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SCEPTRE E248W-1920 Black 24
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Bright colors, thin size, good response time, very clear image, low power and generates significantly less heat than my last monitor

Cons: Handful of dead pixels (<5). Also, I mount the monitor using a VESA dual-monitor mount, but the monitor stalk is attached to the monitor and cannot be removed so it sticks out of the bottom.

Other Thoughts: My previous monitor was a 2006 20.1" 16:10 Sceptre that has served me well for the past 9 years. Unfortunately, the internal power supply died, so I had to replace it. Because I had such a good experience with my previous monitor, I decided to go with them again even though there were better-known company monitors for sale that were slightly cheaper.

The difference between the two monitors is night and day. I should have upgraded years ago! Regarding the dead pixels, I'm going to attempt to fix them however they are all scattered around the edge so they aren't that big of a deal.

Team Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TXD316G1600HC9DC-V
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Looks nice, doesn't feel like cheap recycled modules (*ahem* crucial *ahem*), and the timings are fine for the price. Speaking of price, the quantity of RAM you get (16GB) for $100 is right in the sweet spot.

Cons: Not free? Seriously, no cons.

Other Thoughts: I don't do a lot of gaming or overclocking so I can't comment on their performance in that scenario. I'm more into virtualization, so low price, middle-of-the-road specs, and memory quantity are the things I look for the most.

I'll probably be buying another set of these to max out my motherboard soon. They've worked without incident the past year.

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Router (R7000)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs HUGE upgrade 05/18/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Router (R7000)

Pros: Definitely the most powerful consumer wifi router I've ever owned. This one router can cover my entire property in its default setting, strong signal with both 2.4 and 5Ghz bands. I only have one 802.11ac device, but all of my wireless devices have better quality connections and speeds. All of the wifi networks from my neighbors are drowned out by this.

The compatibility with DD-WRT, and the fact that it supports the (current) top-end of the 802.11ac speed ratings means I probably won't need another router for years to come. Hard drive access to my small backup drive is very fast also (and its only USB2!).

Cons: It is large, and might not fit with your existing décor. It isn't the most attractive thing out there. You can read by the light of its LEDs (bought some black out stickers for them). Also, there is a definite electrical whine that can be heard from across the room. Of course, these are all rather superficial; I am very happy with the purchase overall.

The only technical complaint I have is related to the network time function with the default firmware. I have the device configured in AP mode. Being in AP mode means the "routing" functions are disabled, which means that it doesn't detect its connected to the Internet. The time on the device is dependent on NTP and can't be set manually, but because the device is "never" on the Internet, it can never update the time setting. As a result, it always reverts to January 1st, 2003 whenever I reboot it. This renders all of the built-in scheduling functions unusable. MANY different off-the-shelf routers have this same problem, but this isn't an issue with DDWRT or any enterprise-class devices, so its not like there is some inherent technical reason this can't be fixed (add an option to manually adjust time, add some Internet-connectivity check to AP mode like a simple ping to a Netgear owned service, etc).

Other Thoughts: It will get quite warm; keep it dusted and well-ventilated.


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