Date Joined: 06/07/01
Pros: Solid hardware, great range, runs cool. built in ipv6 works perfectly, easy to swap out factory firmware for dd-wrt open source firmware.
Cons: The factory firmware is somewhat immature. I have a number of devices with static ipv4 addresses on my network, the router tries to assign them dynamic addresses anyway and the built in DNS gets confused - result is that ipv4 traffic does not work with a mix of dhcp and status devices. Net gear support struggled to understand the problem, other users have documented it on the net gear forums. Overall I found the firmware a pain to work with and slow topmost changes.
Overall Review: Swapped out factory firmware for kong build of dd-wrt. Combination is fantastic - stable, fast and long range.
Pros: Ordered 5 of these on black friday special for a media server. Using in RAID 5 array - so about 15 TB usable now and will eventually expand to 8 drives with 22 or 23 TB usable. All drives tested out ok and are running fine so far. Much cooler than the Samsung 2 TB 7200 RPM drives (about 3 years old) they replaced - but can't complain about the Samsungs - no failures across an 8 drive array running almost constantly for three year. Using with LSA / 3Ware RAID Card. Each individual drive peaks about 150MBs write speed.
Cons: Would certainly prefer 5-year warranty like the old days. Otherwise no complaints yet.
Pros: Bought this via a black friday deal - amazing value for an entry-level IPS panel monitor. Like that it has multiple built in color profiles including sRGB. Terrific image quality and great contrast for video and photo editing. Kids are happy playing minecraft on it. We watched 1080p Avatar on it for kicks and see amazing detail, color and clarity.
Cons: As prior reviewers have noted, the menu buttons are very sensitive, and the menu is not intuitive and the non-obvious settings are not documented at all. I really wish monitor makers would just let you use an app to configure things like the TV manufacturers are starting to do.
Overall Review: Very happy, great value.
Pros: Just works, Silent, internal power supply
Cons: connectivity / speed lights are all on the left side of the box - prefer when the lights are above each port like on other netgear switches
Overall Review: Lots of reviews of this product say it has a loud fan. The most recent version is fanless - I purchased in February 2013 - so totally silent. The marketing materials in the box have not been changed to reflect this, but the outside of the box now says fanless, and the unit is indeed silent.
Pros: Fast, Good Value
Cons: Drive periodically freezes causing RAID Arrays to Fail. Seagate still markets this drive as "Great for RAID" - but won't support it in RAID environments. Stay away from this drive if you intend to deploy in a RAID environment, particularly RAID 5.
Overall Review: There is a long thread on the Seagate forum discussing the RAID problems. Seagate Support appears to have no interest in fixing the problem - their solution is to tell you to buy enterprise drives instead of these.
Pros: Capacity, Cheap, quiet, Cool, Low Power, Fast enough
Cons: Dies with click of death less than 60 days after buying
Overall Review: One of two drives I bought dies after about 45 days with the infamous Seagate click of death. Two out of three drives I've purchased from the Barracuda LP series have now died with this problem. Seagate warranty is poor - they expect you to pay for return shipping and will only replace with a refurbished drive - fine for a drive that fails after a few years but not ok for a brand new drive that fails.
Pros: Cheap, quiet, low power
Cons: Poor quality and poor warranty service. Drive suffering the click of death roughly 45 days after purchase. Seagate refuses to replace with new drive (only will replace with refurb) and also demands that I pay shipping to return the defective drive to them. For a drive that fails this quickly they should pay full replacement costs and replace with a brand new drive.
Pros: Fast, silent, cool running and huge capacity Retail package version comes with 5 year warranty. Also in the retail box are a Sata cable and 4 pin to Sata power adapter.
Cons: As of August 2009 the discount retailer that sounds like Fries and Newegg are both periodically discounting this drive to $190. Given Newegg is so much better it's a no brainer to buy from Newegg. So while 1TB drives are going for $75 to 80 per TB, this drive costs $95 per TB. Seems like a small premium to me.
Pros: Huge with unmatched price per Gig - first time top of the line drive has been cheaper per gig than mid-range drives.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: Ordered four during black friday sale for $119 each. Received today 12/03. Drives have firmware SD19, which according to Seagate does not suffer from the Freeze problem.
Pros: Good picture, great value, future proof with HDMI input. HDMI input works well with my new Q6600 / Geforce 8800 GTS / Vista Ultimate rig. No dead pixels. Lots of other inputs though I won't use them.
Cons: Like an LCD TV, the monitor wants to show a bluescreen when there isn't a signal on the HDMI port. So when Windows power management turns off the monitor signal, instead of turning off the monitor goes to bluescreen and says "no signal" on the HDMI input. Controls for OSD are hard to use, not well laid out.
Overall Review: Solid value but small annoying flaws mean only 4 eggs.