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Rosewill Stallion Series RD700 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI CrossFire Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Warning. Fries after warranty 09/15/2014

This review is from: Rosewill Stallion Series RD700 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI CrossFire Power Supply

Pros: Works as advertised...for a year

Cons: Bulky cables, but to be expected from a non-modular supply.
Died after 13 months.

Other Thoughts: PSU fried on month 13. Smoke and nasty smell came with it. It also zapped my hard drive with it. So instead of just replacing the PSU, I had to get a new hard drive and start from scratch.

Rosewill Stallion Series RD700 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI CrossFire Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Lasted 13 months and fried 09/03/2014

This review is from: Rosewill Stallion Series RD700 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI CrossFire Power Supply

Pros: Ran great while it lasted. Did the job it was supposed to. Cheap powersupply. But you get what you pay for.

Cons: Lasted 13 months. As others said, then blew up. Smoke, burning smell, and then nothing.

Synology DS213j Network Storage
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great/Flexible device, Little documentation 02/26/2014

This review is from: Synology DS213j Network Storage

Pros: Simple Setup
Flexible as a media server
Power Management
Scheduled downloads
Android apps to access away from home

Cons: Little documentation. You have to install the various "packages" before you find out what they do.
Some automated/proactive settings can be hard to find to adjust.

Other Thoughts: I consider myself to be relatively technical, and this was my first NAS to be used as a media server. I got this for the DLNA streaming so I can stream my movies to by Sony Blu-Ray Player without constantly needing my PC turned on, and to give some of my wifi bandwidth back. My PC is 100% wireless, and I connected the NAS directly to my wifi router.

First Impressions:
Was very easy to setup and get started. The interface is browser based, but very intuitive. The browser initially had trouble finding the device, and I had to install the application from the disk to get the info off the WAN. I think this wouldn't have been needed if the NAS was directly connected to the PC, and it doesn't detract from the overall product.

Documentation is sparse. It came with a quick start sheet, and the wizard got you going pretty easily. There are multiple "packages" available to install, but you don't really know what it is and/or does until you install it and go to the help file for the package. Once the package is installed, the help files are very easy to use and give very good information on how to customize and set up the package. I took off one star for requiring installation BEFORE going into what the application does. There should be a description for each package, other than just the name.

Setting up DLNA was a bit tricky for me. I don't knock the NAS for this, as it was an issue with my Blu-Ray player. For some reason, the NAS was sending my MP4 files as M2DS files instead of MP4. I had to manually change the default DLNA format for the BD Player, as it was a default for a DIFFERENT Sony device. I admire the pro-activeness to try to use a common format SONY uses, but it was difficult to find where the problem was coming from. You can customize the DLNA settings for each connected device, and I didn't have any issues with my tablets, phones, or PC.

Once the change was made, there have been no issues.
Android Apps allow access to streaming, music, photos, and the files themselves, both on the WAN and wireless. (Be careful on wireless. that'll eat up your data!)
There is power management options in the NAS(get a HDD that supports them!), and it seems overall a very capable and flexible device. You can set up user permissions for multiple users in the household, so you can have some items kept away from the kids or guests.

Synchronization with my Photos, Music and Videos on my PC was a snap to set up, and having my HDD's raided (RAID1) was automatic in the setup. Now I have instant backup of my important files.

Overall, I'd highly recommend this device for a simple media server and backup storage device. It takes a little tech know how, so if you're giving this as a gift, you may need to help them with the setup.


Christopher B.'s Profile

Display Name: Christopher B.

Date Joined: 02/19/08

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  • First Review: 10/19/11
  • Last Review: 09/15/14
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