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Nathan K.

Nathan K.

Joined on 09/26/08

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Most Favorable Review

Great Overall Phone

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom, 5.5-inch, AMOLED, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, Unlocked Cell Phone, US/Canada Warranty, Navy Black (ZE553KL-S625-3G32G-BK)
ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom, 5.5-inch, AMOLED, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, Unlocked Cell Phone, US/Canada Warranty, Navy Black (ZE553KL-S625-3G32G-BK)

Pros: -Excellent cameras. Low-light isn't very spectacular, but in decent lighting it's great. -Video quality surprised me, better in low -light than taking pictures. Haven't recorded in 4K yet, but the 1080p @60fps looks amazing. -The auto focus is really fast is decent light. Suffers a bit in low-light. -Great battery life, I use the phone heavily and it lasts all day with more than 50% to spare. -Acceptable performance. I don't really game on it, but the games I do have, run very well. -The mics are better than any phone I've have. I have recorded video at a Metal festival we had recently and was right at the stage, the recorded audio had very slight muddiness. I'm very happy with the quality.

Cons: -There are many settings that help with saving battery life. One of the settings prevents apps from staying open in the background. I use an app that gives me a second phone line for my business and I missed a lot of business because I had to keep the app open in order for it to work properly. You can turn off all these features, but it is a hassle if you don't know about it. -Poor low-light ability. -2.4GHz band for wifi only, but I knew that going into it. -Does not have band 12 for LTE, which I knew that going into it. -The default keyboard is pretty bad. Got Google's keyboard and it works much better.

Overall Review: -It comes with 6.0.1. 7.0 isn't available for it yet as of this posting. It's not a big deal that it's an older OS as my previous phone was the same OS. -A lot of people are complaining about the UI that Asus put on it. I don't find it bad, in fact I'm slightly enjoying it. You just have to play around with it. I got this because of the camera. I'm having my first child this fall and I wanted to be able to capture every moment with clarity. I have no doubt this phone will serve this role well. -------EDIT------- 7/6/17 I've had this phone for over a month now and just today a bright line has appeared across the bottom of the screen. Haven't dropped the phone or anything and the phone has been inside the case that came with it. Just filled out the RMA form and will see how well the process goes.

Most Critical Review

Pretty Slow

Kingston 8GB DataTraveler 100 G3 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (DT100G3/8GB)
Kingston 8GB DataTraveler 100 G3 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (DT100G3/8GB)

Pros: -Cheap since I bought it in a three-pack deal -Sliding cap still locks well after decent amount of use -Feels well built

Cons: -I did a series of benchmarks with a large number of USB 2.0 and 3.0 thumb drives and this had a hard time keeping up with even the cheap generic 2.0 drives

Overall Review: I originally got these to install operating systems off of, but since they were so slow, I only really use one of them anymore, and the other I might occasionally. Kingston dropped the ball on these.

Outstanding Price To Performance

Lenovo Laptop Intel Core i5 7th Gen 7200U (2.50GHz) 8GB Memory 256 GB M.2 PCIe SSD Intel HD Graphics 620 15.6" Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit V330 (81AX00GGUS)
Lenovo Laptop Intel Core i5 7th Gen 7200U (2.50GHz) 8GB Memory 256 GB M.2 PCIe SSD Intel HD Graphics 620 15.6" Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit V330 (81AX00GGUS)

Pros: - Pro version of Windows - 256GB Samsung NVMe SSD, and mounting hardware for a 2.5" HDD or SSD - Looks and feels great - Excellent keyboard and decent trackpad, backlit keyboards are almost non existent at this price point - Webcam privacy slide - Pretty lightweight - Screen is better than any you'll find at this price point - Plenty of ports in all varieties, including a USB-C port with Power Delivery AND Displayport, unheard of in even higher priced laptops - Decent battery life

Cons: - Comes with a DVD drive, which for some people might want it, but our company doesn't use optical media anymore and so it takes up space and adds weight. - Even though there is hardware for adding a 2.5" drive, the VGA port makes taking the base of and putting it back on again very difficult. Cracked one of the units trying to put the base back on.

Overall Review: The value you of this laptop is phenomenal! I am stunned that this laptop has a sub $550 price tag. Even though the SSD is small, you can add a 500GB 2.5" SSD for $100 bucks, which still makes this laptop a steal. I have ordered a few of these for the company I work for and have added either a 500GB WD Blue SSD, or 512GB ADATA Ultimate SSD. This laptop is extremely quick and snappy. Boot time is generally 7-12 seconds. The users that got these laptop won't stop talking about how quick they are. Our company has a very tight budget, so when tend to order consumer grade laptops instead of business-grade. These laptops are a perfect balance between price and build quality/performance. I intend to keep buying these for the company as long as they are in stock.

Great For The Price

HP ENVY Photo 4520 Wireless All-In-One Color Inkjet Printer
HP ENVY Photo 4520 Wireless All-In-One Color Inkjet Printer

Pros: -All-In-One -GUI (Graphical User Interface) -Compact -Wireless -Decent quality pictures when printed on photo paper -Inexpensive

Cons: -I know there is a setting for a quiet mode, but this thing is loud. -Scanner isn't the best quality

Overall Review: At first I had a lot of issues with connectivity to the printer. I would have to restart the printer ever time I wanted to print. I reset it back to factory default and it seemed to work well on all my computer except my laptop. Reinstalled the HP drivers and programs and has been working well ever since. Not the best printer you could buy, but it is a great value for what you get.

Well Done AMD

AMD Ryzen 5 1st Gen - RYZEN 5 1600X Summit Ridge (Zen) 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 95W YD160XBCAEWOF Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 1st Gen - RYZEN 5 1600X Summit Ridge (Zen) 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 95W YD160XBCAEWOF Desktop Processor

Pros: -Blows AMDs old architecture outta the water -6 cores and 12 threads -Lets me stream in high quality and game on max settings, all without going over 80% CPU usage -Didn't kill my wallet -Lower TDP than AMDs previous offerings

Cons: -Doesn't come with a cooler -Rocky performance at launch -As with AMDs APU line-up, temps read wrong

Overall Review: AMD finally has some footing again in the CPU world. Their FX series was terrible and this was just what they needed to get back on the horse. The amount of performance gained from replacing my FX-4350 was mind blowing.

Great PSU On A Budget

Rosewill RG630-S12 - Green Series 630-Watt Active PFC Power Supply Unit - Continuous @ 104 Deg. F (40C), 80 PLUS Bronze Certified, Single 12V Rail, Compatible with Core i7, i5
Rosewill RG630-S12 - Green Series 630-Watt Active PFC Power Supply Unit - Continuous @ 104 Deg. F (40C), 80 PLUS Bronze Certified, Single 12V Rail, Compatible with Core i7, i5

Pros: -Long lasting -Decent amount of connectors -80 Bronze certified -Inexpensive

Cons: -Not modular, though, you tend to have to pay more for a feature like that -Mesh cabling isn't on all the cables -Possible watt capacity degradation

Overall Review: I had used this in my gaming PC since 2012 and recently upgraded to a Corsair RM850i because the Rosewill PSU couldn't handle the AMD 390X that I had just put in. The built in power meter in the RM850i shows that I rarely go over 450W even when playing high-end games on max, which leaves me to believe that the Rosewill had degraded in performance. Over all this PSU has served me well and is currently in my roommates PC. I had also bought this for my uncles custom build back in 2011 and it's still running fine. I also had the 430W variant of this PSU and It's been running great since 2011. Great budget PSUs. I have had several Rosewill PSUs going all the way back to 2007 and they all have served me well.