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OCZ Vertex 4 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Back in 2012 when I purchased it, it was the difference between night and day compared to my old 80Gb hdd. Incredibly fast and smooth at any tasks, load times almost instantaneous, Windows boot up time count reduced from minutes to seconds.
And 5 year warranty!

Cons: One day I turn on the laptop and see the message "No boot device found". Take out the SSD and plug it to 2 other computers but neither even recognizes it. Controller apparently died, no way to even try to backup information from it. No slow downs, or blue screens, or any kind of apparent signs that something was wrong... it worked great and fast every day until the next day it just died.
Good thing it was just an older laptop for light browsing and little more, with no critical information on it.

Other Thoughts: OCZ has gone belly up several years ago but thankfully the parent company (Toshiba) seems to honor the warranties of the SSDs. I have an open case with tech support for an RMA. I'm guessing by now there is no Vertex 4 replacements laying around in their warehouses anymore so I'm looking forward to see what will I get in return.

Defender Pro Connected 21110 8CH H.264 1 TB Smart Security DVR with 4 Ultra Hi-res Outdoor Surveillance Cameras and Smart Phone Compatibility
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a very simple entry level surveillance system, it contains the 4 cameras, the DVR unit and a few more accessories and instructions.
Having some knowledge of computers and electronics I found it very intuitive to set up this system, the hardest part was of course running the cabling from point to point for each camera.
For anyone wondering the DVR unit inside has a standard 3.5'' SATA hard drive, so you can replace it with a different one easily. I switched the included 1Tb with a 2Tb I had spare and it was recognized and worked perfectly after formatting.
I didn't have a 4Tb or larger to test at the time but they might be compatible as well.

Cons: Be very careful when changing resolution settings for the TV/monitor as it may render the device unable to view the screen. I bumped up the resolution of my TV in the defender software settings and after rebooting I could not see anything on screen, no signal. Had to plug it to a computer monitor, undo my changes and then was able to use the TV again.
Also, I highly recommend using the included mouse with it, trying to maneuver the menus with the remote is extremely time consuming.
Remember that after applying most settings on the defender software nothing changes until you actually reboot. A reboot is necessary for applying settings changes.
On the side of the iOS/Android software, it worked for the most part with some quirks. Android used a different barcode on the device to register than iOS. There's 2 barcodes on stickers on the device so if one doesn't work try the other one. Cameras on Android app every now and then drop and have to be reconfigured.

Other Thoughts: I give it 4 stars because although it has its number of flaws the price point indicates that this was never intended to be a top of the line solution. This is a very good solution for beginners to start with and to learn how to set up and work with networked surveillance systems.

Enermax Mobile Rack EMK3202 - Aluminum body 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's very sturdy, the locking mechanism works, unlike others I will not run my arm against this one and accidentally pull out a drive while the PC is running.

Cons: Each drive has its own presence/activity LED, but for me they don't work well, only one of the two lights up for activity and it does not seem to be exact. However I have two of these cages connected to an Adaptec 6405E, and not directly to the motherboard so that might be part of the issue.

Other Thoughts: I have two of these running a RAID-10 connected to an Adaptec 6405E and apart from the activity LEDs it works perfectly. I benchmarked it with CrystalDiskMark and my four little old 80Gb hard drives, which are over 5 years old, in RAID-10 still pushed past 100Mbytes/sec.
All in all I think these are very good units, and they would be best combined with SSDs in RAID.


JORGE M.'s Profile

Display Name: JORGE M.

Date Joined: 02/21/11

  • Reviews: 22
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  • First Review: 03/14/11
  • Last Review: 06/22/16
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