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Jeremy S.

Jeremy S.

Joined on 04/09/04

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Most Favorable Review

Great looking RAM!

CORSAIR Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 DRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Desktop Memory Model CMW16GX4M2A2666C16W
CORSAIR Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 DRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Desktop Memory Model CMW16GX4M2A2666C16W

Pros: - Look fantastic. The white casing is really set off by the lights. - XMP Compliant – no fiddling with the BIOS trying to get the numbers set right, just plug it in and go! (And boy I do not miss that) - The lights are configurable via the CUE software from Corsair BUT, you can also use the latest version of Asus’s Aura software to control them. My motherboard and video card are by Asus, and the RAM, cooling, and case are Asus and I can get them all to sync up with lighting patterns now. - Fast, and stable overclocked – I tested it up to 3000Mhz just to see if I could error it out.

Cons: - Uh, it’s good looking, fast, stable, and decently priced. I can’t think of a single con. It didn’t add 500fps to any of my games? It doesn’t spray unicorns and rainbows all over the case window when I turn it on? (Well, it kind of does spray rainbows….so scratch that…)

Overall Review: I admit I am biased. My whole PC is full of Corsair products from the PSU to the cooling for the CPU to the RAM, to the Case. But, I have been using Corsair for decades and they have never let me down, and this RAM didn't either.

Most Critical Review

Why? What is this for?

iRULU Walknbook 10.1-Inch Tablet PC - Quad Core, 2-in-1 32GB Hybrid Laptop, IPS Display, Plastic Cover, Microsoft Windows 10 OS, Soft Detachable Keyboard With Stand - Grey
iRULU Walknbook 10.1-Inch Tablet PC - Quad Core, 2-in-1 32GB Hybrid Laptop, IPS Display, Plastic Cover, Microsoft Windows 10 OS, Soft Detachable Keyboard With Stand - Grey

Pros: Yeah, I got nothing.

Cons: - SLOW. - Tiny battery life. - Poor connection between keyboard and tablet. - Did I mention SLOW? - What the heck is wrong with the speakers? They crackle even when the system is muted. - There's no system power to run things, but the back gets hot anyway.

Overall Review: Look, I'm not sure what this thing is supposed to be for. Web browsing? It's too slow. Pages take forever to load and there is crazy lag when scrolling. Word processing? It's so slow Word has to catch up to my typing. Besides that, the keyboard seems to miss about 20% of my keystrokes. Forget playing games. Windows 10 came with Candy Crush Soda Saga installed. I laughed so hard at this system when it kept freezing on a game my phone can crush. Forget trying to install Hearthstone or anything similar. Honestly, this reminds me of those $30 Android tablets they sold in drugstores. Yup, it's cheaper than a Surface. Nope, you're not saving money, because you won't be able to do anything you want to do with this, and you'll end up having to buy something more expensive anyway. If zero eggs was a choice, I would have picked it.

What an upgrade!

Crucial P3 Plus 2TB PCIe 4.0 3D NAND NVMe M.2 SSD, up to 5000MB/s - CT2000P3PSSD8
Crucial P3 Plus 2TB PCIe 4.0 3D NAND NVMe M.2 SSD, up to 5000MB/s - CT2000P3PSSD8

Pros: - So fast compared to my previous hybrid HDD. - Really not a lot of fuss to install.

Cons: - I mean, you can always get faster, cheaper, better; Just not all of them at once. Not really a con.

Overall Review: I used this drive to replace my current STEAM partition that was a hybrid 4TB drive. I skipped all the manufacturer's input (instructions, drivers, etc) and just put the drive in a cheap PCIe adaptor I had, slotted it in, booted, and used AOMI Partition Magic to copy the whole partition over. AOMI told it would take 17 hours, so I went to bed. It was done in the morning. (2TB partition, mostly full of games.) STEAM games load SO much faster now. The first Crystalmark chart is the old drive, the second in the new drive. Yes, you can get faster. Yes, you can get better, but for the price? I am probably going to get another of these for my video editing partition. (I have an M2 slot, but it's used for the OS drive. AORUS A3 Ultra, i7-8700k)

10/20/2022

Great for a mid-range PC

CORSAIR CX-M Series CX550M 550 W ATX 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi-Modular Power Supply
CORSAIR CX-M Series CX550M 550 W ATX 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi-Modular Power Supply

Pros: - Price - Quiet - this is not any louder than my higher end Corsair PSUs. I cannot hear this over the air movement from my case fans. -Semi-modular - For the price point, it's nice to have any removable cables. - Speaking of cables, the non-removable cables are wrapped, and the other cables are the flat style.

Overall Review: This is a nice little PSU for the price point. Do not buy this thinking you are going to run the latest and greatest video card and game in 4K. Do buy this if you are looking to run the mid to low end graphics cards and do some light editing or just build a general purpose desktop PC. For that purpose, this PSU has plenty of overhead and is nice and quiet. It's also fairly small, so you won't fill up half of your case with a power supply.

Doesn't like obstructions

devolo Magic 2 WiFi next Starter Kit
devolo Magic 2 WiFi next Starter Kit

Pros: - Great way to utilize powerlines to get a wi-fi signal to places your router does not reach. - Super easy setup. - I mean, you plug in the the ethernet and power by your router, plug in the remote unit, and press a button. Worked just like the instructions said it would. - It takes up a plug in an outlet, but you can plug things into the front, so not really.

Cons: - Hates obstructions - See overall below for details, but any little wall, truck, pole, etc blocks the wif-fi in a bad way.

Overall Review: I plugged this into the attached garage in my house. If I step two feet away from the door into the garage, my router signal drops so badly my phone loses it, so thought this could help. Well, if I open the garage door and walk 100 feet away to my workshop, I still have full signal. If I walk into the workshop, I have signal. If I close the workshop door, no signal. Well, that's not too bad, right? 100 feet away behind a door is pretty unreasonable. HOWEVER, if I am in the garage with the device and I step to one side of my truck *boop* no signal. If I walk out of the garage and close the door, *boop* no signal. If I walk into the house and close the door - mind you this is directly behind where the device is plugged in - *boop* no signal. Step behind the support column so it's in a direct line between the device and my phone? That's right, no signal. The Wif-fi on this is pretty useless unless you're looking to just get wi-fi in an open room. Otherwise you'd need to plug in a wi-fi router to get a decent signal through obstacles. As far as a wired powerline option, this works great. However, I imagine most people would be looking for the wi-fi, which this is not great at.

Great budget case

Montech Air 900 Mesh ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case, High & Max Airflow, Full-Metal Mesh Front Panel, Tempered Glass, Dust- Proof, Unique Mesh Side Panel - EATX, ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX - Black
Montech Air 900 Mesh ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case, High & Max Airflow, Full-Metal Mesh Front Panel, Tempered Glass, Dust- Proof, Unique Mesh Side Panel - EATX, ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX - Black

Pros: - Glass side is quality - very clear, no distortion. Heavy. - Interesting mounting of SSDs and HDD - They screw into the backside of the motherboard frame and are held vertically. This keeps them out of view. You won't be hot swapping them, but it's a novel way to mount them. - Quality frame - Usually you see cases at this price point and they are either flimsy as anything or they are full of edges sharp enough to send you to the ER for stitches. This case does not have those issues. It's very, very sturdy and I couldn't find a rough or sharp edge anywhere.

Cons: - It's heavy. Of course, that's the trade off for being sturdy and having a glass side. - I feel like it should have come with one more fan for the front for the front of the case. There is mounting space for two fans, but only one comes on the front. - Space for cable management is tight. Not a huge con, but with the SSDs and HDD stuffed behind the motherboard as well, you'll be creatively finding room to stuff cables and tie them down.

Overall Review: This is a great budget case. I actually switched my daughters case out for this one, as this is a lot sturdier and nicer looking.