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This review is from: Tripp Lite Model USA-19HS 16.40 ft. USB High Speed Serial Adapter M-M
Pros: Until recently, I've always used adapters with Prolific chipsets for connecting to the ECU in my race car and they have always been flaky at best. My previous adapter (one of the better Prolific-based adapters) was so bad it was actually corrupting the data going to and coming from the ECU, which presented itself as large gaps in data recorded while the car is on track. As soon as I installed the KEYSPAN adapter, all subsequent data logs were fully intact. I can finally review the data log and make sense of what's going on inside the engine again.
Cons: The adapter doesn't have thumb-screws, it only the nuts. This is only a problem if you're trying to connect to something which also only has nuts and no thumb-screws. A simple fix is to add a serial cable between the adapter and the device. But this is, of course, simply another piece of hardware that can go bad.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: On paper, this board had everything I needed and then some. Too bad the quality control department at ASUS is asleep at the wheel.
Cons: Got the board, installed XP, installed SP3, installed board drivers, and the on-board ethernet wouldn't connect. I had a few problems when installing the drivers, so I thought I maybe had a messy driver install. Reformatted the HDD, reinstalled windows, reinstalled drivers, and still no ethernet. It just keeps showing "Limited or no connectivity". I dug out an old 10/100 PCI ethernet card, installed it, installed the drivers, and it won't even recognize the card. PCI slots dead, maybe? As I'm trouble-shooting the ethernet problem, the on-board sound dies. So now I have a brand new ASUS motherboard with no ethernet, no PCI, and no audio.
Other Thoughts: I've heard good things about ASUS and this was my first ASUS board, but after wasting 12 hours, I think this will also be my last ASUS product.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: For my needs, none.
Cons: Input lag averages 3 frames (48 ms). Considering that Asus makes the official monitor of EVO, which has an average input lag of 1/2 frame (8 ms), I was extremely surprised to see such poor performance from this Asus monitor. In fact, my 37" LG LCD has lower input lag than this monitor, and the LG has an IPS panel. For those who don't know, the Asus has a TN panel, which is typically much faster than an IPS panel. But not in this case. I'm sure this monitor is great for every-day computing and most gaming, but if you're looking for a low-lag display, look elsewhere. It's pretty obvious Asus didn't intend this monitor for hardcore gamers.
Other Thoughts: If you're still looking for a low-lag 27" LCD, check out the Viewsonic VX2739WM; I tested it and found it to have an average input lag of 1 frame (16 ms). Still not as good as the supposedly "lagless" EVO monitor, but it's the best you're going to find in the 27" range.READ FULL REVIEW