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This review is from: ASUS H81M-K LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Brand - I've always trusted Asus and they're yet to let me down.
Price - On sale, this was the cheapest H81 motherboard I could find.
Shipping - Thanks NewEgg!
UEFI - This is my first UEFI board. As such, I didn't know what to expect, but it sure is nice to have a graphical screen up front when I launch the BIOS, with easy to use (and visualize) gauges and settings.
Cons: - At first, XMP profiling wouldn't work with my Crucial Ballistix XT Sport RAM. It is advertised as DDR3 1600 CAS 9. However, the motherboard booted up at DDR3 1333 and wouldn't boot after being set to 1600. However, a firmware update fixed the issue and I'm running at DDR3 1600, so I can't knock an egg.
- No PCI. I have a sound card and WiFi card. both PCI, that I would have liked to use. I knew when I bought it I would be sacrificing those things so I can't knock an egg, but it still would have been nice to have at least one PCI slot for legacy devices.
- H81. I would have liked to have more SATA slots and more USB 3.0 ports, but that's what you get with H81. No egg knocked for this of course.
Other Thoughts: I struggled between this board and a H87 board. I went with this, trusting that I'll never need more than 4 SATA ports. By the time I need more storage, I'll need replacement hard drives anyway. There's no reason to go with H87 in my eyes, unless you want to do RAID or something.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill Black 1A USB Micro Car Charger RCP-SC41
Pros: They do what they advertise. Provide power to my USB devices, in a very low profile design. I have not done any voltage or current testing at all. However, any phone I've ever plugged in to it works just fine, which implies to me that the voltage and amperage are at least somewhat well-regulated. I've had bad experience with some chargers, where the touchscreen won't work or goes wonky, but not with this one. Has a nice clean face that blends in well on the dashboard. The best part though is the price. At this price I didn't have very high expectations, but I am not disappointed one bit.
Cons: This device will take all day to charge a modern smartphone, and if I'm using GPS on my phone it will do nothing but maintain charge. Not a problem given the price, so it's not worth taking an egg away.
Other Thoughts: They are low-powered chargers (as advertised), not a 2A for your Android or iOS device. I drive a car where the cigarette lighter is underneath a cover with the ash tray. Any other charger I've tried sticks up too far for the cover to close (just has about 1/4" of clearance). This one tucks right in there perfectly. However I also have a larger 2A fast charger on hand for when I need to juice up my phone. For the (sale) price, I can't see why not to buy one (or multiple).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Ceramic Ring High Polish/Satin Finish
Pros: Still looks good enough for the price (see cons). I get a lot of complements and the fact that it's black is a pretty good ice breaker.
Cons: Finally got a couple scratches on the ring after more than 2 years, including a 9 month deployment to Afghanistan where I wore it the whole time. The brushed finish is still excellent except for the small scratches on one side. I just keep that side facing inward and no one will ever see it.
Other Thoughts: I say the ring has served its time given the price, and any longer is a bonus. (I got it for $15 back in Feb 2011)READ FULL REVIEW