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4 out of 5 eggs Finally the good product it should have been 1-2 yrs ago 11/09/2016

This review is from: Cisco Small Business RV130-K9-NA VPN Router 1 x 10/100/1000Mbps WAN Ports 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports

Pros: Familiar Cisco small biz interface
Fast WAN routing
Excellent & stable for simple VPN use
USB WAN2 Dongle support (haven't used it myself)

Cons: Plastic construction
Took a long time to get decent firmware ( & had to pull from client install to "upgrade" to older RV180x model
Slow firmware release cycles by Cisco despite severe bugs prior to 1.0.3.x

Other Thoughts: Single port forwards were broken on (they had to be programmed as a forwarded range starting & stopping at the single port #, otherwise they would destabilize and stop working + open other random ports) re: other earlier bad reviews...seriously Cisco? Similar class Netgear SMB products can't compete performance wise and often have broken or limited feature sets despite constant firmware updates, but this earlier firmware was seriously sloppy work.

OCZ SSD IT3RSK41ET330-0100 Intrepid 3600 Series 100GB 2.5
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3 out of 5 eggs Wrong description and overview info, MLC drive ships 05/19/2016

This review is from: OCZ SSD IT3RSK41ET330-0100 Intrepid 3600 Series 100GB 2.5" SATAIII MLC 9.2mm - Certified Refurbished

Pros: Enterprise class build quality & features
Refurb price
Marvell controller

Cons: Description says eMLC, product is MLC
Wrong Intrepid 3800 overview info
Not worth the effort exchanging after Newegg's bad site info

Other Thoughts: Specs show actual IT3RSK41MT300-0100 you will receive

TOSHIBA Hybrid Drives MQ01ABD100H 1TB+8GB(NAND Flash) 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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3 out of 5 eggs Good drive, Toshiba support stinks 11/10/2014

This review is from: TOSHIBA Hybrid Drives MQ01ABD100H 1TB+8GB(NAND Flash) 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop SSHD

Pros: excellent value especially during sales
more aggressive caching methods than their SSHD competition
SLC flash vs MLC in their competition's current products
7mm version available (different product line)

Cons: Advanced Format (requires correct alignment for XP / cloning)
No overall performance advantage vs their competition
Mfg doesn't release firmware updates like their competition
More difficult RMA process vs their competition (but haven't needed it)
Mfg not responsive for technical support re: firmware in general
Support by their SSHD competition is better in all respects

Other Thoughts: I've used their SSHD / hybrid competition's drives for years with little to no problems as I've always kept their firmware updated, so I bought one of these drives to evaluate.

This product is similar to its competition but its caching algorithms are more aggressive on some testing patterns, but ultimately its PCMark scores are similar. Unlike its competition it has continued to spec SLC vs MLC flash which is excellent, but bad technical support from Toshiba for firmware updates and general responses to firmware requests (even for their enterprise product lines) leaves me unlikely to use this product vs its competition on any significant scale.

As a side note, providing no support for matching firmware versions on their enterprise products for use in arrays makes me blacklist those product lines entirely. If Toshiba's only intention is supporting enterprise clients they should realize informed customers will never buy unsupported array products and they might as well stick exclusively to HP, Dell, etc contracts and forget selling generic versions.

A lack of firmware releases suggests stability in the design, but this position is more marketing than reality as mfgs with similar policies for their mass market products still produce fixes and optimizations for their enterprise product lines at regular intervals. This lack of firmware support for a product using flash memory is unacceptable, and their competitor changed their position to provide regular firmware updates since producing hybrid products.

Toshiba has been particularly bad at responding to requests for this type of support even for their enterprise product lines, so I am unlikely to use any of their products at any level of volume due to this generally irresponsible approach to support. If they want to ignore support requests, they need to provide an automated system which provides firmware based on serial or model number searches like their competition. I have relayed this logic to multiple levels of Toshiba support and their social media support, all to the same mute response so this incompetent support appears to be pretty much universal.

Toshiba may be a good product out of the gate, but pray there are no bugs affecting your particular implementation as Toshiba's level of support for mainstream storage products is basically nonexistent.


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Date Joined: 10/03/09

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