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Synology DS112j Diskless System Budget-friendly 1-bay NAS server for Home Users
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good software
Easy to use
Easy to understand

Cons: Enclosure is very large and very empty
Processor is slow
Only 128MB RAM
Setup diagnostics mislead me into thinking I had a problem with my network switch (the HDD was bad)

Other Thoughts: I installed this device in a Structured Media Enclosure in the back of a closet and used this to serve the three computers in my house. I have one folder for media (pictures, movies, music) and one encrypted folder (personal information). Because I put this in a narrow space, I definitely noticed how large this device was relative to the size of the HDD; there's a lot of empty space--this is probably not a big deal to most users though.

The specs on this thing allow only light duty, at best. I attempted to install Java and Crashplan, and they alone maxed out the RAM. Encryption is exceedingly slow on this thing; I've used encryption on HDDs on my desktop and never had a significant performance hit. This is another story. Reads and writes are 10% of what they are with unencrypted data. Doing a large file copy and logging in as an administrator sometimes crashed the device.

I can't recommend this one, but I've since upgraded to the more robust version of their 1-bay NAS, and it's a world of difference. I've given up on the Crashplan, but the device is just so much more tolerant of heavy usage. The software to manage the device is just so much snappier and more responsive. The encrypted folder mounts considerably faster. File transfers are faster (still slower than what Synology advertises on its website, but definitely quick enough for me). This device could work for very light duty, but I have to recommend going with then next higher version for room to grow.

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Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD30EFRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: None

Cons: Can't give 0 eggs. Seriously, I ordered two of these from here and both of them were dead within two weeks. Now I have to pay to ship them back and wait for several weeks to get new ones. And I have no server while I wait for them both. I will never again question the value of off-site backups.

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Hercules XPS 2.0 60 30 Watts RMS 2.0 HiFi Inspired 2.0 Multimedia Speakers Set
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The sound was very nice...

Cons: while they worked for about 2 months. Mine had multiple manufacturing defects. The motherboard (what they call the PCB) died. Furthermore, instead of using the plugs on the board, the person who assembled the device decided to solder the wires directly to the board, so I was unable to work with tech support to fix the speakers.

Other Thoughts: They actually wanted to me to ship the speakers back to France by courier for warranty replacement. The cost of shipping that method was more than 150 percent than the typical cost of the speakers. Give me a break. I recommend sticking with companies that can competently manufacture speakers and maintain a support presence in the United States.

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Jon H.'s Profile

Display Name: Jon H.

Date Joined: 06/12/04

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 02/08/11
  • Last Review: 05/03/13
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