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1 out of 5 eggs A Sad Excuse for a PS4 Remote... 02/17/2016

This review is from: PDP Official Universal Media Remote for PlayStation 4

Pros: It feels sturdy. Not much else...

Cons: My two biggest issues:

1) I can't use this to wake my PS4 from rest mode, it only powers the console on if it is fully powered off.
2) Apps have to support the remote, and there are not many that do.

And as others have stated, there's an audio pass-through issue as it only supports "TV", not an "AMP", although that's not a deal breaker for me.

Other Thoughts: Even though this is claimed to be the "official" PS4 remote, Sony Playstation support refuses to even listen to my cries for help about getting more applications on board for this device, or coming up with a system software fix so that I can actually wake my PS4 from rest mode. Pretty much only the base interface, Disc Player, Netflix, and HBO GO are supported. No Hulu, no YouTube. Contacting the manufacturer, PDP, at least gets me a positive response from someone trying to help, but all they can do is swap the unit for another. Already tried that at the local store, didn't fix the power-up issue I have. Looks like I'll just be returning this...

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VANTEC 4 Channel, 2 mSATA + 2 SATA 6Gb/s PCIe RAID Card with HyperDuo Model UGT-MST644R
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The thing actually works, speeding up boot time by combining SSD and HDD. Options allow you to use SSD as just cache (less chance of data loss), or combined to increase overall capacity (chance of data loss if a drive fails). I have two mSATA cards and one HDD set up as a single volume. Software console allows you the option to choose specific folders to stay in cache, instead of letting the system randomly determine what should be there. Has a header for the HDD LED indicator light on your case.

Cons: I had issues getting the software to work properly under Windows 8. If memory serves me correctly, I ended up loading just the driver from the web, and just the console software from the included disk. There are only two SATA ports. Wish it supported RAID 5. Card requires an uncommon x2 PCIe slot, which means you're most likely going to put it into a x4 or x16 slot. That could interfere with video cards requiring those slots.

Other Thoughts: A pain in the behind to get set up due to issues with the software, but once working, it's fast. Recommended.

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SanDisk ReadyCache SDSSDRC-032G-G26 2.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The drive itself seems fine, if you're looking for something with low capacity. But I'm not paying for just the drive...

Cons: The ReadyCache software really feels useless. Maybe I don't see it because I already have a RAID-5 setup, but I was hoping for some performance boost. It's just cutting off a second or two on load times, if anything. Drivers load after boot, so there's little to no reduction in boot time. Cache takes a while to fill up, apparently files need to be accessed numerous times before they are allocated to the SSD.

Other Thoughts: For a noticeable performance boost, I recommend sticking with an Intel motherboard that supports SSD cache with its chipset, or get a third party PCIe card that supports HyperDuo.

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Display Name: Keith M.

Date Joined: 11/02/02

  • Reviews: 16
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  • First Review: 11/07/07
  • Last Review: 02/17/16
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