Date Joined: 07/19/06
Pros: These are good sounding speakers, probably not premium but definitely good. Appearance is sharp, slim, and understated.
Overall Review: There are actually two offset bass speakers per unit. I couldn't tell that from the pics, but there is one facing each side. They are slimmer than I expected also. I'm waiting on the LOFT20 center channel to show up (purchased elsewhere) and some LOFT40s to complete a surround setup. A separate sub is still necessary. They also get loud and handle quite well.
Pros: Scans, and keeps on scanning.
Cons: Included software is cr@p.
Does not remove staples.
Overall Review: Get Acrobat Pro, whatever the cost! Does it Jam? Yes it jams, like when I forget to take the staples out.
Pros: I've purchased two of these scanners now, the first was gifted due to the awesomeness of it's scan-ability. It easily scans legal, double-sided (in a single pass), color, etc, and does so quickly. I'm the type who scans document I get, receipts, etc, and I scan it into a mapped network location pointing at a SharePoint document library, so all of my documents are OCR searchable at a later date.
Also, the scanner comes with some extras, like a plastic coversheet. This is a great help for scanning smaller receipts, or wrinkled up items.
Cons: The software included is junk, and does a poor job with larger files. Do yourself a favor and find yourself Acrobat.
Overall Review: If you are doing scans for Photoshop or image editing, you will still need a flatbed
Pros: Scans quickly, prints decent.
Got it for a good price (not at newegg though) for having an ethernet port, and fax port.
Cons: The touch screen interface is sluggish and the apps on it are gimmicky.
Pros: Ok, now that I've had a couple days to get used to my new chassis, I am very impressed with it and will be getting another one.
Removal of the thumb tabs at the top is a welcome improvement. That there isn't an impossible to remove plastic film covering the top lid is also an improvement. The fans are robust and fairly quiet, except for the rear two which mine rotate at slightly different speeds causing a wobble. I could disconnect one without worry. The lights on the hot-swap trays are unobtrusively bright enough. Green show the drive is powered, blue shows disk activity. The back plane is a HUGE improvement! Nicely done, with thumb screws and logical placement of molex and sata ports. I didn't need to take out the fan cage as my hands aren't too large so I can insert the sata cable even at the lowest back plane. The fan cage/bracket/whatever has holes for passing cables through, which have a beveled metal rim to prevent cable wear or lacerations.
Cons: Doesn't wash my dishes.
Overall Review: The power buttons on the front are better than the predecessor in that they don't depress and stay depressed.
Anyway, the case feels solid. Seems like Norco has been doing well and they put some extra R&D into this one. I've been a supporter since the DS1220, which is still humming along.
Pros: I haven't tested out the case yet, but I am sure it will work as expected. I'll be bummed if the the lights aren't as bright.
Cons: The image on newegg is not correct. It is the image of the older 4020 chassis. The chassis I received is different, which from a vanity point of view kinda suxx since all my other cases are the older model. If Norco changes the case significantly like this then they should have changed the model number to be something else. So I'm a little peeved about it.
Pros: nuff said.
Cons: huh? where?
Pros: I ordered 5 of these disks to amp up storage in a Norco DS1220. The Norco DS1220 is connected to a Highpoint 2310 Raid controller. I currently have the DS1220 configured such that bays 1-5 contain Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB, bays 6-10 contain these new Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS. Each set of 5 is configured as a RAID 5. Bays 11 and 12 are empty.
I ran stats using CrystalDiskMark.
Test Read Write
1. Seq 49.2 52.08
2. 512K 30.20 30.04
3. 4K 0.608 0.508
E:\ (Write Back)
1. Seq 151.9 164.5
2. 512K 200.4 51.94
3. 4K 9.609 0.508
E:\ (Write Through)
1. Seq 148.7 17.56
2. 512K 198.3 12.94
3. 4K 7.595 0.537
1. Seq 149.2 120.0
2. 512K 124.2 45.27
3. 4K 6.053 0.543
1. Seq 78.78 115.0
2. 512K 21.74 39.16
3. 4K 0.524 0.386
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Numbers are in MB/s. Drive C is a single WDAAKS. Drive E shows performance with Highpoint configured for Write Back and Write Through. Drive Y is the EARS RAID 5 mounted using Truecrypt. Drive Z is the AAKS RAID 5 mounts using Truecrypt.
It does appear that WD has increased the performance of their drives significantly.
Drives came from Newegg very well packaged. I will await the next month of usage to determine how well these drives stand the test of time.
Pros: Using these in a 1U Norco RPC-1004 chassis with ASUS M2N-LR Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce Professional 3600 ATX AMD Opteron 1000 series Dual core ready Server Motherboard and AMD Opteron 1354 Budapest 2.2GHz Socket AM2 75W Quad-Core Processor Model OS1354WBJ4BGH and 8G Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KHX6400D2K2/4G.
Running ESX one two of the above, and so far they are doing the job.
Pros: Very efficient and and cool 1U setup well. I will buy more for my AMD CPUs.
Pros: This case is a good price and works well. 1U fans are screamers, but do a good job cooling. Spacious layout, and ample extension for front cables.
Cons: One thing to note, the back plane for both chassis that I purchased were screwd in with screws of the wrong thread guage. These were same screws that are used to secure the lid. As a result, the backplane for both were not secure and would result in improperly seated hard drives. The case comes with other screw types, of which there were enough to replace the wrong screw type.
I have seen related reviews where the pwr and reset button once depressed stay depressed. These snap-dome buttons did the same for me sortof, except I can still press just a touch more pressure and the power turns off/on just fine.
Overall Review: There is a slim slot on the right side presumably for floppy. It would be better if there were a mounting bracket for a slim compact sata flash card.
Pros: Looks nice with my Xbox 360, shows orange for slow speed connection, green for gigabit.
Overall Review: Came with a Netgear rebate card... I hate rebate cards, probably because they sell my information on purchases. Oh well, all they're gonna get is a few trips to Stabucks :) Come to think of it, I hate rebates... vendors should bear the burden of rebates, imho.