Date Joined: 02/23/05
Pros: Very crisp display.
Very vivid colors.
Very quiet until I fire up a heavy workload, then I can hear the fans kick in. Nothing the volume control cannot overcome.
Size and weight are perfect.
Color changing keyboard is a new thing for me. Seems fun so far.
Cons: Wish there was at least 1 USB port on the right (or better yet the back) for my external mouse. I prefer a 5 button mouse to a track pad when gaming.
Had trouble getting the second memory card to seat properly in the slot. Took a couple tries, but I did get it in. If anyone cares, I went with G.SKILL Ripjaws 2x16GB Model F4-2666C18D-32GRS.
I really like the size of the keys, but the arrow keys are in a funny position relative to the number pad. Not much that could have been done about that given the size of the system. I am sure I'll get used to it.
Overall Review: I have only had this for about 14 hours and I am VERY happy so far.
I do not yet have info on battery run time under any conditions. I'll try to remember to update my review in a week or two once I have had some time to test that out.
I did not notice in the pictures here, the ASDW keys are white while all the rest of the keys are black. That is not good or bad, just a comment.
This is my first new computer system in many many years. It is a very good upgrade for me.
Still working on getting all my apps and games and their configurations moved over to it. I keep getting distracted by the squirrel.
Next up; installing Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance. Need to see how this system performs under load with multiple players and AIs. As unit count grows during a game, the demands on the system increase to the point the game starts to slow down. My old system is only good for at most 4 players and rather low unit count. That does not lend to a very good/challenging game. I am hoping this system can keep up with my friends so I can get back to playing SupCom:FA with them.
Pros: Small size. Low noise CPU fan. Good compute power. Runs Win10 and Linux very well.
Cons: I was a stupid human when I bought this. I did not notice it had no RAM or HD. Took extra time to get RAM and a SSD for it.
Overall Review: I bought 2 of these. I put in 8GB RAM and 120GB SSD in each. One is running Windows 10 very nicely. Mostly just web surfing and playing videos. The other is running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and serves up a website and a Teamspeak server. Had some trouble setting up Ubuntu as it did not like using the HDMI port on this. They draw very little power.
Pros: 4 of the 5 drives work perfectly
Cons: 1 of the drives was DOA. I tried to email the seller a couple times and keep getting an error message the mail server cannot be contacted.
Overall Review: Hope you don't expect 100% of the drives you buy to be functional.
Pros: It allows me to connect my TF300T to my computer and share files.
Cons: It does NOT recharge the battery. I tried this with an original ASUS wall wart and it would not charge the battery. I swapped this cable for the original and that works. Also ASUS requires 15volts to charge so it will not charge from standard USB power source. You have to use an ASUS wall wart and ASUS cable.
Overall Review: I will keep the cables but not purchase any more of these. I would recommend anyone hoping to charge their ASUS tablet not get this cable. You will not be happy.
Pros: 90 degree end allows usage in tight case.
Pros: Cheap and low power usage.
Overall Review: Needed low tech DVI video card for my ESXi server. This fit the bill.
Pros: Cheap card.
Cons: Software RAID. If you run Windows or some other supported OS, this might be ok if you are really on a budget.
Overall Review: I wanted RAID card for ESXi. This is not supported. Returned the card for an Adaptec 640E that is the bomb.
Pros: Wanted this for hardware mirroring of SATA disks on my ESXi server. ESXi came with a driver for this. It was very easy using the included instructions to install the newer driver that came with the card.
Cons: Really have to have the included cable to connect to drives. I do not know why any one would purchase the card with out the cable harness. Not a standard cable interface.
Pros: Great card for hardware mirroring on Windows
Cons: Is not supported by ESXi, which is what I wanted it for.
Pros: Keyboard is a great size compromise and works well for my extra-large hands. The extra battery time is great. The USB port accepts a standard USB mouse that works great. Keys are good size. All the common keys are where you would expect them on a standard keyboard or laptop built in keyboard. The extra row of function keys across the top are just for the tablet and make sense; back, wifi, bluetooth, touch pad on/off, screen dim/bright, mute, vol down, vol up, and screen lock.
Cons: Opening the thing up is a bit hard/clumsy. Perhaps as I use it the hinge will loosen up a little.
Overall Review: Attaching and remove from the tablet is simple. The color is an exact match for my tablet. I tried a USB memory stick in the connector and it saw it no problem, however it did not recognize my Android 4 phone when I connected that. Probably has to do with how the phone presents 3 different devices to Windows and I might not have waited long enough.
Pros: Very nice size, feel, weight. Video plays perfectly. HDMI output to 50inch TV looks fantastic. Does everything I could ask for from a tablet. Web surfing, games, videos, etc.
Cons: Volume could be a bit louder both internal speaker and headphones. I got this most for watching movies on airplanes. Noise canceling head phones help a lot.
Overall Review: I got this to replace the Viewsonic gTablet that went out of support a couple months after I bought it. This one upgraded to Android 4.2.2 in the first week I had it.
I have since added the docking station and it is hard to believe but it is even easier to use. The docking station allows me to use a real mouse or trackball if you prefer that to the touch pad or touching the screen.
Pros: Managed switches are so plug and play these days and this one is no exception. I have used Netgear for years and this one operates as advertised and expected.
Pros: Once I figured out where this goes and how to open the door on the XBOX, it was simple to install. Works great.
Overall Review: My only issue is with the XBOX and not the drive. Every time I start a game the XBOX asks where I want to store save information. Also when moving my save info from internal storage to the HD, I was not able to move other user's information. Each has to do it for themselves.
Pros: Fast, all matching, looks good.
Overall Review: Once I upgraded from XP to Win 7, 4GB RAM did not seem like enough. Now with 16GB, should be set for a long time.
Pros: Lots of nicely labeled connectors. Very quite fan. MB power connecter works for both 20 and 24 pin connectors. I no longer need the adapter I had been using.
Overall Review: I was having MB problems and thought the PS was over loaded. Got this to replace the 450 that was in the PC. The extra power available caused the CPU caps to pop. Looks like I had other problems with that MB. Still glad I upgrade the PS to this one.
Overall Review: Turns out I did not need this and returned it unopened.
Pros: Very quite. Hardly can hear it. Multi speed option on the MB works with this perfectly.
Pros: This was a replacement for one that blew. It was similar enough that Win 7 did not have any issues. A couple of reboots later, the system is back among the living.
Pros: Worked as advertised. Display looks good.
Pros: Plug and play, what more can I say. Works perfectly.
Pros: Small size
Cons: I thought I would be able to plug this into my PC with VGA and up lift that to DVI. It did not work in that fashion. It might be due to the DVI KVM I was connecting to. I have not tried this directly connected to a monitor.
Pros: Lots of input possibilities: VGA, DVI, HDMI, sound. It auto switches to an active port as you turn stuff on/off.
Cons: As expected sound is not great. Volume control does not go loud enough for the input I am feeding it. Same as my last monitor. Once you drive the input hard enough, the quality is ok.
Overall Review: I bought 2 of these at the same time to so I can setup dual monitor on 4 systems. I paired these with a couple of DVI KVM switches (Newegg part N82E16817399062) and I love the result.
Pros: Easy to setup and use. Cables are nice. Can be reconfigured to function the way I want it to.
I actually want a switch to work with dual monitors on 4 computers, so I bought 2 of these. They have feet that stack very nice. Works well.
Cons: My wireless USB headset does not seem to work well. While I can plug the dongle into this KVM and I get sound with which ever computer I am connected, it has produced staticy sound then cut out a couple times. Still looking to this issue to determine if it is the KVM or headsest.
Overall Review: Default is when you push a button, it only switches KVM. You have to hold 2 seconds to get sound and USB to switch. You can change this to "mode 2" operation so 1 push switches all functions. Seems to me that should be the default with the other as the option, but that may just be me.
I have already recommened this KVM to friends.
Pros: This card rocks. I have yet to reach max performance. My frame rates are through the roof.
Cons: Not a one.
Overall Review: I have always used ATI cards in the past. I play WOW and Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance. Upgrading from an ATI 4870 to this card alone boosted me to the fastest computer in our gaming group.
Pros: Simple setup. Nice network discovery and map display.
Cons: Bridging 2 units did not work with standard firmware. I tried everything.
Overall Review: Updated to DD-WRT then to Tomato. Tomato allows me to bridge 2 of these together, now I have wired access in my garage for the LAN party we just had. Worked great.