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EVGA 02G-P3-2639-KR GeForce GT 630 2GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Reasonably better performance than the 9800 card it replaced while being smaller and using less energy. EVGA reliably delivers.

Cons: none

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This memory has been like all the memory I've bought from G.Skill - It allows me to install it, and forget it's even there.

Physically: The memory fits the slots solidly, not loose or tight. Runs at reasonable temperatures.
Logically: Passes intense memory testing easily. Latency and clock timing as advertised.

Cons: None

SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Intel Atom Z2560 1GB Memory 16GB 10.1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Light - not that feathery light we all would like from a tablet, but light enough to make reading for an hour or two comfortable enough.
Sharp screen with good resolution. Using the automatic screen brightness has meant no real eye strain from over-bright back-lighting or blurry text.
USB connectivity is flexible, using either MTP or PTP with no problems under Kubuntu Linux 13.10.
Bluetooth works a treat, again with Kubuntu and with a run-of-the-mill Bluetooth headset.

Nothing in the firmware gets in the way of rooting, so if you desire root access you can get it with little trouble. (Reminder: This does undo the warranty.)

Android 4.2.2 came on the one I received, and got a maintenance update not long after.

Performance is generally quite good. The default launcher and Nova launcher are responsive and smooth, as are Google+, YouTube, Feedly, and Gmail.

Samsung's on-screen keyboard is actually quite nice. I had expected to replace it, but instead I've kept it, adding the "hacker's keyboard" for when I need the terminal sort of functionality and use Samsung's for regular message and blog writing.

Cons: It can get a little choppy now and again in some games using 3D, but nothing fatal to fun.
No camera light, which is most unfortunate as the camera gets grainy in low light.
A bit too much junkware, all in the ROM. Meaning if I want to be rid of it, I'll need to root the tablet.

Other Thoughts: I'm a bit confused about the inclusion of an IR blaster. Aren't TVs dying off in favor of large monitors that receive streaming media from, say, your tablet or somewhere on the Internet? I'd rather have a good camera with a light.


Yui D.'s Profile

Display Name: Yui D.

Date Joined: 05/22/08

  • Reviews: 48
  • Helpfulness: 23
  • First Review: 07/31/08
  • Last Review: 04/09/14
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