Joined on 12/14/04
Decent Drive, but not without problems
Pros: * Drive is Cheep * Single Platter * Fast, 167Mb/s write, 133 Mb/s read. tails off to 68 Mb/s and 54 Mb/s as drive fills up * Quiet. Cant hear it seek or spin at all. * 3 Year warranty (your going to need it) * Relatively easy RMA Process through seagate
Cons: * Drive was 60 days old and failed. Fortunately, Windows 7 and Ubuntu started screaming at me that the drive had way to many remapped sectors and encouraged me to do action. * During the RMA process, I was given to options for handling. Option 1 was ship the drive to them at my expense (including boxes and packing) and receive replacement after verification of failure. They were very particular about how to pack the drive, specifying the materials and manner to pack. I was afraid that if I didnt do exactly what they said they would refuse my warranty claim and ship bad drive back to me. * Option 2 was to pay 20 dollars and they would ship the replacement in advance (usa and canada only). They would pay for return shipping and give me a box. I have 25 days to get the drive to there RMA center or they charge 45 dollars to recoup costs. The process is really set up so you choose Option 2, it forces you to troubleshoot the drive for them, and they compensate with shipp
Overall Review: Overall this drive performs very well, and performs decently in a raid 0 array. The cost / performance ratio is competitive. I decided to raid two of these drives instead of going solid state disk. I received comparable performance for fraction of the cost. I also received much more storage. If I had to do it again I would do still use Seagate. The RMA / Warranty process through seagate was easy and required no interaction with tech support. However I called to verify shipping details and was helped with friendly representative who was within USA. The rma process was so simple and easy that I was willing to forgive the drive failure. In fact I am thinking of getting 2 more drives to move from Raid 0 to Raid 5
NIC, Out of Box Failure
Pros: - Intel Wifi 6 - Intel Lan - Front Usb type c Gen 3.2 (the fast one) - Minimal and tasteful RGB - Good IOMMU Grouping making GPU Pass through feasible. - Military ruggedness..... well... sort of.
Cons: The intel 2.5 Gigabit Lan failed. Upon installation I noticed that the Gigabit Lan would drop out and come back, occasionally. I figured this was related to old drivers and part of me getting the machine up and running. However during a 3D Mark TimeSpy run where I was stress testing the GPU I had purchased, the gigabit Lan just stopped functioning. Hard failure. Link lights on the ethernet port were out and the device disappeared in Hardware Manager. Loaded Linux to isolate what maybe a windows phenomena and LSPCI couldn't see the device either. NIC just disappeared a hard failure.
Overall Review: Board is with Asus getting warranty work to repair the Intel Nic. To their credit they issued the RMA quickly. However, I found it strange I was responsible to ship and pay the board to them. Also, you have to pay for shipping. It did speed the process up because I could ship same day the RMA# was issued. Also they let you leverage their buying power for getting a reasonable cost shipping label. It is still a little weird... If its their mistake I shouldn't have to pay to ship it to them. If it all works out well and I get a functioning board back I will upgrade the review with only the minor quibble that i have to pay for shipping.
Easy to Use, but MASSIVE DESIGN FLAW
Pros: -> Simple to administer. -> Fast -> Plex Server transcodes very well
Cons: This thing is saddled with a massive design flaw. It apparently cannot communicate to external USB drives that use the UAS protocol. (USB Attached SCSI). This is a new protocol that is starting to proliferate with fast high capacity external devices. If you plug one of these drives into your PR4100 NAS and the entire thing locks up. Presumably kernel panics. It becomes unresponsive. Drops off the network and the only way to recover is to power cycle. I could work around this if they would publish a compatibility list for external drives like they do for the internal drives. However they do not. Also, the manual mentions nothing of this quirk. You can only read about it from the forums where a staff member published a link to the public service announcement. the thing that will steam you is there is no indication if this is something they are going to fix. So Now I am constantly locking up the PR4100 because even some of my USB thumb drives are using this newer protocol for faster transfer speeds. This is a disaster. I would presume this could be fixed with a firmware update by downloading a newer linux kernel. To my knowledge other devices do not have this limitation. The PSA can be located by searching for "My Cloud Pro Series Not Accessible After Connecting a USB Attached SCSI (UAS) Device" Answer ID 15167
Overall Review: considering the massive flaw this thing has, and the lack of information to how WD will fix this. I will discard it through the auction sites and look at competitors offerings.
It's Ok..nothing stellar
Pros: The drive was really cheep when purchased. The power brick is significantly smaller than previous western digital caviar external drives. And the drive is fairly quiet. Previous drives, gave off an awful screech.
Cons: It is really slow. Painfully slow. File transfers on the drive take an incredible amount of time. However, the power savings profile is too aggressive and the drive constantly wants to park and go to sleep. The end result is every time the computer needs scan its drives, the computer will stall waiting for this thing to spool up. It causes the boot process to take forever, and programs to go unresponsive at times. Backups with Windows 7 backup take days. I typically set a calendar reminder to backup, manually plug the drive in and turn it on, perform my backup and then unplug and turn off. Would not recommend, and looking for alternative.
Not a review - but question to all who own it
Pros: Cheap NO OS CPU is balance between Atom and a ultra portable good video card for gaming and gpu intensive tasks Bluetooth
Cons: Really Shiny Single Core Asus support appears limited Wireless drivers in Linux require extra effort Battery life < 5 hours no HDMI.
Overall Review: So I confess I dont own this netbook, but I am looking at getting it and I have no idea where to ask this question other than people who have it. With the recent release of Flash 10.1 is Hulu and youtube at HD resolutions stable in Full Screen? Its really ambiguous if this video card is supported because all mobility radeons HD 4XXX and up are supported and all integrated radeons HD 3XXX and up are supported. So, does the GPU support Flash 10.1 the final release? There is not a lot of good quality reviews on this machine on the web. Plenty that show the physical dimensions of the device, but not too many that really detail its performance characteristics. If this an inappropriate place to ask this question, moderators, feel free to delete "review".
Great Drive - Very Quiet
Pros: This drive is an economical 500gb hard drive. Went into a 13 inch macbook pro uni-body effortlessly. The drive was a drop in replacement. Just had to remember to remove the alignment screws from the apple supplied drive to the western digital. Failure to do so resulted in the drive bouncing around in the case. o_O . oops. The drive is whisper quiet. I cant hear it at all. I even try to put my ear to the case and still cant hear the drive. Performance for a 500 GB 5400 RPM drive is good. I seem to be transferring files a good rate and seek times are faster than the supplied Fujitsu drive. All in all i am please. Even battery life seemed to remain at par. I was worried about this drive using more power and affecting run times.
Cons: Its a two platter disk, so in the long run I expect the drive to fail sooner than a single platter. Twice the moving parts. But i am really nit picking. Its a 5 star drive