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Minix NEO-X7-216A Quad-Core Cortex A9 Quad-Core Mali 400 1 x HDMI Remote Control Smart Media Hub
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Customizable, nice construction, good user community.

Cons: Slow. I had to stop using this because it can't handle streaming HD over wired ethernet, which, btw, this has only a 100Mb port, without severe stuttering. I had to stop using it. It's a doorstop for me now. It also crashed a lot with stock ROMs. With custom ROMs, it performed slightly better, but I still had issues with XBMC sucking.

Other Thoughts: These kinds of devices are great ideas, but they seem to suffer from poor engineering in the software/firmware.

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Rnwl Visual Studio Pro W/ Msdn Retail 2013 Programs Medialess
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Just what it says it is.

Cons: n/a

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Drobo 5N 5-bay NAS Storage Array, Gigabit Ethernet
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Amending my previous review 11/26/2013

This review is from: Drobo 5N 5-bay NAS Storage Array, Gigabit Ethernet

Pros: It looks pretty and appears at first to operate at a high rate of speed.

Cons: Well, I was wrong on with my first review. This device is slow. I'm connected to a wired gigabit ethernet network and doing anything with the device has become unbearably slow. Plex movies stutter constantly if not outright freeze. I don't know if this lag in performance is a symptom of the volume of data on the drive, if it is just inherently a bad design, or both. The mSATA slot is apparently only compatible with a very limited number of mSATA devices. Newegg recommended the ADATA mSATA drive with my Drobo purchase. It shouldn't have. Now I'm stuck with an mSATA drive that is either bad, or just incompatible with the Drobo. Why tout a standard interface and have it only work with certain devices? I'm returning the Drobo and sticking with my older, faster RAID NAS.

Other Thoughts: If you manage to get the mSATA cache drive working, this device *may* be worth owning. I don't know though, and I'm not about to commit more money to trying to find out.

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John H.'s Profile

Display Name: John H.

Date Joined: 02/08/04

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 06/13/08
  • Last Review: 11/05/14
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