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This review is from: Thermaltake Massive 23 GT Black/Red CLN0019
Pros: Quiet fan, plenty of USB ports, comfortable fit to lap, and very large light weight!
Well vented to allow for good exhaust at nearly all positioning!
Other Thoughts: This is a replacement for a failed unit (another brand) that worked well for about 6 months and suddenly died.
This unit clearly has better lap fit that any that we've seen and its weight, along with extremely quiet/large fan, makes it optimal.
This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black
Pros: A lot of storage at a really good price
But . . . .I have no intentions of using them as USB since a great number of back-up software has difficulty with USB connectivity. I am installing them internally to replace a 1.5TB Raid Array. that will be 6.5 TB increase without redundancy . . .yes it is taking a risk, but worth it!
My back-up strategy always has redundancy for critical data.
Cons: I can't see any as of now
Other Thoughts: The drive in the case is a 5900 RPM drive which is more than adequate for the average, non-gaming, PC. I use a 10K drive for my OS. I want to use them for storage only to create, store, and retrieve back-ups from client computers as I am doing repairs. I have found/validated that the USB interface is often flakey when using mainstream back-up software which caused me to move my backup to an internally/networked attached drive for reliability. With certainty it is a BIOS/Controller conflict between the Motherboard/USB Card/External USB Drive that often cannot resolve and reports file size errors or read/write restrictions.
Often these drives (or drives just like them) get blamed for fault when they are most likely perfectly fine.
Pros: Great CPU with IRIS Graphics . . .
Fast SSD, but in RAID . . . .
Pretty efficient keyboard for such a shallow device . . .
Fast, Furious, and Efficient!
Cons: SSD . . . .very limited and costly replacement and/or upgrade.
SSD . . . .exceptionally limited availability on retail shelves.
The SSD is of the M.2 variety (stands for 20mm wide) with NGFF size (Next Generation Form Factor), but they come in varying lengths that are very unit/notebook specific.
A few models/sizes are: 2028, 2042,2060, and 2080 with the last two characters representing length . . . .hence the AUS UX301 series laptops use the M.2.2060 NFGG in 128GB x 2 and 256GB x2 their respective models.
The SSD in the UX301 is user replaceable, but appears that ASUS (at least 4 now) has the M.2 2060 production controlled for their benefit making them hard to come by unless one happens to fins a used one from a salvage dawg somewhere.
I personally would remove the RAID Array as well since it doesn't affect the machine performance that much, and provides for a non-recoverable device should one of either drive have a failure.
Other Thoughts: This is personal experience that I am sharing . . .and want to add that a back-up even two weeks out of date is better than no back-up at all!
I have since obtained a readily available M.2 2080 NGFF and put it in a USB 3.0 enclosure (specifically designed for the M.2 20xx device) to use as a continuous backup device.
Still, and overall, a great laptop.