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Motorola Behind the Neck Stereo Bluetooth Headphone High-Definition Audio Black (S9 HD)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Stereo sound is quite good; treat this as a music set only.

Cons: Microphone is terrible; people can barely hear me with this set. Haven't figured out how to get the thing to sit comfortably on my ears.

Other Thoughts: I got this one because one from a Different Brand got damaged by moisture and I couldn't find one in stock, so I tried this.

It wasn't worth it.

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SANS DIGITAL TowerRAID TR4M-BP RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 5+spare, Spanning and JBOD
 (via Bundled RR622 RAID Controller Card) 4 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Port multiplier, so less cabling; great for set-ups where you have a lot of storage but no locality of access. Compact unit, much nicer than the SCSI 5.25" chassis I've been converting for FireWire or eSATA port multiplier.

Cons: Stupid blue LED rear fan. It has a front door like a hotswap chassis, but the drives screw in with thumbscrews and you need to take the cover off to change them. None of that is why I took an egg away, though.

The bundled RR622 card is garbage. Well, maybe it isn't, but HighPoint doesn't have true open source drivers for Linux, they use binary blobs. And they don't work under high write load; the NCQ gets corrupt and entire drives get kicked off the whole bus.

Other Thoughts: The unit works very well with the AHCI SATA controller on my motherboard (ASUS M4A77TD PRO). It's really just the bundled card that let me down; I'm actually using the bundled card with a different port multiplier enclosure, and some quick searching on my symptoms shows that I'm not the only one with problems with the High Point proprietary drivers. (Which they call "Open Source", despite including pre-compiled .o files.)

Never buy hardware that needs software from a hardware company....

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Cooler Master 4-in-3 Device Module Cage
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Filter clogs easily 09/10/2010

This review is from: Cooler Master 4-in-3 Device Module Cage

Pros: Works; fairly easy to assemble; nice and light (before you bolt drives to it).

Cons: There is a two-layer permanent filter attached to this unit, between the front grille and the fan. It cannot be serviced with the unit mounted in a system: you have to remove the assembly. (You can remove the grille without having to unbolt the drives, at least).

After a few months, this filter clogged so badly it completely blocked airflow, and triggered a smartmond temperature alarm.

I removed the filter mesh layers and reassembled it; dropping drive temperature by 8 degC. A filter you have to dismantle the system to clean is not useful, so it's not going back in.

Other Thoughts: As the only electrical part of this is the fan, it's a much safer buy than some of the hot-swap cages, which I've found to be quite hit-or-miss. (Even with the fan filter issue.)

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Graham R.'s Profile

Display Name: Graham R.

Date Joined: 12/04/08

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 12/19/08
  • Last Review: 03/20/11
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