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This review is from: ZyXEL GS1900-16 Fanless 16 Port Smart 10/100/1000Mbps L2 Web Managed Switch
Pros: This switch provides good "bang for the buck" -- it has management features including multiple VLANs, link aggregation, spanning tree, QoS, and more, all accessible via a web interface. So far (a few days' use), it's worked well for me. There are multiple mounting options -- it comes with brackets for rack mounting, screws to fit mounting holes in the base to mount on a wall or other vertical surface, and rubber feet for use on a desk.
Cons: The web UI is confusing and the documentation doesn't help much. I had to do a web search to find out how to configure the VLANs. The out-of-the-box IP address is 192.168.1.1, which is far too commonly used by other appliances, so I had to hook it up to a laptop that was disconnected from my home network to configure it. The device provides no serial port or other way to access these features, unlike more advanced data center switches.
Other Thoughts: So far I have used only a handful of the advanced features (primarily two VLANs), so I can't promise they all work well. IMHO, this is more of an advanced home or office switch, not a data center unit.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LINKSKEY LKU-S04ASK 4-port Slim Palmtop USB Audio & Mic KVM Switch w/ Cables
Pros: Compact size. Requires no extra power brick.
Cons: The worst problem is that this device is simply unreliable; USB inputs, in particular, are detected or ignored on a seemingly random basis. Sometimes switching between devices gets the USB back, but often it's necessary to unplug all the devices to "reset" the switch and get it to work again. I've had more problems with a PS/2 mouse connected via a USB-to-PS/2 adapter than with USB "native" devices, but even such "real" USB devices aren't entirely reliable. Video, at least, seems not to be a problem. A more minor issue is that the device is physically awkward, with connectors on all four sides; that layout works well in few environments. There's no provision to mount it on a wall or the side of a desk, which would help keep cables from consuming your workspace.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: nMEDIAPC Red Wood Wood/Steel HTPC 8000 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Pros: The photo shows this case's biggest draw -- its unusual appearance. If you prefer to have a faux antique radio sitting in your AV stack than any of the numerous faux modern stereo receiver boxes, then this one is for you. Beyond that, the case seems to be basically sturdily built (note exceptions below). It's got moderately good accessibility; it's possible to remove smaller cards from a motherboard without removing the disk tray, but long or tall cards may require removing the disk tray. The front bezel comes with lots of attachments for miscellaneous media.
Cons: The front bezel is plastic painted to look like metal -- it's a bit cheesy. The optical disc flap folds down neatly when ejecting a disc, but the tray on my player (a Pioneer BDR-209DBK) gets caught when retracting, necessitating holding down the case's disc flap. The disk tray spans most of the width of the case and is held in place by two wood screws. I'm concerned that this will eventually cause problems, since removing and re-inserting those screws will no doubt damage the wood threads.
Other Thoughts: There's a space for an LCD readout on the front panel, but the unit I got didn't have an actual display; that's an extra purchase. I can't think of a truly compelling use for such a display so I'm not buying it, but if you want one, be sure to factor in the extra cost.READ FULL REVIEW