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Pros: As part of an IT staff that has to make sure our guest Wifi access is always working I'm more interested in RELIABLE access than absolute speed. Guests make complaints when there is NO access, but rarely when the speed of access is less than full rated speeds.
This is my second RT-N12/B1 router (I've just purchased two more). The first has gone months without needing to be rebooted. This one has gone about a month. I have several Linksys that need to be rebooted every week. I have a couple D-Links that also need rebooting every so often. Asus routers have been the most reliable so far. I have a pair of RT-N10s that haven't needed to be rebooted in almost 2 years (since they were installed). I have one RT-N16 that went 9 months. No other manufacturers routers have been able to do this in our environment. This makes me happy. Their speed is also comparable to others.
Cons: As far as the RT-N12/B1 is concerned the only downside for me is the temptation to play around with DD WRT or Tomato firmwares.
Other Thoughts: Overall all a great value for $40. Make sure to update to the latest ASUS firmware.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SYBA SD-CM-UAUD USB Stereo Audio Adapter
Pros: Plug it in and it works. Seriously. After futzing around with kexts and hacks to try and get audio working on a Dell Vostro 220 running OS X 10.6 or 10.7 for months, for $9.00 ($7.00 on sale) this is a NO BRAINER. No drivers, no firmware, no kexts. Just plug it into a USB port and speakers and you have sound. You don't even need to reboot for it to start working.
Cons: For a Hackintosh build the only down side is that it is a USB device and it sticks out. So, we're talking esthetics, not function.
Other Thoughts: Wish I had known about these earlier.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI H67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Great feature set in a value priced motherboard when coupled with the $20 rebate.
Cons: Only works with FIRST GEN, Sandy Bridge CPUs. Will not work with Ivy Bridge processors. So be aware which CPU you buy this board for. With an Ivy Bridge processor installed it won't even post. It will just cycle power on, four beeps, power off, power on, 4 beeps, power off, etc, ad infinitum.
Other Thoughts: Newegg is usually great about product specs in their ads, but missed the boat on this one.READ FULL REVIEW