Joined on 03/09/03
Excellent enthusiast RAID card
Pros: - 128M of cache - PCIe x1 interface - Hybrid RAID - Supports SATA and SAS - Solid management software (ASM)
Cons: - no onboard battery backup for the cache - Adaptec is confusing people by selling a non-Kit version that doesn't comes with cables.
Overall Review: I'm a storage engineer, and I was very excited when Adaptec released this card. The onboard 128M of cache is awesome at this price point - that alone makes it a steal. Cache is really what makes or breaks array performance. A cool feature is Adaptec's Hybrid RAID. This is an enterprise-level feature commonly found in a lot of the next-gen arrays that are on the market. It allows you to create an array with say two spindle-based drives and two SSDs. Writes go to both SSD and HDD, but it uses a heuristic to try to read from SSD as much as possible. You then have the capacity you need plus the speed of the SSD where it counts. BUT - since there's no onboard battery backup, you should never use this card in a system that's not on a UPS, or your luck WILL run out an you'll have data corruption. Also, apparently people are buying the non-Kit version and complaining about not having a cable - had they read the product description at all they'd know you need the Kit version.
Jury is still out
Pros: - Noticeably faster than the WD Scorpio Black that it was replacing - OS Load is very fast
Cons: - Sometimes I get lag when traversing a directory
Overall Review: I work in the storage industry, and a drive that combines SSD with a traditional spindle drive is not new - you see that in enterprise systems every day (ZFS). However, I was very curious about how they would pool their capacity and performance under the hood. The migration of data from SSD to HDD works well, but I'm not sure that there aren't drawbacks here. I don't know what else to attribute the directory traversal delay that I'm getting to - I didn't have that before (using a standardized corporate OS load). Doesn't happen all the time, but when it does it's very aggravating.
Hit or miss reliability, with poor warranty replacement process - no more Toshiba drives for me
Pros: - Low cost - Good performance for a 4TB drive - 3yr Warranty
Cons: - Bought 2, one failed within 3 months - You don't actually get a replacement drive sent to you if one fails.
Overall Review: Toshiba doesn't send you a replacement drive if the unit fails - they send you a debit card with the amount you paid for the drive on it, that's why they want your receipt when you send it in. Since I got the drive on sale, there's no way I can actually replace the drive with the funds they gave me. So at the end of the day I have a money card, and no drive. The burden is on me to go buy another drive - and guess what brand it isn't going to be? I'll never buy another Toshiba drive.
Works as advertised
Pros: One end goes into the USB 3.0 port on your phone (I have a Samsung Galaxy S5) and your USB stick goes into the other end. Done and done. Plugs have thick armor and the cable itself is a heavy gauge.
Cons: It's short, but not sure why you'd need it to be any longer. Or shorter. The gauge of the cable makes it a little hard to bend, but again you shouldn't be putting the crazy bend radius on your high speed cables.
Overall Review: With as much as we use our phones for work, I like having this in my bag if someone needs a copy of a presentation and slides me a USB stick across the table.
Pros: Great way to transfer files from my phone directly to my car. I keep the USB stick in my car, and when I buy new music, I download to my phone, transfer to usb, and plug usb into my car. Bluetooth issues? Forget about 'em. Love the small form factor too.
Cons: I have concerns about the long term viability of the flip cover, but other than that no cons.
Overall Review: USB 3.0? Check Standard and Micro jacks? Check Price? Check Capacity? Check
Love it - zero issues.
Pros: - Best set of features for the money - THX Certified (if you care about that) - Love being able to play Pandora in Zone 2 - Runs significantly cooler than my dead TX-SR705 - Dynamic range seems to be much greater than my previous Onkyo - Sounds much cleaner at higher volume than previous Onkyo
Cons: - None so far. But longevity is not Onkyo's strong suit, as demonstrated by the demise of my 4 year TX-SR705.
Overall Review: It is with a leap of faith that I buy another Onkyo after my last one died after just 4 years - but my reason for buying the 616 now is the same reason I originally bought the 705 - there just is not anything on the market that compares if you're looking for the most features for the dollar. This beats the competition by around $200 - you just can't ignore that. [soapbox] And for anyone complaining about having to flash the firmware of a new box... give me a break. This is Newegg, and that means you should be pretty hardcore into your PC. Name me one motherboard that you've bought in the last 15 years where the very first thing you did wasn't checking to make sure the latest BIOS was on it. So this is nothing new to you, and you should be GLAD that Onkyo is dedicating resources to making the firmware solid. Because I'm also sure you can name me a motherboard you bought in the last 15 years that had a company behind it that left you twisting in the wind with a bad BIOS. If you don't like updating firmware, you need to be shopping at Best Buy. Do early adopters get burned? Always. But again, you should be used to that. Take your lumps and be glad that Onkyo has your back. [/soapbox]