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Steven S.

Steven S.

Joined on 09/08/03

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Most Favorable Review

A wonderful surprise for a brand I took a gamble on

GeIL ORION AMD Edition 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model GAOR432GB3600C18BDC
GeIL ORION AMD Edition 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model GAOR432GB3600C18BDC

Pros: Fast, simple to install, looks good.

Cons: None really... Could be cheaper I guess but I really can't complain about the price.

Overall Review: Installed on an MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE WIFI Gaming Motherboard with a Ryzen 5 3600 processor and it works flawlessly and at 3600Mhz after enabling A-XMP in the BIOS. I am not really an overclocker so I can't speak to anything else than this. Took a chance on this RAM, it looked cool and had the specs I wanted and was on sale, and although GeIL isn't known well in the US, I am told it is fairly common in Europe. After about a month it has been flawless. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this RAM to anyone.

Most Critical Review

Update from previous review

SYBA SD-U2F-525PT Aluminum 5.25" IDE USB 2.0, IEEE Std 1394-1995 and IEEE 1394a -2000 External Enclosure
SYBA SD-U2F-525PT Aluminum 5.25" IDE USB 2.0, IEEE Std 1394-1995 and IEEE 1394a -2000 External Enclosure

Pros: USB still works good, see "Other Thoughts" for more info...

Cons: FireWire not working under Windows 7 64-bit...

Overall Review: This is an update to my previous review after upgrading to a new PC with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. After upgrading this enclose works flawlessly via USB, but is not even recognized using FireWire under Win7 64-bit, even using the Win7 IEEE1394 Legacy drivers. IEEE1394 still works perfectly with WinXP and Mac but not with Win7 (at least with 64-bit version). Just something to keep in mind if you are planning on using this enclosure with newer PC's.

Great little pocket router for traveling

TP-LINK TL-WR700N Wireless N150 Portable Router, Pocket Design, Multifunction, 150Mbps
TP-LINK TL-WR700N Wireless N150 Portable Router, Pocket Design, Multifunction, 150Mbps

Pros: - Easy to use - Works with any OS or network I've tried - Greatly improved network connectivity at a few hotels I have had WiFi "issues" with - Uses little space on the wall and leaves outlet above open to be used - Tiny, uses little space and can keep it in a laptop bag or suitcase and it's barely noticeable

Cons: None really, except if the A/C socket is kind of loose, it will fall out of the wall, but that isn't really the devices fault.

Overall Review: I am not really understanding all the negative reviews, I had no issues with this product and every application I used it for it worked flawlessly... I am a VoIP network technician and stay in hotels a lot, probably 150 nights/year, and when my WiFi connection is poor, so my primary use of it is as a WiFi client and then connect my laptop via Ethernet to the device, it works perfectly in every instance. I use Linux on my laptop and for some reason my Intel 6235 WiFi adapter works poorly on some networks under Linux, but fine on most, unfortunately one of these that has poor performance is one of the hotels I spend 80+ nights a year in. I now connect this to the wall, connect it as a WiFi client, then plug my laptop into the ethernet port and it works great. I have even connected a small switch behind it and that works with no issues. I haven't had the best luck with a couple TP-Link products in the past, but this is one of the best $5 investments I have ever made.

Great little video card for the $$$

ZOTAC GeForce GT 720 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 (x8 lanes) Low Profile Ready ZONE Edition Video Card ZT-71201-20L
ZOTAC GeForce GT 720 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 (x8 lanes) Low Profile Ready ZONE Edition Video Card ZT-71201-20L

Pros: Very low power usage (19 watt max), this will work in almost any PC that has an available slot, no matter how low end or "mini"... Decent to good performance for a budget card, easily performs as well as a card costing 2-3 times as much. Great upgrade for just about any embedded graphics solution. Compact and silent. Comes with Low-Profile bracket and fits nicely in LP slot.

Cons: None really.

Overall Review: Bought this to replace a failing LP card in my son's bargain gaming machine... we needed a decent video card that would work with a microATX box that only has a 220w power supply and still be able to play most games, even if on low settings, and had HDMI output. The AMD Radeon HD 6570 that was in the machine before was a real problem, kept locking up Windows 7 from time to time, and once Win 10 hit it it would lock on the login screen every time, popped this card in and it's been perfect ever since.

12/24/2015

Great video card for the price

EVGA 02G-P4-3753-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
EVGA 02G-P4-3753-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card

Pros: Quiet, low power, high performance vs cost... This card is a great investment and a really good way to pump some life back into "older" machines

Cons: If any, Linux compatibility, read below...

Overall Review: This is a great mid-range video card, for the investment you get a card that can handle fairly heavy gaming on moderate to medium-high settings, with low power requirements and low heat. This card is a win-win no matter how you look at it. If I have a complaint it is in Linux compatibility, running a dual-boot system with Windows 7 and Linux Mint 17.x, I chose a card carefully, this one seemed solid from reviews and recommendations, but I have had several issues with the Xserver bugging out and Cinnamon desktop getting stuck in fallback mode, I have had to reload the entire OS several times... I am sure it will get there, but Nvidia's current Linux drivers with this card seem less than stable, the ones on standard software repos seem better (so far).

12/12/2014

Best Plenum rated AP under $500

D-Link DAP-2590 AirPremier N Dual Band PoE Wireless Access Point w/ Plenum-rated Chassis
D-Link DAP-2590 AirPremier N Dual Band PoE Wireless Access Point w/ Plenum-rated Chassis

Pros: Super easy to install, although the Save then Commit and Activate can be confusing the first few times. Plenum rated, can legally be put in most false ceilings and air returns. Range and throughput are excellent, even with multiple SSIDs and VLANs active simultaneously these have always held up and performed well even in extreme cold/heat of North Dakota (-30F to 140F in some attics and other installations). They just work, and come with power supplies as well as capable of being powered by PoE.

Cons: Not really "Dual Band", well not simultaneously, you need to select either 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz, it will not do both at the same time.

Overall Review: I have yet to see one of these even need to be rebooted, much less fail and we have installed dozens over the last 18 months in some less than optimal environments. The firmware is sold and has been updated as needed (most recent is about 4 months ago). I don't understand most peoples issues with this router, I have had no negatives with them whatsoever.