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VANTEC NexStar TX NST-210S3-BK Aluminum 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Fast and reliable. Works with my WD Black 250GB hard drives salvaged from my old Dell Studio 17 craptop.

Cons: USB 3 cable port is a bit on the flimsy side - it can move up and down quite a bit. I can see how they could brake easily. I don't take the drives anywhere, so not a problem for me.

Other Thoughts: I see a lot of bad and so so reviews on these. I've had two of these since 5/26/2013 and have had no issues. The only reason I gave them 4 eggs instead of 5 is the slightly flimsy port. Also, why are the LED activity indicator lights on the same end as the port? If I were using them at a desk they would be plugged into a hub and have the cable end facing away from me (same for the LED). I really can't be that hard to put the LED at the other end, can it?

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Autel MS300 CAN Diagnostic Scanner Tool with Trouble Codes Reader for OBDII Vehicles
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This thing saved me at least $96 on it's first (and so far only) use! Even if you don't do any work on your vehicle yourself, knowing what's wrong BEFORE you take it into the shop can potentially save you hundreds, even thousands of $$$ from shops and mechanics that may not be the most honest about whats' wrong. (See Other Thoughts below)

Cons: Not really a BIG con, but this isn't the most advanced OBD II reader out there. After reading the code from the vehicle you have to look it up in the booklet or on the internet (there are sites that list codes in detail). No PC hookup either (for upgrades to code databases or application interfacing).

Other Thoughts: As I said, on its first use this thing saved me $96. We just had out 1998 Plymouth Voyager into the shop for a fuel pump replacement ($650, and a bit overpriced IMO, but I couldn't do the work myself because I'm disabled). Only a seek after I was driving it and the Check Engine light came on. My wife called the shop and they said it would cost us $96 to read the code and tell us what was wrong with it. I bought this reader, read the code, and found out it had something to do with the EGR valve. I looked under the hood and found that the mechanic who worked on the vehicle had knocked off (or disconnected on purpose - not maliciously, but for the purpose of working with the fuel lines) a rubber hose the went from the EGR valve to the fuel injector.

Would the shop have charged us the $96 for reading the code after seeing the problem? Would they have charged us for labor to put it back on (a whole 3 seconds)? Would they have admitted to their mistake and waved the fee? I don't know, but my van is fixed now, and it only cost me $25... and I now have the ability do diagnose our vehicles should the need arise.

Something else of note... we trusted the shop we regularly use for years. Now I have doubts. They didn't offer to return any of the parts from the fuel pump replacement. Your shop should always offer to give you the old parts for your inspection. One thing I DO know is that if I had struggled and done the replacement myself it would have cost me about $475 less. They overcharged me for the pump by about $100-$$125, and it didn't take them THAT long to do the replacement. Nor was it THAT difficult of a job with all of their equipment.

Oh... this is also the same scanner that Freight that's in the Harbor charges $60+ for... just under a different brand name.

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APC BR700G Back-UPS Pro 700VA 6-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Bought this to replace another brand that (was defective?) would not work with my NAS box (a Seagate BlackArmor 440 NAS). The NAS box would not see the other brand and could not manage it. This one works perfectly (see Other Thoughts below). Lots of features.

This is not only supporting the NAS box, but my router (a Netgear WNDR 4500), Load is reading at 8%, with a runtime of 55+ minuets. This gives me room to either plug in the cable modem or the external USB drive I use to backup the NAS box (yeah, I know.. it's a single hard drive, but it's used as an off line backup to the NAS).

Cons: The only con that I have is there are only 3 battery backup outlets, which means I can't have everything I would like on backup power (NAS box, router, cable modem, and external USB backup drive). Most likely it will end up being the cable modem since the external drive is most often off anyway.

Of course, this UPS was made with keeping a single computer running, not an entire network setup with 4 devices on battery power.

Other Thoughts: So far this UPS has saved me from potential data loss 6 times... 3 in one day. Not even one day after putting this unit on my NAS box the power went out. Any time you improperly shut down any hard drive (let alone 4 in a RAID 5 configuration as I have in the NAS) you risk data corruption and catastrophic loss. If you have a home server or NAS box and that data is important to you (i.e. your music/video library, backup of your e-book library, family photos, financial data... GET A UPS ON IT ASAP !!!

Also, I should have known better than to try the other brand of UPS (which turned out to be defective anyway). When I contacted Seagate to find out what type of UPS I should use with the NAS box (pure sine wave or simulated), they could only tell me that they only tested with APC units. (They didn't even know what the heck pure sine wave meant !!!) Should have saved myself the trouble and frustration and just went with this APC unit.

The only other con that I have with the unit concerns the NAS box... you can only set the run time on battery power to 999 seconds maximum. That's 16 minuets and 39 seconds... and the UPS is capable of running for 55+ minuets on the current load. This is a shortcoming of the NAS, NOT the APC unit.

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Dale D.'s Profile

Display Name: Dale D.

Date Joined: 01/31/03

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 06/15/10
  • Last Review: 11/19/15
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