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HP Compaq SmartBuy LA2405x Brushed Aluminum and Black 24
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Not many, beyond that of any simple and cheap monitor. Will likely tan your face while it burns out your retinas.

Cons: Causes all sorts of eyestrain and headaches, poor color definition and uniformity, not enough input options, way to expensive for this low quality trash.

Other Thoughts: I had a technical and in-depth review but evidently my session timed out before I posted it and it was lost. Sorry.

The bottom line is that even though this has the rare vertical resolution of a good non-widescreen monitor (which is why I bought it), its design and quality are horrible and it's not worth half the price. Wait for this one to go on clearance because that's where it's headed. You can then pick them up at realistic prices and use them to keep your kids from using the computer too much or getting employees to quit without hassle.

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NETGEAR 16 Port Gigabit Business-Class Desktop Switch - Lifetime Warranty (GS116)
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Possible heirloom piece 09/21/2012

This review is from: NETGEAR 16 Port Gigabit Business-Class Desktop Switch - Lifetime Warranty (GS116)

Pros: The main unit apparently runs forever. It's made of steel so it can dissipate heat without a fan as well as being unquestionably physically sound. There are no settings, adjustments, drivers, firmware, or things to get hacked or infected. The ports and lights are on the front with the power cord in the back because that's what works for wiring cabinets. It's not meant for show and tell, but for quick and easy hookup and diagnostics, while keeping that all-important power cable out of 'oops' reach.

Gigabit will likely remain viable for a very long time yet. Sixteen ports is plenty for my past, present, and future 'networked everything' geek home.

Cons: The power supply failed after 5 years of 24/7/365 use, including on uninterrupted backup power through power outages. The first 4 years was in a location with low quality power, and the last 1 year is in a place with higher than usual voltage (125V). It is never turned off. Being a brand and model that has lasted so long, it was not hard to find an aftermarket replacement power supply, but the experience of network paralysis was so traumatic that I suggest a backup plan be ready in case it happens to you.

It also does not have all the fancy management software that a company would usually need to hire an employee to maintain. That's sort of a take it or leave it feature unless you want to trunk your ports for a poor-mans multi-gig connection, but that would put many of the related parts and software into another price ballpark anyway. This device is simply plug in and go until the lights don't light up anymore. Until the power supply quits, it will never need a reboot.

Other Thoughts: Having 16 ports will generally suffice for an exceptionally smart home, and if 'hotspots' are culminated onto sub-switches before making a run to this main switch, there's not really enough wired network objects in the near future to fill it up.

It has plenty of ports, speed, and capability to merge multiple office sections onto one line before several of those lines are sent to a more expensive switch to trunk them onto a multi-gig or optical line. That saves a lot of money in both wiring and hardware.

I prefer the 'store and forward' technique that this uses, as some modern devices, like security cameras, are commonly 10-100Mbs and don't yet use jumbo frames. The method this switch uses will buffer an entire packet from a device and then send it to the destination at that new speed. This keeps the small/slow camera feed packets from slowing down my jumbo framed, gigabit packets between more capable devices.

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GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N570SO-13I GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: BOINC measures it at twice the GFLOPS as my older GTX260.

Cons: The fans, which are attached to a heat source (<-emphasis), are made of low melting point plastic. One of the three fans on my card simply melted off and the one next to it is going mushy.

Besides this error that demonstrates an incompetent manufacturer, this card doesn't even perform that well in the games that I play and I don't even play the 'latest and greatest'.

Other Thoughts: Video cards are one of the most expensive parts in a computer and I expect them to run until the technology is obsolete. This manufacturer chose the wrong plastic for a critical part, which I think is a pretty basic engineering consideration, and I won't buy from them in the foreseeable future.

I would like to continue using what's left of this card, but apparently they did such a bad job of standardizing it that I can't even find an application that is capable of communicating with it to manually spin the remaining fans faster to compensate for the missing one.

It runs at about 207F and probably won't last the rest of the week.

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Craig R.'s Profile

Display Name: Craig R.

Date Joined: 05/09/04

  • Reviews: 32
  • Helpfulness: 18
  • First Review: 12/29/06
  • Last Review: 10/02/12
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