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CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10R
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Inexpensive, VERY reliable, no issues AT ALL for three years.

Cons: Three years ago, it was $2 cheaper than today's price. But that's how things go.

Other Thoughts: Running in an EVGA FTW Z68 board, no overclocking or overvoltage, everything stock. Never gave these as second thought after installation and running memtest for a couple of days to make sure everything was OK. I am tempted to get another 16gb before the product is discontinued, but with everything going to DDR4, not being able to move them to the next build is an issue...

Klipsch HD 300 Compact 5.1 Home Theater with Powered Subwoofer
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Stay away from Klipsch powered anything 10/05/2015

This review is from: Klipsch HD 300 Compact 5.1 Home Theater with Powered Subwoofer

Pros: Inexpensive. Speakers themselves are OK. There is definitely a distinctive "Klipsch sound".

Cons: Klipsch amplifiers have an ASTOUNDING failure rate.

Do a little Googling, be amazed.

Hum, buzz, blown fuses are all part of the package.

I have four very expensive Klipsch speakers with built-in powered subs, and all four amps have failed. The amps have been repaired several times, but the design itself is flawed, and I just stopped throwing away money on them - isolated the subs and am driving them with an external amp.

The speakers are fine. The amps are not.

Other Thoughts: Do some Google research, or just read the threads on Klipsch's own forums.

ASUS RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n AiProtection with Trend Micro for Complete Network Security
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This thing just works. Admittedly, I'm not a gamer or superuser, I just wanted something that had good dual band wireless performance and didn't fall over when a bunch of different devices were using it (14 wired, 6 wireless as of this writing), and this fits the bill for me perfectly.

My Roku boxes that connected to this wirelessly on 5 gig went from streaming pretty mid rez images to full HD quality immediately. I really like being able to segregate devices between the two wireless bands.

I had been using inexpensive low end wireless routers for years, and boy, what a difference this thing made! I now understand that the router is not something you want to skimp on.

I usually put my 'tech knowledge' rating at a '5', but in this case, because I don't obsessively and endlessly tweak a router once it's working, and don't load custom firmware, and don't make it my life's mission to eke out the last 2% of performance, I made it a '4'.

Cons: None so far. Really, none.

Other Thoughts: When Time Warner got stupidly greedy and went from a free cable modem/router to charging $5/mo, then $8/mo, then an additional $5/mo for wireless, I looked around for a better solution. I found the Netgear CM500 modem (outstanding!) on sale here, and needed a wireless router.

During my research, I stumbled across the T-Mobile customer deal (free), and got that version of this router. With latest available firmware in the thing out of the box (updates come from T-Mobile, not ASUS), it has been flawless. No disconnects, no reboots, ridiculously simple to get going - powered it up, plugged it into the modem and my three switches, and in less than a minute all wired devices were on the Internet. Took another ten minutes to configure the wireless side, and haven't had an issue since.

Seriously unsure of where all these problems and negative reviews come from. I would have written the same review if I had paid for this thing. It's been running for 38 straight days since I got it (according to its log). It just rocks.


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Display Name: Robert K.

Date Joined: 06/27/02

  • Reviews: 58
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  • First Review: 12/02/07
  • Last Review: 11/28/15
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