Chad H.

Chad H.

Joined on 05/27/12


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Most Favorable Review

i5 performance with graphics support Intel cannot match.

AMD RYZEN 3 2200G Quad-Core 3.5 GHz (3.7 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W YD2200C5FBBOX Desktop Processor - Retail
AMD RYZEN 3 2200G Quad-Core 3.5 GHz (3.7 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W YD2200C5FBBOX Desktop Processor - Retail

Pros: You get a lot of CPU and graphics support for peanuts.

Cons: Not all AM4 motherboards are ready for this next gen CPU. All AM4 motherboards can support this CPU, but you may need to update the BIOS before it will work. This is problem because you cannot upgrade the BIOS without a working CPU in the socket. Fortunately, AMD is providing a free Boot Kit on their support website for customers in this situation.

Overall Review: This CPU is part of a PC I'm building to give away to a kid who's family cannot afford a computer. It is wonderful that AMD is making a positive impact in the computer CPU market. This CPU allows me to build a very capable system for a price that simply wasn't possible a year ago.

Most Critical Review

A disappointment

MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2016
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2016

Pros: May be useful for anyone using very OLD video hardware. Think, stuff that uses magnetic tapes. Although, I haven't been able to test this. It just "appears" to have support for these devices.

Cons: My Logitech cam is capable of 60fps at 1080p. You would never know this from inside this software. The best video quality is can get recording video using this software looks like 240p quality at 10 fps. This is after doing all of the updates. Furthermore, installation of the software is full of bloatware you need to specifically choose not to have installed along with your software.

Overall Review: After wasting several hours of my life attempting to get some use out of this software, I found that I could not create any video media of acceptable quality. The editing portion of the software is not intuitive and mostly a pain in my backside to use. I sincerely wish I had not purchased this. I eventually found some open source software for free that worked much better and did everything I needed both intuitively and with high quality 1080p 60fps results. At this point, I would trade my copy of this software for a used SATA cable.

Decent tools for the money

Felji 26pc Allen Ball Point End Long Arm Hex Key Wrench
Felji 26pc Allen Ball Point End Long Arm Hex Key Wrench

Pros: They twist and turn what needs twisted and turned. Quite a good range of sizes compared to similar kits like these.

Cons: Doesn't appear to be very high quality, but for this price I didn't expect Snap-On grade tools. The holder is generic and the wrenches can fall out if you are holding them upside down.

Overall Review: I mostly use these tools for working on electric guitars and the occasional tightening up cheap furniture joints. My teenager managed to lose all of my good ones the first time she touched them. Typical teenager. Until I find those, these will serve me well. I have no complaints. I gave these a 5 star review because these did arrive very quickly. I didn't expect them for a week, got them in 2 days. The seller is on top of their shipping. They may actually be better quality than I am giving them credit for, but I'm not going to put that to the test.

Worked perfectly in my MSI GE72MVR 7RG Apache Pro

Kingston 16GB (1 x 16GB) DDR4 2400MHz DRAM (Notebook Memory) 1.2V SODIMM (260-Pin) KCP424SD8/16
Kingston 16GB (1 x 16GB) DDR4 2400MHz DRAM (Notebook Memory) 1.2V SODIMM (260-Pin) KCP424SD8/16

Pros: Worked perfectly

Cons: None

Overall Review: My MSI notebook came with only one ram slot populated with a single 16Gb chip. I knew this when I bought it as it was my plan to upgrade to 32Gb by installing a second ram chip. The existing ram was a Kingston chip with timings identical to this chip. I've heard stories that sometimes a second dimm won't work if the timings do not align and even then, no promises. While this chip isn't completely identical in specs, it is actually a little bit better. What is important is that the timings are all compatible with my existing chip. I installed it and started the computer up, it took about 15 seconds for the bios to configure what was what, and then it booted up perfectly. I now have 32Gb of ram working in dual channel mode and the speed and timings are exactly right. I haven't attempted overclocking, and I won't bother either. Honestly, 2400Mhz is fine and any overclock won't give me an increase in performance worth the trouble of flashing a custom bios and everything else needed to overclock. I just want it to work. And it does work. It works marvelously.

An incredible upgrade from the original battery

Battery for Lenovo G500 Y485N Z485 G400 G585 IdeaPad G480 G585 Y480 Y485
Battery for Lenovo G500 Y485N Z485 G400 G585 IdeaPad G480 G585 Y480 Y485

Pros: - arrived in a seal package, so this is clearly not a refurbished part - incredible battery life compared to the original battery, even when new - inexpensive, as far as notebook batteries go - shipped quickly, I expected this to take longer to arrive - battery life absolutely exceeds my wildest expectations. Yeah, I had to say it twice. I'm blown away by the performance.

Cons: None so far

Overall Review: I replaced the stock battery in my Lenovo Z580 with this unit. The stock battery provided me about 3 1/2 hours of battery life when it was new. I've used the battery saving features the entire time I have had this laptop. Regardless, the original battery now only lasts about 2 hours using battery saver settings and dimming the display as much as I can while still being able to see what I'm doing. After receiving this new (larger) battery, I used the Lenovo battery tool software to establish a profile for this new battery and test its capabilities. To my surprise and shock, this new battery provides me over 8 hours of battery life without dimming the display or using the battery saver mode. This is a massive improvement in performance and greatly exceeded my expectations. I seriously only expected to get 4 hours out of it with the settings I am using. I was considering selling this laptop after replacing the battery. Not now, it is way to useful to get rid of. This laptop will return to service as a student notebook for school work and research.

It's incredible how far these things have come

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

Pros: Much faster and more powerful than the first Raspberry Pi.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I used mine to build a retro gaming system for nostalgia. I did this once before using the original Raspberry Pi and the result, while not terrible, weren't exactly the best. This new B+ Pi 3 is night-and-day above the original in performance. I can now emulate things that the original just couldn't handle at all. My retro gaming station is now everything I wanted it to be. I also tried out the desktop experience using this Raspberry Pi. That has also improved by leaps and bounds. It certainly isn't going to replace my desktop or work/play laptop computer, but if I needed to do some light word processing or send and receive emails for work or business, it would get the job done.

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Worked perfectly, tested in multiple devices.

I used this adapter with a M.2 SATA with a M key configuration. I wasn't sure if it would work or not, but it worked perfectly. I was able to use the drive as a primary SSD HD with an OS installed. It was immediately recognized in the bios of the PC's I tested it in. This included a very old laptop from 2010. I was initially uncertain that this would not work based on the item description listing incompatibilities which conflicted with information in other parts of the description. It works perfectly for me. Note that my M.2 drive is a M.2 SATA. Not sure if it would work with a NVME drive.

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