Date Joined: 09/13/04
Pros: I didn't install the bundled software/driver since the reviewers here had mentioned having issues. I looked up the device on the FCC website (registered under FCC ID: WKLWL6203 and QLEGWU625) and wikidevi.com/wiki/IOGear_GWU625 and found that this uses the Realtek RTL8191SU chip. So I just went directly to Realtek's website (realtek.com) and did a search for RTL8191SU and downloaded and installed the drivers from them and have had zero issues! Will buy again, especially when it's on sale for ten USD.
Cons: The adapter take a little longer than I would like to connect to the AP/Router after I log in, but this is connected to a WinXP machine with a slow hard drive, a Pentium 4, and only 1GB of RAM so the machine may still be booting/loading which delays the connection.
Overall Review: According to the FCC and wikidevi this uses the same chipset as the ASUS WLAN 802.11N USB Dongle. I might try their software/driver instead of Realtek's to see if it ads any additional functionality.
Pros: See other thoughts on how to open the case!
Inside the case is a Hitachi HDS723030ALA640 (P/N: 0F12450 ; Type DK7SAD300). The drive is rated at 5V 450mA, 12V 850mA. It has a 6.0 Gb/s (Gbps) SATA (i.e., SATA III) interface and 7200rpm. Drive is dated Nov-2010. A Google search of "HDS723030ALA640 site:hitachigst.com" will take you to the product page, and a Google search of "HDS723030ALA640 site:storagereview.com" should take you to a decent review (though it doesn't cover thermals/heat/temperatures/temps).
Cons: None so far, other than the fact that I've read it sports a 5-platter design, which might run a bit hot. This drive also has the standard 512-byte sectors, rather than the new 4K for those that are interested.
Overall Review: This is so easy to open. No need to pry or damage the case. Hold the drive so that the vents are facing you. Obtain an object about at least 1 inch long that can easily fit into the vent slots. Find the last vent in the row that closest to the front faceplate (with the Hitachi symbol -- opposite the side with the USB and power connector). Look inside that last vent; you will see a shiny metal casing inside and then it stops about 80% of the way leaving only ~%20 of the last bit closest to the faceplate as not shiny metal. The black end there is a very small air gap and then, if you can see it, a black tab. Use the small object, at an angle, to push that black plastic tab and push the faceplate forward using the tool/object. The side should pop open some. Repeat on the other side and the faceplate should easily pop off. Remove the two front screws with a #2 Phillips screwdriver and push the top half of the shell back; then remove. You should be able to figure out the rest. Enjoy!
Pros: This has saved me countless times (had lots of power loss and fluctuations due to work on my house). Running 3 computers (Core 2 Duo E6600 overclocked, P4 660, and Dual PIII 800MHz server) about 1200 watts adding all 3 power supplies with no problems at all. Batter life lasts a long time! Never had problems with the response of this item, is VERY fast when power drops out. Included software provides a nice history chart to map when and for how long power was out, etc, and allows e-mail notification.
Cons: When you first plug it in, the fan runs for a while, which is a bit annoying, but it stops after a few minutes. Weighs a TON, but what do you expect?
Overall Review: Best bang for your buck! Haven't found a competing 2000VA+ and 1000W+ UPS for anything around this price.
Pros: Works WAY better than stock heat sink/fan. Is quite a bit bigger than expected. I could not use two of these in my dual PIII 800MHz server (two were too big - they hit each other) so I used one of these and one from another brand.
Cons: Louder than expected.
Overall Review: Worth it if you don't mind the noise (not loud, but noticable).
Pros: Never had any problems with this at all! Running Core 2 Duo E6600 with PCIe graphics and 4 sATA HDDs (3 in a RAID) and 2 DVD burners with various USB devices as well as a CPU water cooler system and various fans for the chipset/graphics. Did NOT burn out like cheapy brands!
Cons: Runs warm, but not hot.
Overall Review: Worth it! Would buy this one again.
Pros: Works good, good burns, no coasters, reads all my discs.
Cons: No matter what type of disc is in the drive it makes this high pitched squeeling sound and it bugs the heck out of me. I practically don't use it just because the noise it so annoying!
Overall Review: Would be great if it didn't sound like I had a dying rat in my drive. Maybe it's just a fluke.