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Steven M.

Steven M.

Joined on 03/28/13

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Most Favorable Review

Does its job

Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) BOXNUC7CJYH1 Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) BOXNUC7CJYH1 Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: Small Compact Easy to service. Runs Centos 7 and 8 Runs Windows 7 and 10 BIOS level power management options. Took 8GB memory models fine. x 2 = 16GB Can set the fan to run full speed without power management interfering.

Cons: Intel Extreme Tuning Utility doesn't work on this. CPU is soldiered on. Still not sure where the heat is blowing too.. Can't feel it coming out of the case. CPU is weak for general media tasks. No USB-C Port Transferring data via USB causes the system interrupt service to spike to 20-40%

Overall Review: Overall I am content with it. It sole use for me is to run a direct attached storage unit. I do have windows installed for a few 3rd party app that I don't need a mid sized tower to run eating up power. I'd like to see a Intel NUC that is compatible with Intel Extreme Tuning Utility I'd like to be able to switch out the CPU. I'd like to have power adapter options with the ability to upgrade the CPU for them hungry CPU tasks. BOIS is GUI based and you need a mouse to navigate.

Most Critical Review

Horrible Hard Drive Management

Fractal Design Core 1000 Black Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Fractal Design Core 1000 Black Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Its black - Its simple - its a computer case - Front plate detaches with only fan lead attached - Not RGB

Cons: - Bad hard drive securing options - Had to buy black cardboard to stop air entering in the 5 1/2" bays - Dust filter doesn't look easily removable - Bad cable management

Overall Review: Its a ok case if you are one off building. Once you start replacing things you will find that it a royal pain to have to take other things out to replace things. Little room to cut ya ties or get your hand in spots. Good for a 1 session build. Horrible for upgrading. Alright for a push or pull air flow.

As described

Wavlink 7-Port USB Hub Bus Aluminum Body 9.5" Built-in USB 3.0 Cable Plug and Play Multi-function USB Exterior Extender with 5V 4A US AC Power Adapter for PC MacBook Ultrabook Tablet-Gray
Wavlink 7-Port USB Hub Bus Aluminum Body 9.5" Built-in USB 3.0 Cable Plug and Play Multi-function USB Exterior Extender with 5V 4A US AC Power Adapter for PC MacBook Ultrabook Tablet-Gray

Pros: Has more then 1 usb port. 7 of em. Hasn't burned down my house.

Cons: Would have like to seen a black color.

Overall Review: Shipped extremely fast. USB cord is a little short but thicker then others you get from others so yay?. Comes with a bulky AC to DC power supply. They hog the outlet spaces. They could have moved the full bridge rectifier into the usb hub and supplied us a two prong plug. Overall.. It does its job. All 7 ports are shared power. So they are not isolated. But.. I would this again, Good job

The Minimal DAS

QNAP TR-004-US 4 Bay Type-C Direct Attached Storage DAS Expansion with Hardware RAID (Diskless)
QNAP TR-004-US 4 Bay Type-C Direct Attached Storage DAS Expansion with Hardware RAID (Diskless)

Pros: Holds 4 Drives. Reasonable DAS (Direct Attached System) RAID 0,1,5,10 JBOD Windows and Linux detected the device without requiring drivers being loaded.

Cons: Only software you can use with this is the QNAP External RAID Manager Does not support S.M.A.R.T over USB QNAP External RAID Manager is useless if a drive fails. You get a big fat connect a device. QNAP External RAID manager doesn't support a full S.M.A.R.T readout or allow you to do S.M.A.R.T tests You have zero control really to monitor the heath of the drives it holds.

Overall Review: They really push this being used with their QNAP QTS software as a DAS connected to their software. That is basically as NAS O/S on its own. If you opt to use Linux or Windows vanilla/minimal, you have zero control over any health monitoring of the drives. You can only So if you buy this. Be aware at the time of this write up you will have no way to monitor the drives health or be able to even do a RMA with the drive manufacture to tell them what smart attribute has failed. I would like them to enable full S.M.A.R.T data reporting at the controller level and/or software side., Give us the ability to read the S.M.A.R.T on the drives while the TR-004 acts as a DAS. Email support feature if the device software detects a smart attribute(s) change I already took my suggestions up with QNAP support and they really didn't seem to care. All my WD4003FZEX-00Z4SA0 are detected at 3Gbps rather then 6Gbps Windows Disk Management will not allow you to use its build in RAID function with this device even if you have the hardware or software set to JBOD , Same applies to converting to a dynamic disk. Overall. This should have been cheaper for what it currently actually does. I kind of regret buying this. I even bought a Intel NUC to manage this as the other "NAS rebuild solutions" sucked and i'm not in the market for a enterprise solution ether.

Worked for almost a year

OEM Production 2550L2D-MxPC Intel NM10 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
OEM Production 2550L2D-MxPC Intel NM10 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: Rock soild for near a year 24/7 usage. Works with pfsense. 10/100/1000 ports Has USB 3 Onboard VGA was nice. Plug a monitor and a USB keyboard and you can do your thing.

Cons: Died of heat. Should have mounted a 80 or 140mm fan to the side. Room got to 45c and she died shortly after that. 2 year limited warranty.. Lets see what my options are.. They ask for a serial number.. Can't find one.. So I sent 8 pictures with every possible text sticker and printing on the unit. Claims the unit does not belong to them... (sigh) Fair support response time 12-6 hours

Overall Review: Stick a 80 or 140mm fan on it. Will save you $200+ in the long run Support should have told me exactly where I could have found it rather then being vague about its on the unit. What I got was the same as this. Just had minix in white text from 2015 production. Does not mean you get to disown it.

Does as it clames

Pyle PLGI35T 3.5mm Stereo Audio Ground Loop Isolator
Pyle PLGI35T 3.5mm Stereo Audio Ground Loop Isolator

Pros: No more Bluetooth ground looping noise on my ebike. Eliminated a 12v ground loop with usb power and 3.5mm output

Cons: Could be smaller in size.. Don't really care for the see through plastic case. Also own a pyle power amp :)

Overall Review: While I'm 5 eggs for the product in its current form... Time will tell with the road bumps how durable it really is :) May look at the RCA option as well and get me one for my power amp.