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Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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Pros: A reasonably fast 5.4k rpm hard drive, even without the flash acceleration. When used in an application where smaller files are routinely accessed, the flash acceleration can provide a dramatic performance increase. Runs cool and quiet. The five-year warranty tips the scale to a definite thumbs-up.

Cons: With larger programs and files, the 8GB flash memory will be filled quickly, and you'll be back dealing with 5.4k rpm speeds, which, in this day and age, is a major bottleneck. This drive comes unformatted and uninitialized, so my system couldn't see it at all initially. Since no instructions came with the drive, this could cause major consternation for the inexperienced.

Other Thoughts: This is an promising concept, and I imagine soon we'll see hybrid drives like these with much larger flash memory portions, at which point they may become standard issue for new computers. Best of both worlds. But for now, I prefer the solution of a regular SSD as my main drive, along with a regular hard drive, for file storage, taking the place of the CD drive in my laptop. But if you have a gaming console or some such that only accepts one drive, this would be a viable and cost-effective solution.

Seagate 2TB Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 Model STEH2000100 Platinum
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Pros: I love these little drives that you can slip in your pocket. The textured finish is elegant. Runs very cool – always good news for a hard drive. Speeds are what one would expect of a 5400 RPM drive. The Dashboard backup software works adequately. Signup for the free OneDrive account was painless.

Cons: I think a portable drive like this should come with locking software, because something this small is easy to lose. Of course I noticed another reviewer grateful for the absence of this feature, so you can't please everybody. Well, you could – make it a switchable option (as another manufacturer does).

Other Thoughts: The 13% one star reviews tells you the early failure rate of these drives – definitely higher than average. It seems the larger the drive, the more reliable, so that's another price you pay for this Ultra Slim package. Reading some of the heartbreak reviews, it seems that some people thought a drive named "Backup" didn't need a backup. The free cloud storage is Seagate's subtle way of saying "Yes, it does."

EnGenius ECB350 N300 High Power (29 dBm) Wireless Gigabit Access Point/CB/WDS/Repeater with Network Management Software
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Pros: Having had good luck with the EnGenius ens202 and ens200, I tried the ecb350 and was not disappointed. This transmits at 29 dBm, compared to 26 for the other models, and it did seem to have a little more range than the already impressive other units. The ens202 and ens200 are mounted outdoors on rooftops, and the ecb350 matched their range even though sitting indoors on a table. Any of these three units will transmit hundreds of feet through open air, and, from reading other reviews, seem to penetrate multiple walls as well.

Though I didn't use it, it's nice to have the option of using PoE to supply power – handy if you want to stick it up in an attic.

Cons: Yeah, the interface should remind you to "apply" the changes you've made – it's easy to overlook or forget. They probably get a lot of tech-support calls over this.

Other Thoughts: Having already invested considerable time learning to configure the other EnGenius units, I was happy to find the same interface used on the ecb350. If this is your first EnGenius product, and if you're not an IT professional, be prepared for some head scratching. It's all logically laid out, but, as others have noted, there's no handholding. I'm still not sure of the difference between some of the six different operational modes, but repeater mode is working as expected.


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