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James B.

James B.

Joined on 11/05/07

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Most Favorable Review

Works perfectly and sets up automatically with Windows 10

Wavlink Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter, Wireless Bluetooth CSR 4.0 Dongle Adapter  Compatible with Windows 10,8.1/8,7,Vista, XP, 32/64 Bit and Classic Bluetooth, Stereo Headset Compatible ---Shipped by Newegg
Wavlink Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter, Wireless Bluetooth CSR 4.0 Dongle Adapter Compatible with Windows 10,8.1/8,7,Vista, XP, 32/64 Bit and Classic Bluetooth, Stereo Headset Compatible ---Shipped by Newegg

Pros: - It lets me connect Bluetooth devices to my PC, just as it should

Cons: - N/A

Most Critical Review

ASUS, I'm disappointed in you

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Nothing special.

Cons: This motherboard comes with two FAKE RAID controllers, the Marvell® 9128 PCIe SATA6Gb/s controller and the Intel ICH10R controller. The Marvell controller handles the two 6Gb/s SATA ports and the Intel controller handles the 6 3Gb/s SATA ports. Both of these controllers' FAKE RAID capabilities are terrible, and will leave you ripping your hair out and reinstalling your OS over and over. Also, the 6Gb/s ports actually perform significantly worse than the 3Gb/s ports. There are a few benchmarks out there you can search for if you are interested in specifics. I'm really disappointed that ASUS decided to include these two broken FAKE RAID controllers in one of their products. I have been a loyal ASUS customer for over a decade, but this is quite disheartening.

Overall Review: First I set up a FAKE RAID1 volume on the Marvell controller. I installed Windows 7 and after a few reboots, the drives for the FAKE RAID1 volume were no longer in the volume. The only fix is to rebuild the volume and reinstall, but it will just happen again. Once, I managed to get the Marvell drivers installed. It installs Apache web server because the FAKE RAID manager is web-based! Of course, the layout is broken in Chrome. So I disabled the Marvell SATA controller and tried the Intel ICH10R controller. I set up a FAKE RAID0 volume for my OS and a FAKE RAID1 volume for storage. The Intel controller is much worse, because its problems are more subtle and insidious and take longer to destroy your system. The first sign of trouble is that your FAKE RAID1 volumes will have to completely rebuild every few reboots. Your system will start to randomly hang for no reason and then you will panic when Windows keeps rebooting before getting to a login screen. Avoid FAKE RAID!

Cheap for a reason

Diablotek DA Series PSDA500 500 W ATX Power Supply
Diablotek DA Series PSDA500 500 W ATX Power Supply

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Anemic and inconsistent power output. I have a rather moderately specced system. Intel i7-960 CPU, GeForce GTX 560 Ti, 2 hard drives. Running Windows 7 64-bit. Using this PSU my system will often get stuck in a reboot loop while trying to load Windows. It will also cause my system to randomly reboot after running for several hours, causing my RAID array to have to be rebuilt each time, and often causing the filesystems to become corrupted. Spend a few extra bucks and get another brand.

Not a gaming mouse, misleading specs

GIGABYTE GM-M6880 Metal Black 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 1600 dpi Gaming Mouse
GIGABYTE GM-M6880 Metal Black 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 1600 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: Comfortable and the weighting feels good.

Cons: The GIGABYTE info page for this product lists "FPS: 3000fps" as a specification. I'm not sure what this means. I assumed it had something to do with the polling rate. I ran a tool to check my polling rate though and it is fixed at 125hz. The GIGABYTE driver for this mouse does not allow you to change the polling rate, so I don't really understand what makes it a gaming mouse. A 125hz polling rate means your mouse movements get sent to your game a maximum of once every 8ms. This delay is noticeable over a short period of time compared to a 1000hz polling rate or even a 500hz polling rate, which are common adjustments on a REAL gaming mouse. Technically, using GIGABYTE's own useless "FPS" rating for this mouse would give it an actual spec of 125fps, not 3000fps. 3000fps is silly anyway. That would require a polling rate of 3000hz. I haven't seen any way to set the USB polling rate above 1000hz. First and last GIGABYTE product I ever buy.

Rosewill: You Fail

Rosewill RNX-GX4 Wireless-G Broadband Router / Open Source & DD-WRT Firmware support IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g
Rosewill RNX-GX4 Wireless-G Broadband Router / Open Source & DD-WRT Firmware support IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g

Pros: Very cheap.

Cons: Based on my experience with other Rosewill products, I expected more than this. The wireless constantly drops me and I have to restart the router before it will work again. This happens on my laptop and smartphone. I've changed the wireless channel and other settings, and it still ceases to function every few hours until a restart. The management interface is terrible. For example, the LAN MAC filter settings also filter wireless clients, even though it doesn't indicate this and there is a separate MAC filter for wireless clients. The management interface is full of hilarious translations like the following from the Dynamic DNS page: "The DDNS feature allows you using domain name (not IP address) to access Internet." Really, Rosewill? I can access Internets WITHOUT IP address? Why doesn't yous paying someones to spended one hours to PROOFREAD translatings? Major fail and big loss of awesomeness points for Rosewill.

Overall Review: I'll be returning this product, and I don't think I can trust Rosewill for anything more sophisticated than cables, keyboards, and cases.