Date Joined: 07/19/02
Pros: I bought 2 of these and they were totally worth it. Easy set up, color great, fast, no complaints. I print a lot of double sided reports. Works great.
Pros: Only had this case for a short time, but had to remark right away how quiet this is. Never had a quieter case. Amazed
Pros: WD makes a solid drive and will continue to be the vendor of choice here. That being said ...
Cons: Eight of these 4TB drives were purchased to populate one 3ware RAID card and one LSI RAID card. All eight drives came up, initialized, and accepted data without issue. Two of the drives failed, one on each RAID card, shortly thereafter. Their replacements (same model) were hot swapped into the arrays and have performed solidly since then (about four months).
Overall Review: With high value data be sure to have a spare drive handy in case you get a lemon. Two out of eight might have just been a fluke and bad luck. But two failures out of the ten total drives (including the two replacements) still amounts to a 20% failure rate, which is extremely high.
Pros: This is a beautiful balance of power, weight, and compactness.
Cons: Not enough memory (immediately upgraded to 10GB by replacing the 2GB stick factory installed with Crucial Ballistix Sport RAM -- N82E16820148734 -- The other 2GB of RAM is on-board and cannot be upgraded). Tried ... really really really tried ... to use Windows 8, but it was a ridiculous waste of time for me. The Asus BIOS made it exceedingly difficult to wipe the operating system and install Windows 7. Almost took an 'egg' away for having a UEFI BIOS, but figured out how to disable the CSM and it was smooth from there.
Overall Review: A very nice travel sleeve is included with the laptop -- but with no compartment for the power adapter. The laptop holds a charge for a long time, but ... still ... would have been nice to keep the cords with it.
Pros: Works without issue. The LED's are activity sensitive. The fan noise is not excessive. The door swings are sturdy. No flimsy pieces and rigid construction throughout.
Cons: None. Have had no problems to date.
Overall Review: Just a heads up that the drive release keys are the triangular socket type -- you may end up with another panel lock key on your keyring depending on what is most common with your equipment. Our test bed uses four Western Digital Red NAS drives ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236600 ) in a RAID 10 array. I would not have attempted a 2.5 inch setup like this without NAS specific drives -- typical laptop hard drives like to park themselves to save power and heat.
Pros: It is as pretty as it looks in the photos. Plenty of room inside. Sturdy construction. Ran into no sharp edges.
Cons: Lots of loose screws throughout the chassis I received. I actually found one that had worked its way completely off the unit and was sitting in the bottom of the box it was shipped in. Either a slight issue with quality control, or a desperate need for loctite on the screw threads.
Pros: Performs perfectly. Drive activity LEDs. Aluminum construction for heat dissipation. Does not feel cheap. Good alignment on screw holes for mounting.
Cons: Loud fan ... but at least it has a jumper to reduce fan speed, and thus noise, where the additional cooling is not needed. Heavy ... but that is to be expected with the aluminum construction. No locks on doors or power buttons ... but the construction does make it difficult to accidentally depress the buttons or release the drive.
Overall Review: Remember to turn the master power button on, or you'll think you have a DOA the first time you power up the system. Have purchased two thus far. Both have worked right out the box.
Pros: Works flawlessly with the SUPERMICRO MBD-H8SGL-F-O Socket G34 motherboard I picked up.
Pros: Just read the specs. G34 socket ... 2 x8 slots ... 1 x16 slot ... dual Intel nics ... IPMI ... 128GB ram ... 2 internal USB sockets ... all on a standard ATX footprint. All pro's.
Cons: None. I did, however, combine a Dynatron CPU cooler (N82E16835114113) with a Nexus fan adapter (N82E16811996022) and a 4-pin 120mm fan --- just use the existing Dynatron fan to map drill holes onto the adapter --- to increase cooling and decrease noise. The PCI-e x16 slot is overlapped by the 120mm fan in this configuration, rendering it useless. But this is a server, and the loss of a high-speed graphics slot was acceptable for the payoff of silence. With two x8 slots available, this was not a problem for me.
Overall Review: The Supermicro website indicates that of the i386 CentOS releases, only version 5.4 will support the socket G34 processors (not even 5.5 will run). They mean it. The CentOS x86_64 releases, however, work like a dream. Running CentOS x86_64 v5.5 now.
Pros: Sturdily built. Good tolerances. Plastic appears durable. Attractive. Has drive activity LEDs.
Cons: Fan is louder than I care to have under my desk, even on low. It's not terrible. But you will not be building a virtually silent PC with the stock fan. Documentation is chintzy -- a single sheet of paper.
Overall Review: The documentation issue doesn't really bother me, other than it does not appear to be readily accessible online. I did, however, subtract an egg for the fan noise. Those of you building for a server room should not be deterred by this.
Pros: Arrived extremely well-packed with bubble wrap, foam, and packing peanuts. Thank you, Newegg, for protecting the drives.
Cons: Bought 5 for a RAID 10 array with one spare drive. One drive had an obvious impact dimple on the surface of the drive case; it was dead on arrival. One had a high S.M.A.R.T. count and was refused outright from being usable to my RAID hardware. I watched as the S.M.A.R.T. errors increased on two other drives over-night. One was kicked out of the array before morning. The other was not far behind. Of the five drives, only one appeared to be truly "safe" for use.
Overall Review: I'm a long time Seagate user. Been happy with them for many years. Only recently have I felt incredibly let down by their product. Having a batch of five drives fail me so completely was the last straw, and so I am posting this review. Thank you, Newegg, for allowing me to RMA these drives. And please, Seagate, return to your former glory. Once upon a time Seagate had *the* quietest and coolest drives out there -- and they worked so well! Now ... not so much.
Pros: Not a single dead pixel.
Overall Review: Learned from research that Samsung manufactures its own panels which allows for greater consistency between monitors and in quality control. That was a major consideration in this purchase decision. Not disappointed at all. Excellent choice.
Pros: Specifications are great. Cables are long enough and attractively sleeved. Mirror finish is beautiful. Blue LED is nice for those that look for it.
Cons: Popped two of them already (started with eight). One went with a slow fizzle and acrid smoke. Pulling them out for replacement shows that the beautiful mirrored finish begins to speckle (humidity?) almost immediately. All of the SATA connectors are on the same feed.
Overall Review: I'd expect to have a lemon now and then, but two so close together in my experience is a sign of defect. I am an ASUS fan -- they put their name on a lot of good product -- but I won't be buying any more of this particular model.