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Ryan L.

Ryan L.

Joined on 04/27/05

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Most Favorable Review
Coboc CL-AD-DP2HD-6-BK DisplayPort to HDMI Passive Video Adapter Converter w/5.1 Channel Audio Support - Black
Coboc CL-AD-DP2HD-6-BK DisplayPort to HDMI Passive Video Adapter Converter w/5.1 Channel Audio Support - Black

Pros: DP connector is small and so is the HDMI side. Much less likely to be physically broken than dongle type convertors. Works great for switching the DP++ ports on my ThinkServer TS140 to HDMI for outputting to my TV.

Cons: None than I've found so far.

Overall Review: Shipping not free, but Newegg already knocked the price down to $7.99, so I can't complain.

Most Critical Review

No Audio!

Nippon Labs AD-DPM-HDMIF DP DisplayPort Male to HDMI Female 1080P Adapter Converter
Nippon Labs AD-DPM-HDMIF DP DisplayPort Male to HDMI Female 1080P Adapter Converter

Pros: Small, probably works fine for video. Gold plated connectors.

Cons: No Audio support. More expensive than other adapters that support audio.

Overall Review: Not worth the time or money to send it back to NewEgg for a refund. I assumed it supported audio. My fault, should have read the reviews before ordering it. Saw 5 eggs and added it to my cart.

Great for HTPC

Logitech Recertified 920-003070 K400 Wireless Touch Keyboard with Built-In Touchpad for Internet Connected TV's
Logitech Recertified 920-003070 K400 Wireless Touch Keyboard with Built-In Touchpad for Internet Connected TV's

Pros: Small keyboard with integrated touchpad. Perfect for home theatre PC's. Touch pad supports multi-touch. I purchased a refurbished unit for $25. No problems with it, looks new. The keyboard actually has all the F Keys, some of the others I was looking at didn't. No software required to make this work.

Cons: The touchpad buttons feel a bit flimsy.

Overall Review: I unboxed, installed the batteries, plugged in the receiver and expected it to work. I didn't. Of course there was a simple fix. I had to flip the switch from off to on. That threw me for a second since none of my wireless keyboards have an on/off switch.

Works!

Nippon Labs AD-DPM-HDMIF DP DisplayPort Male to HDMI Female 1080P Adapter Converter
Nippon Labs AD-DPM-HDMIF DP DisplayPort Male to HDMI Female 1080P Adapter Converter

Pros: Smaller than most dongles. Gold plated contacts. Supports video and audio pass through when connected to my DisplayPort++ port.

Cons: The dongle design is prone to breaking due to how far it protrudes from the back of the computer. Less than ideal if the back of your computer is close to contacting anything.

Overall Review: After reading the reviews I was concerned that I bought an adapter without audio support. Another reviewer posted that this doesn't support audio. After trying it out on my new HTPC I can confirm that it does work with both audio and video. That said, I purchased another DP to HDMI adapter that has the "short cable" design so that I won't break it and also give me more clearance on the back of the computer.

Unreliable

TOSHIBA MK5061GSYN 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive
TOSHIBA MK5061GSYN 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Decent performance

Cons: Premature failure. Worked for 2 months, then failed completely.

Overall Review: Received this from Dell under warranty when then original drive in a Precision laptop stared to fail. Dell sent this drive out as a replacement, it didn't last. We got another under warranty, same model. It hasn't died yet, but we are counting the days and backing up religiously. The failure of this drive caused data loss, because Carbonite wasn't doing it's job.

Nice entry level server.

Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX100 S3 Tower Server System Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz 4GB ECC (2 x 2GB) 1x250GB SATA II 3.5" 7200RPM VFY:T1003SX010US
Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX100 S3 Tower Server System Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz 4GB ECC (2 x 2GB) 1x250GB SATA II 3.5" 7200RPM VFY:T1003SX010US

Pros: I got this server on sale for $299. This system is far more capable than any Atom server or AMD box at that price. The i3 is more that enough for most needs. The server exceeded my expectations. I'd buy another tomorrow if they come back in stock and go on sale. iSCSI booting from the onboard NIC is a nice bonus.

Cons: I managed to get my system to hang by changing my BIOS to use UEFI boot while the iSCSI boot feature was enabled. This renedered the system unusable until I upgraded to version 1.8 which addresses this bug.

Overall Review: I almost bought two, I wish I had. I plan on running Hyper-V 3.0 with Vyatta, Server 8 and CentOS runnnig as guests.