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Mark F.

Mark F.

Joined on 12/28/04

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Most Favorable Review

Simple and Reliable

Transporter Private Cloud 0TB - Gigabit Ethernet NAS
Transporter Private Cloud 0TB - Gigabit Ethernet NAS

Pros: A great simple solution for data security. Virtually unlimited scalability makes this an ideal product for people with ever-growing backup / bulk storage needs.

Cons: Limited to USB 2.0 speeds. Definitely more suited for long term storage than for short term bulk data transfers.

Overall Review: To people suggesting that this is for n00bs who don't know how to build RAID systems: The key difference between Drobo and typical RAID systems is the flexibility. I switched to Drobo when I ran out of room on my RAID 5 setup. To expand and still keep my data secure, I would have needed to create a whole new separate RAID setup. You quickly run out of space to store all these extra drives. Also, RAID setups are often unique to different hardware and OS configurations. Drobo can easily withstand my frequent OS and hardware changes.

Most Critical Review

DOA...

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Lots of space for a decent price.

Cons: I bought a set of four of these drives, two of which were DOA. I'm returning all four of them for fear of the other two dying as well.

Overall Review: I'm switching to Samsung

Great Server 2012 RD Session Client

Wyse Thin Client Marvell ARMADA PXA 510 v7 1.0 GHz system-on-chip (SoC) 1GB No Hard Drive Dell Wyse ThinOS 909566-01L (T10)
Wyse Thin Client Marvell ARMADA PXA 510 v7 1.0 GHz system-on-chip (SoC) 1GB No Hard Drive Dell Wyse ThinOS 909566-01L (T10)

Pros: I setup 5 of these with 1080p monitors connecting to a Windows Server 2012 remote desktop session host. It is working out great. My not-so-tech-savvy users can't even really tell that they are connecting into a remote machine (remote machine is still local to building, on gigabit network). It is RemoteFX capable. Watching 1080p video is tolerable, but 720p and below is just like watching on a local machine. (I am not sure how much of that is due to server vs client loading, though.) Running basic knowledge user applications is just like running on a local machine (Web browsing, PDF view/edit, Quickbooks, MS Office) I am able to connect analog and USB headsets, as well as USB flash drives, to to the remote machine. Came with basic Dell USB Mouse and USB Keyboard, as well as a DVI->VGA adapter.

Cons: Cannot delete "default" connections. This is a bit of a hindrance when dealing with a not-so-tech-savvy user base. If there is a button they should never click, it is better to just not to have the button. My way around this is to rename the unused default connection to "Do Not Click This", and actually use the other default connection and name it "Click This".

Good for Small Business

SUPERMICRO SYS-5017A-EP 1U Rackmount Server Barebone FCBGA559 Intel NM10 Express Chipset DDR3 1066
SUPERMICRO SYS-5017A-EP 1U Rackmount Server Barebone FCBGA559 Intel NM10 Express Chipset DDR3 1066

Pros: This server is very light weight and low power (and quiet!). The dual NICs make it perfect for acting as a static IP web server with an inward facing port for internal network access capability. I am presently using it as a LAMP/Joomla! web server + samba network storage and have not noticed any performance issues for the small business application (5-8 simultaneous local accesses + low traffic / sub 1000 hits daily to the web server; it can probably handle a lot more, but I haven't stress tested it).

Cons: The power supply cables are configured in such a way to make it very difficult, if not impossible to make two of the SATA power connectors reach over to the hard drive bracket side of the chassis. If you intend to install more than one hard drive, I would recommend ordering either a SATA power Y-splitter cable, or a legacy molex to dual SATA splitter adapter cable along with this. It also only comes with one SATA data cable (although this is actually a pro, since I wasn't expecting any). Not really a con, more of a n00b frustration; but you cannot boot from the USB3.0 ports. I am new to booting / installing through USB, so it was a little frustrating to be continuously thinking I was creating the boot flash wrong when the issue was actually that the BIOS will not recognize a boot device on a USB3.0 port. Just plug your flash drive into one of the 2.0 ports instead and it works fine.

Overall Review: I installed 2x4GB SO-DIMMs for 8GB total DDR3 1333 and it successfully performs a RAM test on all 8GB. I have not benchmarked real world performance of application configurations that consistently require more than 4GB, though. For internal expansion, it actually comes with a right angle adapter embedded for the PCI slot and has room for a full height card in that right angle configuration. There are bottom mounting holes for two 3.5" hard drives or two adapter brackets. These brackets can be single 2.5" drive brackets or dual 2.5" drive brackets. If you are using a PCI card, you should use the single 2.5" brackets so the card has room to go over them (fits with basic COM / USB cards, probably wireless cards too, but I can't speak for anything hefty like a PCI GPU.) If you do not need a PCI card, you can use up to two dual 2.5" drive brackets (but it only has two SATA ports, so 1xdual drive bracket + 1xsingle drive brackt + 1xSATA PCI (short length) adapter would be the largest real solution) These are specialty SuperMicro brackets, and you will need at least one if you intend to install a 2.5" drive internally (very few generic adapters have the bottom mount holes) 1x2.5": N82E16816101376 2x2.5": N82E16811994023

Still good on SATA II

HyperX 3K 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive) SH103S3/240G
HyperX 3K 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive) SH103S3/240G

Pros: I bought this on sale to begin the process of my new desktop build. I am using it as a storage drive for my games and large application installs, and configured Windows to use it to store the page file. Even though my current machine only has SATA II, the performance increase is still significant over that of a standard rotating disk. It also comes with the 3.5" to 2.5" adapter, which is convenient.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: I will definitely be getting another one to install my OS on when I complete my new build. Anything under $200 is a great deal for this drive.

Great For Media Center; No HD Gaming

BYTECC HM-E60 HDMI 1080P Extender Using Cat5e/CAT6 Cable Extending Up to 196 FT (60M)
BYTECC HM-E60 HDMI 1080P Extender Using Cat5e/CAT6 Cable Extending Up to 196 FT (60M)

Pros: Full 1080p video + 7.1 surround makes it through great and in sync.

Cons: I would not recommend using this for HD Gaming. I have tried with both my PS3 and PC and experience 50-60ms extra latency. If I set the PC to 720p instead of 1080, the extra latency drops to a more tolerable level. The latency caused by this extender may just be the straw that broke the camel's back, though, as I'm sure my receiver and TV already add a bit of latency.

Overall Review: My Configuration: 2x6ft HDMI Cables http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812189053 2x100ft Cat6 Cables http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119174