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VANTEC NexStar MX NST-400MX-S3 Aluminum / Plastic 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Random disconnects on USB3 bus. Not usable for a home file server. 01/21/2016

This review is from: VANTEC NexStar MX NST-400MX-S3 Aluminum / Plastic 3.5" Black SATA USB 3.0 Dual 3.5"SATA to USB 3.0 With JBOD External Hard Drive Enclosure

Pros: sturdy, well constructed case

Cons: random, unexplainable disconnects.

linux system logs do not show any communications that indicate that the drives are disconnecting, and the system can't find them after the disconnect (see 'Other' section for more info...

Other Thoughts: on linux machine, the USB adapter shuts down, causing read/write errors to and from the drive. Accessing the drive does not reactivate it. Rebooting the machine does ont reactivate it, either. Disconnecting and reconnecting the USB bus does not reactivate the drives... It appears the the bus powers down inside the enclosure and does not re-enable unless the enclosure is powered off for more than 60 seconds and then powered back on again.

iView CyberPad 420TPC Android Tablet - 1.2GHz 512MB DDR3 4GB flash memory 4.3
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: small, cheap, android

Cons: slow, touch screen is non-responsive, horrible battery life, it overheats when watching videos or after 30+ minutes of continuous play, didn't come with charger or cable

Other Thoughts: bought 2 of these for my kids for Christmas, thinking that if they got broken, at least it wasn't a lot of money lost. I should have spent the extra money

Jetway Mini-Top Atom Dual-Core 525 NVIDIA ION2 with WiFi /Remote Control Mini Barebone
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Works well with ubuntu and xbmc - followup on previous review 02/19/2011

This review is from: Jetway Mini-Top Atom Dual-Core 525 NVIDIA ION2 with WiFi /Remote Control Mini Barebone

Pros: works well with Ubuntu, XBMC, sabnzbd, and sickbeard

Cons: noisy fan, runs a little warm, not enough cpu to handle a usb digital tuner. see previous review and below for more details

Other Thoughts: owned 4 months. Fan started making noise after 3 weeks & died after 4. Sent to Jetway for repair. 3 weeks gone. Be aware, jetway charges $10 for warranty repairs. I complained & they waved the charge.

I moved the hard drive out to the eSATA port & installed an internal SSD as a system drive to reduce heat. Boots in 45 seconds, but fan is still louder than I would like. Not too loud to watch TV, but constant hum when not in use is annoying. I would replace the fan, but it's all soldered together as a single unit.

I also use this machine to run sabnzbd and sickbeard for tv "subscriptions" and it works wonderfully. an awesome combination if you're not familiar with it.

Recently, I tried adding mythtv with a hauppauge WinTV-HVR-950Q usb tuner for live tv viewing. Using dvb-apps and mplayer, I can get ATSC video and audio, but not smooth or in sync. And I haven't been able to get mythtv to work at all yet. I will probably have to move the backend service to another machine.


Robert K.'s Profile

Display Name: Robert K.

Date Joined: 04/09/02

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 10/20/10
  • Last Review: 01/21/16
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