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This review is from: APC Back-UPS Pro 500 BG500 500VA 300W 4 Outlets UPS
Pros: Lightweight, wall mountable and suitable to power my 80" LCD TV and a network switch. Thin and small enough to fit within the wall mount outline so my screws go into the plywood backing for the TV and not drywall.
Cons: Slightly painful to hang, did not see a wall template in the box which would have helped.
Other Thoughts: I am using this in a non-traditional way - as I live in FL summer storms frequently drop the power for a second or 2 which isn't good for expensive electronics. I have beefy double conversion UPS units for my computer and other sensitive equipment but can't mount a big 50 lb UPS on the wall. This should do the trick in a compact form that will let me ride out small fluctuations - I was not interested in extended runtime.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Lenovo ThinkServer TD340 Tower Server System Intel Xeon E5-2403 v2 70B5001TUX
Pros: Great server with upgrades, especially at the price point offered. Nicely configurable.
Cons: Somewhat loud, which can be fixed (see below).
Other Thoughts: I needed to replace my aging HP MediaSmart server and decided to go with something more general purpose to run VMs (Hyper-V).
Server as-is is decent, but I ended up swapping the CPUs to dual 6-core versions, upped the RAM to 24GB and added a spare cage/backplane/cable, management module and RAID module w/battery backup and SSD accelerator (all found on that famous auction site).
Running 22TB SATA storage (all defined as RAID 0 individual drives) using Drivepool, 2TB SAS in RAID 1 (with 1 hot spare) and a 256GB SSD as an accelerator drive for the SAS drives.
Note that you CAN run SATA drives, just not in the same RAID array as SAS. You CAN add in another RAID card, and you can easily swap out/add CPUs, but if you add a CPU you need to buy another heatsink.
The fans are a bit loud but easily swapped out for Noctua or other low noise equivalents.
The management module is awesome, as you can remote in even when the server is off, and launch KVM sessions that start with the bios boot. Total lights off and I have the server now sitting in a closet.
Total cost for everything above, including the server, under $2000. A real bargain for something that could run midsize enterprise. Will probably add more RAM in the future. Make sure you get registered ECC 1600MHz RAM.
This review is from: Hamilton Beach 25475 Gray Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Pros: Couldn't be easier to use. Fresh ingredients yielded a breakfast sandwich that tasted exactly like a Egg McMuffin without having to visit the local drivethrough.
Cons: Clean up is easy, but the top and bottom plates aren't dishwasher safe. Cheese or egg can leak out if you're not careful.READ FULL REVIEW