Joined on 04/15/05
I've used Hitachi for Years
Pros: I always have used Hitachi Hard Drives, ever since the other brands I have purchased failed. I have always found these drives to be extremely reliable and quiet.
Cons: None, even some really old Hitachi drives I have still work to this day.
Overall Review: They used to undersize the the drives so that they would read their actual size after file block gaps. I wish they would still do this, so a 500GB would actually be 514.37GB and be recognized as 50GB.
It's a Motherboard
Pros: It's Intel so you know it will work with an Intel CPU. Not to mention Intel likes to put hidden features on their boards that are not available with aftermarket manufacturers, so they generally out perform other manufacturers products.
Cons: As others have said the documentation is a joke, basically a poster with almost no information. It does not come with the extensions for the parallel or serial ports, perhaps not a big deal for most, but I'm a diagnostic technician and still need them. I did what I ususally do and got the basic system up and running and then proceeded to upgrade all of the drivers including the BIOS from the Intel website. Even with the upgraded BIOS the board seems to have an issue with S3 standby mode. It worked great for about a week, then it would start up for 3 or 4 seconds and shut down, until power was turned off through the power supply.
Overall Review: After switching it over to S1 standby mode all seems well, for the moment. The poor doumentation and the lack of cabling dropped it 1 star, the failure to correct standby issues with the updated BIOS resulted in the second deduction. Not horrible, but also not what I would expect for the price, and from the worlds leading chip manufacturer.
Nice little Chip
Pros: It's a nice chip, CPU and GPU together wonderful.
Cons: Windows 7 performance monitor rated the GPU at 4.9 the lowest part of the PC it is in, but what did I expect from integrated video.
Overall Review: If you would like greater performance from Windows Aero or for gaming buy a video card.
Pros: The large fan is ideally placed to provide good cooling not just to the power supply but also to the rest of the case. I have bought several of these units to replace older unit that have failed. The quality for the cost can't be beat.
Cons: It's not modular, all power supplies should be modular.
Overall Review: This is my standard replacement power supply when the originals die, just make sure 550W is sufficient.
I'd Buy Another
Pros: This unit does not have the overheating problems of the sealed units, if you are using your external drive 24 hours a day this is the style of unit you would like. I find that the fan moves lots of air and keeps my drive cool as a cucumber. The package includes an Esata adapter for a desktop computer, and all the cables, and screws needed for setup.
Cons: The fan grill seems a bit loose, but it doesn't rattle or anything, it just seems to have more movement than I am normally comfortable with.
Overall Review: $49.99 seems a bit steep for an enclosure only, I'd wait until it is on sale again.
Good for Surveying
Pros: This is a nice tool if you are surveying a customer site for connection of wireless devices, Lightweight, portable design, easy to use, I would recommend it.
Cons: Low strength receiver, I'm not sure if I was getting 100' from our building outside before getting no connection, however the laptop was connected at 80% strength.
Overall Review: If you pick up a signal on this even if it looks weak your device will likely perform better and have a strong connection. Wouldn't be bad if it displayed the SSID of the network it found.