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Zotac ZBOX-ID81-U Intel HM65 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics Integrated by CPU Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Decent little Nettop that came with a small suprise 03/13/2014

This review is from: Zotac ZBOX-ID81-U Intel HM65 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics Integrated by CPU Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: -From cold boot to desktop in Win 7 in just 21 secs.

-Runs most programs just fine. I even installed Half Life 2 and it was certainly playable albeit with a few lowered settings. This was the most demanding game I ran on it just for kicks.

-It plays Netflix well and can run 1080 films in VLC just fine as well and ran around 50% CPU usage. The only thing that didn't want to play was a sample 4K video, but thats ok most of the video that will be played on this will be standard and some HD. Everything I used is the same programs and files I play on other computers and devices. I'm sure it would run better with optimized videos and efficient programs.

-Its quite. The only time I heard the fan kick in was when I was playing Half Life 2. All of the video played with the fan at normal quite speeds.

-I only have 2GB of ram installed, but have had no problems with anything I'm doing on it. Besides I still have a open slot for down the road.

-I did receive a little CPU upgrade though. Instead of a celeron 857 running at 1.2 GHz, I have a celeron 867 running at 1.3 GHz. The box says I should have what I ordered but the BIOS and windows say different. Its a nice little surprise but its not like getting an i3 instead.

Cons: -It runs fairly warm on one particular spot. Its never had any problems stability wise though.

-Internet explorer runs just dreadful. I used it just long enough to install Firefox. Firefox runs fine for the most part, but sometimes when I'm typing theres a delay in showing what I type. Its not a chronic issue but it has defiantly messed me up a few times. I don't know how chrome or opera 12 or 18 runs, it only has Firefox for the family. I'm not going to rock the boat when it comes to teaching them a new browser again.

Other Thoughts: -Paired with Kingston 60GB SSD and just one 2GB Mushkin DDR3-1333 stick.

-This was the first time I had the chance to use a newer USB 3.0 flash drive to install Windows, but it refused to install from a 3.0 port citing random errors and being extremely slow. I later had the revelation to try a 2.0 port and it installed just fine.

-Due to other comments, the first thing I did was check my audio ports and all other connections, but didn't find any that were nonfunctional in my case.

-I did try the wireless connection to make sure it worked, and it does, but my ap is an older and congested 54 g router. I didn't really put it trough any paces speed or latency wise.

Xbox 360 Wired Controller Black/Glossy Black
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great Controller, Bad cable connection 03/13/2014

This review is from: Xbox 360 Wired Controller Black/Glossy Black

Pros: Superb instant compatibility with windows and games. I never had to install drivers in Win 7 Pro or manually set button layout or such in games. Decent feel, its completely plastic but it still feels decent.

Cons: The connection between the cable and controller is poor. I didn't have troubles for the first month or two, but after a while if I moved the wrong way the usb connection would be lost for a sec. Usually this caused the game to pause , no big deal if its just a single player game but a problem when its multiplayer obviously. At one point it became chronic and I took apart the controller (which voids the warranty I imagine) and pushed on the connections a bit. This helped for a while but its beginning to act up again. If i care enough I may try re soldering the connection in the future.

Other Thoughts: -Cable is far too long for using at a desk.
-I wish I could increase the default vibrations for the controller. I can set the intensity in some games but it is still not as intense as I would like.
-The cable connection is really the only major problem I have with this controller. I'm planning on getting a wireless one next.

Motorola Q9H Black 3G Unlocked GSM Smart Phone with GPS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Decent Windows Mobile Phone 12/19/2010

This review is from: Motorola Q9H Black 3G Unlocked GSM Smart Phone with GPS

Pros: -Windows mobile is a huge improvement over the past couple of java based phones ive had.
-There are a lot of free apps available online.
-Feels very sleek and thin, yet robust feeling.
-The loudspeaker on it is very good, nice and loud without sounding too horrible.
-The camera and flash is decent, doubles as a decent backup flashlight.
-Windows Mobile handles contacts and appointments much better than my last phone.
-Connected very easily to my email account.

Cons: -Didn't come with a usb transfer cable, which i need to install some applications which insist on using activesync.
-Every once in a while, it will restart for some reason, i noticed it happens when im listening to internet radio or music and a text or call is received.
-The data service is more expensive (at least with at&t) because its a smartphone.
-Whenever i try to use the built in AIM application, i get a network error, but i havent found a different version thats free and doesnt use activesync to install (cause i still don't have a usb cable for it)

Other Thoughts: -Battery can be a bit short sometimes, but thats expected with any smartphone.
-The versions of opera and internet explorer that came with it are outdated, so a new version of opera mobile would be a stark improvement, however opera mobile is pretty processor heavy
-The only button ive had problem with is the left button on the directional pad, its just not very sensitive sometimes and i will have to give it little more pressure than normal.
-Coming from a much more basic phone, windows mobile is much more advanced especially when it includes simple things that you take for granted on a pc, multitasking, copy and pasting, etc.


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Display Name: Damian F.

Date Joined: 07/04/07

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 07/18/07
  • Last Review: 03/13/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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