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Randall C.

Randall C.

Joined on 02/27/03

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ICY DOCK 2.5" to 3.5" Bay SATA HDD & SSD Converter / Mounting Kit /Bracket - EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B
ICY DOCK 2.5" to 3.5" Bay SATA HDD & SSD Converter / Mounting Kit /Bracket - EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B

Pros: Simple to use - it just worked. Used it to put an Intel 2.5" SSD drive in a rackmount server with hot plug 3.5" slots. Everything fit smoothly, no screws needed to mount the drive.

Cons: None.

Most Critical Review
SMC LG-ERICSSON SMCGS24CSMART Smart Smart 24 Ports with Jumbo Frame Support Rack Mountable Internal Power Switches
SMC LG-ERICSSON SMCGS24CSMART Smart Smart 24 Ports with Jumbo Frame Support Rack Mountable Internal Power Switches

Pros: Good price, lots of features, compact.

Cons: VLAN configuration had problems.

Overall Review: I really wanted an HP ProCurve switch, but it was sold out, so I got the SMC switch instead. In my initial testing, everything was fine. I tested jumbo frames and VLAN in the lab and all worked (I thought). But when I put it into production, I noticed one of the VLAN groups was wrong. But after correcting the grouping, the VLAN's still weren't isolated. I tried software restart, power restart, reloading the default config and starting over - nothing worked. I finally wound up using two separate switches. Very frustrating! The manual was mediocre. I'll a find a use for it, but without using the VLAN feature.

Disappointing

Ratio 2:1 10 Meter 3mm Dia Heat Shrinkable Tube Shrinking Tubing Clear
Ratio 2:1 10 Meter 3mm Dia Heat Shrinkable Tube Shrinking Tubing Clear

Pros: It does shrink about 2 to 1

Cons: The tubing was shipped as illustrated - folded and crumpled, rather than spooled. I wound up cutting the crumpled parts off, yielding about 2/3 of the original length as uncrumpled pieces 3" to 5" long.

Overall Review: I won't buy this again.

Good, except...

VIZO ARS-250 Stainless & Plastic 2.5" SATA SATA Dual Drive Rack
VIZO ARS-250 Stainless & Plastic 2.5" SATA SATA Dual Drive Rack

Pros: Only product like it on the market (so far). Used it to add two 2.5" drives in a fixed 3.5" slot on a server.

Cons: the two slots are different heights. If the drives are too thin, the drive is not ejected when the front lever is opened because the plastic ejection arm goes over the drive instead of hitting the back of the drive.

Overall Review: A 12.5 mm height drive ejected fine from the top slot, but wouldn't on the bottom slot. I had to attach a shim to the top of the drive so it would eject from the bottom slot.

Not universal

OKGEAR GC20ATA 1.66 ft. SATA Power Cable
OKGEAR GC20ATA 1.66 ft. SATA Power Cable

Pros: Works for desktop PC's

Cons: Tried using it in a server, where the drives are in a drive tray. The drive tray was 1/2" longer than the drive, so the power connector needed to sit flush with the bottom of the drive. Because the cable connector was short, the power wires interfered and didn't clear the bottom of the drive tray. That caused the whole power cable connector to bend up, and the server wouldn't boot. Everything is OK if the drive is hanging in the air, the way it would in a desktop PC, but not if the drive is sitting flush on a tray.

Great MB

GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: gigabit LAN, all possible ports

Cons: no cable for external parallel port

Overall Review: It's got every port imaginable, the standard as well as HDMI, 1394, eSATA, SPDIF. Only two issues, both minor so I still gave it a "5" rating. I still use an all-in-one printer that needs a parallel port. There's a header on the MB for the parallel port, but no cable for the external parallel port. The other issue is difficulty installing the audio driver after restoring Windows from my old Nvidia based MB. I should have uninstalled the audio driver from the old PC before backing it up. Despite these quibbles, it's the perfect microATX board.