Joined on 03/15/05
Nice little box
Pros: This is a pretty nice little box. It is extremely small; it's roughly the size of your average paperback. Comes with a VESA mounting bracket so you can attach it to the back of a monitor that has the necessary attachment points. Has an external power supply adapter, but be warned: it doesn't come with the power cord. You will need to get this cord as well: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA07R07Z3303 Has no wireless adapter, which was fine with me as it had a built-in 1Gbit port. I picked up this system, 16GB of Crucial DDR3-1333, and a 256 mSATA Crucial drive. Once everything was put together, system booted up and Ubuntu 12.04.1LTS worked without issues. Performance is pretty good considering the CPU used. Perfect if you want a low-power desktop or test environment that won't be as gimped as a Atom or similar.
Cons: C5 power cord not included as mentioned above, so make sure to order it at the same time (or have one laying around) or you won't be able to power it on. Not a big deal, but should probably be mentioned in the item description, so that folks are aware of this.
Overall Review: I'll be using this system as a test environment for virtual machines. ESXi 5.1.0 doesn't work on this system because it can't detect the network interface (probably the chipset may be too new and drivers aren't included in the ISO). Ubuntu 12.04.1LTS works, and KVM modules work without issue. Install from USB thumbdrive or a USB CD drive, either way works. rubik:~$ cat /etc/lsb-release DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu DISTRIB_RELEASE=12.04 DISTRIB_CODENAME=precise DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS" root@rubik:~# uname -a Linux rubik 3.2.0-34-generic #53-Ubuntu SMP Thu Nov 15 10:48:16 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Works, but don't get your hopes up...
Pros: This is a very compact solution if you're looking to add multiple monitors to a laptop. The price is reasonable, and the multi-display support is pretty good. I have no complaints for the graphics performance. Note that it's not meant for gaming, but for general use, it's fine.
Cons: The network port is not reliable. There are a multitude of messages in the DisplayLink support forums for flaky behavior of the network interfaces on a number of docs using similar chipsets, and the problems are usually blamed on the user plugging the port into an older hub or switch that doesn't support proper negotiation. The port doesn't seem to work on anything other than 100mbit/full duplex when connected to a NetGear ProSafe 5-port Gigabit switch, and even then it only works sometimes. I end up having to use a usb-gigabit adapter because the mini-dock port just doesn't work reliably.
Overall Review: Diamond Multimedia's tech support is pretty much non-existant. I opened a support ticket back on 7/29/2014, updated the ticket on 8/7/2014, and I have yet to receive any kind of reply from Support. Because of this, I'll likely never purchase any Diamond Multimedia products again, and I'd strongly urge everyone else not to do so as well. In hindsight, I should've picked up a Targus or similar product; after all, they're all using the same DisplayLink chipset, only the packaging is different. Really, stay away from anything made by Diamond if you think you may need support later on.
Good pricing for a solid product
Pros: - Very good price for a refurbished drive - HGST drives are among the most reliable - Above average warranty for a refurbished product
Cons: - Less cache than other drives
Overall Review: I ordered 12 of these drives for a new 24-bay VM host/NAS server I built for my homelab. I've had a good experience with HGST disks over the years on enterprise hardware (both NetApp and EMC/Isilon), and the price and warranty combination make these drives a very compelling choice. The relatively small cache is a minor detail, but performance is more than adequate for my needs. I will likely be picking up another set of 6 or so in the near future.
Good converter for the price
Pros: - Reasonable price - Supports SATA and SAS drives up to 15mm in thickness - Supports SATA and SAS connections on the backplane - No compatibility issues
Cons: - Full plastic construction, may feel a little flimsy - Airflow could be improved to allow lateral cooling - Drive cover may not latch in fully, double-check the clip is fully latched These are the main reasons I didn't give it 5 eggs; otherwise it works exactly as advertised.
Overall Review: I have a HP Z800 workstation where I was replacing 3x 600GB 15k RPM SAS drives with 3x 500G Samsung 850 EVO SSDs. The system has 4 internal drive bays, but 2.5" drives can only fit if using an adapter for the drive caddies used in this system. The recommended option was to use the Western Digital IcePack (WDSL00S), but the price for these was a bit high. I had good experience with ICY DOCK EZConvert kits in the past, so decided to give these a shot. They fit perfectly in the Z800's drive sleds and work without any issues, at a much more reasonable cost than the IcePack. Note that the drive cover has a small clip on it that may not latch properly, so make sure the drive is fully inserted into the adapter. Also, this adapter is not really meant to be used as a removable drive bay; you'll find that if you are swapping out drives with some frequency, it'll start getting flaky. This is more of a 'set-it-and-forget-it' converter, where you need to fit a 2.5" drive in a 3.5" bay using a drive caddy and just leave it. If you need to swap drives out with some frequency, look at either their Mobile Rack or their Express Cage product lines.
Rock solid, great performance
Pros: - Fast - Decent price - Good warranty - Proven performance
Cons: None that I can think of.
Overall Review: Picked up three of these SSDs to replace the three 600GB 15k RPM SAS drives attached to my LSI 9260-8i on my workstation. Each of the SAS drives would use 12W when idle, and up to 15W during heavy loads; the EVO SSDs use a fraction of that, and performance is much better. No contest, really. System specs: - HP Z800 - 2x Xeon X5675 - 48GB ECC DDR3-1333 - EVGA GTX970 SSC - LSI 9260-8i - 1x 160GB Intel SSD320 (boot drive) - 1x 1TB Samsung 850 EVO - 3x 500G Samsung 850 EVO (RAID-0)