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Michael V.

Michael V.

Joined on 04/10/01

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Most Favorable Review

Solid

Vantec EZ Swap 2  Internal Cartridge for 3.5" Aluminum Removable SATA Hard Drive Mobile Rack with Key and Fan - Model MRK-300ST-BK*C
Vantec EZ Swap 2 Internal Cartridge for 3.5" Aluminum Removable SATA Hard Drive Mobile Rack with Key and Fan - Model MRK-300ST-BK*C

Pros: Solid construction, looks nice.

Cons: Don't like the way the lock works when you try to pull the tray out without unlocking it first. It pushes the plastic out to the side.

Overall Review: Best built removable tray I've seen and I've tried a few others. Worlds above the Kingwin garbage I tried last time.

12/29/2006
Most Critical Review

This is the E4200V2, not E4200

Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Well...it's the V2 so I guess a Pro would be it is normally more expensive. Range is better than WRT54GL it replaced. Wireless speeds are pretty fast.

Cons: I wanted to put DD-WRT on it but since it's the V2 I can't do that. I wouldn't have bought it if I had known it wasn't the old E4200. Wired throughput does not seem to be as good as my old router when using bittorrent, but I'm not sure about that yet since it could just be the torrents I'm downloading now that are slow.

Overall Review: If Newegg is going to differentiate the two models then they should make sure they're giving the customer the model they're advertising. I expected to put DD-WRT on this device since it has always been more stable than factory firmware for me.

12/30/2011

Changed my mind...this thing sucks

Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Works for web surfing. Has gigabit connections.

Cons: I previously gave this device 3 eggs. For the price they're charging, it doesn't deserve 1 egg. My VPN connection using Cisco VPN client and Cisco VPN hardware at work drops about every 20-40 minutes with different error messages. It never did this with my old Linksys WRT54G and has done it consistently since I "upgraded" to the E4200v2. The wireless connection never drops but something is going on. Of course I can't get any meaningful log information because of the awful software. Cisco needs to sell off Linksys, they suck at consumer products. What an overpriced piece of JUNK!

Not bad...once you get the OS installed

GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Hopefully can play blu-ray once I get a drive. Has a lot of features.

Cons: Took me 10 hours to figure out that the reason my Vista install was failing was that I needed to have a Vista SP1 disc. It kept failing at Completing installation...There's nothing that I can see anywhere that mentions the need for SP1. The OS was very slow to install also, probably about an hour each time except when I tried it with a 7800GTX video card in which case it got to the failure point in about 20 minutes. Oh yea, I get pink artifacts when I hook it up with HDMI to my LVM-42W2, I don't get these when I use my HD-DVR/Cable Box. I read that it only puts out 2 channel audio over the HDMI cable, so there's really no point in using HDMI.

Overall Review: I might rate it higher if it wasn't such an ordeal to get it built and if the HDMI didn't put pink pixels on my screen. I'm using DVI now, hoping that HDCP will work when blu-ray drive prices come down a bit more.

best board ever

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Has everything I wanted, nothing I didn't. RAID works great for me, though I didn't install windows on the array. Easiest overclocking I've ever seen on a board. Seems to be very stable and built well.

Cons: Is more expensive than a P5K-E. It matters which ports you have your sata drives in. Wouldn't let me see one of my drives in hitachi drive utility until I put the RAID drives on ports 0 and 1 instead of 2 and 3.

Overall Review: Very happy with my purchase.

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ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 PWM 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 PWM 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler

Pros: Keeps the cpu as cool as the most expensive coolers, has built in fan with blue led.

Cons: Base is not perfectly flat, has some small ridges and mine had a gouge in it. Chrome plating on base looks cheap. Is way too loud for me except on LOW but still cools great at that speed. Motherboard can't seem to control the fan speed.