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This review is from: ECS CDC-I/D2550 v1.0 Intel Atom D2500 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
Pros: Low power consumption. Mine is running at about 30 watts, which in a 24/7 video surveillance application, will pay for itself in energy savings alone in about 10 month over the 7 year old 90 watt system it replaced.
It takes 204-pin SO-DIMM module, which means I was able to take the memory and 2.5" HDD I had laying around from upgrading my laptop, and make a decent system.
Cons: No HDMI output.
It is NOT 100% metal caps. Mix of metal and electrolytic capacitors means it might suffer a premature death from the dreaded leaking capacitor issue.
Other Thoughts: Newegg description says D2500 cpu but as the model name implies, it does in fact have the D2550 cpu. This is huge because D2550 supports hyper-threading so it will run 4 concurrent processes. Very cool!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's cheap. Really cheap if you catch it at one of the numerous 30% discount sales.
Despite the "Polaroid" branding, it's made by PNY, which is a good thing as I've had good luck with PNY memory products.
Cons: Warranty is just 1 year. Most manufacturers still have "lifetime" warranty, even on the cheapest value cards.
The speed is not as advertised....
My Crystal Disk Mark Score:
Read: 21.75 mb/s
Write: 19.32 mb/s
(50mb Sequential R/W)
This is pretty much the same as my old 8GB Class 10 card tested under the same condition (21.6/19.3 R/W).
Other Thoughts: Be sure to format the card in the device you plan to use before using it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia V2 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Full-size Headset - Blue
Pros: It's an unbelievably good deal on a well rated headset.
Cons: It's a refurb. and having bought refurbs before, it's a bit of a gamble.... (more comments below).
Other Thoughts: So yeah, I usually wait a bit until I write a review, but I want to get this out there as quickly as possible as I'm sure everyone looking at this is wondering what is the deal with these refurbs?
Well, mine arrived today and out of the box it's hard to tell it's been used, and believe me, I'm a bit picky about these things. I wouldn't normally buy refurb, but the deal is just too good to pass up. Anyway, mine arrived properly packed in the original box. The box doesn't have a factory seal so can't tell if it's been opened, but it looks new.
Taking the unit out of the box, the headset and every cable is tie wrapped as if from the factory. The only indication is that the documentation seal is broken. I'm looking really closely for finger prints on the glossy surface, loose hair stuck to the head band, dirt smudge, any weird smells... anything to indicate usage and I don't see/smell it. Plug it in and do a quick check of sound and mic using TeamSpeak 3 and Skype setup tools and everything checks out fine. No annoying buzz, crackling, distortion, low sound level.... nothing.
I do notice a bit of a color mis-match between the blue in the ear cups and the yoke in the headband piece. The yokes are a bit lighter, enough to notice, and this might be enough for QC department in some companies to reject a lot as "factory seconds", but I'm not sure about SteelSeries. If they have such strict cosmetic standards or not (IMHO, doesn't seem like they're high end enough to care).
So anyway, that is my experience. I know some companies do better with refurb compared to others (I know from personal experience that Logi*** is awful in selling stuff as "refurb" that should rightfully be thrown in the trash). I know buying a refurb is always a bit of a hit or miss and someone else could have an equally bad experience, but in this case, it worked out fine and I'm perfectly satisfied.... YMMV.
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