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Lance M.

Lance M.

Joined on 04/10/01

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Most Favorable Review

Very nice Power Supply

PC Power & Cooling ZT Series 750 Watt 80+ Bronze Fully-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ-ZT750W)
PC Power & Cooling ZT Series 750 Watt 80+ Bronze Fully-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ-ZT750W)

Pros: I regularly build computers. My latest rig I built for myself is a beast: System Spec: Motherboard: MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Processor: Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 HD 1: OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC HD 2: Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Additional NIC: Rosewill RC-400 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI V2.2, 32/64-bit, 33/66MHz Networking LAN Card DVD: SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support - OEM Power Supply: OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply Case: Antec One Hundred Black Steel / Plastic This thing handles everything very well. Is fairly quite too.

Cons: I am at the tail end of the same month that I purchased the power supply. It's taken me this long to piece together everything and give it a good week of hard-core gaming (Crysis, BF3 and Skyrim all running on Ultra settings) to truly test it's worth. Ok, it's time to send in the rebates, otherwise I would not be able to send it back to NewEgg in case of an issue. Guess what I find out?!?! OCZ has put a 21 day (including weekends) limit on when I can send in the rebate form FROM THE DAY OF PURCHASE!!!!! Come-on guys! I am happy with the power supply, however I feel that you ripped me off on the rebate....the rebate was a definite factor in my purchase of your product. The freggin rebate period is even still active! I'll think twice about ever considering a purchase from OCZ if it has a mail-in rebate.

Overall Review: When I say this is fairly quite...consider that the computer sits on the desktop to the side of my monitor. If I say it's quite, I mean it. I'd give 5 eggs for the power supply performance, however OCZ in general is loosing an egg from me for it's rebate restriction. 5 eggs for NewEgg though.

12/31/2011
Most Critical Review

Works well enough, not perfect.

HDMI KVM Switch 4 Port Dual Monitor 4K 60Hz, 4x2 PC Monitor Keyboard Mouse Selector with Audio and 2 USB 2.0 HUB
HDMI KVM Switch 4 Port Dual Monitor 4K 60Hz, 4x2 PC Monitor Keyboard Mouse Selector with Audio and 2 USB 2.0 HUB

Pros: Works well enough for KVM operation. The additional USB 2.0 ports (2 of them), which are on the front of the unit, are handy. I was able to plug in my aux number-keypad into it with no issues.

Cons: The switched audio port outputs a high pitch whine. I tested to see if it was my computer speaker system by hooking up a different speaker (a high quality BOSE speaker) and it also has the same high pitch whine. So it's the box or the cable that is provided between the PCs and box that is picking up the noise.

Overall Review: Useful. Not sure if it's a CON or just a fact of the device, there is about a 4-5 second switchover delay but that is acceptable to me. I don't particularly like that the keyboard and mouse ports are on the front of the unit. I'd have preferred that they were on the back with the ports for the monitor. Still, acceptable though. I'd like to be able to disable the switch over beep. I found that my particular keyboard, a Corsair, I had to disable the HOT KEY option on the bo. Otherwise it streams out repeated keypresses (1st key press fine, second keypress streams keys presses off the window). Before purchasing, however, I read that someone fixed an issue with their keyboard in the comments, though, by turning off the hot key option, and that worked for me. Not sure what is up with that option. UPDATE 15 days after installation (4/15/2022): It's still very useful...however it's quite finiky. about 1/2 the time it doesn't bring up both monitors after switching. I can usually recover by unplugging from the KVM the specific monitor cable for a moment and replugging it back in. It'll then usually turn back on. Also the keyboard and mouse have not recovered after a switch action from time to time (a couple of times a day. I've considered replacing it with an RMA, however they want all boxes from the original unit, and I believe my wife has already disposed of them, so NewEgg may have choked me out on this, plus since I work at home, being without now that I completely reconfigured my office is no longer much of an option (A crossship would be best). I'm quite disappointed in how NewEgg has changed their customer policies over the years. They used to be my main suppliers, but no longer (heck, I remember when they'd even provide goodies like mouse pads, emblem towels, mugs and stuff just for your order, for free).

Wonderful wonder router.

NETGEAR FVS318 ProSafe VPN Firewall Switch
NETGEAR FVS318 ProSafe VPN Firewall Switch

Pros: -This thing is rock solid. I've had it for seven years now and it's still going strong (however it isn't my primary router as of this year due to upgrading network for WiFi). -Wonderful administration interface.

Cons: -Lost one port (port 8) after about 3 years, but all other ports work.

Overall Review: -I've remember that this router had a lifetime warranty when I bought it originally (2005) but that looks to have changed now according to what I see on this site now. -You should take from this review that even though I've lost a port, I still will sing this thing praises, that's how good I feel of a product it is. -I wish oh how I wish that they made this with WiFi or else I'd have stuck with it for my primary router.

11/22/2013

Good and Bad

NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Pros: -Excellent WiFi range on 2.4 GHz, darn near to the end of the city block. -I like the interface to this router. -Nice footprint, though I wish I could hang it on the wall. -No external antennas.

Cons: -Poor WiFi range on 5.0 GHz, maybe 20-25 ft. -Nearly every time you power cycle this router, no matter if by the power button OR even REBOOT from being logged into the router, the power led flashes amber and the firmware becomes corrupted. Intermittently starts good if I leave it unplugged for a while, then plug in only the power, then WAN cable, then LAN wires, then it'll come up, This is the second N900 that I've had, both with the same problem however eventually I couldn't resurrect the first one any longer so took it back for this one, hoping that the first was a fluke. Nope, seems to be par for the course for this touchy piece of equipment.

Overall Review: If you never have a power failure in your house, or you very un-often change your settings that require a reboot of the router, then this thing is very fast. Thank goodness I keep a spare NETGEAR ProSafe VPN Firewall FVS318 (has one bad port out of 8, gonna have to RMA that some time, but it currently is very handy for a quick backup if need be like tonight. Other than the bad port, this thing has been rock solid, I only wanted to add faster WIFi to my network than what I have on my lan, have connected another old <another brand> WiFi router so added this N900). For added info, the first N900 I replaced after 1 month after updating the Firmware because it said it was available. This N900, I purchased in March 2013, It is now November 2013. It has acted this way since the day I bought it, but I figured I'd live with it as-is. I did NOT update the firmware on this one, however, even though it also says that there is an update (nope nope nope, not gonna do it).

11/22/2013

Ran good 1 1/2 year

PC Power and Cooling Silencer 760W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply
PC Power and Cooling Silencer 760W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply

Pros: Ran well for 1 1/2 years. Pretty darn quiet.

Cons: Ran for only 1 1/2 years.

Overall Review: Hopefully their warrantee will cover it. All of a sudden had bright POP and that was that.

11/12/2012