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Luke W.

Luke W.

Joined on 03/28/05

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Most Favorable Review

Works great

Verbatim 25GB 6X BD-R 25 Packs Spindle Disc Model 97457
Verbatim 25GB 6X BD-R 25 Packs Spindle Disc Model 97457

Pros: 24/25 ain't bad!

Cons: The top disk on the spindle was a coaster 8-0 The other 24 worked perfectly.

Most Critical Review

Unusable

Rosewill SATA Cable 90 Degree Right Angle SATA III 6.0 Gbps, SATA Cable 18 Inches, SATA 3 Cable - 18 Inches, Red
Rosewill SATA Cable 90 Degree Right Angle SATA III 6.0 Gbps, SATA Cable 18 Inches, SATA 3 Cable - 18 Inches, Red

Pros: Pretty color

Cons: The fat ends on the connectors will block adjacent SATA ports. On all three of the motherboards I own you cannot plug in two of these cables next to each other.

Overall Review: Totally functional if you only plan on using half of the SATA ports on your motherboard.

12/10/2013

low on power

nMEDIAPC HTPC 1080iP Typical 60W, Maxiaum 85W Mini ITX DC to ATX Integrated Power Module with  DC Adaptor - for HTPC 1080i Case
nMEDIAPC HTPC 1080iP Typical 60W, Maxiaum 85W Mini ITX DC to ATX Integrated Power Module with DC Adaptor - for HTPC 1080i Case

Pros: Very cheap.

Cons: The "maxiaum" output of 85W may be too low for your needs. Even with the 35W 4130T processor, once you add in HDD, optical drive, SSD, heat sink fan, and other peripherals you will likely be at 100W or greater. Consider the picoPSU line of power supplies (not sold on this site)

Overall Review: -1 egg (and probably -500 customers) for teh missppelling.

12/10/2013

Nice

EDIMAX EW-7811Un 150 Mbps Wireless IEEE 802.11b/g/n Nano USB Adapter
EDIMAX EW-7811Un 150 Mbps Wireless IEEE 802.11b/g/n Nano USB Adapter

Pros: Tiny wifi adapter works great on SFF HTPC. No issues with range or connectivity.

Cons: Annoying blue light

12/10/2013

Works

StarTech.com SLSATAF12 1 ft. 12" Slimline SATA to SATA with LP4 Power Cable Adapter
StarTech.com SLSATAF12 1 ft. 12" Slimline SATA to SATA with LP4 Power Cable Adapter

Pros: Connected my slim slot load blu ray drive to mini-ITX motherboard for a HTPC build

Cons: Could be cheaper

Overall Review: Originally bought an adapter from Hong Kong on a popular internet auction site. It was constructed of cheap plastic that snapped immediately. The cable is a better solution.

12/10/2013

Power without much power

Intel Core i3-4130T - Core i3 4th Gen Haswell Dual-Core 2.9 GHz LGA 1150 35W Intel HD Graphics 4400 Desktop Processor - BX80646I34130T
Intel Core i3-4130T - Core i3 4th Gen Haswell Dual-Core 2.9 GHz LGA 1150 35W Intel HD Graphics 4400 Desktop Processor - BX80646I34130T

Pros: I bought this for a low power HTPC / file server build and I am very impressed with its capabilities. Intel HD 4400 graphics are far better than I expected.

Cons: Obviously not as fast as my ~150 watt overclocked AMD machine, but under load the performance per watt is about 60% better. At idle it's no comparison.

Overall Review: This processor with a mini-ITX board, HDD raid 1 array, SSD, and slot load blu ray combo drive all run on a picoPSU! Looks beautiful in a tiny homemade plexiglass case. Was able to justify the expenditure to the wife by considering the savings on the electric bill.

12/10/2013