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Pros: Great drives, never had one fail
Cons: Bulk version has a shorter warranty and stands a better chance of arriving DOA
Other Thoughts: These drives are NOT 'mislabeled'. Toshiba makes ONE 3TB drive, the DT01ACA300. It is sold in bulk packaging a "DT01ACA300", and in a retail version as the "PH3300U-1I72". I've bought at least two dozen of the PH3300U-1I72 drives over the last year, and all of the mechanisms inside the box have been "DT01ACA300".
What you get with the retail version is (a) a drive that stands a better chance of arriving in good working condition due to the excellent cushioning inside the box, and (b) a 3-year warranty instead of the 2-year warranty you get with the bulk version.
There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that these mechanisms don't like being shipped unless packaged really well, which is unfortunately not something NewEgg is known for. I have not yet had any of my PH3300U-1I72 drives fail, so I strongly suggest you purchase this version, and not the bulk version.
This review is from: iStarUSA T-7-SA 1x5.25" Bay Military Series SATA Mobile Rack
Pros: Good construction quality
Cons: Fans fail over time
Other Thoughts: I've purchased literally dozens of these removable trays over the past 6 years...we use them at work for transporting large amounts of data. This same exact unit has been sold by several different companies over the years...iStarUSA is just one of them. Do a search on SNT 135-B to find another...same exact unit (for less money).
They work well enough and have been pretty reliable, but as others have mentioned, the fans on them tend to fail. It's not much of an issue if you install these in a desktop with large cooling fans pulling air from the front, but if used in a small 5.25" external case, it could be a problem. I've tried replacing the fans, but regular 40mm fans don't work well. At this point, I just disconnect and remove the fans when they start to go bad, and haven't had any problems (since they're all used with desktops).
This review is from: Cisco Small Business 200 Series SLM2048T-NA Smart SG200-50 Gigabit Switch
Pros: Easy to configure and install.
Cons: Lots of rather obscure configuration options might be a minus for somebody who just wants a plug-n-play piece of hardware.
Other Thoughts: Absolutely no complaints. Took switch out of the box, did a basic configuration on it, and installed it in the wiring closet. Easy peasy, no problems whatsoever. It *is* a managed switch though (via the built-in web interface), so I wouldn't just take it out of the box and plug it into a network as-is...at least change the admin password!
Big added plus is that the rackmount brackets can be installed in any orientation. I needed to install this switch flat against the wall, and was pleasantly surprised to find that I could use the unit's rackmount brackets for this. I'll definitely buy more of these when more upgrading is necessary.