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Marla M.

Marla M.

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Great basic SFF computer

ASRock DESKMINI A300W AMD Socket AM4 AMD A300 1 x HDMI Barebone System
ASRock DESKMINI A300W AMD Socket AM4 AMD A300 1 x HDMI Barebone System

Pros: Was a very easy build. Put an Athlon 200GE, 16 GBs of G-skill Ripjaws 2400 RAM, and a 240 GB SSD in it. The RAM amount was overkill but it was on sale. Using it for surfing and streaming on a 1080p TV. It is very small and unobtrusive. It is running cool and quiet. The ventilation is very good for an SFF. This one includes the wi-fi card.

Cons: Better documentation would be nice. The wi-fi instructions are on a sticker and could be better. Clip the wires on to the wi-fi board before installing it in the socket. Also, the hole for the socket screw had a teeny tiny plastic cover that was unseen at first and kind of hard to peel off.

Overall Review: The stock Athlon CPU cooler fit with no problems. Windows 10 home installed with no problem. I did flash the BIOS because a much newer version is available. Also downloaded and installed all drivers from ASRock and AMD websites. Great value for the money. I recommend it for an inexpensive, basic computer build.

Great budget monitor

VIOTEK NB32CB 32-inch LED Curved Professional Monitor, Bezel-less Samsung VA Panel, 75Hz 1080P Full-HD FreeSync VGA HDMI VESA, 3 Year Warranty
VIOTEK NB32CB 32-inch LED Curved Professional Monitor, Bezel-less Samsung VA Panel, 75Hz 1080P Full-HD FreeSync VGA HDMI VESA, 3 Year Warranty

Pros: The picture and color reproduction are very good. I have used it for 1080P gaming (mostly older games like Mass Effect, Serious Sam, and some Call Of Duty titles) and it works well. I also use it a lot for Word, Excel, reading magazines/newspapers online, and Youtube. The content is crisp and clear. I really like the curved screen. It seems to draw me in more to the action than my old one. It was very easy to set up and it is very stable. I am not worried about my cats knocking it over. It's a very solid base.

Cons: As far as the speaker issue mentioned by other reviewers, I think they are right and it doesn't have speakers. I didn't even check because I have my computer hooked up to my 2.1 Logitech speakers so that was not a selling point for me. For someone using it in an office type setting that might be an issue.

Overall Review: This was an incentivized review, but all the incentive got me to do was take the time to post a review. I really like my monitor. I have been using the monitor for two months and it is one of the best monitors I have ever owned. I have spent more on other "budget" monitors and was not as happy with them as I am with the VIOTEK NB32CB. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an excellent 1080P gaming monitor that is also well suited for office work at a budget price. It is well worth the money.

Works great with ASRock X370 Gaming K4

Team T-Force DARK 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Memory (Desktop Memory) Model TDRED416G3000HC16CDC01
Team T-Force DARK 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Memory (Desktop Memory) Model TDRED416G3000HC16CDC01

Pros: Just got it - pulled the old 2400 RAM out and installed this. Booted back up and it is running at 2998 MHz without me doing anything. I am running with bios version P4.60 with a Ryzen 1700. Haven't run benchmarks yet, but my machine just feels snappier already. Definitely a great price for RAM right now. Hopefully, all RAM prices will return to normal soon. And it looks great with my black/red themed Mobo, case and lights.

Cons: None so far - will report back if I have any problems.

Overall Review: Highly recommend if you want to upgrade from slower 2400 RAM that you got when Ryzen first launched (because that is all that worked then). Make sure you update your Bios. Ryzen CPUs work best with dual channel and the higher the speed the better. This RAM will be great for new builds too.

Great tablet

TOSHIBA Thrive AT1S5-T16 NVIDIA Tegra 2 1.00GHz 1GB Memory 7.0" 1280 x 800 Tablet PC - Easy Grip Back Cover in Black Tie Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
TOSHIBA Thrive AT1S5-T16 NVIDIA Tegra 2 1.00GHz 1GB Memory 7.0" 1280 x 800 Tablet PC - Easy Grip Back Cover in Black Tie Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)

Pros: Only had it a couple days but so far everything is outstanding. Already had an Acer Iconia 500, which I love, but wanted something smaller to read books and be more portable. This is it. Picked it because it is actually 1280 x 800 and it is great. Comes with Netflix already installed but not a whole lot of crapware. If you've used Android before you're up and running immediately. Google market, A****n - Downloaded apps already had from there easily. Fits in one hand although for smaller hands like mine two will be necessary after a while. Very light to hold and good gripping surface. This is so like reading a paperback book. Can charge from USB or wall socket. Really good for those of us that don't use smartphones because of our eyesight but still want the benefits of a smaller Android device.

Cons: Rather large charger connector for the relative size but not heavy. Cord is a good length, especially compared to my Acer. Some apps that scale to my 10 inch Acer do not scale to this 7 inch. (Scrabble Free for instance). It is very pricey. I used Christmas money for an early present to myself. If I hadn't gotten my Acer at a sub $300 price in August, I would not be spending this much now. Hard to get out of the box lol!

Overall Review: For most people this comes down to the size you want in your tablet. The Thrive is definitely more portable and convenient so you are more likely to take it out of the house with you. The 10 inchers are great for sitting on the couch surfing, watching a movie in the back seat or on a plane, or doing a little office work. And you can do all of these things on the Thrive 7 in but it's not quite the same. Then again you can literally tuck the Thrive away anywhere and it beats the heck out of a smart phone. Games are better, reading is much better and any video is superior on the Thrive 7 in over any smart phone. Magazines look great. Decide what you want from your tablet and choose a size. Can't do much better than this one for a 7 inch with real HD and USB charging. Then again, this is Newegg - be a real geek, and get the Thrive and your 10 inch tablet of choice. I did and I'm as happy as can be!

12/21/2011

Meets all expectations and more

Acer Iconia Tab A500-10S16u NVIDIA Tegra 2 1.00GHz 10.1" 1GB DDR2 Memory 16GB Flash Tablet - Aluminum Metallic
Acer Iconia Tab A500-10S16u NVIDIA Tegra 2 1.00GHz 10.1" 1GB DDR2 Memory 16GB Flash Tablet - Aluminum Metallic

Pros: Comes with some great apps including a racing game and e-book readers, as well as YouTube. Lots more available on Android market and Axxxxn. Plays flash! Some of the apps are just for phones but I'm sure they will be updated to look better on the bigger screen. Right now I have more than enough to occupy me. Nvida has a game store for Tegra chipsets that has some pretty nice games. Connected right away to my password protected network and immediately started downloading the Honeycomb 3.1 update. Doesn't feel too heavy yet. Great for holding in your lap while watching TV so you can get additional content or info. Touch screen works great. It's 1280 x 800 for true HD, has a micro SDHC slot and has a full size USB port. I do not have a smartphone and have never used an Android device but have had no problem figuring it out. It just rocks. No chance for buyers remorse on this one. Don't expect it to be a replacement PC. It is an entertainment device that goes above and beyond.

Cons: The cord on the charger is the shortest I have ever seen. I knew it was short from other reviews but I had to laugh. You could actually have problems trying to set it on a desk and charge it depending on where your wall socket is. Just buy an extension cord when you get it.

Overall Review: One of the few items I have not gotten from Newegg. A brick and motor store was offering a $xxx.xx off coupon on tablets. They pretty much sold out but a competitor offered a competing coupon that had the Acer and one other brand. I drove 40 miles to get it and it is worth every penny at that price. Now that I have it I think it's regular price is a good deal. It's nice looking, well constructed, easy to use, and a much better value than the market leader. Buy this tablet - you won't be disappointed.

Screen resolution

ASUS Eee PC 4G Surf - Galaxy Black Intel Mobile CPU 7" WVGA 512MB Memory 4GB SSD NetBook
ASUS Eee PC 4G Surf - Galaxy Black Intel Mobile CPU 7" WVGA 512MB Memory 4GB SSD NetBook

Pros: Already posted a review, but just wanted to pass along this info - if you run Windows XP on the Eee PC you can run in 800 x 600 all the time (I do). You may have to change the settings when you start up (right click on the desktop and select properties or use the little icon on the toolbar), but it is available. Also, with Windows, if you connect to an external monitor, you can run at higher resolutions.

Cons: Still gets a tad warm but it's really not bad now with my passive cooler pad. Gigabyte makes one that is cheap and is the perfect size. Got it here at Newegg.

Overall Review: Still love it. Best money I ever spent on a computer. BUY IT!!