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Randall G.

Randall G.

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Most Favorable Review

Very nice budget-oriented case

Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX (not included) Power Supply
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX (not included) Power Supply

Pros: Several things jump out with this case. First of all, it has a simple yet elegant design that avoids the Japanese teen arcade look. It's truly designed for those seeking a sleek and discrete look. Secondly, almost every facet of the interior layout and structure of the case is well thought out. One can find space wherever one expects to find it despite the reasonable overall size. Finally, everything in and around the 300r is black and this includes the power, reset, and LED headers as well as the cables that connect the included fans. The overall design is a textbook example of how a case can be extremely well finished yet fall into a budget price segment. The size of the 300r is absolutely perfect in that it is big enough for a reasonably spacious interior, yet small enough to not be a hulking, monolithic, armor clad beast worthy of it's own time zone. I grew very tired of working with my old HAF X for this very reason.

Cons: The alignment and placement of the rear 120mm exhaust fan could be bumped back to being flush with the rear exterior of the case. Being recessed at a depth even with the I/O plate causes very cramped quarters when working with a push/pull air cooler (in my case a Megahalems). The only other quip I have is that the area directly behind the top front intake fan needs to be cleared of obstructions in the form of hard drive mounts that don't factor into the 4-bay design. This would allow much better airflow from the low RPM fans that are included.

Overall Review: All in all, this is a fine case at a very affordable price. Corsair has done well in almost every area of design on the 300r. Despite being one of the most affordable cases I have worked with, this one is the best by a wide margin. I would highly recommend the 300r to any system builder looking for a case with an adult look, solid build quality, and a very reasonable price point.

Great NAS

LinkStation 210 3TB Personal Cloud Storage with Hard Drives Included (LS210D0301)
LinkStation 210 3TB Personal Cloud Storage with Hard Drives Included (LS210D0301)

Pros: *Very competitively priced *Equipped with a Seagate 3 TB, 7200 rpm HDD with 64 MB cache *Pretty fast for a 1 bay consumer oriented NAS (all writes to the drive over gigabit network have been at greater than 40 MB/s, sometimes as high as 50 MB/s). *Web interface with plenty of options including (3) user defined sleep schedules. *Absolutely no subscription charges to use any of it's features, ever. *Sleek appearance and quiet operation. *The device stays relatively cool, even during large writes (the design seems above average, with the vents placed on the top and bottom rather than on the sides). *Prior to purchasing this NAS, I called Buffalo to inquire about the HDD used and was able to speak to someone in the U.S. who had my question answered within 5 minutes of dialing their number.

Cons: *Needlessly cumbersome initial setup (NAS navigator) *Experienced users would be better served using the included disc as a coaster and skipping straight to the web based configuration.

Overall Review: So far, this has been a great NAS and I have been thoroughly pleased with it's performance and value. One of the other reviewers mentioned his device taking 20 hrs. to copy 400 GB of data. Mine took about 65 min. to write roughly 350 GB, which leads me to believe his performance issues are network related.

10/16/2014

Awesome Device!

TP-Link TL-R470T+ Load Balance Broadband Router 1 x 10/100Mbps WAN Ports 1 x Fixed LAN, 3 x Changeable WAN/LAN LAN Ports
TP-Link TL-R470T+ Load Balance Broadband Router 1 x 10/100Mbps WAN Ports 1 x Fixed LAN, 3 x Changeable WAN/LAN LAN Ports

Pros: The TL-R470T+ has proven to be an awesome device that I wish I was aware of sooner. I bought it to load balance my (2) Clear home modems, which don't individually burn up Speedtest.net, but for what I pay, they work decently. I was initially struck by the feel of the device, as it appears and feels quite well made. Upon firing it up, it proved to be quite easy to set up and had a simple and intuitive UI. Some settings needed to be adjusted in order for it to function appropriately with my TP-Link Archer C7 that is actually pulling routing and AP duties. After installation and configuration, I went to Speedtest.net, tested, and was very impressed with the results. I did get roughly double the bandwidth and noticed no overhead in terms of latency. The "feel" of browsing is much snappier. I would highly recommend this router for multiple WAN configurations, especially at it's price point (ridiculous compared to it's competitors).

Cons: Absolutely none.

Overall Review: This is a great product and the price can't be beat. If you are considering a home or small business load balancing router, order this already. The reviews aren't undeserved. For those who are curious, the router I received is a version 3.

Great Board

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: *Packaged very well *Has an extremely solid feel with excellent craftsmanship (thick and well-crafted PCB as well as chip set cooling. Soldering is great) *All connectors are intuitively placed *Fan connectors (all 5) are 4 pin for PWM control *One of the LANs is an Intel *6 SATA cables, USB3 front panel bracket, and SLI ribbon incl. *Good Manual *Made for a smooth build and a successful initial post *Slick BIOS with tons of adjustment options

Cons: *Wish it was backed by EVGA level support and warranty, but you win some and loose some.

Overall Review: I'm not a fanboy of any particular brand and I have had systems with great Asus and EVGA motherboards, but Gigabyte takes the edge on overall board feel and quality. Nothing is shabby, out of place, or flimsy about this board and every Gigabyte motherboard I have used has posted the first time without hassle. There is definitely something to be said for that. Hopefully, this one proves to be equally as wonderful to own as my EP45-UD3P, EP45T-UD3P, X58A-UD3P, and X58A-UD5P. All that keeps me from buying Gigabyte automatically is that their warranty support is not on the same level as EVGA. But in all fairness, I've never had to use it, so that says something too.

Hassle free after a firmware update

SanDisk Extreme 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDX-120G-G25
SanDisk Extreme 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDX-120G-G25

Pros: When researching SSDs, I found out that SanDisk is in a joint venture producing NAND with Toshiba. The product of that partnership is the 24nm toggle NAND used in this product. It seems as though the best SSDs made are those produced by companies with in-house NAND and/or controller production. Hence, I narrowed my selection down between the Samsung 830, Crucial M4, and this drive. This is the one I could get for my $100 budget, though I had to do so from a competitor : (. The drive itself is very fast and it has been completely devoid of any issues including those normally associated with the 2nd gen. Sandforce controller. I attribute most of those issues to flaky firmware and cheap NAND anyways. Hey, the little case badge included is pretty sharp too.

Cons: As others have mentioned, a 3.5" adapter and a 5 year warranty would have been great, but that's OK. Reliable and fast toggle for the price coupled with the plentiful positive reviews helped me make my decision.

Overall Review: My drive came with the older R1xx firmware and my absolute first order of business prior to installing Win 7 was to update it with ver. R2xx. Also, SanDisk's available SSD utility is nicely put together as well as intuitive. If anything, it lacks a bit in aesthetic "bling," but function precedes form at least 80% of the time. All in all, this is an SSD that I feel glad that I purchased and I would recommend it to others.

Took a bit of patience, but these are great boards

EVGA 132-LF-E657-RX LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 132-LF-E657-RX LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: *Lotes socket *Dual Gigabit LANs (running on PCIe bus) *Great clocker *Beefy power circuitry *EVGA support (if only for 90 days) *Stellar aesthetics *Newegg customer service *Awesome price (these were $230 new)

Cons: My first board arrived w/ a bent pin in the socket, but I called Newegg and they had a replacement to me promptly. The replacement had a perfect socket but one of the PWM heat sinks was loose (nothing that a phillip's couldn't cure).

Overall Review: I wanted a cheap upgrade from my e8400/P45 platform and I came across this board & an i5 655K. After receiving my replacement for the unit w/ a bent pin, I am thoroughly impressed. Coming from the P45, this combo is much snappier due to the reduction in platform latency (marked improvement even at stock clocks). My raid array seems a bit peppier as well, not to mention that the board is easy to work with. The wait for a good specimen was worth it and it's a great deal for $95 to the doorstep.