Date Joined: 05/19/07
Pros: Low cost, class 10.
Cons: Arrived DOA. Some of my PC's don't even recognize it, while the others can only seem to address the first 32GB and then it just fails and becomes unreadable.
Overall Review: This review may or may not improve based upon the RMA experience.
Pros: No fuss. I plugged it into my laptop's 54mm slot without issue. It does not giggle around. It connected right up to my gig switch and synced at full speed.
Cons: It doesn't clean my house.......
Overall Review: This was intended for a laptop running PfSense 2.2.4 32-bit as a firewall solution. The OS recognized it right away and had it running in minutes, zero issues. I purposely waited almost a month before reviewing it and it has remained stable, fast and responsive for the 15 day continuous uptime.
Pros: Small. Light. Quiet.
Cons: Will not burn DVD's reliably.
Overall Review: The drive comes in handy on machines that don't have an optical drive and doesn't need a power supply which is convenient. It burns CD-R's without issues but almost never passes verification when burning a DVD. Ever. I've kept it because it's a solid reader, but it's not reliable in the least to EVER burn a DVD-R.
Pros: Fast. Improves boot time.
Cons: Doesn't show drive temperature in the SMART data.
Overall Review: I've used it in 2 different machines, one with SATA-2 and the other with SATA-3. Quick on both, but obviously MUCH faster on SATA-3. Read speeds are well over 500Mbps and write speeds at approx. half that. Boot times are awesome in Windows 7 and takes less than 5 seconds to boot Windows 8 on my Netbook (Intel N550 CPU). Boot times are dramatically improved and the overall use of the OS is much smoother. Breathes new life into slower machines, its amazing.
Pros: Small. Can fit 4 drives and came with the caddies to do so. e-SATA support. ECC support.
Cons: 2TB limit on internal drives. 8GB RAM limit.
Overall Review: Why buy a NAS or a SAN when you can make your own. I liked the one I bought so much I bought another. Have had zero issues with it. I installed Windows Server 2012 and everything was recognized out of the box. Combined with storage spaces, drive pooling, ReFS and the ECC RAM and it makes an awesome NAS. The only things disappointing is the 8GB RAM limit and the 2TB limit on the internal drive sizes.
Pros: Big. No caps to lose. Small.
Cons: Slow. Speeds are inconsistent no matter the machine it's being used on.
Overall Review: It's quite roomy and I've got a lot of stuff stored on it. Read speeds are great, write speeds are very slow indeed. it is small and light, very well constructed as well.
Pros: It just works. Quickly converts any serial device to USB.
Overall Review: Has a rubbery coating on it for good grip. This is the 2nd one of these I've had and it worked for my older UPS as well as multiple switches and routers.
Pros: Much extended battery life. Has rubber feet so it keeps laptop firmly seated on desk. Has LED indicator lights to show charge level without having to turn on the machine.
Cons: Bottom of battery is bigger than stock, so it sticks out a bit.
Overall Review: At this price point I wasn't expecting much, but this a very good constructed accessory. The LED charge level indicator lights are a nice touch which I did not expect. Very pleased overall, 5 eggs.
Pros: Decent amount of RAM (4GB)
Roomy hard drive
Decent video performance
Cons: Faulty Wi-Fi card.
Sub-par support from Acer.
Overall Review: Hard drive failed within the first 30 days. Acer support replaced it promptly. The Wi-Fi would continuously disconnect from our router, so I bought a new router and still the same issue. Contacted support on 3 separate occasions and they blamed it on everything but the Wi-Fi card and refused to replace even after I jumped through all their hoops. Found another Broadcom Wi-Fi card online and swapped it myself and AMAZINGLY it works fine now.
Pros: It's thin, has an S-Video port and composite, plays burned media.
Cons: No component video output. This isn't a problem for me yet, as I do not have a TV that uses component. Does not play dual-layer media ( at least my RiData 8.5GB discs would not read them, and I tried 3 different DVD burners ).
Overall Review: It plays single layer media perfectly. While it's advertised to play DVD+R DL, it didn't seem to like my RiData discs. I'll have to try another brand to really confirm if this feature works or not. It's a no-frills unit, if you have an older set like me that only has S-Video or Composite video, it's perfect.
Pros: Loooooong battery life. My laptop is of the Celeron M variety, so it doesn't have the advanced speed step to further save on battery power, but the battery is beastly enough to last 5+ hours continuously. Using it sporadically throughout the day combined with putting it in standby when not in use, it will make it through the day.
Cons: It's big. It's heavy. It's a 12-cell beast. it probably weighs as much as a netbook.
Overall Review: While it does add almost 2 pounds to the weight of the laptop, it's worth every penny to have the extra runtime on tap. The bulge on the bottom of the battery turns into a convenient handle to carry the machine around with when moving from place to place, it adds no portability issue despite the extra heft.
Pros: 8GB in a MicroSD format. :)
Overall Review: I got an LG Env2 and wanted to fill it with music. Not only is it in MicroSD format, but Class6 as well so the speed is very decent. I have no complaints.
Pros: ECC RAM!
Cons: DDR2 RAM is cheaper
Overall Review: I upgraded my aging home Fileserver so I can run VMWare. Not only has the RAM been solid the last 2 months, it plays perfectly with the 2 Infineon modules that were in there.
Pros: Adjustable antennas, competent and easy to use web-based menu's.
Cons: No gigabit LAN ports
Overall Review: This is a nice wireless switch, that delivers decent speeds but still FAR below the advertised 300Mbit. My real world use brings it to 72Mbit/sec, which is close to being as fast as a wired 100Mbit connection.
Pros: It works
Cons: The cost of DDR is high when compared to DDR2 at the same densities.
Overall Review: Aside from the cost disadvantage of upgrading an older PC, I bought this module to complete a Vista upgrade at work. It has worked soundly for the last 6 months. We've bought lots of Kingston value RAM over the years, for both our servers and workstations and it hasn't let us down yet.
Pros: It comes with the SD and MicroSD adapters
Overall Review: I bought this for my digital picture frames, which uses full sized SD Cards, so the included adapter is perfect. So now, I can throw it in my phone if I choose or do something else with it in the future. I've owned it a year, and it and the adapters are still working perfectly.
Overall Review: I bought this for my digital picture frame, and didn't end up needing it as 2GB was enough. So it has been been in my Wii since March, and have not had any problems with it.
Pros: Small, light and decent construction. Will read drives bigger than 500GB.
Cons: No power switch
Overall Review: Someone mentioned that the IDE ribbon cable was soldered to the board and not replaceable. That is not the case. If you detach the ribbon cable or it breaks you can replace it. not a problem.
I put a 750GB drive in it, and ran it for about 8 hours while I backed all I wanted onto it. While the unit does get warm, it was by no means so hot that I couldn't touch it like someone also mentioned.
Someone also mentioned the LED's were bent to one side. This was true for me. While it's easy to bend them back, it's rather unfortunate and definately cost this part one egg.
While this box is cheap, it's not NEAR as bad as some are making it out to be.
Pros: Inexpensive, decent performance, quiet. SATA-II Interface.
Cons: Definately not a performance drive. Good enough for abundant, cheap storage.
Overall Review: For being a "green" drive, it exceeded the performance of a 2-year old 750GB PATA drive which it replaced. That's good enough for me. HD Tune shows 37.3MB Min, 82.6MB Max, 65.9MB Avg, 134.9MB Burst, 14.1ms Access time. I use it in my home server
Pros: Small, good construction, allows external drives to be used as an external rapidly.
Cons: Didn't want to work with my Win2k3 server without locking it up intermittently. Tech support wasn't able to solve my problem.
Overall Review: I don't know if it's my server that was causing the problem with this device, just be aware if running Win2k3.
Pros: It worked.
Overall Review: I bought this RAM for my Mom's old emachine P4 2.8GHz PC. It recognized it right away and has been working perfectly ever since.
Pros: Small, light and 6 months later it still works
Overall Review: I've owned this little card for 6 months now and it's still working great.
Pros: Cheap. Printable.
Cons: None of them worked. And i'm not an idiot that doesn't know how to burn dual layer discs. I tried these coasters across *4* different DVD Burners that until now didn't have a single problem burning dual layers.
Overall Review: These are poop. Avoid at all costs.
Pros: Plenty of power, single rail design, great finish on the unit, lots of cables for internal devices all wrapped very neatly.
Cons: Big. Too big for my mid-ATX case.
Overall Review: The construction of these things are awesome. I ordered two of them, and found they are too big to fit in my mid-atx case, which is not a problem for me as I have full ATX cases laying around.
Pros: Good construction
Cons: None. It's just a cable...
Overall Review: Good quality cable. it didn't work for what I needed it for, but that has more to do with my stupid power supply than the cable.