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TOSHIBA Encore WT8-A32 Intel Atom Z3740 2GB Memory 32GB eMMC 8.0
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Surprisingly Good Little Tablet 01/13/2014

This review is from: TOSHIBA Encore WT8-A32 Intel Atom Z3740 2GB Memory 32GB eMMC 8.0" Touchscreen Tablet Windows 8.1

Pros: Light Wintel tablet with just enough processing power to handle most daily-tasks. This tablet easily handles HD movies (MKV containers and MP4 files) and using standard Windows applications. Couch surfing is a breeze and quite enjoyable.

The battery life is excellent and unlike larger tablets it can be charged via USB (note that it requires 2 Amps of current, which many older - read airline - chargers don't provide).

The touchscreen is excellent and responsive, even when using the more classic Windows interface (i.e. not Metro).

Cons: Windows 8.1 while a huge step in the right direction compared to 8 is the biggest detractor for this tablet. Given this isn't Toshiba's fault, I can't subtract any eggs.

There is some minor flex in the screen and casing where the two meet at the edges of the device. Nothing major, but noticeable.

Other Thoughts: The fact that this has HDMI out was perhaps the single most important feature for me as I plan to use for traveling and can hook the tablet up to TVs.

Additionally I suggest anyone getting this tablet to also invest in a USB OTG cable adapter, as this will allow the use of full-size USB drives and other USB peripherals with their tablet.

WD Green WD40EZRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The 2 year warranty, large (64 MB) cache and low power requirements make this drive a good fit for a NAS system.

Cons: Despite the low-power requirements, these drives do heat up quickly (likely due to the large number of platters spinning). In a two-bay NAS, one drive idled at 99 F and the other at 104 F (the higher temperature of the second drive was due to the construction of the enclosure). When copying large amounts of data over the wired network to the NAS (10-100 GBs) the drives would each heat up considerably (+10 degrees F).

Additionally, of the two drives I received one died within 48 hours of use (and began giving S,M.A.R.T. errors within 24 hours) and any price-benefit between this drive and others (and other retailers as well) were erased by the RMA shipping cost and time.

Other Thoughts: WD seems to be having consistency issues regarding their quality assurance. I'd think that my situation was an outlier, but in hindsight there are quite a few reviews indicating that these drives may not be of the highest quality.

While unlikely for most, I'd suggest using these in non-critical situations or where you can rely on mirroring or other backup solutions to ameliorate the risks of these drives going bad.

I'm also disappointed by the high-cost to ship a drive back to Newegg through their own RMA process.

RiDATA 8.5GB 8X DVD+R DL Inkjet White Hub Printable (non stacking ring) 25 Packs Spindle Disc Model DRD+858-RDIWN-CB25
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Most are toasters: buy a different brand or make 100% sure your burner supports these things.


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Date Joined: 07/01/01

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