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Eric F.

Eric F.

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So far so great!

ASRock Challenger D Radeon RX 6650 XT 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RX6650XT CLD 8GO
ASRock Challenger D Radeon RX 6650 XT 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RX6650XT CLD 8GO

Pros: -Performance greater than my old RX 5600 XT or even my son's RX 6600 XT. -Double-width and not 2.5 width like other cards (I bought the RX 6600 XT for me, but it hit my PCI-E WiFi card as the 6600 is a 2.5 width card, so it went to my son instead as his case and MB are larger). -Quiet when watching movies/shows, and still mostly inaudible when gaming -70FPS gaming on ultra settings and 4K resolution on a 50" LG TV

Cons: -Computer sat with a black screen after I swapped the 5600 out for the 6650. Had to force-reboot. It was fine after that, and the existing drivers had no issues.

Overall Review: This is the fifth ASRock component I've used, and have been very happy with all of them. I have a B450 ITX board, two B550 boards and one Intel ITX board from them, plus this graphics card. All have done exactly what they advertise and I cannot complain about their pricing. I paired the Challenger 6650 with an ASRock B550M-HDV board, R5-5600X processor, 16GB ram and a 1TB Samsung SSD. I am not disappointed with this machine and it's capabilities. This review is for the ASRock review rebate program. But I would not have changed my review even if I didn't go for the rebate. Seriously.

Better than a USB/Serial

SYBA  SD-PCM15009 PCMCIA Cardbus to 2 x Serial Ports Adapter
SYBA SD-PCM15009 PCMCIA Cardbus to 2 x Serial Ports Adapter

Pros: Two DB9 ports, drivers updated through Windows Update (however it worked out of the box with the included drivers), gives a laptop back its functionality in the field (many industrial devices require RS232/DB9 connectivity).

Cons: Pulls out of the PCMCIA slot on my Inspiron 6000 easily, most of my usage will be stationary however.

Overall Review: Only issue was due to the PLC I was connected to, some times they cannot handle the high baud rate of even an on-board/built-in DB9/RS232 connection so I was not surprised. Can always drop the baud rate down a notch or two or just retry.

Travels well

SAMSUNG USB 2.0 Slim External 8X DVD Drive USB-Powered Model SE-S084B
SAMSUNG USB 2.0 Slim External 8X DVD Drive USB-Powered Model SE-S084B

Pros: Small, light, inexpensive. Burns +R media at the advertised 8x speed (a Sony laptop wouldn't burn it at all). Drive is quiet, software package is nice (Nero).

Cons: My Aspire One will power the unit with one USB port, so the 2nd plug is redundant and can be annoying (I am going to try another cable).

Overall Review: Played several DVD's on my Aspire One while on a B757 with my 2yo son, which kept him happy on the 4hr flight, and therefore me happy!

12/31/2008

Excellent for what it is

Acer Aspire One AOA150-1570 Sapphire Blue Intel Atom N270(1.60 GHz) 8.9" WSVGA 1GB Memory 120GB HDD Netbook
Acer Aspire One AOA150-1570 Sapphire Blue Intel Atom N270(1.60 GHz) 8.9" WSVGA 1GB Memory 120GB HDD Netbook

Pros: Small, light, easy to travel with. I can play movies (assuming you have a D/L service or a way to get your movies on the harddrive), a few games I like and even run AutoCAD. I've used it on airplanes, works great.

Cons: Battery life of the 3-cell is only 2.25hrs, but they have larger batteries now either from Acer or other battery suppliers. I've only wished for a longer battery on one particular airline flight.

Overall Review: I use this every day for personal email, web surfing, documents (Open Office), and have even done a full 4-view layout of our house in AutoCAD (with and w/out a mouse). The trackpad and buttons get a bad rap, but honestly they are pretty easy to get used to. I usually use my left hand to click and my right to move the cursor.

So far so good

LevelOne WBR-6001 N_Max Wireless Broadband Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE802.11n Draft 2
LevelOne WBR-6001 N_Max Wireless Broadband Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE802.11n Draft 2

Pros: Bought it when they had a MIR available, so after shipping it was a great deal (but still, the current price is pretty good for a B/G/N router). We only have low-speed DSL, but the old linksys B router just wasn't cutting it with two laptops online. I downloaded a few larger files over the past few days and got the full 300+ kb/s even with my wife and I surfing the web. Normally this would have slowed both of our connections down.

Cons: Odd configuration problem even with the wizard, had to change the router IP address (and therefore network range) to match the old router. After that it's worked perfect.

Overall Review: Using MAC address filtering for the wireless association to keep my neighbors out, works well and no "keys" to worry about. Have not tried the connection in the basement, but I would assume that even with the router upstairs in our spare bedroom where my desktop is won't be a problem.

Kingston 1GB MicroSD Flash Card w/adapter Model SDC/1GB
Kingston 1GB MicroSD Flash Card w/adapter Model SDC/1GB

Pros: Excellent price, speeds in both my LG VX8500 phone and Konica-Minolta DiMage camera seem quite good. Works well in my Dell Inspiron 6k work machine's built in SD card reader with the included adapter. Bought one as a gift for my sister's new LG VX8500.

Cons: May be my phone's card slot, but some times it can be a little tight removing it. Fits the adapter just fine, so my bet is on the phone. Otherwise, no cons.