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Samsung SL-M2070FW/XAA Wireless Monochrome Multifunction Laser Printer
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great printer for the price 10/05/2014

This review is from: Samsung SL-M2070FW/XAA Wireless Monochrome Multifunction Laser Printer

Pros: - Cheapest reliable multi-function laser printer around
- Multi-function, scanning with the automatic feed is convenient
- The scan bed allows scanning documents too large to fit in the automatic feed
- Coipying can use either the scan bed or the automatic feed, it's very fast to make copies with the automatic feed
- Can apparently fax, should someone want it for that
- Has WiFi, worked perfectly fine and never have an issue printing with it
- Has ethernet, for where there's wifi deadzones or a hard line is desired
- Print and scan quality is exceptional
- Has eco print to save toner, but it seems to print it landscape and on one half of the piece of paper (Probably able to do duplex), not what I was expecting

Cons: - No native duplex printing; need to reinsert printed documents and print again for the other side
- Toner cartridge is small compared to other laser printers, most are 1500+, this one seems to be 1000 (Then again that's sometimes normal for starter cartridges)
- For some reason after installing the printer two printers showed up, Samsung M2070 FW and SEC30CDA72CECD4, but I can only print with SEC30CDA72CECD4 over wifi, not sure why the other is there I never plugged it in via USB or ethernet only wifi

Other Thoughts: Wish the fax were SIP-capable to fax over the internet, that'd be fancy

HGST Deskstar NAS 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Quiet in my SAN

Very low vibration in my 8 bay SAN enclosure

Designed for a NAS (same environment as a SAN), p[erfect for my needs

Relatively low heat compared to my previous consumer hard drives that were in my SAN

Out of 8 drives none were DoA

Out of 8 drives 0 had bad sectors after running a 4 pattern badblocks test on each drive

Performance is more than adequate for personal media drives, even with RAID-Z2 (ZFS FTW; 20.2 TB's of usable space out of 32 TB's with RAID-Z2, but has 2 drive failure tolerance and can't complain about silent repairs from ZFS' robust checksum system, plus snapshots and compression are a plus and makes up for the overhead, not many linux filesystems support filesystem-level compression, you won't regret going with ZFS)

Get 8 of these puppies and you'll have 28 TB's of usable storage, with redundancy about 24 TB's with RAID 6

Great reviews for HGST in general compared to other manufacturers, though they're owned by WD now so not sure if that'll effect anything

Cons: Cost I guess, but you get what you pay for! I bought all 8 of mine with a nice Newegg 10% discount, so that brought the price down to other cheaper 4 TB drives

I had two Hitachi drives in the past that both developed bad sectors and started having major read errors after a few years (But they may have always had bad sectors, back then I didn't know any better and didn't test drives before using them), but those drives were manufactured almost 10 years ago, figured I'd be willing to roll the dice again

Other Thoughts: I've only owned these drives for 2 weeks so I can't comment on longevity, but no DoA's and no bad sectors on 8 drives is pretty impressive

SANS DIGITAL HA-DAT-4ESPCIE PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Can't tell you how much I love this card.
- 4 ports that can port multiply into a total of 20 drives!
- Very decent throughput, around 120 MBps per port, probably limited by my drives
- Has a fan, the blades look very dinky so not sure how much it can possibly do ti cool it, but anything that has a fan must be more powerful, right? ...Right?
- Picked up the JBOD disks from my RocketRaid 622 card with Gentoo, it took a couple reboots but after I entered the BIOS of the card, exited, then rebooted it found them and my system immediately mounted them after booted
- PCIE x8, so it can handle full throughput on each of its ports

Cons: Found none!

Other Thoughts: I got a 8-bay Sans Digital eSATA enclosure, it came with a rocket raid 622 which had terrible reviews, so I bought a SiL 3132 card, but it apparently wasn't compatible with my PCIe 2.0 slot and I wasn't aware of it at the time. I thought I had a faulty card, so I bought a second one from a different manufacturer, same thing. Just wouldn't show up in my lspci -k.

Unfortunately, my enclosure has 2 eSATA slots that are port multiplied into 4 drives each, so this greatly limited my selection in cards I could use with it, and I never found any that could do exactly two port multiplied eSATA ports at the same time for a reasonable price, I knew there was cards that can do more ports (like this one) but they're more expensive and I thought I'd take my chances.

I put up with the terrible rr622 card for a while, but it kept dropping my drives and failing to write data for any extended period of time (I.e. more than 5 seconds). I eventually decided to just go with this card, and it is such a relief to have a working eSATA port multiplier card.


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Display Name: Craig S.

Date Joined: 02/12/05

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  • First Review: 07/21/12
  • Last Review: 10/05/14
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