Date Joined: 01/10/05
Pros: It's Windows
Cons: It's Windows
Overall Review: I get more work done on Ubuntu Linux, and use Windows for games mostly, so it is what it is.
Pros: Works great out of the box, reliable as all the G-SKILL RAM I've bought has been. Good to buy as matched-set like this.
Cons: None really, except I can't see them from outside my case; the heat spreaders have nice artwork and machining.
Overall Review: Gigabyte P55 motherboard, Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz, Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit.
Pros: It's a straightforward scale to use. Easy to wipe off and store in a drawer. Great for price.
Cons: Bowl it comes with doesn't snap onto scale platform and doesn't really work as a cover for the scale; inverting the bowl on the scale doesn't really cover the scale. Actually, the silly bowl won't sit evenly on the platform because of the lip on the bottom of the bowl. Maybe mine's got a defective bowl, but the scale works great without the bowl.
Overall Review: Use the bowl to feed your pets or something. Use the scale as, well, a scale.
Pros: Correct cable for LSI MegaRAID SATA/SAS 9260-4i
Overall Review: As others have said, make sure you get the Forward cable if you need it, which is what this is; it connects the controller card to drives/devices.
Pros: LSI quality components, true hardware RAID, works with Linux. Fast array build time. BIOS GUI is fairly easy to use provided mouse is hooked up. Lots of features and capabilities; this is entry-level server hardware. Includes audible alarm to indicate disk failure. Future-proofing for desired SAS drives and it supports encrypted drives. Great features for the price.
Cons: As others have said, BIOS GUI requires mouse (on my system I had to connect PS/2 adapter so BIOS would see mouse). There is a command-line version, but it's very complicated to use. The separate battery is expensive compared to some other entry-level server cards (former 3ware models, for example).
Overall Review: Setup: 2.8GHz Core-i5, 8GB RAM, Gigabyte P55 motherboard, 4 x WDC 640GB caviar black SATA drives in RAID5 w/ 128k stripe (1.745TB). Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit.
Test: "fio" utility random-read of 128MB data: 76.8MB/s w/ avg. 80 microsecond latency. Performing the same random-read test on single WDC 640GB caviar blue drive using on-board SATA controller in same system gives: 0.73MB/s w/ avg. 10,000 microsecond (10 millisecond) latency - partly, if not mostly, due to CPU overhead.
Bottom line: a good RAID controller such as this will provide redundancy and performance improvements over on-board controllers and/or software RAID.
Battery backup unit is on-order, as battery is required (as it should be) for write cache mode, which will speed up write operations and provide additional protection in the event of power loss.
Pros: Corsair makes some of the best PSUs available. Have had 4 in service for more than 4 years.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Bought for new computer. Current system has Corsair PSU and two other systems that run 24/7 have Corsair.
Pros: Fits in pocket perfectly. USB 3.0 of course for future-proofing.
Rubbery feet/pads are super small, but they really hold the drive still on a slope. Slips into pocket/hand, but doesn't go skidding across the desk.
Cons: None... price is about right especially for quality of build. WD drive, and nice case w/ USB 3.0 electronics.
Overall Review: Most of my computer and peripherals are black... this is blue, so it stands out and makes it easy to remember and find. One wish... I wish the cord wrapped onto the case, then it would be just about the most perfect portable drive. I don't find the cord to be too long or too short, it's about 14" (35cm) long.
Pros: Came today... already programmed... it's that easy. Philips DVR, Sony TV / DVD / CD players, Rotel stereo.
Cons: None, really... not one.
Overall Review: READ THE DIRECTIONS. And if that fails, READ THEM AGAIN. Well written and easy to follow. Works out of the box for many things, mind you, but the Macro features are really nice and might take a bit of practice to program the way you want, but the programming process is VERY forgiving if you mess up.
Pros: WD reliability and quality. I have purchased drives from the blue line as well. The blacks are the ones I like using now.
Overall Review: Newegg finally seems to be getting the message about shipping drives in proper containers. I bought four of these, and they arrived in a box with a carton for 16 drives. Maybe it's because I ordered that number and/or the padded box was convenient at the time of packaging, but this box is superior to the bubble wrap I have gotten in the past. Newegg, if this is not your plan, you should make it your plan... use those boxes or small ones like them, and not bubble wrap!
Pros: Works with linux (Ubuntu 9 here). No drivers needed on Ubuntu.
Overall Review: Appears as /dev/ttyACM0 on my system.
$ sudo apt-get install efax
... Make a PS file from whatever you want to fax...
$ sudo efax -d /dev/ttyACM0 -h "title - page %d of %d" -t 555-1212 myfax.ps
Pros: This drive did not die on my after 31 days like the last Seagate drive I bought. Drive is operational after repair.
Cons: The cooling fan in my external enclosure made weird noises, then a clack sound, and then the drive stopped responding and the enclosure was quiet. This fan, which I can stop with my finger, smacked into a diode on the PC board of the drive and knocked the diode clean off the board. Yikes! I had to figure out how the diode went on the board and re-solder it on ever so carefully.
Overall Review: The drive works, but unless you feel like soldering surface-mount components onto your hard drives, avoid Seagate
Pros: Genuine HP cartridge with recycling shipping label.
Overall Review: Wish it was bigger (could print more pages) for the price. <grin> But, this is a small cartridge for a small printer.
Newegg's price was the best price I've found on the Web, at least from trustworthy sellers. You might find a fly-by-night operation offering these for a little less, but spend the extra few bucks to get the real deal.
Pros: Linux firmware. Linksys/Cisco quality.
Cons: None as of yet.
Overall Review: Reflashed with Tomato firmware which has lots of extras. Power boosting and other features are available through reflashing like this.
Pros: Small physical size and good capacity.
Cons: The loop for the lanyard/keyring/whatever is hard to get to, kinda wished it had a keyring already there. I wear my flash drives on my lanyard and removing and reattaching them to the lanyard is important. Just get a little keyring (no keyring or lanyard comes with this unit) and you should be all set.
Overall Review: The thumb slide on the side is actually a bonus for me. The Cruzer type with the slide on top means sometimes I squeeze the slide while I'm plugging it in. With the Data Traveler, the lock is more positive on the slide, and I'm not likely to slide it while plugging/unplugging. But, that's a matter of habit/preference how you hold your USB stick, so your mileage may vary.
Pros: Put this puppy in your toolbag. Great for booting laptops to errant servers w/o floppy drives.
Pros: Spacious. Powe supply in its own chamber in lower part of case makes venting easier.
Overall Review: Another Antec quality case.
Pros: Sony quality, NewEgg pricing.
Overall Review: Between Sony and Teac, you can't go wrong for floppy drive manufacturers. I've never had problems with either brand of floppy drive.
Pros: Low price. Right size, right connectors... 4-pin standard 12v Molex - the kind you use for ATA optical drives - and 3-pin motherboard connector on each fan.
Comes with mounting screws and is individually boxed which is nice if you store them for a while before use.
Cons: Sleeve bearing wears out sooner and is noisier than ball bearing. Not the biggest air mover in 80mm, but c'mon, it's an inexpensive fan.
Overall Review: Fine fan to replace failed ones. Fine in server environments where you can put lots of fans in a case.
Pros: Just exactly what I ordered. It's small, it's black, it's Kingston. Big Cell Phone company tried to get me to spend almost three times what this cost me for TWICE the memory as the cell phone company's card. :-)
Overall Review: Works immediately with Motorola W375 model phone. More storage than an old fogey like me should have. I remember 20MB hard drives that were the size of today's DVD drives...this is 2GB in something the size of my fingernail. Oh, and Newegg rules, great shipping policy and shipping pricing.
Pros: Verbatim quality. Few if any coasters. Top side looks almost like the bottom side.
Cons: Bottom side looks almost like top side. ;-)
Overall Review: Superior for those who wish to do their own silk-screen labeling or transfer labeling. If you don't do that kind of labeling, make sure you write something on the top of the disc before removing it from the spindle.
Pros: Sturdy case. Comes in black! A real eye-catcher. I am using it in my car as a GPS and OBD-II system (which also has Internet and plays music in the car too). The on-board speakers have good sound quality. The AC charger cord is really nice and long.
Cons: The little bag that comes with it is flimsy, and is best for long-term storage protection of the unit, not so much for day-to-day carrying.
Overall Review: Get a good bag for it. HINT: Portable DVD player bags are PERFECT for this laptop. Some people seem to think that there's only a single mouse button on the touch pad, however, this is not the case. The touchpad button has a left and right sensor underneath it; it's sensitive to which side of the button you push.
Pros: FAST, HP quality, small size, great print quality, value for price.
Cons: No USB cable included (this is typical of printers, at least with HP printers).
Overall Review: Don't use cheap cables or some older USB hubs. My USB hub makes the printer appear/disappear and sometimes jobs just hang in the spooler (Win XP Pro) and the printer doesn't do anything. Use a direct connection to the printer with brand-name cables for best results.
Pros: Quiet operation, quality design.
Cons: None yet.
Overall Review: Purchased for external burner in portable external enclosure. Works well so far. Have not had any errors or failures.
Pros: No power brick or "wall wart" transsformer; plugs directly into AC cord with standard AC computer cord plug. Aluminum case transfers heat well.
Cons: Fan started to make a little vibration noise after a few hours of running. However, it only seems to vibrate after a while.
Overall Review: Blue LED light is very bright, but it's dispersed through a crescent-shaped screen on the rounded side of the front bezel.
Pros: Western Digital quality.
Overall Review: Great for extra space on systems where you still have available IDE ports. Also good for upgrading your external hard drive enclosures.