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James H.

James H.

Joined on 12/13/02

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Avoid this SMR drive

WD Red 6TB NAS Internal Hard Drive - 5400 RPM Class, SATA 6Gb/s, SMR, 256MB Cache, 3.5" - WD60EFAX
WD Red 6TB NAS Internal Hard Drive - 5400 RPM Class, SATA 6Gb/s, SMR, 256MB Cache, 3.5" - WD60EFAX

Pros: N/a

Cons: SMR; not suitable for NAS; shady behavior on part of manufacturer

Overall Review: I bought a 6TB EFRX drive years ago and loved it. Bought this last year to match the other drive in my RAID and immediately noticed how slow it was in mirroring the data on my existing drive. Now I find out about how WD quietly switched a lot of drives in this line to shingled recording and are telling people they should’ve instead spent more on the pro line. Congratulations, WD, you’ve diluted your brand and spoiled your reputation and good will. You lost a customer with your SMR shenanigans on NAS drives.

decent case but be aware of its limitations!

Fractal Design Meshify 2 Compact Black ATX Flexible High-Airflow Light Tinted Tempered Glass Window Mid Tower Computer Case
Fractal Design Meshify 2 Compact Black ATX Flexible High-Airflow Light Tinted Tempered Glass Window Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - good airflow - looks nice - easy to use

Cons: - cable management is a bit iffy - substandard front panel input components? - support for radiators is a little misleading

Overall Review: I'm overall happy with this case but I have a few gripes. First, the front panel mic didn't work for me and this is apparently a well known and common issue. I contacted FD and they made sure I didn't have the wrong type of mic jack, then they sent out a replacement part. It was easy to replace, but honestly I shouldn't have had to do it, especially when it sounds like this issue has been ongoing for years in previous versions of this case line. Second, they advertise that you can use a radiator in the top or front of the case but it's not really possible in the top. They strangely also indicate it supports a 240mm radiator up top (but not a 280mm radiator) yet I can fit their two 140mm fans up there no problem. I don't think the length of the radiator is an issue, but the height most certainly is! With just the fans installed, there is maybe a 0.5 inch space between the fans and the power inputs / a heatsink on my motherboard. A very thin radiator and very thin fans might work, but there was no way I was getting a normal 240mm AIO up there. In general, I think with this case you really need to plan your build thoroughly. I just sort of winged it, so I ended up having to put my radiator in the front. Later, I finally landed a 6900 XT (I started out with a 1030 due to the 2020/2021 gpu market) and had to remove one of the fans from my AIO to fit the card in the case. That is 100% on me, but I mention it so that other people don't make the same mistake. Cable management looks good through the glass side-panel, but behind the tray it's a little cramped. I had to move stuff around and really cram some stuff in there because the non-glass side-panel can easily pop off with a little bit of pressure. All in all I don't regret my purchase, but in hindsight I would have purchased something with a little more space maybe, even if it was just a bigger Meshify.

extremely flaky, unstable wan and lan

ASUS RT-N66U N900 Dual-Band WiFi Gigabit Router
ASUS RT-N66U N900 Dual-Band WiFi Gigabit Router

Pros: looks nice, solid performance until the unit flaked out

Cons: After about a month and a half the unit began to flake out. When a device would request an address via dhcp, the router would keep assigning an address over and over. Windows computers would also see interim 169.254.xxx.xxx addresses. This happens to every device in the house: 1 wired computer 1 laptop with both wired and wireless (both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands) modes 3 wireless tablets 2 phones connecting to wifi I've tried upgrading the firmware to ASUS' latest. Rebooting the router only sometimes helps. Even when things seem to be working, there will be moments where network traffic just stops -- at these times I can't even reach the router's set up page. I would also commonly see things like 7 IP addresses assigned to a single computer.

Overall Review: I have had good experiences with ASUS products in the past, so this was pretty disappointing.

Good potential, horrendous execution

Star Ocean: Last Hope International Playstation3 Game
Star Ocean: Last Hope International Playstation3 Game

Pros: Battle is fun. 8 characters to choose from and there is some overlap in their abilities. The crafting system is interesting. AI does not do stupid things.

Cons: Collecting materials for crafting ends up being something of a grind for rare drops, or you just plug through the story-line until you can purchase the mats from a store. Story-line is awful. AWFUL. Too many cut-scenes, and many of them are boring and way too long. Characters are very cliche and most of them are whiny and/or annoying. Occasionally in dungeons it is difficult to find a save-spot -- this is annoying when I've been playing for 45 minutes and someone comes home and suggests a movie, but it takes me another half-hour to find the next save-spot.

Overall Review: I've got around 50 hours sunk in to the game and I'm very close to the end. I have to say the worst thing about the game is the cut-scenes. Imagine, you beat a boss and are "treated" to a 5-minute cut-scene. You go back to your ship and head back in to space -- 10-minute cut-scene. You're given the opportunity to talk to some people during your ship's travel -- waste time or skip this step. You arrive at your destination -- 15-minute cut-scene. It's like someone said, "Hey, story is important!" and then they handed the writing off to some goob who didn't have a clue what he was doing and went waaaay overboard. This is compounded by the fact that most of the characters are just annoying. Seriously, I hope for bad things to happen to them instead of cheering them on. At $16 it's not a bad value. I'll finish the game and check out the post-game. Honestly if not for the cut-scenes and annoying characters, I think this game would be a 4.