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Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Bad rap or legit bad? 05/09/2013

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version)

Pros: -Fast
-Reliable
-Stable
-Secure
-Compatible

Cons: -The "metro" ui

Other Thoughts: From a technical standpoint, this is probably the best windows ever made. Under the hood it is far superior to most Windows, and is better than even the well loved and embraced Windows 7 from a technical standpoint. That being said the UI is pretty horrible. The only caveat being that there a ton of choices to remove the Windows 8 experience from Windows 8. I'm running this on 3 machines and it's doing it's job well. While I keep Windows 7 on my primary gaming desktop, I have yet to encounter anything day-to-day that this thing can't do. Windows blue (8.1) is around the corner and should address some of the UI concerns. Having a toggled ability to switch between a more classic interface with the "metro" style UI tucked away would be ideal. There's some touch laptop/tablet hybrids this would be perfect for, but as a desktop machine, this UI is inefficient and annoying. Luckily, as I said a number of free downloadable products solve this. If the would add a default way to achieve the classic interface, this would be a 5-star product, the fact you have to use 3rd party software and put so much work into making this intuitive as desktop, it docks an egg.

Keep in mind also that an Metro-apps will not be good for a HTPC, as the keybinds have been changed or removed rendering most media PC remotes useless. If you plan to use this for a HTPC, stick strictly to the old-fashion desktop apps. Netflix or any other strictly metro-styled app will not be usable with a standard media center remote.

Note, I don't list non-proprietary DVD playback as a con. Simply put, no one used Microsoft's software to play DVD's on a PC anyway, and it's such a tiny niche market that it's not a big deal .

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Rosewill RNX-A2-EX 2.4 GHz Indoor Omni-Directional (2 dBi x3) Antenna Extender/ Design For Wireless N 2x3 or 3x3 Solution/ SMA Connector
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap. Works well

Cons: None to speak of.

Other Thoughts: While it didn't resolve the problems I needed it to resolve (not the fault of the device), it did improve the signal for a relative of mine, living in a rural area, in an old (think interference from old wiring) house. It did significantly improve the signal issues in his wireless connection, and helped us work toward stabilizing the connectivity of his over all internet connection. However, their modem also suffers from packet loss due to excessive noise on the phone lines. However, while the problem was not solved, there was a notable improvement in overall connectivity using Skype, and other data streaming that made the unstable internet just a bit more bearable.

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Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Reliable, power's solid.

Cons: Not a standard length, may not fit in a tool-less case, is actually green.

Other Thoughts: This is put in a corsair 600T and is powering a Phenom II 965, a Geforce 670, a large number of USB devices, two Sata HDD's, and a DVD-r. I've had some mixed results with Antec Power Supplies in the past, in personal builds having seen 3 go out over the last ten or so years. However, I've seen a number of businesses use huge quanities without a signifigant number of failures. Aside from it's (doesn't match anything) color, and it's non-standard depth, this thing has proven, cool, effective and silent. It's done it's job for nearly a year without so much as a hiccup. For the price, the value warrants 5 eggs.

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Display Name: James L.

Date Joined: 03/01/05

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 02/09/11
  • Last Review: 05/09/13
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