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John H.

John H.

Joined on 09/20/05

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Most Favorable Review

Quiet & Powerful

ASUS GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5
ASUS GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5

Pros: Completely silent during normal non-gaming use. Fans don't spin and the temperature is low. For almost any "normal" (non 4k) resolution that most of us would use it still is almost whisper quiet when gaming. Still low temps and beautiful. Homeworld Remastered on this is a beautiful thing.

Cons: It's big. But you probably already knew that. Still fits in an Antec 900 though w/ some adjustments of drives/cables.

Most Critical Review

Great airflow. Purposefully bad sales and technical copy for anyone purchasing it.

Asus HYPER M.2 X16 GEN 4 CARD Hyper M.2 x16 Gen 4 Card (PCIe 4.0/3.0)
Asus HYPER M.2 X16 GEN 4 CARD Hyper M.2 x16 Gen 4 Card (PCIe 4.0/3.0)

Pros: I think this boards cooling design represents a solid effort and gives us a path toward something that I appreciate. The airflow really is great compared to motherboard mounted M.2 devices. It keeps the (sadly) one drive I'm able to use in it very cool. 20C cooler than on the motherboard. From a cooling perspective, it does well while remaining quiet.

Cons: (Purposefully) Poorly documented manual, tech sheet, and pre-purchase details with near zero excuses for not better explaining the system requirements even for their own motherboards. Using it as designated is completely dependent upon your motherboard and CPU combo. And this isn't like saying "if you don't have the latest BIOS or gear". No. This is fully dependent upon a full design where you spec out exactly which slots may or may not support this kind of configuration, what chipset you are using, what settings you are using, what CPU you are using, and what other boards (cough...video) are in your system. The baseline is that they intend this to reside in the same slot where most of us would put our GPUs. Given that you probably won't be doing that, you now are left w/ an expansion board that supports x4 M.2 drives, but you might only be able to use 1 or 2. And you MUST then check your motherboard to see which slots support how many bifurcations. And if you've never heard the word bifurcations before, then don't buy this card.

Overall Review: While I would have appreciated having this work for 4 drives, I can make do (for now) with one in it and just solve my overheating problem. Let's just hope that future CPU/Mobos combos out in 2022 support bifurcation in a better way than current chipsets do while also allowing you to actually use any modern GPU. My configuration you ask? An ASUS AMD AM4 ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi) motherboard and 3900X processor. At least once you get the board installed, the Asus BIOS (after you update it) tells you what the board can(not) do slot by slot (sorta).

Great right out of the box

Beyerdynamic Custom Game Interactive Gaming Headset
Beyerdynamic Custom Game Interactive Gaming Headset

Pros: - Comfort. Soft and just the right amount of tension to stay in place - Noise isolation. Putting these on when even unplugged takes external noises to near zero - Modular. The ability to easily plug/unplug cable(s) is great

Cons: - Price. What can I say except these are costly (but the quality backs it up) - Splitter. I think a 3.5 TRRS splitter (splits combo headset/mic plug into separate plugs) should be included - Manual. Some minor quirks w/ just the standard technology "so-so" manual delivery.

Overall Review: I've only been using these for about an hour now and feel like I can at least speak to the audio quality and setup. Definitely per quality, these are just great. From the moment I slid them on I knew I had purchased a premium product. If there is anything I would hope for per improvement it would be some clarity on setup/testing. The assumption is that you are a more educated customer and will likely know your setup (I do), but with a premium product the extra step is to then not rely on your customers to do the work for you, but to show that you care about how they use your product. I had questions on recommended audio connections, common use cases, testing/optimization of playback/input, etc. While again, the assumption is that I will "figure it out", with a premium deliverable I'd like to see that extra mile go into some details on various setups and how to optimize them. Regardless of any negatives, these are exactly what I'd hoped they would be. Comfortable, great sound, and a modular cable setup.

Strong and simple

TP-Link TL-WA901ND_RE Wireless N Access Point
TP-Link TL-WA901ND_RE Wireless N Access Point

Pros: Picked up to replace some occasionally glitching N access points w/o spending too much money on router features I did not need/use for this configuration. - Reliable connection - Fast connection - Good coverage - POE (sorta) - Included POE Injector

Cons: - Multiple reboots required on setup (once per page) to get settings to stick - POE is passive and requires 12v so unless you use the included injector you might need some additional hardware

Overall Review: For the price/quality these are OK. The did start failing requiring constant reboots (every other day) after a year or so.

Fast and quiet (mostly)

WD Black 6TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 128MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD6002FZWX
WD Black 6TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 128MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD6002FZWX

Pros: Picked one up during the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale to replace a failed 3TB Seagate. Drive is of course much faster and more quiet than the previous drive even under heavy load. I haven't used the WD black drives since I used 1TB drives in my prior build. Definitely not disappointed returning to this class of media.

Cons: Non-retail packaging of course means no cables/software, but you can at least download the software off WD's site.

Overall Review: Others appear to have encountered some drive "clicking" but mine is quiet. My configuration is using this as a media/application storage drive (Steam games, swap file, etc.) while Windows core OS files are on an SSD. I have noticed occasionally that I can hear the drive seek when doing large operations data on the drive. However, I would describe it as the standard drive "clunk" vs. a "click" that others described.

Well built product

Acer Aspire Chromebook Intel Celeron 2955U (1.40GHz) 4GB Memory 32 GB SSD 11.6" Touchscreen Chrome OS C720P-2457
Acer Aspire Chromebook Intel Celeron 2955U (1.40GHz) 4GB Memory 32 GB SSD 11.6" Touchscreen Chrome OS C720P-2457

Pros: Clean look and feel. Extremely easy setup. Great first impression. Does exactly what it is designed for incredibly well. Limited learning curve. Very fast. I'd almost consider this for my elderly parents if it were a bit larger, but definitely for a student.

Cons: None so far

Overall Review: Google is definitely working toward a complete experience here and this Chromebook gives a first glimpse of a world to come. I can see Google for Education taking off with this and similar Chromebooks as the base platform. UPDATE: We've now had this almost 2 years and it is still going strong. One minor RMA due to a loose power connection covered under warranty. To this day and two years later, we still see this as the standard in Chromebooks.