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James M.

James M.

Joined on 03/19/08

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Most Favorable Review

It just..... works!

Obihai OBI100 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Google Voice & SIP
Obihai OBI100 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Google Voice & SIP

Pros: This thing just works! You need to follow the chain of events to setup with Google Voice, but it's quite simple. A Great value for a home landline, and FAX has worked well so far.

Cons: Other than a slight delay during conversations, which is inherent on many VOIP solutions, none so far!

Overall Review: Had my GV account set up prior to receiving this. Just moved across state so now I have a local area code line that I can also FAX from. Using this over the standard 12/4 Mps Comcast (ugh!) broadband service, through a LinkSys 11n/gigabit router, and works great! About a cheap as it gets for home phone/fax service.

Most Critical Review

Not working correctly

Raidmax LD-602 Dual Addressable RGB LED Light Strip for PC Gaming Computer Case with Remote Control, Magnetic and 3M Tape (Dual w/Remote)
Raidmax LD-602 Dual Addressable RGB LED Light Strip for PC Gaming Computer Case with Remote Control, Magnetic and 3M Tape (Dual w/Remote)

Pros: Not a whole lot yet. Fair price. Looks like it could be pretty cool if they work.

Cons: No workie. I posted this in hopes that Raidmax or a fellow builder might see and have input. Also emailed to Raidmax and posted in the ROG STRIX user forum. SEE BELOW:

Overall Review: I've been building rigs for 28 years, and I'm having trouble with your "LD-602 aRGB strips" on my new Asus ROG STRIX x470-F build. No matter what I do, your lights just cycle (fast flickering) through the color spectrum uncontrollably. Yes they are plugged into my "ADD 3-pin 5v header", correct polarity (arrow @ 5v pin), and nothing else connected. This happens whether I setup per instructions w/both strips and 5v Molex, or when the one loose strip is connected directly to my ADD header. Aura Sync doesn't "see" them either. The remote does nothing at all, whether connected per instructions or with just Molex connected. (yes plastic BATT insulator removed) FYI... PSU was OFF and unplugged before connecting. Are these designed to work "as-is" or do they still require a controller? Am I missing something here, or could they be defective? AMD Ryzen 2700x Asus ROG STRIX x470-F 16gb G.Skill TridentZ RGB (2x8) Gigabyte 1070 GTX Intel 660p M.2 nVME 1024GB Corsair tx850w PSU

12/28/2019

Lasted exactly 1 year and completely dead

Toshiba OCZ TR200 Series 2.5" 240GB SATA 64-layer 3D BiCS Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) THN-TR20Z2400U8
Toshiba OCZ TR200 Series 2.5" 240GB SATA 64-layer 3D BiCS Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) THN-TR20Z2400U8

Pros: Worked well while it lasted. Purchased 9/13/2018 and just died 9/16/2019. Almost exactly a year! :)

Cons: I have several SSD's of various brands and performance, and this was the first one to take a dump, after almost exactly one year. Purchased 9/13/2018 and just died 9/16/2019. Almost exactly a year!

Overall Review: If there were "6 Eggs" I would give it 2 for lasting one third of it's warranty period. Purchased 9/13/2018 and just died 9/16/2019. Almost exactly a year!

Worked ok just passed the 1 year warranty mark...

HGST 1TB Touro Mobile Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model 0S03801 Black
HGST 1TB Touro Mobile Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model 0S03801 Black

Pros: Inexpensive portable storage (bought on sale Oct/2015 for $40) 'Supposedly' USB 3.0 Decent looking case (FWIW)

Cons: This thing sat unattached for 95% (or more) of my 15 months of ownership, and when it was in use, it was exclusively for watching an occasional movie on a TV Box. It has recently started making a terrible scratching noise, that can be heard across the room as it's thrashing. (no exaggeration!) Still seems to be reading/writing ok, and Scandisk finds no corruption "yet", but I can tell it's days are numbered. lol I only had one system in the house with USB 3.0 functionality, and I too thought it's 3.0 throughput was shady. Not much better than a 2.0 connection, regardless of the 5400 rpm drive within.

Overall Review: I'm not upset and I don't hate it, but I would not purchase this again myself, and would only recommend to others if it were being sold dirt cheap. I barely got my $40 worth of use out of it... your mileage may vary. ;) -2 eggs for unreliability -1 egg for poor throughput

Pretty fast........

Patriot Xporter XT Rage 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model PEF16GRUSB
Patriot Xporter XT Rage 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model PEF16GRUSB

Pros: Fast lil drive Great price via NewEgg It's Patriot....

Cons: None..... so far.

Overall Review: A little on the "fat" side making it tough to insert into laptop ports that are too close together in the first place! Not Patriot's fault.... these laptop manufacturers need to get a clue! My Lenovo G530 not only has only 2 USB ports total, but they are so close together that two regular-sized USB connectors (IE: a mouse & standard USB cable) barely fit side-by-side! It's a bit ridiculous in this day and age since there was plenty of room to separate them, AND add two more elsewhere. Ugh! ;']

Economical little HDD enclosure

Cavalry CAUG Series EN-CAUG-Y Aluminum 2.5" Yellow USB 2.0 External Enclosure
Cavalry CAUG Series EN-CAUG-Y Aluminum 2.5" Yellow USB 2.0 External Enclosure

Pros: Um..... it seems to work sufficiently. Slick color (mine was yellow)

Cons: Plastic construction. As others have mentioned, I'd guess that if you ever had the need to remove your HDD from this unit, you'll probably break the tabs getting it open!

Overall Review: Inexpensive plastic construction, and the case was very tricky to close. My guess is that opening it down the road will lead to catastrophic failure of the locking tabs rendering it useless w/o duct tape or the like. ;']