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Acer K272HULbmiidp Black 27
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Lots of inputs (DVI, DP, HDMI), great image quality, reasonable bezel.

Cons: Minor nit: they are very slow to turn on. It takes a good 5 seconds for them to warm up, whereas the monitors I replaced took only 2 seconds.

Major complaint: I bought three, and one ended up with a horizontal line through the display within the first 24 hours. I got an RMA and sent it back. I only received one email from Acer that they had received the monitor and no other updates (like "we're fixing it", "we're shipping it"). The return shipping required an in-person signature and because I didn't know when it was coming back, I got the sticky notice on my door and had to drive down to Fedex to retrieve it. They also had my monitor for 3 days short of a month before I received the replacement. And they sent a replacement! If you're going to send a replacement, then send it out asap! Only keep it for a month if you're actually going to repair it. The old monitor was manufactured in March 2015, the new one in July 2015. The new one has a new badge on the bezel in the bottom left corner stating "IPS: In-plane switching".

Other Thoughts: It's a great monitor. But only buy it if you're okay with the possibility of having to send it back for a month for an RMA.

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The drive is fast and a great value. It does support Self-Encrypted Disk (SED) functions, allowing it to use hardware encryption.

Cons: I locked the drive using SED, which encrypts the drive using both a passphrase and a encryption key generated by the motherboard. My motherboard then died, which makes the drive inaccessible - this is normal. However, most manufacturers provide a software toolkit that can erase the key (and your data) so that even though your data is lost, you can re-use the drive in another computer. Mushkin does not. Once it is locked, there is no way to use the drive in another computer.

My real complaint though is about their support. I contacted their support through their website more than a week ago about this issue and I have yet to receive any sort of a response. Not even an acknowledgment of the request. Yes, I checked my spam folder!

Be prepared to throw this drive away if it ever becomes defective, because Mushkin does not reply to support requests.

D-Link DIR-615 Wireless N300 Router, 4-Port Switch, DD-WRT Open Source support
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: As a router, using the factory firmware, they're fine.

Cons: I bought these specifically for the DD-WRT support. I was able to install DD-WRT on both, but both reboot randomly when using DD-WRT with the default settings. I've tried multiple firmware versions with the same result. The reboots are random and there's no logging information available to indicate the cause of the problem. One reboots every 15 minutes on average; the other goes a little longer, about 3 hours between reboots. I've tried other power supplies, settings, everything I can think of to make them stable and nothing has worked.

These are junk for use with DD-WRT.

Other Thoughts: Mine are DIR-615 I1.


Bob F.'s Profile

Display Name: Bob F.

Date Joined: 05/30/04

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 01/10/13
  • Last Review: 09/25/15
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