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Silicon Power Helios 101 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Blue) Model SP016GBUF2101V1B
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It works and has some interesting tools available if you go to the website.

Cons: Seems kinda slow compared to my old drive (which stopped working).

Other Thoughts: It's a flash drive, ya know. It ither works or it doesn't.

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Acer Aspire AX1420-UR10P (PT.SG9P2.003) Desktop PC Athlon II X4 645 (3.1GHz) 4GB DDR3 500GB HDD Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 1. $350 delivered to my door. Dirt cheap price.
2. Good ventilation. Average CPU temperature is 39 degrees Celsius when I’m just surfing the net and typing up word documents. The hottest its ever gotten was 53 Celsius when I was watching on online video and running a virus scan at the same time.
3. Good performance, doesn't bog down with multiple windows and tasks running and switching between them.
4. 4GB of memory is nice. When it finishes the start up it uses 990MB (on my machine), so I'm left with over 2 GB free.

Cons: 1.The graphics card is sub par to be sure. The definition on this machine just isn’t as sharp as my old laptop was, you will notice it on the background screens for whatever theme you select and also on Jpeg images on websites.

Windows Experience Index Scores…
Processor: 7.3
Memory: 5.9
Graphics 3.5
Business Graphics: 3.2
Hard Disk: 5.9

On the NVIDA control panel utility, I have the settings set to...
Brightness: 0%,
Contrast 100%, and
Gamma 1.10.

If you are running Windows 7 at work on a machine with a Graphics card that rates 4.8 on the graphics scores, you will notice the difference. It’s not terrible enough to send the machine back if you play with the brightness, contrast and gamma; but I had to play with it just to feel "satisfied" with the graphics.

2. Not as quiet as some other desktops I’ve had in the past.

3. The flashing blue light on top when its in sleep mode is annoying if the computer is in your bedroom.

Other Thoughts: If a friend were to ask me should he by this machine, I would tell him go down to the local computer store and check out some machines running Windows 7 with a Windows Experience Index score (under the "Control Panel -- System and Security" tab) of 3.5 or lower for graphics. If those graphics were good enough for him and he can handle my other two cons, then go for it.

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TP-LINK TL-WR541G IEEE 802.11b/g eXtended Range Wireless G Router up to 54Mbps/ 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Port x4
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I have been running this router for about six weeks now and have never rebooted it yet. Good range, covers every room of an 10 room house. As long as you are using it just to connect to the internet, listen to internet music, internet video and surf, it works like a champ.

Cons: The installation was not as simple as it could have been. I tried everything but for some reason it simply would not connect, it turns out there was a conflict with addressing and I had to change the address of the router to 192.168.1.2. Problem solved. I would not have known how to fix the problem if I had not visited their page. http://www.tp-link.com/support/faq.asp. That info should have been forcefully reminded on their mini disk and in their software as I am sure I am not the only one this is happened to since my laptop is real basic.

There seems to be a strange issue where if I go into Sleep mode on my Windows laptop, I lose the connection, but all I have to do is reboot my laptop to get it back. This problem does NOT happen if I hibernate the laptop, so I am wondering is this a Windows issue.

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Display Name: Dwayne D.

Date Joined: 05/10/09

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 08/05/09
  • Last Review: 02/21/14
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