Joined on 12/10/06
Pros: Self managing NAS box. Software plug ins give the embedded Linux OS additional capabilities if you need them, but what you don't need isn't in your way. All the functionality of a full blown server without the complicated setup and maintenance. I tried the home server route with WHS2k11 but it was just too much setup to get through. Bare in mind that I have been building and troubleshooting systems and networks for over 20 years. WHS2k11 is a whole new level of complication.
Cons: None! Why don't you have one yet?
Overall Review: I have five 2TB drives in single disk redundancy showing 7.25TB of space after distributed parity and formatting overhead. The unit is essentially a self managing JBOD NAS box with single or dual disk redundancy. That self managing function supports hot swapping of failed HDDs and automatic rebuilds.
OK, I guess
Pros: 4 USB ports, high power output. Lots of international power input adapters for travels. Charges multiple devices quickly.
Cons: Doesn't charge my iPad. The cable isn't the problem. My iPhone charges fine using the same cable. Both charging cables cables work with my iPhone and neither works with my iPad. With the North American 2 prong outlet adapter it sags and pulls half way out of the wall outlet, even without any devices plugged in.
Overall Review: Even though it doesn't like to stay plugged into a power outlet it can be used with a standard, non polarized 2 prong oval power cord. This takes the weight of the charger and plugged in devices off of the outlet.
Poor vendor, great product
Pros: Great hard drive. I refreshed my Mac Mini with a 250gb Samsung Evo 840 SSD and wanted to install an internal Time Machine backup drive using a 2nd HDD kit from OWC.. It's a little spendier than other 2.5" drives but if the numbers and reviews are right it's worth it.
Cons: Action Packaged is the WORST online purchase experience I have had in a very long time! I placed my order before Labor Day and lingered in processing forever. It was 3 weeks before I received the drive. This vendor will never see another cent of my money again. I have been a Newegg customer for 8 years and it has always been a great experience...except this purchase.
Overall Review: I did my homework for this purchase because the Mini is so difficult to work on. I only wanted it in the shop once so I chose the Samsung SSD and the WD Scorpio Black based on user reviews. Research revealed that a Time Machine drive should be 2-3 times the size of the boot drive so 750gb was the choice to keep a 250gb SSD backed up. This drive had the highest MTBF, fastest numbers and best customer reviews of any other 2.5" HDD.
A first for me
Pros: Seems to work as advertized. Great deal as a paid download.
Cons: Didn't notice a big improvement
Overall Review: I use my computer for internet access, photo management and document management. Pretty mundane stuff. I don't really do a lot of high risk stuff and I don't game on my system. I run Avast for security and I'm very adept at system maintenance so I wasn't expecting much. System Mechanic did report some registry errors that were fixed so for a cheap paid download I guess it was worth the price.
Follow up Review
Pros: Great cooling performance for my application... In my application.
Overall Review: Just a follow up to my last review. I forgot to mention what proc I run and what circumstances my setup is subject to. I am running this cooler in my server with a 95 watt quad core Athlon II CPU. Being a server, CPU (and RAM more so) resources are mostly taxed by virtual server machines. I only have 3 VMs running and they operate under light resource loads. The guys complaining about overheating 8 core FX series procs are expecting too much from a compact cooler.
I have done business with Ashford a couple of times over the past year and have thought over many other offered deals. They consistently had great regular prices and the occasional awesome deal. Order processing and shipping has always been very fast.