Joined on 05/17/02
Excellent Speeds + Reliable PoE
Pros: Fast transfer speeds over 10/100 version of this device. Reliable PoE, running 4 Cisco Phones 24/7 without a hitch. Highly recommended device!!!
Cons: None yet
Overall Review: I previously owned a TPE-S44 (until a lightning strike killed it), the 10/100 version of this switch and it worked fine, when it was damaged in a storm near my house I replaced it with this unit and couldn't have be happier. Since replacing that unit I've noticed that transferring large files (typically movies) across my home network went from 8-11Mbps to 60-70Mbps. As with the switch that was damaged I've also had no issues with powering up the 4 Cisco phones I have in my home lab. As with any unmanaged switch, it's plug-and-play so as long as your cabling is good you should have no issues with this switch.
Couldn't Pass Digital Cable Advisor :(
Pros: Silent, runs windows 7 fine, integrated audio is nice.
Cons: I bought this thing to be the video card for my HTPC, I also have an ATI Digital Cable Tuner, and before I was able to set it up I my system had to pass the Digital Cable Advisor (DCA - a utility that checks to make sure that your system is powerful enough to handle recording and playing back HD TV). My computer passed the first time, but I had to do a fresh install and every subsequent attempt failed, stating that the video card was not adequate. I put in an HD 5750 from one of my other PC's and finally my HTPC was able to pass the DCA. Unfortunately my HTPC is in a low profile case, and I could not use my 5750 going forward, and had to replace this card with a Geforce 9400
Overall Review: If you are not planning on using a CableCARD tuner, this card would be perfect for a quiet, low power HTPC or silent workstation.
So Far So Good
Pros: -Clean look, wife approved -Good amount of space for clean cabling, especially with a modular PSU -Good ventilation -Lots of space for disks
Cons: No easy place to mount small SSD's I seem to have a unit with a dead HDD activity LED. Only brushed aluminium on the unit is the front pane, all other panels are painted steel. The Included fans aren't silent, I ended up replacing them with some aftermarket ones that do a better job at keeping the sound to a minimum.
Overall Review: Not sure I'm all that bent out of shape over the apparently dead HDD LED, in fact I think I may prefer not having that blinking light in my living room. One thing that I think all HTPC cases should offer is the option to have additional Power and/or Reset buttons located on the back of the unit, to prevent 'little fingers' from turning the unit off. Regardless of the Cons listed above I am very happy with this case and feel that it's a solid build at a good price.
Pros: High capacity replacement toner cartridge for cheap.
Cons: None yet
Overall Review: Getting the printer to rotate the cartridges properly so I can remove the expired one is weird, just had to keep opening the door till the one I wanted to replace happened to be in the right place. That is obviously an issue with the printer and not the cartridge itself.