Date Joined: 01/12/05
Pros: Lots of ports
Cons: Powered USB hub without an AC adapter.
Overall Review: Had I known about the lack of adapter, I would definitely have passed.
Pros: Breath's new life into an ancient, budget laptop. The 320 Series I have at work running medical pc's. No issues in 4 years. Matter-of-fact, it's the same drive I use at work.
Cons: Refurb came with 36,802 hours on and 48265 GB's written!
Overall Review: This was bought because it was the same price as a low end 120 drive. I know that refurbs are a gamble, but I got taken. Then again, if it fails 3 years from now, was I taken? If I can get 3 more years out of it, that would put me in at 8 years on this laptop. I think a new laptop would be in line with age.
Bought this laptop Xmas of 2010 or 2011. It's a G72 with a processor that is not an i3, but a pentium. The read/writes I got are 254 MB/s and 167 MB/s respectively.
Takes ATX PSU
USB 3.0 on Front Panel
Overall Review: I got the cheapest Corsair PSU. It happened to not be modular. Yeah, get a modular PSU.
The drives get mounted all around the exterior of the case. If you have to get into reset CMOS or add a card, you're looking at a 20-30 min job.
Lastly, the case supports 2 80mm fans. Buy them. Trust. Me. I got these super quiet ones because this is a NAS for streaming movies around the house. Quiet is good. Quiet also means low speed. That's why you get 2.
Cons: Everything, literally.
Slow, Unresponsive, Apps that are not compatible.
Overall Review: I bought this so I could power down my phone while at work. I wish I would have just bought lottery tickets with the money. The resolution is less than good. Sometimes it doesn't recognize my first touch. The worst part is that the apps I use do not work with the version of Android pm this tab;et
I wouldn't give this to my 4 year old.
Came with 9 inch SATA cable
Cons: Does not come with Windows Based software to clean up the junk files.
Came with 9 inch SATA cable.
No 3.5 inch bracket adapter (no big deal in my situation)
Overall Review: I am an old fuddy duddy and like that my Intel SSD has a Windows based utility to clean up the junk files. Most vendors do not, but this is slowly changing. Now Samsung offers it. More will come.
That said, this SSD is SMOKING!!! I am getting 385 MB/s reads and 217 MB/s writes (using CrystalDiskMark). My Intel is 250 reading and 170 writing. In full disclosure, the intel is a Professional based SSD so it will be a little slower. It's my boot drive. My VM's will be on this PNY drive.
Pros: Very solid construction. Lots of space for HDD's.
Takes standard hardware, not just server size stuff.
Cons: Poor layout
Overall Review: This is supposed to be a server chassis. Servers should have easy access to remove HDD's. Fat chance you can get these out with any ease. First, you need a super long screw driver to release the drive cage from the case. Each cage can hold 3 drives. Using an micro ATX board, the 24 pin power gets jammed with the bottom drive, and I am only using 2 drives! I am also using a dual NIC in the PCIx slot for virtualization. It literally crams up against the HDD's. I have to do some creative routing of power and SATA cables.
I would NEVER purchase this again. They need to make the case 2 inches longer.
Pros: Looks cool
Cons: Very wide
Loud for an aftermarket cooler
Overall Review: It is very wide. I had to break out my Dremel and grind down a side because the RAM was preventing it from seating correctly. Get the smaller version of this cooler if you RAM is close to the CPU.
In retrospect, I would not buy this. It's loud for an aftermarket cooler and the design does not allow you to change the fan part.
I am too lazy to try the stock fan and compare the noise.
Pros: Easy access to all components for testing purposes.
Great hardware holder kit. (see pic) This will prevent lost screws and other hardware.
Choice of glossy or dull finish (just flip the plastic over for the look of your choice).
ODD or HDD sloting for the left side holder. If you choose to not use the ODD, you have potental for 4 HDD's, or more if you use 2.5 drives with the adapter.
Cons: Instructions are sub-optimal.
Overall Review: The instructions are not good. I've had worse.
When putting this together, it's best to take off the protective tap first!
Be sure to line up the MB to the right hand side of the bench. This is made for atx and matx. Since I was using matx, I was trying to line up to the left side, and the holes did not line up. I was hot until the lightbulb went off in my head.
I took 1 egg off for the poor instructions and the way the ODD/HDD mounts latch to the board. It did not hold well and fell on my foot. Shame on me for a) not tighten it enough and b) moving this darn thing after putting it together.
In the picture I do not have the PSU. That is because Newegg had a 430W supply on sale with rebate. I will just wait until Monday or Tuesday to receive it and finish the build.
I tried building one with balsa wood and it looked like a Homer Simpson spice rack. When I saw this, I jumped!
Pros: USB and eSata
Cons: Not Reliable
Overall Review: Broke after 2 years. I barely use it and it broke. The light comes on, but does not spin up the drive. Very disappointed in Rosewill
Pros: Simple design. USB is MUCH better than PS/2 KVM's. Just works!
Cons: Slipping in the Quality department. -1 egg (See Below)
Packaging is pretty yet is a hassle getting out the switch. Must be made for a retail store. (no egg deduction, just annoying)
Overall Review: This is my 5th Rosewill KVM, 4th 2-port KVM. I love the simplicity of their design and most importantly, cost. The remote button allows you to only have the small remote toggle button on your desktop to switch between the 2 pc's.
The reason I am giving it only 4 eggs is that the remote button is sticky. Being the 4th one of this brand/design, I am accustomed to a certain level of quality. This button sometimes sticks when you press it. Most people will reach and touch it. That is when the button sticks under the housing. If you touch it from a perpendicular angle, it works flawlessly. The only issue this creates is when it gets stuck, it does not want to switch back to the other pc when pressed. You have to press it several times and then the button becomes unstuck and then the next press switches. Very minor yet annoying issue. It does not take away from the fact that this thing works great 99.99% of the time.
Pros: Good Labeling
Cons: I have HP pc's at work. It recognizes EVERY HP PSU as defective even though they work fine.
Overall Review: It works great on my home PSU's (different manufacturers) but the HP PSU's always ring up bad. Luckily when troubleshooting with HP, they sent me a new PSU and motherboard for good measure. I think it was just the motherboard, but won't know because this thing doesn't like them. Go figure. I would have never guessed it would make a difference.
I contacted tech support and they said to return it because it was defective. I did that and the new one did the exact same thing. I doubt I got 2 defective ones in a row. Again, it worked fine on my Corsair PSU at home as well as my POWMAX PSU.
Pros: Rather fast considering
Quiet stock fan
Cons: Bios looks like it was made in 1988
Overall Review: Whoever does their I/O shield for the rear ports does a lousy job! I had to punch out all 3 audio ports plus the HDMI because they were still in place.
Has a PCIx16 slot. Not sure if that is more advantageous than having a PCIx4 slot for add on cards. Most of these things are going into a small case and those cases have limited PSU power. Not sure a graphics card can be powered very well.
Cons: No Cables
Overall Review: This thing ejects faster than any other drive I have ever owned. It also accesses the data faster then other drives I have used. There is usually that 5-10 seconds it takes to close and spin up before you see the contents. This is sub 5 seconds.
I'm a dork, I notice this stuff.
Pros: Looks sleek
Cons: Cheap build
Front bezel is worthless
Wish it had a 2.5 bracket already cut out inside.
Overall Review: The front bezel that hides the DVD Drive does not autoclose. I have another HTPC that is spring loaded, this one does not. I can not find reviews about others having this issue. When assembling my build, I bent the back of the case when attaching the I/O shield. Yes, that cheap.
If not for being part of a combo deal, I would not have bought it. I hope others heed my warning.
Pros: Nice finish (not shiny)
Many Fan configurations.
Cons: Super Flimsy
Horrible HDD options
Overall Review: The rear screws for the case side were not straight. They are at a 45 degree angle. This does not look like design but bad drilling of the holes. The HDD location is bad. It is hard to get both screws for the HDD on. I had to remove the memory to get the drives in. This is MB dependent, but most will have the same issue. The MB power connector and the SATA power connector are mashed against each other.
For the money, it's fine. Take into consideration I am using this with throw-away parts to run a Ubuntu server, it's more then fine.
Cons: Small backspace.
I hate that the bottom left button is not the control button!
I have to hunt for the DEL button - Read below.
Overall Review: I bought this to throw in a keyboard tray under my desktop with a mouse in tray. Not my primary keyboard, or I would be annoyed. The bios had to be tweaked because the number lock was on at boot. This would cause the JKL buttons to be numbers and not letters at log in.
Does exactly what I bought it for. I can't expect same keys as a full size keyboard for 11 inches wide.
Pros: SUPER DUPER FAST!
Cons: Only 60 gigs. If I wasn't so dang cheap, it would have been bigger.
Overall Review: Great as a Primary boot drive. I use it in XP and it works fine. I benchmark it and compare to the day I installed it and it still is just as fast as day 1. If something slows down, I will reimage it to a HDD and flash the drive, then restore. That should restore it to like-new condition and then restore.
Either way, fast as heck! This is my 3rd OCZ SSD drive and not 1 issue. BSOD is probably from user error. If you have AHCI enabled or disable and then you copy your drive to this, you will have issues. There are other ways of having issues, but OCZ is quality. SSD is different technology then HDD, so you have to tweak it as such.
OCZ rebates are consistent. I submitted for several in my life, and got all of them.
Pros: Easily cleanable - Read below!
2 prong power, easy for finding extension cords!
Cons: Not that powerful.
Overall Review: It is 1500 watts, so I knew this prior to purchase. Then again, what the heck does that mean?
I use this as a fryer in my garage. I can't use my deck because it's Treks and I do not want grease spots. You need cast iron cookware. I have a Le Creuset pot that is cast iron and works fine. If you do not have induction cookware (basically a magnet has to be able to stick to your pot; most pans are aluminum), it does not turn on. It also does not turn on if your compatible cookware is not squared up to the cooking surface. Safety I guess.
For what I bought it for (price and frying) it is a solid purchase. Sign up for the daily specials email. I got it at a significant discount from the regular price.
Rosewill stuff is good. It's like generic food. It's not as good as name brand, but does what you need it to do at a $avings. I have never (knock on wood) had a defective Rosewill product. I've ordered tons of Rosewill stuff, especially for the PC.
Pros: Fast read and write when benchmarked!
With coupon code, it was $40 shipped.
Cons: Access times are slower, but it is a laptop drive.
Overall Review: I am a staunch Seagate supporter. Real-world results in a large department is my sampling. I have purchased 6 drives that are Samsung, and I am pleasantly surprised! I have 5, 1TB 5900 RPM drives powering a FreeNAS server and they run cool and fast. I am completely satisfied with Samsung hard drives. With coupons keeping them the least expensive, it is a WIN-WIN situation.
Samsung makes great TV's, looks like their HDD's are following suit.
Pros: 4 pc's 1 Keyboard, Mouse and Video Input
Has audio input/output ports
Has a remote switch for switching (do not have to see this ugly donkey on my desk)
Cons: My 3rd PC only recognizes the keyboard 50% of the time while the 1st PC is constantly powered on.
Thumb screws are too large.
Overall Review: Thumb screws are only a pain when putting on the video connection. If you are taking this on and off daily (testing pc's), you will be ticked. I also have the 2 port Rosewill version, and this was not a problem.
I have used ps/2 KVM's and after several switch overs, it would not be recognized by the PC. Not so with the USB. It does take several minutes for the first time you turn on a PC for it to recognize the drivers for the keyboard and mouse.
The 1st and 2nd PC works 100% of the time, the 3rd works 50% of the time. I do not have a 4th PC for testing (nor the time). I wonder if there is an issue with the switch getting enough power?
I wanted DVI, but too expensive. Besides, VGA is a standard that almost every laptop has, but not DVI. When I use a DVI to VGA adapter on a PC, it sticks out far from the back of the pc.
Someone complained about the amount of cables with this. Duh, of course...it can handle 4 pc's!
Pros: Solar back allows charging from the sun
Copies address book so it announces who's calling
Cons: Voice quality is below average
Overall Review: It works best when you use the included visor clip. When on the visor, you can get it to charge via the solar cell.
This is really nice if you don't want to wear the ear piece version so you don't look like a bluedouche.
Pros: Super Reliable design by Corsair
Cons: This thing is HUGE!!!
The cap does not have a tether
Did I say this thing is huge?
Overall Review: I disregarded others' review (rebate helped in disregarding as well as previous experience with Corsair) about this thing being big. Well I rolled the dice and rolled a 4...inches that is. It's 4 inches long! What USB "Thumb" drive is 4 inches long? I was going to put this on a lanyard around my neck. Now I can't. This thing looks phallic and that does not belong around my neck!
Because of the size, I can not give it 5 eggs.
Pros: This is an update to a previous review of my own that I forgot to mention.
Super fast networking!
Super quiet fan even when hammering it when encoding home movies. (HD Camcorder is a space hog before and after encoding. Hope my rotten kids appreciate this later in life...probably not)
FTP is significantly slower then using it's built in AJAXplorer.
No DLNA support, yet.
Overall Review: I have this thing mapped to my XP machine as a local drive. The write speed is 77 MB/sec as tested by ATTO drive benchmark. The read speed is around 83 MB/sec. This is not much slower then my PC's 7200RPM RAID0 drives at 97 and 102 respectively. I could actually use this to virtualize a server on my network at this speed.
This transfer speed is literally 10 times faster then a competitors dual drive NAS that I bought for work. I know it doesn't make sense, cheaper for the home (usually). You pay for quality and this thing is about the same price as others without the BluRay drive. Not to mention the drive cages remind me of my work SAN cages. Makes me think I have a $25K SAN in my house.
Pros: SUPER FAST!!!!
Comes with a 2.5=>3.5 adapter bracket
Cons: All that money for a box no bigger then a CD Jewel Case.
Long term durability (only X amount of writes before sectors go bye bye).
Holes did not align 100% so the bracket has some minor scratching as I jammed it into the case slot.
XP and TRIM support?
Overall Review: Running XP with free ATTO benchmark software, I got 225 MB/sec Reads and 150 MB/sec Writes! That's an average my friend. Wholy smokes! Programs are loaded as you release the mouse button on the double click!
I need to upgrade to Windows 7 eventually. They made 7 look too much like Mac. If I wanted a Mac, I would buy a Mac.
Weird thing is that after building the system again with the SSD, I can not play Medal of Honor. The system locks up everytime. Not sure what to do. Reinstall video driver or rebuild system.
Pros: Flexible configurations
Power Save Mode
Remote access that's easy to setup
Torrent server allows me to shut down my PC's and let this puppy do the work.
emails you when stuff happens to the unit.
Cons: USB connection to UPS is buggy
Support website has muliptle locations for the same info - confusing.
Configuring users and rights can be tricky
Overall Review: The NAS supports UPS integration where it will shut itself down after the UPS reports a power interruption. It does that, but then won't stop beeping even after power is restored to the UPS. Annoying.
Much better then the previous model which required you to buy HDD that they approved of.