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ASUS (USB-N10) wireless-N USB Adapter (150Mbps Transmit / 150Mbps Receive) with fast USB2.0 Interface, software WPS Button Support
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: ~100% plug and play on Linux Mint 17 with MATE desktop (Ubuntu based). This is more than you can say for Win 7; for windoze you need to install drivers first. Just like everything with windoze.

~Very compact, fast, cheap, reliable for the last 6 months anyway.

Cons: ~Was not plug and play with Lucid Puppy Linux.

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Logitech K400 2.4GHz Wireless Touch Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Perfect for Linux HTPC 02/02/2014

This review is from: Logitech K400 2.4GHz Wireless Touch Keyboard

Pros: ~Immediate plug and play support with Linux Mint 16
~Media keys and touchpad gestures for zoom, scroll, and pan work in Linux. Being able to zoom with a gesture is very handy when your 30" TV is 10 feet away.
~Compact, rounded shape is great for bumming on the couch
~Comes with a low-profile USB plug in if you're using it portable, with a long-range extender doo-dad that works really well. More than 20 ft. range with the doo-dad plugged in from buried behind my entertainment center, no patchy connection, no lag.

Cons: Layout is a little cramped and goofy. Reminds me of an early Netbook in both layout and shallow key feel. Key spacing is the same as my 14" laptop, but there are little things like the up-arrow key sits between the right shift key and the / key; you have to straddle the up arrow to hit the right shift. Also the pg up/down and home/end keys, as well as all the F1-12 keys are shared with media keys; can take some getting used to if you use a lot of keyboard shortcuts.

If you're planning on doing a lot of typing you may want to take a close look at the key layout in the pics. Also I've found that with the slightly odd layout sometimes you hit the keys a little catty-wampus and they bind. Takes a bit of a learning curve to do well with it.

Other Thoughts: Overall I'm really happy with it. When given the choice between changing key spacing or having a funky layout, my fingers prefer the funky layout any day, and I can style type full speed with it no problem. Really the only way I can see to get the job done with its size, which IMO is the perfect compromise for an HTPC. It's small enough to fit well on and end table, and I was happy using it on my lap or even half laying down.

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3160813AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: FAST. Like twice as fast as my old 7200.9. Set up in Raid 0, benchmarked with HDTune, and average speed was identical to a Raptor in Raid 0...only for like half the cost to get twice the capacity. Can't beat that in terms of bang for the buck.

As long as you have more SATA ports, and a given amount of money, you will be faster with a couple (or four!) of these than a Raptor for the same price.

Plus I've always had good luck with Seagates, have always been solid.

Cons: Raid 0 doesn't set itself up. Also had to futz around with Raid drivers to get my SATA DVD drive to work right, but that is more of a motherboard issue.

Other Thoughts: Access time was slower than a Raptor. Also, speed nose-dives towards the end of the platter due to the fact that these use one big 7200 RPM platter instead of a couple smaller 10 or 15,000 RPM platters. Fix this by setting up a smaller partition for your C: drive, like 50 GB, then you have constant speed across the whole partition.

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Adam W.'s Profile

Display Name: Adam W.

Date Joined: 12/01/06

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 09/07/08
  • Last Review: 09/23/14
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