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Paul D.

Paul D.

Joined on 12/17/05

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Most Favorable Review

Good card

VisionTek Radeon HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 900244
VisionTek Radeon HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 900244

Pros: The card has excellent price to performance. I like the way ATI's Catalyst Control handles dual monitors compared to Nvidia.

Cons: Runs hot. The default fan setting never goes above 25%. If you set the fan to a more appropriate speed (say 60%) for cooling it sounds like you purchased a jet engine instead of a videocard.

Overall Review: Overall I am happy with this card.

Most Critical Review

Annoying

Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000
Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000

Pros: Battery life is excellent, I use 2 AA batteries and they last for weeks! Mouse seems pretty accurate and software allows for customization of controls.

Cons: The middle mouse is very hard to click and it generally annoying to operate. I use a CAD program called CATIA that is heavy on middle click and this mouse is quite annoying. Not enough to get a different one, but definitely a pain. I also have problems with the middle mouse not working for programs like TeamSpeak. I also frequently press the 4th and 5th button (mostly 4th) unintentionally. They are useless to me so I have the disabled. Scroll is not as smooth as my last cheap Logitech Wireless mouse. It scrolled smoothly, while this scrolls fairly rigidly.

Overall Review: I would not really recommend this mouse for others.

Decent Product, good performance increase

ZyXEL PLA5405KIT HomePlug AV2 MIMO AV1200 Powerline Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Kit, up to 1200Mbps
ZyXEL PLA5405KIT HomePlug AV2 MIMO AV1200 Powerline Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Kit, up to 1200Mbps

Pros: I got this powerline adapter along with a new router, modem, and CAT6 ethernet cables for my new 200mbps down / 20 mbps up connection. I had an old router, modem, and Linksys PLE400 powerline adapter. With that adapter I was about to get about 10mbps down and 20 up (odd that the upload was better than download). With the new adapter, I am getting about 85mbps down and 20 mbps upload. Obviously, this isn't 1Gbit, but I wasn't expecting that. I am happy with the 8x improvement in download speed. Setup was a breeze and encrypting was also easy.

Cons: Don't expect to get 1Gbit and you will be happy.

Overall Review: It is worth noting that my cell phone is able to get 200mbps down and 20 mbps upload over my new router's wifi at the location of my desktop (3 - 4 walls and about 50-70 ft away from the router). So it would of been about the same price to get the ASUS PCIExpress Wifi AC adapter but faster by another 3x. I was going to do this, but decided instead for the powerline because there was a rebate pushing it cheaper than the PCI Express adapter. I may in the future get the PCI Express adapter if the powerline adapter has another use.

Drive Failed!

Crucial M4 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT256M4SSD2
Crucial M4 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT256M4SSD2

Pros: High bang for your buck.

Cons: Drive was purchased October 2011 and failed in February 2012. Symptoms: - Noticed a increase in the time that the computer took to post overal several weeks - While gchat videoing someone my computer frozen. I was still able to talk to the individual but nothing on the display would change from its frozen state. After some frustration I restarted the computer. -During boot, again with a very delayed POST, I got an error that no disk drive was found. Debug Attempts: - Tried the M4 in another computer with identical issues (including slow POST). - Tried to "power cycle" per the recommendation. 20 minutes power only, 30 seconds unplugged, 20 minutes power only, 30 seconds unplugged. No success. - Tried to upgrade the firmware to 309. Could not detect a Crucial SSD - Tried to detect the drive in the Windows enviroment, failed.

Overall Review: I immediately replaced the M4 with an Intel 520 SSD. I used to have a X25-M and I elected to go with the M4 because of the price / performance. I now realize why Intel commands a premium.

Great Product

Intel X25-M 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSA2MH080G1
Intel X25-M 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSA2MH080G1

Pros: This is very fast and very quite. As fast as it is, the biggest difference for me is that my laptop is absolutely silent. I love it. Yeah it is fast too. Everything is snappier. I have 4GB of ram but it still increases the speed at which applications and documents open as well as opening "My Computer" is very fast.

Cons: Price

Overall Review: This is the SSD to get. No studdering issues like the cheaper MCL drives have.

Good

Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT12864AA667
Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT12864AA667

Pros: I purchased this for my dad who was complaining about his slow computer at work. I went a looked at it and found that it only had 256MB of memory. This will do wonders in speeding up his computer.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: None.

12/27/2008