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Daniel C.

Daniel C.

Joined on 04/12/08

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Most Favorable Review

Very Nice, but Be Aware

SANS DIGITAL MobileSTOR MS2UTN+B Big (Spanning), Safe (RAID1), Fast (RAID 0), JBOD, SAFE33, & SAFE50, GUI mode allow customized RAID volume setting. 2 x Hot-Swappable 3.5" Drive Bays USB 2.0 (480Mbps) & eSATA (3.0 Gbps) 2 Bay SATA to eSATA/
SANS DIGITAL MobileSTOR MS2UTN+B Big (Spanning), Safe (RAID1), Fast (RAID 0), JBOD, SAFE33, & SAFE50, GUI mode allow customized RAID volume setting. 2 x Hot-Swappable 3.5" Drive Bays USB 2.0 (480Mbps) & eSATA (3.0 Gbps) 2 Bay SATA to eSATA/

Pros: Just installed my second copy of this product today, and it worked beautifully right out of the box. I've only used this product consistently in JBOD mode, and this works very well, but see below. Excellent product for the money. I searched a long time for a two-drive e-SATA external enclosure, and I feel I made the right choice. RAID capability wasn't a requirement for me, but as soon as my two new drives arrive I plan to put it to use. I'll be a bit less wary now that I know there will be (purple? alternating red and blue?) flashing lights for 3 or 4 hours while the 2nd drive in each unit builds.

Cons: Installation guide is really skimpy, but then this seems to be par for the course these days. This unit gives very little feedback about what it's doing, so you may be left wondering at times. I don't recommend building a RAID system on it unless your files are backed up elsewhere. Flashing lights don't say "Oh, by the way, I'm erasing all your data" in any Earth language I'm aware of. All you get in the way of feedback are flashing lights that don't really (in my opinion) match what the supplied documentation says. To me, "flashing purple" looks exactly the same as "alternating purple and red."

Overall Review: When using an e-SATA connection, your e-SATA controller must support port multiplier, or the unit will only see your first drive when using JBOD, Safe33 or Safe50 modes. This information is given on the Sans Digital site, but not in NewEgg's information on this product (or wasn't at the time of my first purchase, anyway). I took a chance buying my first unit since I couldn't find any reviews at that time, but now there are several excellent reviews available on the web. I still am willing to give this product 5 eggs. It doesn't take up a lot of room, works quietly, and once you figure out what the heck it's doing, it does it well. Using e-SATA, my drives benchmark exactly the same as if they connected as internal SATA.

Fast and Neat

Black & Decker JKC650 Stainless Steel/Black Smart Boil 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle
Black & Decker JKC650 Stainless Steel/Black Smart Boil 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle

Pros: Heats very quickly. Cordless design (when separated from base, that is) very handy. So far, has never dripped while pouring. Seems to be quite well-made, and stainless steel construction is appreciated.

Cons: A bit expensive, but quite well-made, which makes up for it. Larger capacity would be nice.

Overall Review: I bought this to use at work, and I've been quite happy with it so far. I did a lot of looking around before I bought this, and most other products available appeared to be of questionable construction and quality, and often had silly-looking decoration. I'm unashamed to have this stainless steel model in my office.

Quite Adequate

Antec Notebook Cooling System (Black) NOTEBOOKCOOLER
Antec Notebook Cooling System (Black) NOTEBOOKCOOLER

Pros: Does its job quite well, keeps my laptop cool. Rubber grips keep laptop from sliding around too much.

Cons: As others have mentioned, the LED is extremely bright. Several weeks ago I left the Laptop on in my back bedroom with the LED pointing toward the door of my bedroom, and when I woke up in the middle of the night I thought I'd left the lights on. Nope -- it was just the notebook cooler LED reflecting off the door of my bedroom from the other room. That's bright!

Overall Review: I did quite a bit of investigation before I bought this item, and I feel like I got a good product for relatively little money.

So Far, So Good

NORCO-4618 PCI-X / PCI eSATA / SATA II / SATA I Controller Card RAID 0/1/5/10/JBOD
NORCO-4618 PCI-X / PCI eSATA / SATA II / SATA I Controller Card RAID 0/1/5/10/JBOD

Pros: Easy physical installation in regular PCI slot, trouble-free driver installation in 32-bit Vista. Works well, frees up my only remaining PCI-Express slot, and allows better ventilation for my video card. 4 E-SATA slots, all of which I have in use.

Cons: Included RAID software will not install in my 32-bit Vista. Your mileage may vary. Installation instructions are really skimpy, but luckily there were no problems. Decidedly not a good product for beginners, but a good product none the less.

Overall Review: I already had a 2-outlet E-SATA PCI-Express card, but wanted more outlets, and was actually looking for a SATA-II PCI-based card with 2 outlets. Since this was virtually the only choice for a PCI-based E-SATA card that supports SATA-II and not just SATA-I, I was pleasantly surprised to get the bonuses that I listed under "Pros." Your mileage may vary, but I expected a hassle and got a card that works nicely with no trouble so far.

Life Can Be Coaster-Free

memorex 8.5GB 2.4X to 8X Write Speed DVD+R DL 25 Packs Spindle Disc Model 05712
memorex 8.5GB 2.4X to 8X Write Speed DVD+R DL 25 Packs Spindle Disc Model 05712

Pros: High capacity, nice purple label. Your DVD burner seems to make the biggest difference in success rate, but see other tactics below.

Cons: Price for one of these is a lot higher than for 2 regular-size DVDs. There are occasional bargains available (I once found 50-packs for $35, but that's never happened again.). Also, it just doesn't seem to make sense that a disk that is twice as big should burn at half the speed, but luckily 8X isn't that bad.

Overall Review: There are several tricks I learned to get a higher success rate burning these before I got my new drives. I'm running 32-bit Vista on a dual-core system with 4GB system memory, so your mileage may vary. 1) If you're burning DVD-format video, have your software convert to ISO, and then burn the ISO file. It's an extra step, but well worth it; 2) NEVER try to burn unless your RAM-usage monitor is showing 50% or more of system memory free; 3) Keep the disk your ISO file resides on defragged. I get best results by reserving a separate disk partition especially for ISO files and either defragging or reformatting after every batch of burns; 4) Don't run other applications in the background; and 5) pray hard. HOWEVER -- I now have 2 LG GSA-E60L drives, and they seem to have solved the problem. If I follow the rules above, I can burn 2 of these DVDs at the same time, and I can websurf with Firefox at the same time with no problem.

Excellent Photos at Great Price

HP Photosmart D7460 CC247A Up to 34 ppm Black Print Speed 4800 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality Wireless Thermal Inkjet Photo Color Printer
HP Photosmart D7460 CC247A Up to 34 ppm Black Print Speed 4800 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality Wireless Thermal Inkjet Photo Color Printer

Pros: 1. So far, the cost of ink seems lower than my previous photo printers. 2. Photo quality prints are excellent - almost indistinguishable from lab prints - which is phenomenal in a printer this inexpensive. Easily matches quality of professional Epson photo printers we have at work that cost 15 times more. 3. Even has one undocumented feature that I'm amazed nobody has come up with before: when connected via USB, the printer powers itself on when you print. DUH! Why don't they all do that? 4. Wireless connectivity is extremely helpful, and the device webpage that you can access via the network is actually helpful and intuitive. 5. Individual color cartridges so you don't have to waste half of a $35 cartridge when one color runs out. I figure that considering the cost of wasted ink, I'm paying less than half per print now than I was with my previous photo printer. 6. Touch-screen setup is REALLY nice. I could go on and on. So far, this machine has been really nice.

Cons: 1. Printer may power itself on, but you still have to reach over to power it off. What a strain! <grin> 2. Ink and paper aren't free. 3. So far, I've gotten very little warning before a cartridge runs out. Seems like the indicators show full, then suddenly they're down by 2/3 or more. 4. (Not that much of a con for me, but may be for some) This is not a good printer for text - recommend it as a dedicated photo printer only, and use an inexpensive laser printer for text.

Overall Review: My next step will be to find some affordable color management software so that what I see on the screen will match what comes off the printer. As things are at the moment the prints tend to be slightly darker, but this is sometimes better in photos with light/shadow contrasts, anyway. All in all, I'm very pleased with this printer so far. It seems like a throwback to the good old days when HP products were all easy to install and didn't know how to be bad. Hope I won't be disappointed later.