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Michael F.

Michael F.

Joined on 06/05/06

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NZXT Ultimate Next Gen PC Giveaway
  • Intel Core i9-10900KF Desktop Processor
  • EVGA 10G-P5-3897-KR FTW3 GeForce RTX 3080 Video Card
$2,705.90
Justin Robey10/20/2020
 334
Robeytech / Carter PC Giveaway Build
  • Intel Core i7 10th Gen - Core i7-10700K Comet Lake 8-Core 3.8 GHz LGA 1200 125W Desktop Processor w/ Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • MSI RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO 10G Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Video Card
$3,020.90
Justin Robey2/22/2021
 214
Eniac's Ultimate Build
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Desktop Processor
  • EVGA 24G-P5-3987-KR FTW3 GeForce RTX 3090 Video Card
$12,437.86
ENIAC HELIX8/12/2021
 126
product reviews
  • 7
Most Favorable Review

Could be the last laptop

LG Laptop Gram 15Z980-U.AAS5U1 Intel Core i5 8th Gen 8250U (1.60 GHz) 8 GB Memory 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD Intel UHD Graphics 620 15.6" Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
LG Laptop Gram 15Z980-U.AAS5U1 Intel Core i5 8th Gen 8250U (1.60 GHz) 8 GB Memory 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD Intel UHD Graphics 620 15.6" Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

Pros: Light weight was one of my wife's requirements. This laptop weights 2.4 pounds.

Cons: No problems yet.

Overall Review: The display should have 4K native resolution. A M2 PCIe SSD would be better than the M2 SATA SSD. Laptop looks great. Will be used for mild Internet usage and gaming. Getting close to retirement, so this could be her last laptop. I would recommend this laptop.

Most Critical Review

Quit Working

Crucial V4 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSD Only CT128V4SSD2
Crucial V4 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSD Only CT128V4SSD2

Pros: No moving parts.

Cons: Quit working in less than a year. Laptop no longer reckonize the SSD. It was used very lightly. It was installed in my wifes laptop used mostly for internet surfing.

Overall Review: You would expect more from a device with no moving parts. SSD's do not live up to their hype.

Not customization friendly

HP Omen 17 17.3" 4K UHD Gaming Laptop/Notebook PC, Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8GHz, 16GB Ram Memory, 1TB Hard Drive, WiFi AC, Bluetooth, Backlit Keyboard, 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050, Windows 10
HP Omen 17 17.3" 4K UHD Gaming Laptop/Notebook PC, Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8GHz, 16GB Ram Memory, 1TB Hard Drive, WiFi AC, Bluetooth, Backlit Keyboard, 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050, Windows 10

Pros: 4K UHD native resolution.

Cons: No easy access to upgradeable parts (memory, HDD, etc.). Has a one piece bottom cover that must come off to access memory, HDD, and other parts.

Overall Review: I had a spare SSD, so the first thing I did was to remove the 1TB HDD and replaced it with my SSD. Getting use to the red back lit keyboard, wish the letters and numbers were a little brighter.

Update - Replacement item working

WD Elements 3TB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBAAU0030HBK
WD Elements 3TB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBAAU0030HBK

Pros: This is an update to my previous review. I received the replacement item and had zero issues with it so far. I have been using it for about 2 weeks now. I am using it via a USB 2 connection. I don't have a USB 3 port available to test the USB 3 speed.

Cons: Price. After I bought this, I saw the same item new for the same price. The recondition price should be discounted more.

Overall Review: I reformated the drive as exFAT instead of the default NTFS.

USB 1.1 vs USB 2.0

BELKIN F5U021vSN USB 1.1 4-Port Hub
BELKIN F5U021vSN USB 1.1 4-Port Hub

Pros: USB 1.1 is required for older PCs that do not recognize USB 2.0 (later versions of Win95, Win98, Win98 SE, WinMe, Win2000 and early versions of WinXP).

Cons: It's not USB 2.0. USB 1.1 has maximum throughput of 12Mbps (1.5MBps) and USB 2.0 has a maximum throughput of 480Mbps (60MBps).

Overall Review: It's time for USB 3.0 to make its appearance.

Egg-cellent Monitor

Westinghouse L2410NM 24" WUXGA 1920 x 1200 D-Sub, HDMI-HDCP, Composite, S-Video, YPbPr Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
Westinghouse L2410NM 24" WUXGA 1920 x 1200 D-Sub, HDMI-HDCP, Composite, S-Video, YPbPr Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Pros: Price. 24 inch. No dead pixels. No humming noise as in other reviews. Plays commercial Blue-Ray movies with the free CyberLink PowerDVD BD version 7.3 software (included).

Cons: If using HDMI, screen dispalys blue screen instead of going into power saver mode.

Overall Review: Replaced 19" widescreen. Using nVidia 8800GTS 320MB video card. Some DVI to HDMI adapters do not fit into the HDMI port. The HDMI port is not mounted flush with the monitor case.