Jeez… wonder why they are being moved out so cheaply? The model line is only about 6-9 months old and it has more connection options (1394, eSATA) than the Essential USB-only version priced a round $150 more.
I bought one of these 1.5 weeks ago at Newegg for what seemed like a great price of $179.99 w/free shipping. Yesterday I saw it at BB for $161.xx and was shocked to see such a low price… now $99.50 at Staples???
All I can say is it performs very quietly, has cool operation even during long transfers (when placed as recommended), and I’ve had no problems or read of problems from others regarding this item. I’d buy another without hesitation (and may do just that!)