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Jonathan K.

Jonathan K.

Joined on 08/14/10

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Packet Injection

TP-LINK TL-WN321G Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g USB 2.0 Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
TP-LINK TL-WN321G Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g USB 2.0 Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: This is small and capable of packet injection. USB extension cable included.

Cons: Not incredibly strong signal. It's a bit wide, so if you have two ports side-by-side, you'll need the USB extension cable.

Overall Review: This is a great tool for techs to have in their pocket. Works well under BackTrack 5, installs without drivers in Windows, and it's super cheap. If they built a USB key and a screwdriver into it, it would be the perfect PC troubleshooting tool.

11/29/2011
Most Critical Review

Headache Maker

NETGEAR FVS318N-100NAS ProSafe Wireless-N 8-port Gigabit VPN Firewall
NETGEAR FVS318N-100NAS ProSafe Wireless-N 8-port Gigabit VPN Firewall

Pros: On paper, this router is worth twice the price.

Cons: This thing was my worst nightmare for almost a year. Sometimes it wouldn't broadcast SSID. Sometimes it wouldn't broadcast wireless at all. Resetting would help for a day at first, then just a few hours. A few months in, the wired network stopped acting normal. DHCP would just not respond for 20 minutes unless I restarted. I couldn't do network backups because the network wouldn't stay up long enough to finish them. Firmware updates didn't help. I was resetting it 2 or 3 times a day when I finally replaced it with a Zywall.

Overall Review: If you buy this, budget a few hundred dollars for asprin.

Avoid

Corsair Nova Series 2 2.5" 60GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-V60GB2
Corsair Nova Series 2 2.5" 60GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-V60GB2

Pros: Benchmarks to spec when it's just out of the box. You can tell your friends you have an SSD. It's so light, you can mount it with tape.

Cons: Real-world performance is not good.

Overall Review: I decided I would experiment with SSDs when I could get one for under $100, so this was my first. I installed it first as a non-system drive, benchmarked it and transfer rates were right at SATA II maximum speeds. So I installed my OS on it, thinking I would get a snappier response and boot times, but the install process was slow and booting actually took about 10 seconds LONGER than my 7200 RPM drive. I thought this might be some installation botch, so I moved it to swap file duty instead, until it got so slow I couldn't stand it. I thought I was losing my mind. Then I read the other reviews here, and I am glad to see it's not just me. Spend more if you have to, but get a different drive.

11/29/2011

Good Value

Rosewill RCX-Z80-AL 80mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
Rosewill RCX-Z80-AL 80mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

Pros: Fan works as expected.

Cons: The aluminum sink is taller but much less effective than my stock 939 sink. I ended up blowing the dust off the old fins and mounting the new fan on it.

Overall Review: I was nervous to try any brand cheaper than this one.

Value SSD

Corsair Nova Series 2 2.5" 60GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-V60GB2
Corsair Nova Series 2 2.5" 60GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-V60GB2

Pros: It's fast, it's big enough for an OS plus most programs, and it's at a good price point. I don't need to upgrade my power supply and its basically room temperature all the time.

Cons: It's not as fast as the box says it is. I benchmarked it at 230MB/sec read, which still destroys my RAID 0 array. No cable included.

Overall Review: This is so small I just taped it into a corner of my desktop case. Comes with screws.

Meh

Tooluxe 130-LED Rechargeable Cordless Work Light with Stand
Tooluxe 130-LED Rechargeable Cordless Work Light with Stand

Pros: It can run for 3 hours on one charge and doesn't get hot.

Cons: It's not that bright. It's bigger than the classic painter's light but it's nowhere near as bright. You couldn't paint a small room with less than half a dozen of these. This is not a dim worklight, it's a big flashlight. The hardware is a bit flimsy feeling. The battery is built in to the body of the light, so even though the LEDs may last forever, I expect this will go in my parts bin in 3-4 years. The A/C connection is a wall-wort and the cable isn't very long.

Overall Review: The first time I turned it on, some of the LEDs didn't light up. Right now they are all working fine. It seems to be about 6-7000k. The light has a blue cast when you compare it to regular tungsten worklights. It might be useful for outdoor filmmaking if you have camera that's good in low light. The lens does a decent job of concentrating the beam.