Fantom Drives 2TB Hard Drive Upgrade Kit for Sony PlayStation 4, PS4 Slim, and PS4 Pro

Note: I rated this 4/5 stars.

Link to product.

With 1TB PS4 slims being, at the absolute best black Friday price, $180, and more commonly north of $200, purchasing a new system to expand the memory of an original PS4 is an expensive proposition. So I placed this upgrade kit on my amazon wish list for Christmas, and lo and behold, a family member purchased it. Here is what you get for ~100, with a rough price breakdown of each item:

1. 2TB hard drive (this is a laptop sized hard disc, mechanical, not solid state) – $75.
2. Flash drive (the listing says 8 gigs, but the one included in mine was a 16 gig- probably due to the continued drops in prices for these) – $6-15.
3. Enclosure for the old PS4 hard drive – ~10.
4. A screwdriver …. a quarter?

It also includes fairly clear instructions, which I’ll comment on in a bit.

Obviously, this gets to about 95 dollars worth of stuff, so you aren’t getting a special deal or anything. These components can be acquired separately, and in fact you may have a flash drive you can use already. I would think a price of about $90 would be more appropriate, and would encourage the company, FantomDrives, to explore ways to knock down the price about ten dollars.

Still, I recognize that the purpose of a kit like this is convenience. While not a hard project, upgrading a PS4 hard drive would require a bit of internet research, and having everything included for you, pre-checked for compatibility, is nice.

So how is the experience of using the kit, and most importantly, how are the included instructions?

For the most part, pretty positive. Some of the earlier reviews on amazon from 2016 discuss unclear directions, but I didn’t find that to be the case, with one exception: the final step of reusing the old PS4 hard drive. It does not mention how you need to delete the old partitions using windows disc manager. Of course, the primary point of this kit for most is to expand the memory, with using the old HDD a mere bonus, but they should improve the directions for this step.

The other aspect I’d improve is the included screw driver. While it is very cool that they include it, thus fulfilling the promise of giving you virtually everything you need for the operation, the screw driver has a tiny handle and doesn’t produce enough torque to take out the main screw on the PS4 drive bay. You’ll want your own, quite frankly, and since the screws in question are small but standard phillips head sizes, you probably do have one.

Other than that, I was done with this in less than an hour. So far, it is working perfectly fine. One thing I’m just a bit worried about is hard drive failures down the road, which some of the 1-star reviews report. Thus far, I can only find positive reviews that talk about using the PS4 for “several months,” so I can’t say for sure right now what my experience will be. If I have problems after less than a year, I’ll report back.

Overall, however, I’d recommend this kit. I have the technical know-how (not much is needed, really) to have done this without special help, but the convenience of everything being in one place made a “kick the can down the road” upgrade into a “do it now” job. Provided that everything still works in a year, I’m happy!


Trtl Pillow Review


Yeah, this is gonna be a short review:

It didn’t work. Not even close. I’m 6’1″, and I could never get this in a comfortable position. It just can’t hold the weight of my head, and in fact feels worse than the usual U-shaped pillows you can get anywhere.

I would suggest finding one in person and trying it. You can’t get this sight-unseen.

Saeco X-Small Espresso Machine

As posted on, which is where I bought it.

This machine filled my needs and desires as a coffee lover perfectly: a machine that creates a perfect shot of espresso, while using actual beans that you provide; ground fresh with each shot you make. At this, the X-Small delivers.

However, you should understand about this machine:
1. It will not make a pot of coffee. Single shot, double shot, and a full single cup are the options you get here. If you need to make coffee for many people (regular drip coffee), you’ll need something else to address that.
2. There is a very small learning curve to using the machine. Mostly, this involves the water supply; sometimes the machine will give you a red light error; in my experience, this is mostly because the water supply hasn’t gone into the control circuit (see the manual): all you have to do is turn the knob to the steam setting. Sometimes after doing this, the red light persists, and I’ve had to turn the machine on and off again.
3. This machine is not meant to hold huge amounts of water and beans, so it really isn’t something you are expected to “set and forget.” You’ll need to refill the water depot every 4 shots or so (less if you pull double and full cup shots). You’ll need to empty the used coffee grounds bin every 5-7 shots. It holds more beans than it looks, only requiring more beans every few days if you use the machine 4-5 times per day.
4. The milk frother wand might seem intimidating to use at first, but it’s incredibly easy. You’ll love it. Submerge that wand in the milk and let it rip.
5. This is not, like many fancy coffee machines on the market, a “jack of all trades” type machine that is meant to do lots of stuff. This is actually why I’m rating this five stars. It was built to make espresso from fresh beans that are ground “to order,” and it does an awesome job at that. It gives you *just enough* options: you can adjust the grind setting, you can make a double shot (which can also be used to make two servings at once as you see in the picture), and you can make a “full cup” of coffee, which will fill about one half or so of a standard coffee cup (this tastes different than drip coffee, but I like the flavor; it’s a somewhat watered down espresso shot basically. I’m surprised how often I use that feature). You can also dispense just hot water for tea, etc.

My only legit gripes:
1. The machine outputs some waste water with every use, and pumps a bit of hot clear water every time the machine is turned on (to prime it, I’m sure). You’ll need to empty the waste water tray often, and clean it often as the coffee sediment creates a gunk. Would suggest Saeco think about a different way to eject the waste water (perhaps a tube one can run to a sink?).
2. It’s a little disappointing that you can’t use “oily” beans, which limit you to light to medium roasts (darker = more oils, which is bad for the machinery). This is common, however, for machines of this type.
3. My coffee snobbery is now at an all time high, since the quality of my home coffee is now sufficient that I strongly dislike coffee most everywhere else!


Negative reviews of this machine focus on the small water quantity being held and the bitter taste.

The whole point of the X-Small is “small footprint.” Remember: this isn’t some crappy auto coffee machine that uses pods (which I detest), but a legit, Italian made pump based espresso machine. So for it to take as little space as it does (it’s still bigger than your standard drip machine though) requires some engineering. Just fill up the freaking reservoir!!!

Re: the taste, come on now, that is purely a function of the beans you use and the style of coffee being made. Espresso is going to have some kick: you are forcing super hot water through beans at a fast rate. To get a smooth cup of coffee, you’ll want to use either a drip machine, or, as I do, a pour over funnel placed on top of a cup.