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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Laptop Memory Model F3-1600C9S-4GRSL
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Working in my Intel's NUC D34010WYK running Ubuntu for about a month now. For the price, the specs at the time of purchase was the fastest speeds 9-9-9-28 as opposed to others which are 11-11-11-28 (remember, lower is better for those not sure what these numbers mean).

Cons: None.

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Intel NUC Kit D34010WYK1, Mini HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0, 4th Gen Intel Core i3-4010U, Consumer Infrared sensor
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Love it. Originally was considering one of the Booksize Barebone PCs by Shuttle or Foxconn and purchased the Asus EB1033-B0100. The fan noise was an issue with the Asus - it's a typical laptop fan so if it's hidden you probably will not hear it, but I needed something silent in the bedroom as it's a 24/7 email server for me. I picked up this unit along with the Akasa's Newton H Fanless Solid Aluminum NUC Case (from frozencpu.com) and now it's completely silent and the temperature dropped 5C. Used the Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound sold here on newegg (eventhough it comes with some). Running Ubuntu 14.04 and previously 12.02 and everything worked/recognized out of the box - thankfully! Both Server and Desktop version tried too. Even a Dell DW1506 WiFi card I had lying around worked out of the box, and a bluebooth usb dongle (Broadcom ccbt2035bdgp23-2, vendor 0a5c idProduct 200a for anyone who has one too worked). The only thing I did not test is the Infrared sensor. For those keeping the original Intel case it is quite nice with metal on the sides, plastic on top and bottom for the wifi signal, with an inner metal housing around the sides. Quite small as you can imagine that truly fits in your hand's palm. Go to Intel's site about their NUC series to learn more - it can be quite confusing with all the models, but it really comes down to three latest units - i5, the i3 and the Celeron and three prior generation models. The new series also has models that allows for an SSD laptop 2.5" drive too which simply gives a case with greater height. The motherboard itself is the same and includes an sata port on the motherboard. I prefer the i3 simply because it's using the 4th generation chip which uses less power and hopefully less heat and powerful enough over the Celeron without breaking the bank. The NUC series seems to be building up a great eco-system too which I hope will continue. Def check out the Akasa's case..it's $99 but completely solid metal (~3lbs alone) and the second only to another brand that simply isn't sold in the US so go with this. I found most of these fanless brands cases are made overseas. Do not buy the $30 alternative by SilverStone PT14B-H1T1 as reviews online shows temperature actually goes up. Remember, the more metal the better. I couldn't be more pleased with my combo, even under heavy load the temperature only rises to about where it was with the fan at idle.

Cons: None so far, works with Ubuntu and from reading other reviews here and else where, Windows would be fine too should I ever need to switch.

Other Thoughts: The BIOS' gui is quite nice as well! Plenty of options and information.

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LG Behind-The-Neck Stereo Bluetooth Headset w/ Music Streaming/ Call Waiting Support (HBS-700)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: My perfect stereo bluetooth headset is here! A perfect design concept. Finally one that does it right: bluetooth away from your ears, but without wires to a clip like some others. Just perfect. Works great with my Nokia Lumia 710 (Windows Phone 7.5 phone..box shows it will work great too with iPhones and Android)..all buttons works great interacting with this phone. Range is like any other bluetooth 2.0 device, about 30 feet and music is good. Music sounds better than expected, say over standard iPhone headphones, but not much. I normally listen to my Klipsch S4i in-ear headphones (~$70) which is my benchmark of a good pair that's under a hundred, so these are okay - I heard worse on a cheap Sony pair so I'm happy. You really do forget it's around your neck sometimes. The micro-usb port to charge is great as many phones today use this plug, so at home or work, I use the same charger.

Cons: I wish the beep it makes when pressing the button to skip to the next song wasn't there or reduced.

Other Thoughts: Charger output is 5.1 volts, 0.7 amps which very similar with most cell phone chargers so they're interchangeable. It supports 100-240 volts for those wishing to use this charger overseas. A pro version where the headphones are better quality would be my only improvement comment, otherwise really a great product. So far, four people in my office bought one after this seeing - it's one of those, once you see it you'll want one if you're in the market for a stereo headset.

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Frank A.'s Profile

Display Name: Frank A.

Date Joined: 06/16/03

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 07/31/05
  • Last Review: 04/19/14
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