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Pros: Slot loading
Cons: Loading mechanism failed after 6 months, drive used one time only....!!
Lite-on had me jumping through many hoops and stopped one step short of wanting my SSN to issue an RMA.
A month later, they kindly informed me they no longer manufactured this drive and replaced it with a tray loader...
Nice, thanks Lite-On...!!!!
Other Thoughts: Everybody here is happy with this drive, so I may be the exception.
Still, the fact that Lite-On declined to replace this with a slot loader does not inspire confidence in the brand in general and this model in particular.
Save you money and get a tray model instead.
As for me, I'll stay clear from Lite-On for a while...
Pros: Good mechanical design, drives slide in place and are locked without any problem.
Very compact and good-looking, although the drive activity lights are way too big and too bright.
Newegg delivery was flawless and quick, as always.
Cons: The good feeling stop when you start using it.
I rapidly found out that almost none of the Intel sata controllers support port multiplier, except in some very limited scenarios: deluxe "X" chipsets, certain ports only, and AHCI mode (forget about XP!). If you plan on connecting over esata, factor the cost of an extra controller card (30-50 dol.).
What about USB 3? It works fine on an older machine, but constantly disconnect on two others. Don't waste time updating drivers, it does not make one bit of difference.
Beautiful, but useless...
Other Thoughts: Mediasonic.ca does not manufacture this, so the tech support of this tiny outfit is NOT impressive. Their weapons against angry users are very simple and well oiled: 1) you sata controller is to blame, 2) your USB driver is too blame, 3) Your operating system is too blame, try it with linux and leave us alone if it work (!).
Sorry, not good enough.
To add insult to injury, Newegg cut the price by 15 dol. a few days after I purchased (thanks Newegg!).
Pros: Looks good
Cons: First unit's radio failed in 6 weeks. Great Indian tech support from Netgear (best in the world!!), who kindly advise me to return it to Newegg (Thanks Netgear!). More hassle, then a heavily used replacement unit showed up.
Guess what? That radio died in 3 days. Trashed the thing, got my trusted Linksys WRT54GL back in service, and never looked back.
Sad part is that I am out $180 from my pocket, and wasted a lot of time on this.
Other Thoughts: I could not believe a major player like Netgear would put a stunt like that: ship defective routers, then try to have the dealer fix their mess, and finally send a refurbished unit.
The scary thing is that I am not the only one that got rear-ended by Netgear.
I do appreciate the issues with crowding at 2.4 GHz, but the way Netgear handled my request for garantee was below everything, especially considering the price tag.
The bottom line: if you want problems, hassle, and a non-working product with no guaranty, you found it.
If you are looking for a router, move on.
Netgear products, anyone? Not for me, thanks...
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