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WD WD Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Balance Power and Speed
- Price point was decent

Cons: WD DIAG and BIOS SMART POST detected this drive as failed; hopefully, I haven't missed something in the BIOS.

- Price point was decent, but not after paying to send back
- Waiting on RMA
- Refurbished items: you can't change from a WD Blue to another product like a WD Green drive

Other Thoughts: This was a refurbished drive. Hopefully the company/person doing the refurbishing isn't simply resending these out until they get two failures on the S/N. Find it hard to believe that someone really doing their job would allow this drive to go back out to the consumer in this state. Want to give whomever the benefit of the doubt; however, when companies are cutting so many corners I almost have to fault the manufacture for the short comings and failures.

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Cideko AVK-02-915 Black RF Wireless Mini Keyboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Nice for HTPC 01/01/2012

This review is from: Cideko AVK-02-915 Black RF Wireless Mini Keyboard

Pros: - Really Compact Design (able to hit all keys using your two thumbs)
- Air Mouse/Keyboard all-in-one.
- Keyboard keys require decent amount of pressure to activate (not too touchy or hard)
- Top row hot keys for multimedia functions

After using the Gyration mouse and keyboard for a couple of years. I now find myself using the Cideko mouse to select something like the address bar of a browser window and then starting to set the device down to go pickup a keyboard... and then catch myself thinking, oh yeah, I have the keyboard already. :)

Cons: - Mouse is not as responsive as the Gyration devices, but close
- Not rechargeable, Gyration mouse was rechargeable
- No F1-F12 keys (impact for games)
- No 10 Key keypad (impacts high-ASCII character passwords)

Other Thoughts: Battery life is unknown ATT; however, the device does sleep.

Replaced Gyration combo (GYM1100CKNA) with Cideko AVK-02-915 device.

I’ve also replaced all the old school components: amp/cd/dvd/receiver/tape/vcr (NOTE: not old enough to have record player or 8 track stuff ;)) and now drive with a single PC. However, Family Room was starting to look like work (mid-sized tower PC, keyboard, mouse, ups, and wires. Honestly, those flashing blue drive/system activity lights were also driving me nuts.

Wife really likes the following rework of making the room look like a “Family Room” instead of a teens gaming den. With this new addition the Family Room HTPC consists of: Cideko Air Mouse/Keyboard, Logitech Harmony 900 RF Remote, Logitech Z-5500 5.1 driving all Bose AM5 speakers, nMediaPC HTPC 8000 (antique radio) case, Hauppauge Colossus capture card, low power (20w) Zotac AMD E-350 MB, and feeding a 47” plasma TV.

Really… really hard to detect a computer is even in the room.

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AMD Phenom II X6 1075T Thuban 6-Core 3.0GHz Socket AM3 125W Desktop Processor HDT75TFBGRBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great CPU while it lasted. Used this box for h2ts encoding of HD Canon videos of our kids movies and home videos. Rips would take about 30-60 mins with CUDA support and all 6 cores around 50%.

Cons: Back when ownership was less than 30 days my system reported 5 cores instead of 6. I thought it was a fat finger event in the BIOS and changed it back to 6 (I also wrote a review back then). System has worked okay without reverting back to less than 6 cores, until now. Now the system will not keep 6 cores active, reverts to 5, and is really slugish.

Other Thoughts: it appears newegg is no longer supporting this cpu... not sure of options. Support seams to be going down hill here... Since return and warranty not covered by Newegg - may take business else where.

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CHAD H.'s Profile

Display Name: CHAD H.

Date Joined: 04/27/06

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 02/03/09
  • Last Review: 01/01/12
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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