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SanDisk ReadyCache SDSSDRC-032G-G26 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Apps load faster, boot times improved slightly. Easy install.

Cons: Software is a little basic, but I suppose it does all it needs to.

Other Thoughts: Good upgrade to a system I didn't want to mess around with too much.

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Brother ImageCenter ADS-2000 24 bit Dual CIS 600 x 600 dpi Duplex High Speed Desktop Document Scanner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast scanning.
Easy setup.
Good quality for most things.

Cons: Extremely noisy.
Not built very well.
Very poor at scanning faint documents.

Other Thoughts: We usually use Epson GT-S50's for our DMS and really hammer them hard. I thought I would try this Brother scanner for a change as it seemed quite similar on paper. So far it's a mixed bag. It scans a little quicker than the Epson and the quality for most things seems very slightly better...but that could just be down to software settings. However it has 2 big problems. It is absurdly noisy and unpleasant sounding - like a piece of farm equipment operating on my desk. It's driving everybody in the office nuts. This isn't a faulty one either - they just sound that way apparently. Secondly, this scanner is very poor at scanning old/faint documents - it just skips half of them because it thinks they're blank pages. I've tried tweaking the software but it makes no difference. The Epson scanners handle even the faintest old docs just fine, out of the box - never skipped a single one. You can also tell the difference in build quality between the 2 scanners with the Brother being literally half the weight of the Epson. The Epson feels solid and reliable, the Brother feels cheap and fragile.
For a general document scanner this ADS-2000 is fine. However, for a heavy use application it's just too noisy and is too fussy about the material it's scanning. It also feels like it won't last, but only time will tell on that.

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COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan with Pulse Width Modulation
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Can barely hear it. Looks nice.

Cons: I'm also experiencing an annoying noise - a very quiet thup-thup-thup-thup. Fortunately, it's a media PC and is inside a cabinet so you can't hear it.....or I might have deducted more than 1 egg.

Other Thoughts: Bought this to replace the stock fan that came with the case. That fan sounded like an angry Dirt Devil, so in comparison the Vortex is deathly silent. Hoping the annoying noise doesn't get any worse. I would advise to keep clear of this model until Cougar have sorted this issue out. Sounds like they're aware of the problem.

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Display Name: Laura A.

Date Joined: 12/03/05

  • Reviews: 46
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  • First Review: 12/28/05
  • Last Review: 12/23/13
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