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Pros: This is a good medium level motherboard. I replaced an old 3-core AMD chip/ M2N-SLI MB in my wife's computer and I put this M5A97 in it with an AMD FX-8310 and 8GB GSkill memory and an EVGA GTX 650 Ti Boost. It performs great for her video and photo editing and running the o/s on an SSD means that it boots up in 20 seconds. While the built-in "Windows Experience" meter isn't a good test, it almost gets top marks in all areas (7.6 to 7.9).
Cons: I don't care for the BIOS interface. I think they made it more difficult with the "dummy edition" than the old school BIOS screens. Yeah, there is an advanced mode, but I don't feel like the BIOS interface update is really functional.
Other Thoughts: I actually bought two.. One from Newegg and one from a popular auction site that I thought was a fail, but turns out it was just missed the "clear CMOS" jumper. So I'll probably use that one to upgrade from my quad core CPU to an 8 core. I think it was a worthwhile purchase.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR ProSAFE Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point (WNDAP360) - Lifetime Warranty
Pros: It looks pretty. Has external antenna connections and a serial console port. Included tile ceiling mounting kit and is Gigbit PoE powered. Theoretical 300Mbps connection speeds.
Cons: We bought 16 of these. The web GUI is way too complicated and redundant. WEP does NOT work at all. No wifi device (laptop, tablet, USB wifi adapter, phones, etc) can connect via WEP. It just flat fails to connect. WPA/WPA2 should be faster than WEP, but none of the 90 tablets that we have will stay connected to any of the APs if more than just a couple are connected. I've done everything I can do make them work, to include upgrading firmware, downgrading firmware, changing channels, changing max speed, channel spacing, guard interval.. Nothing seems to make these work. I want to send them all back and buy something else. I was hopeful we'd get a real winner, instead it's a dud. Cheaper standalone wifi APs work just fine with the exact same WPA or WPA2 encryption, so I know it's not the tablets or computers. Too bad our organization doesn't have the funds to buy the good stuff from other companies! It makes me pull my hair when people have to keep complaining the the wifi doesn't work!
Other Thoughts: No encryption seems to work fine. I used to be content with Netgear. But I think I'm moving on to something else. I can't rely on it anymore.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: VisionTek Candyboard 900319 Black 69 Normal Keys USB RF Wireless Mini Keyboard
Pros: It's small, light, portable and didn't require a driver disc or download for my Win7 Pro x64 media box. Simple plug and play. Don't expect to type 100 words a minute unless you have tiny fingers. I bought it so I could sit on my couch and do minor tasks while watching TV on the internet. No issues so far.
Cons: It seems a little pricey for such a small thing, but overall, it was worth it for me.
Other Thoughts: The keyboard has a backlight as well as a built in laser pointer. Right and left mouse buttons and ctrl+alt+del function keys. It is RF not IR so you don't need line-of-sight to use it. I may pocket this bugger to use with my palm pc.READ FULL REVIEW