Date Joined: 01/17/06
Pros: Lots of space I guess
Cons: Unreliable, like all Seagate drives. I put 24 of these 10 TB drives (ST10000VN0004) in a NAS server, it worked great for about a year, then they started dropping like flies. Over the last 6 months I've lost 4 drives in this one machine, and the failures show no signs of slowing down. Stay away from Seagate, stick to HGST or Western Digital. The systems I have with 24x HGST or WD drives typically lose one drive every 1-2 years. The ones I have with Seagate (identical chassis, identical airflow, same rack in the same server room) lose drives about 5-10x more often.
Overall Review: That's really all there is to say, it's perfect. The GTX 1070 is powerful, yes it's slowed down a bit by the TB3 interface versus a native PCIe x16, but it's not too bad all things considered. The enclosure is small, much smaller than I expected, it's quieter than expected, it works under Linux and Windows without issue, it charges the laptop (tested with a Lenovo X1 Yoga 2nd Gen), provides extra USB 3 ports, honestly there's nothing else I could ask for.
Pros: No issues getting it running on a Supermicro X9SAE-V with CentOS or Debian. Getting 530 MB/s sequential reads and 410 MB/s sequential writes. It's rated at 540/480, so not too far off.
Overall Review: Newegg's product page has essentially zero information, so I recommend anyone who's interested in the drive do a web search for "Intel Pro 2500" and read the product brief from Intel's site. Some of the more note-worthy specs:
540 MB/s sequential read
480 MB/s sequential write
24k IOPS random 4k reads
80k IOPS random 4k writes
1.2 million hour MTBF
450 TB write endurance
165mW active power consumption
Pros: It does what it's supposed to do and does it well. It also lasts for a very long time without needing a battery replacement. I've had two of these running 24/7 since ~2011 and they're still purring along happily (and they're silent!)
Cons: Unfortunately, I just bought two more of them for a couple of new computer builds, and they both squeal on wall power as described in other reviews. It's not incredibly loud, but it's penetrating. In a relatively quiet room, you can still hear the squeal from over 20 feet away. I'm going to try to tuck these UPSs away behind the chassis and hope that the computer fan noise can drown it out, otherwise they'll be sent back for RMA. Too bad too, I've been so happy with my first two from several years ago.
Pros: They work well and are reliable.
Cons: None that I know of.
Overall Review: I purchased four of these to install at permanent autonomous data collection sites in northern Alaska. These systems are in the middle of nowhere, nobody nearby, sitting in small poorly heated huts with bad electricity. Apart from the occasional power outage, the drives are running and being written to 24/7 by the small Linux-based embedded machines. It has been 10 months now without issue, all four drives are approximately 60% full and still working great, through many hard power drops during write, etc. They've been working so well that I just bought 5 more for new sites.
The first thing I did when I received the drives is wipe out the software and partition table and replace it all with a single ext3 partition, so I have no comment on the quality of the software included with the drives, I'm only commenting on the quality of the drives themselves. The write speed in these applications is also very low, so I have not tested and have no experience with the I/O speed of the drives.
Pros: Popped it into my OpenSUSE 12.2 box, plugged in my USB 3.0 external hard drive, booted up the comp and everything was auto-detected and auto-mounted without so much as a hiccup. Sequential writes are at 103 MB/s, exactly what you would expect from a typical platter drive on a good connection.
Cons: Shipping took a while since it was coming from China, but the device itself works exactly as expected.
Pros: Speeds well in excess of class 6, in excess of class 10 even
14.5 MB/s sequential writes
21.9 MB/s sequential reads
That's faster than most USB flash drives, very impressive for the price.
Pros: Big, fast, cheap(ish). I'm getting consistent 900 MB/s sequential reads and writes in a 12-drive RAID6 on an Adaptec 51245 (960 MB/s hdparm score).
Overall Review: Purchased 13 of these about 3 months ago. Set 12 up in a RAID6 on an Adaptec 51245, keep the 13th one in a filing cabinet as a spare. No hiccups during setup or after, they just work.
Pros: Running this in a Lenovo T420S, works great
Overall Review: What else can I say? It's RAM...it works.
Pros: Dropped this in a Lenovo Thinkpad T420S. I'm getting 279 MB/s writes and 459 MB/s reads with a dd dump, and 455 MB/s reads from hdparm in Linux. That's fast, especially for the price. This is one of the few/only 7mm drives that can give that kind of performance at any price.
Overall Review: Works great in a Lenovo T420S...no complaints at all.
Pros: Fastest USB flash drive I've ever used. Benched it at 40.5 MB/s write and 47.0 MB/s read on USB 2.0, 122 MB/s write and 152 MB/s read on USB 3.0. That's faster than any platter drive I've never benched, on SATA II or SATA III. It's about time USB flash drives caught up to platter drives in speed. Worked great out of the box on both Linux and Windows.
Overall Review: Some might complain that the price is high for a flash drive of this capacity, but if you ask me we have been LONG overdue for a flash drive with better than ~10MB/s read/write speeds. Compared to this drive, everything else is trash. In my briefcase I have Mushkin, Sandisk, Kingston, and ADATA flash drives, none of which can hold a candle to this drive even on USB 2.0, much less on USB 3.0.
Pros: Blazingly fast...with a 500GB dd dump I'm getting 868 MB/s writes and 1000 MB/s reads, with an hdparm score of 865 MB/s on a 12-drive RAID 6. This is right in line with my other 51245 on a similar setup (see "Other thoughts" below). Speaking of the other setup, it's been going strong for over a year now without issue.
Overall Review: Me again...bought a second 51245 for use in the same machine alongside the first one, this time with 12 Hitachi H3D40006472SE 4TB 7200 RPM drives in RAID 6 on XFS (this machine now has two 12-drive RAID 6 arrays, powered by two Adaptec 51245, for 70TB total storage).
Pros: Quiet, reliable (so far), very fast
Cons: The recent price hike due to flooding in Thailand is the only con I can think of
Overall Review: I have 12 of these running in a 30TB RAID 6 on an Adaptec 51245. All worked great out of the box, and I get consistent >1GB/s reads AND writes to the RAID. Been running 24/7 for about 7 months now, RAID is about half full, and everything has been peachy. I recently went to buy another 12 to fill the other half of the 24 drive case, and found the price has doubled since my original purchase, I'll be waiting a few months for the prices to drop back down before buying them again.
Pros: No complaints, it does what it's supposed to do. Linked up with the PS3 and my Harmony One with ease
Cons: None - you can judge for yourself whether it's worth the price
Pros: Lots of pockets, lots of storage, good build quality, nice appearance, easy to use
Cons: It's a bit big, I didn't expect it to be quite this large when I ordered. No worries, I'll just have to find a friend for my 10" netbook to slide into the computer slot alongside mine. 2 netbooks side by side might fill up the computer pocket.
Pros: Cheap, quiet, light, and easy to set up. Idle power with a SSD boot and 4 platter drives is around 30-40 watts. I got a 470W UPS to make sure I had it covered, and I'm usually sitting around 7% load with a full hour of run time on the UPS. When I run a drive test to jack up the load on the RAID my power consumption rises to about 55 watts, then immediately drops back to ~30 watts once the test is over.
Cons: Power supply could use a bit more power and an 8-pin CPU power connector. Don't try to run a power-hungry CPU with this, as it probably won't support the CPU current draw at full tilt. I'm using a Xeon X3430 without a problem, but it's not being pushed.
Overall Review: I'm using a Supermicro X8SIL-V mobo with this, fits like a glove. DVD drive, SSD boot drive, and 4 2TB platter drives in RAID 10 all fit perfectly. I was originally going to buy an extra fan to put on the hard drives, but after getting it up and running I noticed that a significant amount of air is pulled through the hard drives just by the rear case fan and power supply fan. I'm not really sure a dedicated fan on the hard drives is all that necessary anymore.
Pros: Easy to set up, works great like every other Supermicro mobo.
Overall Review: I have it installed in a Supermicro CSE-731i-300B case, with a Xeon X3430 proc, Intel SSD boot drive, and 4 2TB platters in RAID 10, running OpenSUSE 11.4. It's as rock solid as all of the other Supermicro boards I've used (about 11 of them, mostly work computers). Can't really complain about a thing.
Pros: This is the 4th Intel SSD I've installed, it's great just like all of the others.
Overall Review: I'm getting 60MB/s writes and 154MB/s reads with a 10GB dd dump, plus 265MB/s in hdparm. Response is quick, reads are quick, and writes are faster than I expected.
Pros: They're fast, quiet, roomy, and cheap
Overall Review: I have 4 of these in RAID 10 on the on-board Intel RAID controller on a Supermicro X8SIL-V. Setup was easy and fast. With a 20GB dd dump I'm getting 284MB/s writes and 304MB/s reads, plus 265MB/s in hdparm. No complaints, faster than I expected using the motherboard's on-board RAID controller with 5400 RPM drives. The server only has 4GB of RAM, so a 20GB dump should give pretty close to the raw drive speed.
Pros: It's fast, stable, and relatively cheap
Overall Review: I bought this with a Supermicro CSE-731i-300B and Supermicro MBD-X8SIL-V-O for a home server. It's quicker than I expected, no complaints.
Pros: They are easy to use, easy to configure, and work well while the battery lasts
Cons: I maintain five of these UPSs, all running different systems at different loads. Every single one of them lost the battery within the first year. They were all covered under warranty, however the replacement battery on most of them failed again within the next two years, this time not in warranty, at a cost of ~$80 each.
Overall Review: Out of the five SUA750 UPSs that I maintain, I've had to replace eight batteries in the last three years.
Out of the four SUA1000 UPSs that I maintain, I haven't had to replace a single battery in the last three years.
Something is wrong with the SUA750 batteries...stick with the more expensive SUA1000, it will pay for itself (by not having to constantly replace the battery) within a few years.
Pros: Easy to set up, normal set of features. Basic and easy to use
Cons: Needs constant rebooting. I own two of these routers, one at home and one at work. Both require constant reboots, at least twice a month. This is unacceptable in my opinion. A router, especially a wireless router, needs to be reliable. Every couple of weeks my boss will come up to me and ask why his internet isn't working. I tell him to give me two minutes, I walk into the server room, remove and reapply power to the WRT54GL, and a few seconds later it's back up and working again. I eventually replaced the one at my home because I was sick and tired of it constantly locking up, dropping all of the clients, and needing to be restarted. I replaced it with a D-Link DIR-655, which has been significantly more reliable, but also still needs to be rebooted from time to time.
Pros: I've owned these headphones for almost 5 years now, and I still love them just as much today as I did the day I bought them. Fantastic sound quality, and while they do their best with an amp (I have a Xin Supermacro with OPA627 op-amps), they still do quite well on even the low power output from an ipod.
Good up-front sound stage, clear and sharp vocals and instruments, strong mid-bass. VERY comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. I have a set of Grado SR-225, and after just an hour of wearing those my ears hurt so bad I have to stop. I can wear my HD595 for 8+ hours and feel no discomfort at all.
Cons: The 6.3->3.5mm requirement is a bit clunky for most uses. The open design means you can hear anything going on around you, and people around you can hear what you're listening to.
Not user-repairable - after five years one of the velour pads has started to tear, and apparently you can't buy replacements from Sennheiser.
Overall Review: All of the best circumaural headphones are open, so you can't really knock the HD595 too much in that regard. I really wish Sennheiser sold the velour pads separately so users could replace them when they go bad, but considering the factory ones have lasted 5 years before even starting to tear (and they still work perfectly fine), I can't bring myself to take an egg off.
If/when the pad tears to the point where I can't use the headphones anymore, I'll probably buy another HD595 to replace it. I see no reason to go to something else.
Pros: This is my first DSLR. I did a LOT of research before buying, looking at every manufacturer and every model between $500 and $1300, and my research kept bringing me back to the D5000. It's simply a fantastic camera.
Noise reduction works well, VR works well, wide selection of lenses (even some very good, very inexpensive ones). The shutter is fast, the body is well built. A lot of the features aren't easily accessible without going through the menu, but that's why you're paying half the price for this camera versus the D90 with the same optics/sensor.
I always shoot on "P" and I've set up the function button on the front left side of the body to control ISO. With this setup, I can hold the +/- button and rotate the dial to control exposure, hold down the function button and rotate the dial to control ISO, or just rotate the dial to control aperature and let the camera select the shutter speed. This covers all of my needs without having to use the LCD at all.
Overall Review: Most of the "low" egg ratings on here are because of the recall. The recall has been over for months now, there's no reason for the rating of this camera to continue to be dragged down by it.
I agree retailers should not have continued to sell items that were under a recall, but that's long over now. This is a fantastic camera, and the overall rating should reflect that.
Pros: Solid construction, has every cable you should need. 8 4-pin molex, 8 SATA power, 6 PCI-e (6+2 pin) power connectors, etc.
Cons: Cables are a bit long, which leaves a lot of excess in most "normal" cases.
Overall Review: I have a few empty 5.25" bays and was able to tuck all of the extra cable in there without cluttering up my case, so no harm no foul.