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MSI H81M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This board has great potential, and many features that could turn a tech's head
The size is amazing for the feature set.

Cons: As cute as this board was, I could never get any life from it.
I tried many ram sticks, power supplies and exhausted my
motherboard boot experience to no avail.

Other Thoughts: A close inspection of the board after my decision to return it revealed human hairs
on the board which seemed to affirm my suspicion this motherboard had been repackaged.
Closer scrutiny of the cpu pin area seemed to indicated one or two pins out of alignment.
I do not buy MSI boards often for precisely these sort of issues


Pros: This router is very easy to set up IF you know how to set up QOS,
The price is very attractive compared to the products it competes against,
Has the ability to set up three separate SSIDs and conceal them so that
the only visible network is the one you allow for your guests (kids)
This router reboots fast compared to some of the other brands,
The range and speeds for both bands are what you would expect. (AC1200)
The status LEDS on the front of the router are not overly bright.
Flashing the firmware is painless and retains all your settings.

Cons: If you enable QOS for your streaming devices and leave the defaults in place, your internet
speeds with be reduced to a crawl. Some of these reviewers seem to have done that.
Please note that the defaults are in KILObits...not MEGAbits.
The default SSIDs and passwords are cumbersome and definitely need to be changed.
This router does get a bit warm with many users and high bandwidth allocation. It might
be that the main chip is not heat sinked adequately. Better have a ventilated location.
The setup menu requires that you reboot the router after every single setting change.
You can not make all the needed changes to the settings then save it as is the normal way
If you want to install DD-WRT it voids your 3 year warranty. What a Grinch!
The wall wart is horizontal, not vertical, so it will block an outlet on a surge strip.

Other Thoughts: All in all this router is very much worth it's price, The not so few cons can all be overcome
with patience and general networking knowledge. Only time will tell if the router has the
longevity we all want for our time and money. Please note that his router ships with the settings
such that it will work right out of the box with security in place, but if you want passwords you
can remember or have special network requirements, you have those options as well.

Silicon Power Slim S60 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great drives whenever they get delivered

Cons: Ordered early July 23 and it now July 30 and no sign of
drives yet

Other Thoughts: Strange how free shipping turns out to be your fault
when it does not get here on time.


Randall S.'s Profile

Display Name: Randall S.

Date Joined: 11/19/01

  • Reviews: 51
  • Helpfulness: 32
  • First Review: 09/10/05
  • Last Review: 08/12/16
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