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Michael J.

Michael J.

Joined on 11/05/04

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Follow-up to previous review

Ballistix Tactical 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLT4G3D1608DT1TX0
Ballistix Tactical 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLT4G3D1608DT1TX0

Pros: Crucial support worked with me to diagnose the problem as belonging to Dell's BIOS. It is not able to modify the XMP settings. It's not an issue with the memory.

Cons: Not able to achieve the full speed of DD3-1600, only DDR3-1333. It's the fault of the Dell BIOS though.

Overall Review: I could change the speed with a third party application, but I'd have to do that every time I restarted. Bah, perhaps I'll find a better solution in time. I'm satisfied with sticking with the full 8GB of memory at the consequence of both of my sticks of RAM running at DDR3-1333. Since the RAM does work, and the fault belonging to Dell, I've decided to upgrade the product review to five stars. Dude, I shouldn't of gotten a Dell. Eh, it's the family computer. The speed difference isn't significant enough not to be happy with the result.

Most Critical Review

Lackluster

Cresyn LMX-E630DL 3.5mm Gold-Plated Connector Canal In-Ear Sound Isolating Headphone (Black)
Cresyn LMX-E630DL 3.5mm Gold-Plated Connector Canal In-Ear Sound Isolating Headphone (Black)

Pros: They are NOT white! Good for NPR and podcast listening.

Cons: The music reproduction kind-of flops, but for the price, I'm not too disappointed.

Overall Review: Satisfied as they were cheap

Awesome mouse at an awesome price

COOLER MASTER CM310 Black Wired Optical RGB Gaming Mouse - CM-310-KKWO2
COOLER MASTER CM310 Black Wired Optical RGB Gaming Mouse - CM-310-KKWO2

Pros: Great feel Color patterns Thick scroll wheel No batteries No software

Cons: Not wireless Lefties may find the side buttons unusable

Overall Review: I’ve been using a trackball for about 15 years now, and I was considering going back to a mouse as my thumb joint was starting to ache with trackball use. Then lo-and-behold this mouse came into my life, and I am sure glad it did! First of all, it doesn’t look like some mechanical behemoth pet mouse I have sitting on my desk, but instead looks like a computer mouse – imagine that. I’m no longer a kid and don’t want the flashy look. I prefer basic appearance, and this is it (short of the lights). I can use this mouse for extended periods of time without any discomfort or pains. The designer must have been anticipating my hand being on this mouse, as it’s a perfect fit. Thumb buttons (clearly for a right-hander) are perfectly placed, only requiring a bit of backwards movement to reach the side back button. The primary and secondary buttons are easy to reach with the index and middle fingers without adjustment of my hand, and its thick middle scroll wheel is easy to manipulate without trouble. It has a slightly flat-black appearance to it, which I assume is the rubberized texture. It also has Red/Green/Blue leds available with a series of color patterns to display via the mouse wheel and body. I prefer the blue look as it matches the aesthetics of the system to which is connected, but you can cycle though seven colors on the wheel and body via the buttons on top. You can also change the light ring which goes around the mouse. Again I go with a blue appearance, but you can pick from seven preprogrammed light patterns using the middle top button, including turning the ring off. What actually surprised me about this mouse is that it doesn’t require nor use any sort of companion software for control. The lights are controlled only via the top buttons on the mouse. Tracking speed, scroll speed settings, etc. are handled via the operating system mouse settings. And speaking of which I had to turn down the tracking speed of this mouse as it obviously tracked too quickly for me coming for a trackball. And this leads me to my next point. I don’t do any serious gaming, but when I do, I expect my pointing device to keep up with me. My genres of choice, FPS and RTS, certainly require a responsive pointing device, and this mouse is it. Again coming from a trackball this might be an unfair comparison but when I need to move across the full screen quickly I find it easier to do with the mouse as opposed to the many thumb strokes required on the trackball. Thinking of it, perhaps I’ll get back into the amateur competitive gaming arena with my increased pointing capacity. This mouse is fully featured, software-less, and very usable..for a righty. My left-handed wife did not enjoy the side buttons on the right. Southpaw problems! I’ll be recommending my friends and family asking for an affordable new mouse look into this one! The only complaint is that it isn’t wireless, but I suppose the responsiveness requires a wired connection. Also, you’ll never have to change batteries. Huge Plus!

Superior Signal

TP-Link Archer T2UH AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter
TP-Link Archer T2UH AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter

Pros: Powerful, yet fairly small-profile adapter with a clean appearance. External, detachable (RP-SMA) high-gain antenna provides excellent signal. Comes with 1M USB extension cable. Very reliable and easy-to-use adapter that provided near advertised speeds and no problems during the testing period.

Cons: Green indicator LEDs; my personal preference is blue. Like any adapter with an external antenna, the T2UH feels somewhat bulky and off-center even with its overall small footprint. Adapter with extension cable makes a laptop a lot less portable.

Overall Review: This adapter works astoundingly well in sending/receiving data. Even with the automatically installed windows 10 drivers, I was picking up my router’s signal in the furthest reaches of my house at no less than 50% according to the provided software. The TP-Link supplied software worked well enough, giving you a fairly real-time readout of your signal strength. Another neat feature is the ability to create a soft AP to allow other WIFI devices to connect to your computer to use the internet. It also provides you with a signal strength meter in your task bar. The biggest disappointment, which is not exclusively the fault of the device itself, was the lack of automatic support in Ubuntu/Linux. While Ubuntu did see the device via the lsusb command, the drivers were not automatically loaded and I was forced to find the driver on TP-Link’s website and compile and load it. It felt very archaic and 20th century. Though at least TP-Link makes available Linux drivers. UPDATE December 2017: I've updated my dual-boot laptop linux kernel a few months ago, and I can not find an easy solution for this to work with a 2.6.x kernel. Making it essentially unusable on any modern linux distro. There may be a way to make it work, but I have yet to find it. Still works perfectly on windows 10.

Solid Surveillance Drive

WD Purple 6TB Surveillance Hard Disk Drive - 5700 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch WD60PURZ
WD Purple 6TB Surveillance Hard Disk Drive - 5700 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch WD60PURZ

Pros: Six terabytes of awesomeness are packed into this purple drive*. It performed well in both DVR and NAS settings, and never missed a read or write. If it’ll be fast enough to suit your purposes, this purple drive is for you. *5.45 TB when formatted NTFS

Cons: This drive, as expected, was too large to be recognized in my antiquated 480p DVR system and my older USB2 hard disk sleds.

Overall Review: When I tested this drive, I couldn’t simply drop it in my DVR system and report back that it worked. For the first week of testing, I plopped it in my NAS system that runs in my garage. I let it run for a week straight while performing data transfers. Now mind you, that isn’t for what this drive is meant, but it served relatively well for its unintended purpose. And it held up to it. While I was testing it as a NAS drive, I moved almost 5TB of data sporadically throughout the week and not a single bit was lost. Now on to its stated purpose, a surveillance drive. The 3.5” disk fit perfectly in my DVR system and was recognized after auto-formatting. I run a modest four 720p camera DVR system and this drive did not miss a single frame of recording. I was able to review footage on demand without lag (even though nothing eventful happened, like always). The drive has more than enough space to store video in my week of using it in my DVR system; I have yet to fill up the drive with security footage. In fact, two weeks wouldn’t have filled it completely. This whopper of a 6TB purple drive is certainly a HUGE step up from the 2TB green drive that was in use before this drive arrived. Of course, reliability has not been an issue in the two weeks I’ve been testing this drive. If a problem occurs in the next year with this drive I will report that here.

Feasible Bit Storage

Toshiba N300 4TB NAS Internal Hard Drive 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 128MB Cache 3.5inch - HDWQ140XZSTA (RETAIL PACKAGE)
Toshiba N300 4TB NAS Internal Hard Drive 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 128MB Cache 3.5inch - HDWQ140XZSTA (RETAIL PACKAGE)

Pros: This is a 3.5” hard disk that holds 4TB* of awesomeness. It did it well and without complaint during testing. Data transfers were smooth thanks to that 128MB buffer. This ‘high reliability hard drive’ is intended for 24x7 operations, which I certainly plan to continue doing for many years hopefully. *3,725.9 GB after formatting NTFS

Cons: It wasn’t DOA, so no cons yet. If it fails prematurely, I will let you know.

Overall Review: For testing it would be toughest conditions first. After getting the drive freshly formatted as NTFS, I took it to my workstation in my garage. I only get to use the garage for maybe three-and-half seasons, as mid-summer heat in the garage gets too hot to operate consistently. None-the-less, being the dedicated tester which I am, I forged on and fired it up after installing the drive (this was posted late July). I shut off the monitors and went to another workstation inside the much cooler house. I transferred 190GBs of MP3s to the drive without a hitch. I continued to let it run successfully for a full twenty-four hours, making a magnitude of transfers to the drive in baking heat with no problems. Then I shut the machine down and popped the drive back in an eSATA sled connected to a workstation in the house. For this local transfer I was moving 323GB of videos. It pushed all that data without dropping a bit. All the remaining tests performed, which filled the drive to near capacity, were smooth and problem free. Temperatures remained nominal during usage (excepting the period in the garage, as was expected.)

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Good product at a great price

Got this on an awesome flash deal. Worked well (except ford tail light was black positive purple negative - not the fault of this cam). Image quality is decent enough . The real problem is that i shouldve wired it to a switch so i can turn it on to check my tail without having to put it in reverse. But it is a backup camera -at an affordable price. And it does its job well. I still have to check my mirrors and look out the sides when backing out of the driveway.

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Good smart bulb Good price

Fully functioning wifi bulb, integrates with alexa to make your home even smarter. RGB bulb offers choice of colors. It got really hot during initial setup, but operational temperature now is cool to the touch. I like it a lot better than the bluetooth bulb I got on NEF a while back. direct ship from china, as indicated.

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Faster Shiping Than Expected

Item arrived a lot quicker than I expected. The product was estimated to arrive in ~ two weeks, but it arrived in one week. Good on this seller!

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