Date Joined: 04/01/08
Pros: - two land lines completely free.
- solid, good quality audio.
- integrates automatically with google voice. (Create your google voice account first, and then when creating the obitalk account, just "register with your google account". This automatically sets up everything on both sides!
- FAX send and receive works perfectly for me.
- comes with simple step by step installation/configuration instructions.
Cons: - as others have mentioned, the final configuration step (registering the device with your obitalk account) takes several attempts. The web site does say that if the registration step does not work in 15 seconds, just try again. For me, the sixth try worked. OK, this should work better, but it does work if you keep trying.
Overall Review: For me, this is a no brainer. I still need to be able to send and receive FAXes, (for sending documents to my local Social Security office, for example), and this gives me two free land lines for a phone and FAX machine.
The voice and FAX connections are solid - good audio with no drop outs.
The device works perfectly with Google Voice.
Pros: I've tried a couple other small LTE MIMO antennas with my Nighthawk (MR1100 on AT&T). This one actually helps. It's not a high gain directional antenna, but it does add a good bar or two in marginal areas, and it's much more convenient. It has a flat back for mounting on a wall, and comes with a stand for moving around. In my RV, I have it wall mounted with velcro, and can pull it down and move it around if needed.
Cons: A suction cup would have been nice for mounting on windows.
Pros: - kept my threadripper 1950x nice and cool
- fans were very quiet
Cons: after four months, it failed - loud buzzing, coolant leaked over everything.
Noise and leak were from pump/contact plate, not the radiator or fans.
what a mess!
Overall Review: - I'll try for replacement under warranty, will update this review based on results.
Pros: - small size fits anywhere, and magnetic base makes it easy to install
- very smooth lighting with few shadows.
- looks very professional compared to bare led strips
Cons: - a bit dim, you will want two of them for most installs, particularly if you want RED. I'm running one in white, and it is just barely enough.
Overall Review: - get two and you will be happy.
Pros: I really like this board for threadripper 1950x
- Rock solid at 2933 with Corsair CMK32GX4M4C3000C15 (using all 4 channels)
- the RGB can be set in the BIOS, which is perfect for Linux (I'm running Fedora 27)
- headers for 4 front panel USB 3
- UEFI BIOS is easy to use, with every possible knob settable in advanced mode.
- LED debug (2 digit) display is really nice, and it can also display CPU temperatures! I love this.
- It drives the water cooler and all the fans, and they are super easy to config in the BIOS
- Did I mention it runs rock solid, first try?
Cons: - it uses the foxconn CPU socket which is tricky to screw down. I simply made sure I caught the threads for all three screws before tightening them in order. Worked first time, no problems.
Overall Review: Be aware it needs power on 24 pin, 8 pin, and an extra 4 pin. Make sure you get a power supply that provides this.
ASRock Fatal1ty X399 Professional Gaming sTR4 Motherboard
SHARKOON BW9000-W Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Case
Enermax Liqtech TR4 280 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler
AMD RYZEN Threadripper 1950X 16-Core / 32 Threads
SeaSonic SS-750KM3 750W Modular Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 CMK32GX4M4C3000C15
Pros: 280 (2x140) enermax tr4 radiator fits on top, and keeps the threadripper cool.
Two 5.25 bays fit my 2.5/3.5 hot swap bays and DVD drive.
Lots of internal 2.5/3.5 drive bays
Great cable management, easy build.
Solidly built, and looks great.
Cons: Only con is I had to remove the rear fan to fit the hoses to the radiator, but the two front fans still keep everything cool.
Overall Review: It's getting hard to get cases that fit a 280 radiator and the 5.25 bays. Nice case!
Pros: I wanted something to display all my media on my 55" 4K tv. This was on egg saver at a great price, and it works perfectly. Unexpectedly it can drive the TV in 4K mode, and it's fanless design keeps the room quiet. It does get warm when doing HDTV, but not hot. It's well built, with a large heat sink. I 'm running Fedora 25, HDHomerun OTA tuner, with Myth and Kodi.
Cons: Only issue with linux was getting the wireless card's firmware, which did not come with Fedora, but this was straightforward, and everything is working now.
Overall Review: Pretty much NUC features and quality at a much reduced price.
Pros: Update - like MANY others, a bios update bricked it. No POST, no beeps, no crashfree recovery.
Works perfectly with ryzen 1700 && its spire cooler. I'm getting 2666 speed with G.SKILL Flare X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) AMD X370 / B350 / A320 Desktop Memory Model F4-2666C18D-16GFX. While the motherboard Aura RGB may be a bit silly, one of the aura 4 pin rgb headers will directly drive the spire cooler's rgb ring, which is pretty awesome. (Who doesn't love a big ducted fan with an rgb ring?)
Cons: No cons so far. Just a couple of tips:
- position the sprite cooler's "AMD" ring bump away from the RAM slots, or DDR slot 1 will be a tight fit
- The spire cooler has a primary cable for the standard fan header. It also has an rgb cable which plugs into the cooler under a small rubber port cover. The other end plugs directly on the motherboard aura rgb, with the cable's arrow on the 12v pin. (This really should be better documented..)
Overall Review: What's wrong with this board? - several people have had a BIOS update break it. Not just a BIOS problem, but broken as in no POST, no beeps at all.
Pros: infineon TPM 2.0, on an Asus 14-1 pin header.
Works perfectly on Asus prime x370 pro (ryzen) motherboard.
Tested on linux with ibmtss2 library and utilities.
Overall Review: definitely recommended
Pros: I've always wanted a good looking build, and does this ever deliver.
- the large, clear window shows the whole motherboard && graphics card.
- the cable management cut outs make it easy to route the wires right.
- I added just one red led LED bar, and it looks stunning
The five fans keep my FX-8350 cool and quiet.
It has plenty of room for more cards.
While it has only one SSD and two 3.5 inch bays, I added a DVD and a Dual hot-swap to the 5.25" external bays,
which maxes out my 6 SATA ports, and provides more than enough flexible storage.
Cons: No real problems. The cables are a bit tight under the back side door, but I had some pretty fat round power cables.
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this case. Prettiest build I've ever done.
Pros: Bought this to replace an old b/g WRT54g, which kept locking up, particularly with heavy PS3 use. Out of the box, reflashed it with dd-wrt (the default dd-wrt.v24-14311_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_RT-N12.trx image, using the ASUS recovery flasher method). It reflashed perfectly the first time, I set the WAN MAC address (Comcast locks to the MAC), and I was up and running in minutes. My network now runs faster, and is rock solid. DD-WRT is really, really nice on this box.
Cons: none (I wasn't looking for Gb ethernet or USB on the router.)
Overall Review: Bought this on a newegg special - $5 off, free shipping, and it arrived the next day! Great router, great deal, great service.