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This review is from: PROMISE SATAII150 SX8 PCI-X SATA 8-Port Controller Card
Pros: -8 standard SATA ports so Standard cables can be use
-Low profile, with good port placement
Cons: -Drivers for modern OS can be a pain. Working on Linux was not to hard, but I have no Idea if this would work with Windows 8/8.1/10 correctly.
-A bit on the slow side. I see 50-60 MBps per drive was about the top speed.
-Software Raid only. ZFS did not like this card and would cause a full system lockup when used.
Other Thoughts: -PCI-X are old and out of style,
-Drive limit? Dont know but most likely does not work with 2TB + drives
-Software Raid only.
-Should work with Optical disc drives, but this is not tested by me.
-In short, this card has very little use on modern systems, but maybe a good legacy system upgrade if needed.
Pros: -holds 4 drives
-has a fan
-JBOD (single drive mode) works well
-Front power switch.
Cons: -USB 2.0 limited to 35 MBps
-Do NOT use the span feature for raid, if one drive goes they all go.
-Fan can get noisy needs a better/larger one 80mm is too small, 120mm would be better
-to install drive outer case cover has to be completely removed
-collects dust, but most things with fans do.
Other Thoughts: Used as a backup drive unit with 4x500 GB IDE WD drives for about 1 year, set drives to JBOD mode on unit then setup software RAID 5 on the drives (1.3 TB usable). Fastest transfer speed is around 35 MBps peeks at 38 MBps. Do not be tempted with the SPAN feature. It is too easy to lose all your data if one drive fails. I took down the array after one drive failure (rebuild worked but took 2 days) I taped a cheap blue air filter square ($0.99) over the front to keep dust out and the drive started to over heat so I removed it. Temps stayed at 39-40*C for the most part (when the air filter was not installed)READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Brother MFC-J450dw 6000 x 1200 dpi USB / Wireless Duplex InkJet MFP Color Printer
Pros: -$69.99 On sale,
-Came with a decent set of starter ink
-Scanning works fine once I configured the software
-large ink tank,
Cons: -Small paper tray, 100 pages (listed but still annoying)
-Jams constantly, at lest 1 paper jam a day. I am using a new rem of paper with out any bends. -1 egg
-Wifi is weak, I had to move the unit 3 times, originally it was located 30 ft with line of site from my router, had to move to about 2 ft away to get all five bars. -1 egg
-Small buttons, much smaller than on the previous model I had (MFC-5490cn) (shown in pictures but still annoying)
Other Thoughts: -Auto document tray is small, fits only 10-15 pages
-WiFi is weak, I had 1 bar at 30 ft away, but it would not connect, (my laptop has 4 bars at the same spot), I move it to 10 ft away, still would not connect, no walls, I moved it right under the router to get 5 bars and it works fine now
-No Lan port for network. yes every one has wifi but it would have been much easier to just plug in the old cable.
-I replaced a failed MFC-5490cn model, this units duties are, fax machine (10-20 pages a day), and color printing (20-30 pages a day) with some scanning and copying, usually less than 100 pages a day total. This is my 3rd brother inkjet printer in 10 years, and by far the nicest stream line case yet, but I prefer function over appearance, I can only recommend this model if you want to take advantage of the other printing services that it provides, otherwise if you do a lot of printing, or use the front interface often you will find the small buttons, and small paper tray, and small auto document feeder a big annoyance. Duplex printing was a nice touch though, the front LCD was easy to use, and at