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Kangaroo Plus Mobile Mini PC, Intel Atom x5 Z8500, 4GB LPDDR3, 64GB eMMC, Finger Print Reader, Non OS, Windows 10 compatible
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Same form factor, additional storage and memory and not a huge price difference

Cons: I have both the Plus and regular version of this PC. The plus, while having twice the storage, is somehow running it at half the speed. non cached disk writes are around 70mb/s whereas the win10 edition is neared to 160mbs. The plus version must have just added additional chips as opposed to replacing with larger ones as this model generates far more heat and likes to go into thermal throttle, which runs the CPU at 800mhz max.

Other Thoughts: EDIT: Turns out the heat this thing generates is entirely in the battery and battery management circuits. Yeah. it's the battery getting that hot. I popped the case open of both this and the Win10 version, pulled out the battery and this guy runs at room temperature now. No more overheating at all. That's not a good thing, LiPo should never get as hot as it does in the kangaroo.

Overall, I should have just stuck with the win10 version. This one is superior by specs alone, actual performance lags the win10 edition pretty significantly.

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NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 2-bay (diskless) w/ 3 yr warranty
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Shockingly slow in ESXi 5 12/24/2012

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 2-bay (diskless) w/ 3 yr warranty

Pros: Fast enough in ESXi 5 using NFS (up to 80mbps). High quality construction and running a fully usable linux distribution.

Cons: Bought to use as storage in ESXi 5 via iscsi. Firmware 4.2.20 is the first version to support esxi 5, I installed 4.2.22 which is supposed to have further refinements. Using dedicated intel gig nics and a crossover cable, I can only get around 2 to 4mbps to the NAS over iscsi. NFS is much higher at around 80mbps, but iscsi is effectively useless.

Other Thoughts: I've tried several work arounds including disabling header and data digests, setting static discovery, different nics, cables, even going so far as to get into the NAS itself and mess with the ietd.conf. Hopefully a newer firmware will make this dude love iscsi. Not sending it back, still very useful via NFS and great for ghetto-vcb.

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Raidon GR3630-2S-SB2 (+) RAID 0, 1 2 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's ready for RAID 1 right out of the box. Works like a champ in vmware ESXi, no need to buy an expensive RAID controller for redundant vmfs storage! Looks very cool with its LCD and the drive lights only flash during activity.

Cons: Im not certain why the manual is even included with this unit, it's pretty much useless.

Other Thoughts: I can't comment on noise levels because this is stored in my computer rack in my basement. It does take the unit about 10 seconds to boot up, but it's independently switched on and off so you just need to be sure to power it on first. Didn't try RAID 0, but I dont see any performance impact from RAID 1 using this device over a single esata external drive.

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Display Name: Anonymous

Date Joined: 12/07/05

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  • First Review: 05/16/06
  • Last Review: 06/28/16
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