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Joshua S.

Joshua S.

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One of those rare, golden products

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible

Pros: I've purchased around ten of these. I believe this is going to be one of those unheard-of products that a few of us ten years from now will whisper, "That was the greatest 300-400W power supply ever built."

Cons: Inevitably, they will replace this power supply in their line-up eventually. I've powered everything but an SLI-gaming system with this unit, and in that case, I just get the higher-wattage version of the same thing. Also, it has a distinct odor out of the package. It fades in a few minutes, but all of these units had that odor. Just weird, really. I've powered several entry-level, 6-HDD servers with this unit.

Overall Review: A few years ago, Antec released a 350W unit that was among the worst ever made. This 380W unit could possibly be the greatest 300-400W unit ever sold. If I could afford to put this in every office computer, I would do it in a heartbeat. It's too bad Antec doesn't have a case/power supply combo unit with this power supply for less than $80-$90.

12/26/2010
Most Critical Review

Bought ten; three damaged out of the box

DIYPC MiniQ1-B Black SECC Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case w/ Dual White Fans
DIYPC MiniQ1-B Black SECC Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case w/ Dual White Fans

Pros: Really like the case; for being cheap, it's well-built, and handles two hard drives nicely.

Cons: But the packaging to ship the case in is ultimately insufficient; the metal comes bent or warped 1/3 of the time. We bought ten, and three were like this. One was completely unusable.

Overall Review: So, be cautious.

Not a bad one yet

Lexmark E260A11A Return Program Toner Cartridge - Black
Lexmark E260A11A Return Program Toner Cartridge - Black

Pros: Have bought several of these for a variety of Lexmark printers they work with. No problems.

Cons: Price per page isn't the greatest but if you have the e2xx models, you are stuck with it. Still more efficient than an inkjet.

10/29/2013

Flimsy power jack

iView CyberPad 420TPC Android Tablet - 1.2GHz 512MB DDR3 4GB flash memory 4.3" Tablet WIFI Android 4.2 White (iVIEW-420TPC-WT)
iView CyberPad 420TPC Android Tablet - 1.2GHz 512MB DDR3 4GB flash memory 4.3" Tablet WIFI Android 4.2 White (iVIEW-420TPC-WT)

Pros: Really pretty good before the power/mini-USB jack broke. Nice speed, touch, and OS version. Could have been the whole package.

Cons: Like most of these cheaper tablets, the quality (and importance!) of the mini-USB jack is ignored. It broke within a week. Can't help but think it's a design issue. I've owned mini-USB devices for years that I charge daily (sometimes twice daily) and have never broken them.

Overall Review: Make the USB jack stronger, and it'll be a great deal. Until then, it's just another broken idea.

A mixed bag

AMD A4-4000 - A-Series APU Richland Dual-Core 3.2 GHz Socket FM2 65W Desktop Processor - AD4000OKHLBOX
AMD A4-4000 - A-Series APU Richland Dual-Core 3.2 GHz Socket FM2 65W Desktop Processor - AD4000OKHLBOX

Pros: It's fast enough for most everyday apps. Better than minimal GPU. Lots of choices for future processor upgrades.

Cons: Trinity is weak in comparison to Intel CPUs in x86 processing in dual-core configurations at lower clock speeds. However, it's not too weak to get your everyday work done. Obviously - this does not need to be said - this is not a processor to be used for 3D gaming, using the integrated GPU or not.

Overall Review: I'd really like to see AMD release a $50 APU with a 4.0GHz clock speed to compete with Intel's Celeron better - get back to the days when AMD got you "better everything" for a lower price. Efficiency, withstanding.

Good enough for almost anything

Intel Celeron G1610 - Celeron Ivy Bridge Dual-Core 2.6 GHz LGA 1155 55W Desktop Processor - BX80637G1610
Intel Celeron G1610 - Celeron Ivy Bridge Dual-Core 2.6 GHz LGA 1155 55W Desktop Processor - BX80637G1610

Pros: Unbelievable CPU power and efficiency for the price. "Good enough" power for almost anything.

Cons: Naturally, at this price point, no overclocking, relatively-weak GPU, limited multi-tasking, etc. The usual low-priced Intel weak points.

Overall Review: I'm personally disappointed that AMD isn't more competitive in this price range. We need more competition to spur better products at the entry level. Trinity/Richland is just too weak in dual-core configurations without ultra-high clock speeds (and those models aren't price-competitive). Hoping for a more aggressive AMD shortly.