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Mini Portable 3G/4G WiFi Hotspot IEEE 802.11b/g/n 150Mbps USB Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Small size; usb powered; fully functional DHCP router, with basic needed features. Using it for a portable network to connect my laptop with my smartphone. Works like a champ.

Cons: Horrid instructions, minimal packaging.

Other Thoughts: Pretty much everything you need is printed on the bottom of the unit (default wireless SSID and access code, admin username/password). Access it with a browser wirelessly (192.168.1.1) to configure, and there is a reset pin if things go wrong. This was shipped from Canada, received it in Florida in about 4 days. Minimally packaged (factory soft box inside a plastic sealed bag). For this price, does exactly what I need and is a bargain. Would purchase again if needed.

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CORSAIR CX series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Runs cool and quiet; ruggedly built; plenty of SATA connectors for my needs; long sheathed cables

Cons: No 4-pin CPU power plug or adapter

Other Thoughts: Threw this in a budget Rosewill case with a Gigabyte A75M-UD2H mobo, A6-3650 cpu, Asus 7770 video card. Running for about a week with no issues, very cool and quiet. I think all psu's should come with 4/8 pin CPU power adapters, since both 4 and 8 pin are still current on new hardware. I butchered an old psu I had lying around and made one, but the cost (and hassle) of getting separate adapter plugs can add up......the cost would be negligible for the manufacturer to include.

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MSI A55M-P33 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Solid caps; decent overclocking options; nice bios

Cons: Really none at this price point. MSI's website definitely needs improvement; HDMI would be nice.

Other Thoughts: I got this as a combo deal with an A6-3650 cpu, works perfectly......booted on first try using 8 gig Kingston HyperX ram (#N82E16820104339). I wanted to get 'on board' for more of the FM1 stuff before it's gone, some of it is bargain priced right now. Definitely a no frills mobo, but I am only using it for casual concert video viewing and audio listening, using a Gigabyte HD 6450 card I already had using Dual Graphics with the APU for video, and a Behringer UCA202 for superb (stereo) sound quality. Installed both Win 7 Ultimate x86 and x64, no issues with either OS. Uncompressed Blu-Ray rips are very smooth.

My only gripe, you need to use the included DVD for all drivers, then update from there. I couldn't find the AMD SM Bus drivers / USB filter drivers on the MSI website (or elsewhere), available driver downloads there are haphazard at best. It seems like this is an epic fail among many manufacturers these days. Some users may prefer a manual in hard copy form (not included), but it is an easy download from MSI. For some reason I couldn't copy the files from the driver DVD to other sources (hard drive, usb stick) for installation.....but I didn't spend much time trying, just thought it was odd, gave some "administrator" error message.

If this board stands the test of time it will likely end up in a server case a year or two down the road.......

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Howard H.'s Profile

Display Name: Howard H.

Date Joined: 01/07/07

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 01/09/12
  • Last Review: 11/19/13
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