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Joseph S.

Joseph S.

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Most Favorable Review

Great Case but?

Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior
Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior

Pros: Wonderful case and the blue fans look great. Plenty of room for large 6970 GPU Crossfire X cards and a large 1200 watt PSU. Good air flow and cooling. This is the third HAF 932 case I have built in the last 9 months and they don't come any better than Cooler Master. Easy cable routing for a good clean build.

Cons: Cut out for the bottom of the mother board still does not fit AMD boards. You have to premount all third party fan or cooling hardware as you cannot reach two of the mounting holes for the cooler. Come on Cooler Master, get with the game plan. Make the slot bigger for easier building and servicing for AMD3 and AMD3+ motherboards. Get your design engineers on this simple fix! Lose one egg for this issue as it is an old problem that you still have not addressed.

Overall Review: This is a great case and they look great and cool even better. I do wish it was easier to buy the large 230 mm fans as replacement parts.

Most Critical Review

Erractic performance

Rosewill RCR-IC001 - 3.5" Internal 40-in-1 Card Reader with USB 2.0 Port & Extra Silver Face Plate
Rosewill RCR-IC001 - 3.5" Internal 40-in-1 Card Reader with USB 2.0 Port & Extra Silver Face Plate

Pros: Good price and good specs. Easy to install and I used the Windows 7 drivers from the Rosewill web site.

Cons: Worked for about 3 weeks and then the computer reported a USB port not working. It was this device. I uninstalled it and reinstalled it and it worked again for about 3 to 4 weeks. To date I have had this device fail 5 times and had to reinstall it. It is not worth the problems. It is a shame to build such a great computer to only have the least complex and least expensive device continually cause problems. I don't like writing bad reviews but it seems that many people here have had the same problem

Overall Review: My Computer Build: Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower Black Case ULTRA X4 750W POWER SUPPLY MODULAR Corsair 8GB DDR3 PC12800 1600MHz (4x2GB) Class 9 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB TOXIC Ed. DDR5 PCIe 2 units in CrossfireX AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition 4.12 Ghz CPU Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 AMD 890FX Socket AM3 MB Corsair Hydro H50 CPU Liquid Cooler Intel X25 Sata SSD capacity 160 GB ASUS 24X DVDRW SATA OEM LG Bluray WH10LS30 DVD/BR burner Hauppauge Dual tuner HVR-2250 Seagate 2 TB Serial ATA HD 4 installed LOGISYS Computer CLK12BL2 12" DUAL COLD CATHODE KIT - OEM Windows Test Processor 7.7 Memory 7.7 Graphics 7.8 Gaming Graphics 7.8 Primary Drive 7.5

11/20/2010

A super buy at a great price for a high quality speaker!

SHARKK (SK869BT) Boombox Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
SHARKK (SK869BT) Boombox Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Pros: I have tested a lot of Bluetooth speakers and a lot of them are good but only a few of them are great! This one is a super high quality product that is one of the great ones. The sound out of the speaker is superior and it has strong resonating bass and crystal clear treble. The amazing part about this is that this speaker sells for $60 and compares in sound quality to speakers costing 2 to 4 times as much. What's inside of the box? * The beautifully designed speaker that weighs one pound and 8 1/8 ounces. * An AC USB wall charging adapter that operates on 100 to 240 VAC 50/60 HZ and outputs 5 VDC at 1500 milliAmps. * A carrying pouch for the speaker * An instruction manual * A 34 inch long auxiliary cable for your non-Bluetooth devices * A 35 inch long charging cable The speaker can be connected to your smart device using Bluetooth or NFC connection technology. Its Bluetooth range is about 30 feet straight line and in my test it performed nicely at that range. If you are shooting through 2 or 3 walls or more and it starts to breakup at 25 to 30 feet. The speaker uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology and I can even see the level of the speaker's battery charge on my iPhone. The speaker's battery icon is located next to the Bluetooth symbol on your phone. The speaker has a rechargeable 4400 mAh lithium battery pack and it will charge in 4.5 hours using the AC wall adapter that is supplied with the unit. The battery operating life is about 18 hours. When the speaker is charging, the LED on the side is red and it goes out when the battery is fully charged. When the speaker LED is blue the speaker is turned on. When the LED is green the speaker is in the Auxiliary mode and when it is flashing red and blue it is in the Bluetooth paring mode. You can skip songs forward and backward, control the volume, play/pause your music and answer and talk hands free using the speaker and your smart phone. The speaker paired quickly to my iPhone 5S. There is an on/off button on the side to allow you to turn it off and conserve power. There is also a headphone jack that allows you to output the audio to headphones. You can switch between earphone output and AUX output by long pressing the Mode button. This speaker is so intelligent it speaks to you when you pair your smart phone or when you connect. It also tells you when the connection fails. When a phone call comes in. I love Bluetooth speakers that talk to you to help you use it. This is an outstanding speaker with great volume and sound output. For the money this speaker is a steal. You can even make and receive phone calls over the microphone built into the speaker. You can even use voice commands and SIRI. This speaker is great for music, listening to your movies or audio books. I rate this speaker as a 5 star item.

Cons: I don't really have any cons.

Overall Review: This is a solid product with good performance for the price.

The new standard for high end dual band WIFI routers!

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router, Gigabit Router, Open Source Support, Circle with Smart Parental Controls, Compatible with Amazon Alexa (R7000)
NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router, Gigabit Router, Open Source Support, Circle with Smart Parental Controls, Compatible with Amazon Alexa (R7000)

Pros: This is the best wireless WIFI router available at this time (IMHO). I had a very good router installed in my home and a secondary powerful AP (Access Point) that covers several acres of land. I can get a WIFI connection in some directions almost 500 yards away from my home. I removed that primary router (ASUS) and installed this one and then I took signal strength readings on the 2.4 GHz band at varying distances within my home and on different floors. The results show that on longer distances this router’s WIFI signal strength is more than 10 times stronger than the one I removed. I will post that detailed data later. When you unbox this router you will be shocked at its size. It is more than twice as large as my other routers and it takes up a lot of desktop real estate. Its performance makes it worth it though, especially if you have a larger home and need longer transmission distances. What’s in the box? • A high quality Ethernet cable to go from your cable modem to the WIFI router. The cable is 60 inches long. • An AC power supply to power the router. It is rated to operate from 100 to 240 VAC and 50/60 Hz. It is UL approved. The cable is 74.5 inches long from the tip of the AC plugs to the tip of the DC output plug. The power supply outputs 12 VDC at 3.5 Amps. • Three adjustable antennas that can be used to adjust the directionally of the WIFI coverage. They are also used to amplify the WIFI signal output from the router. • A brief instruction manual • There is no detailed user manual or disk included. (My only negative) On the top of the unit is a label and there is also one on the bottom that list the name of the default SSID and the network password key. On the back of the unit you will find: • Three gold plated screw on antenna connections. • A recessed reset push button. • Four Ethernet LAN ports rated at 10/100/1000 to allow up to a gigabit Ethernet connection which is ideal for the faster wired data communication speeds. • One yellow WAN Ethernet port that is to be wired to the output of the cable modem. • A USB port for use as an input/output for a network printer, external thumb drive or and external HDD for backups. • A power On/Off button for the router • The power input jack On the front of the router is a USB 3.0 port for connecting your devices like a USB flash drive or a HDD for back up processes. Since it is a USB 3.0 port save it for your faster speed requirements and use the slower USB 2.0 port on the back for items like your network printer. On the bottom of the router are labels that provide you with the factory SSID name, SSID password, Router admin password user name and admin password. If you change them to another value, WRITE THEM DOWN!

Cons: The antennas are adjustable to allow you to adjust the WIFI transmission to achieve the best coverage for you home. There are several good WIFI Analyzer Apps available for your tablet that will help you to measure signal strength, look for open channels that you should use for a better signal and to help you possibly adjust your antennas. The beamforming+ functionality will help improve the coverage area of the WIFI network. This router will provide adequate coverage for most homes. This router has a 1 GHz dual core processor that helps speed up data communication and the use of the Admin functions. This was obvious to me while using the Netgear Genie software. This faster CPU speed is also ideal for fast gaming situations and the streaming of HD video. It provides faster and stronger WIFI signals with less stalling, stuttering and buffering. In addition this is a dual band router that provides a 2.4 GHz WIFI and a 5 GHz WIFI. This allows you to use the 5 GHz WIFI for video streaming and you will be able to control the video feed as well as you would a DVD player for fast forwarding, fast reversing and pausing. You can also split the workload between bands to maximize the speeds of the different tasks you are doing. For example, you can be backing up a computer using WIFI to a server while streaming HD video on the other bandwidth. This router is capable of up to 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz WIFI and up to 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz channel. In my experience you will get much faster streaming on the 5 GHz WIFI but better range on the 2.4 GHz WIFI. This router also has programmable QOS (Quality Of Service) settings where you can prioritize certain applications like gaming or video streaming and assign the bandwidth you want to set aside for those applications. Some applications are critical for bandwidth considerations like VOIP, fast action gaming and streaming HD quality video. Here are some of my experiences from setting this router up: 1. No disk is included in the kit and one is not needed to install the router to your internet. I did find though that I had several critical system components like 3 servers and an older laser printer that were set with Static IP addresses. The router would not connect to those items and I had to use multiple tricks to get them to properly communicate. Having a good instruction manual would have saved me a lot of time. I recommend that your make sure that ALL STATIC IP ADDRESSES are set to dynamic before you install this router. 2. It was fast and easy to set up and use with the internet connection. Let the wizard do the work. 3. This is a big router and it will require a lot of desktop space. It is about two times bigger than my existing router. 4. I have a lot of Netgear equipment in my home and I also purchased it for my company years ago. Why because it is reliable and it worked properly for years and so I knew there had to be a way to get the router to do whatever I needed to acc

Overall Review: 5. Upon connecting this router it fired up its Wizard and walked me through getting connected to my cable modem, then that was it. Very simple and fast. 6. It works perfectly with my ROKU and always allowed the highest resolution of video to be streamed without any buffering or stuttering. Here is my test data of signal strength versus distance. Some of these measurements even involved shooting through several floors of my home. All measurements were made on the 2.4 GHz WIFI band: Position-----Distance in feet-----Old ASUS WIFI signal strength-----Netgear WIFI signal strength A-------------10---------------------------minus 50 dBm----------------------- minus 48 dBm B-------------20---------------------------minus 50 dBm----------------------- minus 50 dBm C-------------30---------------------------minus 58 dBm----------------------- minus 54 dBm D-------------45---------------------------minus 70 dBm----------------------- minus 61 dBm E-------------65---------------------------minus 74 dBm------------------------ minus 66 dBm Please remember that the smaller the number the stronger the signal. As you can see the two unit’s WIFI signals were very similar on the up close distances but the Netgear began to shine on the longer distances. At the 65 foot range and shooting though a floor the Netgear was more than 10 times stronger signal than the ASUS. Remember the units are logarithmic. This router changed to network address for itself to 10.0.0.1 so all of the addresses for every wired and wireless device in your home must be changed. That is why I strongly recommend that you set all of the devices to DHCP settings for dynamic IP addresses assignment. I rated this router as a 5 star item and I recommend it. I do look forward to the insertion of a manual or a manual on a CD.

10/11/2013

Reasonable Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-P45T-ES3G LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-P45T-ES3G LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: 775 socket to hold an E7500 for a media center PC. Holds 4 sticks of memory and BIOS is easy to work with.

Cons: Not a full size ATX with the PC Board being only 7.63 inches wide (standard is 9.6 inches or 244 mm). Installing a long PCI Express x1 card like a Hauppauge 2250 tv card is bad. The PCI card hits the memory stick sockets as the mother board is over 2 inches narrower than the standard ATX. I would not have purchased the card had I known this. Detail specs missing from the NewEgg site didn't help uncover this issue.

Overall Review: Newegg, Put the specs for this motherboard on your site and point out it is not a full size ATX card. The back 3 holes of the motherboard do not have any mounting holes in the case I used.

I've been spoiled

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: I build systems and my last 5 builds have been in Coolermater HAF932 cases. I am spoiled on the quality of a high end case versus this case. My client wanted a low cost system so we selected this one. This Thermaltake is low cost and low quality. You get what you pay for. It is a case which is a shell to insert components into and it looks nice.

Cons: I have crushed beer cans and coke cans that were stonger than this case. You have to be very careful not to bend the case or break any of the thin plastic parts. They only sent two motherboard standoffs but I needed 3 more to finish the build and had to steal from my stock. Taking off the front cover and removing the DVD drive covers without breaking something is difficult. NewEgg shipped the case only in the Theraltake box and it is a miracle this case was not crushed. This case is made of such thin metal that you will think the box it is in is empty. Wire routing is impossible. The case covers on both sides come off and there is a thin space on the back side but no holes to route cables through to it. There are several large holes under the Motherboards but they are completely covered by the MB and not accessible.

Overall Review: The case looks good but I would not ever buy or recommend it to anyone else. Just be aware of what you are getting.