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Timothy I.

Timothy I.

Joined on 01/17/04

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Excellent and humungous

XTRAC PADS Ripper RIPPER XL Optical Mouse pad
XTRAC PADS Ripper RIPPER XL Optical Mouse pad

Pros: This mouse pad tracks perfectly (just like my old X-trac). I wouldn't expect otherwise. It's big enough that I let a little hang off the edge so that my arm isn't touching the table.

Cons: N/A

Overall Review: I'm using a Logitech G5 Laser (rev. 2 -- the blue one) On a side note, we really don't need to see your full system specs for a mouse pad review. Just tell us what type of mouse you are using. In order to help people get a sense of the size of this mouse pad, I've taken a picture of my old mouse pad, my mouse, a $20 bill, and the Ripper XL. I hope that helps you make your decision! Newegg: let us upload pictures please. Then I wouldn't have to make a .wmv out of a picture.

12/17/2009

Excellent Wired HTPC

ZOTAC NM10-A-E-ION Intel Atom D510 (1.66GHz, dual-core) BGA559 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU / VGA Combo
ZOTAC NM10-A-E-ION Intel Atom D510 (1.66GHz, dual-core) BGA559 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU / VGA Combo

Pros: Plays 1080p mkv without stuttering. I'm currently using XBMC. I did not test any extremely high bit-rate movies. However, my current collection of 1080p movies play perfectly.

Cons: Could not find any wake-on-USB settings in the BIOS. So, I don't think it will power on from a cold boot. I get around this by just keeping the device in standby and using my MCE remote to wake up. Not worth taking an egg off, but certainly something to think about.

Overall Review: HTPC Setup: Rosewill RS-MI-01 Case Scythe S-FLEX SFF80B 80mm Case Fan Western Digital Caviar Green 800 GB Hard Drive 4 GB DDR2 800 Windows 7 Pro x64 XBMC - at the time of my build, you needed a nightly build to get hardware video acceleration under Windows. The previous reviewer complains about the wireless reception. I haven't tested that as I run wired to my gigabit network.

Cool/Quiet power

Rosewill RS-MI-01 BK - Mini ITX Tower / Desktop Computer Case - 250W Power Supply with Two (2) SATA Connectors and One (1) 20 + 4-Pin Connector
Rosewill RS-MI-01 BK - Mini ITX Tower / Desktop Computer Case - 250W Power Supply with Two (2) SATA Connectors and One (1) 20 + 4-Pin Connector

Pros: Comfortably / Quietly cools and powers my HTPC: ZOTAC NM10-A-E-ION (D510 + PCI-E x1 ION Card) 800 GB WD Green (2) 2 GB DDR2

Cons: N/A

Overall Review: I took the advice of a few others and mounted an 80 mm fan on the side. I'm not sure if it was necessary, but I'd like to keep the ION fan from spinning up since it has the potential to be loud. I also mounted the hard drive in the 3.5" bay instead of vertically on the side of the case. I feel that promotes airflow. I can't comment on the brightness of the LEDs because I have them disconnected.

WRT54GL + Tomato Firmware

Linksys WRT54GL 802.11b/g Wireless Broadband Router up to 54 Mbps/ Compatible with Open Source DD-WRT (not pre-load)
Linksys WRT54GL 802.11b/g Wireless Broadband Router up to 54 Mbps/ Compatible with Open Source DD-WRT (not pre-load)

Pros: There's not much to say about this router that hasn't been said already. After using various iterations of this model and several different 3rd party firmwares, I have come to the conclusion that the feature-set of this router and the Tomato firmware makes this a great access point (I let my ISP handle the routing and my switch handle wired connections).

Cons: N/A