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Richard S.

Richard S.

Joined on 10/27/10

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Most Favorable Review

Designed by Romulans!

BIOSTAR TPOWER i55 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
BIOSTAR TPOWER i55 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Connectors.. TONS of them. Not as much for Fans but USB ports up the wah-zoo including more possible back thanks to availiable on-board's. Legacy IDE connectors for an old-school like me allows for little extras. (or keep the SATA connectors free for hard drives using an IDE DVD burner) Onboard audio is pretty good for run-of-the-mill realtek. Also has onboard Power and Reset buttons as well as an LED indicator which is perfect for troubleshoot.

Cons: RAM upgrade to over 4gb required a BIOS update. Hence the minus 1egg. The Biostar tech support assured me it was not needed however I decided to use my hunch and do it anyway after 2 weeks of mails and RAM testing. I even RMA'd a pair of Dimms because I thought they were defective. If you read this review and had (or still have) Ram problems, FIRST upgrade the bios.. then, install the first set of RAM dimms in the ORANGE slots, boot (complete), shut down and install the next set in the WHITE slots. That's how it managed to work for me under win7 64bit Ultimate.

Overall Review: Lights.. LIGHTS everywhere.. that thing looks like it was designed by Romulans with all it's lights. Looks very high tech and it comes with all the wires you might need. The Audio connector is poorly placed however and power connectors are not friendly when it comes to a bottom-placed Power supply. Bios is not very friendly but gets the job done despite it's complicated menu structure.

Most Critical Review

Garbage

Cooler Master MH670 Gaming Headset with 2.4GHz Wireless, Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound, and Multi-Platform Compatibility
Cooler Master MH670 Gaming Headset with 2.4GHz Wireless, Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound, and Multi-Platform Compatibility

Pros: Comfy, sounded good while they lasted.

Cons: Annoying to get the mic detected by apps. Broke after barely 3 months of use: would not turn on or be detected anymore.

Overall Review: Customer support is also garbage. I was asked for a video to show that pressing the power button doesn't turn on the headset. Very disappointed, I cannot recommend.

11/22/2020

Works, but slow.

MSI GeForce GT 1030 2GB DDR4 PCI Express 3.0 x16 (Uses x4) Low Profile Video Card GT 1030 2GD4 LP OC
MSI GeForce GT 1030 2GB DDR4 PCI Express 3.0 x16 (Uses x4) Low Profile Video Card GT 1030 2GD4 LP OC

Pros: Easy to set up, comes as low profile and has 2 gb of ram.

Cons: Did not notice it was an X4 card. Video playback was slower than with a 7 year old Radeon HD3870

Overall Review: Decent for a media machine, but the x4 speed is really hurting this card.

11/22/2020

Had a great refurbisher!

Nvidia Quadro M4000 8GB GDDR5 256-bit PCI Express 3.0 x16 Full Height Video Card
Nvidia Quadro M4000 8GB GDDR5 256-bit PCI Express 3.0 x16 Full Height Video Card

Pros: Was a breeze to install, drivers worked first install. Excellent bang for the workstation buck.

Cons: Came with a length plate at the back. Had to remove it so it fit in the case. Display ports not numbered, was not sure what to plug where at first.

Overall Review: Solid component, does exactly what it was meant to do.

Quirky but Sturdy

Tt eSPORTS  CHALLENGER ULTIMATE Gaming Keyboard Black KB-CHU003US
Tt eSPORTS CHALLENGER ULTIMATE Gaming Keyboard Black KB-CHU003US

Pros: Bought to replace a Logitech G15 1st Gen that started to malfunction. After that beast of a keyboard, I knew what I needed: -Backlighting -Media Keys -Programmable 'macro' keys (for programs and quick shortcuts) -Built-in USB hub It fulfills all those expectations brilliantly as the lighting is not only customizable but much brighter than the G15. I hesitated a lot between yet another Logitech and something with a lower profile and that is easier to clean/take apart.

Cons: Most reviews point this out: The uninterrupted row of function keys up top that also mesh with the media keys. Its unintuitive and does mess up with the conventions. I put up little reminder stickers next to the 'play/pause' and F5 keys so that I can visually know where to hit faster. Granted I don't type with those, I found it necessary. The volume keys work solely when you plug speakers/headphones to the audio jacks of the keyboard. A lack of foresight BUT, it allows me to hear something, say, on skype through the headphones and have the main speakers for everything else. The drivers are all but practical as well. The ability to remove the on-screen cues, select the utility of the volume buttons and easily tell how to save and display the light options would be nice. I would have removed an egg due to the drivers, but the keyboard itself makes up for the driver's shortcomings.

Overall Review: I typed on many laptops. This keyboard is like typing on a cloud, feels sturdy and is very, very silent compared to my other beast with massive buttons. I used to like the G15 LCD screen but I could definitely live without it as it served only to show the CPU and RAM usage nowadays. The low profile and easy cleaning (it is not as deep as a mechanical or full-height keys to get between the cracks) I'm glad that, at least, they allowed for the turning off of the Tt logo. It was FAR too bright. Those of you that did not like how the volume buttons are ineffective with windows, look up "volumouse" in google. It's a free program that allows for quick volume tweaks using the mouse wheel with a key combination. Ohyeah.. the fan? It's cute.. but I didnt buy it for that. I'll see how much juice comes from the socket and maybe repurpose it.. it mean, it's a PLUG on a keyboard :)

Tight, Fast and efficient

NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 2-bay (diskless) w/ 3 yr warranty
NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 2-bay (diskless) w/ 3 yr warranty

Pros: Bought to replace a linksys NAS200, this tight little device packs quite a lot. Granted I have no use for a USB 3.0 port at the moment, I was surprised by the size of the device. The hard drives sit tight in lockable and completely removable drawers for ease of access by the front and sports a big fan at the back. (A missing item on the NAS200 that killed many customer's hard drives). What sold it to me were the two 1000Gb ethernet ports as I have two computers to connect to the device.

Cons: Installation was far from a breeze, like advertised. I had to reset it twice to factory settings (not losing any data, as there were none on the drives) just to get the drives in the configuration that I wanted and to access it via network. Connecting one computer worked well, but the other caused a headache. Netgear provides help solely from their forums and I got lucky a network-savvy geek was on patrol. Both ethernet ports on the device had to be manually given a static IP and matching network addresses custom-made for each PC. The bundled programs offered no such solutions. Or even suggested it in the help.

Overall Review: Despite it all, it works. And works very, very well. 20 to 80 times faster than the previous network apparatus, this little guy is bound to save me headaches in the long run. I'll be sure to upgrade my cable from CAT5 to a 5e or 7 though, as I saw a difference between the two computers. In final, I found it easily configurable enough and with enough punch to give it 4 eggs. -1 egg for poor installation documentation that is labeled as 'easy'. I could have removed 2, but the jump in speed dampened that. It was also delivered superfast. Kudos Newegg!