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Wealknees Roamio Basic Model

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by brianric, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. brianric

    brianric Active Member

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    Don't know if the Roamio basic model is a 2.5 or 3.5 drive, but Weakness is offering a basic model with 300 and 475 HD hours upgrade.
     
  2. NYHeel

    NYHeel Well-Known Member

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    Actually they're selling the plus model with a 2TB and 3TB drive upgrade as well.

    I'm guessing it can't do 4TB then.
     
  3. MeInDallas

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    If they are putting a 3TB in the basic model, and it doesnt say anything about it being external, then that would lead me to believe it has a 3.5 hard drive internal. I dont know of any 3TB 2.5 hard drives. The largest I have found is 2TB.
     
  4. tatergator1

    tatergator1 Active Member

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    Since they have these available the day after launch, I'm thinking the file system changes, if any, are minor and that the old self-upgrade methods will be the same, or easily adapted.
     
  5. MeInDallas

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    OK I just called Weaknees on the phone, and the guy I spoke with confirmed that the base model does indeed use a 3.5 regular size hard drive NOT a smaller 2.5 size drive.

    Whew! :)
     
  6. hefe

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    Wow, so the hard drive (using a 500GB WD spec sheet) weighs a pound, and the whole Roamio weighs 3.7 pounds. So the rest is only 2.7 pounds.

    The Plus and the Pro weigh 6.9 pounds, and since those drives weigh 1.4-1.6 pounds, the rest is 5.4 pounds. I wonder what makes the Plus and Pro twice as heavy as the Base model...
     
  7. MeInDallas

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    My thought would be plastic. If you look at both models, the Plus and the Pro are metal cases, and the base model looks to be plastic of some sort.
     
  8. NYHeel

    NYHeel Well-Known Member

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    Could be the bigger case and the power supply.
     
  9. MeInDallas

    MeInDallas Member

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    Yep and the base model has an external power supply too.
     
  10. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    Looks like a few other things missing, including a fan and a power supply.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. MeInDallas

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    I noticed that too, and the cable card goes in at the bottom. It reminds me of the new Genie from Directv, it is smaller and has no fan, and uses an external power supply too. The top of the base model looks like its all one piece of plastic that pops off the top.
     
  12. Big Boy Laroux

    Big Boy Laroux New Member

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    So how is it that the upgraded plus can go to 475 hours with 3 TB, but pro goes to 450? Tivo crap on the Hard Drive?
     
  13. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Coupons still work on the upgraded units too. :up:

    My will power is fading. I might be ordering a 2TB Plus today. :)
     
  14. MeInDallas

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    I told myself I wasnt gonna do it, and I'm getting weaker the more people are talking about them. I kinda want that base model for the OTA capability :eek:
     
  15. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    Must be.

    I received this in an email 4 hours ago from Weaknees:

    So I went to the blog and found:

     
  16. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

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    If this is available less than a day after launch, there's prior knowledge going on. There's no way that the changes to the file system are minor enough for wk to have figured them out and redesigned their website this quickly without it.

    Get ready for another monopoly on expansions until the rest of us can figure it out (if that's even possible without inside help).
     
  17. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I'm in the same boat. I already have a Stream so it comes down to whether I need 6 tuners or not. And I don't think I really do. I might just order the 4 tuner unit with the free Stream, throw my own 2TB drive in there, and then sell the Stream to offset the cost.

    I like that the 4 tuner has a power brick instead of an internal power supply, as that's easier to replace. I like that it does OTA even though I don't need it right now. And I like that it's only $200 instead of $600. :)
     
  18. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

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    Weeknees was one of the first if not the first to sell Premiere upgraded drives, iirc. I believe this was even before the new tools so they might do it differently.
     
  19. MeInDallas

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    Good points, I was thinking the same thing. I wish Tivo had gone to external power supplies on all models, and the OTA is a big plus for me. I have the XL4 now but IF I ever did go away from TWC then it would be worthless to me. I just cancelled a 2 tuner unit on Monday because it was out of contract. I knew these were coming, but $600 I just cant see it right now. You know in a few months prices will come down some at least, but $200 I can swing :D
     
  20. ppartekim

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    Coupons? You mean I could get the 3TB base for less than the stated $449.. please give details.. CC getting warm waiting... :rolleyes:



    That or I need upgrade instructions.. I see 3TB drives available at Fry's for ~$120.. vs the $250 add-on for Weakness..
     

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