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    • Joe_Miner
      By Joe_Miner
      By: JohnStutsman
       
       
       

       
      Figure 1 – The Calhoun Technologies HP 686745-002 “Refurbished” drive-cage in anti-static package with Dell 15” mini SAS cable resting on top with other drive-cages and HPE ProLiant ML10v2 Server
       
       
       
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      Figure 3 – ML30Gen9 drive-cage (also 686745-002 footprint) compared to 792351-001 on bottom – the sharpie markings show how much wider the front of the 792351-001 frame is compared to the 686745-002 and why the front cover of the ML10v2 wouldn’t close on the 792351-001.
       
       
       
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      Figure 4 – Tag identifying the drive-cage assembly in ML30G9 as: HPE P/N 674790-002 Replace with spare HDD Cage, 4Lff, $u Gen8 Enhanced (686745-002) LITEON (Rev. 15-11-17. The 686745-002 that arrived was identified with a similar tag: HP P/N 674790-002 Replace with spare HDD Cage, 4LFF, 4U Gen8 Enhanced (686745-002) LITEON (Rev.A) 14-03-17.
       
       
       
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      Figure 5 – Front and Back of Calhoun Technologies HP 686745-002 “Refurbished” SPS-HDD cage 4LFF 4U Enhanced
       
       
       

       
      Figure 6 – Picture of backplanes L-R: ML30G9 Drive-Cage, 792351-001, and 686745-002
       
       
       
      Video of my installation of the 686745-002.
       
       
       
       
      Video 1 – Install Drive-Cage in HPE ProLiant ML10v2
       
       
       

       
      Figure 7 – Calhoun Technologies HP 686745-002 “Refurbished” SPS-HDD cage 4LFF 4U Enhanced installed in HPE ProLiant ML10v2
       
       
       

       
      Figure 8 – HPE ProLiant ML10v2 powered up and all 3.5” drives functioning in Calhoun Technologies HP 686745-002 “Refurbished” SPS-HDD cage 4LFF 4U Enhanced
       
       
       
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    • Dewain27
      By Dewain27
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      Processor
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      Windows Button
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      Other Button and Port Layout
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      Charging LED
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      Speaker Performance / Placement
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      Case / Look of the Device
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      Size / Weight
      I put this in as it is funny to me that these two devices are so similar in size that it makes you think that they were cousins.  Its like a Ford and Mercury.  They look a little different, but the two are basically the same machine.  I think it funny because I doubt these were developed with any intention of sharing what each were doing, but they came out almost exactly the same size and weight.
       
      Screen Quality
      The Dell and the Lenovo have the same resolutions and the specs are all the same on the devices.  The only difference that I can tell is that the color on the Dell is warmer than the Lenovo, but the Lenovo seems just a hair sharper.  The screen on both of these is so good that it is such a toss up that I wouldn't let this be a decision factor. You are going to love the screen on both of these.
       
      Accessories
      So, lets be honest.  These devices are brand new and I am sure that more is to come.  Also, the Dell has been out slightly longer than the Lenovo (about a week).  Dell seems to have the edge here currently.  Dell shipped the device with options for a folio case, active digitizer pen, and on Amazon there are already other cases and accessories popping up.  Dell and Lenovo have also shown a Bluetooth keyboard cover that they intend to release.  The Lenovo has a promise for a cover and a rubber tipped stylus for a capacitive touchscreen (which would work on the Dell as well) but these are not shipping yet.  Also a search on Amazon landed me no additional accessories that were offered 3rd party.  I would say that the Dell has this one for now.
       
      Software
      The Dell is packaged up like a Microsoft Signature PC.  This means that there is really nothing on it except Windows and Office.  There are a few Dell specific apps, but no bloat-ware.  The Lenovo come packaged up with the Mcafee suite and other items that feel like bloat-ware.  It isn't over the top by any means, but you probably need to plan to uninstall some apps after you get the device. The Dell is the clear winner here and I have to commend Dell for taking this approach.
       
      Overview and Results
      Both of the devices are great value and cost the same thing.  It really comes down to simple things like the looks of the device and if one has something you really want.  If you really want the capacitive windows button, stylish design, and better camera; then the Lenovo might be your best choice.  If you really want an understated design, more accessories (for now), and no bloat-ware to uninstall; then the Dell is your choice.  Either way you have a great device that really makes people question why they are paying the money for an iPad mini.  Apps come to ecosystems when devices like this start popping up and get popular.  More tablets like this are what the Microsoft ecosystem need to drive the platform forward.
       
    • JohnTW
      By JohnTW
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      * I present my initial impressions and plan a review which I will append later along with answering any questions the community might have. I apologize if I am providing too much or too little details. *
       
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      - License key included on separate paper
      - Power adapter and prong plug are separate items, easy to assemble
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      Setup
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      - First thing I found was bloatware... tons of it, both Acer apps and third party apps
      - Instead of cleaning up and updating the machine I decided to jump right in with Windows 8.1
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      - Once updates were applied, I was asked to restart and it began to install 24 updates
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      - Nope, the screen looks hideous when it is anything but white text on a blue background (Maybe 8.1 will magically fix it? lol)
      - After installing and applying all necessary updates, it rebooted one last time and prompted me to go to the Windows Store and download Windows 8.1 Preview (1.95GB)
      - Sadly, it hung on Pending... I cancelled the install and restarted... went back to Windows Store and it was still Pending
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      - After a restart the Acer boot screen was on Setting Up for a good 30-40 minutes
      - And then it went through various other phases of setting things up
      - I will continue using the device when the install is completed and battery charged
      * I still want to like this device and am looking forward to trying out Windows 8.1 Preview and to start using my favorite apps and websites/services. I realize I probably should have made a recovery USB stick before upgrading to Windows 8.1 as I might not want to return it with 8.1 Preview on it. *
       
      Future Use Places (I will append this review with additional posts)
      - Without case and with case
      - Living Room (typically low light)
      - Bedroom (typically no light)
      - Waiting Room (hospital visit to family member, medium - lots of light)
      - Car (bright light and using phone as hotspot)
      - Outside Patio (bright light)
      - Table w/ Bluetooth Keyboard & Mouse (typical work/travel setup)
       
      Other Tablets I Might Consider
      Lenovo Miix 8 (it is is real and will ship in the North American market)
      Microsoft Surface 7-8" (pretty please!!!)
      Microsoft Surface RT 2 (if it is announced)
      Samsung ATIV Tab 3 (although not a Samsung fan, it looks nice although larger than I would prefer)
       
      About My Devices
       
      Current Devices:
      - LG Optimus G Pro (5.5" 1920x1080)
      - Chromebook Pixel (12.85" 2650x1700)
      - Mac mini - 2013 (w/ Dell 23" 1080p display)
      - iPhone 4S - work phone
       
      Previous Devices:
      - Asus VivoTab Smart (10.1" 1366x768, similar specs to W3 otherwise)
      - Nexus 4
      - iPhone 5
      - iPad Mini
      - Nexus 7
      - iPad w/ Retina Display - 3rd Gen
      - Samsung Chromebook ($249 model which I returned to get a Pixel)
      - Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 (returned for poor build quality)
       
      I want a 7-8" tablet for the following:
      - Quickly accessing apps (or web apps) like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube
      - Run TeamViewer application when VPN is not available
      - Ability to pair with a keyboard and mouse
      - Ability to act as a Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync client that is not blocked by my work (Android was recently blocked)
      - Reading Amazon Kindle books
      - Streaming Netflix and Amazon Prime Video
      - Run Chrome for cross platforming syncing and services that I use with my Android phone and Mac at home
      - Ability to run Cisco AnyConnect (not 100% needed thanks to TeamViewer)
      - Ability to run RDP apps to connect to work PC (only if VPN works)
       
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