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Michael G.

Michael G.

Joined on 03/04/03

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Most Favorable Review

Works great.

Zoom 4312-00-68AF PC Card (PCMCIA) Type II fits Type II, III or Toshiba 16mm slot Bluetooth Adapter
Zoom 4312-00-68AF PC Card (PCMCIA) Type II fits Type II, III or Toshiba 16mm slot Bluetooth Adapter

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.

12/20/2006
Most Critical Review

Bad qualitycontrol

DELL Laptop Inspiron Intel Core i5 1st Gen 430M (2.26GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 17.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1764 (i1764-6075PPK)
DELL Laptop Inspiron Intel Core i5 1st Gen 430M (2.26GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 17.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1764 (i1764-6075PPK)

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.

10/25/2011

solid drives that run a bit hot

Seagate IronWolf 6TB NAS Hard Drive 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s CMR 3.5" Internal HDD for RAID Network Attached Storage ST6000VN0033
Seagate IronWolf 6TB NAS Hard Drive 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s CMR 3.5" Internal HDD for RAID Network Attached Storage ST6000VN0033

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

Antec Performance Series P101 Silent Black 0.8mm SPCC ATX Mid Tower Case with 8 x 3.5" HDD / 2.5" SSD Removable Bays
Antec Performance Series P101 Silent Black 0.8mm SPCC ATX Mid Tower Case with 8 x 3.5" HDD / 2.5" SSD Removable Bays

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.

Good value cpu

Intel Core i5-10500 - Core i5 10th Gen Comet Lake 6-Core 3.1 GHz LGA 1200 65W Intel UHD Graphics 630 Desktop Processor - BX8070110500
Intel Core i5-10500 - Core i5 10th Gen Comet Lake 6-Core 3.1 GHz LGA 1200 65W Intel UHD Graphics 630 Desktop Processor - BX8070110500

Pros: Very low thermals. Have mine in an Unraid server with Nashua cooler and it runs steadily at 43°F. Haven't tried it on gaming but it seems pretty fast.

Cons: Clocks speed locked, tho I don't use it for gaming

Overall Review: If you are looking for a bargain processor, this is it.

10/23/2020

superior to Ironwolf for a good price

Seagate Exos X14 14TB 7200 RPM 512e/4Kn SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5-Inch Enterprise Hard Drive (ST14000NM0018)
Seagate Exos X14 14TB 7200 RPM 512e/4Kn SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5-Inch Enterprise Hard Drive (ST14000NM0018)

Pros: runs much cooler than Ironwolf has a 5 year warranty like the Ironwolf pro

Cons: Didn't see it sooner :)

Overall Review: Good buy for a server

10/16/2020