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Coboc CL-ACAD-MDP2DVI-6-WH 6 inch White  Color Mini DisplayPort V1.2 (Thunderbolt Compatible) to DVI-D(Single Link) Active Digital Video Adapter Converter - AMD ATI Eyefinify Compatible
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Inexpensive

Nice looking device, if that matters in cables.

Works as intended in a 3 x 1 CrossFire setup.

Cons: On startup, there is a noticeable delay (~2 sec) between when the -2- DVI connected monitors and the DisplayPort monitor (connected with this adapter) begin to display the Windows start splash, the Win logon and Desktop. There have been no delays, however, once the Desktop is up, all apps and games run perfectly, so far.

Other Thoughts: My previous Active DP Adapter (made by a company named after a gemstone beginning with the letter "S") began to die after ~3 years (had to keep disconnecting/reconnecting the adapter to get it to display again.) I've read many accounts of similar adapters failing after 2-3 years, so I wasn't too distraught.

I decided to go with another brand this time around, it was a bit cheaper and I liked the look better, too (not really a consideration, just a freebie bonus; a dongle is a dongle to me.) No regrets so far, but I did feel the need to dock 1 Egg for the minor issue noted in "Cons" above. I very rarely give out 5 Eggs, an item has to be truly exceptional and functionally flawless to deserve such, in my opinion.

That having been said, I would purchase another of these again since the issue is pretty minor in the grand scheme of things.

CyberPower Intelligent LCD Series CP825LCD 825 VA 450 Watts 4 x 5-15R Battery/Surge Protected 4 x 5-15R Surge Protected Outlets UPS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Relatively compact design.

Affordably priced.

Outlets suitably-spaced to accommodate "wall wart" type power supplies.

Lengthy power cord.

Can be used on desktop or floor either lying down or standing upright. Can also be wall-mounted via keyhole slots in rear.

Arrived 99% pre-charged.

Well-packaged for shipment.

Connected to load and then removed AC power, UPS kicked-in and began powering devices with no hiccups or issues whatsoever.

Has an LCD display, not that common in this price/wattage range. Since I do not have my unit connected to a PC (it is a backup for the alarm system,) the display panel is critical for determining the status of the UPS.

Protects an RJ-11 OR RJ-45 (but not both) circuit as well.

Cons: Simulated sine wave output, this UPS is NOT for ANY PC/device using an active-PFC power supply!! It is fine for non-PFC PCs and most other electronic devices, though, i.e. modems, routers, switches, HDD enclosures, phones, alarm systems, video hardware, etc. This fact is listed in the specs, though, so no Eggs deducted.

Remarkably heavy for its size, but this is an issue with all UPS, so no Eggs deducted, simply noted for user awareness.

Only -4- surge/power protected outlets. If you have any "wall wart" type power supplies, likely only -3- of those will even be accessible, which is fairly limiting unless you use an extension cord for more outlets. This, however, may not be advisable due to the possibly of overloading an individual outlet, I do not recommend it. This unit should have -5- power/surge outlets and only -3- surge-only outlets, in my opinion.

Other Thoughts: We've only had this unit online for about a week, but so far it's running like a champ, no issues. It's being used as backup power for our alarm system and it's well-suited for the task. The alarm has its own internal backup power, but with this UPS on the front-end, we're up to about 3 hours total backup power, long enough to bridge the average occasional (or intentional) AC outage.

I really do wish ALL the UPS manufacturers would do a better job of informing customer about the difference between simulated vs. actual sine wave output on their products. Specifically, that active-PFC power supply units (PSUs) should ONLY be run on true sine wave power, NEVER on simulated sine wave. 99% of customers will likely only find an active-PFC PSU in a higher-end desktop PC, but you need to be sure before connecting to a simulated sine wave UPS, as this can rapidly degrade the PSU, if it will even run at all. This should not be considered a flaw in the simulated sine wave UPS, just knowing how to utilize the correct product for your specific application(s.)

Rosewill RC-404 - PCI Ethernet Card - 10 / 100 / 1000 Mbps, 1 x RJ45
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Capable Ethernet Adapter 04/25/2015

This review is from: Rosewill RC-404 - PCI Ethernet Card - 10 / 100 / 1000 Mbps, 1 x RJ45

Pros: Inexpensive

Works well once installed.

Gigabit speeds, good throughput

Cons: Necessary drivers were not installed automatically for whatever reason, were difficult to locate online.

Other Thoughts: This is a good NIC, even though the drivers did not autoinstall as usual, would buy this model again if needed.


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Display Name: John W.

Date Joined: 03/15/05


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