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This review is from: QNAP TS-212-E Diskless System Network Storage
Pros: The device has a lot of flexibility. Had it configured in raid 1 with two seagate drives, and it was happily running transmission, couchpotato, sickbeard, and sabnzbd for the past 22 months
Cons: The issues with this unit are after a drive failure. Basic approach should be:
1 - Remove bad drive
2 - Add new drive
3 - RAID rebuilds automatically
Did that happen? Of course not. Where the product documentation says it will happen automatically, that never occurred. I ended up having to do the steps of the rebuild manually, and even then they were not really successful. The support from QNAP is questionable and limited to forum posts that do not always address the issue you are having, and the documentation is often out of date or misleading. It's a great product at first, but it does not age well under heavy use.
Pros: The drives themselves caused no problems at first.
Cons: After a year and 9 months of use in a QNAP TS-212 nas, two of these drives failed with bad sectors. These drives aren't really rated for NAS use with their stock firmware - I recommend looking at other products for use in any kind of RAID setup
Other Thoughts: I deducted 2 eggs because of the short life of these drives, and that they developed head crashes without being touched after less than two years. I've had problems with other seagate devices before, with similar issues - bad sectors and read/write failures on an external hard drive storage unit.
I'll note that I have a couple WD drives I'm replacing these with, rated for NAS, that are 4 TB for around $50/drive extra.
Pros: Decent power for the price. Handles most of everything I can throw at it. The laptop itself seems decent, but there are a few considerations (see cons)
Cons: - The crystal eye webcam no longer functions. It just stopped working one day, no explanation, no errors. Isn't even picked up by the OS anymore
- The laptop has heat issues, especially when running computationally intense programs. I had to eventually get a cooling desk for this machine.
- It's not a light laptop. Weighs more than it feels like it should.
- Acer bloatware. I was able to remove most of the items, with the exception of one program (Shredder something-or-other) that just won't die.
Other Thoughts: Overall it's a decent laptop. None of the cons are really dealbreakers for me, but I felt they warranted the removal of an egg. The bloatware is really irritating.READ FULL REVIEW