Joined on 09/05/03
Great for paperless office
Pros: Fantastic product. I pay the bills at my company. Bill comes in, enter in Quickbooks, scan with the ScanSnap, and throw away. Scanner produces a PDF. Software does OCR so the PDFs are searchable. Need the phone bill from four months ago? A few clicks with the mouse and there it is. I also have ScanSnap S510 at home. The S1500 does much better at feeding paper. The S510 will sometime pull two or three pages through at once but the S1500 does not. Also does much better at things like cash register receipts. I can scan 5 or 6 at a time no problem.
Cons: A dialog box comes up after each scan asking me what to do with it. Have not figure out how to alway save in the scan organizer software. The OCR program waits until system is idle before starting.
Overall Review: The scanner has gotten rid of tons of paper from my office and made my life much easier.
failed after 7 months
Pros: Quiet. Large capacity.
Cons: Failed after seven months. Hard drives fail, I can handle that. Usually they fail right at the beginning or after years. Failure at the beginning is OK, test before install and you are fine. Failure after five years is fine, it's a hard drive. Failure after a few month is a real pain. Sure you can RMA and get another. What do I do for the week or two waiting of the drive? Also, one needs to reinstall, etc. Ugh.
Died after 20 months
Pros: Pretty box. Good Wifi coverge.
Cons: The unit died after 20 months. Did some checking on the web and found reports of hundreds of these units dying at around 18 months. It seems they are poorly designed for dissipating heat. After an initial spat of problems Apple “redesigned” the unit by changing the fast hard drive with a slow 5400 rpm drive to reduce the heat output. Apple also agreed to replace a lot of the early units. The later units still have the same problem but Apple does not care. I called their help line and the guy told me “it lasted almost 2 years, that’s pretty good”. Somehow I expected a $300 product to last longer than that. In the end they referred me to a non-Apple company in the area that might be able to help me get the data off the unit, for a large fee. If you do decide to purchase on of these units be sure to frequently back it up, especially once it is older than 18 months.
Overall Review: Some how I was expecting more from Apple.
Pros: Solid construction, not flimsy mid-towr box. It is what it says - 2U case which holds 4 internal drives.
Cons: I built a nice server in the end. Getting there a bit of a work. Had to take the case complete apart to mount the motherboard and run the wires. Took about an hour. Fans were really loud. Replaced with quieter units.
Overall Review: Will purchase again for my next server project.
Great ESXi 4.0 motherboard
Pros: I have built two VMware ESXi 4.0 servers using this board. Support for 8 GB is great. The built in ethernet port is recognized by ESXi.
Cons: I might go one less PCI Express slot and one more PCI slot. But that's just me.
Overall Review: Built a ESXi server with quad core, 8GB, 1TB for around $610.