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ZyXEL NSA310 Diskless System 1-Bay Media Server
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great find! 12/26/2012

This review is from: ZyXEL NSA310 Diskless System 1-Bay Media Server

Pros: Easy to setup, intuitive web interface with many options, Twonky media server, use any hard drive you want, fast transfer speeds, Gigabit Ethernet, small, quiet, inexpensive. I didn't even need to use the software, just the web interface.

Cons: I haven't found any cons.

Other Thoughts: I had a WD MyBook World 2TB that bit the dust. The WD web interface said that the 2TB HDD was having SMART errors. So I removed the drive and ran WD Data Life Guard and confirmed that the drive had issues. I wiped the drive and used a hack tutorial to install Debian and put it back together. It worked for about 3 months and stopped. This time the MyBook World controller board must have died because it wouldn't boot up anymore.

That's when I found this awesome NAS enclosure. I threw the 2TB drive in and got it all set up. It has been running great for 2 months now. Zyxel's web interface says the drive is healthy, so it must not care about SMART errors. I really could care less if the drive fails, because I use it only as a backup for my desktop computer. I have GoodSync setup to backup my entire user folder and synchronize changes hourly. Now I can eek out all life left in the drive and delay purchasing a new drive while prices come down. It's the perfect setup.

To sweeten the deal, the built-in Twonky media server finds all my media and using BubbleUPnP I can stream anything to my Android tablet and Galaxy S3. I've even taken it over to friend's and relative's homes to stream stuff there since it has a copy of everything.

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ICY DOCK MB981U3-1SA 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Best all-in-one solution! 11/20/2012

This review is from: ICY DOCK MB981U3-1SA 2.5"/3.5" USB 3.0 SATA Docking Station with IDE Adapter

Pros: It handles any type of drive, comes with all cables necessary, USB 3, has a power button with LED activity light, has a 3-YEAR WARRANTY! What's not to like? This thing is awesome!

Cons: I really haven't found any cons.

Other Thoughts: A customer brought me an 8-year-old Dell that needed reinstallation of the OS on a larger HDD. My test machine only has one IDE port, so connecting two IDE drives is a pain. After I got Windows on the larger drive I used the Icy Dock to connect the other drive and transfer data over. It transfered 55GB in less than an hour. Easy, simple, DONE!

To all of those who left bad reviews because of a problem with the device, it has a 3-year warranty. Contact Icy Dock and give them a chance to work things out with you.

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Smartphone Headset to PC Adapter - Use 3.5mm iPhone®/Smartphone Headset With PC. Converts 3.5mm Plug to Dual Mic/Audio 3.5mm (18 Inch) – Black
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works great! Lets you convert a smartphone headset into a headset that can be used on your PC for gaming, Skype, etc. It's not too long and not too short.

Cons: It can't double as shoelaces?

Other Thoughts: I use this with my Logitech G510 keyboard and my SONY MDR-EX38iP/BLK headset.

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Display Name: Dane P.

Date Joined: 11/01/04

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 08/25/09
  • Last Review: 12/26/12
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