The only time, in my use, that the slower speeds from the Roamio Basic has come into play is when I want to transfer several shows to it and I have limited time because I need to take the box to my GFs house. Since it's almost half as slow to the Roamio Basic it takes almost twice as long. Which isn't really a big deal unless I'm pressed for time. If I transfer the content the night before, like I should do, there is no issue. In normal use if I want to transfer something from my TiVo Desktop machine to my Roamio Basic, I just hit transfer and start watching right away. I would think my situation where I carry my Roamio Basic with me is not the norm for most people.