Excellent value and performance for high capacity drive2/1/2020 7:19:46 AM

Pros: Excellent consistent performance for mechanical drive.

Cons: Is slightly audible in a quiet room, but not dramatically more than the fans in an attached PC power supply, CPU and case.

Overall Review: Replacing multiple ST2000NM0033 drives that have been in service for seven years (yes, since 2013 when this is written). While migrating the data off the old drives, it was impressive that this new model exhibited completely consistent performance while writing Terabytes of data sustained. Tests with some other drives showed that even other recent model drives could not always read at a sustained speed to keep this drive writing data as fast as it could. When testing from SSD based sources, using real data, not any artificial programmatic benchmarks, it was able to sustain 200-220MB/s writes. I exercised these over several days before entrusting them to the large amount of data that I needed to migrate over and the write performance over all those test was remarkably consistent time after time. And even after two weeks straight of 24x7 operation now, drives are running at a pretty modest 30-32 degrees C. Read performance is just as good, but expected that for this type of drive. The recent price drops on this series of drives have placed it in an excellent price/capacity/performance position as of this writing. I use lots of Seagate drives and have always had great results with any of their enterprise class drives (to simplify, just stick with any of the models with "NM" in the model number). Yes, there is a bit of a price premium over some of the value live drives, but my data is worth a lot more to me and my business than trying to save a few bucks.

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Excellent portable drive2/27/2019 10:47:07 PM

Pros: I used it for backing up system images and transferring other large files, such as raw video files before transcoding. Is pretty speedy when compared to the write speed of most USB flash drives. Have had it and used it heavily for moving some stuff around for over a month with no problems. No issues at all with using it on multiple Windows 10 machines as some recent reviews seem to try and claim.

Cons: Would prefer if the included cable was a little longer.

Overall Review: Note that if you want a spare or longer cable, the end that connects to this drive is a USB 3.0 Micro B style connector.

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Fantastic carrier for using 2.5" devices in 3.5" hot swap bays8/18/2017 3:43:31 PM

Pros: Nice sturdy metal frame, but has plenty of ventilation for good air flow for cooling. Plus, its metal, not plastic which will also be thermally conductive helping to keep the drive cool. Plenty of room to use with any type of 2.5" DATA device. So it will work with SSD or HDD devices. A great way to use newer drives in some legacy equipment. I have used several of them for replacing HDDs in a hot swap cage and they fit the job perfectly.

Cons: None. I have several in use and they've been rock solid.

Overall Review: Don't get the comments about the connector seeming flimsy... Maybe its possible they improved it, but it seems extremely solid to me. These are the same normal tiny little SATA connectors on every device. Solid enough to do what they should be doing. But I guess if you are ham-handed enough, you could easily crack them. But that's easy to solve... pay attention to what you are doing!

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Perfect solution for working with legacy equipment6/14/2017 8:47:29 PM

Pros: I have used this on a few types of KVMs. First with a no-name cheap consumer 4 port KVM at home that only has support for classic PS/2 style keyboard and mouse connectors. And second on large enterpise/commercial grade TrippLite KVMs at work that support mixed types but where re-using existing PS/2 style cabling that was in place. It has worked equally well in both places.

Cons: Nothing, it just works and that's all it needs to do.

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Excellent value RAID controller2/15/2017 7:58:26 AM

Pros: Very reasonably priced controller with real hardware RAID in a nice low profile form factor which allows it to be used in a wide variety of machines. Up to 16 SATA devices makes this an excellent choice for large storage requirements.

Cons: In my testing, performance was decent in various RAID 1 and RAID 5 configurations. Significantly better performance would be found with more powerful RAID controllers, but that will be at a significantly higher price point than this controller.

Overall Review: This uses SFF-8643 connections / cabling. So to connect directly to SATA drives / devices, you need to use a SFF-8643 to 4 SATA breakout cable. You can use up to four cables with this controller to use with up to 16 devices.

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Exactly as described and pictured10/10/2016 4:26:12 PM

Pros: The cable is exactly as described and shown in the photos. Thin and flexible so was extremely easy to install in an existing 2U rack-mount chassis where I needed to replace an existing failed controller assembly.

Cons: Only negative is since it is shipping from China, need some lead time to order. These took 16 days for me to US East Coast. Not any fault of the seller, as the shipping notification came quickly. Reasonable cost made it worthwhile since I knew ahead of time what I needed.

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Great storage for mobile devices4/19/2016 7:18:06 AM

Pros: I have been using this with a Motorola X 2 and it has been work reliably and seems to be very fast. I don't have anything to benchmark it with on my device, but copying large files to it is pretty quick.

Cons: None, it's been awesome!

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Nearly perfect little dual drive bracket4/19/2016 7:13:21 AM

Pros: I really like this bracket as it is reasonably priced and the layout is nearly perfect. No problems mounting two SSD drives in the space of one 3.5" HDD with this. Another major plus for me is that it is a metal bracket, which will help with heat conduction away from the drives.

Cons: My only con is why can't anyone make a bracket where the bottom drive aligns with the placement where the connectors would be on a 3.5" drive for situations when you want to use a 2.5" device in a hot swap chassis.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Exact Replacment Battery Needed for APC Back UPS Pro 15002/17/2016 8:46:51 AM

Pros: This is the exact replacement battery pack I needed for the APC Back UPS Pro 1500. We have many of these UPS units since we standardized on this model a few years ago. Now they are starting to get to the age where the original batteries are getting to the end of their useful life. So finding the replacement battery pack to swap out in the existing units is a great option since this model of the APC UPS has been a proven workhorse for us. Takes just a couple minutes to swap out the battery -- only takes that long because the UPS is rarely physically located in a place where you can just pop open the cover and pull out the old batter and pop in the new one. Otherwise it would take less than a minute to swap it.

Cons: Only downside is they don't provide a simple ready way to get the old battery you are replacing disposed of properly. It is up to you to find a local recycle center that will take them for disposal. Wish they would take a page from most printer manufacturers who include a prepaid shipping label to send to a regional recycler.

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Compact outdoor quality true HD camera10/22/2015 4:49:57 PM

Pros: I had been wanting to upgrade to true HD quality cameras for some time. When I saw these I decided to give them a try and they have been working great for several months now. I looked at a number of different options before purchasing these and these seems to be a really good value for the number of options. At first, I was planning to use the built in SD card memory to record. But I wound up trying the software from Blue Iris which works great with these cameras. Since I wound up using the software and it can create recordings using many more options, there was no need to get extra SD memory cards for these. The picture quality is excellent and has a nice wide field of view. In daylight, the image quality is in full color and very sharp and clear. At night, it automatically switches off color, but still has great image quality and sharpness in pretty low light levels. The separate controller and camera seemed a bit odd at first, but I really like it after getting it installed as the outside camera is very small and hardly noticeable on my house.

Cons: Setup does require a phone or tablet with WiFi on the same network and at least temporarily installing their app for the initial configuration. The app is functional but pretty basic.

Overall Review: I just have to comment on some of the other reviews negative comments. There seem to be a few mentioning bad/poor picture quality. I have a few of these and have excellent picture quality on all of them. A lot of the other complaints are ridiculous. Example: yes it has audio support, but requires external microphone and speaker. This is a consumer level product and not a $500+ commercial/industrial level product. The fact that it has the feature if you want to add the additional parts is great. Maybe read the product description before you buy, huh? For others complaining about difficult installations: the installation is not difficult at all --- well unless you cannot read simple step by step instructions that are very clear and easy to follow. Network cameras do take a little work to setup, these are not unreasonably difficult to get going. Just keep in mind, these are real HD quality outdoor cameras that can be had for under $200. That is a pretty good deal which makes this a good product.

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Exactly as listed7/22/2015 9:33:27 AM

Pros: Needed to replace some memory in an older server. Used the opportunity to max out the memory by fully populating the motherboard (has 32 slots). The replacement memory has been working great for several months now and the increased available memory will give this older machine a new lease on life.

Cons: The unknown name brand of the module had me a bit concerned to try at first. But the modules do use name brand memory chips, so no worries there.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Works Great7/22/2015 9:27:02 AM

Pros: There really isn't too much to say about it, since it does exactly what it is supposed to with no issues at all. I've used them in places where someone hardwired Cat5 cable inside walls and left ends too short.

Cons: Maybe a slimmer design would make it even better.

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Good strong shelf2/23/2015 11:47:00 AM

Pros: Not really too much to say. It is exactly as pictured and is a nice strong vented shelf that can easily support non rack mountable equipment.

Cons: Would be nice if it also included some alternate screws/nuts for different style racks instead of just the M5 screws as noted by another reviewer. I have plenty on hand, so no problem for me.

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Great value rack-mountable keyboard2/23/2015 11:41:35 AM

Pros: The included tray that the keyboard rests in is well built and appears to be very durable. It mounts very nicely in a 1U space and when closed is out of the way and not very noticeable except for the protruding handle. When open, the unit feels strong enough to rest your hands on while typing without worrying about it bending or warping.

Cons: Layout is a bit different from a full size keyboard, but of course it does have to fit within the limited space. So it is not going to win any awards for most loved keyboard, but it is certainly comfortable enough for occasional use with your rack mounted servers.

Overall Review: Be sure to attach the keyboard cable loosely to the arm behind the tray so it does not get pinched on bind on anything above/below the keyboard tray.

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Good deal when reliability is important5/10/2014 9:29:48 AM

Pros: These units are from Seagate's Enterprise class drives. I specifically use these in servers and business usage. Have quite a few of them now (several dozen) in multiple servers under hardware RAID controllers. Not a single failure or SMART error so far (so think some of the DOA comments are probably a bunch of malarkey). Performance is excellent for this type of drive and have been running them for several months without incident.

Cons: Would be nicer if they were a lower price. But then again, glad to pay a little extra for a higher rated (MTBF) drive with the longer warranty.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Good value POWERED hub5/10/2014 9:21:05 AM

Pros: A basic powered USB hub. Nice small size makes it easy to tuck into an appropriate spot on your desktop. Since it is a powered hub, it can supply additional power to devices if your other ports are maxxed out.

Cons: Since it is so small and light, it might not stay put on your desk if the cables tend to tug on it. Some Velcro or double sided tape can fix that easy enough.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Excellent Stand for up to 24" Monitors5/10/2014 9:16:13 AM

Pros: This is a good value stand for dual monitors up to 24" in size. I've read a number of the negative comments on this unit saying it does not support 24" displays. I have several of these at work now, with a number of different makes/models of 24" displays and have no problem at all with any of the displays. It is a very solid and sturdy base and is rock solid on a firm and steady surface. Since many value based displays may skimp on the included stands, adding this stand really upgrades the appearance of these types of displays and usually provides much more flexibility in additional height, angle and tilt of the displays.

Cons: Getting two displays mounted and configured just how you might want takes some time. Don't try to rush it and you will be pleased with the results.

Overall Review: Very good value. Good quality materials and reasonable price for what you get.

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Cost effective and works just fine!2/15/2014 1:04:25 PM

Pros: Inexpensive USB adapter makes it easy to add an additional monitor to any system. As recommended by other reviews, I used the DisplayLink drivers and did not even mess with the driver on the included CDROM. Worked perfectly using multiple adapters to run four monitors off of a single machine. The output is a DVI connecter, but it includes an adapter to use with an old VGA style display. I did not try that, only using DVI.

Cons: As far as I am concerned --- none.

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Hot looking monitor and great display12/30/2013 8:57:29 AM

Pros: This is a great looking monitor. The thin bezel might not seem like a big deal, but it makes the monitor look very sleek. The thin bezel caused them to put the controls on the back of the display. However they are labeled and intended for use from the front. At first, I thought it was a bit awkward, but got used to it very quickly and it is proving to be a very elegant way to keep it functional as well as visually sharp design. The image quality is excellent and switching the display profile to sRGB adjusts the display from the overly intense defaults to a more accurate color profile. It includes the DVI to HDMI cable for using one of the HDMI inputs with graphics cards which have DVI only.

Cons: The only drawback is the light bleed at the bottom edge of the screen. This slightly mars the overall excellent visual look of these displays when on. However, I now of three of these on my desk and in actual use for me, it is barely noticeable most of the time. This includes one being used for video.

Overall Review: For use as a video monitor, it does have built in speakers. The quality is not bad for built in audio. Don't mis-read that the audio is not going to impress anyone, but it is certainly not as bad as some of the poor tinny speakers many lower end units may have.

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Great value12/30/2013 8:40:30 AM

Pros: This is a great little document scanner. It has easily handled everything I have tried on it so far. I tend to tear interesting articles out of magazines that I might want to keep or share with someone. So one of the things I wanted to do was try to use this scanner to scan these in for filing or sharing. It does an excellent job on magazine quality pages. It is pretty speedy and the input bin has worked well for me.

Cons: The only downside is the included Nuance software. It comes with a slightly older version which can be upgraded. This doesn't bother me, but I'm sure will matter to some. My issue with it is that the user interface just seems to be a bit poor. Despite this, the functionality is excellent and the OCR ability on even pretty complex page layouts works very well.

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Enterprise level RAID11/22/2013 11:15:30 AM

Pros: This is a true hardware RAID card which makes it suitable for enterprise level usage. It is fast and extremely robust.

Cons: As other reviews have mentioned, this card runs very hot! Make sure the case/chassis you have has excellent airflow to accommodate or else be prepared to add on a fan to help it stay cool.

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When you need space, its got space o plenty!10/22/2013 3:29:18 PM

Pros: This drive is a great value if your primary desire is to get as much available storage space as possible at a fair price in a single device. Ordered a whole bunch of these for storage purposes and have had no troubles at all - just as I would expect from Seagate.

Cons: While yes, it is a 5900 RPM drive, it might not be as fast as different models. However, that is not truly a con if you don't need max performance and the lower cost, lower power is a desirable tradeoff.

Overall Review: Ignore the bad reviews on here. I've already used lots of these and they work great! The bad remarks are probably people who have not read the specs before purchase or are trying to use with old machines/bios/controllers that lack adequate support for large drives.

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Enterprise class drives and warranty9/6/2013 3:17:43 PM

Pros: If you are looking for the enterprise level drives from Seagate, this is the line you are looking for. This means these drives have the longer manufacturer warranty as well as the bigger cache and MTBF you want for business class usage.

Cons: Could say price if I didn't know any better..... but then again you should know that you are getting a much better quality drive for this price.

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SuperMicro Rocks!9/6/2013 3:12:08 PM

Pros: This machine has a great build quality and is an excellent value for the price. Just like all the other SuperMicro server chassis I have used previously, this one does not disappoint. This is a barebones chassis which lets you customize the server with the type of attributes you need to suit the workload you want to throw at it. Using it with an Adaptec 6805 RAID controller to get over 21TB of storage using RAID 5EE in this nice compact 2U server using only 8 drives. Performs great and is running like a champ!

Cons: The current revision of the motherboard that ships with this machine is newer than what it indicated in the paper manual included with it. The CPU and RAM socket layouts are different on the motherboard than what is shown in the paper manual. The silkscreen on the board is correct of course, and is consistent with what you will see by downloading the latest PDF version of the manual from the SuperMicro website. The DVD/CD drive is actually a USB device. This means that you can accidentally software eject the device - which of course you do not normally want to do. Like most SuperMicro 2U machines with the 8 drive backplane, only six of the bays are connected due to that being the maximum number of SATA devices the motherboard natively supports.

Overall Review: SuperMicro support has always been excellent anytime I have ever contacted them for support on any of their SuperServer machines. Even for machines that are well out of warranty, they have always been helpful!

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Excellent quality and great value8/14/2013 1:45:43 PM

Pros: Cisco is certainly a well known brand with a very good reputation. However, these devices certainly prove out that pedigree. They have proven to be very reliable, and work great. I've been using them with 3CX software on a Windows Server and they have been flawless. Any issues I've encountered are simply due to the nature of VoIP and not a flaw of this device. They have a great balance of options and are reasonably priced. They have an awesome built in speakerphone which works great! I like the fact that is also has a built in headset jack which can be controlled independently - just have to find a 2.5mm headset that you like to use with it.

Cons: While it does not come with a compatible power adapter, it is understandable since this is a device that is compatible with PoE for those who choose that option. Otherwise if you are not using PoE, then be sure to also order the Cisco PA100-NA adapter to go with it. The only real CON with this device has been that if you use the pass through Ethernet adapter (i.e. you put it inline with your desktop PC on your desk), then anytime you must reboot this phone, then the Ethernet connection will temporarily drop out until the phone reboots (about 45 seconds for me).

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