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This review is from: Tripp Lite AV88SATG Energy-Saving Surge Suppressor
Pros: I ordered two (Purchased on April 8, 2015 & March 24, 2015) Both AV88SATG ‘s are solidly constructed. After I got the first one working (see Cons & Other Thoughts) I ordered a second one to protect for my wife’s computer. The second one I ordered arrived today with both cables & worked out of the box.
Cons: The first AV88SATG I ordered just buzzed in auto mode. It was also missing the Ethernet cable. I think the first one was a defective return and somebody forgot to repack the Ethernet cable when they returned it. I was too embarrassed to send it back. In the last few months, it seems like half the stuff I order from New egg is defective. I ordered two hard drives & had to send one back for an I/O error, a PS that kept shutting down & memory that I sent back three times that Newegg wouldn’t replace again (GSkill directly sent me a pair of modules that work great).
Other Thoughts: Tripp Lite uses three secure lock screws to prevent end users from repairing these units. If you don’t have the bits, don’t even try to get it apart. The rattle was a tiny 10 mfd electrolytic capacitor that didn’t look like it ever got soldered on. I also found a loose 47 mfd capacitor hanging from a trace. Fortunately, I had both values in bench stock and was able to fit in standard sized parts. Once I replaced those loose parts, the first AV88SATG performed as it should.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fast shipping from Newegg.
3 TB drive runs really cool.
I bought one of these three weeks ago and liked it so well that I bought a second one. Both worked perfectly when I received them. Installed my new 3 TB Seagate ST3000VN 000 NAS drives and backed up 888 GB of data from my NAS. These are exactly what I needed.
Other Thoughts: DRIVES LARGER THAN 2 TB SUPPORTED
I installed my two new Seagate ST3000VN 000 3 TB NAS hard drives in the RX-358 enclosures and connected them with eSATA cables. Windows 7 detected them and automatically installed the correct driver. I then allowed 7 to initialize each disk.
Using the “Disk Management” utility I right clicked in the “Disk 1” (or Disk 2) area that said “Basic 746.52 GB Online” and selected “Convert to GPT disk” The display changed to “Disk 1 Basic 2794.39 GB Online”. Finally, I right clicked in the “2794.39 Unallocated” drive area and performed a normal NTFS format procedure.
Both 3 TB drives work with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04 & 14.10. Windows XP & earlier only support the Master File Table (MFT) architecture and can’t work natively with drives larger than 2 TB.
I could not convert the drive to GPT format through the USB interface. However, once converted & formatted, I can read & write data to the drive normally through the USB interface.
Pros: Speedy initial delivery from Newegg
Newegg return policy & timely replacement.
I dislike posting a bad review even though I feel it’s deserved so I wanted to follow up with what I found.
Cons: As I stated in my previous review I’ve tried two of these Athena power supplies. Last week, I ordered a different brand and installed it last Wednesday. The computer has been run 12-16 hours every day for a week without a single reboot. Even with the new Athena power supply, I had at least one reboot a day and some days multiples. I also added two new 3 TB hard drives in addition to my original 320 GB drive without the rebooting issue occurring. That problem appears to be solved by the new PS.
Other Thoughts: Last week I stated that the Athena Power AP-MP4ATX40 needs better filtering. I mentioned the noisy supply voltage in my previous post. To be fair, I am able to detect similar noise with the new supply. The difference is I have to turn the volume almost full up to hear it. When the Windows 7 welcome sound played I thought my speakers would blow! The audio amplifier noise from the new power supply is undetectable at normal to moderately loud volume levels where it was quite pronounced from both Athena power supplies. 2nd problem solved.READ FULL REVIEW