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LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works as it should

Cons: Non-standard drawer dimensions means I can't use the optical drive covers in my Antec Sonata. The drawer won't fit through the flip-down opening in the cover

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EnGenius ERB9250 IEEE802.11b/g/n Wireless-N300 Smart Repeater
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Somewhat disappointed in speeds 12/10/2012

This review is from: EnGenius ERB9250 IEEE802.11b/g/n Wireless-N300 Smart Repeater

Pros: Easy setup, performs as advertised

Cons: Speeds improved, but still are not that impressive.

Other Thoughts: My wife's computer is in in her craft room, on a different floor from my home office where I have a Dlink DIR-655 (H/W revision A, so it's older) wireless router. She had a Medialink Wireless-N USB adapter, which only could get about 8Mbps of throughput with WPA2 enabled. With the EnGenius wireless repeater connected to the Ethernet port on her computer, we're seeing 20-25Mbps, so at least she is able to utilize all of our cable Internet bandwidth. However, even when the repeater was in the same room with the Dlink DIR-655, I was only connecting at 65Mbps, and total throughput was around 30Mbps. Overall it's an improvement, but I was hoping for much higher speeds for our own file sharing. My laptop connects at 130Mbps when in the same room as the router, and I get about 60Mbps of throughput on it.

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ECS IC780M-A2 (V1.0A) AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Bare bones board does the job 01/28/2012

This review is from: ECS IC780M-A2 (V1.0A) AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Very cheap. Does the job. Lack of features means nothing gets in the way when installing it.

Cons: Just the basics. No frills. No control over clocks, timing, core unlocking, etc. No Firewire, no USB 3.0. What do you expect at this price point?

Other Thoughts: Bought this to upgrade the hand-me-down PC my wife was using who now wants to edit video. Pulled out the 5-1/2 year old high-end (at the time) Gigabyte board and E6300 C2D, replaced it with this, a Phenom II 960T, 8GB of DDR3-1333 memory, and a Nvidia GT 430 pulled from another system. Ran a couple passes of MemTest86+, then cloned her old Windows 7 boot drive, rebooted, and let it detect all the hardware changes (I know it's risky but I do this all the time and have never had a problem. I'm an EE and a S/W developer and can get myself out of trouble if I'm ever in it.). One reboot later all the new H/W was working and she's happily editing her crafting videos.

Gave it four stars because it is soooo basic. Tremendous value, though free beats cheap.

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Jonathan H.'s Profile

Display Name: Jonathan H.

Date Joined: 10/28/03

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 01/02/06
  • Last Review: 03/08/14
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