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GTMax 2 Port USB Car Charger Vehicle Power Adapter - Black (2000mA)
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Charges, but glitchy 10/20/2014

This review is from: GTMax 2 Port USB Car Charger Vehicle Power Adapter - Black (2000mA)

Pros: Charges at two voltages, making it useful for keeping phones charged while in the car while it's giving directions or running power-hungry apps. Also, dirt cheap.

Cons: The spring-action tip is not well connected an I often have to move it around to keep it from turning off randomly, making this kinda dangerous to use in a car while driving. Not good to be frequently looking down to check if the red light is still glowing. Why are we selling dirt cheap stuff that breaks in a year that will only fill up landfills?

Other Thoughts: It doesn't come apart with screws, so I can't just open this up and enhance the wire contacts without possibly breaking the whole thing.

CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply & New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Stable, long life, lots of SATA power connectors, came packed in a nice box with a cloth bag, relatively clean for its age, plugs are firm yet easy to remove, good length cords for a mid-size tower.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this to replace an old power supply in my Linux NAS server at home. The unit has been running pretty much 24/7 since I installed it in October 2009. I have the system plugged into an APC UPS and it draws about 102W on idle with four hard drives, a Sempron 140, and Gigabyte AM3 board.

Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: These drives are fast, stable and are usually reliable. I bought two for a RAID-1 from two different lots to ensure they wouldn't die at the same time. They have run very well for 3 years and even survived a SATA controller failure. Excellent RMA service after one of them died. Excellent diagnostic tools.

Cons: So far, one of the two has not lived up to the 5-year warranty. After SMART failure, the bad drive took several attempts to boot up in a functional state, and SeaTools reported 70C temperature on a cold boot.

Other Thoughts: If you can afford it, always go with a RAID if your data is important. Buy one drive from two different places, or order them a month apart, to ensure you get two drives that were made on different dates, or different lots at least. This greatly reduces the chance that the drives will die at the same time.

One of mine started acting up after 3 1/2 years and the RAID kicked it out. I requested an advanced RMA, swapped in the refurb drive they sent me, formatted the bad drive and mailed it back with the included shipping label. Things are working well once again.


Steven K.'s Profile

Display Name: Steven K.

Date Joined: 03/16/04

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 07/21/08
  • Last Review: 10/20/14
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