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ZyXEL ZYWALL110 High Performance 1GbE SPI/300Mbps VPN Firewall with 100 IPSec and 25 SSL VPN, 7 GbE Ports and High Availability
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Affordable
- Solid construction
- Extensive features, very flexible
- Fast!

Cons: Virtual WANs are limited to 4. Do not mistake with VLANs.
Does not tag VLANs but does recognize the tags and can shape traffic based on that.

Other Thoughts: I have this unit in conjunction with HP1910-48port serve 300Mbit fiber to a building with 50+ computers, 40+ IP phones, and numerous WiFi clients. Basically, a multi-tenant setup. 2 Exchange servers, Direct Access, VPN, etc. Never skips a beat. In the middle of the work day, I never see the CPU go above 10%. This thing is a beast!

SUPERMICRO CSE-PT26L-B 4U Chassis Rail Kit
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Perfect fit 11/06/2013

This review is from: SUPERMICRO CSE-PT26L-B 4U Chassis Rail Kit

Pros: Included all of the screws I needed for the install. Fit right into the rack.

Cons: For a $600+ chassis, they should really include this.

Other Thoughts: Read the manual for your chassis, dummies. Instructions are in Chapter 6.

Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Superb finish and attention to detail
EVERYTHING is painted (every screw, slot cover, rail, etc.)
Not a single sharp edge
Excellent vent covers (paded and filtered)
Heavy side panels that feel like premium car doors that shut with a solid, soft thud
Great hardware
USB 3.0 in the front
$100... WHAT!?

Cons: The top panel pops in and out, if you push on it. No an issue for normal use. Just an observation during assembly.

Other Thoughts: I'm simply blown away by this case. I own the Cooler Master Cosmos, Thermaltake Element S, Antec 300, and some other well-built chassis. I build high performance workstations and servers on regular bases. Typically use LianLi cases because of the industrial design and quality at reasonable prices. Silverstone for ultra high end stuff. And SuperMicro for servers. Based on that experience I can tell you that this case is absolutely superb. Nothing gets even close in this price range.
The exterior is beautiful, but I don't need to tell you what you can see in pics. What you can't see in pics is just how refined the interior is. How perfectly seals, grommets, and covers fit; no play or looseness anywhere. Absolutely every piece has been covered with soft, textured paint that seems to have been applied before assembly, which provides for a snug fit and shock absorption. Cables are soft and wraped in sleeves. The metal is thick - no stripped threads here. The side panels alone weigh as much as some cheap $20 cases while the rest of the chassis is light but very rigid. Even the expansion slot covers are so nice, I can't bring myself to tossing them.
That attention to detail isn't limited to the product itself. Packaging and extras are great, too: screws are painted, stand-offs have strong deep threads and are tapered at the top, hardware is separated in individual zip-lock bags for different types of screws. The manual actually feels nice and printed sharp. Oh, and It comes with this nice little thumb screw attachment for the stand-offs. Well, for something like that, seems like plastic would do. But no, that piece is made out of metal and is painted in and out!
Numerous times during the assembly I found myself thinking, "How can they do this for $100?" O.O
What a proper designed and built piece of equipment. If this is what Scandinavian engineering is all about then I'm a fan from now on.


Stanislav A.'s Profile

Display Name: Stanislav A.

Date Joined: 08/22/04

  • Reviews: 23
  • Helpfulness: 14
  • First Review: 04/13/09
  • Last Review: 02/07/14
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