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Scott O.

Scott O.

Joined on 03/04/04

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Most Favorable Review

Nice 24 inch TV

ViewSonic 24" 1080p LED-LCD HDTV - VT2406-L
ViewSonic 24" 1080p LED-LCD HDTV - VT2406-L

Pros: Good picture. Three HDMI ports. Sensible romote and manual (once it is printed out from DVD). Would definitely buy this set again.

Cons: Need to print out the manual (about 50 pages). Stand does not adjust either vertically, horixontally, or swivel. Not a problem for me, but this could be a problem for others depending upon set placement. Wish relative brightness were 350 rather than 250 cd/m2.

Overall Review: ViewSonic is a well respected name in computer monitors. It is part of Hitachi. This gives me more confidence than buying a Chinese brand that I have never hears of.

Excellent Case Overall

LIAN LI PC-A61B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI PC-A61B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: This is my third Lian-Li case, and it is the best one ever. It is very well designed and built, but naturally it is not "perfect."

Cons: Only serious flaw is that the off/on switch is cheap and flimsy. Instead of a push button arrangement (they always give trouble eventually) a rocker switch (of the type generally used in laptops would be a better choice. The slot for the optical drive was difficult to figure out. I installed my Blu-ray drive in one of the slots below it.

Overall Review: This case follows the current fashion for an "upside down" design with the power supply unit on the bottom rather than the top. As a traditionalist, I prefer the psu to be on the top. Instead of having a top mounted on/off button, I would like to simplify the wiring by just using the switch on a top mounted psu. Similarly I would prefer to forego the top mounted USB 3.0 and audio connectors in favor of the money being spent on more fans. USB and audio ports can easily be added by a front panel accessory.

Great DOCSIS-3 Modem

MOTOROLA SB6120 Cable Modem SURFboard eXtreme 160Mbps in DOCSIS mode and 195Mbps in EuroDOCSIS mode Ethernet Port DOCSIS 3.0
MOTOROLA SB6120 Cable Modem SURFboard eXtreme 160Mbps in DOCSIS mode and 195Mbps in EuroDOCSIS mode Ethernet Port DOCSIS 3.0

Pros: This is a great cable modem, primarily because it is about the only model on the market that supports DOCSIS-3. Comcast (my ISP in Washington, DC) has moved to DOCSIS-3, which is the primary reason I got this modem. As DOCSIS -3 enables channel bonding, remarkable speed increases are possible. Currently I am getting a rock solid 24-25 Mbps.

Cons: No cons so far.

Overall Review: Wish Motorola would offer a companion desktop and 4-port switch that would be in the same style and size as this mode. For aesthetic reasons, I prefer matching brands.

Good Basic Router

TRENDnet TW100-BRF114 Cable/DSL 4-Port Firewall Router 1 x 10/100Mbps WAN Ports 4 x 10/100Mbps LAN Ports
TRENDnet TW100-BRF114 Cable/DSL 4-Port Firewall Router 1 x 10/100Mbps WAN Ports 4 x 10/100Mbps LAN Ports

Pros: Router worked fine just out of the box. Furthermore, I liked the solid feel of its metal (rather than plastic) case. Its performance is similar to the gorpy looking ancient Linksys BEFSR41 router that I had previously. It is also more compact than the Linksys unit.

Cons: There is no way to set a user name, despite the firmware having a space to do that. However, a fairly strong password can be set essentially to overcome this issue. Router as shipped left port 113 turned off but not stealthed. Accordingly my system could not pass the Gibson Research Corp. Shields UP" true stealth test.

Overall Review: The firmware on the old Linksys BEFSR41 was somewhat complex and therefore a bit user hostile, but it did have more options for security.