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This review is from: Friedrich D70BP 70 Pint Dehumidifier, Built-in Drain Pump
Pros: This unit was rather well packed, and seems to have taken a beating without any damage! This is rather impressive on its own. It's heavy, and the box got pretty banged up but the unit is in perfect condition! Pushing and tugging on some parts, including the wheels, does give me some confidence to this build quality. The floating mechanism seems to be simple yet reliable – I was just surprised to see the floater actually being Styrofoam but there's nothing wrong with that. On the back you can easily find the specifications of the unit, and even right behind the water bucket you can find its electronic schematics. 7.5A max @ 115V only in case you were wondering – it'll run up your energy bill more than the computer you're using to read this review, but it's better than a full A/C unit! Use of this dehumidifier is very easy in every way. The indicators are easy, it has a beeping alarm for full bucket, the hoses are rather obvious to hook up for continuous operation, and it updates rapidly. The air filter is easy to remove clean as well. It included two different hoses and gasket, depending on if you're using the pump or not for continuous draining. The pump advertises 15' of height, which is more than enough to get through a window or even a hole at the corner of the roof. Continuous drip without the pump won't clear the height of a bathtub, but should work well to drain onto a patio, out the front door, or shower stall. And this thing works pretty dang quick too. It definitely out-performs the dehumidifier it's replacing!
Cons: Well, as you figured, it's heavy. It's pretty cumbersome to move around. It does have small wheels which work great on wood and tile, but terrible on carpet. I find its low setting to be rather loud, and the frequency at which it turns on and turns off can be distracting. There's no way we can listen to TV at a comfortable volume with this guy running in the same room. It comes with hoses, but there's no where to really store them, and I'm sure they'll get lost as time goes by – there's not even a good way to wrap up the power cord when I'm done with it. I would also prefer the plug to have a 90° turn so it would fit behind furniture snug against the wall. The performance of this thing, even on low setting, comes at a cost: the air it blows out definitely warms up the room as quickly as it takes out the humidity (it also has a definite “warm” smell on first use too). I would have loved for this thing to have an ultra-low operating setting to reduce noise and the amount of times it turns on/off.
Other Thoughts: The flat top makes me want to put things on it, which is a big no-no. Its square shape also makes me want to tuck it snugly between a wall and bookshelf, but also a no-no. It seems to increase the temperature of a room by 1°F for every 2% of humidity it removes. This would be great in the winter when the A/C doesn't kick on due to not being hot enough, but it's rather unpleasant to use in the summer.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This motherboard is being used in a media server, and installing it was a breeze. It fit well, and everything was in a great place for the case I used! Everything on it seemed to be solid, and quality parts were used. I was quite excited to see it in action!
After I got it working (see Other thoughts, as it may not be a con on Biostar), I installed Windows 7 on an SSD. Between the SSD and this motherboard, everything is fast! Windows boots in ~7seconds, and everything is very responsive. I was fairly impressed at that lil Celeron!
Cons: Well, after everything was said and done, drivers installed, server mounted and plugged into my TV via HDMI (1020p), I grabbed a beer and settled down to watch my first high-def movie! And it was beautiful! Except - did I just see a little bit of flickering?? I waited a while, and indeed, at some points there are...unsmooth movements in the video, especially when there's a large update to the frame. 99.9% of it plays perfectly using VLC media player, but that 0.1% is rather noticeable and disappointing. And, that was only 720p.
I bumped things up to a 1080p file, and... it's worse as expected. I guess Intel HD wasn't quite what I was hoping it to be... I'll try different players and see if I can fiddle with things to make it work, but at the moment I just feel like I dumped $250 into a system that's marginally acceptable. I'll update this review if it's found to be something not of this motherboard's fault, but... well, continue reading into the "Other thoughts" section.
Other Thoughts: Perhaps I'm being a bit hard on this motherboard already due to two things that may or may not be its fault. First, was initial power-on. I installed everything, turned it on, and got a series of indefinite beeps. Checked online, and it's either bad PSU or BIOS. Reset the CMOS using the jumper, and it posted! For a few seconds, until the screen displayed heavy video artifacts, and the system crashed and rebooted into the series of beeps - BIOS just re-corrupted itself. I was about to RMA the board, but thought I'd start messing with the RAM. Removed one 2GB stick, left the other, and symptoms persisted. Removed the 2nd stick, and no/bad RAM beeps as expected (after resetting CMOS jumper). Replaced the 1st stick into the 2nd's slot, and it works after another CMOS reset! Placed the 2nd stick back in, and it still works! So, I guess the RAM just needed re-socketed (both RAM and board are brand new, and I paid attention to the clips clicking fully in every time). I've never had RAM corrupt the BIOS before though, so that was extremely odd. But, problem solved and memtest passed.
2nd issue is the system I was building didn't have a DVD drive, but all I had was a Win7 DVD. So, I had to move Win7 installation files onto the USB stick. Nothing I haven't done before. But, I had one hell of a time trying to get the motherboard to boot off the USB stick! It would see the stick, and the stick was set up properly (though by the end I was trying several different things), but it would just give me a blank cursor whenever I tried to boot off the USB. After getting frustrated after several attempts, and running out of time, I started trying different fixes at the same time - different USB stick, different installation files, different USB port, different file systems... At one point it started working and everything else was happy from there!
---I just now tried the other USB stick, original USB port, etc. and of course now it's working for every combination! The heck?! This motherboard, or SOMETHING with this system, seems to be fighting me every step of the way! And of all my battles (including ones I haven't written here involving drivers), I can't justify putting my finger on the motherboard for any of them. I think it's trolling me, but I can't prove it...
Pros: Does what it's told. It puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.
Works as advertise! Seems solid. We'll see how it holds up over the years. No heatsinks, fins, or other fancy crud means these fit perfectly inside my mini-ITX system.
Cons: I had a scare with these guys, but I don't think G.Skill is the one to blame. In fact, I'm not sure what is - maybe just myself. After building the system, it would give a beep code of either bad PSU or bad BIOS. Cleared the bios, it would boot, but the video would display artifacts and the system would reboot back to the beep code. I was about to RMA the motherboard, till I started swapping out the ram for shizzles and giggles. Took one out, no effect, too the other out, no ram, put the last one back in the first spot - works! Put the other one back into the second spot - still works!! Guess I just needed to re-seat the RAM. But never heard of bad RAM (well, bad socket or connection) actually corrupting the BIOS before... Weird. Ran Memtest, and everything's working great now.READ FULL REVIEW