Date Joined: 01/31/03
Pros: Fast and reliable. Works with my WD Black 250GB hard drives salvaged from my old Dell Studio 17 craptop.
Cons: USB 3 cable port is a bit on the flimsy side - it can move up and down quite a bit. I can see how they could brake easily. I don't take the drives anywhere, so not a problem for me.
Overall Review: I see a lot of bad and so so reviews on these. I've had two of these since 5/26/2013 and have had no issues. The only reason I gave them 4 eggs instead of 5 is the slightly flimsy port. Also, why are the LED activity indicator lights on the same end as the port? If I were using them at a desk they would be plugged into a hub and have the cable end facing away from me (same for the LED). I really can't be that hard to put the LED at the other end, can it?
Pros: This thing saved me at least $96 on it's first (and so far only) use! Even if you don't do any work on your vehicle yourself, knowing what's wrong BEFORE you take it into the shop can potentially save you hundreds, even thousands of $$$ from shops and mechanics that may not be the most honest about whats' wrong. (See Other Thoughts below)
Cons: Not really a BIG con, but this isn't the most advanced OBD II reader out there. After reading the code from the vehicle you have to look it up in the booklet or on the internet (there are sites that list codes in detail). No PC hookup either (for upgrades to code databases or application interfacing).
Overall Review: As I said, on its first use this thing saved me $96. We just had out 1998 Plymouth Voyager into the shop for a fuel pump replacement ($650, and a bit overpriced IMO, but I couldn't do the work myself because I'm disabled). Only a seek after I was driving it and the Check Engine light came on. My wife called the shop and they said it would cost us $96 to read the code and tell us what was wrong with it. I bought this reader, read the code, and found out it had something to do with the EGR valve. I looked under the hood and found that the mechanic who worked on the vehicle had knocked off (or disconnected on purpose - not maliciously, but for the purpose of working with the fuel lines) a rubber hose the went from the EGR valve to the fuel injector.
Would the shop have charged us the $96 for reading the code after seeing the problem? Would they have charged us for labor to put it back on (a whole 3 seconds)? Would they have admitted to their mistake and waved the fee? I don't know, but my van is fixed now, and it only cost me $25... and I now have the ability do diagnose our vehicles should the need arise.
Something else of note... we trusted the shop we regularly use for years. Now I have doubts. They didn't offer to return any of the parts from the fuel pump replacement. Your shop should always offer to give you the old parts for your inspection. One thing I DO know is that if I had struggled and done the replacement myself it would have cost me about $475 less. They overcharged me for the pump by about $100-$$125, and it didn't take them THAT long to do the replacement. Nor was it THAT difficult of a job with all of their equipment.
Oh... this is also the same scanner that Freight that's in the Harbor charges $60+ for... just under a different brand name.
Pros: Bought this to replace another brand that (was defective?) would not work with my NAS box (a Seagate BlackArmor 440 NAS). The NAS box would not see the other brand and could not manage it. This one works perfectly (see Other Thoughts below). Lots of features.
This is not only supporting the NAS box, but my router (a Netgear WNDR 4500), Load is reading at 8%, with a runtime of 55+ minuets. This gives me room to either plug in the cable modem or the external USB drive I use to backup the NAS box (yeah, I know.. it's a single hard drive, but it's used as an off line backup to the NAS).
Cons: The only con that I have is there are only 3 battery backup outlets, which means I can't have everything I would like on backup power (NAS box, router, cable modem, and external USB backup drive). Most likely it will end up being the cable modem since the external drive is most often off anyway.
Of course, this UPS was made with keeping a single computer running, not an entire network setup with 4 devices on battery power.
Overall Review: So far this UPS has saved me from potential data loss 6 times... 3 in one day. Not even one day after putting this unit on my NAS box the power went out. Any time you improperly shut down any hard drive (let alone 4 in a RAID 5 configuration as I have in the NAS) you risk data corruption and catastrophic loss. If you have a home server or NAS box and that data is important to you (i.e. your music/video library, backup of your e-book library, family photos, financial data... GET A UPS ON IT ASAP !!!
Also, I should have known better than to try the other brand of UPS (which turned out to be defective anyway). When I contacted Seagate to find out what type of UPS I should use with the NAS box (pure sine wave or simulated), they could only tell me that they only tested with APC units. (They didn't even know what the heck pure sine wave meant !!!) Should have saved myself the trouble and frustration and just went with this APC unit.
The only other con that I have with the unit concerns the NAS box... you can only set the run time on battery power to 999 seconds maximum. That's 16 minuets and 39 seconds... and the UPS is capable of running for 55+ minuets on the current load. This is a shortcoming of the NAS, NOT the APC unit.
Pros: The only SSTP cables I could find at a reasonable price. I've bought several of these cables in different lengths for all of my wired networking needs (cable modem to router, router to NAS box, router to powerline network adapter, and media PC to powerline network adapter). The shielding is on each individual pair of wires, then the whole bundle is shielded. So far I've seen slightly increased network speeds, even when transferring data wirelessly from my Macbook Pro (wireless N) and the NAS box.
There are a lot of power bricks and wires around where the NAS box/cable modem/router/battery backup/external USB drive are located, so the shielding really cuts down on the interference. Same goes behind the media PC and TV area. Movies now stream and play from the NAS box with no stuttering.
At the very least, the cable between the router and cable modem, a 1' cable, has made a difference in internet speeds. Before installing it Speedtest.net would fluctuate between 18Mb and 20Mb download speeds, and now it is at a rock solid 21Mb no matter when I test (to a relatively local server). Test speeds to other servers across the country have also seemed to stabilize.
Cons: Absolutely none for me, and none for you either if you are using these cables directly between devices.
But... if you are going to use ANY shielded cables with wall jacks, 1) the jacks have to be shielded, 2) the wiring inside the walls has to be shielded... otherwise the shielded cables will do you absolutely no good.
Overall Review: If you think you might be experiencing slower network speeds because of interference get some of these cables! Even if you don't think you have any problems these cables are worth it (between devices). You may just be surprised to find that they have made your network more reliable, and a bit speedier.
Pros: Rigid, hard surface that lets the mouse skate across it easily. It's about 1/4" thick so it won't bend or distort easily. Has nine anti-skid feet on the bottom, and they grip pretty good. Fits into the tight space where I use it.
Cons: Useful surface area is only 7 1/4" wide by 6 3/4" deep.
Overall Review: A little small for some people, but it suits my needs just fine. I use it for gaming and general use. Works well for both and I have my mouse sensitivity at about half of the way up on the slider (mouse is a Logitech Anywhere MX). If you are used to large surface area for gaming, this might not be the pad for you. BUT... if you don't need a lot of space or are used to a small mouse pad you should be just fine with it.
Pros: Easy to configure, wireless access can be restricted by MAC address (so only approved devices can connect), service restriction works well and cuts off internet access when it should (great for parents who want to control their kids time on the internet). This router replaced a 3+ yr. old Netgear WNDR3700 which was beginning to falter. Speed while transferring files to my NAS box is up a slight bit. Simultaneous dual band networking means I don't have to sacrifice speed on my N devices.
Cons: None really, but I'll list a few... isn't the latest and greatest protocols, but none of my devices can take advantage of anything faster than N speeds anyway; only has USB 2 ports, not USB 3, but it isn't a feature I'm using anyway.. at this point.
Overall Review: Being familiar with Netgear it didn't take me long to get used to the interface while configuring this router. I did have to search a bit for the wireless access control list. If you don't need the latest speeds of the new ac standards this router is a great buy and a solid performer.
Pros: It is thin, and you can see your backlit keys easily. Will also keep out the cat hair nicely. It does what it's supposed to do.
It doesn't transfer oils from your fingers to the screen when you close the lid like the much thicker silicon protectors will. That is the primary reason I bought it. Every time I would open my rMBP I would see little dots of oils from my fingers on the screen. I started putting a half-sheet paper towel over the silicon protector when I would close it, but half the time I forgot it anyway.
Cons: When I boot into Win7 on my rMBP and play Battlefield Play4Free I have to change back to my silicon keyboard protector. Once my fingers start to sweat a bit this potector will begin to stick to my fingers and come off the keyboard. Not a problem when typing for long periods, though. Fit is OK, but not the greatest.
Overall Review: It would be nice if it would "stick" to your keyboard and not come off while gaming, but like I said that's the only time I have a problem with it. Under normal use while using all the keys, and not just WASD, it is good. It's just a pain having to switch, and going without a keyboard protector isn't an option with cats in the house.
Pros: If it worked, hardware RAID in an external enclosure.
Cons: Did not work with a set of matched WD Caviar Black 250gb drives. When attached to my MBP with Mountain Lion 10.8.2 the system would only see 80gb. Same thing when attached to a Win7 laptop. Nothing worked, no matter how many times I tried. Tried checking their website for drive compatibility but couldn't find anything.
Got conflicting info as well, one place said it supported SATA III, another said SATA II. ???
Overall Review: This is a fantastic idea, and I wish it worked. Speeds would have (theoretically) been great on read speed (I was mirroring the drives). SSD's were too expensive for me to buy two just to see if they worked, but would be even better than HDD's!
My two drives are less than a year old, so they should have been compatible. If you are thinking of buying, keep that in mind.
Maybe if they improve the compatibility in v2 I might try it again.
Pros: None really... other they were on sale for $50 off.
Cons: Focus while wearing glasses should have been easy, but I found out it was the same for me weather I had them on or not. Focus for the right eye was also very stiff in one direction making it very hard to move it without changing pupilary distance. Focus was also very narrow and would quickly get blurry towards the outer edges of the field of view. Viewing was always fuzzy no matter what distance the object was from me.
Overall Review: Might be OK as a secondary/emergency pair... if you can get them on sale.
Pros: Great sound and frequency response range, interchangeable ear adapters to fit different size ear canals, water resistant and washable (haven't tried it yet, though), and best of all... they don't cost as much as Bose or other brands!
The cable is also designed to be kept out of the way during any kind of activity. And the earbuds themselves are designed to keep the cables away from your face.
Cons: None really, other than my son just had to have a pair after he saw and listened to mine.
Overall Review: For once I wish I would receive a pair of earbuds (from any manufacturer) with a nice and strait cable like in the pictures! I also wish I would have gotten mine for the price that I just picked up two more pair for (they were just a Shell Shocker deal for $17.99 a pair!).
Pros: They were on sale when I bought them (2).
Cons: Slow write speeds, mediocre read speeds... tried both FAT32 and NTFS. Could not partition the drives either. Received no response from a post for help increasing performance and partitioning them in the OCZ forums.
Overall Review: Returned to Newegg, planning to get either Mushkin Mulholland Enhanced drives. Also returned an unopened 4gb drive. If only they hadn't changed anything on these. Should have stayed with the orange indicator specs... mine were blue.
Pros: Made it easy to connect my Windows Home Server and Dish VIP722 DVR to my home network. No wires, decent access speed with the server.
Cons: No real cons so far, but see "Other Thoughts". Speed isn't the greatest to my server.
Overall Review: I bought these in lieu of the NETGEAR WNHDE111-100NAS, which are virtually the same, except these come as a pair (I needed two anyway). The speed to the server could be faster (I was expecting a bit more speed), but it is still acceptable. Not sure how long the server will be here anyway... may go to a NAS box and a network media player or media PC. Also, I have only been able to get one box connected even though they are on opposite ends of the house. Haven't put too much effort into solving this yet, but I'm sure I can get it worked out.
Pros: Highly configurable, easy firmware upgrades, fast, you can separate traffic (b/g on 2.4ghz and N on 5ghz), ability to specify what devices can connect based on MAC address, high level of security available, push to connect really works (only tried with Win 7 and Netgear WNHDEB111-100NAS set as a bridge). You can also use the Netgear Parental Controls (using a free Open DNS account) to fine tune your restricted access settings. I am quite pleased with this feature as it is a lot easier to manage than a huge list of blocked sites. You can add sites to a "white list", like Facebook, and still be able to get to it even though you may have "social networking" sites blocked.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I have also owned a Netgear WNDR3300 router and was equally pleased with it. Netgear makes a solid product that works as advertised, and then some. Way more configurable than the Linksys routers I have used, or the Verizon FiOS modem/router, and the WNDR3300 ran for over 2 years before I had to get rid of it (was a PITA to use with Verizon FiOS- not Netgears fault!). I have had several Linksys products die within a few months of service.
So far I have had no problems with b/g or n range as other have said in their reviews. Keep in mind that household wirering and placement of objects like refrigerators/ washers/dryers, water heaters, heat pumps/furnaces, and metal or foil backed duct work can all affect the performance of anything wireless! So can other wireless signals. Choose the location of your wireless router carefully, and keep it centered within the desired coverage area.