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ASUS X401A-BHPDN39-B Notebook Intel Pentium B980 (2.4GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 14.0
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Less than $300. 14" LCD. Weighs about 4 lbs. Boots super fast. Everything works and looks NEW (see exception below).

Cons: For the price, and because I knew I was getting refurbished "entry level" hardware, I cannot say anything bad. There is one small scrape on the back of the lid.

Other Thoughts: I was hesitant at first to buy a refurbed laptop, so I went ahead and added a 1 year extended warranty, just in case.

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Rosewill RC-A-SATA-IDE SATA to IDE Adapter
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Upgrading older SuperCircuits DVR systems 08/19/2012

This review is from: Rosewill RC-A-SATA-IDE SATA to IDE Adapter

Pros: I purchased 14 of these (Addondics and Startech) along with WD 1TB Green drives, to upgrade the capacity in our SuperCircuits 16-ch DVR systems (for my workplace). The drives were all detected correctly; one set to slave and the other to master per the HDD install instructions in the SuperCircuits documentation.

Cons: Now, for some reason, the DVD-RW drives on all 7 machines are not detected no matter what the jumper setting is on them. The DVD-RW is on a separate IDE bus, and there was a 3rd unused bus, so I tried that also. No luck. Unable to find any info about this from Addondics or Startech (the Rosewill appears to be the exact same). Unfortunately, the SuperCircuits systems we're using have documentation about as good as the instructions that came with these adapters. They support "400 GB or greater" drives, and it's difficult to tell if it's an issue with the WD drives or the adapters. Have been unable to find updated firmware for the DVRs....

Other Thoughts: I did break a rule for IT projects: Test one first, and if it works, then buy more... I kind of did it the opposite, assuming all would be well; didn't imagine the drives would work but cause some conflict with the DVD-RW on a separate bus!

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Joshua M.'s Profile

Display Name: Joshua M.

Date Joined: 12/19/06

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 08/19/12
  • Last Review: 06/14/13
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