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CFI CFI-B4044UGG JBOD (standard mode) Span (combine mode) 4 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -holds 4 drives
-has a fan
-JBOD (single drive mode) works well
-Front power switch.

Cons: -USB 2.0 limited to 35 MBps
-Do NOT use the span feature for raid, if one drive goes they all go.
-Fan can get noisy needs a better/larger one 80mm is too small, 120mm would be better
-to install drive outer case cover has to be completely removed
-collects dust, but most things with fans do.

Other Thoughts: Used as a backup drive unit with 4x500 GB IDE WD drives for about 1 year, set drives to JBOD mode on unit then setup software RAID 5 on the drives (1.3 TB usable). Fastest transfer speed is around 35 MBps peeks at 38 MBps. Do not be tempted with the SPAN feature. It is too easy to lose all your data if one drive fails. I took down the array after one drive failure (rebuild worked but took 2 days) I taped a cheap blue air filter square ($0.99) over the front to keep dust out and the drive started to over heat so I removed it. Temps stayed at 39-40*C for the most part (when the air filter was not installed)

Brother MFC-J450dw 6000 x 1200 dpi USB / Wireless Duplex InkJet MFP Color Printer
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -$69.99 On sale,
-Came with a decent set of starter ink
-Scanning works fine once I configured the software
-Duplex printing
-large ink tank,

Cons: -Small paper tray, 100 pages (listed but still annoying)
-Jams constantly, at lest 1 paper jam a day. I am using a new rem of paper with out any bends. -1 egg
-Wifi is weak, I had to move the unit 3 times, originally it was located 30 ft with line of site from my router, had to move to about 2 ft away to get all five bars. -1 egg
-Small buttons, much smaller than on the previous model I had (MFC-5490cn) (shown in pictures but still annoying)

Other Thoughts: -Auto document tray is small, fits only 10-15 pages
-WiFi is weak, I had 1 bar at 30 ft away, but it would not connect, (my laptop has 4 bars at the same spot), I move it to 10 ft away, still would not connect, no walls, I moved it right under the router to get 5 bars and it works fine now
-No Lan port for network. yes every one has wifi but it would have been much easier to just plug in the old cable.
-I replaced a failed MFC-5490cn model, this units duties are, fax machine (10-20 pages a day), and color printing (20-30 pages a day) with some scanning and copying, usually less than 100 pages a day total. This is my 3rd brother inkjet printer in 10 years, and by far the nicest stream line case yet, but I prefer function over appearance, I can only recommend this model if you want to take advantage of the other printing services that it provides, otherwise if you do a lot of printing, or use the front interface often you will find the small buttons, and small paper tray, and small auto document feeder a big annoyance. Duplex printing was a nice touch though, the front LCD was easy to use, and at

SIIG Model CB-S20011-S1 2.46 ft. (75cm) Internal mini-SAS SFF-8087 to 4 x SATA Fanout Cable
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Good cable, good length, nice locking tabs
-Decent length, will fit most cases without issue.
-limited lifetime warranty

Cons: -price, hopefully comes down to under $10 soon, the price of 4 standard Sata cables is less than $5, way do these still cost so much?

Other Thoughts: -for those who are wondering the extra cable that looks like it is for a USB plug on the mother board is really for Activity LED lights, some cases have a separate plug to be used to light the individual lights up


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Display Name: Anonymous

Date Joined: 04/30/09

  • Reviews: 32
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  • First Review: 03/07/10
  • Last Review: 01/17/15
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