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TP-LINK TL-SG1008D 10/100/1000Mbps Unmanaged 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Power-Saving
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Surprisingly durable for the price 11/05/2015

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG1008D 10/100/1000Mbps Unmanaged 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Power-Saving

Pros: My parents bought a new house, which was pre-wired with cat5e. So obviously it needed a switch where all the wires were run. Unfortunately, the builder wasn't smart, and ran them all outside to one place. No alcove to put the switch in, or anything. Ended up that the switch, and all the ethernet cables, would need to be run into the little plastic box that Time Warner puts on the house for the ground connection/splitter for the satellite guys. Now, the house is in the Sand Hills region of NC, which means it gets really hot, and really humid in the summer for weeks at a time, and gets moderately cold in the winter.

I figured I would get a cheap switch for them for the time being, until a longer-term solution can be found. I didn't expect the switch to last long in a little plastic box in the sun, in 95-100 degree heat, and humid conditions. And it must have been even hotter in the box in the direct sunlight. And it certainly wouldn't survive the cold temps too..

To my great surprise, it is still working, a year and a half later. It has now survived 2 north carolina summers, and one winter. And it still works beautifully. It has never had to be rebooted.

I'm frankly shocked by the durability of this little switch. I think when it eventually does die, and needs replaced, I'll replace it with one of the business class TP-Link switches with the lifetime warranty. So yeah, if you need a cheap, but durable switch that can handle all kinds of conditions, this seems to be a surprisingly good choice.

Cons: None to speak of, it works like a champ in conditions it was definitely not made for.

MSI MSI Gaming Z170A KRAIT GAMING LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Overall great layout with two small exceptions (See Cons)
-It's a fantastic looking motherboard
-Onboard audio is on-par with my Xonar DGX PCIe sound card
-Easy to use, attractive UEFI BIOS setup
-Large variety of back-panel ports, and internal expansion slots
-High quality components (The metal PCIe slots are a nice touch)

Overall a great choice for a Socket 1151 motherboard. I purchased mine at a B&M store because my old Z68 motherboard kicked the can unexpectedly. This and the Gigabyte were the two I was looking at, but from a features/cost/build quality perspective, the MSI won out.

Cons: There are a couple of small niggles that aren't enough for me to dock any eggs. First, the right hand side of the board is a bit long, and there is not any support underneath. This isn't an issue in 95% of cases, as the PCB is fairly stiff. I wouldn't make a habit of forcing down on the edge of the board though.

Also, the SATA ports are not rotated 90 degrees like a lot of boards, which means that if you add a graphics card to the second slot you might have to bend the SATA cables out of the way. But this is a minor at worst problem, and I do not consider this a deal breaker.

Other Thoughts: Intel core i5-6600K
16GB (4x4) Crucial DDR4-2400
Fractal Design Define S
Crucal m500 240GB + Crucial m4 240GB SSD
WD 1TB Black/WD 1TB Green/Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Evo Cooler
Windows 10 Pro x64

Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Red LED - Cherry MX Red Switches
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Like it so much, I bought another for work 10/27/2014

This review is from: Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Red LED - Cherry MX Red Switches

Pros: I bought my first K70 around 6-8 months ago. I fell in love. This isn't the first mechanical keyboard I've had, but it's the first Corsair one, and the first with Cherry reds. I've used the blues, and browns before. The reds are definitely my favorite. And I do a lot of typing, and gaming. It's holding up very well, it's very well put together.

the fact that the keys are higher than the actual frame of the keyboard makes it very easy to clean. The Cherry reds are great, smooth and linear. Some people like a detent at point of activation, but to me these are just fine as well.

Illumination works great, with several different modes.

I love the first one so much that I bought a 2nd one to use at work, since I spend all 8 hours of my shift working on the computer. This is a fantastic keyboard, I strongly recommend it if you are looking for a simple (no macro keys and fancy gaming buttons) keyboard that is well made, and comfortable to type with.

Cons: As with most mechanicals, it can be noisy if you bottom the keys out when you type. That isn't really a flaw of the keyboard itself, it's just the nature of the beast when it comes to mechanical keyboards. Other than that, none really.


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Date Joined: 08/23/07

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