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Christopher H.

Christopher H.

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Fast and Simple

D-Link 8-Port EasySmart Gigabit Ethernet Switch - Lifetime Warranty (DGS-1100-08)
D-Link 8-Port EasySmart Gigabit Ethernet Switch - Lifetime Warranty (DGS-1100-08)

Pros: There is no fuss to configuring and setting this switch up. Pull it out of the box and plug it in. It switches traffic fast and never had an issue during the torture tests I put it through. Multiple RIS installations, streaming backups. iSCSI traffic and the like. It just soaked it up. The chassis is solid quality metal. I've dropped it into a tool box after a long day at a customer site and it isn't even dented.

Cons: The only issue I could find was that this won't fit in a standard rack... but then it's a desktop switch. This is for a SOHO or test lab. Not for a rack-mounted environment.

Overall Review: Not much else to say. This works the first time all the time. I've taken it to multiple customer locations and put it through the ringer.

Most Critical Review

Mixed Feelings

TRENDnet TEW-817DTR AC750 Wireless Travel Router
TRENDnet TEW-817DTR AC750 Wireless Travel Router

Pros: Secure your device on the road Attaching to known wireless network

Cons: Questionable security No HTTPS on the web interface (that I could find) Device listens on ports that it shouldn't even with the firewall enabled

Overall Review: The difficult part about this device is that I really wanted to like the theory. You put this between you and a public network at your hotel room and you have a more secure method of attaching to the 'net. However there are a few problems. Firstly the firmware won't allow an HTTPS connection to the web interface. If I missed this I apologize but this should be the first priority for any company who is targeting this at road warriors who are concerned about security. Secondly the device is listening on TCP/UDP ports that it shouldn't be on both the LAN and WAN interface. Why? This should be shut off. I have not had a single problem with performance of the device. I plugged it in at home, loaded up my internet connection and was able to use this as my primary router for a few hours. I beat the daylights out of it with downloads and uploads etc, and no performance issues at all. No reboots either, which is common on smaller devices when they get pushed hard. Over all it's a solid performing device with a few minor flaws. Fix the security and lock down the interface. Then it'll be excellent.

Solid Machine - Fast and affordable

ASUS - Gaming Laptop - 15.6" IPS-level - AMD Ryzen 5 2500U (up to 3.6 GHz) - NVIDIAGeForce GTX 1050 - 8 GB RAM - 256 GB SSD - Wi-Fi 5 - Fingerprint - Backlit Keyboard - VivoBook (K570ZD)
ASUS - Gaming Laptop - 15.6" IPS-level - AMD Ryzen 5 2500U (up to 3.6 GHz) - NVIDIAGeForce GTX 1050 - 8 GB RAM - 256 GB SSD - Wi-Fi 5 - Fingerprint - Backlit Keyboard - VivoBook (K570ZD)

Pros: CPU is powerful Primary storage is fast Wireless card has good range and was able to contend with a saturated network no issues Task switching is seamless and does not cause the machine to falter

Cons: The lid is... bendy. Though fast, 256GB of storage isn't a lot. Prepare to carry an external drive or upgrade the disk at a later time.

Overall Review: Full disclosure, I was provided this machine to review in order for my honest feedback. I've been an Intel user for the past ten years. After a debacle with a last gen FX chip from AMD I was hesitant to make the jump back. That said Ryzen really has caught my attention, and it should catch yours as well. This machine easily keeps pace with my 7th Gen Core i5 with twice the RAM. Daily work tasks are quick and nimble and it never gets noisy during normal operations. Sure, the screen isn't as good as some other higher priced machines, but for what I'm using this for I'm not going to complain. What am I using it for? Minecraft and Stellaris with a little Visual Studio Code thrown in for good measure. I'm typically twenty or thirty Chr-Edge tabs deep with Firefox thrown in for good measure. This thing handles it all and you only really notice the screen when you're at an off angle. Head on and a bit of an angle left or right there's no issues. Real complaints are focused only around the chassis flex apparent in the lid. It isn't as sturdy as other laptops I'm used to. Using a single side of the lid to open it up will result in flex that is, frankly, a bit worrisome. However the machine never suffered any faults because of it. And the screen has always looked great. Overall this was impressive enough for me to work towards upgrading all of my rigs to Ryzen based CPU's. This machine stays cool, returns decent battery life when you're not gaming, and provides enough punch to game when it's time to relax. 100% for this price you really can't beat it.

Oh so nice...

Patriot Viper V770 Gaming RGB Mechanical Keyboard with Dedicated Media and Macro Keys
Patriot Viper V770 Gaming RGB Mechanical Keyboard with Dedicated Media and Macro Keys

Pros: Tactile keys Great hand placement. Solid build quality That audible "click" when typing!

Cons: Zero.

Overall Review: Full disclosure, Newegg sent me this product to review. At first I was a bit unsure that I would like it. I work from home so I have used this thing every day for 8+ hours a day for the past week. I was typing on a... lets say competitor's... keyboard before this. The switch was completely worth it. The keys respond perfectly and the audible click is, somehow, reassuring. Then there's the eye-candy. LED's under the keys? Yep. Bright enough to let you know that you're serious about your PowerShell scripting? Yep. LED's dance around like lightning when you've got it configured to display light-blue? Oh yeah. Constant LED stream below the keyboard on the palm rest to let people know that you're not messing around? D@/\/\|\| skippy. I feel like this keyboard was made for me. 8 years old on the inside and prone to hyperbole. But let's be honest, that's all guys... and this thing is just the right amount of "show" to make it perfect.

Solid Rails and Clean Power

CORSAIR CX-M Series CX750M 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Semi-modular Power Supply
CORSAIR CX-M Series CX750M 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Semi-modular Power Supply

Pros: Subtle looks with a semi-modular configuration. Nice flat cables without cable sheathing to get caught on everything while you route the cable.

Cons: No issues. The only thing that might be a con is that it's not fully modular, but for my use it wasn't a problem.

Overall Review: I've had this powersupply for approximately a month. In that time I've run an FX8350 and FX8320E chip overclocked to around 4.5. I am also running a GTX780 and 32GB of DDR3. Most of my time is spent running various VM's in lab etc. I've not experienced a single glitch or issue with this PSU. I formerly had a TX650 for over three years on this machine without a single issue. This new unit was much easier to install and with the semi-modular design less cable clutter to disrupt air-flow.

Quick, Quiet and Speedy

Seagate BarraCuda ST3000DM008 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda ST3000DM008 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Quiet Operation Low Price

Cons: None observed

Overall Review: I've had this drive for a few weeks and thus far it's been rock solid. This additional drive compliments the four drives I already have in my FreeNAS deployment. When this disk came in I added another and then dropped that pair in as an additional Mirror pair in my existing mirror stripe for a six disk "Raid10" in other NAS devices. With a total of 8TB of useable space this NAS provides a data dump of storage for my home lab environment. These disks are quiet and do not chew up a large amount of power. They also do not generate a shed load of heat either. Overall a solid purchase. Seagate has cleaned up their act and I won't hesitate to purchase more when the time comes.

12/14/2016