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Przemyslaw C.

Przemyslaw C.

Joined on 02/09/07

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Most Favorable Review
NETGEAR WGR614 Wireless-G Broadband Router 802.11b/g up to 54Mbps/ 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Port x4
NETGEAR WGR614 Wireless-G Broadband Router 802.11b/g up to 54Mbps/ 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Port x4

Pros: Does what it is expected to do. Stable, responsive, no nasty surprises. Latest firmware for ver. 6 already installed 2.0.14_1.0.14 (purchased on Feb. 28th 07).

Cons: Unnecessary wizard. But they tell you how to bypass it (dear moderator: please allow this URL to the manufacturer's site, it contains useful information for potential users): (http://kbserver.netgear.com/products/wgr614v6.asp)

Overall Review: I had this router configured (wireless, security, MAC filtering) to my liking in about 10 minutes, without ANY, even a slightest trouble.

Most Critical Review

The ring stand is LAME

ASUS MS236H Glossy Black / White 23" Ring stand and Ergo-fit technology Widescreen LCD Monitor  w/HDMI 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50000:1
ASUS MS236H Glossy Black / White 23" Ring stand and Ergo-fit technology Widescreen LCD Monitor w/HDMI 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50000:1

Pros: Light weight, fine picture, reasonable price.

Cons: The ring stand is positively a failure. I have a low desk, so I don't need any negative angles, but still: the monitor ring base creeps and the monitor slowly tilts back, until the angle starts affecting the work comfort. Insulating tape (that black kind) helped - a little. The creep became slower. This is the sole and sufficient reason for 3 eggs only.

Overall Review: If ASUS had any decency, they would supply a redesigned stand for this monitor under warranty.

Two eggs for the i225 bug

ASUS PRIME Z490-A LGA 1200 (Intel 10th Gen) Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard (14 DrMOS Power Stages, Dual M.2, Intel 2.5Gb Ethernet, USB 3.2 Front Panel Type-C, Thunderbolt 3 Support, Aura Sync RGB)
ASUS PRIME Z490-A LGA 1200 (Intel 10th Gen) Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard (14 DrMOS Power Stages, Dual M.2, Intel 2.5Gb Ethernet, USB 3.2 Front Panel Type-C, Thunderbolt 3 Support, Aura Sync RGB)

Overall Review: I have put together the system, booted, and the Ethernet connection was not recognized. Took me some time to pinpoint the reason: the gigabit ethernet. As an emergency workaround, the computer can be plugged into a 100Mb router. The hardware problem with the i225 interface has been identified in the Fall 2020. I bought this MB in February 2021. It is a mystery why Intel and Asus haven't recalled all these faulty boards, but since they didn't, my only recourse is to (deservedly!) tarnish their reputation.

Update, now five eggs.

ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-H GAMING LGA 1200 (Intel 10th Gen) Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard (12+2 Power Stages, DDR4 4600, Intel 2.5Gb Ethernet, USB 3.2 Gen 2, AURA Sync)
ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-H GAMING LGA 1200 (Intel 10th Gen) Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard (12+2 Power Stages, DDR4 4600, Intel 2.5Gb Ethernet, USB 3.2 Gen 2, AURA Sync)

Overall Review: So, what was the story with that yellow light - it was the reversed polarity on the reset connector. It's not just an open/close thing, but rather voltage/ground. The polarity was not marked on the case cable, and the case is rather difficult to work inside (Rosewill SPECTRA D100, by the way, otherwise nice), so once I connected, I just wanted to leave it alone. The machine was in a constant reset, and that was the reason for the strange behavior. It was also confusing that many others posted similar "yellow LED" problem on the Internet, and I am now wondering how many such problems are attributable to similar simple mistakes. Newegg - perhaps it is possible to correct the rating?

Freelander PD900

Freelander PD900 10.1" Tablet PC Android 4.1 RK3188 Cortex-A9 Quad-core 2GB+16GB 0.3MP/2.0MP Camera WiFi HDMI Bluetooth
Freelander PD900 10.1" Tablet PC Android 4.1 RK3188 Cortex-A9 Quad-core 2GB+16GB 0.3MP/2.0MP Camera WiFi HDMI Bluetooth

Pros: Price, fast SoC.

Cons: 1. No GPS. 2. Quality quirks and future potential problems. My biggest concern right now is the power supply and the charging port. During charging, the tablet around the charging port is slightly warm. The power adapter is very warm. The specifications suggest a relatively large charging current. You just can't pump 3A through a power supply without generating heat. Bad design decision, slower charging for the price of increased reliability would be better. Using the tablet and charging the battery at the same time can be risky, especially when the background temperature is high.

Overall Review: This is a cheap, decent tablet, so some quirks are expected and can be tolerated, as long as it works. The price is a huge factor - I won't pay $300-$500 for an entertainment device that is supposed to be portable and exposed to rough handling. If the screen gets cracked, or if TSA agents steal my tablet, I need to be able to easily get over it and buy another one. PD900 looks like a very nice compromise between features and price. The reliability is an unknown factor though. I will be able to tell more after I use it for a year or so.

Heatsink design!

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 - Core 2 Duo Conroe Dual-Core 2.4 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80557E6600
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 - Core 2 Duo Conroe Dual-Core 2.4 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80557E6600

Pros: Fast, energy efficient CPU, no question.

Cons: The stock heatsink design plainly SUCKS. What a moron designed these anchors to be forcibly pushed through the motherboard! To the Intel "engineers": I know you guys want to be trendy, but long time ago somebody had invented something called a "screw". It's a device which allows you to gradually tighten something by applying a minimal force. I know, I know. It's ugly, it's obsolete. But you know, I would be much happier if I didn't have to hear the motherboard cracking while trying to make this last anchor lock.

Overall Review: There should be 4 screws through the heatsink, secured in the properly designed CPU socket. Plain and simple. Because of the design of the heatsink - 2 stars out!