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This review is from: Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Deluxe Bundle Scanner for PC and Mac (PA03656-B015)
Pros: Great performance. It really is the best type of device that does this I've owned.
I don't have anything negative to say about performance and utility.
Cons: BIG CON-- It had such high reviews when I purchased it I expected this thing to be indestructible.
After a few months though, I couldn't get WINDOWS 7 ULT to recognize the ScanSNAP (aka it will NOT function at all).
I will try to hook up to a different computer , but I've had this issue several times and because I eventually can fix with the disc from manufacturer, I am giving FUJITSU and other reviews the benefit of the doubt on this thing.
TEXT RECOGNITION IS WONDERFUL, and you might find yourself pleased with its bundled software, although I prefer to manage my own files without excessive software and found it at times a bit annoying to have to click through stuff.
I'd really ask around though, this thing is awesome, and I think most people will be happy. It's great if you don't have the above issues and FUJITSU has good videos which do accurately give you advanced notice and a pretty good idea of what to expect.
Other Thoughts: Its awesome as long as you don't run into installation problems. I still would buy again despite not having the best of luck with device recognition.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I purchased this drive for a custom built system. I have built many and I have been able to repair this drive several times when numerous technicians assumed the drive failed.
It is hard to explain exactly why this drive is so bad -- it is nicely packaged and PCI-express port installation seems like it would be stable and offer some advantages over SATA drives.
You may find yourself turning to technical blogs or support if you have problems, and configuration screens during set up can last for absurd amounts of time if anything goes wrong.
The slightest alteration of a BIOS setting or MOBO compatibility issue will make accessing the drive for use or OS functionality nearly a day-long procedural nightmare.
The toolkit is available on the product website with version numbers and updates listed; however, tech support was not hesitant to have me try to run through using the toolkit software during boot and they DID offer an RMA and replacement, but I did not follow up after I fixed the drive (busy professional here).
The drive lasted after I managed to repair it myself using multiple reboots and careful MOBO tweaking -- a several week long process. The company was not willing to extend the date of my RMA request after the second failure, and I did not argue as I will once again attempt a repair on this drive and not waste my time calling support again because it honestly is slower to call them.
The problem is this drive is truly amazing technology that could make your computing needs and dreams come true, but it's not cheap for the volume size of this product -- the entire series is expensive. When it worked out of box, it was worth the pain of setup and configuration and did read/write near capacity advertised; HOWEVER (emphasis added), with standard and routine use this drive falls short of any other drive I have ever used.
Many online complain of issues related to WINDOWS not recognizing this drive as a primary drive for installation. I'm not sure if this issue is ongoing with newer versions of Windows; however, I assure you that if you have the right set up you CAN indeed use it as I have done for years.
It's only pro in my opinion is its ridiculously large capacity compared with comparable volumes at the time of purchase, but for experienced builders this may or may not be a necessary option and I would advise against this purchase and find the drive itself to be unreliable and prone to almost every issue imaginable --let's focus on the major one here (BLUE SCREENS OF DEATH WITH SUBSEQUENT BOOT FAILURES WITH BIOS ATTRIBUTION TO HARD DRIVE AND SUCCESSFUL BOOT IF YOU BOOT FROM A SECONDARY DRIVE IF YOU HAVE ONE).
When your computer breaks, in my case with this drive, it has been obvious this drive is the culprit.
I'm not rich, and I would not ever contemplate buying this drive unless I had insurance on it and a less busy job and knew I could handle it. I'm experienced, never had problems like this with other
Cons: In summary, the speed when operational is good if you strike it lucky or perform precise set-up that works in your case.
I'm not sure what the customer success rate really is, because after paying $2699+ for this drive, who would even want to admit that they paid such a penny for something that breaks on them.
Perhaps I am a bit biased, as I am writing this review on my spare computer (also a custom build made from scrap parts........... never fails me....)..... as I watch my most expensive, data-crunching screen eternally stagnate at the "INITIALIZING DRIVE......" STEP of BIOS VERSION 188.8.131.521 PCI-Ex4 5.0GBps Fast Config step.
Oh if I could only get into BIOS..... and if only the OCZ toolkit could even recognize the drive. Strangely, it occasionally boots perfectly without a problem. I just pray that my computer will not execute some mandatory restart or enter into boot EVER.
Again, it worked for a LONG time after I fixed it once, but after I had to fix it after its first robust failure it did not read/write as fast.
24/7 support from OCZ was lacking at the time, and again the RMA options are decent, but insufficient to satisfy the type of person who would even buy this type of thing for personal use or professional purposes.
For enthusiasts who have money to burn or who are employed to review the product, go ahead, you will be very happy as long as it works and doesn't become corrupt and suffer some type of related decrement in read/write speed and HD prowess.
For those out there who may not understand these technical terms.... you might want to run away while you still have a life.
I managed to fix the drive through the most random way I could think of, and I think I had to have about 4 windows disks, the OCS toolkit, a toolbox, and ADHD medication at a pretty high dose to make this thing work.
By the time you've messed with it to the point where you could fix it, you will not be more employable or happy in my opinion-- and I am sorry if that sounds not like something that should be in the review-- but I mention that because I want buyers to realize that self-repair of this drive was the only route that I could use because no technician or geek-squad agent who dealt with the machine had any success, and I felt that my repair was truly luck and excessive brute force rather than a result of good hardware/software repair means available to customers.
The company was NOT surprised when I first called requesting RMA, and they didn't admit too much but did seem ready to ship out a new one. I had already read enough blogs to know I was not suffering from the only drive that at some point randomly fails.
Failures will not always be obvious or easy to workaround. Getting a primary install on this drive can (depending on your hardware) be a nightmare.
Careful hardware selection and MOBO research in advance may help, but it certainly didn't alleviate the problems with my drive.
This drive is a dream whe
Other Thoughts: This is the most in-depth review I have ever written for a product.
I really hope someone at OCZ reviews this, and if they respond to my note here, please note I am trying to be fair and accurately report my experience and not lambast the product.
As I said, it worked beautifully when I got it working. It's sad that what I gained from the rapid computational prowess that this technology truly can demonstrate early on, I have personally lost in terms of the stress, boot failures, and maintenance tasks that I have had to undergo to protect this now $2699.99 drive, which was more expensive than that when I purchased it.
It was insanely fast after I got it working as primary disk, but be aware that customers have had issues getting this to work despite OCZ .pdf, telephone, and software support options.
The company may offer an RMA, but even after everyone thought my drive was totally a lost cause, it was possible for me to get it working again after a tremendous amount of time navigating through message boards and command prompts that have nothing to do with OCZ.
The drive failed BEFORE I messed with any of these settings, and unless there is some TROJAN I am not aware of, I have no way of knowing exactly why my drive failed as OCZ toolbox doesn't even recognize it.
Actually... I take that back... it DOES recognize it about 1% of the time .... ???? Hmm... okay, so it's at least plausible *COUGH* that OCZ could improve this and WINDOWS , UBUNTU, and MAC were ALL unable to even recognize this thing.
The disk with fully blown drivers didn't even help, and actually I had to do some pretty weird stuff with the driver disks during WINDOWS reinstallation (lost everything) to finally get a clean OS install on it, which is something I am trying to avoid now, but I'm saving up for the NEW hard drive right now because this is my final sermon and goodbye review for a pretty sad purchase.
If you spend this much money, you can get something better, and there are plenty of new exciting developments in the computer world. If you need it, go ahead-- just do your homework and make sure you can afford this.
It didn't have TERRIBLE reviews when I brought it and certainly fit the specifications I needed for a project, so I am the right type of person to consider purchasing something like this, but it ended up feeling like an incredibly flippant impulse buy after some considerable time and ownership experience.
If you buy this drive and do not have any of these problems, I don't see any reason you wouldn't ADORE IT if you want fast games and computing and large volume.
Don't expect BIOS to save you or wreck you. Heads up, I have a GIGABYTE G1 ASSASSIN .... just in case this is a MOBO clash... not really worth my time to figure it out just warning you prospective buyers. I would appreciate any insight if anyone KNOWS exactly how I might workaround at this point.. will change review, but now it gets an D- at best.
Pros: This has been an excellent motherboard so far with no problems.
The specialized bios is one of my favorite features of this board.
Cons: Some of the USB ports will not recognize keyboard during bios boot-up, but it worked when i plugged my keyboard into another usb slot.
Removable bluetooth card was no problem at all to install, but be sure you give some thought to whether you need to remove/attach it during the actual physical install of your mobo, and at what step you are going to do that so you can slide the whole thing in place.
Other Thoughts: GREAT!!READ FULL REVIEW