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William A.

William A.

Joined on 02/12/03

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Most Favorable Review

A very useful USB NIC

StarTech USB21000S Compact Black USB 2.0 to Gigabit Ethernet NIC Network Adapter
StarTech USB21000S Compact Black USB 2.0 to Gigabit Ethernet NIC Network Adapter

Pros: USB 2.0 Gigabit (although that's faster than USB 2.0, so you can't get the full benefit) Plug 'n Play Seems to handle jumbo frames without a problem No 'overrun' problems TX or RX ( so far, anyway) Works fine with Linux (Fedora FC 15, others), Win XP and Win 7 64-bit Good size (small) Easy set-up Transparent handling of full and half duplex Very good warranty

Cons: Not Free. Not USB 3.0 (but then I knew that before I bought it) Can't really think of any so far

Overall Review: I'm a computer sys architect, and I design systems (and implement the hard parts [i.e. the tricky code] myself). I work from home and have 3 lans to contend with. One to the office, one for backups, another one for printers (many computers, long story, don't ask). This is the 3rd NIC in my "office" XP laptop (wired, wi-fi, and now USB-NIC_, and it installed and was running in about 5 mins. THERE WERE NO PROBLEMS. So this wasn't the cheapest USB NIC on the site, but it works out of the box and was painless to install and works as advertised. I also tried it on a Win7 (64bit) box and it did the same. Because of other comments, I tried it on 3 Linux boxes (fedora FC15, rawhide, FC13). It worked just fine without having to recompile the kernels. So I'm a very happy camper and I would definitely buy this NIC again. I've used StarTech components before, and if this one holds up as well as that have, I'll be very happy for a long time. Definitely recommended.

Most Critical Review

Buyer beware - DOA

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

Pros: The one I bought new a few months back works fine. However there are NO pros to this one since it was dead out odf the box

Cons: It arrived on time (thanks, NewEgg). BUT it was DOA. I tried it in 4 machines (2 Win7, 2 Linux) and it doesn't register in any of them. I have to assume that although it's supposed to be "refurbished" the refurbishment didn't work. It's dead and I'll have to return it. So now I get the joy of returning it at my expense to get my money back. DEFINITELY NOT RECOMMENDED

Overall Review: I have another of these in a machine here (I'm make my living as a software architect and have several machine in my local lan in my (home) virtual office. So when I saw this I thought it was a good price and I ordered one. Big mistake. Now I'll have to pay to ship the dead board back to NewEgg. (I'll reserve comments on having to pay shipping to return a dead board.)

Frantastic keyboard UNLESS ...

Corsair CH-9000019-NA Vengeance K70 Mechanical Keyboard
Corsair CH-9000019-NA Vengeance K70 Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: This keyboard has absolutely the best touch of any I've ever used (in more than 30 years as a programmer, sysadmin, and sys architect). It also looks fantastic, and the backlighting is EXACTLY what I need and want. The barrel to control the audio volume is also about the best such "volume control" I've ever used. The integrated wrist-rest is perfect although the keyboard is just a bit taller than I would really like. Yes it does make a little sound when I'm typing - big fat hairy deal. It doesn't bother me - and since I work in a closed room most of the time, it doesn't bother anyone else, either. (Although I have been asked to put myself on mute on conference calls. But that happens with "silent" keyboards, too. Sigh.) I'd give it 6 stars if that were possible.

Cons: Unfortunately although it's supposed to work correctly with a KVM switch it doesn't. (This keyboard has a slider switch on the back which allows that.) In the 'bios friendly' mode it loses the N-key rollover feature, but I'm not a big-time gamer, so I though I could live with that. However, I am a fast typist and in this mode 2 things happen - first it will function "normally" for a time and then it will start delaying as if an internal buffer were trying to fill up - then the keystrokes come through in a burst. While I was typing the word "through" just then, it happened. I sas "thr" on the screen and then a moment later "ough in a" came through in a burst. If I hadn't been looking at the screen I might not have noticed it - but I dont think this keyboard plays nicely with an IOGear GCS1104 KVM switch :-(. It may be related, but as I said I'm a pretty fast typist and when I hit two keys too rapidly, one of them gets lost sometimes. (I did try plugging the keyboard directly into one of my computers, and it worked flawlessly so I suspect its the kebboard/kvm switch interaction which is the problem.) Actually that is the ONLY negative thing I can say about this keyboard but it's a deal breaker for me and I will have to return it as I have 4 computers at my desk and I must use the KVM switch to keep it down to 1 monitor, 1 keyboard, and 1 mouse. :-(

Overall Review: I spoke with both Corsair and IOgear's tech support folks, and Corsair was very helpful - I had originally bought a K60 (which did NOT have the adapter switch and would NOT work with any KVM switch). They had recommended the K70 (or the K95 I *think*) because it had an adapter which should let it work with a KVM switch. I *did* try an old (store-brand) VGA-type KVM switch with it and that did work correctly so I think it's the specific switch I use. But my connections are all DVI and I'm not going to go back to VGA. Overall I'd LOVE to keep this keyboard, but the only thing I could do with it is give it to my wife and I was looking to replace the keyboard I'm now using (which is also mechanical but doesn't have a touch nearly as good as this one. If you DO NOT use a KVM switch, this is the perfect keyboard (IMHO) whether you are a programmer or a gamer (and honestly I don't think I know any programmers who **aren't** also gamers so that may be redundant) or a writer.

Beware of this drive

WD Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
WD Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: At this point I can't think of any.

Cons: This drive killed both of the MB's it was tried in. I don't need a second con. I needed to add another 1TB drive to a workstation, and when this arrived, I did the install just as I always do ... unplug, install, check connections, etc., close case, repower, get back to work. (I build 4-10 new machines a year and am VERY experienced. I even wear the anti-static wrist strap). After booting with the drive connected to the machine, the machine's MB can no longer recognize ANY sata drives. clearing cmos, loading "safe" defaults, reloading the bios, and everything else I tried failed. So I decided that the machine had probably been going bad and I hadn't noticed it. I put it in a second machine and booted. No warnings, no nothing. The machine will no longer even reacb POST. I just returned the drive but I'm out for 2 motherboards which it killed. I may have gotten a fluke, but this dirve killed 2 high-quality mobo's and now I have to replace them. :-(

Overall Review: Between home and office, I have built over 100 systems in the last 15 years (for self, family, friends, and the office). And I have used about a dozen of the WD black label drives in the last 2 years. This is the first one which has ever given me a single problem. What hacks me off the most is that the warranty on ANY drive covers ONLY the drive - NOT the damage it may do. I will probably still buy WD drives and will most likely still buy from NewEgg (this was my first bad experience). But I will carefully burn in and test any more WD drives in an old "expendable" machine before putting them into a production workstation..

Good memory but first Kingston problem ever

HyperX Blu 4GB DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C9D3B1/4G
HyperX Blu 4GB DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C9D3B1/4G

Pros: It works as advertised and the one which passed memtest86 is great. Good price, too.

Cons: After building a little over 100 systems in 20 years, this is the first piece of Kingston memory I've ever had which failed (going all the way back to 1mg sim days). I'm returning it for another.

Overall Review: My oroginal order came in 2 days instead of 3. Great job NewEgg. However, having to pay shipping to return a defective product is ... well, unpleasant at best. NewEgg should really reconsider their policy on that issue.