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Michael S.

Michael S.

Joined on 10/13/06

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Most Favorable Review

Makes good coffee

Hamilton Beach 49981 Stainless steel The Scoop Single-Cup Coffee Maker
Hamilton Beach 49981 Stainless steel The Scoop Single-Cup Coffee Maker

Pros: I like the fact that this coffee maker is made of high quality, nice looking, parts. The bottom of the box states that the unit is 1300 watts, which a 8 oz mug will brew in about 1.5 minutes. This unit comes with 2 filters which also serve as a scoop. There is also a third filter sits below the first filter. So the coffee is double filtered. This does a much better job than my previous, inexpensive coffee brewer.

Cons: Can only brew 14 ounces.

Overall Review: I like the overall design of this coffee maker. I also like that the base plate is metal and so are the filters. It is also nice that the base plate flips allowing for a splash less experience when brewing into smaller mugs. Well thought out maker.

A Very Nice Board

ASRock 990FX Extreme4 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock 990FX Extreme4 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: 1.) Works with openSUSE 12.3 out of the box. 2.) Nice set of features both in hardware and software aspect of the board. 3.) Supports IOMMU for some advanced virtualization configurations. 4.) Supports secure virtualization. 5.) Detected my FX-8350 and set the proper stock frequency. 6.) First ASRock purchase and it will not be my last. 7.) Nice heat sink on board. Easily installed the fan on the heat sink after removing the cap. 8.) USB 3.0 which with a USB 3.0 key booted Crunchbang in roughly 5 seconds from a USB key. lol 9.) The USB 3.0 and SSD docking station that fits into the FDD drive bay is a nice, high quality, item that includes necessary screws. 10.) Four SATA cables. 11.) Works well with G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB - F3-1866C9D-16GSR 12.) Nice bios.

Cons: None. I am very pleased with the quality of this board at this price point.

Overall Review: Had to boot with APCI=OFF during installation then remove acpi=off in the boot options after the first boot; not necessarily the board's fault as this happened on my previous AMD build. Just a tip if you are having problems installing Linux. I am really happy with how virtualization performs on this board. I had WIndows 7 and Windows XP running on top of openSUSE without any slowdown ( With 16GB memory). As for the memory I just had to select the second recognized profile in the BIOS and the bios set the correct frequency and timings for my RAM that was easy. I don't intend on overclocking my CPU as I find it fast enough already. But I have found that these types of over-clocker oriented boards tend to have a greater life expectancy as heat is the enemy of the PC and this type of board has higher thermal capacities. Just an unscientific opinion.

Bootable Linux Drive

SanDisk Extreme 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ80-016G-A75
SanDisk Extreme 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model SDCZ80-016G-A75

Pros: Speed. It operates faster than my old hard drive in my laptop. Electronic components - they actually made a nice controller for this drive with SMART enabled. It doesn't monitor or log tests or anything like that but it does give you an overall health assessment of the drive.

Cons: It looks like they spent the budget on making this drive fast and skimped a little on build quality of the casing. The plastic is very thin and when it is plugged in and you place pressure on it the plastic actually bends a little.

Overall Review: This drive is very fast. I decided to use this as a primary hard drive replacement on a older laptop. I researched which drives are the best based on speed and investment and this one was the winner. It performs faster than the original drive even though it is only running on USB 2.0. CrunchBang Linux flies off this stick. My laptop is now silent and speedier and the battery life has been extended. Essentially this USB flash drive is a SSD on a stick. This is definitely a recommend if you are looking to use this as a bootable drive for OS installs or a persistent live drive for Linux. I wasn't able to test it on USB 3.0 because I don't have any devices that employ that tech just yet.