Date Joined: 01/02/05
Pros: Designed right; not too wide, too long, too short, too fat...it fits easily into any USB port and it's long enough that it's easy to remove, too.
Fast; not THE fastest USB 3.0 drive, I have a 'too wide' Crucial USB 3.0 that is as fast as my Intel 730 SSD, 540MB/s, but this ADATA is the second fastest I've used and/or owned.
32GB means plenty of space for most needs. I would say if you need more, buy a 1TB external SSD even though they're far more expensive.
Cisco switches recognize these, which is a necessity for my job. Is not fun when you're trying to copy a file or two out in the field or at the office on an offline switch.
Cons: Yes, you CAN end up losing the cap, I've never lost a cap on these and I have purchased many over the years. I think the first was an 8GB USB 2.0 back in 2014 or 2015. I work in IT at over 80 locations so if someone was going to lose the cap (or the drive itself), more likely it would be someone like me. The cap snaps onto the opposite end of the drive, so remove it and snap it on the drive!
ONE of my ADATA drives actually came apart. Unplugged it one day and the outer casing detached from the actual drive itself. So that is a possibility. Again, it only happened to one of my many ADATA drives.
Overall Review: It's a flash drive. It's USB 3.0 (and it does operate at USB 3.0 speeds). I like the blue ones, easy to see when you foolishly set it down somewhere rather than in your clipboard, backpack, or tool case. Plus you can write on the drive with a sharpie and it won't fade for a long time.
Pros: Inexpensive. I needed to replace the fan on my Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus, and most of the fans I found were either too expensive, were some ugly color and/or had some ridiculous lighting effect, and finally, were not PWM speed controllable! Fortunately, I stumbled across this fan, ordered 2, installed both on my CPU cooler, and haven't given them a second thought since!
Quiet operation, even at full speed, (I run them at 80% minimum speed, but tested them at full speed for a short time, just to see how they performed).
Cons: Would have preferred black over the white. I have an Antec 1200 case, which sits to the right of my desk, about 2 feet off the floor, and the white fan really stands out. Not a huge deal, just personal preference.
Overall Review: If/when my case fans bite the dust, which could be any day now; (5 years and counting... running 24/7), I'll be replacing them with these fans. I'll be sure to search for all black version though!
7-29-18 Since this review I've purchased 3 more of these fans to replace the OEM Antec fans in my Antec 1200 case that I'm still using today. Case stays cool and quiet. There are 13 fans in this case, 5 of them are these ARCTIC fans (2 rear ARCTIC, 2 CPU ARCTIC, 3 front 1 is ARCTIC, 1 top, 4 GPU, 1 PSU). I wouldn't buy any other 120mm fan.
Pros: The Toshiba P300 drive arrived in a sealed anti-static bag wrapped in a plastic bubble protective cover inside a small cardboard box. This packaging minimized waste as much as possible while still protecting the device. Of course, this also meant it’s an OEM drive so no extra anything to help with installation. It does say “(BULK)” on the product page, so one could construe that to mean OEM, but actually stating OEM on the page would probably be a better way to communicate the fact that nothing is included save the bare drive.
Installation was extremely easy, though I suppose this depends on the case you’re installing it in. I have an Antec 1200 so when I say extremely easy, I mean so relatively; (I have to remove 8 screws to get at the drive bay and then use an additional 4 screws to secure the drive to the drive bay, then reinstall the bay and the 8 screws holding the bay in place). The drive installation in Windows 10 was actually extremely easy. Format and done.
The drive is much faster than my old (between 5 and 8 years) Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB drives by over twice read and write speeds. I used real world monitoring, as in timing files being copied to and from the different drives, as well as CrystalDiskMark 6 x64 for benchmark results. I had removed one of my old WD 1TB drives at 90% capacity and used a USB 3.0 to SATA/IDE adapter to copy my old HDD to this new one. All my SATA ports are full, so one drive had to come out. It took almost 3 hours to copy the data, which copied flawlessly. The slowness being attributed to the old WD HDD (this one was 8 years old) and the adapter rather than the Toshiba drive as confirmed by multiple benchmark tests.
The drive always runs at normal drive temperatures, bearing in mind the room is air-conditioned where the testing was taking place. HWMonitor reporting ~33 degrees Celcius on average. This is 2 degrees cooler than my WD HDDs; on average, and 5 degrees warmer than my Intel SSD, but then, that’s an SSD.
I have moved a lot of my level heavy games from my other drives to the SteamLibrary folder on the Toshiba due to it’s faster speed. I have a few games on my SSD but most games I just run off my mechanical drives. A lot of times you won’t even notice any difference, just on those games that do have significant level load times, which are not as many as you might think.
The current price for the 3TB Toshiba is significantly lower than that of another brand of 7200 RPM desktop drive, but about the same as a third brand. So price wise, this Toshiba is a pretty good deal, but nothing extraordinary. Again, remember that some prices are for bare drives (this one), and some are retail packages (cables, manuals, mounting screws and more may be included).
Cons: I haven’t had the time to test long term durability, stability, and performance. Although more often than not, electronics fail within a very short period after ownership, this is also a mechanical device so long term dependability remains to be seen.
Overall Review: Many times reviewers state they didn’t know a drive they purchased didn’t include cables or screws or what have you. So my last bit of information is that this is a bare drive. Nothing comes with it. Just the drive.
Overall I’m pleased with the drive at this point. It’s faster than the drive it’s replacing and it’s 3 times the size (technically… drive formatting doesn’t make it EXACTLY 3 times larger, but in my book it is).
Pros: First off, there’s the size of the drive. I have some older 2TB USB 3.0 drives and they’re 2-3 times the size of this one. The color choices make it a little better, too. It’s nice to add a little flare once in a while when it comes to computers and electronics, so that’s why I picked the red drive; plus, it’s easier to spot when you misplace it on the go and are looking around for it.
It’s not a speed demon, but I found it relatively fast for a USB 3.0 hard drive. In fact, it’s about 1.5 times faster than my internal 1TB WD Caviar Black drives… though, bear in mind, my 4 WD drives are at 80% capacity and are approximately anywhere from 5 to 7 years old. These figures are from simply copying files and folders of various sizes, (up to 45GB) and using CrystalDiskMark 6. (I don’t really trust benchmarks that much, but in this case it confirmed the rudimentary copying of data to and from this drive from other drives on my system, both conventional and SSD. That being said, it’s no match for my Intel 730 SSD, but we aren’t expecting it to be anyway, so no surprise there!
It’s convenient; plug it in and go! While I can’t vouch for it’s longevity, in the short time I’ve been using it, I haven’t had any issues.
The price is great, I was thinking of getting more internal drives to replace my old WD drives, I may just get a couple more of these instead. I mainly use the space for games. ~1500 on Steam alone. I haven’t noticed any performance issues when running some of those games off this little gem; and I’ll be installing new games on it in the future.
Cons: It is a USB 3.0 drive, so performance can and will be affected by your system’s USB 3.0 drivers and ports, and, if you have only 2.0 ports available, you might see significant performance issues. It’s still a hard drive, not a flash drive, so 2.0 vs. 3.0 won’t be AS drastic as one may think.
Cable. I guess it’s not really a con, per se, but yeah, it still needs a cable and we all hate cables!
Overall Review: If you're looking for some inexpensive portable storage in decent capacity, you can't go wrong with one of these drives.
Pros: The 750x (like every Corsair PSU I have purchased) is packed very well, with a lot of extras. The unit itself is covered by a soft bag and surrounded by foam. I have a few of those bags now that I use for all sorts of things. The cables are packed in another bag that is also reusable.
The unit itself was noticeably smaller than the 1000w unit it was replacing, giving me extra space for cable management. The modular cables worked well, leaving me with a clean, open interior. There were plenty of cables for a standard setup: full tower with a single GPU, 4 HDDs, and a few fans. The installation was just like any other PSU. Nothing fancy, everything just fit into place.
The PC I’m running with this power supply isn’t anything fancy. The 1000w unit it had was overkill, and the 750w likely won’t ever see a full load. Everything powered up properly the first time. I have not had a single issue with it so far.
Cons: (Most of these negative points are directly related to the price of this unit. PSUs that “fix” these problems are more expensive, so in that light these might not be considered cons). I wouldn’t consider this PSU noisy, but it’s not quiet either. It uses a rifle bearing fan, which can’t quite match the FDB fans in more expensive units.
No fan test button.
It includes zip ties, which encourages people to use zip ties. Stop it. Well, unless you use the re-usable zip ties. I recommend Velcro instead.
Overall Review: It’s a good power supply for the price. If you need a basic unit that will get the job done with no frills, this is for you. It has a good warranty as well. It’s not perfect, but a 4 seems too low, so I gave it a 5.
Pros: As a gamer, I prefer durability, reliability, practicality, and that re-assuring feedback that most any mechanical keyboard offers. Backlit keys are a plus, as well. Though I was thinking more of a single color that could be dimmed or brightened as desired.
Multi-colored dynamic lighting was not very high on the priority list, though that is no longer the case. The Viper 770 offers a myriad of different lighting effects, which at first seem frivolous, but once you start playing around with them, they’re actually pretty cool. I find myself changing the lighting now and then just because I can!
There is also a little pull out ‘tray’ for which you can place your phone (or something else I suppose). At first I didn’t use it, thinking to myself, WHY would I put my phone there? But since there is a USB port at the top left side of the keyboard, and the tray is right there at the top of the keyboard, why NOT use it? So I plugged my phone in, placed it on the tray and let it charge; the screen is angled pointing right at you, so it’s easy to see.
The keyboard itself is relatively quiet for a mechanical keyboard. It’s easy to forget that it even is a mechanical keyboard. I play a lot of first-person shooters and am pretty hard on any keyboard. I’m left-handed and use the numeric keypad to move rather than WASD like normal people. I can’t count the times I’ve destroyed 4 and 8 on membrane keyboards because I’ve pressed the keys to hard during intense gaming. Yes, it’s probably just me, but I don’t have that problem with mechanical keyboards. I don’t see myself having that problem with this one (I’ve had it for less than a month, so I can’t attest to it’s long term durability just yet). It’s definitely heavier than your run of the mill regular keyboards, but that’s not really a problem. You’re not picking it up and moving it around! It’s quality construction that stays in place. Six rubber feet (3 if you use the flip outs to elevate/angle the top of the keyboard) make sure it stays in place. I personally prefer the keyboard angled rather than flat though I suppose there are some that prefer the latter.
The software is super easy to use and allows you to take full advantage of the keyboards features. Light effects for the keyboard itself, and separate effects for the wrist rests (Palm Rest as it’s called). The lighting effects can also be changed using the keyboard itself, but with the software, you can save specific effects in profile, and then simply load that profile when you desire that specific configuration. Any of the keys can be programmed (i.e you can program J to play music, open a file, open a folder, run a macro...) This is very nice especially for us left handed people who don’t use WASD normally. There are game developers out there who simply don’t think it’s good customer service to allow for keyboard re-mapping. Using this keyboard, that is not a problem for us, I simply create a macro using the Viper 770 software and viola, I can remap my keyboard for any game that doesn’t have re-mapping built in. You can also change response time and report rate, although I just leave those to default, because really, it’s a keyboard, not a mouse, so those are more ‘gimmicky’ settings than realistic settings.
Overall I really like this keyboard, I prefer it to 2 of the other 3 mechanical keyboards I’ve used, and it’s on par with that 1; and it beats ALL other regular keyboards I’ve ever used and still have to use when at work (can’t be carrying this around and swapping it out when working on any one of the 20,000 PCs in the work place!).
Cons: I couldn't really find much 'wrong' with this keyboard; however, It’s important to note that the wrist rest is attached magnetically; and in such manner, it MAY detach from the keyboard, although to be honest, I haven’t had that happen yet. It just sometimes feels it might. Previous keyboards I’ve owned had the wrist rests snap into place and thus were securely attached.
Overall Review: As I've said, I'd originally thought the lighting was a bit over the top, but once you have it, you really don't want to NOT have it!
Pros: The WD Blue is an affordable SSD that won't disappoint for the price and has a lifespan that's longer than it's technology will actually be relevant. The general responsiveness of my computer and loading times in general have been vastly improved, but that's to be expected from any SSD.
Cons: It's performance won't blow your mind (unless you've never used an SSD before) and I'm sure you can find better if you're a professional who wants every bit of performance you can get, but that's not really who this is meant for.
Overall Review: The WD Blue may not be the fastest SSD on the market, but it is one of the more affordable ones. It's meant for the average user who wants their computer to be more responsive, for Witcher 3 to not take a minute to load in, and for whom anything more intensive than that is just a hobby. Those people will have no complaints with this SSD and will find it hard to beat for the price.
Pros: The OfficeJet 250 Mobile AIO was probably the easiest and quickest printer I’ve ever unboxed, setup, configured and was printing to. It’s nice and compact, lightweight, and relatively easy to transport around with you all day. It’s perfect for my job as I no longer need to run to an office or staff room all the time when I need something printed, copied, scanned, and/or emailed. For those wanting AIO printer functions on the go, the OfficeJet 250 is just what you’re looking for.
It took just a few minutes to unbox the printer and set it up for initial use. There’s a rechargeable battery to install, then connect the power cord to charge the battery. (Note that you can also charge the batter via a 1A-minimum-charge-capable USB charging port. You would need to purchase a USB cable as one is not supplied with the printer. The printer also needs to be powered off in order for the USB charging to work.) Power it on, Insert the two ink cartridges and add some paper.
Printer setup is accessible via the LCD ‘pop-up’ touchscreen, and also from the web based configuration page (once you’ve selected the printer setup on the touchscreen). Firstly, you’re given two network configuration options, Self-managed and IT Managed, the former being step by step guided and the latter having advanced configuration and setup options. After selecting IT Managed, I went to 123.hp.com/oj250 on my smartphone to download the mobile app so to connect the printer to my network. The entire process took only a few minutes.
While you can use the touchscreen to configure printer settings, but using the web-based configuration page is much easier. Anything from checking printer status, ink cartridges, running maintenance, inputting scan to e-mail addresses; it’s all accessible via the printer’s web page. You would probably want to setup an administrator password here to limit user access to those settings.
I also installed the HP AIO printer app, which requires the HP Print Service Plugin, both from Google Play. The HP All-in-One Printer Remote app allows you to use the printer for scanning, printing, and sharing documents. There’s also a ‘How to Print’ button that explains how to print from Google Drive, Dropbox, Gmail, and a few others. A handy little guide just in case you ever need it. If you’d rather not install the HP AIO Printer Remote app, you could use Google Print instead, just add the printer via your Google account.
Print quality is what you’d expect from an HP printer, crisp and clear. Print speed is however, relatively slow, which of course, is affected by what your printing and whether or not the printer is running on AC or DC power. Running on AC, the printer was just slightly faster than on battery power. Compared to many other HP printers, this printer is about half as fast give or take, although faster than the OfficeJet 100. It seems a fair trade-off, mobility for speed.
There are a couple power management settings to help extend battery life, mainly the auto-off function. This is actually disabled by default, so you would need to enable it in settings from the web-based configuration page. As quoted from the power management settings from that page:
“The printer will automatically turn off after a period of inactivity to help reduce energy use. This feature is automatically disabled when the printer is connected to a computer or mobile device, a network, or a fax line (if supported).
Auto-Off turns the printer off completely, so you must use the power button to turn the printer back on.”
Overall, I was impressed with this printer. The quality of the hardware itself and the results of it's functions. I'd highly recommend one for your mobile office.
Cons: Expensive ink. That's really just a given with inkjet printers. With the yield of 200 pages for the standard black cartridge and 600 for the high yield, it's... expensive!
Pros: The EZVIZ Bullet Cloud Camera is just that, easy to setup and easy to use!
The packaging was pretty cool, both in the eye catching and product protection categories. There’s a mounting template included for simple and clean installation. A waterproof network cable cover, (although you’ll need to make your own cable. There’s no way to install a pre-made network cable in the waterproof cover, but that’s an easy enough task to either do yourself or find an IT person in your family or friend of the family that can do this for you.)
As stated earlier, setup was very easy. I connected the camera to a POE switch (a power adapter is included if you don’t have a POE switch, but for neatness and convenience, a POE switch would be the way to go. One less cable to worry about). I then downloaded the app from Google Play, scanned the QR code located on the sticker on the bottom of the camera, configured the wi-fi on the app, found the camera and was viewing before I knew it. Just to be clear, I used my wired network connection, hence the POE, but one can set it up via wi-fi (hence the included power adapter).
The camera has motion detection, which you can setup to receive notification of on the app, from a ‘soft’ notification, to a ‘intense’ 30 second duration alarm. You can also set a notification schedule, useful for when you don’t really need to be notified of motion detection. One last feature is the motion detection sensitivity, which you can adjust from 0 (off), to 6 (High Sensitivity); from movement over wide areas to small areas. The app also lets you zoom in (either by clicking the zoom icon or touching the screen in standard smartphone zoom format. You’re able to set the resolution from Basic, Standard, and Hi-Def. You can also record pictures and video while using the app. The camera has a small amount of memory for this or you can add a MicroSD card of up to 128GB.
The night vision is a must have on an outdoor surveillance camera, and that feature works well on the EZVIZ Husky camera. This can be turned off or on in the phone app as well as the web app.
One important feature that I almost forgot about is image encryption. You can turn this on or off via the mobile app. Personally, I would always leave it on.
You can view your saved pictures and videos directly from the mobile and web apps, too.
If the onboard memory and/or add in card isn’t suffice for your recording needs, you can sign up for the subscription based EZVIZ Cloud Storage Service. The camera comes with a 7-day free trial so you can test it out first.
Overall, the camera performed well, and was easy to use and view with the android app. While it would have been nice to have the pan and tilt features, those aren’t deal breakers in my book.
Cons: Requires Internet Explorer to use the web app.
Overall Review: Accessing the camera from your computer requires using Internet Explorer and EZVIZ’s website. Which is why I should be categorizing this as a con, but the web app gives you quite a bit of control over the camera, so I’m throwing it in other thoughts as well . I use Chrome 98% of the time, and it would be great if I could use it 100% of the time. Limiting your device to use a specific web browser isn’t a good way to make a customer happy. Also, why can’t I simply access it via the IP address?
That being said, The web app gives you the option to save locally, directly to your computer. You can also add friends to the camera view list (They would have to have EZVIZ accounts I’m assuming, I didn’t give this a try personally), and even limit the mobile devices and/or computers that can access the camera. You can turn the motion detection alarm on and off via the web app as well.
Pros: When it comes to home or small business network devices, a switch is one of the easiest and most reliable ways to increase resources and accessibility in that network. At the same time, the right switch provides relatively simple yet powerful configurability at the same time. This is one of those right switches.
Installation is extremely simple, you really don’t need to understand or use many of the available features on this switch, but it’s nice to know it’s possible if your needs change in the future.
I connected the switch to a D-Link DGL-4500 turned WAP, (MDIX on this switch eliminated the necessity of using a crossover cable, which was nice, as I didn’t have one at the time.) The DGL-4500 connects to a Linksys wireless 802.11ac router, which in turn is connected to a Motorola Surfboard cable modem. A second Linksys 802.11ac router has been re-purposed like the D-Link, as a third WAP in the network. All three access points have both wired and wireless devices connected to them, and all computers on the network were able to communicate with the TL-SG108PE and its connected devices. This was accomplished by setting up the initial switch configuration by running the installation utility from the included disc on my computer. In a matter of minutes, I had 7 additional Ethernet ports available, the 8th of course already being used to uplink the switch to the WAP (8 is merely coincidence, any of the switch ports, (unless specifically configured otherwise), can be used to uplink this switch, not necessarily the one actually labeled number 8), and 4 of those 8 provide low-power POE for 802.3af devices.
The TV-IP311PI camera I connected to one of those 4 POE ports powered the camera right up, and my family and I are able to access this camera from any device in the house, streaming video to multiple devices to test network speed and throughput. In fact, I’m streaming it to my computer right now as I’m writing this, while streaming a movie from the NAS. I’ve connected three NAS, one laptop, and the IP camera to this switch, which connects directly to the D-Link, which connects to the core router in another room. I’ve had the kids stream movies from two of the NAS, the IP camera, and download a game from Steam. The download from Steam races along at between 10-15MB/s, the 720p and/or higher video streams from any of the 3 NAS connected to the TP-Link switch travel through without issue.
As a parent, I really like the QoS configurability TP-Link has included in this switch. Rather than an either/or when it comes to internet privileges, there can be varying amounts of said privilege. We’re all Steam, Origin, GOG, etc junkies in my family. Switching that Battlefield 1 download to 10 Mb, half duplex because someone ‘forgot’ to do their homework… a far great motivator than simply pulling the plug. Seriously though, controlling data flow and access is easy with the Easy Smart Configuration Utility. Most home networks won’t need or want to use VLans, but for many businesses, this feature is practical if not necessary, and impossible on an unmanaged switch. VLan configuration is done through the ESCU, and can be accomplished one of the three ways you decide.
Easy configuration utility also includes monitoring; loop prevention, cable test, port mirroring, port statistics, Trunk mode, port speed and flow control, and don’t forget 4 POE (15.4W max) ports. 16Gbs backplane bandwidth means each port is capable of Gigabit two-way transfers. While I was unable to test a fully populated switch with multiple simultaneous transfers per port, I was impressed with the switch’s transfer speeds on my 4 computer, multiple laptop, NAS, smartphone, SmartTV, online gaming console home network torture test.
Cons: None at this time.
Overall Review: More often I'm noticing these smaller switches are placing the power port on one side and the network ports on the opposite side. While this may agree with the good practice of keeping power and network cables separate from each other, it's plain ugly when the switch is placed in spot where it will be seen. True, it's not really that much of an issue, but... it is an issue nonetheless!
Pros: As used in its current configuration, it does the job I need it to.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I see people having issues when attempting to use it for ARC. I'm going to give it a shot and see what happens. Will report success or failure here soon.
Pros: Just bought a second one for SLI. Doom and The Witcher 3 run rock solid on ultra settings, though W3 with Hairworks on does run the cards in the 70-80 degree range in my Antec 1200 air cooled only case. I also have the A/C on in the room. Vsync enabled does drop the temps about 5 degrees though.
#1. No coil whine. There WAS annoying coil whine the first couple hours after I installed the card. Enough so that I was actually ready to remove it and return the card. It stopped for whatever reason and has not returned.<br><br>#2. No buzzing noise. Then again, I have an Antec 1200 with 6 fans, 2 CPU fans, PSU fan, and of course, the 2 GTX 970 fans, maybe the buzzing is drowned out by those fans.<br><br>#3. Haven’t gone above 67 degrees yet. Battlefield 4 Ultra 1920x1080. DA:I Ultra 1920x1080. Movie streaming on 2nd monitor as either game is played. I do have the optional ‘aggressive’ setting enabled for GPU fans in PrecisionX 16. I don’t consider that ridiculous, though it may be?<br><br>#4. Fans. Loud? Who knows, as my Antec 1200 sounds no different regardless the GPU fan speed.<br><br>#5. Backplate? I fail to see where it stated this was included. It didn’t. I didn’t expect it. I knew it wasn’t included. I KNEW it was sold separately or with the FTW+ card. I CHOSE to buy this version instead and NOT receive a backplate that was IN NO WAY implied, stated, or construed as included.<br><br>#6. Unnecessary for most, but perhaps necessary for some. I’d rather they include relatively unneeded material than omit any. I found the power cables and adapter both wastes of material and although very minute, senseless contributions to damaging earth. Perhaps they should not include those from now on. The stickers at least are a form of advertisement!<br><br>#7. I have NO idea if this card is stable at stock frequencies because it is a FACTORY OVERCLOCKED card. Why anyone would want to underclock this card to reference clocks then complain of instability is utterly bewildering!<br><br>#8. I’m not overclocking this card further than it already is. Why bother? I guess I could get 1 or 1.3 FPS more than the triple digits framerates I’m already getting… but it’s simply not worth my time.<br><br>#9. I didn’t need to touch the heatsink. Or fans. Or circuitry. Nothing felt like it was going to break. I did wonder if I’d break the card if my Antec 1200 case was dropped on it from about 4’. But I decided not to find out for sure.<br><br>#10. I’m relatively happy engineers moved the power connectors… I’m so tired of everything being in just the WRONG location! Edge of the card puts just enough tension on the power cables that I APPRECIATE the new location that ELIMINATES any unnecessary wiring stress when powering this card! Thank you Engineers!<br><br>#11. Active cooling would be an unnecessary expense on this card when applied to the GDDR5 RAM and the VRMs on this board. I believe eliminating unnecessary items beneficial for everyone, the entire World, if you will. *See #6 <br><br>(continued in Other Thoughts)
Cons: Reviews are meant to help consumers decide whether or not to purchase a product. They aren't meant for expressing hindsight. Just because something probably should have been included in a purchase as wasn't, that product doesn't warrant a negative review! My Jeep should have included a 4" lift and 33" BF Goodrich MTs and a 12,000 lb Warn Winch with ARB bumper... it didn't but that does NOT mean I give it 3 out of 5 stars! If it was SUPPOSE to include those and didn't THEN it gets ZERO out of 5 stars.
Overall Review: #12. I paid what I paid at the time I paid it because: That was the price, that’s what I chose to pay, I did not choose to purchase a different item for a different or same price, I chose not to wait for possible new products at better prices and/or performance to arrive, I know prices CHANGE pretty much ALL the time, and that is just LIFE and roll with it. (utilizing price guarantees, rebates, what have you when possible of course, I’m not just going to throw my money away if I don’t have to!)<br><br>#13, 14, 15, 16, 17: I bought THIS card, not another one that has features this one DOES not have. I guess it would be akin to ‘reviewing’ a 4 cylinder mustang with NO options whatsoever to an SVT Mustang loaded to the hilt, trashing the 4 cylinder for NOT being the SVT edition! Why would one do that? Why wouldn’t one just BUY the loaded Mustang in the first place?<br><br>Almost the best $330 I’ve spent on a video card. #1 was the Diamond Monster3D Voodoo1 for $325 decades ago, #2 was the GTX570HD SC. This is probably #3 as far as performance per dollar spent increase over the GPU it’s replacing. (average of 2-4 years between upgrades… which at times is quite significant, so the above ranking is actually useless for pretty much anything other than to signify the $330 spent on this card was worth it, my system’s performance has noticeably improved with this product installed replacing a GTX670 FTW GPU.)
Pros: My Wi-Fi application is all line of sight, about 200 feet from my Belkin AC1750DB router to the extender, and then another 100 feet to my laptop computer. The extender is used outdoors, but ishoused in a plastic enclosure to protect it from the elements. This TP-Link extender is replacing the outdated Netgear range extender I have been using. If you currently own a Netgear extender you are fully aware how severely plagued with issues they can be. I only mention this to explain the difference between my old unit and this TP-Link RE590T touch screen marvel of a device. I am extremely happy with the entire unit, but most specifically the touch screen interface. This eliminates the need to connect a PC via Ethernet cable for setting up the device. Everything is simple to understand, and super easy to set up. The range is vastly improved over my old device,as well as my connection speeds. Connected directly to my router via the included Ethernet cable, www.speedtest.net shows average speeds of 15Mbps download, and 5Mbps upload. When connected wireless a full 300 feet away, the same test shows less than 1Mbps drop in speed for both download and upload. My previous setup was typically ¼ of those speeds at best.You can choose to setup the device using just the touchscreen interface, without a PC, or by using the second scenario. To setup the device using the second scenario, just plug the device into a wall outlet near your computer. Locate and then join the wireless network TPxxx. Once joined, open a browser and navigate to http://tplinkrepeater.net. Enter the same default username and password (admin, admin) as denoted in the quick start guide, then follow the wizard to extend your networks. For any future changes you can simply visit http://tplinkrepeater.net from any browser.Your TP-Link RE590T AC1900 Touch Screen Wi-Fi Range Extender will have everything you will need for a super easy setup, all included in the box.• RE590T Range extender• Power supply• Ethernet cable (should it be required) • Documentation I fully recommend the RE590T due to its overall value, quality, and design. The real clincher is the touch screen interface, which makes for such an easy setup, and for me is the strongest selling point it has.
Cons: I can think of no “cons” to list for this wonderful device.
Pros: This is a very good board for the price. It is well constructed, and I didn’t notice the board flexing at all when I picked it up, like many of the less expensive ones do. The package contains everything you’ll need to set up your PC, although without the extras the some of the more expensive ones include. The upside of that is that it doesn’t unnecessarily drive up the price with stuff you’ll never use. Also, if you’re into that kind of thing, the board looks pretty nice.
The layout is fairly standard. I haven’t tried it SLI yet, but I didn’t have any trouble connecting everything. The PCI-E slots have metal supports around them. I’m not sure how much this actually helps, but it seems like a good idea. The caps also appear to be higher end ones.
You can cram 64GB of RAM into this board, which is great. I intend to use mine to run a few game servers, so I can never have too much RAM. It has a front USB 3.0 header, which is something a lot of boards don’t include for some reason. It also has three USB 2 headers. I’d rather see another 3, but I’m glad it has one at all. The onboard sound is pretty standard, and it has plenty of USB rear connectors. Overall, it’s unlikely you’re going to need much that this board doesn’t have. If you do, you’re probably looking at ones that cost twice the price.
Cons: Be aware that this board does not support the 9000 series FX CPUs. I’m not sure if this is something that can be added in a BIOS update, but as of now you’re stuck not being able to use the latest (and greatest?) AMD CPUs. It also only supports PCI-E 2.0.
There aren’t many negatives I could find in this board. So far everything lives up to the expectations of a sub-$100 motherboard.
Pros: Easy to install
Range, speed, and reliability are all excellent.
You can use it as an access point.
Cons: Driver installation from the CD was almost painfully slow. It reminds me of the HP printer drivers. I ultimately went with the website drivers, as I usually do, but for people who have to install from the CD: Be patient.
The price is a little high, but for what it does, it’s worth it.
Overall Review: I set this up on a testbed and moved it around the house a bit. Upstairs or down, it connected to my AC1900 router without issue. The speed wasn’t quite as fast as my wired connection, but in everyday use I would never notice the difference. I was able to stream and transfer files without issue.
At first I laughed a little at the heatsink, but the card does get fairly hot for a NIC. The downside to this is that in some small form factor cases, you rely on having an ultra-thin wireless card just to get everything to fit. I put it in my HTPC just to see how well it fit, and it actually did touch the video card. This could be considered a flaw in the case rather than the wireless card, but it’s something to consider since most NICs lack a heatsink.
Pros: This camera is designed to be a Power Over Ethernet device, or POE. What this means is your routing device should be compatible. For devices not POE ready, an external power connection will be required. Since the additional power supply is considered an option, it is not included in the box. Remember to purchase the correct power supply when you order your camera if your router is not POE equipped.
The camera itself is pretty standard, and puts out a bit better than average picture. The housing is rugged and has been “weather rated” for outdoor installs. There is even a water resistant connector to protect the Ethernet-to-camera connection.
Cons: Setup wasn’t exactly smooth. The software had a difficult time locating the camera, but to be fair that could have been a router issue on my end. There was no Ethernet cable included in the box. Trendnet must have assumed everyone has a cable or three laying around and decided to save the unnecessary cost. If you don’t have an Ethernet cable laying about be sure to pick one up for the install.
Before placing your order, I would suggest asking yourself if tilt, pan, or zoom are important for your system since this dome cam does not have those specific features.
Overall Review: I couldn't get it to record to either of my Seagate NAS or my Netgear NAS. It has to write to the root directory, so it was pretty much worthless for recording purposes.
Pros: Immediately upon receiving a package from UPS, I opened the box, knowing my new Linksys router had arrived. The packaging was excellent, not simply the box Newegg shipped the device in, but the retail packaging of the router itself. Plenty of product protection surrounded the router, if it was to be damaged in shipping, it would mean someone deliberately wished to damage the product. In fact, the retail packaging may have been a bit over the top, but that’s fine, it just means the device will arrive in pristine condition! A thin layer of foam glued to the top flap protected the top of the router and the rest encased in pre-cut foam, surrounding the router in safety.
The design of the router is classic Linksys. Some designs showing up in the market have you wondering just who is designing routers and what they’re trying to make them look like. The design of the WRT1900ACS is stylish and practical. Plenty of breathability with the numerous vent holes. Little worry of this device overheating unless you purposely cover it up! There’s even an included template if you wish to mount the router on a wall or other vertical surface!
Installation was a breeze. Simply attach the four antennae, which, relative to many other routers, Linksys included, are much sturdier and actually stay exactly where you position them. Connect the Ethernet cable to your modem and computing devices, plug in the power and you’re just about ready to go. Type linksyssmartwifi.com in your browser and follow the instructions. Could not be easier!
There’s also plenty of customization for those wanting more control than what you get out of the box. Everything you would expect to customize in a router, it’s there. It’s even developed for OpenWRT! One nice feature is the Network Map, where you can monitor all connected devices and their bandwidth usage! Now you can easily pinpoint which one of the kids is hogging all the bandwidth! From there, you can adjust how much bandwidth you wish each device should be limited to, if you so desire.
Speed. This thing is fast. My advertised cable network speed is 105Mb/s. My son and I experienced consistent 135Mb/s download speeds on Steam at any given time of day or night (either solo or combined, not both of us at the same time, of course!). We’re able to stream HD video from Youtube, while downloading games on Steam, and also stream from any or all of our 3 NASes to any of 4 desktop computers, SmartTV, multiple smartphones (I stream from my NAS away from home on my android device), Playstation 3 and 4, as well as 2-4 laptops at times.
This is, hands down, the fastest router I’ve owned. However…
Cons: In less than 2 weeks’ time, one of the lan ports died. I went to use my computer and noticed I didn’t have internet or network connection. I thought maybe someone had unplugged either a power cable or network cable. No, the port my Gigabit switch was connected to was dead on the Linksys router. I’m sure it’s covered under warranty, and it may be an isolated incident. For the record, I’ve never had a network port fail on any router or switch I’ve ever owned, and I’ve owned many since they were first introduced decades ago. Regardless, this is extremely disappointing. It makes me wonder just how well this device will perform a year or two down the road.
I’ve re-installed my older Linksys EA6900 AC1900 router for now, as I’m submitting this router for warranty repair. We’ll see just how well Linksys warranty service is. I’ve never had the misfortune of needing to send a Linksys product in until now. Hopefully their service is as good as their products. I say that because this is the first Linksys product I’ve had fail, so overall, my experience with their products has been very satisfying.
Pros: Extremely Small: I was actually a little surprised when I pulled it out of the box; I expected a 4TB to be larger, but it was only about the size of my hand.
Fast speeds: It got an average speed of about 105MB/s while transferring a 30GB file from my SSD, however, it only got 35MB/s write and 65MB/s read when hooked up to my NAS. This is probably due to the USB ports on it.
Easy to Use: Using the drive itself is just plug 'n play and the various utilities shouldn't prove to be much more trouble.
Free 2 years of cloud storage (200GB worth)
Can backup Facebook and Flickr photos
Cons: Only one year warranty: I wouldn't consider it a dealbreaker, but you might if you're going to be lugging it around everywhere and backing up a lot of important files on it.
Overall Review: There's nothing particularly noteworthy about this drive, but it's a very solid buy if you're looking for a external backup drive. I can't say more much other than that you won't be disappointed.
Pros: -Easy to setup (cables are even already plugged in)
Cons: -Extremely low speeds
-Frequent connectivity drops on wireless devices
-UI may be too simple for advanced users
Overall Review: The Belkin AC1750 was extremely easy to setup. The only issue that I can see even the most technologically unsavvy person having is opening the router's homepage. However, problems were immediately apparent, especially when upon doing an internet speedtest for Intellistream (Belkin's version of QoS), my download speed was 20 mbps lower than with my other router. Our now 97mbps DL speed (from 118) was still pretty good by US standards, but you wouldn't believe it when using the Belkin router. Youtube videos would take ages to buffer at max quality when previously they wouldn't stop at all, streams had to have their quality lowered in order to even be watchable, and while downloading a game on Steam would have it's speed initially rise up to 9mb/s a second or so (still slower than before), it would quickly plummet down to less than even 1mb/s and stay there. As if the speeds weren't bad enough, the router would frequently lose connection to a smartphone that's roughly fifteen feet away.
I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt and assume that it might be something wrong with my internet, but upon plugging my old Linksys router back in, every problem went away and my connection was as fast and stable as it's always been. Videos could be watched at max quality with no interruption, streams would load in with barely a moment to buffer throughout, Steam would download games at 12mb/s or more without trouble, and wireless devices would remain connected. If the router was much cheaper then it may not be a bad choice for someone without very good internet to begin with, but at this price? There are far better routers out there.
Pros: You need a network connection but the thought of running cables down the stairs and through the house doesn’t fit your idea of a good looking home, let alone safety, what with the possibility of your kids tripping over those wires? Wireless connectivity just too weak and/or the location you have in mind isn’t all that wireless friendly? The Netgear Powerline 500 will take care of either of those situations.
Installation could not be easier. Simply plug the adapters into an electrical outlet, plug one end of the Ethernet cables into the adapters the other ends into your router (or switch) and the device you wish to use on your network! One more step secures the connection, simply pressing the security button for 2 seconds on one adapter, then within 2 minutes, press the security button on the other adapter for 2 seconds.
Speeds are adequate considering I’ve connected both of my adapters to power strips, and the wiring in my house is ancient (built in the 70s). I usually notice about 80MB/s or slightly slower speeds. Due to limited electrical outlets in my house, I’m pretty much limited to these speeds using this device, unless I forked over the dough to install two more electrical outlets. If I was going to do that, I would just run Ethernet cables in the the walls! So, for practical purposes, this nifty little device (or technically devices as there are two adapters necessary to make the connection) does a pretty good job creating a network drop out of an electrical outlet!
You can easily add more network drops by adding additional adapters. Both Powerline 500 devices and Homeplug AV certified adapters are compatible, with a total of up to 16 devices!
You may not see speeds you will experience if you used an actual Ethernet cable, depending on your network setup (I have a 1GB network, so I’ll never match that speed with this device, but I don’t expect to, either), but you’ll get decent speeds and have access to your network and internet in places a cable just isn’t feasible or wanted!
Cons: I didn't experience anywhere near 500Mbps speeds, but then again, my wiring is old as I stated above, plus I'm using the adapters in a power strip.
Pros: Easy installation. Simply fasten your SSD(s) to the mounting plate, then slide the plate into the drive bay and fasten it to your case. Spent all of five minutes adding an SSD to my system.
Construction is of quality material, no cheap flimsy tin here. I've installed it in the 2nd drive bay, just below my Lite-On iHAS120 DVD writer, above the Soundblaster I/O drive. This helps keep my SSD at a cool 26 degrees C, whereas my mechanical HDDs, located in the bottom half of my Antec 1200 are ~ 34 degrees C.
Cons: None really.
Overall Review: It could have been designed so one could add maybe front USB 3.0 ports or card reader, or perhaps even included a fan to pull air in, but any and all of those would obviously just add to the incredibly low price, which was actually the main factor in my purchase at the time. But it's just an idea.
Pros: There is little to say about the packaging and shipping of the Corsair Voyager GS flash drive, as it’s quite compact and not exactly prone to possible mishandling damage as most other computer components very much are. Suffice to say it arrived rather quickly, within a few days, as nearly everything I have ever ordered from Newegg has been shipped.
I had not realized this was a rather hefty drive, not only in storage capacity, but in actual physical dimensions as well. It also has a bit of weight to it compared to every other flash drive I’ve ever owned or used. Obviously that has quite a lot to do with its Zinc Alloy housing versus many other drives being constructed of mostly plastic. The flip away metal protective covers on some drives pale in comparison to the “armored plating” feel of this drive. I have no worries about this drive breaking any time soon. I haven’t run over it yet, but I almost want to just to see if it will withstand the pressure. None of my other drives could and I won’t even bother putting them through that test!
Speed of the drive is directly related to how it’s connected, and what it is communicating with. I ran quite a few tests to find the best overall combination.
1. Front USB 2.0 port on my Antec 1200 case to a NAS on my Gigabit home network.
2. Front USB 2.0 port on my Antec 1200 case to a USB 3.0 external drive connected to a USB 3.0 port on the NAS on my Gigabit home network.
3. Front USB 2.0 port on my Antec 1200 case to a USB 3.0 external drive connected to a USB 3.0 port on the back of same case (a Seagate P3 to be exact).
4. Front USB 2.0 port on my Antec 1200 case to the Intel 730 SSD on a SATA III connection which is my current boot drive.
5. Rear USB 3.0 port on my Antec 1200 case to the Intel 730 SSD on a SATA III connection which is my current boot drive.
6. Both front USB 2.0 ports, one the Corsair USB 3.0 drive, the other an Adata USB 3.0 drive.
Which transfer was the fastest? Correct, it’s #5. This actually blew me away, until I actually calculated the real speed over what Windows 7 x64 Ultimate was claiming (the calculated speeds were still impressive nonetheless. When transferring an 11GB mov
Cons: The housing has one potential drawback. It’s size. While it will easily fit in the front USB ports on all the PCs I work on or have at home, such is not the case when attempting to utilize some of the rear USB 3.0 ports on some computers, as in some laptop docking stations, especially if all or most of the other USB ports are already in use! This isn’t exactly a huge problem, as it’s often easy to simply remove one or more USB devices occupying those USB ports, troubleshooting actually necessitates that very action. If it was just a little narrower however, this wouldn’t even be an issue. Most people probably won’t have any problem, as I do not when using the drive on my own systems at home. When using it in the field, it may be at one time or another, if only being an annoyance making room for it to fit.
Overall Review: Quadruple tests to usbflashspeed.com recorded consistent write speeds of 165 MB/s and read speeds of 275 MB/s, give or take up to a single MB/s on either one.
The USB 3.0 to USB 3.0 via motherboard ports come in second, and the motherboard port to gigabit networked USB 3.0 limited by the network bandwidth, topping out at ~100 MB/s though average was around 95 MB/s, then the USB 2.0 to anything limited by the paltry 480 Mb/s speed of the USB 2.0 port itself.
So, keep that in mind when reading reviews of this drive, (or any USB 3.0 drive for that matter), you will NOT attain manufacturer claimed specs if you’re connected to, and writing to, or from certain drives depending on HOW both drives are connected! In reading some reviews on any and all drives over the years, it seems some people forget that critical factor.
*All drives but the Adata were formatted NTFS, the Adata 3.0 USB flash drive was formatted FAT32.
Pros: Quality design and manufacturing. I've owned other memory sticks with heat spreaders that felt as though they were simply going to break or fall off the DIMM using the necessary pressure inserting them in the motherboard. Not so with this product. Mainly, because the heat spreader design makes it completely unnecessary to apply pressure to anything but the DIMM itself. This would seem to be common sense when designing a product like this, but apparently it isn't always the case.
Initial installation in my MSI x79a-GD45 plus motherboard was problematic. Memtest reported multiple failures beginning with Test 3, and if I hadn't researched MSI's website for both that specific motherboard as well as MSI's forums, I would not have known it wasn't at all the fault of the G.SKILL ram, but that of the motherboard itself. A bios update eliminated this memory problem completely, and I've never had Memtest fail using the aforementioned motherboard or this ram in any of the three boards I currently have it installed in.
While I cannot say this ram is actually faster than other brands (G.SKILL is all I use for DDR3 now), I can safely say I'm completely satisfied with it's performance in the gaming systems I've installed it in. Games such as the entire Battlefield series save Hardline (I don't particularly care for that addition to the BF franchise), Shadow of Mordor, Metro 2033, Metro Last Light, The Witcher series, Crysis series... pretty much any and all AAA titles out there in the RPG, FPS, RTS, and 4X Strategy genres.
I read all the time, as I'm sure many of you do, how this game or that game will not work on someone's system. These claims made by people who swear it's 'not their system', because game X, Y, and Z run, just not game W. Well, if I can play ANY game I've ever installed including these games (pretty much any and every game on Steam or Origin) that people claim are broken, then it MUST be their system. I have over 1,000 games on Steam, over 50 on Origin, a few dozen on GoG, some on Desura, well, you get the picture. Quality products, used correctly and not abused (extreme overclocking can easily cause system instability, which is sometimes difficult to accept for some). This ram lightly overclocked has yet to give me any problems, but for the record, I run it stock speed 90% of the time, and currently it's stock speed, along with my Intel i7-3820 processor.
So basically, in the three gaming systems I have at home right now, my two sons and mine, we have zero issues and all have this ram installed. Of course when I upgrade around Christmas I'll still use G.SKILL, but it will be their DDR4 memory, of which I have little doubt it will be of the same high quality found here.
Cons: I have a Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus installed on all home gaming systems (or variants of... the EVO on one system) and I know on my system the heatsink just barely clears the rather high heat spreader on the ram in the first DIMM slot. Just something to keep in mind, though I doubt it will be an issue for most boards out there, unless those ram slots are even closer than those on my MSI board as mentioned above.
Overall Review: Always check the manufacturer's website of your motherboard for updated bios and/or drivers if and when having any issues with your system. Generally, I'd recommend NOT updating firmware UNLESS you're having an issue, and that issue is specifically addressed, and even then only as a last resort. It's far too easy to brick a system (even with the 'dual bios switch'). Personally, I've never fried a board updating the bios, but have seen people who THOUGHT they did, as well as people who actually have. Neither is an exciting, fun experience!
Pros: I noticed there are quite a few 1 egg reviews for this router. Two of those written by the same person on the same day, and half of the two reviews are exactly the same, and those are the person's ONLY Newegg reviews.
So I'd like to confirm that this router does NOT disappoint. I'm still using it on my home network, which has a multitude of gaming PCs, gaming consoles, and people who stream online movies every day of every week every year.
Three of us are online gamers (serious online, FPS and RPGs, farmville doesn't count... network speed and latency isn't a priority with that type of online game.) This router EASILY handles SIMULTANEOUS netflix streaming, music streaming, 3 SEPARATE games of Battlefield (I prefer vehicle maps, one of my kids prefers smaller more infantry favored maps, and my other son plays it on his PS4, not a PC). We have NO problems. The laptops and smartphones also have no issues save the average wireless connectivity issues relative to a wired connection.
WIRELESS is NOT a guaranteed connection. It's WIRELESS! Although it's usually very good, causing annoying lack of connection problems on rare occasions, but usually for only very short duration. (minutes, not hours or days.).
Cons: There was ONE firmware release that caused the router to lose connection due to a DNS resolution error. A simple google search explained what was causing the problem I did experience for a couple days. I would STILL be experiencing it if I simply did NOT try to find out what the problem was and just left it alone to constantly repeat that error.
Overall Review: When I reverted the firmware back to the old version that was WORKING well, I also DISABLED the auto update option for the firmware. One should NEVER auto update firmware/bios! I didn't even think to check for that option on this router until I had an issue. I haven't had a problem since, I'm using that same firmware I had before the issue, and I didn't have any problems before the firmware issue. 2-3 days of random, limited internet access due to DNS being 'broken'. That's it. for ~ a year and a half.
Pros: Although it’s something that shouldn’t need addressing, a number of random product reviews implies otherwise, so I feel it’s necessary to comment on the shipping and packaging my Seagate NAS Pro experienced before arriving on my doorstep. I’m noticing more claims that Newegg simply threw a product in a larger shipping box without any packing material whatsoever, or so little that it was simply worthless, unable to serve its purpose as a protective device. I realize my purchases are but a drop in the swimming pool of Newegg’s yearly inventory, but I’ve yet to receive a package that was missing substantial peanuts, air bags, Styrofoam, bubble wrap, what have you, in my 8+ years using Newegg. This package was no different. Arrived in excellent condition, minimal handling scuffs notwithstanding. (e.g., slight indentation at a corner of the box, cosmetic tear here or there in the packing box.) Product itself exhibited no damage whatsoever. As always. (Knock on wood).
That being said, setup was actually too simple. Open the box, remove the device, Ethernet cable, power cable, connect the cables, power it on, enter the discover Seagate url in your browser, wait a few minutes for it to do its thing, and unless you wish to customize and configure the device to your personal taste (most of us will, of course), it’s technically ready for use!
I enabled a few services that are disabled by default, DNLA being one simply for my SmartTV and various Consoles, for the ease of movie and music streaming throughout my home network. There are a number of secure services available for those wishing to remotely access the NAS Pro. (Remember to use strong passwords… birthdays, pet names… people use these and somehow are still bewildered their network was compromised… Nothing is 100% secure, but no point in just giving it away!)
I connected two Ethernet cables and linked them for increased throughput. Sure, everything is 1GB or less on my network, but when 5 or 10 devices are streaming to and from the NAS Pro simultaneously, a 2GB link is much appreciated. I have all our PCs perform their weekly backups to this NAS. Very convenient and easy. No one has an excuse NOT to back up their systems regularly now! I setup individual secure folders for every user, necessitating passwords to access their data, while leaving Movies, Music, non-sensitive documents, manuals, programs, what have you as Public, no credentials necessary for access.
I’m able to access my NAS Pro directly over the internet, or via the Sdrive application. One can also setup access via SFTP, or SSH, if desired. One of the main reasons I’ve setup remote access is simply to monitor the health of the unit. Even though I’ve setup e-mail alerts, I also prefer the ability to instantly check the unit’s status any time I wish. Nothing worse than experiencing data corruption and not knowing what may be causing it. If your at the unit, you can see this info via the display. (cont'
Cons: Well... sticker shock. True, it's a full featured 12TB NAS Pro unit, but regardless... $1600 is a lot to digest even after factoring in everything Seagate has packaged with the device itself! With the constant sales and technology price fluctuations, one should be able to acquire this unit for a more reasonable $300-$500 off MSRP, though that IS only a guess, and only to be interpreted as such! Although at $1600, if used in a fully realized environment (50 users), I have to contradict myself, as per user, it's very reasonably priced!
Overall Review: (continued from Pros:)
Remote access will inform you if the NAS itself is the probable cause. (I’ve seen two mission critical NAS units lose data, only later to find out they were overheating… it helps to have admin rights to the NAS… but that is unrelated to this Seagate NAS Pro in any way other than to emphasize the importance of monitoring the health of the unit regularly, especially when you’re backing up sensitive, important data!)
I have 10 devices and/or users accessing this NAS. At any given time, data is being backed up to, or streamed from the unit. Movies, music, documents, game saves, Steam game ‘backups’ so we don’t have to download some of those multiple GB games again.
Although it’s only been a few weeks, I haven’t run into any performance or software issues, no hardware problems either. Transferring files from the NAS or to it utilize near max available network bandwidth of 1GB to most devices. With the 2GB ‘linked’ connection, I rarely see less than 50% throughput when the NAS is being accessed via multiple users. That’s when I monitored the speeds, no noticeable lag when streaming movies or music on a daily basis. Again, my kids are all connected, 4 PCs (gaming PCs), 2 Laptops, 3-5, sometimes 10+ smartphones and/or iPhones, Xbox whatever it is called ‘One’ I believe, PS3, PS4, a Netbook (why? Don’t ask…), iPod, a (not so…) SmartTV, and often much more. I don’t anticipate any problems streaming and backing up systems to this NAS Pro anytime soon, if even a few years from now. HDDs do fail from time to time, and as I’ve always used Western Digital without fail, I’m confident Seagate NAS drives are quality products as well. We can only wait and see!