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This review is from: EdgeStar Extreme Cool 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner & Heater - Black
Pros: Cooling area = 650 sq ft
Outside ambient (last few weeks) = 75-85F (65-70F night)
Fan setting = full/high/3
AC temperature setting = 69F
Inside ambient = 70F to 74F
(rarely exceeds 75F, which is quite good considering the high ceilings & large area to cover for the unit & proliferation of electronic equipment used in the apt.)
Nice style for an AC unit: black & silver, blue led & blue backlight LCD; does not look out of place beside my pioneer elite plasma & other electronics
Overall: It works well and seems reasonably well made and the remote is nice to have as well.
Cons: a bit noisy, but expected for what it is... think fan noise, air moving sounds, not mechanical or motor sounds...
the vent for cold air is directionally limited, the cold air always has an upward angle of flow which is ok for cooling a room, but it is nice to get some direct air sometimes...
it is a bit louder than window units i've had but other portable units of similar BTU ratings are in the same decibel ballpark...
Other Thoughts: The unit works well enough, but I've not owned other portable AC units to compare. I've had small window units which are intrinsically more efficient designs but don't have the flexibility that the portable unit brings. I have a 650 sqft apartment. It doesn't get very hot in summer but far too hot for me and can be sweltering with all of my PCs & electronics running. This unit keeps up with the demand. It's been in the 80s recently, and my apt is too large for a single AC unit, but rarely gets over 75F in the apartment and usually is cooler. It seems reasonably well made and has good styling (for an AC unit). I'm happy with it so far.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RSV-S8 - 8-Bay 2.5" & 3.5" Hot-Swappable RAID Storage Enclosure System Bundled with PCIe Controller Card - 120mm Cooling Fan, Port Multiplier, Tray Design, RAID 0 / 1 / 5 / 10 / 5 + Spare / S
Pros: I have owned this unit for over 2 years now and it is still running strong. The SIL3132 controller is not without it's quirks, however. Still, for around $200 you still cannot find a better cost vs performance ratio. I am debating purchasing a second unit once the hdd prices finally get to pre-Thailand flood prices.
Cons: It was mentioned in another review, but this is IMPORTANT for anyone with WD20EARS drives (WD Caviar Green 2TB 64MB cache): You MUST force these drives to run in sata 1.5Gbps mode!! Use a jumper across pins 5 & 6 for OPT1 setting. You will have instability and ridiculously slow transfer speeds without doing so!
Other Thoughts: I am currently using BIOS 7.7.03 from silicon image's site. (As was already pointed out, it's quite simple and quick to update the BIOS from within Windows 7's device manager.) I don't and have never used the software RAID management as it is rather limited. Just use the RAID built into your OS, all of them have it nowadays.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TCELL XS USB2.0 Flash Drive - 8GB (Silver)
Pros: Yes, I have only had this in my possession for one day, but I love it. Great gift for a computer nerd. It feels solid which is always a nice surprise in these days of continually increasing levels of outsourced, cheap labor and low quality parts in the battle to be the cheapest and somehow maintain profits. Obviously, this is not the cheapest 8GB drive, but it is one of the coolest I've seen. The LED is a nice bright blue (which happens to match all 3 of my desktop's LEDs).
So for review skimmers:
-Quality case build
-Notches for lanyard attachment which are non intrusive to the design aesthetic
-Solid recommend for nerd gifting (any ex computer building nerd has to have some appreciation for this; my co-workers have already commented about it)
-USB flash drives are still cool...
Cons: choosing a "designer" usb drive means you pay a little more for the same level of true functionality... there are probably even some USB3 drives at this price per GB, but the price premium is still not much considering the solid construction... I have no qualms with the device, itself...
Other Thoughts: If it breaks in the next few months, I will update this review but in my experience, USB drives last a long time if they are not DOA so lets hope this one does not prove to be an exception. This will be my new favorite for daily shuffling of files, so it will see a higher than average amount of wear.READ FULL REVIEW