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Thermaltake AC0018 ExtremeSpeed 3.0
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Worked for What I Needed 10/20/2014

This review is from: Thermaltake AC0018 ExtremeSpeed 3.0

Pros: Has a 2.5" swap bay that had a door to reduce air leakage and dust intrusion and doesn't require an easy to break eject lever to remove the drive.

Cons: Unneeded USB 3.0 ports with pass through cables and a four pin Molex cable for power.

Excessively bright LED (although a black Sharpie felt pen toned that down)

Other Thoughts: This is outdated technology that dates back to when USB 3.0 was first introduced and MOBOs either didn't have USB 3.0 or only had it on the rear I/O panel, hence the pass through cables for the USB 3.0 ports. MOBOs that didn't have USB 3.0 could add it by way of a PCI or PCI-e card which the pass through cables could be connected to.

Manufacturers have an annoying habit of adding extra bells and whistles to accessories and, for the ACC0018, the 2.5" swap bay was the add on. Ironically, the swap bay was what I wanted and, for me, the USB ports were the undesirable add-ons. I bought the AC0018 knowing all this and was prepared to modify it to get rid of the USB ports and the rinky-dink cables hanging out the back, which I was able to do. I also was able to make a face plate to overlay the factory one to hide the huge holes left by the removed USB ports. It was a bit of work, requiring some hard to find parts, but I wound up with a 2.5" swap bay (actually, six since I bought five more) I'm happy with that is very similar to my Antec EasySata 3.5" swap bays (which, sadly, have been discontinued). Instead of cables hanging out the back, I now have a male 22 pin (7 +15) SATA connector, same as ODDs, etc. that use conventional SATA power and data cables.

Although I gave this a five star rating due to it being the only thing I could find after a couple of years of searching I could even modify to get what I wanted, keep in mind that this is legacy technology and may not meet your needs so be sure to study the pictures to make sure you can use the cable connections coming out the back. Thermaltake was not trolling their customers as another reviewer accused. This was cutting edge technology when it came out; it just happens to now be ancient history by computer standards.

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WD BLACK SERIES WD4003FZEX 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast for a HDD.

Large capacity. I can remember when 4MB was huge.

Quiet. Despite their reputation for being noisy, all my Blacks have been quiet. I can barely hear them running in an internal dock with my ear right by them. I can't hear them at all in my machine.

Cooler than the Blacks' reputation would suggest. The 4TB is running one degree Centigrade cooler than the coolest 2TB in my machine.

Cons: Cost (but, then again, I'm cheap). Fortunately, I caught it on sale.

Heavy. I may have to register this one as a lethal weapon!

In the case of the first HDD, it was Dead On Arrival. That cost two stars. I also had to pay for return shipping on the DOA HDD. That cost another star.

Other Thoughts: The first HDD I received was dead on arrival. It wouldn't even spin up. In all fairness, the drive was well packaged but the carrier could have handled it too roughly for even the padded packaging—heavy duty pillow wrap— to be able to handle without damage to the HDD.

NewEgg promptly replaced it and the second one is working just fine now and passes all the tests I threw at it.. If it should fail at a later date, I will report back. The thing that galls me most is I had to pay for the return shipping of the DOA HDD.

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SAMSUNG CLP Series CLP-415NW Workgroup Up to 19 ppm 9600 x 600 dpi Color Print Quality Color Wireless 802.11b/g/n Laser Printer
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Beautiful printouts
Has never jammed

Cons: Difficulty setting up wireless - I never was able to connect the wireless using a USB cable. The first time I contacted their so called tech help, the woman on the other end obviously had no clue what she was doing. I finally gave up on her. The second person was equally clueless. He kept insisting I had to connect an Ethernet cable between the printer and the router, even when I pointed out that the router was in another room 25' away and I didn't have an Ethernet cable that long. When he suggested I move the printer closer to the router, I told him that I was 64 and handicapped and, if I had to move the printer anywhere, it would be to my truck to return the printer.

I had tried getting the printer to connect by using the WPS buttons but no joy. I eventually figured that I had to hold the WPS button on the printer down for several seconds until the display finally directed me to press the WPS button on the router. Pity the directions didn't mention that! After that, I was able to install the driver and get the printer to connect to the computer.

The printer occasionally disconnects from my desktop computer and would do so frequently with my notebook. The only way I could reconnect was to reinstall the driver. Occasionally, I also had to reestablish the wireless connection using the WPS buttons.

Incompatible with non-standard paper sizes - This printer will only print on standard paper and envelope sizes. My last printer would print any size; not so with this one. Non-standard sized envelopes often come with greeting cards. The printer will print off center on those, often partially or mostly off the envelope. An inquiry to their "tech help" resulted in the worthless advice to go to the paper size screen in the printer menu (which only can handle standard paper and envelope sizes).

When printing card stock in the manual feed tray while there is 20 lb. paper in the main tray results in a media mismatch error; I have to press the OK button once or twice to force the printer to print. An inquiry to Samsung resulted in the (surprise) worthless advice to reset the default paper type.

Worthless Tech support - I have never received competent tech help for this printer from Samsung.

Other Thoughts: I've had a bellyful with this worthless piece of junk and Samsung's equally worthless tech help. I was going to wait until I ran out a toner cartridge but I've become too fed up to deal with it anymore and I'm now looking for another printer. There is no way I will ever buy another Samsung printer and it's questionable if I will ever buy another Samsung product due to their unbelievably poor tech help. I'm looking forward to getting rid of this piece of junk.

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Jeannie C.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeannie C.

Date Joined: 01/17/10

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 04/06/13
  • Last Review: 10/20/14
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