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Pros: Sleek and slim and light!
Plenty fast enough for anything we need to do with it
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
SSD is standard
Trackpoint - I really dislike touchpads, the trackpoint on all Thinkpads is much better in my opinion, and a big reason I'm partial to Thinkpads
Two USB 3.0 ports - this is not mentioned in the specs, but the USB ports on the right side are 3.0
Very good price
Radeon graphics - I do some CAD/CAM work and Intel graphics chips don't always work well with the software I used. Radeon seems to always work correctly.
Cons: Not much to complain about, but if I have to nit-pick:
It uses a different power connector from my previous Thinkpads, so I can't use my collection of power bricks. But I guess this new connector has something to do with the OneLink dock, which is an upgrade I might consider.
I use it with an external monitor, and out of the box, it was underscanning terribly, for which my monitor couldn't self-adjust. Finding the over/underscan control took a bit of digging. It's buried in the Catalyst Control Center. It was a tad annoying to have to dig for that, the software should put it in a place where it's easy to find.
The default power settiings made it pretty slow right out of the box. Once I set them for performance mode, the thing got noticeably quicker. Again, it's a configuration thing. But a person who's less computer literate might've got frustrated with both the underscan and the performance if he/she didn't know how to correct both items.
The preinstalled Lenovo software is basically junkware. Doesn't do anything useful and is non-intuitive. Best to just delete it.
Likewise, the pre-installed Norton anti-virus kept popping up with messages. When I went to go turn off the messages, it asked me to pay, and when I didn't do it, it ceased functioning. Uninstalled that garbage and installed Avast instead and all is well.
Sometimes I wonder why a person can't just buy a PC or laptop that's clean of all that sort of junk and just presents Windows to you. But I've seen much worse than this one. I basically had this up and running and set up the way I wanted it within a couple hours, which is really good.
Other Thoughts: We got it with the optional 250GB SSD which only added $20 to the price over and above the 120GB version. The drive benchmarks very fast.
All in all, this is just a lot of laptop for the money. I'm considering buying another.
This review is from: Syba SY-ENC25042 USB 3.0 USB 3.0 Dual 2.5" SATA Drive RAID Enclosure
Pros: Man I like it when a product works just like it's supposed to!
Reading some of the other reviews and looking at the dirt cheap price (ten bucks on sale) had me really wondering if this thing was worth my time. But it was just as painless as it could be.
I bought this box along with a pair of Seagate/Samsung 2TB 9.5mm drives. Slapped the drives in and installed the supplied screws with the supplied screwdriver. Set the DIP switches for Raid 1 and buttoned it up.
Plugged it into a USB3 port on my Win7 64bit desktop that I use for a home server. Pleasant surprise, the drives spun up and the box came ready with only the data USB cable, the supplemental power cable wasn't needed.
Windows discovered it. Went into Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management/Disk Management, created the partition and did a quick format Presto, 2TB of mirrored storage is up and running.
A few clicks later it was shared on my network. Overnight, all my systems did full backups to it - about 300Gb total. Everything backed up fast and no hiccups at all.
What's not to love?
Cons: OK, so if I really have to nitpick, I can find some things not to love ;)
First thing I'd nitpick about is the insertion of the drives into the SATA connectors is a bit tricky. It's similar to some laptops, in that the drive won't sit square to the connector until the connector is plugged in - until it's slightly inserted, the drive is sitting at an angle due to the compartment not being quite long enough. Just be careful you don't break a connector. It's not difficult, just be careful.
Second nitpick, this box is a little bigger than I would like. Not huge, but it seems like it could have been designed smaller. Of course, it's not like the dimensions are a secret or anything, I realized it was a little bit big before I bought it, so it's not fair to complain about it.
The thing gets warmer than I expected it to. I suspect much more of the heat is coming from the drives themselves as compared to the box's electronics. It has to go somewhere. Since there's nothing to provide airflow through the box, that means it has to go through the case.
UPDATE 3/20/16: I tried this thing in RAID-0, using a pair of HGST 1TB 7200rpm drives. Figured I'd have a screamer running those two pretty fast drives in RAID 0. Read speeds are OK, in the 170-200 range as measured with CDM. Write speeds however are in the toilet - I mean sub 20MB/S. So I've knocked two eggs off my review. I don't understand why it's so slow on writes, but I would not use this thing in RAID-0.
Other Thoughts: I only tested RAID 1. No feedback on any of the other modes.
I hooked it up to USB 3.0 ports on a few different computers and in most cases, the auxiliary power wasn't needed, the single data cable provided enough current. However, on one computer I tried it on a powered USB 3.0 hub and it wouldn't spin up. That seems odd, you'd think a powered USB 3.0 hub would supply as much current as the motherboard USB 3.0 ports. But I guess not.
I also ran it on a Syba SD-PEX20137 PCI-e to USB 3.0 card. The data cable powered it just fine.
This box replaced a clunky Startech 3.5" x 2 RAID 0/1 box, equipped with a pair of 2TB WD Green Power drives. It was an eSATA + USB 2.0 box. eSATA has always been troublesome to me, in various applications it's always given me some level of trouble. But before USB 3.0, it was all we had. I put off and put off upgrading it, until recently when it bit the dust. Both drives seem to be OK, the interface just basically quit, very slow operation and causing lots of system hangs. Same symptoms on multiple computers and cables. USB 2.0 still worked but that's way too slow. So I finally stepped into the new century. USB 3.0 is the best way to connect an external drive, and with 2TB available in a 9.5mm 2.5 inch drive, why deal with the bigger size and the power brick of the 3.5 inch drives? Doesn't make any sense for me. My capacity requirements are not that great, and portability is much more important. If I need to restore a system from it's backup, it's pretty simple to just grab this box off the server and go plug it into the failed computer. Restores over the network are too slow.
I was so impressed by this little box, and how cheap it was, that I bought two more while they're on sale. Not even sure yet what I'll use them for, but I'll find something I'm sure.
Pros: This kit is designed to be simple to install. They basically thought of everything, from color coordinated tubing to a clever little fitting to tap into the water supply to the simple saddle type tap into the drain. You can tell they put a lot of effort into making this thing easy to install. The instructions are clear and simple too. A child could install this thing.
The kit is also pretty darn inexpensive.
It comes with the filter wrenches you need to change the filter cartridges
The faucet is an attractive brushed finish and in my case at least it's a pretty close match for my kitchen faucet. Looks like it belongs there.
Cons: Be aware that it can take longer than the instructions suggest to flush out the carbon. I did 5 full tank flush cycles before the water completely cleared up.
They ought to include trim hardware for the faucet for a larger hole. In my case, I have granite counter tops, and rather than drill a hole I removed a soap dispenser that was installed in a 1-3/8" hole. The trim ring on the top side really isn't big enough.
Other Thoughts: I got this because the doctor told me to cut down on the salt, and the wife insists on using the water softener. We tried bottled water for awhile but it was too much of a hassle and so when I saw Newegg put this on sale, I went ahead and bought it.
Installation took about 2 hours start to finish. That's reading the instructions carefully and taking my time and putting everything away when I was done.
I'm on a well, with the pressure switch set to the usual on-at-30 and off-at-50. Seems to work fine.