Joined on 08/16/01
Works for me
Pros: For me, WHS provides a simple server and backup solution. I have 4 PCs that get backed up daily now where they were never backed up before. The ability to add any sized drive to the array is a huge improvement over my old RAID-5 setup that required every drive be sized the same.
Cons: I'm not sure how happy I am with the way WHS protects data written to the array. Creating bit for bit copies of a file means I can't backup the largest contributor to my files without adding a ridiculous amount of hard drive space.
Overall Review: I'm not sure how big a con my con is now. With 1TB hard drives dipping below the $150 mark, even making 1:1 copies of large files is not as much of an issue as just a few years ago.
Wonderful Low-end HTPC Solution
Pros: Installed this board into my low-end HTPC. While I'm not running HD material (TV doesn't support it), my regular DVDs run beautifully without any issues. Having everything integrated into the board means my mid-sized case will soon be replaced with a low-profile case more appropriate for the living room.
Cons: Attempted to boot off my friends iPod while it was plugged in to be recharged. Small potatoes to be sure but it's the only "bad" thing that's happened.
Pros: It's cheap, it's spacious, it's well made.
Cons: None that I can see
Overall Review: This is my first rack mount case and I am quite impressed. I'm going to be using 2 5x5.25 hard drive backplanes in this case for a WHS media server and don't see it as a problem at all. I'll probably be buying another one of these for my HTPC when the time comes to move it out of it's mid-tower case as well.
This thing is TINY!
Pros: This thing is small and I mean small. It's about the size of a mini SD card and it's almost all because of the USB connector. I synced it up with my Bluetooth headset, got it working with skype and it works beautifully.
Cons: My only complaint is that it didn't come with a driver CD and without the Cirago driver, I couldn't get my headset to work with Skype. I highly recommend you download the driver specifically for this dongle and not rely on Windows built-in driver.
Overall Review: It's small and works well (once you get the driver). Not sure what else there is to say.