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HP Business Desktop 3500 (D8C46UT#ABA) Desktop PC Intel Core i5 3470 (3.20GHz) 4GB DDR3 500GB HDD Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8 Pro)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The unit is fine as a desktop. Does what you need. The pricing is average but I have to spend $80 - $100 to buy a replacement power supply, boosting total cost.

Cons: Although I have 8 months of warranty left, both newegg and HP refuse to honor the warranty. Each claims that the OTHER is responsible. Well between the one that made the PC and the one that sold it, you'd think a warranty is a warranty. Nope, not worth the "paper" that it's "printed" on.

Other Thoughts: As an aside, this was the straw that broke the camel's back. After doing business with newegg for over a decade, I will never buy anything from them again. (The replacement PSU? Yeah, that's coming from a retailer that has the name of a large cat in the name, and then the word direct).

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HP Business Desktop 3500 (D8C46UT#ABA) Desktop PC Intel Core i5 3470 (3.20GHz) 4GB DDR3 500GB HDD Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8 Pro)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Was looking for a simple, reliable 64 bit Win 7 system. Most of what's on the market now is Win 8 and the wife needed a basic box for watching videos and doing some work at home. Did not think i7 was necessary and I was right... this i5 system is a solid choice for home and work use

Cons: There was some junkware that needed to be uninstalled. That amounted to much less than you usually see on a name brand PC though. I know they are being phased out but a parallel port would have been nice.

Other Thoughts: In an age where Dell is still churning out plastic junk (how is that company still in existence?!) it's nice to know you can get a great deal on a simple x64 win 7 system from HP.

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D-Link DNS-320 ShareCenter 2-Bay Network Storage device
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Not up to being a media server 02/22/2013

This review is from: D-Link DNS-320 ShareCenter 2-Bay Network Storage device

Pros: This is quite suitable as an inexpensive backup solution. It's got RAID 1 capability and the slow throughput isn't a factor in a file backup context.

Cons: It has a bunch of features that might make you think it's suitable as a media server, but it isn't. You might note that other reviews talk about low throughput. I'm getting 10 to 25 mb/s on a file copy and sometimes that will grind down to 5 (five), and this is on gigabit Ethernet. A BIOS upgrade didn't fix that. Neither does occasional rebooting. You can't play videos or music without constant staccato pauses.

BTW to avoid data loss (take what I am saying seriously) you must update to the 2.03 BIOS. There are KNOWN data loss problems with earlier BIOSes, inlcuding large files being destroyed and problems with Teracopy software. BIOS 2.03 fixes those and other problems.

There are also some flukes with account creation. It's not very useful as a media server if you have to log in as admin ALL the time -- that's how accidental deletions could happen. (Notably, other than difficulty in actually setting account passwords, there is an interesting chicken/egg problem with the process in general... you have to create a user group first and users second, which makes sense, but the interface is set up with users first and group second.)

I am still not able to log in to the unit with the user accounts I created, though I can use the drive mapping software on the CD to force share creation, which you must use as an admin.

I want a data backup, and I was using an external USB drive, but now the roles are reversed -- I am using the USB drive for playing media and the NAS for backup. I'm torn as to whether or not to return this.

Interestingly, the unit uses EXT3 and not NTFS, so if you're one who thinks "in an emergency, I could pull a drive and stick it into my Windows box," I'm going to tell you you can't, unless you use Knoppix or another Linux distro.

Other Thoughts: If you're on a small budget, it really is 100% fine for a backup-only solution. Trying to use this as a media server will only result in heartbreak, however.

I had a P4 running a copy of Windows Server 2003 with a RAID 1 card acting as my media server. I had to set up the wife with a quick computer, so I gave it to her and ordered this NAS confident that it would be a perfect replacement. I would characterize that as a definite mistake on my part.

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Frederick V.'s Profile

Display Name: Frederick V.

Date Joined: 02/01/12

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 02/22/13
  • Last Review: 12/16/13
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