Date Joined: 08/28/12
Pros: Runs quiet. Has a great keyboard and good speakers.
Cons: The USB-C port cannot handle USB-C to HDMI or USB-C to DisplayPort adapters.
The 10-key only has 3 columns instead of the proper 4.
Overall Review: This is a wonderful laptop with a great CPU.
Pros: This is a great little USB hub. Anker almost always makes quality products.
Cons: None that I have found.
Overall Review: I would recommend this for anyone who needs a USB 3.0 powered hub.
Pros: This is a great enclosure. Nice, solid aluminum. Runs fast.
Overall Review: These work great for SSD backups.
Pros: This is a nice, solid aluminum enclosure.
Overall Review: I would recommend these to anyone. I use them quite a bit in my IT consulting business.
Pros: This is a great external enclosure.
Overall Review: The sliding tray is plastic. I wish it were metal, which would improve heat dissipation. But it is hard to argue with the price.
Pros: It works well and does what I expect it to do.
Cons: None that I have found
Overall Review: This works well for adding Bluetooth to a desktop that lacks it.
Pros: I have purchased a number of these for my IT consulting business and have never had any problems with them.
Overall Review: These work will with Android phones, although with some cases you have to remove the case for them to fit.
Pros: This is a great outdoor shielded cable.
Overall Review: I have been using it for years without issue.
Pros: This is a great drive.
Overall Review: I have used several of these drive and never had a problem.
Pros: The company was quick to process a RMA and gave me a full refund.
Cons: The sticks would not run without errors on my motherboard (Gigabyte F2A8XM-HD3 with A10-7850K) under any speed/latency settings. Memtest86+ showed multiple errors.
Overall Review: There is a reason that no big name RAM vendor sells 16GB DDR3 DIMMs.
Pros: This is a wonderful cable modem. It has a Broadcom chip inside. I have installed dozens of them at client locations.
Overall Review: I like the black versus the white.
Pros: This cable works great. I have been using it for years.
Cons: I have not had any problems with it.
Overall Review: The cable is great and the price is fair. Hard to beat that.
Pros: This card has a PCI-e 2.0 x2 interface (populated on a PCI-e x4 board). Most SATA cards have an x1 interface. PCI-e 2.0 can move 4 Gbps per second of data per lane after the overhead is removed. SATA III can move 6 Gbps of data, but it has a 20% overhead, which means the actual data throughput is 4.8 Gbps. With two SATA III ports, you could over saturate an x1 connection if both drives were fairly busy. A PCI-e 2.0 x2 interface has 2 lanes for a total of 8 Gbps total transfer. That gets much closer to the combined 9.6 Gbps that two SATA III ports support.
Cons: None that I have found. I did not test the RAID functionality.
Overall Review: This card uses the Microsoft Storage Spaces Controller on Windows 10. I was able to image a hard drive using Clonezilla at over 6 GB/min, which is not bad for real world performance.
The ideal would be to have a PCI-e 2.0 x4 card (16 Gbps of throughput) or a PCI-e 3.0 x2 card (15.76 Gbps of throughput) but I have not found either of these on the market for a reasonable price.
Pros: This is a decent laptop with a good SSD. One of my clients recently purchased 15 of these laptops.
Cons: There is a bug in the Microsoft Spectre that affects the AMD A6-9220 APU. Instead of the 5-15% slowdown that one might expect from installing the patch, the computer runs dozens of times slower than it should. Just moving the mouse rapidly can cause the Synaptic driver to consume 35% of the CPU and loading a normal website can take up to 2 minutes.
Disabling the Spectre v2 mitigations makes the laptop function as expected. There are two registry keys that accomplish this task as described in the official Microsoft documentation.
Overall Review: A user shouldn't have to decide between security or having a functional laptop. Hopefully Microsoft figures out whatever their bug is and releases an updated patch. But it is uncertain when/if that will happen.
Pros: Charges devices at up to 15 watts (3 amps at 5 volts)
Cons: PCIe v2.0 X2 connection allows for sufficient bandwidth (10 Gbps) for one of the USB 3.1 ports to function at full throughput at a time, but not for both of them to do so.
Doesn't support charging at 9 volts (an optional aspect of the USB power delivery spec).
Overall Review: For those who need to run both ports at 10 Gbps simultaniously, https://www.neweggbusiness.com/product/product.aspx?item=9b-14u-002s-000a3 is an PCIe v3.0 X2 card.
Pros: It is fully modular and quiet.
Cons: It took me a few minutes to figure out how to attach the main motherboard cable to the power supply. It attaches in two parts, and as the cables ship they can't stretch enough to both plug in. But if you separate the plastic connections on the cables a little bit then they work fine.
Overall Review: I use this power supply in all my current builds as an IT contractor. I have not had a problem with one yet.
Pros: Great SSD drives. Have not had any issues with them.
Overall Review: I have installed these in multiple client systems without any issue.
Pros: Runs quiet and pushes enough air for my needs.
Cons: I wish it were black instead of yellow.
Overall Review: I use these in all of my client computer builds that need additional case fans. I have probably installed 50-100 of these and have never had a problem with any of them.
Pros: The modular cables are wrapped in a nice, round sleeve.
Overall Review: I have installed these in several client systems. It is my go-to power supply for standard workstation builds.
Pros: Whisper quiet operation with optional ECO mode (fan is disabled unless needed).
Overall Review: I like to use this power supply with client server builds.
Pros: Works well. I have installed dozens with no problems.
Overall Review: If you don't want it to ship from overseas, purchase it from one of the available US sources.
Pros: Both internal and external USB 3.0 ports.
Overall Review: This is a great card for adding USB 3.0 to servers that don't have them on the motherboard.
Pros: This is a fairly well built external enclosure.
Cons: The included USB 3.0 cable is too thin and can't support high speed transfer mode (disconnects from system under load). Replaced it with a better USB 3.0 cable with a thicker gage and it works fine.
Overall Review: I have started using this as a replacement for the IcyBento, which is no longer manufactured.
Pros: Has plenty of power at a good price.
Overall Review: I like to use this CPU for server builds for my clients.
Pros: Works perfectly with Cox (the local cable provider).
Overall Review: This is a great cable modem. I have used them with multiple clients.