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Seagate Constellation ES ST31000524NS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very fast: HDTach results 150MB/s to 70MB/s (outer to inner) which is about twice the speed of the previous Barracuda 500GB models they replaced in a nForce4 RAID-1 mirror. I can't hear them over the office background noise so call them quiet. Most importantly no glitches in speed trace.

Cons: None - you expect to pay more for this class of drive.

Other Thoughts: I got two of those to replace a mirror of 2xBarracuda 500GBs in our Windows Server 2003 internal Web Server which got damaged by a bad Smartpower PSU - the TVS (Transient Voltage Supressor) chips were burned by voltage ripple & spikes, one was still alive so I managed to rescue the data. Those drives had always shown 2 or 3 large downward spikes on a HDTach scan which was evident only when mirrored. The new Constellations show a smooth transition from 150MB/s to 70MB/s possibly confirming the claims that they are able to withstand minor vibrations from neighboring drives during head positioning; at least it confirms that the nForce4 RAID was not to blame. I'm very impressed.

Canon DR-1210C 1211B002AB 24 bit 3 line CCD 600 x 600 dpi Sheet Fed Scanner
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Finally a scanner that works 08/13/2008

This review is from: Canon DR-1210C 1211B002AB 24 bit 3 line CCD 600 x 600 dpi Sheet Fed Scanner

Pros: This is a great scanner for a workgroup that has low to moderate volume - its quality and speed is good enough that it saves a walk to the copier for quick copies. Set up is flexible and the buttons can be programmed for straight to print or for storage in various file formats.

Cons: The OMNIPage software which comes with it is too limited to be much use and keeps nagging to "upgrade" to the full version. The Acrobat works fine though if you make .DOC files, it's a little hit or miss on vertical spacing.

Other Thoughts: I note that someone else complained about jams with the ADF BUT this is what happens if you connect to a USB 1.x interface because the paper moves too slowly - it really wants the USB 2.0 interface to work right... as specified. I used a low-cost Rosewill add-in USB 2.0 card and it works fine.

This product is mis-listed at NewEgg and only shows in the full Canon Scanner listing - it should be in the Flat-Bed section since that's what it is, with ADF of course.

I fought with a HP 6250 for years until I finally gave up and got this. What a relief!

Antec NSK6580 Black/ Silver 0.8mm cold-rolled steel construction ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nice layout and easy to work with and rolled edges mean no blood gets shed. Nearly up to Antec's expected quality - card bracket alignment with mbrd is excellent. The .8mm gauge steel is still strong enough to resist flexing but...

Cons: ... it is not as good as the 1mm gauge steel we used to get with Antec TX series and previous excellent cases. Maybe they were too heavy for some but I loved them.

As already noted the knurled cage retention nut fell out of the drive cage plastic mounting bracket the 3rd time I was reinstalling the cage. The plastic bracket is held to the case bottom with self-tapping screws which chew up their threads in the plastic when reinstalling - I was ultra careful but just couldn't get one of them to refind its threads.

Other Thoughts: I don't see anything else I like for an office system - even at home, I don't need/want a carnival show for a computer case. This will have to do but I'll miss the old Chieftec cases from Antec. I hope they can rework the very minor design flaws in these.


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Display Name: George M.

Date Joined: 08/06/03

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 06/15/05
  • Last Review: 07/27/10
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