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This review is from: Seagate NAS HDD ST2000VN000 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
Pros: Price for capacity is spot on considering this is a NAS level drive.
This drive is dead quiet, installed along side my 830 SSD I cannot hear this drive whatsoever over my 800rpm 120mm case fans. 5900RPM's is a plus in this regard.
When testing speed I am always interested in how well a given storage drive maintains speed over the entire capacity, physical (platter) HDD's will lose speed versus say a SSD which will remain consistent across the entire space.
This 2TB NAS drive performed admirably as follows:
Avg. Read - 140MB/s (Multiple passes = consistent)
Peaking in the 180MB/s range and tapering off as low as 80MB/s towards the end of the 2TB (1.5-2.0TB range) this drive holds on in the 120MB/s range until the last 1/4 of the drive which is solid.
CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64
Seq. Read 143.5MB/s
Seq. Write 137.4MB/s
512K Read 46.26MB/s
512K Write 75.48MB/s
For comparison sake to my 830 SSD
Seq. Read 491.3MB/s
Seq. Write 356.7MB/s
512K Read 340.8MB/s
512K Write 261.3MB/s
Price per GB is still of course not even close... :)
Cons: Seagate's newest NAS series drives are brand new to market... the lineup is unproven over the long term. That's not enough to knock off an egg though... but worth mentioning.
Please note this to be the only potential Con I could come up with, this is a very nice drive for the $!
Other Thoughts: The warranty although only 3 years is comparable with the comparable WD Red series drives, and this doesn't bother me one bit as all extending the warranty would do is inflate the cost.
Consider in 3+ years we'll likely be talking about 2TB SSD's instead of HDD's for NAS use I am alright with that scenario.
This drive strike's a nice niche between the standard issue home user market and say the Constellation / Enterprise series drives which are almost 200% higher in cost.
As a home user, if I was looking to build a RAID / NAS solution I would be tempted to save the 30% mark up and go with Seagate's standard issue 2TB Barracuda series drives... running in a RAID solution for example will give me redundancy and at a substantial cost savings.
However these NAS series drives give you an extended warranty from 2 to 3 years and are designed for 24x7 operation in a multi-disk / redundant array (RAID/NAS).
Is that potential piece of mind worth the 30% mark up? I believe it is.
Finally I will add that StorageReview(dot)com has a VERY in depth performance analysis of this drive that is absolutely worth reading... highly recommended.
Pros: #1 = Price - No mail in rebates here, fair pricing up front.
This is a very solid unmanaged switch featuring a metal chassis at a great price point. This switch is rated for 2.0Gbps full-duplex so each port is truly "gigabit" capable on all 8 ports simultaneously with a full 16.0Gbps switching backplane. If that doesn't mean anything to you, just know that it's exactly what you want when looking at a switch like this. :)
Granted all switches promising gigabit speeds should be equipped the same but I like that TP-LINK state's this in the product description.
Fanless design is standard in a switch this size, but something you absolutely want so it operates silently.
Cons: Mounting holes on bottom limit the wall mount options so that your network cables will either stick out from the right hand side or straight up the wall. Both of those options are poor, if you intend to connect 8 devices to this and have it mounted on the wall the only way you want them to face is down. Cat cable is tough stuff for the most part but this just creates unnecessary stress on the cable's and ports.
If you plan to rest this on a flat surface though this is a non-issue and otherwise I have no cons for the TL-SG108.
Other Thoughts: What does "unmanaged switch" mean for the everyday user? It simply means there is zero configuration, the switch is 100% automated with plug & play simplicity.
If you needed a more intelligent switch for your environment then you most likely already understand the differences, so I wanted to clarify that for the everyday users out there just looking for a basic switch to simply expand their network.
Don't go with a 5-port switch... spend the extra few $.
A 5-year warranty isn't something to scoff at, but NETGEAR for example provides a lifetime warranty at a very similar price point but there is a rebate to contend with... TRENDnet only offers a 3-year warranty though.
The mounting holes on the bottom is a poor design oversight that TP-LINK should correct. Again if you are planning to leave this switch on a flat surface this is a non-issue.
You should be using at least Cat5e with this switch or you may not realize the full potential of purchasing a Gigabit capable switch. All network cables should have the type printed along the wire so make sure to check that all devices you will be using through this switch are at least stamped with "Cat5e".
I tested using Cat5e and Cat6.
This review is from: NETGEAR 8 Port PoE Gigabit Smart Switch + 2 SFP Ports - Lifetime Warranty (GS110TP)
Pros: IF YOU ONLY NEED 3 SIMULTANEOUS PoE 802.3af ports!
Cons: 46W total PoE budget... you have to read between the lines to establish that although this switch it advertised as 8-Port PoE you can only have THREE (3) ports actively drawing PoE power simultaneously.
15.4 x 3 = 46.2W
Other Thoughts: I called Netgear Support and verified this... it's a solid product but if you want full 8-Port 802.3af this is NOT the one.READ FULL REVIEW