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Ronald R.

Ronald R.

Joined on 02/11/03

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Most Favorable Review

Cheap, works fine

Hitachi GST XL Desk 2TB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive HXSDNB20001BBB (0S02485)
Hitachi GST XL Desk 2TB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive HXSDNB20001BBB (0S02485)

Pros: Price is right. Fat 2T storage.

Cons: Completely plastic case. Bulky case compared to some of my other enclosures.

Overall Review: Drive doesn't seem to get terribly hot after extended use, so the plastic case ventilates better than it looks. No power switch; drive enables itself after both power & USB connected. This is slower than a power switch but seems to work OK. If you decide to take this apart for whatever reason (VOIDING the warranty), make sure you pry off the "Hitachi" front panel FIRST! This reveals two hidden screws that let you easily dismantle the case. USB interface works fine with other SATA HDDs.

Most Critical Review

Great while it lasted

VANTEC ST-530S3-BK Aluminum 5.25" SATA USB 3.0 External 5.25" Optical Drive Enclosure USB 3.0 External Interface
VANTEC ST-530S3-BK Aluminum 5.25" SATA USB 3.0 External 5.25" Optical Drive Enclosure USB 3.0 External Interface

Pros: One of the few 5.25" SATA USB 3.0 enclosures available.

Cons: Died after 6.5 months of light use, ripping discs.

Overall Review: In the middle of a BD read, the drive disappeared from my system. Restarted laptop, then kept trying to R&R the USB cable, using both USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports. Laptop recognized BD drive intermittently. I finally figured out that when I inserted the USB 3.0 cable into any USB port, the enclosure's LED would extinguish and the (loud) fan no longer spun. Appears that the enclosure's power supply went Tango Uniform. I subsequently removed my BD drive and completed the rip using a separate SATA/USB 2.0 interface. The enclosure is faulty. I'll probably order a new USB 3.0 A-A male cable as I've had problems with USB 3.0 cables. Hopefully the cable I received with this enclosure is the problem. In any case this assembly is not robust. My suggestion is to stick with USB 2.0 enclosures, they are more mature and reliable. (He says after his second USB 3.0 BD burner croaked...)

Great gateway performance for the money

Ubiquiti Networks USG-US Enterprise Gateway Router with Gigabit Ethernet
Ubiquiti Networks USG-US Enterprise Gateway Router with Gigabit Ethernet

Overall Review: Purchased a second USG to backfill my original USG that had its primary WAN port burnt out by my idiotic ISP.

11/16/2020

Works great in Moto E4+

Team 128GB microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 80MB/s (TUSDX128GUHS03)
Team 128GB microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 80MB/s (TUSDX128GUHS03)

Pros: Reasonably fast and stable. Decent price.

Overall Review: Needed a quick storage upgrade on my phone, this fit my bill perfectly.

Works as advertised with little hassle

Obihai OBi200 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Google Voice & SIP
Obihai OBi200 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Google Voice & SIP

Pros: Reliable VoIP client Reasonably priced, especially on sale

Cons: Wish Obihai still sold a 2XX VoIP adapter with a POTS line input. USB adapters are nice but the ObiLINE seems dicey.

Overall Review: I'm a big fan of the previous generation Obihai VoIP 1XX clients, and use two of them for my regular phone service. I purchased this 200 on sale for evaluation as a possible replacement for my Obi110. The 200 works well with Google Voice and Callcentric. However, Obihai discourages provisioning through the local web server, strongly suggesting that you use their cloud provisioning method instead. I need some customization to ensure proper E-911 function and did not spend enough time to figure out if it's even possible using the cloud application. To actually replace the Obi110 I'd need to purchase an ObiLINE USB adapter, another US$40 item that gets rather poor reviews for introducing echo and delay. But if you don't need to deal with actual POTS, the Obi200 is an excellent choice.

Good cabinet-friendly case

nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum Panel & Steel (1.0mm SECC) HTPC 7000B Micro ATX Media Center/ HTPC Case
nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum Panel & Steel (1.0mm SECC) HTPC 7000B Micro ATX Media Center/ HTPC Case

Pros: Small size yet fully functional. Easy to assemble system as long as you do it in layers. Well engineered for the most part. Good looking.

Cons: Cost-reduced to a fault. Pay USD80 for a USD50 case. Limited 3.5" HDD mounting options.

Overall Review: Used mine to recase an HTPC/home media server. It's a perfect size for any micro ATX based system that you'd like to stuff into a cabinet. It also looks pretty good, certainly better than the salvaged full tower it replaced. Once dismantled it's very open and easy to install components, but it's a good idea to think about cable routes after you install the mobo and P/S. Things get cramped inside quickly and you don't want to have to dismantle the HDD/optical cage just to reposition your fan wires. The instructions advertise 4 positions to mount HDDs, but they appear to be targeted at 2.5" SSDs. Choices for 3.5" HDDs are fewer; I ended up mounting mine upside-down below the optical drive cage. There's another space above the power supply but it would still require upside down mounting plus additional support between the P/S and HDD. I did not include an optical drive in this build but have to mention the case provisions for BD/DVD/CD. They spent some time engineering an auxiliary front panel cover designed to fit in front and work with a sliding drive tray. There is NO spring tension in this cover and I ended up having to tape it from behind or it kept flopping open. I would have preferred if they just included a regular 5.25" slot cover here. This case is well engineered, all the components are easy to remove and install and all the holes line up with no drama. However, my main complaint is that they really squeezed out every penny of margin possible, cutting corners in the process. For instance, the expansion slot covers are stamped into the case and you have to break them off. Better make sure you pick the right slots the first time. But they saved a nickel not using replaceable slot covers. I thought my HDD LED was broken and pulled the cover to make sure. No, it works fine but since it was simply inserted into a blob of silicone sealant it's virtually invisible from the front panel. The power and reset buttons front a very thin PCB that visibly flexes every time the buttons are pushed. I don't plan a lot of power cycles so hopefully this won't be a failure point. I like the way this build turned out and the spouse certainly prefers its looks, but this still feels like a much cheaper case. HTPC/desktop options are limited these days and they certainly take advantage of the situation with this case.

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Quickly handled shipping and RMA

Shipped my heavy item very quickly. Item was unfortunately defective and processed my RMA just as quickly.

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