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This review is from: areca ARC-1222 PCIe x8 SATA / SAS RAID Card
Pros: While it was working I was happy with the card's capabilities and performance. Being able to use HTTP to monitor the card was a big plus. I run a headless server and not having to drag a keyboard, monitor, and mouse to check on the system was helpful.
Cons: This RAID card died after 3 years of light use! Unfortunately it took me several months before I had time to isolate my problems to the card (I was getting Windows BSOD crashes). Thus I'm just outside the 3 year warranty period. I have not tried to contact Areca yet, but given how many others have had similar problems I'm hoping for some leniency in enforcing their warranty. I expect that's what is needed to keep me as a loyal customer.
Other Thoughts: My initial symptom was sporadic Windows BSOD failures. Since I'd recently installed software patches I thought they introduced my BSOD problem. But after re-installing the OS several times, stress testing RAM, CPU, etc., I finally isolated the sporadic BSOD to this RAID controller. The BSOD error simply said, "Critical Process Died," but without any other details or logged messages about exactly what failed.
About a month after the BSOD problems began I got one of the CPU undervolt errors that others have mentioned.
Although I really like the HTTP capability of Areca RAID cards given the poor quality of this Areca card I'm reluctant to purchase another Areca card and am considering something else such as LSI or Intel.
Pros: Quick and accurate image scanning. Colors look good to me.
Other Thoughts: Wasn't able to scan right out of the box. Found there was a physical switch that had to be thrown in order to allow the scanner to function. I assume this must protect some moving part during shipment? I don't recall having to do this with other scanners I've owned. A slight delay in getting this up and working.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: WACOM Intuos5 Touch PTH650 Medium Pen Tablet
Pros: Bought this for my son who is in Art school. He's been very happy with it.
My son is using this both with his MacBook Pro laptop and Desktop PC.
Other Thoughts: Wacom seems to dominate the market for these type of devices. Price is a bit high, but worthwhile as an artists tool. Bought this particular model due to slightly larger size, but still small enough to fit in a laptop case.READ FULL REVIEW