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Kevin S.

Kevin S.

Joined on 02/15/03

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Most Favorable Review

Huge Capacity, Reasonable Price

Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100
Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

Pros: It’s huge. I mean, REALLY huge! 5TB…that’s 5,000GB or 5,000,000MB.

Cons: None, but I do make this observation: If you fill this thing and don’t have a backup and the drive dies, you’ve lost an enormous amount of data. Good luck to you!

Overall Review: I received this drive from Newegg for my review. Setup was straightforward – attach the external power supply, plug it into a USB port, and Windows takes care of the rest. Instant recognition. The drive measures about 7" x 4.5" x 1.5". It comes with a power supply, a 4 foot USB 3 cable, and a Quick Start Guide. The enclosure is plastic yet feels solid enough, and it has one blue LED which is lit solid when powered on and flashes rhythmically during data transfer. There are ventilation holes in the rear, but no fan. During file transfers the enclosure became warm but not hot. There is no power switch. This drive is USB 3; I tested it using USB 2. It’s rated at 5TB, and there are 4.54TB of free space. There are files preinstalled on the drive for the purpose of product registration. Using HD Tune Pro 5.50, here are the results: Average transfer rate was 29.5Mb/s with an access time of 19.9 ms. Rotational speed is reported to be 5,980 rpm. As a test, I copied 14.9GB of data comprised of 15,522 various size files in 792 folders to the Seagate Expansion drive took 11:31. It’s probably much faster with USB 3. But, so what? Do the numbers really matter? I ignore them. This drive isn’t built for speed so I don’t give much credence to the objective tests; it’s built to accommodate a tremendous amount of data. Truthfully, it’s no different than any other external USB drive, only the capacity is MASSIVE. Would I recommend it? Well, if you need tons of space, this is your boy – but make sure you have a backup. As for reliability, I can’t say yet. Keep in mind, though, that it only has a one year warranty. As an aside, some reviewers removed the drive from the enclosure and tried to use it internally, then complained that it didn’t work and gave it a bad review. What were they thinking? It wasn’t made for that purpose – buy an internal drive! As for the other negative reviews, I didn’t experience any of the same problems.

Most Critical Review

Zagg InvisibleSHIELD for Maxx HD

Zagg invisibleSHIELD Clear None Motorola Droid RAZR HD/RAZR Maxx HD Screen Protector FFMOTDRORAZRHDS
Zagg invisibleSHIELD Clear None Motorola Droid RAZR HD/RAZR Maxx HD Screen Protector FFMOTDRORAZRHDS

Pros: Easy to install, protects glass.

Cons: This screen protector has an "orange peel" surface and a rubbery feel. Swiping is not smooth as your finger grips the rubbery surface. If you play games such as Scramble with Friends where you need to slide your finger, this screen protector is a detriment.

Overall Review: The screen protector went on exactly as described. There were small bubbles and imperfections which, as the instructions said, disappeared on their own. I wish there was a glass screen protector such as those made for the iPhones. Those are beautifully smooth and provide excellent protection. Until then, I'll stick with the Zagg to protect my phone.

Four Years and Still Running Great

Shuttle SH67H3 Intel Socket H2(LGA1155) Intel H67 1 x HDMI XPC  Barebone
Shuttle SH67H3 Intel Socket H2(LGA1155) Intel H67 1 x HDMI XPC Barebone

Pros: Small size is great for a desktop with limited space. Perfect for a business machine -- maybe good for gaming with a graphics card. Absolutely beautiful construction. Faster than it deserves to be.

Cons: Little room for expansion. Replacement motherboard probably too expensive or not available.

Overall Review: Built this for my wife's office. She's a court reporter. I used a Core i3-3220, 4GB G.Skill RAM, 500GD WD HD, DVD burner and a floppy. Last year I needed to replace failed RAM. Other than that, this thing is actually quite fast -- faster than I would expect it to be. I've built many PC's and this one is amazing. This was the second Shuttle I built for my wife. The first one, an XPC SN21G5 running an Athlon 64 4000+ and 1GB of RAM, unfortunately went in the trash because the motherboard died and there was no replacement available. Such a shame since the case was absolutely beautiful. I would happily build another Shuttle when the time comes to upgrade.

12/31/2017

Short Lifespan

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBPK
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBPK

Pros: Looks nice and worked for a short period of time.

Cons: One stick died after less than a year, the other after less than four years.

Overall Review: Started having errors and lock-ups. Narrowed it down to one stick of RAM. Kept going with the single stick, which lasted over two more years until the PC would again generate errors and freeze multiple times a day. Replaced with new G.Skill RAM and everything is now back to normal. (I have nothing against G.Skill -- it could happen to any brand.)

Best Cooler I've Ever Used

Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3 CPU Cooler LGA775/1150/1155/1156/1366/2011 FM1/FM2/AM2/AM3
Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3 CPU Cooler LGA775/1150/1155/1156/1366/2011 FM1/FM2/AM2/AM3

Pros: - Cools very well - Is practically silent - Looks great

Cons: - Large - Heavy - Relatively expensive

Overall Review: Despite the cons listed above, I would recommend this cooler to anyone who has a case large enough to house it. I've had it for over a year-and-a-half and it's been absolutely perfect. Despite the description, mine idles at about 775-850 RPM. When the CPU is under load and begins to increase in temperature, this cooler rises to the occasion and speeds up to keep the CPU cool. And despite what others have said about the installation process, I would say that it is no different than any other cooler in its class -- installation is usually a bit difficult with any high-end cooler. Having said that, you only need to install it once so I don't consider installation a concern. As an aside, I wanted my last build to be quiet, so in addition to this cooler I also have an EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G2 power supply which does not spin the fan unless under load (super quiet), and an ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX which also does not spin the fans unless under load (also super quiet).

Very bright light

LOGISYS Computer LDXRM12C RGB LED Strip and IR Control
LOGISYS Computer LDXRM12C RGB LED Strip and IR Control

Pros: Inexpensive, very bright -- at least that's how I remember it before it blinded me!

Cons: Adhesive is not very good. My light strip fell off and I had to reattach it. Also, the connector at the end of the LED strip isn't very secure.

Overall Review: I bought this so that I could see when my PC was dusty and needed to be cleaned (everything in it is black and difficult to see without light). I can definitely see it now! And, to be honest, the colors are fun.