Date Joined: 10/20/10
Pros: There's really not a lot to it - a box and 4 trays. The trays slide in and out nicely, lock in place and unlock to slide out easily. Configuration takes seconds. Nice that the power supply is built in and no power brick to deal with - bonus.
Cons: The trays have these plastic tabs that are supposed to allow you to install the drives without using screws. Great idea but the drives I have (Seagate ST8000VN0022) didn't have a screw hole for one of the plastic tabs. I just took the plastic tabs out and used good ole screws. Not a setback, as long as you have screws. I suppose I could have cut the one plastic tab off from each side. Like I said, no big deal.
Overall Review: Just supply 16 screws for the drives in case they're needed. Also I noticed that when configuring the raid mode that you may have to hold the "set" switch for up to 25 seconds until you hear the "config complete" beep, a little longer than the 10 sec they say in the guide. It's a winner, would buy again.
Pros: Build well and performs. Specs say 70MB/s write, 120MB/s read but I'm getting 89 write and 178 read with large files. Much slower when transferring many small files but that's the nature of flash. Very pleasantly surprised. Feels like it's durably built.
Cons: No cons as far as performance. Offered in 32GB and 64GB only. Would be nice if they offered it in 8GB. I would buy many if they did.
More of a wish list than a con...
Overall Review: I bought them for making install images and it's great for that. Boots in seconds. Really good value for utilitarian IT stuff. It's rare to find an awesome flash drive that can save you tons of time with installs.
Pros: Good value for the money. There's no reason to have to spend a lot of money on Ethernet cables but you do have to pay attention to quality. All the StarTech cables are good quality for the money. My go-to cables.
Overall Review: This is kind of unrelated to the cables themselves but each cable comes in a zip-lock bag. When purchasing a lot of cables it would be nice to order 10-packs or 25-packs. It's a hassle opening 50 zip-lock bags when you've ordered 50 cables.
Cons: None really
Pros: These cables are great for simplifying cabling in a crowded rack. Integrating the USB connection into the VGA connector at one end is brilliant. Very convenient.
Cons: None that I can think of
Cons: I purchased this battery for a 2009 13" MacBook Pro to replace the original battery. After swapping out the battery it worked well, as I noticed a big change in the battery life of the notebook. I could once again work for 4 hours or so on a charge (which is what that model should be able to do). I'm only 4 months into the battery now and I'm noticing the charge life is shortening over time. It now dies in about an hour. It gets to 60% and then dies.
One thing I did notice when swapping out the battery was that the new one weighed a little less than the original. Not sure if that's in indicator or not but, there you go.
The price was good but not nearly good enough to justify its dismal lifespan. Not worth the money. Look for a better battery.
Overall Review: I've generally had good luck with after-market batteries, but not this time...
Pros: Very pleased. I'm using it with an i3-2120 and 2 x 2.5" HDs and it's been in service since April 2012. It measures in at 28W on my APC UPS, awesome. I'm running Server 2008 with no problems whatsoever. Will be getting 2 more for Svr 2012 in a few weeks. Fits great in a 24" deep rack nicely. There's space for 2 x 3.5" drives but if you get 2-gang brackets like the Kingwin HDM-225 you can put 4 x 2.5" drives in no problem.
Cons: Not really a con, but the blue power LED on the front can literally light up a room at night. Kinda like looking at the sun. I disconnected it since the green HD and Ethernet LEDs are almost always showing activity, hense power...
Overall Review: Maybe slightly quieter fans, or better control over thier speed. With a system consuming a total of 28W from the wall you hardly need much cooling. It's certainly not a problem though.
Pros: I used it to replace a failed supply in an Asus 1U server (RS120-E5/PA4). Asus doesn't make or supply replacement supplies which is a drage but this one was a capable and good substitute. Small unit for the power rating.
Cons: None really. Perhaps if it had a few more mounting holes and such it would be easier to retrofit into a bigger variety of servers, but its compact size allows it to fit into almost any server.
Overall Review: I knew going in that this supply would need custom fitting. Because of Asus' design I had to make a bracket to hold the supply in place comfortably and securely. No fault of the supply though. All in all, a good experience.
Pros: I've been using this MB with Windows 7 Media Centre for 7 weeks now. Great motherboard. All the features you'd want for a media PC. The on-board video (as long as you put in a Sandy Bridge CPU) is incredible- full 1080P from the HDMI port, never had a glitch. I usually get Asus boards but thought I'd try this one since the reviews were good. No regrets at all.
Cons: The only thing I'd say about it (and this is true with just about every MB manufacturer) is don't install all the additional software on the CD. My friend bought the same board and installed everything and had blue screens. Once we removed the "bonus" software never had another crash. Just install the Ethernet driver on the CD and then get the rest of the drivers from their website.
Overall Review: It's kind of anti-climactic because it all just works. There's nothing left to have to tweak or fix.
Pros: The PSU is a smaller than usual size, which is what I was looking for. It needed to fit into my Antec NSK3480 case. Quiet supply and comes with a rubber gasket that acts as a shock mount when you screw it in. Everything was smooth. Good PSU for the money
Cons: No cons. The 24-pin power cable to the MB is not really long but reaches fine in my case. Actually it's nice to not have too much slack to contend with.
Overall Review: The PSU that came with my Antec NSK3480 case started to fail. The 3.3V rail started to fluctuate and would freeze the computer. I was looking for a replacement that wasn't overkill but would support 2 drives and looks like I found the perfect fit.
Pros: It performed fine out of the box and did so right up until it died. Read/write performance was pretty good, as would be expected from any 7200 drive.
Cons: It died about 3 months in. I'm not sure what specifically died in the drive (that is, the SSD part or the HD part). It's recognized as a device but that's it; it times out when you attempt to format it.
After reading reviews of this drive and other SSDs, SSD failure is not an if, it's a when. The idea of caching all your reads and writes through 4GB of SSD is certainly going to lead to failure sooner or later because SSD memory has a limited w/r life.
Overall Review: Considering that is doesn't really improve speed that much you're better off to either get a proven 7200 drive at a great price or, if cost is not a problem just get an SSD. The hybrid's marginal performance boost doesn't justify the extra cost.