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James S.

James S.

Joined on 06/16/06

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Most Favorable Review

Beautiful Monitor

HP Elite L2201x Black / Silver 21.5" 16ms Widescreen LED Backlight LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 5000:1 Display Port only
HP Elite L2201x Black / Silver 21.5" 16ms Widescreen LED Backlight LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 5000:1 Display Port only

Pros: This is a great monitor. Crisp image, everything you could want for quality in a sub-22" monitor. The only other thing I could ask for is a VESA mount, but that would have added to the thickness.

Cons: N/A

Overall Review: The monitor only has a single displayport. As I knew this when I bought it I do not consider this a con, and definitely not worth dropping an egg over.

Most Critical Review

Good price for 3TB, but very slow.

LinkStation 210 3TB Personal Cloud Storage with Hard Drives Included (LS210D0301)
LinkStation 210 3TB Personal Cloud Storage with Hard Drives Included (LS210D0301)

Pros: * Great price for a 3TB NAS. * Quick and easy setup (see other thoughts).

Cons: * Speed. My initial sync of ~450GB took about 20 hours. The speeds are on par with USB 2.0. * Lack of adequate documentation (see other thoughts).

Overall Review: The initial setup instructions are fairly poor, just pictures showing setup and the software installation. There is management software and a more complete user manual included on the provided disk. If you are moderately familiar with web management interfaces and network drives you should be able to set this up easily without the provided software. As I have only had this installed for a few days I cannot speak for long-term usage, though I did have an issue where the network drive dropped off and I could not reach the web interface, I had to reboot the drive to restore functionality. As stated above in the Cons, this NAS is slow. My initial backup sync to the drive was ~450GB, which took around 20 hours to complete. This is not a huge deal breaker for me, as I am utilizing it as a backup solution more than anything else, and there will not be a lot of traffic to and from the drive. As of the review I have not tested the mobile functionality. This is one of the cheapest available 3TB NAS and is from a brand I usually expect to have good quality products. Unfortunately because of the speeds I can only give this 3 eggs. I hope that this is something that can be addressed by a future firmware update.

Good for a budget build

Antec NEW SOLUTION SERIES VSK-3000 Black SGCC steel Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Antec NEW SOLUTION SERIES VSK-3000 Black SGCC steel Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: Well priced Simple, not flashy Included case fan Good quality

Cons: Could not open MB tray side panel No thumbscrews

Overall Review: This is a good case for a budget build, having 2 5.25" drive bays and 2 internal 3.5" bays. Lack of USB 3.0 is easily overcome by an adapter for the external 3.5" bay with 30 pin connector. My only complain is that I was not able to get the other side panel open, stripped the screws trying. Also, thumbscrews could be provided for the side panel, luckily I had a few lying around. Cable management leaves a little to be desired, but that is expected for a budget mATX case.