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QNAP TS-269L-US Diskless System High-performance 2-bay NAS Server for SMBs
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Absolutely LOVE this thing! 06/27/2014

This review is from: QNAP TS-269L-US Diskless System High-performance 2-bay NAS Server for SMBs

Pros: - Comes with a free upgrade to the Intel Atom D2701 CPU running at 2.13Ghz.
- Dual Hotswap Bays (SATA II Speeds MAX)
- Dual Gigabit NICs with teaming and failover capabilities
- Runs very cool and quiet. That is unless you have loud HDDs.
- Very robust web interface management.
- Excellent physical construction.
- Excellent TWONKY DLNA implimentation.
- TONS of extra value add features. (DHCP Server, WINS Server, VPN Server, FTP Server, MySQL Server with PHPAdmin, iTunes Server, Native Apple TimeMachine support, etc, etc, etc!

Cons: - CRASHPLAN IS NOT OFFICIALLY SUPPORTED
- Costs almost as much as an actual PC with similar specs. However there are TONS of value adds which make this a no-brainer purchase.
- The learning curve. While it is actually pretty easy, there are a TON of options and if you don't know how they all interconnect and work then it will take some time to understand and configure everything. I'd suggest messing with the box for a few days, change a ton of stuff, break it a few times and then do a factory reset. Better to get to know it BEFORE you start using it to host important data.

Other Thoughts: Dear QNAP,

PLEASE start officially supporting APPS like CrashPlan. If I could have all my friends and family sending me their crashplan backup instead of some over priced cloud service or even worse to some external hard drive that they never actually hookup, then I would be a very... VERY happy person. I'd probably send you a slice of my birthday cake every year just to say thank you! Hope you like angel-food!

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APEX MI-008 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Excellent for simple HTPC! 12/10/2012

This review is from: APEX MI-008 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply

Pros: -Good layout, design, and ventilation.
-Fits a full sized single slot video card!
-Nifty hard-drive mounting brackets.
-Nice looking case.
-Side vents can fit 80mm case fans! (Depending on the location of the hard-drive or installed video card, you MAY be blocked from installing a fan. As an example I have a TV tuner installed in my only PCIe slot and I can STILL fit a single 80mm fan on the front left side of the case. No way I could do this if I had a full sized video card installed though.)

Cons: -This is just my opinion but the front panel door covering the USB and audio ports SEEMS a little flimsy. So far so it's held up fine but I think I'll have to be very careful to treat it nice or else it'll get broke at some point. (1 egg off for this. I hate it when panels break off easily and this looks like a good candidate for it.)
-Power supply is a little under powered. Would have preferred a 300-350 watt power supply as this tends to meet some mid level gaming cards minimum power requirement. However it's fine if you're running on-board video.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you adjust the DVD drives button before installing an actual drive. Simply slide the white part of the arm into the correct position.

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BIOSTAR A68I-350 Deluxe R2.0 AMD Fusion APU 350D AMD A68 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Stays Cool!
-Very Quiet!
-Able to multi-task AND run full 1080p video with ease. (I'm actually writing this review and watching a 5GB MKV video! System still feels VERY snappy!)
-VERY fast for everything but gaming and video encoding.
-I absolutely LOVE the AMD Control Panels ability to adjust Overscan/Underscan for when you're connected to a TV!

Cons: -Not able to Encode video quickly. ~3hours to encode a single DVD.
-As expected it isn't able to 3D game much. (Must run CS Source, MW2, etc at LOW resolutions.)
-The latest downloadable video card drivers from AMD don't work for some reason. Breaks Windows 7 Aero and causes random DirectX problems.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend downloading the latest AMD driver pack from AMD Gaming online. Install everything EXCEPT the included video card driver, as it seems to break a lot of things in Windows 7. Instead go into Windows Device Manager and select Update Driver Software and then have it Search Online Automatically for the current Windows Update driver from Microsoft.
-I have 4GB of gskill installed. Initially ran it on 2GB but 4GB makes a noticeable difference.

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Display Name: Buck N.

Date Joined: 09/30/01

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 05/13/08
  • Last Review: 06/27/14
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