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Pros: Addendum: I initially gave this computer 3 stars. After using it awhile, I am extremely impressed. I actually use it as my main computer, with 5 monitors attached. 4 monitors are driven by an NVS420 Graphics Card, 1 is using on-board graphics. It's been an excellent machine, so I circled back around and upped the rating appropriately to 5 stars. After buying this machine, I came across some used DELL Optiplex SFF 990s, which I also bought. I much prefer this HP, for several reasons. Most importantly, it has 4 SATA slots on the motherboard, vs only 3 for the DELL. 1 SATA is used for the DVD/CD Drive, and 1 for the HDD. So, you can install 2 additional devices. I put in a 240 GB SDD with the operating system, and this thing is smoking fast. I also appreciate the fact that you can sit this thing sideways on your desk and put a monitor directly on top of the computer. It just makes for a nice, compact setup. With the 4 front USB ports, its easy to connect the keyboard, mouse, or other devices. It is also MUCH more roomy in the interior than the DELL SFF in working to add or remove hardware. Overall, this has been a darn good computer. I really like this machine.
My original review. Addendum are in parentheses ....
Inexpensive. Small form factor can be good for some people. Decent specs ... i5, 1T drive, 8G RAM, Win 7 Pro. Keyboard and mouse are average. Came very clean, decent condition. Boxed well.
Cons: POWER SUPPLY, POWER SUPPLY, POWER SUPPLY. Only 350 Watts [It turns out power supply has not been an issue]. And the supply is a proprietary HP size. Not easily or inexpensively upgraded or replaced. OUCH. On board graphics will not work when install a graphics card. On board graphics only supports a single monitor [Solved by finding a good, inexpensive, graphics card that drove 4 additional monitors]. No USB 3.0. Difficult to open and close the side panel. Very difficult to access drive bay. [After accessing the interior a couple times, came to appreciate how easy it is to add and remove additional hardware. So, I was just plain wrong.]
Other Thoughts: I didn't know what I was buying when I got this. I just did not understand the drawbacks of a small form factor computer. I needed it to run 5 monitors. So, I bought some graphics cards. They don't fit. You need to purchase small form factor cards. And, it's not clear to me which cards to buy. Its very confusing in trying to identify what components work in small form factor computers. Plus, I am greatly concerned about whether the power supply will support multiple graphics cards. Bottom Line - this was a mistaken purchase and the machine will likely be given away to a friend of a friend. Lesson learned. [Actually, it did turn out that this machine is awesome. The trick was in finding a good, used, half-high graphics card that drives multiple monitors. Once I installed that, this little computer turned into a really decent machine.]READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Initially gave this SSD a 1 star, because its cloning software was so terrible. After finding some decent cloning software, Macrium, and getting the drive installed, everything works OK. Circled back around and upped rating to 3 stars. I am especially impressed with the Corsair SSD Toolbox feature to optimize drive performance.
Cons: Forum ... Their forum isn't a great experience. They require a separate password from their website to enter the forum. Why companies continue to required one password for their site and another for their forum is beyond me. Its annoying, a tremendous inconvenience. Significantly worse, the hoops they make you jump thru to establish a "secure" password are absolutely ridiculous. And, true to form, I had great difficulty getting the system to allow me to log-in after finally establishing a password. I did post a request for help on the forum. After six hours, I gave up. No one responded. So, overall, the forum is useless.
Help ... Confusing. Their chat function is worthless. They only respond to general inquiry. Their phone help was worse. Time and again, I see reference to filling out a ticket. That process on their website is a joke. It is multiple pages. On the first page they ask you to provide so very much useless info that, again, its extremely annoying. Then, you get to another page that asks you to identify the type of RMA you are requesting, before allowing you to submit a ticket. So, while the ticket process appears to be their method to seek help, it is really only their method to get an RMA to return their product.
Overall ... A miserable company to deal with if you need any assistance.
Other Thoughts: Like 99% of consumers, I am not a computer techie. I do own many computers though, and do have a desire to have SSDs in the computers to speed up the loading of the system. We need a company that provides a good SSD, but more importantly, we need effective and easy to use cloning software that comes with the SSD. That's not what we get from Corsair.
It took about 10 to 15 minutes to get the process going. The software was not intuitive, especially in dealing with two drives of different sizes. I initially got error messages indicating that the SSD had multiple partitions and therefore the cloning process would not start. I googled for a solution but found nothing. Somehow, I used the software feature to wipe the SSD clean, and finally that allowed the cloning to begin. I was only cloning 160 GB from a 1 T HDD over to a 240 GB SSD. The software ran for over 2 hours. Toward the end I was checking up on it every 10 minutes. The last time I came into the room, the software was no longer running. The computer had done a fresh system re-boot. There was no message, no indication at all as to whether the cloning was successful, or ran into problems. Why in the world would any programmer allow their software to complete, or exit, a > 2 hour process, with no message to indicate final status?
Assuming everything went OK, I followed the instructions by disconnecting the old HDD and installing the SATA cable for the new SSD into the same slot as the old HDD. Of course, it did not work. And, to top it off, my old HDD will not boot either. So, now, I have a computer, and no operating system. It's going to take many hours of effort to track down installation disks and just hope I can get back to normal without wasting too much of my life.
The Corsair "TOOLS"? FAIL, in a major way. Unless you have a sure fire method of cloning, steer clear of this company for SSDs. This was the first, and it was also the last, Corsair product I will ever buy.
Addendum: Did finally get this product to work. It took 5 full days to investigate and resolve the multitude of issues I encountered. While I am now more pleased with this SSD, I ran into so very many problems that I won't be buying anymore Corsair products in the future.
This review is from: RJ45 Ethernet Network Cable Crimping Tool w/ Cut Crimp and Strip Capabilities
Pros: After having been burned so many times by buying lower cost tools made in China, I was initially reluctant to purchase this crimping tool. But, I don't need it for everyday use, just every now and then. It seems to be a fairly well built tool. It works, gets the job done for that occasional time I need to make my own cables.
Cons: Really can't think of any cons at this point.READ FULL REVIEW