Date Joined: 08/20/02
Pros: Easy to assemble enclosure, dissipates heat fairly well, USB 3.0.
Cons: Current Linux Kernels do not support the power down feature of this enclosure, and so once it powers down, a re-connect is required to access the drive again. (This is not the same as the native power-down of drives when not in use.)
Overall Review: Support was fairly responsive when I asked questions via e-mail, but I don't expect that they will notify people of this significant flaw in Linux support. If they had been slightly more responsive, however, I wouldn't have exceeded my 30-day return window. I also received no documentation in the packaging for these enclosures, but it was available online.
Pros: The NAS shipped with 2 Hitachi 7K1000.B drives which are very quiet. The web interface for managing the device is clean and works well. Transfer rates are good. I have tested the USB/CardSlot backup, iSCSI for the Blu-Ray drive (works on both Windows and Linux), as well as both FTP and Windows Share access. Everything works well.
The display makes it easy to look up the IP address of the NAS as well as backup a USB drive or SD card without the need to even connect to it with a computer once it's configured. (Each card/USB drive must be configured first to ensure files are copied appropriately.)
The unit also, while larger than an external hard drive, doesn't take up too much space on a desk and has a clean look.
Cons: - Because I use Linux primarily and my file system allows the use of characters which many others do not, I have had some problems backing up files from my desktop. I haven't had any such problems when using Windows. I didn't mark down the rating as I haven't tried to resolve the issue with Support (compressing my backups into a zip file is a simple work-around).
- The navigation menu on the web interface uses Flash which can be a problem for some Linux users. (Also didn't mark down because I haven't tested this without Flash enabled.)
Overall Review: For those not familiar with iSCSI, this device lets you allow the Blu-Ray burner to be attached to computers on the network as if it's a local drive which makes burning disks from your desktop possible instead of using the web interface and copying files to the NAS first.
I haven't used any of the software that was included on the CD because I primarily use Linux, so I can't testify to it's quality.
Overall it's appears to be a nice, well designed product with many more features than I expected for the price and one I'll use for a long time. I'd buy it again if given the opportunity.
Pros: USB and USB hub + eSATA is a great feature set especially when combined with fanless operation. (Never used the pushbutton, so don't know if it works.)
Cons: Worked perfectly for months, but periodically, the drive would start to spin down. I checked and even swapped the drive to see if it was the drive going bad, but it appears that the power connection, cable or internal circuit board shorts periodically, and causes the drive to spin-down. I've lost data because of it, and the problem didn't get bad enough to predict until after the warranty ran out. I'm now looking to replace it with another brand.
Overall Review: Great features, but data loss in many cases is too great a risk, so I won't be buying this enclosure again.
Pros: Great sound quality. Voice Isolation works really well. I use a lot while traveling and even walking through an airport, people can hear me just fine. It has upgradeable firmware. A previous review make note that you should definitely upgrade the firmware. I agree. There were a few bugs, but the instructions for upgrading the firmware are good. It has lots of hotkeys so you don't always have to get out your phone to use it. Very reliable. Shirt clip built in.
Cons: Older firmware does have some bugs. It could give you an earlier warning when the battery is getting low. It will just cut off if the battery is too low and you only get a short warning.
Overall Review: Overall I really like this headset and it's my fifth one. (The speaker phones from them are good too.) I was in a hurry and left this one on my shirt when it went in the wash. It got caught and was washed 3 times. I dried it out and it still works great. Great job BlueAnt.
Pros: Well designed, mp3 player and pocket knife in one. It has folders for music, data, audio books separately by default and using them separates the information in the player. It will even sort audio books by mp3 tags. The interface is as simple as it can be with a single joystick as the control. Works with PortableApps, too.
Cons: I had a couple of issues with mine after about 3 months, and I returned it to Victorinox and they replaced it promptly with a new one, no questions asked. The screen can also be hard to read in bright sunlight.
Overall Review: It records voice, and line in, records from the radio, plays mp3, ogg, wma and wav files, works perfectly with PortableApps, detects correctly in Linux, and the battery once charged lasts about 8 hours just as advertized and charges quickly. Plus you get lots of cool points for this gadget. I would buy it again. The 2GB limit will prevent some people from being interested, but for someone on the go, it's great. Don't forget to check the pocket knife in you luggage if you fly, though.
Pros: I also have not seen sub-par construction in this enclosure. Metal grid on the front an bottom looks nice and helps dissipate heat. The USB hub really helps for portability. (I haven't been able to connect via ESATA yet.) There is a non-adhesive heat sink pad inside the top of the case to help transfer the heat from the hard drive to the case.
Cons: While the enclosure tends to stay a little cooler on the side, the stand does tend to be a bit shaky, but it isn't flimsy. The button on the front doesn't appear to work at all even with the software installed. (Not a big deal.)
Overall Review: Overall, I like this enclosure. It's solid and compact and it has the USB hub which helps when connecting to a laptop.
Pros: Great drive. This drive is quick, doesn't produce a lot of heat, and is very quiet. I have 2 of them striped in a small web server and they are working great.
Overall Review: Depending on your needs, these drives and the 320GB Seagate are some of the best value drives on the market taking in consideration performance, the low noise and the warranty.
Pros: Fast, inexpensive
Cons: Won't read.
Overall Review: I probably received a bad drive, but it won't even verify. The drive hangs an the buffer won't even fill during the read. I have had a great experience with these drives in the past, and will RMA the drive once I make sure I didn't miss anything.
Comments: I bought this to use my bluetooth headset with Google Talk in addition to using it with my cell phone. It works great, the software install is easy and replaces Windows Bluetooth software (corrected many issues) and as usual Newegg got it to me in record time.
Comments: I bought this card to match the WRT54GS Router which I already had. It works GREAT! I am not using it for a log distance, but the wireless connection secured is still fast enough for me to back up data to DVD over the network. Good card, easy install fast network connectivity and native Windows XP wireless integration. And as always, Newegg shipped the card fast and it was here in about 3 days.