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Christopher D.

Christopher D.

Joined on 10/06/07

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Most Favorable Review

It's getting better... Still wish they'd include the bridge chip in the specs

ORICO USB-C Type-C Aluminum 3.5 inch  Hard Drive HDD Enclosure USB-C Gen 1 SATA3.0 3.5" HDD Docking Station Vertical Case Support UASP with Power Adapter for HDD and SSD Tool Free 16TB
ORICO USB-C Type-C Aluminum 3.5 inch Hard Drive HDD Enclosure USB-C Gen 1 SATA3.0 3.5" HDD Docking Station Vertical Case Support UASP with Power Adapter for HDD and SSD Tool Free 16TB

Pros: - VL716 bridge chip. That means it supports my 2005 vintage SATA I drives and last year's SATA III drives. Linux UAS doesn't barf on it. And it doesn't shred hdparm commands to disable power management and spin down like the Jmicron based ones I complained about do. - Thermals are okay. The 5 bay enclosures with fans run about 2C cooler until the fan fails. Drives stayed around 45-48C during repeated ZFS scrubs - Behaves in a sane way to Linux when the drives do spin down - Includes the make and model number in /dev/disk/by-id symlinks in Linux instead of the "External_USB_3.0" or "NORELSYS_106X" - Does power on when power applied if the power button is forever pressed down. Finding the right combination of a rubber foot and tape to handle that

Cons: - The $#@! default off when power applied and momentary switch power button. Please provide a jumper or dip switch or non-momentary switch to enable power on when power applied. - Every drive has the serial number 000000123ADC in /dev/disk/by-id when drives are found at boot by Ubuntu server. I swear I saw proper serial numbers briefly on Ubuntu Desktop and haven't had time to poke at it more. - It isn't actually tool free. It's "We include the phillips head screwdriver." I'd pay a little extra if these were nice chunky captured thumb screws. - They don't put the model number on the exterior of the piece with the SATA bridge. - Has the separate 12V wall wart instead of using current USB 3.x power delivery to deliver the 24W. - The literature has oodles on the great design of the enclosure and squat on the bridge chip and thermals which are the things that make it suck.

Overall Review: - The folks I know that buy things like this tend to buy something before asking my thoughts so... - Well, I bought more of them. - See the cons for the improvements. - - Captured knurled thumbscrews so it's actually tool less. - - Include the bridge chip in the description EVERY TIME. - - Run through a set of quirks tests on Linux and Windows and MacOS including SATA I drives, disabling APM and spindown, verifying OS behavior when drive does spin down -- Put the model number on the outside of the device, preferably on the part that's unique to the device

Most Critical Review

They don't work.

Athena Power AP-MFATX35 350W Mini ITX / Micro FLEX ATX / ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply for many HP Slimline System Upgrades/Replacement
Athena Power AP-MFATX35 350W Mini ITX / Micro FLEX ATX / ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply for many HP Slimline System Upgrades/Replacement

Pros: All the connectors were there.

Cons: Fails miserably to sustain power when the 12V connector is connected the system. Another 350W Power supply works fine. ANother 300W power supply works fine.

10/28/2014

Worked for half my monitors

Mount-It! VESA Mount Adapter Plate Conversion Kit | Convert VESA 75x75, 100x100 to 200x200, 200x100 mm Patterns
Mount-It! VESA Mount Adapter Plate Conversion Kit | Convert VESA 75x75, 100x100 to 200x200, 200x100 mm Patterns

Pros: - Did great with a 15lb 40" TV to adapt it to a 100mm vesa stand

Cons: - Plate was 1-2mm too wide and too tall to optimally fit a 30lb 43" display. It was secure... just needed spacers on the bolts. Didn't matter because the stand was not up to the weight.

Overall Review: - Probably recommend to others because seems less of a PITA than the small strut adapters - Well, I did buy a second one and it didn't quite work. And I fully expect to end up with something it works on.

Gave me surround sound in my home office

StarTech.com ICUSBAUDIO7D 7.1 Channels 16-bit 48KHz USB Interface Audio Adapter External Sound Card
StarTech.com ICUSBAUDIO7D 7.1 Channels 16-bit 48KHz USB Interface Audio Adapter External Sound Card

Pros: - Works out the box with pulseaudio on Linux - Drives my existing 5.1 speaker set

Cons: - An 8+ channel 24 bit 192kHz option around the current prices would be nice... not that my ears could tell the difference.

Overall Review: - Yeah, anyone with existing analog surround sound that doesn't go down the PCIE audio card rabbit hole should like this. However too many of those folks want bluetooth audio - Yes I'd buy another when the prices go down

Let me reduce the home network pieces to being on one UPS

48V 08A Gigabit PoE Power Adapter Supply Injector with AC Cord IEEE 8023afat Compliant for IP Voip Phones Cameras AP and More
48V 08A Gigabit PoE Power Adapter Supply Injector with AC Cord IEEE 8023afat Compliant for IP Voip Phones Cameras AP and More

Overall Review: Let me put the Passive Optical Network to Ethernet transceiver on the same UPS rest of the home network. I recall this was the only one that 1) Didn't force me to have yet another wall wart 2) gave clear specs on what power it could provide. So it's great for that... I wish I didn't need it... I'm grateful their implementation has been so reliable.

Relegated to be the task light for the bar area, didn't fit underneath the keyboard or stay attached to the server monitor

Clamp Desk Lamp, Clip on Reading Light, 3000-6500K Adjustable Color Temperature, 6 Illumination Modes, 10 Led Beads, AC Adapter and USB Cord Included (Black)
Clamp Desk Lamp, Clip on Reading Light, 3000-6500K Adjustable Color Temperature, 6 Illumination Modes, 10 Led Beads, AC Adapter and USB Cord Included (Black)

Pros: - Solid mechanical switch design - Came with USB wall-wart - Reduced my injuries making gin and tonics - The plate to turn it into a table top lamp is a nice touch

Cons: - And the brightness on the rocker switch is backwards from the labels - It absolutely refuses to remain clipped to the battering ram I use as a monitor for my servers - Shipped by that logistics/public cloud company and newegg still thinks it hasn't been delivered

Overall Review: - This is the sort of product where you hope folks don't recommend against it. And I won't recommend against it, I will double check use case - We'll see if it's still around when the failures of other things means it has a place - Improve the clip so it plays nice with OLD flat screen monitors. The other lamp I recently reviewed has a much better clip. And well this Scandinavian company did the inexpensive goose-neck lamp that is the greatest of all time.

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You may be dead before the product arrives

Ordered in June. Their shipping stuff indicates it arrived in the US in early July. Still hasn't arrived. Newegg's tracking indicates it was delivered. Their tracking indicates it hasn't. Contacted them back in July and just got a "wait." Marking as "Not as seller" described because a big nothing is not what was described.

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Better than expected...their tracking numbers are glitchy.

Yes, I'd recommend them to others Their tracking numbers aren't accurate. They provided a tracking number indicating the order was shipping from China a day or two AFTER the product was delivered. And the tracking number they provided was delivered to a location nowhere near me. So... it's a good experience when everything goes right... and probably an awful experience when it does not. Product was shipped fast and packed properly... and delivered before they provided a tracking number. Packaging and delivery were fulfilled by a newegg competitor, keep that in mind if you were trying to avoid that newegg competitor.

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