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D-Link PowerLine AV 500 4-Port Gigabit Switch (DHP-540) Up to 500Mbps
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Piece of junk with no support 09/27/2013

This review is from: D-Link PowerLine AV 500 4-Port Gigabit Switch (DHP-540) Up to 500Mbps

Pros: - none

Cons: - a setup utility that won't detect the unit (how can it detect a dumb switch?)
- troubleshooting within the setup utility that doesn't offer any useful information
- an associated web support page that's useless
- 'techical' support provided by foreign people with employees that know less than big box store sales people

Other Thoughts: I may have been unlucky and received a DOA unit but that's no excuse for D-Link's terrible lack of support and lack of proper troubleshooting documentation. My DHP-500AV's can connect fine to each other but they won't talk to this unit nor will my systems using the setup utility.

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Intel RAID Twenty-four port Expander Card RES2SV240
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs It does what it's supposed to but... 03/22/2013

This review is from: Intel RAID Twenty-four port Expander Card RES2SV240

Pros: - supposed to expand your controller's drive hosting capabilities

Cons: - the instructions are terrible
- out of the box it didn't work

Other Thoughts: The instructions explain how to install the device into your motherboard in but it doesn't explain how to connect it to your SAS card with enough detail. The diagram has a lot of arrows and boxes of text, but it's not at all technical. You receive two short SAS cables which you expect to go between the expander and the controller, but the guide doesn't say to connect one or two if you're going to two hotswap backplanes. When the unnit doesn't work, calling Intel is useless as their overseas technical support representatives aren't so technical and their advice when things don't work is to flash upgrade your hardware. "Does this device even have a flash upgrade?" "I don't know... let me check." That certainly gives me confidence.

I suggest utilizing a controller from a manufacturer with more than two ports if you need more than 8 drives expanded.

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RAZER Black USB Wired Lycosa Mirror Special Edition Gaming Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Razer Lycosa defects, 2008 - 2012. 07/29/2012

This review is from: RAZER Black USB Wired Lycosa Mirror Special Edition Gaming Keyboard

Pros: - nice to type on, resistent keys that are not too resistent
- nice blue LED backlit keys
- small form factor; not tiny but just right, great if you don't need those extra macro keys.

Cons: - users complained of manufacturing issues since the Lycosa debut in 2008 and they're still selling the Lycosa with those defects, despite widespread complaints

- since first week of ownership, keys 'stick', not in a physical way but a glitchy firmware way where you need to tap the offending key or unplug the USB cable and plug it back in

- occasionally key stick glitch will cause your system to blue screen if you can't unplug the keyboard in time.

Other Thoughts: It disturbs me that Razer would knowingly sell a keyboard with manufacturing defects and not resolve them, then expect the end-user to pay for shipping costs to RMA the keyboard. In the end, users will RMA keyboards and receive defective keyboards in exchange. If people have complained of an issue in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and now I have the issue in 2012, clearly they haven't solved the problem especially since they've upgraded the series to a 'mirror special edition'.

I find it hard to believe that after so many years with so many threads, reviews, posts of people complaining of this issue that it's simply an isolated issue for a few users.

I'd give the keyboard a 4/5 if the internet wasn't filled with people having this issue and Razer representatives acknowledged it or offered a firmware update.

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William G.'s Profile

Display Name: William G.

Date Joined: 04/11/07

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 07/13/09
  • Last Review: 09/27/13
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