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This review is from: WD Green WD20NPVX 2TB 8MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Hard Drive
Pros: Gives you 2T in a 2.5" space IF it will fit in the required space. I purchased 3 of these to be used as a software RAID-5 on a refurbished DL-380 G5 for use as an iSCSI target. Because of the extra height, I removed the metal shield portion of the carriage and they installed just fine. I now have almost 4T of RAID-5 with 5 bays open for expansion.
This use is what it appears the drives are designed for. They are not laptop drives unless your laptop has the extra height to allow their use.
Cons: Out of the three drives, one was DOA. Knowing NewEgg honors their warranties, I went ahead and set it up as a degraded RAID-5 (ie, only two drives), got an RMA from NewEgg and returned it. When the replacement came in soon after, inserted the replacement drive, rebuilt the RAID set and all was good. However, it cost me shipping (minimal) and the extra hassle of waiting and then going to the NOC to replace it was not good. However, I had read the other reviews here and was prepared for this.
Other Thoughts: Took off one egg for the DOA, but I'll buy more of these. The access time is adequate so far for my iSCSI application (I have 16G of RAM for caching). The only time the speed made any difference was when initializing targets by copying large amounts of data, but that is infrequent. I intend to create a second iSCSI device and set it up as HA, and will purchase the same drives for that, and also when I extend my RAID set on both machines. Just be prepared to RMA drives when (not if) they show up DOA.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Inexpensive, semi-decent screen, large hard drive.
linux dual boot fairly easy, though you do need the 2.6.39 kernel to use the Atheros wireless (I prefer Debian Stable, but it is at 2.6.32, I think). I installed Mint with no problems.
Cons: First, realize this does not have bluetooth. I didn't even bother looking for that, 'cause bluetooth is cheap and all, but I guess they saved a few pennies by not installing bluetooth on it.
Second, bloatware, bloatware, bloatware. The thing runs dog slow out of the box, but speeds up to reasonable once you have spent a couple of days removing all the crud, and that is what it is is crud, that ASUS puts on here. And, frankly, some of the "enhancements" destabilize the system (search for asus windows explorer not responding c0000005). Note that the last is a problem with HP's also.
So, the system is unusable right now on the Windows side until I get a Win7 Home Premium ISO to do a clean Windows install (not ASUS windows) on it.
This one irriration alone dropped my rating on this machine (bluetooth is my own fault for ASSuME'g something that cheap would be included in everything).
I am very disappointed, as ASUS has been the brand recommended to my clients for several years.
Other Thoughts: I have used ASUS exclusively for my laptops/netbooks in the past, and will likely continue for a while. But, this experience has made me question that loyalty. Purchase the hardware, but don't expect any kind of speed or stability from ASUS's poorly modified Windows.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Quiet, low power, completely solid state unless you put a mechanical HDD. Fast enough to play MKV video files with no problem. I use it as a multi-media machine running Ubuntu and can play music, videos (not ISO images), surf the web, etc... Video plays well with my 32" TV with no blurring or choppiness, and audio out is strong enough to drive a set of speakers.
Cons: Will not boot from the CF if an HDD is installed also, at least as far as I can tell. Not quite powerful enough to open a DVD image file. Be careful driving an amp with the audio out; I overpowered my amp and had to wait for it to reset. The NIC's in the one I got use the R8168 chipset which is not open source, so Debian will not install out of the box. I had to use Ubuntu.
Other Thoughts: I have a friend who is using these also for site-to-site VPN routers (OpenVPN) running IPFire. It works well for him. I purchased this to test as a router for resale, but it has taken over as my media player so I'll have to get another for that testing. You can install one mini-pci device in it which are available on the web.READ FULL REVIEW