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ASRock X99 Extreme4 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Everything worked right out of the box. Board looks great (even though I an not a fan of Blue on a MB) Everything seems of high quality Really nice spacing between PCIE slots. Can run 3 way SLI*.
Uses the chipset for USB 3.0, USB 2.0. Doesn't use third party for additional USB ports. (which be an issue) Board has more USB ports than I can use. 10 SATA 6Gb/s ports shared with M.2 and eSATA. Two socket mounted firmware ROMs in case you mess up a overclock or ruin one. Board overclocks well. Better than another brand I have used. Using same CPU. I like the bios. Easy to navigate. The included software works well.

Cons: Well first off these are not really cons. Simply pointing out limitations of the board. The second PCIE slot is wired as a two-lane PCIe 2.0 link. That means you can not use this slot for SLI. Ultra M.2 connector supports PCIe 3.0 x4 by robbing the bottom slot of four lanes when you drop in a PCIe-based M.2 SSD . Making the board two-way SLI or CrossFire support. SATA is also an option for this boards’s M.2 interface But this board only powers the slot using a single 6 Gb/s port, which is shared with the third standard SATA connector so that only one can be used at a time. The eSATA port is similarly shared with the second internal SATA port. When using Core i7-5820K there are only 28 PCIE 3.0 lane available making x16/x8/x4 instead of full x16/x16/x8 . Nvidia requires at least eight lanes for each card in an SLI. AMD is not so picky. Accessories are a little skimpy. But most lower priced boards are.

Other Thoughts: I really like this board. I would recommend this board.
BTW ASRock is no longer owned by Asus this has been true since 2010. Pegatron took over ASrock in 2010. Asus does own around 25% of Pegatron but ASRock and Asus are not the same companies any longer. ASRock is the third largest mother board mfr in the world.

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Seagate 500GB USB 2.0 / WiFi Wireless Mobile External Hard Drive STDC500402 Red
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fairly compact size. Wireless connectivity. Available in several colors. Can be used just as a external hard drive, or as it is intended a wireless streaming hard drive. Battery life is pretty good. Was able to take a couple tumbles with no damage of any type. Plenty of storage space for most users. Streamed music and pictures flawlessly.

Cons: Set up could be a bit complicated for some users. When connected to Seagate wireless you could lose internet connection if not tied to a wireless network. (this was not a con for me because I was using to access manuals for work) Til I reset this unit when trying to access manuals (PDF) they would be downloaded to my phone. which defeated the whole purpose of the device. Very slow to charge when connected to PC via USB cable. Does not come with a wall charger.

Other Thoughts: I only used this with a iphone 5s. Worked well once I set it up correctly. Something like this is the answer to no removable storage on Apple mobile products. Others have said no streaming from itunes store, I have no movies on itunes store and do not stream my media though itunes so I don't know. Just as any portable device that you could lose or easily have stolen, I would recommend not keeping sensitive information on this device. Sure it can be password protected but a simple reset and this devise is accessible to anyone. If you are like me you probably have several USB wall chargers around. But if you don't this devise is going to take a very long time to charge. Seems that at the price point a USB wall charger could be included.
Overall I would recommend this product. Sure it is not USB 3.0 or 5Ghz wireless, but how much faster would that really be? Can only be as fast as the slowest part that is being used. That will depend on the user and their device/computer. For power users the speed limit could very well be the HDD it self.
I did not give 5 eggs because of have a little difficulty with initial set up.

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Belkin  F7D7606  Netcam HD+ Wi-Fi Camera with Glass Lens and Night Vision
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Inexpensive Video Surveillance 02/07/2015

This review is from: Belkin F7D7606 Netcam HD+ Wi-Fi Camera with Glass Lens and Night Vision

Pros: The picture quality is pretty good as long as there isn't a lot of motion. I think the night vision is good also. Fairly easy to set up. Just follow the instructions.Do allow the netcam to update firmware, then the netcam will work. Compact size. very adjustable meaning different angles. position is easily locked. You can record to your device. Power cord is a good length. The soung is good but seems out of synch with video.

Cons: So this is app based (can view using belkin web page but this is not supported using chrome web browser So I didn't use it.) I did not use the android app but read reviews it was not as good as the IOS app. There is no Ipad app. To take full advantage of all features you must pay a subscription fee. The app crashes often. Motion is blurred by anything that moves faster than a snail. To use fully on your devise you must give all permissions to the app, I do not like to give all permissions to anything.

Other Thoughts: The netcam is nice device. For some this would be the perfect device simply to keep an eye on what ever. Cool feature is you can touch the pacman looking symbol and send sound/your voice to the netcam. Scared my daughter to death when I tested it. Actually it is this feature that I like the most. The netcam has a niche that being fairly inexpensive video surveillance. Belkin offers a 30 day free trial subscription then it is $10 a month or $100 a year. At least you can try it and see if you think it's worth the price.

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