Date Joined: 08/06/07
Cons: I bought two of these units. First off, they're very flimsy and cheap. More importantly, neither one of them worked with a VOIP phone that otherwise works with a conventional (non-retractable) network cable.
Pros: The open-box version sold at a decent discount and works great. I've been running the board for a few weeks now, and the only blue-screens were caused by my graphics card.
Cons: The biggest con is is that the USB 3 connector is in an awkward location. It's positioned on the motherboard so that it's facing to the side, instead of up (this was a poor design choice). The pins are very soft and easy to bend. In fact, I bent the pins when I was trying to connect the header. Consequently, I had to remove the board after installing it so that I could unbend the pins. It was a major hassle. That's why I'm giving the board four starts instead of five.
Also, some screws were missing from the box, but I had some spares.
Overall Review: Make sure you have a magnetic Phillips-head screwdriver -- you'll need it. I was surprised to learn that one of my Phillips head screwdrivers was already magnetic, so I didn't need to buy one.
Also, don't make the same mistake I did -- make sure you connect the USB 3 header to the motherboard BEFORE you screw-in the board. If you don't do this, you will probably have to remove the board again later.
Pros: The router was reliable for the first year or so, until it broke. Wired routing continues to work. It's cheap.
Cons: Wireless function became flakey after about a year. The router required frequent resets. Eventually, wireless stopped working altogether. Also, the administrative GUI is confusing and poorly laid-out.
Overall Review: I guess you get what you pay for, since the device was cheap.
Pros: Windows 7 automatically detects it and installs drivers. Very easy to set up.
Cons: A bit too expensive, I think, but still worth it.
Overall Review: I've been taking old Pentium 4 machines, adding some RAM, upgrading them from Windows XP, and installing this video card. The result is new life in an old machine.
Pros: Very fast, when it works properly.
Cons: When I first installed this drive, I was getting blue screens (and other problems) almost every day. After upgrading the firmware to version 2.11, I have these problems maybe once or twice per week -- still not acceptable, but better.
Overall Review: I really need to pay closer attention to the reviews on this site. I did see the negative reviews before I bought the disk, but I thought to myself, "Nah, that'll never happen to me. It's only those OTHER clowns who have problems". Well, guess what... looks like I'm the clown, now.
Pros: I have a Core i7 running stock (no overclocking). The temperatures are well within the range of acceptable, both idling and under stress-test conditions.
Cons: The installation is difficult, time-consuming, and prone to errors. The instructions are horribly written (with microscopic text and drawings), and even the animation on the Zalman website was only moderately helpful. This thing is definitely NOT for the feint of heart.
Overall Review: If I had known how hard it would be to install this thing, I probably would not have bought it. I'm docking it two eggs for difficulty of install and horribly written, hard-to-read instructions.
Pros: This device is fairly inexpensive. It also works sometimes.
Cons: It's difficult to get the host computer to recognize that an external drive is attached. You have to go through multiple rounds of plugging-and-unplugging the USB cable, as well as rebooting the host computer, before the lettered drive (finally!) appears under "My Computer". I tried to use the device on two different computers, and I had the same experience (both were running XP Pro).
Overall Review: I called Rosewill tech support about this issue. The person I talked to said that my experience is simply par for the course -- that's just the way it works. When I asked why flash drives are recognized without incident, he said that flash drives are solid-state devices that respond much faster than mechanical drives.
Pros: Gives me peace of mind, knowing that my files are being backed up automatically. Works unobtrusively in the background.
Cons: Sent in all the paperwork for my $30 rebate, but didn't receive it. I had to contact a VP in charge of customer service in order to get Carbonite to send me a check. Yeah, I got the check eventually, but it was a hassle.
Also, the program seems to get "stuck" sometimes on a particular file. Eventually, the program recovers, but I've never quite been able to figure out what's going on.
Overall Review: I've never tried to restore uploaded files, so I don't know how well that function works.
Pros: Has been working fine for almost three months. I'm a hardware ignoramus, but I didn't have any trouble installing the memory sticks. It was actually pretty simple.
Cons: I wish it were cheaper, but c'est la vie.
Pros: I'm pretty much a hardware ignoramus, but I didn't have any trouble installing this power supply. I replaced the power supply that came with my Compaq SR1710NX computer, because the original PS was too weak to power additional peripherals, such as a PCI-E graphics card, extra hard drive, etc. I've been using the new Thermaltake power supply about 15 minutes, and everything is working fine. I'm actually surprised at how easy it was to do the replacement. Maybe I shouldn't be so phobic about doing hardware upgrades.
Cons: The Thermaltake power supply has a whole bunch of extra cables that take up a significant amount of space inside the computer case. I had to wrestle with them a bit to get them situated in an empty corner of the case.