Joined on 09/12/04
Works fine and quiet
Pros: I'm not a hard drive connoisseur, but these definitely are the quietest drives I own. The performance is great, especially considering the price. Definitely faster than older drives I own.
Cons: None come to mind. For those complaining about no accessories, buy retail, not OEM.
Overall Review: I read lots of reviews. There are faster SATA 250GB drives out there, but these are supposed to be the quietest and coolest in this category. Considering the measurable speed differences are not much I don’t think it makes any noticeable difference in real work use. I hope they stay reliable. I may buy one or two more in the future when the price drops.
Fan control okay but don't buy this for the light controller
Comments: The fan control function works fine and I really like the fact that it fits in a 3.5 inch bay. Don't expect 0v,1v,2v,3v,4v,etc operation. It's more like 0v, 5v,7v,9v,12v which is still plenty of control. I am able to use 2 fans on the same channel without any problems. You can probably rig even more fans per channel as long as you don't go over the 18W per channel max. The built in light controller is a joke. I've read several reviews of broker lights received on delivery. The packaging seems okay, so I'm not sure if that's a Vantec issue or a New Egg/Fed Ex shipping issue. Mine arrived in one piece, but in operation with the light control set to 'on' it still flashes on and off like it has a short in it. I don't think it actually has a short, but rather, the sound control for the light can not be turned off completely as Vantec advertises. If I had this purchase to do over, I would have purchased the cheaper Vantec 3.5 inch 4 channel model since I rarely turn any of my fans completly off anyway.
Works for me...
Pros: Supports WDS so you can maintain a single WAN when multiple WAN routers/access points are used (assuming they all support WDS). good/wide wireless coverage. Low price (I purchased this unit when it was on a shell shocker sale).
Cons: It feels like a cheap build with poor documentation. LAN connectors sometimes get stuck in the jacks and you have to use 2 hands to disconnect them. I’m no expert at configuring network devices…I made more than a few errors while setting this up and at least twice I had to power the unit off before the reset (to factory defaults) button would work. I don't think that's normal.
Overall Review: I set this up mainly to improve wireless coverage in my house. I have it connected to a gateway via power jack adapters. It has been set up for over a couple weeks and no resets have been needed yet. Considering the low price and perceived build quality I don’t have high hopes for longevity and reliability but it is performing great so far and hopefully proves my assumptions wrong over the long term.
Fun facts about the ST2000DM001
Pros: Lots of storage; SATA 6.0Gb/s; A good deal at seventy bucks during the Thanksgiving holiday; Easy to install using Win 7 Disk Manager; Runs cooler than my 5 year old Samsung 250GB 7200 RPM drives.
Cons: It parks the head way too frequently and it’s louder than average for about a 1 second during these cycles. I suppose this is for energy efficiency but it’s bound to create more wear than I prefer over the life of the drive. I suspect that is why it only has a 1 year warranty. The noise is greatly reduced with a firmware upgrade. It’s annoying to have to upgrade a new drive but it was easy to do in Win 7 (No boot disk/image required…mine is set up as a secondary/data drive). With the firmware update, the frequent head parking remains but it’s much quieter (I don’t notice it anymore). I’m now using a hard drive tool that changes power settings to reduce head parking but it needs run every time you start up or after the PC wakes from sleep mode…not a very efficient solution.
Overall Review: This is my first non-SSD hard drive purchase since prices went through the roof. It replaced a 1 ½ year old SATA 3.0Gb/s 5400RPM as a data drive, but the speed difference, while noticeable, isn’t all that great for my data. I’m now getting oscillation noise from my system. I don’t blame that noise on this drive alone. It’s most likely a cumulative effect of three 7200RPM drives in my system. I used Newegg’s will call option for the first time (City of Industry, CA). It’s nice to have that option if you live nearby for items with high shipping cost or sensitive items such as hard drives…and they were giving away free Newegg swag (t-shirts, bottle opener key chains, etc.) at the warehouse. Nice touch!
Pros: I’m running 2 of these on an Intel DZ77BH555K Ivybridge board . Plug and play...Recognized as 1600 in BIOS by default. Stress tested with PRIME95. No issues. Fast enough for my needs.
Cons: Did not purchase from Newegg.
Overall Review: I don’t overclock and Kingston Value RAM has been reliable for me in the past so I’m sticking with it for now.
Slip Stream 140 with controller
Pros: It’s very quiet when mounted VERTICAL. Includes rear mount "fan controller with PWM to VR switch" but see cons...
Cons: I wish the description and/or pictures made this clear…The fan is hardwired to the controller so if you only want to use PWM mode and don’t want to add the clutter of a fan controller it will require modification. Sleeve bearing…it produces vibration and can be noisy when mounted horizontally. However, at the lowest speed it’s not bad.
Overall Review: Had I know the fan could not be easily disconnected from the controller I would have paid a few dollars more for a better PWM fan. Be aware…140mm fan but it only has 120mm mounting holes.