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Rosewill RDEE-12002 Aluminum 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: USB 3.0 speeds - in three tests my sequential read and write speeds were in the 81-89MB/sec range, about four times what I was getting with my WD Scorpio Black in my old Rosewill USB2.0 case.

Decent looking (but not great)

Reasonably easy to assemble (but could be easier)

Drive runs 1C cooler than in former enclosure, maybe because this enclosure is slightly thicker and so has a little more air space.

Cons: The case feels cheap. I have a half dozen other Rosewill external enclosures (both 2.5: and 3.5"). This is the first tone that feels cheap. It doesn't look cheap, but it also is not as good looking as the others.

I was very disappointed that although the case is aluminum, the drive mounts on plastic. It doesn't seem to raise the temps any, however. They are actually 1C lower than my old enclosure.

The connector for the USB cable isn't deep enough. I've tried this enclosure with both the supplied Rosewill cable and a non-Rosewill cable. Both cables had the same problem, so the problem is in the enclosure. I wouldn't want to use this enclosure for daily moving around.

The cable is too short - I replaced it with a 6' cable so I can place the drive in a location with better air flow for cooling.

Other Thoughts: USB transfer speeds were exactly the same with the supplied Rosewill cable and a 6' non-Rosewill cable.

The tool-less design is harder to figure out than my other Rosewill toolless 2.5" enclosure, though once you see how it's done, it's pretty easy. The other enclosure is also much better looking than this one. I wouldn't hesitate to use the other one in a business meeting, but but don't feel that way about this one. It's not bad looking, just not as sharp looking as my other Rosewill enclosures.

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Manufacturer Recertified OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fairly fast, and if it's like the seven other OCZ SSD's in my computers, it should be reliable.

Software tools downloadable from OCZ website for updating firmware.

This refurbished SSD came with the latest firmware installed.

Cons: None so far with the drive itself.

The PC Bootable version of the firmware update toolbox failed to connect with my network, but the desktop version had no problem.

Other Thoughts: I would usually wait longer to write a review, but in light of how many problems owners have reported, I feel I should report that mine was not DOA and has been running reliably 18 hours per day for a week in a RAID configuration with another Agility 3 that I've been using for about a year (I have another Agility 3 I've owned for a while that I'm keeping as a spare).

This is my eighth OCZ SSD (in three computers) but my first refurbished one. The extremely negative reviews about the refurbished ones made me nervous about buying this, so I purchased the extended warranty (something I never do!), though I'm not sure it was really necessary. More on that later.

If you buy this SSD, go to the OCZ website and look for firmware updates. They have toolboxes that are PC bootable or run on a Windows or Mac desktop. For some reason, the PC bootable version would not connect with my network, so used the desktop version.

The Agility 3 can erroneously report excessive temperatures under SMART. The PC Bootable toolbox has a fix for this.

About the warranty: I felt extremely nervous about buying this after reading all the negative reviews, so I bought a two year warranty. After reading the warranty, I think one year would be enough and maybe unnecessart. The warranty coverage is based on the value of the SSD at the time of repair. Considering how the price will drop, in two years the warranty probably won't be worth much. In any case, most problems are likely to occur in the first six months, which the standard warranty covers. Only one of my OCZ drives has ever failed, and it was within the first few months. OCZ was prompt in sending a replacement.

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STREAM MACHINE 750 24
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs amazing 04/24/2013

This review is from: STREAM MACHINE 750 24"

Pros: Shoots strong blast of water about 40 feet (with practice it probably can shoot further than this)

Simple - not much to go wrong

Quick reloading

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This might be the first time someone has bought a water gun for the reason I bought mine - for a traditional Native American ceremonial roundhouse.

No, it's not for water fights or for any ceremonial purpose. It's for fire prevention. From years of keeping large, hot fires going inside the roundhouse, the ceiling's support beams are at risk of catching fire. It almost happened last summer. We don't have any running water at the roundhouse and a conventional fire extinguisher couldn't reach the problem area without the person operating it stepping into a very large, extremely hot fire.

Originally I was going to buy a traditional Super Soaker type water gun, but they all share a common problem: they need to be reloaded when they run out of water. This could be catastrophic in a fire. Then I discovered the Stream Machine. It's the perfect solution.

I've owned it for about a year and have only used it a few times, for testing, so I can't attest to its durability, but its operation is impressive I don't expect it to reach the 70 feet the manufacturer claims, but mine sends a very powerful stream of water about forty feet effortlessly. That's more than enough for me.

The big advantage of the Stream Machine for me is that if one of those high beams does catch fire, as long as I have a container of water handy, I can keep reloading the Stream Machine, with each reload taking just seconds.

Judging from other reviews, the main risk to the Stream Machine's durability is when sand gets mixed in with the water. This shouldn't be a problem for my situation. It will be kept handy for emergency use in the roundhouse, but will never go anywhere near a beach or river (unless I decide to take it out and have some fun with it someday!).

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Display Name: Erik B.

Date Joined: 02/26/03

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