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Martin K.

Martin K.

Joined on 11/12/02

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Most Favorable Review

Speedy

HGST 1TB Touro Mobile Pro External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model 0S03559 Black
HGST 1TB Touro Mobile Pro External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model 0S03559 Black

Pros: 120 mb/s writes with large files. Feels solid

Cons: Little more expensive than 5400 rpm drives (but worth the cost). Short cable.

Overall Review: Don't think it speaks UAS (Usb attached SCSI) which gives a little speed boosts on Windows 8

Most Critical Review

unexpectedly slow

NETGEAR ReadyNAS Duo v2 2-bay (diskless) w/ 3 yr warranty (RND2000-200NAS)
NETGEAR ReadyNAS Duo v2 2-bay (diskless) w/ 3 yr warranty (RND2000-200NAS)

Pros: solid feature set. I like the looks. Less than half the cost of other NASes with the same processor and hardware.

Cons: When I got the unit, I took an unused ED green 1.5 TB drive and added it. Installed the latest version of the radiator software. Unit shows "disk corrupt". Use search engine to find I have to factory reset or delete partitions on another machine. Try factory reset - still disk corrupt. Open up another machine, connect harddrive to it. Standard MBR disk with windows partitions. Delete partitions. Reassemble desktop machine. Another factory reset. Wait. Then, to setup it sends you to a web browser. Scary bad certificate warning. Ignore, enter password. Loading dashboard, spinning wheel. Wait 5 minutes. Spinning wheel. Is it supposed to be doing this? Try chrome. Same result. Wait some more. Try safari on ipad. Get past the spinning wheel. Go though setup wizard. Wants my e-mail server. Don't have this info right now. Can't skip, don't get to see rest of setup wizard. Copy some large files to NAS for testing. 35 mb/s, tolerable. Read them back to SSD. Below 20 mb/s. Disappointing. Client is core i7 with intel NIC. This thing pushes > 100 mb/s to a real file server. Expectation for NAS was less, but not five times less.

Overall Review: For the price, I'd be willing to overlook the initial difficulties and the inconsistent UI. However the raw speed is simply not there.

Great features, great value, stable

GIGABYTE GA-B250M-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel B250 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Micro ATX Motherboards - Intel
GIGABYTE GA-B250M-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel B250 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Micro ATX Motherboards - Intel

Pros: Works great Best available onboard sound chip Great value

Cons: BIOS update from Windows didn't work No overclocking (not a feature of the B250 chipset used in this product)

Overall Review: Highly recommended if you don't overclock. Save $50 and put it towards a faster video card or larger SSD

No signal on displayport, $23 return shipping...

ASUS VG248QE 24" Full HD 1920 x 1080 1ms (GTG) 144Hz DVI-D HDMI DisplayPort Built-in Speakers Asus Eye Care with Ultra Low-Blue Light & Flicker-Free Backlit LED NVIDIA 3D Gaming Monitor
ASUS VG248QE 24" Full HD 1920 x 1080 1ms (GTG) 144Hz DVI-D HDMI DisplayPort Built-in Speakers Asus Eye Care with Ultra Low-Blue Light & Flicker-Free Backlit LED NVIDIA 3D Gaming Monitor

Pros: Good colors, contrast and sharpness for a TN monitor. 144 Hz.

Cons: No signal on displayport, Had to pay for return shipping, and it's a large/heavy item... Green tinge at the bottom of the screen (TN viewing angles)

12/10/2014

OK cooling, good looks, Too expensive

Lian Li PC-Q19B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Chassis
Lian Li PC-Q19B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Chassis

Pros: I liked the looks

Cons: - noisy case fan - no audio ports - HDD led not visible - expensive

Overall Review: For the price I find the lack of audio ports and the noisy fan hard to forgive

10/27/2014

Good for gaming, but mediocre picture quality

BenQ XL Series XL2420TE 24" HD 1920 x 1080 120 Hz D-sub / DVI-DL(Dual Link) / HDMI x 2 / DP 1.2 / Headphone Jack LCD Monitor 3D
BenQ XL Series XL2420TE 24" HD 1920 x 1080 120 Hz D-sub / DVI-DL(Dual Link) / HDMI x 2 / DP 1.2 / Headphone Jack LCD Monitor 3D

Pros: Gaming is really, really great. I also tried this out side by side with my two other monitors and you can see the lag reduction and refresh rate by just moving windows around.

Cons: The presets are teribad and require extensive adjustments. Even then the picture quality is really poor - low contrast, banding, lack of sharpness. Color fidelity is poor. it looks worse than a $100 LG monitor we have elsewhere in the household

Overall Review: This is an OK monitor if you need one right away and are dedicated to gaming, not interested in how it looks on the desktop or watching video or photos, go for it. If you can wait, the gaming monitor market is evolving. g-sync will be the next step introducing variable frame rate. IPS 120Hz screens have started to appear, for example the Eizo FORIS FS2333 is also sold here at NewEgg