $.10 more per disc), but the performance has been rock-solid.
Cons: Not the cheapest around. For what I needed (video recording with consumer device), the cost was worth it, but for other purposes (e.g. computer backup), a cheaper brand might work just fine.
Other Thoughts: Apparently, rewriteable DVD media has not reached the point of a commodity; you get what you pay for.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Griffin SmartShare Ultra-slim 2-Port USB Hub
Pros: Because of the way the USB protocol works, it's not possible to create a simple "splitter" cable. However, this little device physically appears to do exactly that! In actuality, there's a tiny USB hub embedded in the cable. This is evident because when you plug it into a host, a quick plug-and-play cycle is performed, and a new hub is found.
Once it's set up, however, it does exactly what you'd expect: give you two ports. It's smaller than most other hubs, flexible, lightweight, and bus-powered.
The host plug is nice and slim, so it shouldn't block adjacent ports (while allowing connection of devices that otherwise would).
Cons: Like other USB-powered devices, it creates a slight draw on the available power. Some devices with heavier power needs might have problems if connected through this hub (but this will be true of any non-self-powered hub).
Other Thoughts: A great addition to any toolkit. Well worth the price.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Avanquest Partition Commander 10
Pros: A previous reviewer complained about the need to register this software over the Internet, but I'm assuming that's because they tried to install this software *inside* Windows. However, there's another way: boot directly to the CD!
When I need to partition drives, it's usually because I'm either building a new machine, or repairing one that has problems. In such scenarios, I would rather *not* be running the installed operating system. The fact that the Partition Commander CD is bootable (it can even create a boot floppy for use on older systems that can't boot to a CD) makes it far more useful, in my view.
Booted to the CD, it has two modes: a smooth Windows-like graphical interface, or a text-menu UI. It's easy to use, yet powerful and fast.
I haven't had the software long, but it's already helped me clone three PCs and repair a machine that had a corrupted MBR. In a short time, its worth is far more than I paid.
Cons: Can clone drive-to-drive, but can't save a clone image file (à la Ghost).
Other Thoughts: Partition Commander is a powerful tool to have in your toolbox. It does everything that Partition Magic can, plus features from Ghost and Norton Utilities -- all for less than any one of them.READ FULL REVIEW