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KEVIN K.

KEVIN K.

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Dandy little NAS

BUFFALO LinkStation 410 2 TB High Performance NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server - LS410D0201
BUFFALO LinkStation 410 2 TB High Performance NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server - LS410D0201

Pros: Pretty painless firmware update. Download the update, double click it, and just say ok to everything. About 5 minutes to completion. Setup was 1-2-3. Doesn't seem to run real hot. VERY small electrical footprint. It seems to bounce between 10 - 12 watts. I've only seen it hit 16W briefly(Using a P3 Kill-A-Watt). Drive shows up as a network location on other machines(XP and windows 7). Pretty easy to navigate. A USB flash drive also shows up for extra network shares. One could probably connect a hub, thereby allowing a theoretical max of 127 devices. Don't quote me on this though, there's no telling how it would affect the NAS. But according to the USB protocol, it is theoretically possible. I have however used my one and only hub (A miniature plasma/static ball hub), and it does not see drives that are connected to it. So clearly, either this hub doesn't work with it, or it's simply not possible. I would not count on a hub working with it. Or a USB 3.0 drive. I disconnected one flash, drive, connected my 3.0 Mushkin, and it still thinks the first drive is connected. No amount of restarts, or refreshes seems to pick up the 3.0 drive. And it takes a bit of time to acknowledge my working 2.0 flash drive. This likely varies by model of flash drive.

Cons: Over 2 min to boot(which really isn't too bad). I'd hardly call this a performance NAS drive though. The write speeds are consistently under 50MB/second. ATTO disk benchmarks seems to show an average of 75MB/second write speed, and over 100MB/second read. In real time transfers, this is NOT the case. Transfers are more like Write/Read 50/80MB per second respectively. Needless to say, ethernet protocols can handle much more than this. And there are hard drives out there, to take advantage of it. I have a USB 3.0 flash drive, that nearly matches the write, and smokes the read speed. Another benchmark software (Passmark performance test) test shows exactly what I've been seeing in real time transfers. ATTO clearly isn't correct. Never trust just one suite for tests. I would have ran Everest benchmark, but unfortunately it doesn't acknowledge a NAS drive. At least not this one. Rather large design, given modern technologies capabilities. But it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. Pretty similar size compared to Western Digital mybooks. It's attractive :) Not overly stylish.

Overall Review: Be aware that if you run IP blockers, you may inadvertently block the NAS Navigator software. I use an IP blocker to block Adware, among other things. So if you fancy using the NAS Navigator software, you may need to allow the appropriate IP's in your firewall and or IP blocker. With firmware updates, speed improvements could be seen in the future. And perhaps better USB functionality. All in all, it does what it's supposed to at a reasonable speed. I've experienced very little lag. Given it's ease to set up, I would recommend it. It's very beginner friendly. High performance? I don't know about that. If it receives speed updates, than perhaps. But out of the box, I'd consider it mediocre at best. It certainly bests my other NAS, but the other NAS has an internal IDE hard drive. I don't own any DLNA certified devices, so I couldn't test that functionality. I suspect it would work fine though. My only faults were with the USB port.

Most Critical Review

Works well, despite arrival condition

Wavlink USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive Docking Station with Card Reader and 2 Port USB 3.0 Hub and TF & SD Card For 2.5/3.5 inch HDD/SSD SATA I/II/III, One Touch Support Backup/UASP, Up to 10TB
Wavlink USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive Docking Station with Card Reader and 2 Port USB 3.0 Hub and TF & SD Card For 2.5/3.5 inch HDD/SSD SATA I/II/III, One Touch Support Backup/UASP, Up to 10TB

Pros: Still works, despite front bezel(face), whatever you wanna call it coming off.

Cons: Clearly there's a serious lack of quality control at the manufacturers factory. Newegg, packaged well. They're not to blame for the condition. The USB cord is quite short. But I knew before arrival. I have a 6 footer that replaced it ;) The electrical cord is fairly short too. Da**.. places are getting cheap...

Overall Review: I've ran multiple drives in the dock, multiple flash drives in the ports, and so far quite pleased with the functionality. I was quite disappointed to find it in pieces at arrival. At the sale price I paid, I'm reasonably content. I have another dock, but I desperately needed the USB 3.0 hub.

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Newegg.com Beanie Black with white out line Logo
Newegg.com Beanie Black with white out line Logo

Pros: Seems strong, so believe I can trust it for years. Pretty snug, so I don't believe it'll loosen up too much. I have other hats that might insulate a touch better, but I'm content.

Cons: Again, could insulate a little better. Perhaps my head stretched it soo much, that air can get in lol I bought it, because I'm proud to be a newegg shopper. I'll support them(Not their 3rd party sellers though). But who knows, maybe one day a deal will catch my eye.

Overall Review: No regrets. I've been with newegg as far back as I can remember. Supporting them in this way was logical. Certainly at the cheap price.

Gigabyte Pleases me once again!

GIGABYTE X570 UD AMD Ryzen 3000 PCIe 4.0 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.2 AMD X570 ATX Motherboard
GIGABYTE X570 UD AMD Ryzen 3000 PCIe 4.0 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.2 AMD X570 ATX Motherboard

Pros: I've had it for 18+ months, so clearly she's a winner. Solid as a rock. No crashes like others have complained about. But that's highly relative. Too many variables to blame the motherboard alone.

Cons: None. Zip. Zero, zilch!

Overall Review: When building a pc, it's only as strong as it's weakest link. I'm not much of a gamer, but I build with the possibility in mind(GTA 5 once in a while). So I've always had EXCELLENT cooling cases, top notch PSU's, etc etc. In a dozen Gigabyte boards over the years (I build for others as well), none have ever failed. The only problem I've experienced, would be windows 7 not playing nicely with the LAN. But windows 10 has never had the issue. I can't speak about the Bios updates, since I've never updated this ones bios. My 3900x runs fine, so why would I break it lol Now that I think about it though, I may just consider it.

Fitting replacement for XBOX One S

WD Blue 1TB 5400 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive WD10SPZX
WD Blue 1TB 5400 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive WD10SPZX

Pros: Western Digital reliability. Price was slightly high, but I'll pay it over another brand /Sea-garbage.

Cons: Again, price was a little on the high side when comparing to similar drives on the market.

Overall Review: Excellent replacement for the XBOX One S. Once prepared/properly formatted, the xbox did it's update process, and it's ready to go. Unfortunately I was unable to clone the past HDD, due to too many bad sectors. May have to teach my nephew how to backup his hard drives lol

Nifty little cube

Cooler Master HAF XB EVO - High Air Flow Test Bench and LAN Box Desktop Computer Case with ATX Motherboard Support
Cooler Master HAF XB EVO - High Air Flow Test Bench and LAN Box Desktop Computer Case with ATX Motherboard Support

Pros: I bought it for multiple reasons. It'll slip into the space I have for it perfectly, while allowing proper airflow. Plus I have the big brother (HAF 932) cooler master case and have loved it for a decade. Handles make it easier to pack around. Enough bays for my needs. Lots and lots of options.

Cons: NONE Fans are somewhat noisy, but I intend on installing a controller to ramp it up when it's running encodes, or other strenuous operations.

Overall Review: I would recommend it. It's not heavy, relatively small footprint, supports lots of options.