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ICY DOCK TurboSwap MB171SP-B Tray-Less 3.5” SATA Hard Drive Mobile Rack with 80mm Cooling Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Solid latching system
No USBs or other added connectors
Full body chassis - a lot of docks barely stay together until you get them into a case a bolted down. Not this one.
I don't use it much for what I do but I suppose if you are going to leave a drive in it long term the switchable fan and fan speed on the front is a plus.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I always like to have a dock in my work and home systems since I'm a "computer guy" seems I always need to quickly look at or copy off a drive. Been through a lot of docks. Some were very nice looking, others very industrial looking, yet they all failed.
Some just quit being seem by the computer, others with add on USB ports, the ports failed, while others just died mechanically. Doors stopped latching closed, or worse, wouldn't open.
I've had this dock in my work system for a good while now and along with a EZConvert MB882SP-1S-2B for 2.5 drives I am totally impressed. I'm back ordering a second one for home.

SUPERMICRO CSE-731i-300B Black Pedestal Server Case 300W Power Supply w/ PFC 2 External 5.25
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Compact but not too small
Swing out drive bay
Designed for Supermicro boards
Whisper Quiet Fan

Cons: Power supply seems too small for the amount of equipment and drives you can put in it.
No other places to mount a fan other than the one it comes with,

Other Thoughts: Both cons are subjective and not a real negative. CPU's are a lot less power hungry than they once were and even 4 15K SAS drives might not truly max out the PSU.

I checked the onboard temps of a recent build and the highest I saw was 46C so does it really need more than one fan. Given that you can pack an entire company into one of these with ESXi or Hyper-V I'd feel better with a second fan.

NETGEAR R7500-100NAS Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Smart Router
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Not my best Netgear Experience 04/27/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR R7500-100NAS Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Smart Router

Pros: Like the low profile stylish design. AC speeds. Generally have had excellent luck with Netgear products.

Cons: Web interface is a little hard to use.Typical basic/advanced modes and then a lot of clicking in and out choices to find commonly used settings,

Failing after 6 months and no easy path to an RMA.

Other Thoughts: Failing after 6 months. Once a day, starting about a week ago it seems to lock up. I did all the troubleshooting on this. Lights are flashing but both wired and wireless internet connection goes down. Web interface unavailable, pinging the router fails. Power cycle the router and everything starts working. On the latest firmware, did a factory reset.
My response from Netgear support was that I have to call them and of course I should buy their premium support package since I'm outside the 90 days of included support.
Well NO, since it's intermittent I don't really want to call support at 11:00pm on a Sunday night to have some level 1 tech read me a script of everything I already tried. A top of the line router like this should be backed up with a better level of support.


Ralph A.'s Profile

Display Name: Ralph A.

Date Joined: 02/05/10

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 04/22/15
  • Last Review: 08/10/15
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