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NETGEAR FVS336G-200NAS Wired ProSafe Dual WAN Gigabit Firewall with SSL & IPsec VPN
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggs Faith in Netgear Takes Big Hit 07/29/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR FVS336G-200NAS Wired ProSafe Dual WAN Gigabit Firewall with SSL & IPsec VPN

Pros: Awesome feature-set, especially with the latest firmware (version 4.x.x)

Cons: What good is an awesome feature-set if they don't work right or cause major issues?

Latest firmware supports good QoS options, but simply enabling QoS (not actually using it, just having it enabled) destroys routing performance. I have 1.5 Mbps DSL and tried to set up QoS for VOIP, and doing so caused my DSL throughput to drop below 1 Mbps (disabling QoS immediately returns throughput back to 1.5 Mbps). Bear in mind that this is NOT because the extra bandwidth is being reserved for the QoS client! The firmware itself warns you that QoS and IPV6 features will reduce router performance by at least 25%, and they weren't kidding! Awful!

The WAN connection randomly drops. This unit replaces a Netgear FVS338 which NEVER dropped the same WAN connection in over 6 years!

2 of the 4 LAN ports drop so many packets that it appears the clients of those 2 ports are not even connected to the network at all. I've never seen SWITCH hardware be so flaky! Come on guys, this is old tech that you're messing up!

Other Thoughts: Good grief this unit is unreliable. I've used Netgear FVS338 and Netgear FVS318 routers and both were rock-solid reliable for over a decade. They were so reliable that I *was* a big proponent of Netgear equipment. This 336G is a piece of junk by comparison - so much so that it has shaken my faith in Netgear entirely. It really saddens me to say that, because the feature-set of the 336G is terrific and the dual-WAN feature especially is what I need, but this unit simply cannot be relied upon for even basic functionality.

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Dell U3014 U3014 Black 30
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I have the A03 version manufactured in November 2013. I haven't noticed any of the problems that previous versions seemed to be plagued with such as lines or backlight bleed.

Picture *can* look great, but you have to know what you're doing when you calibrate it. It also helps to have a good video card with its own adjustments.

2560x1600 resolution is awesome.

Cons: The backlight is way too bright and I can't find a way to adjust it without destroying color quality. The monitor has brightness and contract adjustments, but those are primarily for color adjustment and not the actual brightness of the light. When I get my blacks and whites where they look just right, the picture looks awesome but it is so bright it hurts my eyes to look at it for long. Reducing the "brightness" setting on the monitor really messes up the colors, so that's not an option. The only solution I could find was to reduce the color brightness settings on the graphics driver, which seems to be doing the trick.

The color and brightness varies depending on what angle you view the screen. This screen is 30" so when I look at the corners and edges of the screen it's at a slightly different angle than center-view. This is enough to make different areas of the screen look slightly different. If I move my head so that the edge or corner is center-view then whatever is center-view looks normal while the rest of the screen looks slightly off. So the panel appears to be uniform, but it looks slightly different at different angles.

This monitor has noticeable fast-motion issues, so avoid it for movies or games. I even had to turn off smooth scrolling in my browser because the motion of the text scrolling was unbearable enough that it hurt my eyes.

For whatever reason this monitor is having trouble displaying highly contrasting text. White text on black backgrounds and black text on white backgrounds is not very sharp and has a reddish glow to it. I'm still toying with the settings trying to eliminate this but haven't had any luck yet.

The touch buttons for menus are just stupid. They're clumsy and difficult to use. Another example of a manufacturer doing something different just because they think it's "cooler" and not because it's actually better.

Other Thoughts: I bought this monitor to replace a Dell 3008WFP. Overall I think the 3008 was a better monitor, but unfortunately it was also the victim of poor quality and finally stopped working after only a few years of use.

The 3014 is good for a big 30" beast, but it doesn't perform nearly as well as most of its smaller cousins (nor as well as the 3008, in my opinion). If your primary goal is a huge monitor with lots of space then you'll probably be happy here. If your primary goal is great performance then you probably won't be happy here.

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bgears b-Blaster 120 120mm Case Fan
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Mixed. 02/13/2014

This review is from: bgears b-Blaster 120 120mm Case Fan

Pros: This thing moves a lot of air, but the drawback of that is all that moving air makes quite a bit of noise. The fan itself is very quiet, but the movement of the air makes quite a bit of noise.

Cons: Moves so much air that the air movement itself becomes noisy.

Other Thoughts: Great fan if you need performance. Might think twice if you plan to use it in a quiet environment.

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Date Joined: 02/07/08

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  • Last Review: 07/29/14
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