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Daniel N.

Daniel N.

Joined on 01/11/10

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

great so far

Elitescreens Manual Ceiling/Wall Mount Manual Pull Down Projection Screen (99" 1:1 AR) (MaxWhite) M99UWS1
Elitescreens Manual Ceiling/Wall Mount Manual Pull Down Projection Screen (99" 1:1 AR) (MaxWhite) M99UWS1

Pros: Retracting mechanism seem to work well, time will tell. Light enough for drywall mount or, as I ended up after drywall, concrete ceiling mounted. Great price.

Cons: not 16:9, but I knew that, my projector is not either.

Overall Review: Manual, that can be good or bad, in my case good. I had no will to run more cables and I am tall enough to reach it and pull it down. Not sure about image quality, seems fairly good. I will probably use it very rarely. I live in a rental apartment, size is suitable, projector is at ~4 meters.

Most Critical Review

Not worth it

Foxconn A88GMV AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Foxconn A88GMV AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Price. Any board within the features / chipset is usualy 80+, got this on sale 50$ (from 70$)

Cons: Mine was defective. BIOS date was skipping 4 days in advance for some calendaristic dates. 13 sept skipped to 17th. Annoying to set date at each startup... Foxconn support suggested changing battery or contacting the vendor to test it. Clearly they did not understand me. Myabe I was unlucky, but now I have to RMA it and lose some $. 1 eggs for defective product and 1 egg for non helpfull support.

Overall Review: I should stick with Asus or Gigabyte from now on. Never had a problem with any of their boards I owned...

flimsy

Sonax TM-2800 Black 32" - 70" Low profile Wall Mount TV Bracket
Sonax TM-2800 Black 32" - 70" Low profile Wall Mount TV Bracket

Pros: inexpensive = affordable. easy to install.

Cons: Cheap. May sound like inexpensive, it is not. Documentation on how to use it and install seems to be close to nothing.

Overall Review: It keeps the TV too close to the wall and hanging by only the 2 upper screws out of 4. If you have an very old & large TV or plasma, stay away. My entry level Sony 50" LCD holds so far but I will not be surprised to see it on the floor some day. I put the provided plastic washers (or whatever the name is in English) to keep it further away from the wall and avoid buying fancy L shaped connectors for hdmi, toslink or even coax. Without them, if your main connections are on the back, you will have big troubles connecting it to anything. Unfortunately, in my opinion, by doing that I put more stress into the only 2 screws it holds it attached.

my ESXi upgrade

GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: decent connectivity and PCI slots, 32 GB support, worked out of the box with 32 GB RAM, amd 1090T

Cons: none

Overall Review: This is my ESXi upgrade from i Q6600 8GB RAM to AMD 1090T 32GB. RAID controller card PERC 5i recognized on PCI Express, ESXi 5 can work with its onboard network (realtek). Don't know about onboard SATA but I guess it should work fine in ESXi. I did not try it, but it seems it supports hardware pass through as well. I am happy, works well with what I want to do with it. I hope it will last for a long while.

perfect RAM

CORSAIR ValueSelect 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CMV16GX3M2A1333C9
CORSAIR ValueSelect 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CMV16GX3M2A1333C9

Pros: price, size

Cons: none

Overall Review: I bought 32 GB, recognized by gigabyte mobo without problems. I did not try any overclocking as it is a waste of time, I needed stability for my ESXi.

Basic / Entry Level Android phone

Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 3G Unlocked Cell Phone 3.14" Steel Gray 160 MB
Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 3G Unlocked Cell Phone 3.14" Steel Gray 160 MB

Pros: Price, Android version. Great for starting the 'android' experience, solid build / Samsung quality.

Cons: Battery life. The only way I could probably have 2 days between charges is by not using it at all. It came with european charger and adaptor but it was missing the headphones. Non important to me or to be expected for a non expenssive smart phone: camera is really bad, laggs on any real task, mono FM radio.

Overall Review: I am a light user (almost no calls, reading a few emails over G2) but I cannot seem to make it more than 24 hours out of it. Yes, WiFi GPS Bluetooth off. With those on, maybe 4/5 hours. I have heard from a fried that this is the Android experience: great, but short run time. I wonder if is that true or I have just a bad battery...