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nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum Panel PRO-LCD-B Media Center Programmable LCD
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Surprisingly Nice 11/04/2011

This review is from: nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum Panel PRO-LCD-B Media Center Programmable LCD

Pros: 1) Bright enough to see clearly from six feet away
2) Impressive customizability
3) Looks nice in the case
4) Easy setup
5) Manual surprisingly thorough (plus lots of fun Engrish!)
6) Making your own LED artwork is fun (and looks cool)
7) Speedfan interface is awesome
8) Sets up fast and works out of the box with Windows 7 drivers

Cons: 1) Learning curve to make your own artwork
2) Learning curve to make custom entries
3) Can't get it to read info from media player classic
4) Takes ~15s to load the software at boot, and the splash screen is annoying

Other Thoughts: This cheap little gadget can read temperatures, show fan speeds, give you UL/DL rates, and display custom artwork. It also has a nice looking equalizer that works with both the mic input and any line out. There are enough options in there to turn it into whatever kind of notification agent you prefer, and the opportunity to expand/contract as your needs change. Love it.

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GWC HU2SA0 USB 2.0 10-Port Hub, Include Power adapter and USB Cable
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Really nice hub! 11/04/2011

This review is from: GWC HU2SA0 USB 2.0 10-Port Hub, Include Power adapter and USB Cable

Pros: 1) Works out of the box with no drivers or hassles
2) Loads of ports
3) Smart placement of ports with flexible access on the back for peripherals that get moved around

Cons: 1) Very, very cheesy 3" blue light at the top that I wish I could figure out how to disable.
2) Did I mention how bright the light is? (-1 egg)

Other Thoughts: Purely on technical merits this hub is spectacular. I have burned out two previous hubs that were powering:

* an iPhone dock
* a webcam
* mouse dongle
* keyboard dongle
* joystick dongle (x2)
* a printer

This one handles them all with ease, and did so right out of the box. A minor concern is that my webcam microphone seems to go chipmunk from time to time and I have yet to figure out why. A reboot usually clears it, but the problem does not occur when plugged into non-hub USB port. (Its a Logitech 9000 cam)

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Hitachi GST Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Four 0S03230 Drives in Intel Rapid Storage Raid 10 (0+1) Array 11/01/2011

This review is from: Hitachi GST Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: 1) Cheap - Four drives ran less than $600 in Oct 2011
2) Arrived carefully packaged
3) Surprisingly quiet
4) Drives stay cool, even under heavy load

Cons: 1) On the slow side (the downside of cheap)
2) Slow in RAID5

Other Thoughts: Using four of these in an Intel Rapid Storage Technology RAID 10 (0+1) array. The formatted capacity is approximately 5.5TB. It takes ~26 hours to initialize and ~24 hours to verify the volume with these drives, so be prepared to invest some time before you are up and running.

In RAID 10 (0+1), observed write speeds vary from 95-160 MB/s depending on the usual variables of transfer size and file size.

In RAID 10 (0+1), observed read speeds are >300 MB/s, more than enough for a storage drive.

Originally had three of these set up in the RAID5, but the write operations were painfully slow. If using IRST, I recommend using RAID 1 or 10 (0+1) or you might be disappointment in your investment.

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Date Joined: 10/03/07

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