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Trekstor Xiron 7 Android Tablet -  Quad Core 1GB RAM 8GB Flash  IPS 7
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Not so nice - lousy battery, cameras 01/06/2015

This review is from: Trekstor Xiron 7 Android Tablet - Quad Core 1GB RAM 8GB Flash IPS 7" Touchscreen

Pros: Runs Android version whatever 4.x.x?? - can't keep track of revisions and couldn't care less. Make a stable OS, people, and don't keep making 'fixes' for what you didn't think of when you were in a hurry. Good way to lost customers - permanently.

Cons: Lousy battery - maybe it was just my unit, but battery could not hold a charge even when the unit was in the 'OFF' state - I charged the battery to 100%, left the unit OFF overnight and 10 hours later it showed 61% charge - something is wrong here - I'm guessing it's a defective battery. Sort of like the Boeing 780 - except it didn't catch fire. That's a feature, right?
In addition, the cameras are lousy - out of focus images, poor resolution.

Other Thoughts: This is a Chinese device - whipped out on a leased production line by people who, unfortunately, were last seen doing agricultural labor. I'm guessing they blew out 10,000 units and ate the bad ones - and I got one. How many defectives? 10%? 20%? 50%? Caveat emptor.
Regardless, I will NEVER buy a Trekstor device again. Bad mistake, Trekstor - offend one knowledgeable customer, you lose 100's of future sales.
Don't buy junk from this company.

Sony Walkman NWZ-E385 BLACK 16GB MP3 Digital Media Player NWZE385BLK Brand New
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Nice sound; limited controls 12/30/2014

This review is from: Sony Walkman NWZ-E385 BLACK 16GB MP3 Digital Media Player NWZE385BLK Brand New

Pros: Excellent sound quality; nice display

Cons: Dependent on external software (Windows Media Player, Apple iToonez) to organize media files. Device has little or no capability to organize media files on its own - this is not what I expected in a nearly $100 device

Other Thoughts: The Walkman series of devices has a good reputation but it seems that it's mostly in the sound rather than in the media organization. Sound is far and above other players from A***** and others - true hi-fi on good earphones.

Adaptec 81605ZQ (2281600-R) PCI-Express 3.0 x8 SATA / SAS 16 Internal Ports SAS/SATA RAID
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very fast with SATA 6 and SAS drives in Raid 0 and Raid 5 configurations. Excellent caching backedup by ultracapacitor. RAID performance seems very good - haven't gotten solid numbers yet due to heat problem (see below). Low profile form factor makes it easy to fit in low-profile cases.

Cons: Hot, hotter, hottest - this unit has a nice little silk screen legend above the heat sink that reads 'this board needs 200 LFM airflow.' Use of language notwithstanding, it means what it says - if you don't have a wind-tunnel style low profile server you will need to get an auxiliary fan kit. WIthout auxiliary cooling my unit started beeping after about 5-10 minutes of use in a 20 C ambient. The heat sink was too hot to touch at this point so I shut it down. Adaptec lists an add-on fan kit on their site but it's nowhere to be found amongst their distributors - Ingram, Provantage, all the big outfits know noting of it. There are two screw holes in the heat sink at a diagonal spacing of ~44 mm which works out to a 32.5 square hole pattern - a few well-known fan makers supply fans with these dimensions. I have a coulple of fans on the way - we shall see. My earlier Series 6 Adaptec controllers run hot but seem happy with the inside-the-case airflow.

Other Thoughts: This is a very well designed unit that should carry my main system well past the 100th anniversery of Armistice Day. The cooling problem is not fun - Adaptec needs to make the cooling kit more readily available.


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Display Name: Warren B.

Date Joined: 04/28/05

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  • First Review: 07/31/14
  • Last Review: 01/06/15
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