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John T.

John T.

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent NAS. Very intuitive and easy to use.

WD 0TB My Cloud PR2100 Pro Series Diskless w/ Transcoding, NAS - Quad-core Processor & 4GB RAM (WDBBCL0000NBK-NESN)
WD 0TB My Cloud PR2100 Pro Series Diskless w/ Transcoding, NAS - Quad-core Processor & 4GB RAM (WDBBCL0000NBK-NESN)

Pros: -Plex hardware transcoding -RAID 1 reliability -Enough features to satisfy most users -Fast network speed -Very easy to use -Easy to back up -Quiet -IPv6 support -Populated drives come with WD Red drives -Very easy to maintain

Cons: -Somewhat limited when compared to building your own server -May still be complicated for novice users -May still be expensive for some people -2 and 4 drives may be limiting to some users who require huge amounts of space

Overall Review: 2x WD 6TB Red Drives. Drive is connected to a UPS (Highly suggest you do this to prevent an abrupt shutdown and to protect from surges). I love this drive. I had a DL2100 before and it served me very well for a year. The problem with that unit came when I decided to throw all my Blu-rays on it. Transcoding was slow and I constantly got the "you're device is too slow" message from Plex. The PR2100 is a great improvement. It can transcode 1080p Blu-rays without a hiccup. I have yet to try 4K since I do not own any 4K monitors or TVs. I prefer these units to building a server because of their small footprint. It just sits in the corner, quietly, doing it's thing. It does not consume a lot of power or put out a lot of heat and it is easy to forget it's there. The price and feature list is reasonable when compared to building a dedicated machine. The OS is incredibly easy to use. It is very intuitive. It's packed with enough apps and features to keep most users satisfied. It's very easy to access on the road from your computer or phone. As long as you have good cell service or are connected to a decent internet connection, accessing and transferring files is fast. From what I hear, the Time Machine feature works flawlessly. It also sends alerts by email if there is a problem. The app on the phone can be set to automatically back up your photos and movies. The only real maintenance is dusting it out and checking the drive status every so often. You can also quickly and easily create additional backups via an external hard drive. Network speeds are very fast. My main system has an Intel I219-V NEC and I get around 115MB/s read/write speeds. Results vary when transferring a ton of little files, but that is typical for any file transfer. When considering that the theoretical limit of Gigabit is 125MB/s that is pretty good. The processor is very fast and the drive is quick and responsive. The 4GB of RAM is plenty for this unit. Overall, I am very satisfied with this product. It is easy to use, fast and leaves a small footprint. It is extremely easy to maintain. It is packed with features and apps and handles Plex extremely well. It provides automatic backup via RAID 1 for peace of mind in case a drive fails. You can even easily back up to an external hard drive if you want for an additional back up. It even notifies you when something is wrong via email. It's nice to have one place for all your files that has the redundancy of RAID 1 instead of every device having its own storage. This is originally why I entered the NAS game. My files were all over the place and there were 2-3 copies of my library since every device had its own copy. Keeping all devices up to date was a huge hassle. WD has made it very easy to organize and safely store my data.

12/19/2016
Most Critical Review

Average case. Good cooling.

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan
Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan

Pros: -This thing is humongous. Has enough space for everything including the beefiest of GPUs. -25cm fan is really nice. -Good cooling (IF you get a second optional drive bay). On par with many modern cases. -Tool drawer comes quite handy. I have a place for all my adapters and a AAA Mag Light.

Cons: -Extremely hard to work in. To do anything especially with HDDs, you pretty much have to dismantle half the case. -Poorly designed HDD bays. HDDs are difficult to screw in. Why not a long screw design like the Antec 900? -The toolless stuff is flimsy and gets in the way. You cannot even use the PCI retention clips on high end GPUs because the heatsink gets in the way. -Rear HDD bay is useless because you have to buy extra long SATA cables. -You have to buy an extra front HDD cage for extra harddrives and cooling. -Needs better cable management like the Corsair 800D for example. -Top 90mm (or was it 92mm) is useless and noisey. Why not a 120mm fan instead? -Not everything fits together perfectly. Many screw holes not perfectly aligned. Poor quality construction. -Difficulty installing long PSUs.

Overall Review: I am not going to completely knock this case since it has served me pretty well for many years and because the design is older. It does what it needs to do. Its spacious and provides pretty good cooling. The only thing I truely hate about this case is working in it and it's sub-par quality. There are just tiny screws after tiny screws not nice easy to manage thumb screws. The HDD bays are also poorly designed. Screwing in HDDs is a hassle. The screw holes when mounting the bays are not aligned and many things just seem to fit together poorly. This was an okay design back in 2005 but cases have come a long way since then. The Antec cases are a much better deal at this price point, are much better designed, and are higher quality. I am going to replace this case with a Corsair 800 very soon. TT needs to overhaul this case and add more modern features to it. Also raising quality would be nice.

Best NVMe Drive on the Market

Intel 750 Series 2.5" 400GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPE2MW400G4X1
Intel 750 Series 2.5" 400GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPE2MW400G4X1

Pros: -Intel Reliability -Great Software -2.5" varient is a good choice LGA1151 CPU boards lacking x4 slot or proper lane configurations on x16 slot -2.5" variant is a good choice for SLI/CFX configurations -Excellent built quality -Derived from enterprise drives. -Stays Cool -Does Not Throttle -High IOPS -Good read speeds

Cons: -U.2 interface (most motherboards lack native support unless you use an M.2/U.2 adapter) -U.2 to M.2 converters can be cumbersome and unattractive -Cannot fit in laptops (too thick and laptops lack interface for this drive) -Thicker than standard SSDs which may limit placement in certain cases with motherboard tray SSD mountings -Expensive -Mediocre write speeds

Overall Review: I purchased this drive about a year ago and I absolutely love it. Originally was going to go with a Samsung 950 Pro but scratched the idea due to overheating/throttling issues. Plus by brother receiving a defective one and the one in my dad's computer burning out after a month didn't help its cause. I jumped up to the RoG Maximus VIII board for the native U.2 port to accommodate this drive (although this drive will work fine going through an M.2 converter at the cost of some performance and aesthetics). The 2.5" variant is a nice choice for LGA1151 CPU boards. My motherboard would not have been able to accommodate the AIC version due to lack of a x4 slot and proper lane configurations on the x16 slots. I have owned Intel SSDs before and found them to be very reliable. They may not always be the fastest but they have always been fast enough. The software that comes with this drive is top notch and it actually ships with a CD containing the NVMe drivers for Windows 7. The build quality is excellent with a nice beefy heat sink integrated into the case to keep the controller and memory chips cool. It was pretty expensive when compared to the Samsung drive (at the time of purchase) but the design allows the drive to stay cool which eliminates throttling while increasing reliability. On my board the Samsung would be sitting under my second GTX 1080 which probably would not helped the overheating/throttling issues. Definitely would recommend this drive for someone were reliability and solid performance is a high priority.

11/27/2016

Great Product for Older Cases without standard USB 3.0 motherboard connector.

Coboc EA-U3Y-8-BK USB3.0 20-pin Motherboard header to 2 ports Type A Female Adapter Converter Y cable
Coboc EA-U3Y-8-BK USB3.0 20-pin Motherboard header to 2 ports Type A Female Adapter Converter Y cable

Pros: -Works as advertised -Price is fair

Cons: -None

Overall Review: Used this product for the front USB 3.0 port on my Corsair 600T case. Since that case was developed when there was no standard USB 3.0 header, it used a pass through to a rear port. This product allowed me to utilise the front port via the motherboard header instead of taking up a rear port.

Pretty Good Enclosure

Vantec NexStar 3 2.5" SATA to USB 2.0 & eSATA External Hard Drive/SSD Enclosure (Onyx Black) - Model NST-260SU-BK
Vantec NexStar 3 2.5" SATA to USB 2.0 & eSATA External Hard Drive/SSD Enclosure (Onyx Black) - Model NST-260SU-BK

Pros: -Gets the job done. -You get a lot of stuff for the money -Good heat transfer -Attractive design

Cons: -Cheaper build than my Vantec CX enclosure -Fingerprint magnet

Overall Review: I bought this product at a local store because I needed to transfer some files and could not wait a week. It works just fine but it seems very fragile. Compare to my Vantec CX 3.5" enclosure, this thing is flimsy. The way the enclosure looks and feels as if it were made of glass does not help. It also uses cheap plastic for the front and back. You do however get a lot of stuff for the money. The package includes an eSATA bracket for older computers, an eSATA cable, a USB cable to power it and/or use in USB mode, and a nice carrying case. The carrying case will only fit the USB cable and will not close if you try to cram the eSATA cable in it (the USB cable is required to power it). I give it a 4/5 because even though the package is nice, the enclosure is a little on the flimsy side and Vantec offers the more robust CX series.

The way G15 v2 should have been.

Logitech G510 Keyboard
Logitech G510 Keyboard

Pros: -Smoother and quieter keys than the original G15 -Rest is more comfortable than the original G15 -Backlight colour can be changed -Logitech finally got rid of those quarky USB ports -18 G-keys

Cons: -Overall build quality is not as good as the original G15 -Screen is small -Rather have the play buttons and volume control under the screen -Cable management is gone.

Overall Review: I bought this to replace my aging G15 (the original version). It still works but after 4.5 years of use, the keys are worn and the backlight is flickering like crazy. I was kind of upset because the new G15 was shipping with only 6 G-keys (I use every single one of my 18 G-keys). The only other option was to buy the G19 and pick the most important 12 out of the 18. When this came out I was excited to finally replace my worn out keyboard. There is a lot to like about the G510 and a lot to dislike. I like how the keys are quieter and smoother and that you can adjust the colour of the backlight. I also like the redesigned rest. I dislike that the screen is smaller and the overall build quality is not as good as the original G15. I hate the new placement of the audio controls and the lack of cable management. I am giving this keyboard a 4/5 because of the smaller screen and because it seems flimsier than my old G15.