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NORCO DS-12D 12 3.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Works out of the box as a cheap external SAS solution.
Double boxed when shipped.
Comes with a 80+ Bronze ATX PSU (Seasonic SS-300ES)

Cons: Loud as hell (like seriously)
Broken when I received it (plastic housing on side for power switch. Outside boxes fine, shipped from Norco broken.)
Misleading photos and a description that doesn't indicate what fans will be in the rear panel.

Other Thoughts: Just to be clear there are not 2x 80mm fans in the rear panel. There are 4x 40mm fans are loud and high pitched (45db to 60db in my estimate.)

I'm a network guy. I have loud equipment 10U worth of Cisco equipment, two Dell R610s, and a Norco 4020 (which this is replacing) and hands down this is the loudest thing I have on the rack. I will be replacing the fans with Scythe Mini Kaze Ultra 40mm x 20mm Silent Minis (SY124020L).

The HD sleds are updated from the Norco 4020 I bought back in August 2011 but compatible in case you don't want to swap the drives or find it annoying that the sleds don't have the option to close the vents if they aren't being used. They have cheapened the quality of the sleds.

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GOgroove BlueVIBE F1T Bluetooth In-Ear Sport Headphones – Supports Wireless Music Streaming and Hands-Free Calling (white / red)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Connects to devices (Motorola DEFY XT, and Macbook Pro Retina) without wires to play music.

Cons: Pretty bad compatibility with OSX devices (it's a Mac thing however ;) )
Hard to reconnect to devices and end up removing them to reconnect.

Other Thoughts: As I have only used these for two days (12 hours on day one and about 2 hours today) my experence has been limited. But in that time I've used them to sync to my Motorola DEFY XT phone and Macbook Pro Retina. The incoming sound quality on the phone is great. I deliver boxes for a living and don't have a radio in my work truck. This has been a great alternative.

As for the quality on my Macbook Pro Retina; out of the box (on OSX specifically) the quality is terrible. It is suspected by others that the audio bit stream is set low to increase compatibility. Although that doesn't explain why the quality stream doesn't renegotiate the bit rate higher once OSX realizes the device is capable. You have to issue the following command in Terminal for better incoming sound quality:

<code>defaults write com.apple.BluetoothAudioAgent "Apple Bitpool Min (editable)" 55</code>

Another caveat is if you want to use the microphone while using OSX the device kicks down to mono audio output.

<b>Overall:</b> Great device. Pricey regular but bought on ShellShocker so I got a great deal. I wouldn't not pay retail price for this item. Limited use on my part with it but looks to be a fairly durable item but the white rubber just gathers up dirt.

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Western Digital My Book World Edition II 6TB Dual-Drive Network Storage
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Slow transfers and slow access 09/30/2011

This review is from: Western Digital My Book World Edition II 6TB Dual-Drive Network Storage

Pros: 6TB of storage

Cons: High cost for what you get and very SLOW!!!.

Other Thoughts: This NAS is slow. The interface is slow, so are transfers over a gigabit network (12-15MB/s in the RAID0 configuration.) I wouldn't recommend anyone buy one of these.

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Justin H.'s Profile

Display Name: Justin H.

Date Joined: 11/24/07

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 11/24/07
  • Last Review: 05/10/13
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