Joined on 03/04/03
Pros: Got this for my new Toshiba Laptop. The supplied drivers are from Toshiba, but the Toshiba drivers that came preinstalled on the laptop won't recognize it. So I had to remove those and install the ones supplied with the card. Then it worked fine. No problem using Activesync with my Windows Mobile phone and it also allowed pairing my Plantronics 510 headset with both my phone and laptop. Great.
Cons: None really, other than having to remove the preinstalled Toshiba drivers from my laptop.
Overall Review: Only protrudes and inch from the card slot, so you can leave it in all the time.
Pros: Pretty fast, big screen.
Cons: Breaks a lot. Mobo died within a few weeks. Replaced under warranty. Then, when updating BIOS that Dell had posted, it froze up and had to be sent back again. That BIOS version later dissappeared from the Dell site. Later I noticed one of the usb ports wasn't working, but didn't want to send it back again. Battery had to be replaced after barely a year. Not covered by warranty. Just noticed that one channel of my earbuds wasn't playing. I've discovered that the audio jacks are no longer flush with the holes in the case. I suppose they came loose and it will have to go back again. The keyboard has an ok clicky feel, but the keys often don't respond. I think it's from dirt getting under the keys. The key attachments are pretty flimsy. Unlike Toshiba's where you pop off the key, clean and pop it back on, these keys are very hard to put back. Warranty service has been quick, but you still have to box it up and send it off and it takes 4-5 working days to get back. Not buying Dell ag
Overall Review: I bought one of these at Best Buy when my last laptop died and I needed a replacement in a day. It was a new model,which may have had something to with problems, but they continue.
solid drives that run a bit hot
Pros: I put these in my QNAP first. Run ok. I later got some Seagate Exos enterprise drives which run much cooler and have a lower cost per Gig as well as a 5 year warranty. About the only drawback of those is mounting holes are in different positions.
Cons: When I built an unraid server I used some more along with some old WD Reds I had left over from an older machine. These run significantly hotter, >10 degrees.
Overall Review: Pretty decent drives for NAS. I think the Exos are a better value.
Good silent server case
Pros: Very spacious.Holds 8 spinning drives + 2 SSD + space for an optical drive.The hard drive trays are great. Tool less plastic. You flex the tray slightly to insert the drive and small points on the sides go into the drive screw holes. No need for a screwdriver.Plenty of soundproofing. Lots of fans for good air flow.Combine with a Seasonic PS for a basically silent server.
Cons: Weighs a ton. Cable management takes a little work, but I think that's because of all the drives.
Overall Review: If you want a solid server type case with plenty of air flow and no noise, this is it.