Date Joined: 08/13/03
Pros: On the "Pro" side, this is an Acer. I have an office and a call center full of Acers, because they are SO RELIABLE.
Cons: On the con side, this is the first set of Acers I've had in ten years that I can consider to be defective, it seems that this particular model is well-known for this issue.
Overall Review: Don't hesitate to buy Acer monitors, just not this PARTICULAR model.
Pros: This is a solid fan. And it will move a LOT of air.
Cons: There is no way that this has a 36dB sound level. At full speed, these fans are LOUD - as in "I can hear them from the next room".
Pros: These are good, solid, reliable drives, backed with a good warranty.
Overall Review: Be aware that these use SFF-8484 connectors, and you'll need the same. If you have a SAS backplane, chances are good that you do. If you have a SATA backplane or SATA card/cables, you do not. If you are using forward-fanout SAS cables, you might, but probably don't.
Pros: Terific sound. Good bass. Comfortable, adjustable.
Cons: Earpads can wear (see thoughts below)
Overall Review: I've been using these for me, and for the rest of my office for years. When I give someone a pair in the office, quite often they go buy a pair for home as well.
These will play much louder than you should be listening to, and are very good for listening to music - especially from ipods and other devices that don't have equalizers, as they do emphasize high and low ranges, and deemphasize the mid range. If you need flat response across the board, Sennheiser's "studio" or "monitor" headphones are a better choice.
The only nit I can pick is that after a couple of years of use, the cover on one of my ear pads is getting a bit worn.
Pros: Good, quality adapter
Overall Review: The brand of adapter that I received was not the same as what came with my monitor, but it was made by a solid, well-known, respected manufacturer. If anything, the adapter that I received was larger, more powerful, and more rugged than what came with the original monitor.
Pros: Good clock speed, onboard graphics, low power, and ECC support.
Overall Review: For low-power servers, this is terrific. Good clock speed, hyperthreading, low power, and it does (unlike many desktop chips) support ECC memory, if your motherboard does.
If you don't need 4 cores or the slightly higher cache of the E3 Xeon line, this is a much more economical low-power choice.
Mine blasts a ZFS RAIDZ pool at 600MB/sec, limited by the slow drives.
Pros: Easy to use, and quite convenient.
Cons: Spotty QC - I've had issues with 2 of these. One came with a dead port, the other was quite sensitive - even a slight push against the top, or the right bump of the chassis, and the hot-swap cage would short out, and all drives would lose their connection.
Pros: All of the "pros" of having a Cisco - reliability, support, performance, etc..
Cons: All of the "cons" of having a Cisco - high price, having to pay for ANY support.
Overall Review: These units are nice and solid - both in the sense of performance and in the sense of physical build. High performance, vast security options. This model can be run standalone or a lightweight AP, so it can be used with or without a WLAN controller.
This unit also has a 2.4GHz "G" radio and a 5GHz "A" radio. If you're not going to use A, you can save a few bucks and get the version without it.
Performance is terrific. I haven't done PPS measurements, but using it for latency-critical PCoIP streams gives much better seat-of-the-pants feel than other APs that I've used.
This unit does not come with antennas, you will need to purchase RP-TNC antennas to go with it.
The firmware on this is a bit dated, and the GUI is quite buggy. You can only get a newer firmware version from Cisco if you pay for a support contract. So, if you're an IOS person, use the command line. If you must use the GUI, use IE, be patient, search for online guides, and DO NOT use the "Express setup" or "Express security".
Mounting bracket is quite nice, and includes adapters to mount it directly to the T-channel in your suspended ceiling. Has provision for a secure cable, or even for a padlock.
Pros: Cheap, and works well.
Overall Review: With each AP that I upgraded (WG103), measured signal strength increased 4-7dbI over factory antennas, depending on location. Terrific work for such inexpensive antennas!
Pros: Great hardware. Very efficient. fanless.
Cons: The firmware shipped on this was HORRIBLY buggy. The newest version fixes the worst of the bugs, but there are still plenty of known caveats with no resolution. And even with the newest version, Cisco still can't get auto negotiation right.
Overall Review: Wait for meet firmware before buying this.
Pros: This does work. It bolts to the wall, it holds your monitor/TV, and it does extend.
Cons: There is enough slop in the joints, and bend in the arm that even with the back plate perfectly level, the monitor sags noticeably to the side. Tightening the joints to where it can no longer be moved doesn't completely eliminate it.
Overall Review: Like I said, it's a bit flexible. But, for the low price, I guess you can't complain TOO much.
Pros: Rock-solid. Lots of current.
Overall Review: These are by far the best in the price range - and better than a lot of units that are much more expensive! I have over a dozen of these in service, and all have been rock-solid.
Pros: Reliable, fast.
Overall Review: I've been sticking these in SuperMicro Sys-6016-TT-IBXF servers for a while, and all of them have done just what they should.
Pros: Big and beautiful.
Cons: No swivel adjustment
Overall Review: These do what an LCD should, display pixels with a reasonable viewing angle for a single user. No ghosting/tearing, or dead pixels.
I have two of these side-by-side, and they aren't square to each other. Without a swivel adjustment on the base, I have to put paper shims under the stands to get them to align.
And as others said... remember, THESE ARE GLOSSY SCREENS.
Pros: Gives you power. Shows you how many amps you are drawing.
Overall Review: These aren't complex, they do just what they should, with no quibbles. The 15 foot cords are very generous. Since I put these inside of server cabinets, I cut the cord to a couple of feet, and install a plug from Home Depot.
All of these that I have ordered have arrived with brackets.
Pros: Works reliably with all of the systems I've put on it. Also works with a keyboard w/ integrated trackball which has only one USB connector.
Cons: OSD display can be a bit painful.
Overall Review: Depsite setting the OSD to time out after five seconds, sometimes it will stick around for quite a while, and can get in the way. If they can fix that in a firmware update, this is good to go.
Pros: Small, attractive, functional. Power adapter has plenty of power to provide full 500mA to all ports simultaneously.
Overall Review: After using these with computers to attach peripherals... I now keep one on my dresser, by itself, just to charge all of my gadgets.
Pros: Only one USB connector, easy to pass between machines.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Overall Review: I purchased some of these to use with USB KVMs in server racks, where a mousing surface isn't really available. These work perfectly with the KVMs, and the trackball does the trick.
Pros: It works.
Cons: The boot is so wide that I can't get these side-by-side in my switches.
Overall Review: There's not much else to say. It's yellow, and it's an ethernet cable.
Pros: Serious performance in an economical, compact, affordable system. Low power draw. Supermicro reliability!
Cons: Westmere support needs BIOS upgrade.
Overall Review: These are terrific performers. With 5520 Nehelems, I have maxed out all 4 CPUs/16 cores with Prime95, and all four disks, and it only pulled a little over four amps@120V. Under light load, these pull a little more than an amp.
While Supermicro says that these support Westmere processors, my 5620s won't work - SuperMicro tech support says that a BIOS upgrade is needed, so you have to pop in a Nehalem to perform the upgrade. Hopefully units with the newer BIOS will work their way down the pipeline soon.
While it is a design feature, not a "con", shutting off the power will shut down both sides... shut them both down cleanly.
Pros: Small board, well designed. Polymer caps for long life. Fanless, and colorful.
Cons: Despite having an Atom CPU, this board still draws just under 40 watts from the wall, at idle without HDDs or other accessories. By the time you add a pair of hard drives and start using the system, you're at 60-65 watts. In comparison, my X2 BE-2350 system with two hard drives and 4 gigs measured in at just 70-75 watts from the wall.
Overall Review: This doesn't seem sufficiently low-power to justify the cost, nor is it sufficiently powerful to justify the cost. Also note that this requires a SODIMM memory module.
Pros: Inexpensive, reliable.
Cons: Low power factor.
Overall Review: I have used a number of these since they come out, and they have been durable and solid. They have a power factor of less than 0.7, but there has to be SOME tradeoff for getting a reliable supply that is this inexpensive.
Pros: Nice and fast. I can sustain 80+ MB/sec just doing a mkfs!
Overall Review: RE/RE2/RE3 series have always come through for me. You can't go wrong.
Pros: Works perfectly, as it should!
Overall Review: You put these in, they work, and they work reliably - you don't have to worry about them. And Crucial is TREMENDOUSLY good at support. Very highly recommended!
Pros: Tons of CPU cycles. Tons of cache. Low power. Overall win!
Overall Review: These are terrific. I've been stuffing them in 1U, dual-CPU systems, and they are all FAST and reliable. The low power draw helps significantly in stacking high-density servers in a rack, both in terms of electrical load and heat production.