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Jim C.

Jim C.

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Portable Freezer Cooler AC/DC Compressor Refrigerator Trolley Fridge for Truck RV Boat Party Picnic Camping
Portable Freezer Cooler AC/DC Compressor Refrigerator Trolley Fridge for Truck RV Boat Party Picnic Camping

Pros: It works. Was shipped promptly and arrived promptly.

Cons: What I got was not the same as pictured on the Newegg web site.

Overall Review: I ordered this for an upcoming road+camping trip this summer. It arrived yesterday. It works fine. I tested it by plugging it in, setting thermostat to 20 deg F, and inserting an ice cube tray of water and a freezer thermometer. When we checked on it after couple hours later, it had frozen the ice cubes, and the thermometer was reading 22 deg F. What I received was *NOT* the cooler pictured on the Newegg web site. There are enough similarities that I'm guessing the website photos are of a different model, and not from a completely different manufacturer. Since what I received meets all of the advertised specs, I'm not dissatisfied, just a bit annoyed. It comes with two power adapters, one for AC wall plug power, and another that you can plug into an auto 12 V "cigarette lighter" outlet. The owner's manual mentions a third option: a seperately-sold battery+solar panel that would let you go completely off-grid. I don't see that anywhere on Newegg, so no idea where you could order it. Without that, I think the empty battery compartment will make a fine place to store the power adapter that isn't in use. I does have wheels and a telescoping handle, like roll-on luggage, but of course this cooler is way too big to go as an airline carry-on. It rolls nicely on smooth surfaces, but with the small wheels it will be difficult to roll on rough ground. There is only a single cold compartment and a single temperature setting. You can use it to keep stuff frozen, or to keep stuff refrigerated and not frozen, but not both. It is a freezer *or* cooler, not both at the same time.

Most Critical Review

Multple shortcomings

TESmart HDMI KVM Switch 2 input 2 output  Dual Monitor KVM Switch  Extended Display, 4K 3840*2160@60Hz, Support HDR 10, HDCP 2.2, With audio  output and USB 2.0 port
TESmart HDMI KVM Switch 2 input 2 output Dual Monitor KVM Switch Extended Display, 4K 3840*2160@60Hz, Support HDR 10, HDCP 2.2, With audio output and USB 2.0 port

Pros: Switches two HDMI monitors between two computers Cables included

Cons: Keyboard does not work with BIOS/GRUB Audio setup issues Not USB powered

Overall Review: My biggest complaint: One of my computers is dual-boot Ubuntu Linux and Windows 10. After installing this KVM, I found that the keyboard won't work during bootup. After the OS is loaded, the keyboard and mouse both work fine, but during the bootup, I can't use any function keys to access BIOS/UEFI setup options and when GRUB is loaded, I can't use the keyboard to select any boot options or specify the non-default OS; I just have to wait until GRUB times out and loads the default OS. This KVM has two keyboard modes: emulation and passthu, but toggling that mode doesn't make any difference. (Why two modes? why would you every want to use emulation mode?) Not sure how I'll work around this; probably have to plug a second keyboard into a USB port when I want to boot the other OS. Audio setup is an issue. Definitely "plug-and-pray". This KVM has no connections to the computers' audio outputs, instead it assumes your computers are sending audio on the HDMI cables. Of course, if your video card doesn't have HDMI outputs and you're using DVI-to-HDMI adapters, this won't work. One of my computers has a video card with one HDMI output, and the second monitor was connected thru a DVI-to-HDMI adapter, so I expected this to work after I changed Windows settings to use the HDMI audio device. But after the initial setup, there was no sound. The user manual (which is better than average, with a lot of clear setup diagrams) doesn't say anything about audio setup other than to plug your speakers into the audio jack on the KVM, so no help there. I tried switching HDMI inputs from the computer to the KVM and rebooting, thinking maybe the audio signal had to be on a certain HDMI input port, but that made no difference. Then I tried switching the HDMI monitors' cables between output ports and rebooting, and then magically I have sound! I have no idea why that made a difference. There are obviously some strange restrictions on audio setup that are not documented, so you have to work it out by trial and error, or just by luck. Some other KVMs take the power they need from their USB connections to the computers, but this one requires a separate power source. It comes with a "wall wart" style AC/DC converter which will, of course, take up 2 or more slots on your outlet strip. Comes with an IR remote control that you will probably never use. (Battery not included)

Big Case

Fractal Design Define R5 Black Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case
Fractal Design Define R5 Black Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case

Pros: Big roomy case, with space for up to 8 hard drives.

Cons: Has a front panel door that you have to open to access an optical drive. Have to remove the optical drive cage if you install a large (> 280) liquid cooling radiatior at the top of the case.

Overall Review: If you want a big case with plenty of room to work in during the build, and a lot of HDD bays, or room for an unusually long video card, this is a good choice. Excellent user guide. Some other reviews mentioned vibration in the hard drive cages, but I don't see that. It seems rock solid to me. Possibly those reviewers removed the optical drive cage, which would mean the upper hard drive cage is attached at one less point.

Lots of GPU computing power

EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING Video Card, 12G-P5-3955-KR, 12GB GDDR6X, iCX3 Cooling, ARGB LED, Metal Backplate
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING Video Card, 12G-P5-3955-KR, 12GB GDDR6X, iCX3 Cooling, ARGB LED, Metal Backplate

Pros: Lots of GPU computing power

Cons: - Pricey - Long format card might not fit your case - 3-fan design slightly louder - one annoyance: bootup video priority

Overall Review: This review is written after having the card installed for only a few days. When I won a chance to buy a 3080Ti in the newegg shuffle, I jumped at it, and no regrets, despite the steep price -- more than double what I paid for the 2070 card it is replacing. Before buying, be sure your computer case will acomodate such a long card, and you have enough power supply. Compared to the 2070, this card takes more power and more cooling -- hence the 3 fans and the longer card, and therefore more fan noise, but not to an annoying level. The increase in 3DMark scores is consistent with expectations. As this is a new model GPU, you'll have to upgrade your drivers, and it might be easier to do that *before* installing the card, but I didn't do the upgrades until afterwords, and didn't have any problems. I was pleasantly surprised that the necessary Ubuntu linux driver was already available, although from a ppa repository. One small annoyance I want to mention: video during bootup before the OS is loaded. I'm referring to the text displayed by the BIOS/UEFI firmware on startup (where you can hit DEL to get into the setup or some function key to get a boot menu) and the GRUB boot loader. I have a dual-boot system with both Windows and Ubuntu. Obviously it is absolutely essential that this text goes to my monitor. Before the upgrade, I had the monitor attached to the 2070 via HDMI cable, and also a Valve Index VR headset plugged into one of the Display Ports on the card. The GRUB default is to boot into Ubuntu, so if I want to boot into Windows to play VR games, I have to reboot and choose Windows on the GRUB menu. After swapping out the 2070 and swapping in this card, I was not getting the BIOS/UEFI/GRUB video on the monitor! (I assume it must have been going to the VR headset.) Now in my (limited!) experience, on some systems the BIOS/UEFI/GRUB video is displayed on *every* monitor connected to the computer (this seems to happen with AMD video cards) and on some systems this video is only displayed on *one* monitor (this seems to happen with NVIDIA graphics cards). This card has 3 DP outputs and 1 HDMI output. In my experience, the HDMI output has lowest priority on this card. If there is anything (monitor or VR headset or whatever) plugged into any of the DP outputs, the bootup video goes to the Display Port and the HDMI port has no signal. After an embarrassing length of time figuring out what was going on, the solution was to plug the monitor into a DP output that had higher priority than where the VR headset was plugged in. Fortunately, my monitor also has DP inputs, so I just had to replace the cable, not the whole monitor! It would be much, much better if the bootup video went to *every* monitor that was plugged in instead of just one, but I don't know if that's within NVIDIA & EVGA's power to do. I don't know enough about the UEFI process to say. If the bootup video can only go to one monitor, it would be better if the HDMI output was not the absolute last in priority, to give the users more flexibility. (On the 2070 card being replaced, the priority was DP;DP;HDMI;DP, with the monitor attached to HDMI and the VR headset attached to the DP with lower priority.)

Good no-frills monitor

LG 27UK500-B 27" 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 60Hz IPS 2 x HDMI, DisplayPort FreeSync HDR10 Color Calibrated Monitor
LG 27UK500-B 27" 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 60Hz IPS 2 x HDMI, DisplayPort FreeSync HDR10 Color Calibrated Monitor

Pros: Good 4K LCD panel with no dead pixels that I can see. Good value for $.

Cons: No frills

Overall Review: For the money, you get exactly what it says on the product page: a good 27" 4K monitor. This is a no-frills monitor with no speakers; no USB hub, and the only adjustment is tilt. If you want to adjust the height, put a book under it.

Great while it lasted

Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 Dual Band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wireless N USB Adapter W/ Dual 5dBi Antennas - Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, Mint, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Fedora, CentOS, Kali Linux and Raspbian
Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 Dual Band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wireless N USB Adapter W/ Dual 5dBi Antennas - Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, Mint, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Fedora, CentOS, Kali Linux and Raspbian

Pros: Worked flawlessly on both Windows 10 and Ubuntu 20.04 (while it lasted) Dual antennas Very nice stand

Cons: More expensive Died after less than a week

Overall Review: I was having trouble finding a wifi dongle that would work well with both Windows 10 and Ubuntu on a dual-boot computer that I needed to move into a room that didn't have any wired ethernet. Several other adapters I tried either didn't work at all, or had issues on one OS or the other. I bought this because it was recommended on some "10 best" web site review, despite the higher price tag. Yes, it worked flawlessly on both OSes -- for a few days, and then just died. Became totally inert. When I plug it into a USB slot, nothing happens, the LED doesn't even light up. A lot of these USB dongles don't have any antennae, and presumably the dual antennae give it better signal strength. A lot of USB dongles come completely bare, with no USB cable, you have to plug them directly into a USB slot on your computer or a hub. Some come with simple generic USB extension cables, but this comes with a USB extension cable that terminates in a very nice stand that lets the dongle stand vertically, which you can see in the photos on the web site.

11/19/2020
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Very strange, but fast delivery

As other reviewers have reported, the tracking number they give newegg is put on a small envelope sent USPS, which just contains a folded note "Hello dear customers. Your package has been shipped and forwarded to other faster logistics providers for transportation, please be patient." In my case, the item I ordered arrived much faster than I expected -- via UPS, and the envelope with the note arrived 5 days later. There was nothing in the envelope to identify what had been shipped or how or from whom (the return address was a company named "Dillon", not XZDASD), and no tracking number for the other "logistics provider", so it was a complete mystery until I got a text message from Newegg saying my item had been delivered on the day the envelope was delivered, and then I checked the order's tracking number on Newegg and saw that it matched the envelope. Really weird modus operandi, but I'm not complaining, because I got the package only a couple of days after placing the order -- much sooner than I expected.

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10/19/2020

A little slow

Shipping lable created on the 20th, but item not actually shipped until 4 business days later.

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Slow to ship

I order a bluetooth audio dongle from this seller. The newegg product page said "Ships from Hong Kong. Most customers receive within 4-18 days". Almost three weeks went by before they even shipped it. During that period, the newegg web site said that my order was shipped, but the tracking number was invalid. I contacted Newegg customer service about the lost shipment after two weeks; they sent an email to Tomorrow Top and told me to expect a reply withing 2 business days, but of course Tomorrow Top never replied. Finally, the tracking number showed that the package was accepted for shipment 20 days after I placed the order. Hopefully, I'll finally get the item in another couple of weeks.

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10/29/2016