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This review is from: NETGEAR 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch with 4-Port PoE (GS308P)
Pros: This is a fine quality PoE switch. The build quality is excellent with a nice steel case. Power is handled with a power brick with a long cord so the unit runs very cool. The power brick also runs very cool so I'm assuming it's has well designed cool-running electronics. The four PoE ports work great and supplied power, in my case, 2 CCTV cameras.
Other features include the standard LEDs on each port. There is one for the non-powered ports and two for the PoE ports. The unit also comes with wall mounting hardware.
There's not a whole lot you can say about a switch but as far as this one, if you need an 8-port PoE switch, I would recommend this one.
Cons: No cons that could see except possibly that I prefer more ports.
Other Thoughts: Just a FYI... I used this unit connected to a 24 port switch and it worked fine. I have my main switch near the router and then I ran a line to the upstairs area and installed this switch there. From this point I ran the lines out to the two cameras. Worked perfectly.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a nice compact case with just enough features to be a workable case. The design lends itself to good airflow and since there isn't a need for the DVD writer taking up room in the front you have a lot of options for fans and cooling including installing a radiator in the front versus on the top. Note: there's no room for a radiator above the motherboard. I wasn't sure about the case design but it's grown on me and I actually like it. There are "feet" at the base of the case which actually raises the case up a bit allowing for better airflow. The feet seemed weird to me at first but they work great. There's a lot of plastic on the case which makes the unit very light but steel is used where needed to keep the case rigid. The case comes with 3 fans. The rear fan is the standard non-lighted fan. The two front fans are lit with red LEDs and look great. The front fans are controlled by a switch on the front panel that allows for low-medium-high speeds.
Cons: There are a few items that I really don't understand. For one, I really hate the way Corsair does there harddrive installations. The drives must be installed backwards and the sata and power cables must be plugged in from the opposite side (unless I'm missing something because the manual was really no help). This means that if you want to pull a harddrive you need to take both side panels off which just doesn't make sense. The is my second Corsair case that's like this and it drives me nuts. I guess the idea is that once the harddrives are installed they won't be removed. The second issue is with the plastic density. I grew to love the case when the lights are on but once I turn the light off I can see the fan LEDs shinning through the red plastic. That just screams "cheap" to me. The white plastic sections don't pass any light so I assume the white has been painted on. Either Corsair needs to use a denser plastic or place some kind of frame behind the red plastic sections. Lastly, the "feet" on the unit seem very flimsy to me. I feel like if I set the case down too hard one of them is going to break off. They may be able to handle the abuse but I don't have a lot of confidence in them.
Other Thoughts: All in all it's not a bad case. It's not something I'd choose for a build but if you're looking for a 70's style design or possibly a Star Trek theme maybe it would be perfect. I don't understand why someone wouldn't want a DVD drive in their build. I understand that they aren't used much anymore but they're so cheap you might as well throw one in. Again, if the design is what you're looking for then the lack of a DVD slot may be fine.
Corsair needs to redesign the harddrive slots and I would like it a lot more.
Pros: Comes with some great software to set up automatic back ups when plugged into the USB.
Really small and portable. It's about half the size of a normal notebook hard drive.
Very stylish and build quality is nice.
USB 3.0 so transfer speeds were very fast.
2TB size is HUGE!
Cons: None so far. I haven't been a fan of Seagate hard drives but this one and the two I've been using before this one have changed my mind. So far no complaints.
Other Thoughts: I've ran a few speed test on this drive and for a very small drive this thing is fast. Transfer speeds have been fine. As I said in the cons, I haven't been a fan of seagate but this drive has changed my mind. Top quality software and so far it's been a great portable backup drive. I would recommend this drive to anyone who needs a reliable backup.READ FULL REVIEW