Joined on 02/02/09
Nice External Drive
Pros: This drive stands on the desk like a book. It looks like a book and is heavy enough to stay put. Has a small white activity light that can be seen even at extreme angles. Very fast with USB 3. Windows reported a speed of about 1.2Gb/s (150MB/s)both up and down. Faster than my 2.5inch external drives. Is recognized and installed automatically on both Windows 7 and Windows XP with no problems. Quiet operation.
Cons: Drive requires the included external power pack so you need an additional power receptacle.
Overall Review: I set this drive on the desk, plugged in and it acts just like a drive installed inside the machine. It looks really good on my desk and doesn't get in the way like the smaller pocket size drives that I have where I have to be careful not to catch the cable with something and sweep it off onto the floor. This drive stands right next to the computer and makes a good permanent backup drive. The supplied external transformer is required since it is a 3.5 inch form factor drive, but my power strip had an empty spot for it.
Pros: The amp mounts neatly to the mast with the coax connectors facing down. Comes with two rubber boots for the input and output connections and a larger boot for the balum. Nice thick cable supplied with finger tightening nuts on the end, used from power transformer to supplied power isolator. Has a switch that you can turn on if you want to connected the antenna to a FM radio.
Cons: Does not come with a short length of coax for connecting to the antenna so you have to go to the store and buy one. The shortest one I could find was 36 inches but 24 inches would be about right. One of the screws holding the chassis to the plastic case was stripped out as I found out when I checked to see if the coax connectors had twisted inside. It didn't twist but felt like it did when I tightened the cable fitting.
Overall Review: You want to mount the amp as close to the balum as possible so why not include a piece of coax for that purpose so the customer can hook everything up right away without hunting for a piece of cable that will work. It would be a small cost for the manufacturer compared to the excessive cost of the unit at sixty dollars, in my opinion. The thing works great although it worked about the same when I hooked it up right next to the TV as it did mounted on the mast. My coax from TV to antenna is about 100 feet. With the amp I now get an extra three pbs channels and two fringe stations come in better.
Not one coaster.
Pros: Record on them without any issues.
Cons: Cost could be lower but still comparable to double layer DVD cost wise.
Overall Review: I am using these to save family pics and other memorabilia. I have read online that Bluray is the longest lasting media available, 100 years possible. I use Image Burn with Windows 7 operating system and have had no problems burning them. No bad files or coasters.
Quality fan, quiet
Pros: Solidly built fans, very quiet operation
Overall Review: I bought two of these for a server chassis and they were whisper quiet when I put them in and tested them. Then when I reinstalled the grill they became noisy. So the air coming through the grill is producing the noise. Nice fans and will buy more when the other server factory fans fail.
Pros: Managed switch, every imaginable configuration setting is available for the user. For example you can limit the throughput of each port. You can also limit the bandwidth used by broadcast and multicast stations to prevent them from slowing the rest of the network. Switch works when plugged in without any setup necessary. You don't have to manage it. Supports jumbo frames up to 9216 bytes if enabled. Strong solid metal case. Comes with a utility on a disk that will find the switch on your network and allow you to access it or set the IP address in range of your network so you can access it through a browser. (Works with the Opera browser too)
Cons: Indicator lights and connectors are on the same side of the switch. This might limit the places where it can be used for example you don't want wires coming out on top of your desk. The default IP address is way out there requiring the installation of their utility on your computer to access the switch for management. Wall mounting method is difficult.
Overall Review: This is really an amazing switch in that the user can configure it to function to an exact set of parameters. If I were looking for another switch I would get another since the price is in line with other switches that don't have the functionality of this managed switch. Even if I don't need to manage it now, the need might present itself in the future. More options is always good. To test it I replaced another switch in my security system with this one and it now has six IP cameras attached running 24/7 sending data to my server and it hasn't skipped a beat. It connected seamlessly when I plugged everything in. I have indicated the cons above but there is more I can say about the mounting. This switch, like many others like this, has two cross slots on the back so to mount it you have to drive screws in EXACTLY the right spots to mount it solidly. Since wall mounting is the best option, in my opinion, I would like to see a better mounting system. How about two mounting holes through the unit? It won't expose the switch to any more dust contamination than the slots on the back. The mounting screws that come with the switch are very weak and the slots strip out. Be sure to drill a pilot hole if you mount it onto a wood surface or the screw may strip out before it goes far enough in to hold the switch solidly. This switch is the best I have used and I have several in my network. It works perfectly and has a lifetime warranty.