Joined on 01/09/06
Fits and works perfectly
Pros: Fits a 2.5" SSD nice and snug, and clicked perfectly into an HP MediaSmart Server drive tray. Slides easily into the server and lined up perfectly with the SATA backplane connectors. Really what more can I say? It works perfectly, and I've never had a bit of trouble with it.
Overall Review: I bought this because I wanted to boot my HP MediaSmart Server from an SSD. The server has four fixed size drive trays, designed to accommodate a 3.5" hard disk. Unlike a desktop with movable cables, the MediaSmart Server's backplane has fixed connectors, so I needed a tray that would not only hold the SSD, but line up perfectly with the backplane connectors. This adapter did the trick. I just ordered a couple more, one for my other MediaSmart Server (which now has an SSD) and my desktop, which has an SSD laying loose inside of it.
Blows away all of my HDDs
Pros: This was my second SSD purchase, and I have been thoroughly impressed from the time I started using it. I rebuilt the laptop I use for work using the company-provided Windows 7 Enterprise (64-bit) image, reinstalled all the applications I use and applied BitLocker Drive Encryption as required by policy. From the time I power on the laptop until the computer is fully up, logged in and ready to use is 2 minutes and 15 seconds that I timed. When I was using a SATA II Western Digital HDD, this was closer to 8-9 minutes before the UI was "usable." The Octane is consistently fast, and runs cool. The laptop doesn't get as hot with the SSD as it did with the HDD. The OS starts up and shuts down fast, and applications open and close promptly as well. I ordered a second one and plan to rebuild my personal laptop with it as well.
Cons: SSDs are known to wear out and so to minimize excessive writes (program/erase cycles), I moved write-intensive operations, including all my data, to an HDD. This includes the Windows paging file, which is constantly being written. My other complaint is the small set of SMART attributes that report health, and there's no temperature sensor. While the drive runs cooler than an HDD, it would be nice to know the SSD's temperature since that's a good indicator of whether there's good airflow.
Overall Review: I hope to see SSD prices continue to fall. I'd like to get larger SSDs and eliminate the need for mechanical HDDs altogether. Of course SSDs will need to be more "reliable" in the sense that manufacturers need to develop better flash memory that doesn't "wear out" as easily. The only other issue is not a problem with the drive itself, but rather with the controller. My controller is only a SATA II so I'm probably not realizing the full speed of the drive.
Crystal Clear Display
Pros: I bought this monitor for the missus on our anniversary, and I know that Hanns-G has an excellent reputation. This monitor was certainly no exception with its generous 22" widescreen display--plenty of real estate. Colors are clear and vibrant. Whether playing games, watching YouTube or a DVD or just surfing the web, the display updates crisp and fast without any jitters. With both a VGA (analog) and DVI-D (digital) input, you can hook up the display to just about any output. I even tried it with my laptop--which has an HDMI connector--via an HDMI-to-DVI connector and the picture was flawless. Whether you're a gamer, movie buff or casual user, this monitor is an excellent choice and you can't go wrong with the price!
Cons: We noticed some unusual flickering right away, which is why I wound up trying both the VGA and DVI connections (including HDMI-to-DVI). The problem only occurred on the VGA connector, which is what my wife's laptop has. I was considering submitting an RMA but then decided to try a different VGA cable. Problem solved. No issues since then.
Overall Review: Some other folks in my family have Hanns-G monitors and love them. You won't be sorry.
Generous capacity, but boot caveat
Pros: I installed this drive on a Dell Dimension 8400...basically a desktop-turned-server residing in my basement. I bought it so my wife and I could back up our laptops to it over the network. It's a very fast drive, providing fast data access for both reads and writes, even being fully encrypted with BitLocker Drive Encryption. And, of course, the generous 1 TB of storage. It's a great drive at a great price.
Cons: There's an interesting boot caveat in that the computer will not complete POST (power-on self-test) when the drive is attached; the computer will just lock up. The only way around it is to unplug the drive's USB cable, reboot the box and wait for the OS to start loading, after which I can plug the cable back in. It's more of an annoyance than a major issue.
Overall Review: Aside from the little boot caveat noted above, I don't have any complaints.