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DANIEL N.

DANIEL N.

Joined on 05/02/05

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Most Favorable Review

Not bad!

D-Link Wireless AC 1200 Mbps Home Cloud App-Enabled Dual-Band Gigabit Router - DIR-850L
D-Link Wireless AC 1200 Mbps Home Cloud App-Enabled Dual-Band Gigabit Router - DIR-850L

Pros: First of all, don't let the word Cloud affect your decision on purchasing a new router. It's completely optional with this router. Also, just as everybody else has said, the initial setup is very straight forward. Range on the 2.4 Ghz band is quite awesome for those older wireless G and N devices. Not only do I have a much stronger signal at the back of the house, but the speed of the connection is much higher as well. It looks awesome, there are no incredibly bright flashing lights on it, range on the 2.4 Ghz band (with WPA2 only mode selected) is absolutely awesome, the USB port is finally semi-functional on a router. Very straight forward to use, with only mild issues.

Cons: The router came in WPA/WPA2 mixed mode, which really ruined the range on both bands. After changing it to WPA2 only mode, the range issue was resolved. Not all devices support WPA2, so be careful if you have an old wireless card. I've been playing around with QoS on this thing for a while now, and I just can't seem to get anything working right. Downloading something and playing a game worked out beautifully on my older D-Link router, but I get terrible ping spikes on this one no matter what I do.

Overall Review: The default channel width is set to Auto on both the 2.4 and 5 ghz bands. I'm not sure how older wireless cards would be affected by this "auto" setting. I also cannot seem to modify any files on the USB flash drive i've had plugged into the router. All files are in use...odd. Overall, it's a pretty decent router. It has a number of features I don't even plan on trying to take advantage of (the cloud features, mostly), but for basic home use in an area with a very cluttered 2.4 GHz band, it'd be really nice to have. Connections are stable and quick. I am really hoping I can eventually figure out what is going on with QoS though. I was only able to test Wireless N, as those AC adapters are quite expensive and I don't really have much use for one yet. If I do get my hands on one, I'll definitely post a second review. I would recommend this router to anybody and everybody if QoS was a bit more simple to get working the way you wanted.

Most Critical Review

eh...

KINGWIN F-01B 4PIN 80mm Case Cooling Fan
KINGWIN F-01B 4PIN 80mm Case Cooling Fan

Pros: It blows a decent amount of air.

Cons: Much louder than I expected. Going to get a fan speed controller to slow it down.

Overall Review: By far the loudest fan in my system...which was supposed to be a quiet system until I got this fan. I should have done some research before making a purchase.

Solid, little, inexpensive.

ASRock B150M-ITX LGA 1151 Intel B150 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
ASRock B150M-ITX LGA 1151 Intel B150 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Intel Gigabit! EZ Driver installer (pretty neat idea!) Pretty nice layout for a ridiculously cramped tiny case. easy to use UEFI BIOS. Heatsinks on VRM.

Cons: I kind of wish it had VGA output. Not a big deal at all, though. HDMI can be a pain to work with on older devices, and not everything supports HDMI or DVI. VGA is a dying standard, so that means it's time to upgrade monitors/TV's everywhere, right?

Overall Review: It's a solid little board. Build quality seems spot on, and it has all the features you'd expect of an inexpensive motherboard. It was definitely surprising to see an inexpensive mITX board with Intel gigabit ethernet built in. This was a budget build with a Pentium Dual Core, 8gb of DDR4, Tiny mITX case, 250gb SSD, and not really anything else. It works beautifully, is super stable, and is surprisingly fast considering the cost. I'd definitely recommend this motherboard for a small and power/heat friendly internet-machine.

Surprisingly solid.

Fractal Design Node 202 Black with Integra SFX 450w PSU Slim Profile Mini-ITX Computer Case
Fractal Design Node 202 Black with Integra SFX 450w PSU Slim Profile Mini-ITX Computer Case

Pros: This case is surprisingly nice. I didn't expect it to be so solid, for one. It just screams quality. It was easier to work with than other mITX cases i've worked with in the past--all cube style, unfortunately. It even comes with some small zip ties to help with cable management, thankfully.

Cons: Cable management is not easy. The cables are pretty stiff and want to stay where they came. With enough time, you can definitely get them to behave. No motherboard speaker included. Quite surprised about this, as even $30 cases tend to include one.

Overall Review: I got this case for a lower end Skylake system, with a Pentium Dual Core G4400 in it. B150 motherboard, and a Crucial SSD. So far, it's definitely doing a great job. I'm not so sure if i'd trust a higher powered CPU and a nice gaming GPU in it, as there are no fans anywhere in the case, but you can supposedly put a couple of 120mm fans in the GPU chamber. I hope Fractal Design cuts most of the GPU chamber out of this case and offers an even smaller version of it. Not everybody wants a cube for an mITX build. Keep some of the extra space, though! It's a great place to stash cables.

Meh.

NEW For Sony VPCSA VPCSB VPCSC VPCSE VPCSD27EC Series Laptop FPC-239 HC102 Notebook Replacement HDD Hard Disk Cable Connector Accessories Wholesale
NEW For Sony VPCSA VPCSB VPCSC VPCSE VPCSD27EC Series Laptop FPC-239 HC102 Notebook Replacement HDD Hard Disk Cable Connector Accessories Wholesale

Pros: It sort of fit into the VPCSA390X, and it works.

Cons: Very cheaply made. It's a tight fit, and has no room to flex at all. This just means the solder joints holding the motherboard connector onto the ribbon cable broke when I screw ed the drive in. I hope the second one doesn't do the same. The SATA plug seems to be a little too large, so it sort of squeezes between the drive and the battery. It doesn't seem to affect the cover on the laptop, only giving a little resistance.

Overall Review: I wish it was either cheaper, or built a little stronger. I'm disappointed that the customer didn't give up on this older, proprietary Sony and get a newer laptop.

Surprisingly nice!

ASRock H97M Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock H97M Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: It's got everything I need! The way you can update the BIOS and set that BIOS option to have it make driver installations super easy...it's just awesome. The board works without any issues! No hiccups or anything. A few extra features are nice, but this board has quite a few options in BIOS as well, which I found rather surprising. It even has some basic overclocking features!

Cons: Limited overclocking? It IS an H97 board. Perhaps the Z97 is what you're looking for if you want to overclock?

Overall Review: Pentium G3258 Crucial DDR3-1600 value stuff. Hyper212+ Evo 120gb Samsung SSD The RAM only runs at 1333, because that's all the CPU supports!