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Derek D.

Derek D.

Joined on 12/23/03

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Most Favorable Review

Fastest 3TB Drive on market contained within

Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black
Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black

Pros: Internal drive is actually a seagate ST3000DM001 which is the fastest 3TB drive on the market today. Eggstremely fast throughput either thru USB3 or if you remove the drive and hook straight to your SATA III Goodness. When paired with my FX 8120 with 16GB, Radeon 6850, and an 120GB SSD my machine FLIES.

Cons: Drive seems to 'sleep' then have the signature 'Seagate chirp' when it fires up for usage. If you worked with computers for a while this is a bit alarming at first as it sounds like it may be dying. No Perfectly normal apparently with these drives as I have a NAS unit with 6 of these in at at work and they do the same thing.

Overall Review: When I bought this, it was cheaper to buy the external drive, than the internal. I wanted the drive for internal use, and gained a free USB3 3.5" external enclosure. I slapped a regular sata II 250GB in there, and it blows all my USB 2.0 drives out of the water. Great deal!

10/26/2012
Most Critical Review

Nice try, Netgear

NETGEAR N300 Open-Source Gigabit WiFi Router 128MB NAND and 128MB RAM, 480 MHz MIPS 74K Processor (WNR3500Lv2)
NETGEAR N300 Open-Source Gigabit WiFi Router 128MB NAND and 128MB RAM, 480 MHz MIPS 74K Processor (WNR3500Lv2)

Pros: Works Excellent as a Internet router Works well as a wireless access point Works OK as a gigabit Ethernet switch

Cons: USB Drive sharing is unreliable at best. I have tried 9 yes 9 different USB Drives of different types and file systems from varying manufacturers: USB Flash Drives: Kingston Data Traveler 2GB/DTI (FAT32, FAT16, extfs) Patriot Razzo 8GB (FAT32) Sandisk Cruzer 2GB (FAT16) Staples 16GB (FAT32) Mushkin Mulholland 16GB (FAT32) SD Memory + cardreader: Transcend USB to MicroSD Adapter + Patriot 8GB MicroSD External hard drives: WD Black 640GB SATA-II (NTFS) 2.5" in rosewill external drive case Seagate 250GB SATA-II (FAT32) 2.5" in another external case (forget the manufacturer) WD 100GB ATA-100 (NTFS) 2.5" in a rosewill external HD case In any case all devices would 'drop off' (whereas the share goes offline, the usb light goes out and any file copies get an i/o error, requiring removing and re-plugging in the USB device) when copying files to it over the network. Tried copying via WIFI and LAN using 4 diff computers, 3 diff OS's. All fail after a couple minutes

Overall Review: Running the latest firmware, even used 2 drives listed on thier 'device compatibility list'. Very disappointing that the main feature that sold me on this model (usb port for NAS functionality) flat out does not work. If netgear can fix this via firmware I would give it 5 stars.

Best Budget Gaming Laptop under $600

Acer Aspire E5-575G-562T 15.6" Intel Core i5 7th Gen 7200U (2.50 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 8 GB DDR4 Memory 128 GB SSD 1 TB HDD Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Gaming Laptop -- ONLY @ NEWEGG
Acer Aspire E5-575G-562T 15.6" Intel Core i5 7th Gen 7200U (2.50 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 8 GB DDR4 Memory 128 GB SSD 1 TB HDD Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Gaming Laptop -- ONLY @ NEWEGG

Pros: Kaby Lake i5 CPU is quite fast nVidia GTX 950M 2GB dedicated graphics - Plays all AAA titles, most at High quality @ 1080P including GTA5, NBA2K series, Far Cry Series, DOOM, Battlefield Series, Sim City; all smoothest with AA disabled or set to a low option. Includes BOTH an 128GB M2 SATA drive which holds the C drive and OS, and a 1TB Seagate 2.5" SATAIII Hard Drive that comes empty 1 x 8GB DDR4 2133 SODIMM with a free slot to easily go to 16GB by adding a single stick, to take advantage of the additional memory bandwidth dual channel offers Easy access bottom cover to upgrade the above components Ridiculously long battery life: -It has gone 6-7 hours on moderate to heavy use, even playing games. - It has gone over 11 hours on light to medium use - web browsing and streaming video. Pretty good screen - 15" 1080P color reproduction and viewing angles look a bit better then my 17" hp screens - all are non IPS panels. Extremely tight usb ports - holds on to the cables and devices well. Good USB port spacing - fits thumb drives next to mouse cables with ease. When it was a Shell Shocker deal - it was a fantastic bargain.

Cons: Comes with typical Acer bloatware - but it can be removed or have windows 'refreshed' Large AC adapter by today's standards - if you care about that. The gigabit Ethernet port has a strange beveled spring loaded clip design matching the side of the laptop angles that is difficult to use in conjunction with cables with sleeved connector cables - hard to release - worry i will eventually break this. Finally - Mine in particular looks like it has some pressure point inside the screen area in the bottom right corner behind the lcd panel that makes it blob in a spot with movement or when adjusting the screen angle (not from my hand - 20 year IT guy - not my first rodeo). This could be a manufacturing defect - but it is not causing me any issues.

Overall Review: I immediately swapped the 1TB for a 500GB Samsung SSD - and will add more RAM later. This machine is very fast even with just 8GB, compared to: a maxed out i3 4000M or an 8GB i5 5200U - gaming aside - for regular tasks its quite peppy. Here are the crystal disk marks for the M2 SATA. (I plan to upgrade mine eventually to a larger, faster model): Test Read[MB/s] Write[MB/s] Seq Q32T1 498.7 459.0 4K Q32T1 256.2 250.8 Seq 399.2 370.8 4K 13.45 53.40 Samsung 500 SATAIII (not included - replaced the 5400rpm hard drive - for reference only to show SATA throughput) Test Read[MB/s] Write[MB/s] Seq Q32T1 541.0 509.2 4K Q32T1 282.5 269.8 Seq 441.4 412.3 4K 11.27 83.51 Sorry I didn't test the included hard drive. GTA V 1080P - High settings minus AA averages 31.2 FPS but 'feels' smooth for a laptop - I'm satisfied with it. After upgarding to the SSD for the 2nd drive, setting windows to install apps there by default, and installing most of my programs on there, it is adequate as a Game/App development machine using UDK and Visual Studio

Great card - but powercolor rebates are borderline fraudulant practices designed to not pay out

PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 380 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card AXR9 380 4GBD5-PPDHEV2
PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 380 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card AXR9 380 4GBD5-PPDHEV2

Pros: Great card - bought 2 of these... 2. For my kids computers for Christmas. Ordered one one day and thought about it a bit - Had to get them the same model cards to avoid any jealousy (was gonna give one my R9 280X I just upgraded with a RX480 both of which I had also bought from newegg, but the 280X is faster then the 380 across the board) . Bonus in the future we can crossfire them as an upgrade for one machine. Plays just about all AAA games at 1080P high-ultra with 4th and 6th gen i3's and 16GB of system ram. At the advertised price after rebate *cough* it would have been the best price performance ratio available in my budgeted range of $120/card.

Cons: Some may say that the fan noise is high on these. Also requires a fairly decent power supply and 2x 6pin PCI-e power connectors, which is a con compared to more modern power efficient offerings.

Overall Review: I usually avoid rebates like the plague for the reason I was blatantly reminded of with these transactions. Every rebate I do I follow exactly as described - with clear print, meeting eligibility requirements, included all required documentation and upc codes from the box, meet all postmark dates, even the specific 'place upc here' on the forms perfectly aligned - I also take pics of everything I send including showing when i place in the mailbox. I should have bought the non rebate RX 460's that were on sale around the same time - would have costed less overall. It seemed a great deal, however they never sent me any rebates. This is not the first time this has happened, when I followed to the letter having ordered from 2 different cards using 2 different addresses to pass the address muster. I kinda figured I would have a chance of one being denied due to my same name, but one should have been honored. Well one was denied due to postmark date (even though I put in mailbox at the post office before collection time the day before the required ship bye date - and have video of me doing so), the other approved on 1/17 but no rebate ever came - now its almost 4 months later. Perhaps Newegg will offer me something as compensation for a customer with $$,$$$ personal and $$$,$$$ work history with them as a loyal customer from when they first started - what almost 16 years ago- who can find the same prices on az.c most of the time. But probably not!

Best mid-upper range card in the sub $200 space

PowerColor RED DRAGON Radeon RX 480 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card AXRX 480 4GBD5-3DHD
PowerColor RED DRAGON Radeon RX 480 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card AXRX 480 4GBD5-3DHD

Pros: Latest GCN Architechture offers tremendous performance, especially in the latest DirectX 12 titles. Ridiculous amount of Compute horsepower, and memory bandwidth for the dollar Much Lower power and roughly twice as fast as the R9 280K I replaced. HDMI 2.0 allows 4K UHD 3840x2160 @ 60Hz output without an adapter as needed in earlier HDMI specs Plays Most 2015 and earlier AAA titles in 4K @ High+ Quality at over 30FPS Vulcan!!!! WOW Doom in 4K @ High-Ultra gains ~30% over OpenGL 4.5 and is totally playable in the mid 40's 4GB is more than enough for current titles Crossfire is a future option for me Got at a great price without having to do a rebate!

Cons: Cooling fans are definitely louder than my R9 280X ever was! No included games or software

Overall Review: Used with an Intel Xeon e3 1225 v3 with 24GB and a 600 W 80 Plus power supply I know this card isn't 'designed' for 4K gaming - but it does it swimmingly! I have ALL of my games set at 4K now, and all play smooth enough for me! Some trial and error is involved with deciding what things to dial back to gain the most fps, while not losing much from your immersive visual experience. the Frostbite engine and Cryengine require the most visual turn downs, but AA off saves a bit on all games and is not nearly as needed at 4K with a high pixel density.

12/22/2016

Great Chassis for such a low price

Rosewill Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case - SRM-01
Rosewill Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case - SRM-01

Pros: Nice looking bezel, thoughtful design, great value at $20 sale. Decent ventilation options and comes with a rear 80mm chassis fan. Using as a HTPC chassis as is the smallest inexpensive mATX tower with full height expansion slots that I could find!

Cons: Thin metal 'lock' tab bends easily - not useful to lock chassis. Wouldn't mind if it came with a few more screws...

Overall Review: Fit easily a new i3 4170/B85/16GB/SSD/HD/DVDRW/GTX 960 2GB for my living room tv pc. Running with the factory cooler and added 120MM side fan it runs cool, and pretty quiet (aside from the intel factory cooler fan). Not so much a con as the small case is what was desired, and only a challenge when first setting up - but the depth offers space challenges with a combination of an long optical drive, and a large power supply, with access to the sata and power ports on the back of the optical drive. Single front side USB3 is Odd...

12/22/2016