Date Joined: 02/28/05
Pros: Cheap and reliable
Cons: Caps need to be a tad tighter...
Pros: About my 5th Belkin surge protector. It's the best last thing to buy for a kid off to college. Gotta protect that Macbook, printer, phone charger, alarm clock, coffee maker, hair straightener, black light, guitar amplifier, blender, rice cooker, popcorn maker...
Cons: nada nada limonada
Pros: Keeps laptop cool and provides a nice typing angle with the extendable legs. Best cooler I have used.
Overall Review: Zalman did a nice job RMA-ing my last cooler based on the feedback given below.
Pros: Snap to install in HP DV6 AMD machine. Boots to Ubuntu 12.10 login screen in about 10s. Shutdown in 3-4s. Added max RAM and the combo makes this mid-range machine a little screamer. Nice bump in battery performance too.
Overall Review: Follow the guides to optimize Ubuntu/Linux SSD performance -trim, swappiness etc. Look at Easy Linux Tips on Sites to get a running start. 30 minute project to get your box optimized.
Pros: Good for a big hand, great tracking & very comfortable
Cons: Battery life is less than 3 days of normal office use.
Broken at exactly 18 months --throws random left clicks.
Overall Review: Extremely dissatisfied with this mouse.
Looks and feels like it should be a great product but it fails the most fundamental requirement: durability.
Pros: Size, room to cable, easy latches on both doors. Clickable grates. Removable rack #2. Big space for long graphic cards. Rubber grommets everywhere.
Cons: 1. Front intake fan had bad bearing at 6 months.
2. Not enough space for modular power plugs on Corsair 750 if rack #2 mounted on case floor.
3. Not clear how to remove bottom drive rack without a drill...
4. Case materials are heat sensitive and tick and grumble throughout the day.
Overall Review: Vacillating between a 3 and 4 rating. If another flaw found then it becomes a 3 which means it serves as a 1 - 2 year case instead of long term solution.
Pros: Nearly silent replacement for the front intake fan on a Corsair 600T case that became unbalanced (tick, tick, tick...).
Cons: Would like mounting plastic on both intake and exhaust sides of fan.
Overall Review: 10 - 1 screws from HW store to make this an intake fan on the Corsair 600T. The 10 - 1 1/2 recommended for the HAF below will scrape your knuckles when replacing drives/drivebays on the 600T. Ouch!
Pros: Metal. Strong. Sized correctly. Zero vibration when installed.
Cons: Dang hard to set and tighten mounting screws. Can be a 2 person job depending on device being mounted.
Overall Review: Not many good options for upsizing a device for a 5.25 slot --this is probably your best bet just beware the small space you have to maneuver and set the mounting screws.
Pros: Lots of power, modular great for cable management and the long cables are great. Cable length x modularity are critical given my corsair 600 case. Nice and quiet.
Cons: Too much packaging. Cloth bad not necessary.
Pros: CAS is right, speed comes in at 1333 until tweaked. Works fine.
Pros: Perfect machine for older parents who are finally ditching their circa 2000 eMachine. Need light-weight computing platform for email, web and simple editing while retaining basic multimedia capabilities then this is your box. No moving parts (except fan and HD) is a big plus.
Cons: While I like the form factor it can be a bit confusing for olders to figure out buttons, USBs etc. Like most compute tech, though, its learned in 1 day.
Overall Review: Use a modded one of these at home for entertainment system running either Boxee or XBMC depending on whim in Ubuntu 10.10. Added 500g drive, Intel based WiFi and drilled the case for external antenna. Could have built a machine for same price but like the form factor and low power consumption.
Pros: Been using this goop for 10 years and it always does the trick.
Cons: Should sell smaller amounts at lower prices for individual builders.
Pros: Just works in XP -> W7, Ubuntu -> Ubuntu, XP -> Ubuntu, Ubuntu -> W7. Used across very old IDE and SATA drives. Fun days helping the family off old beat machines...
Cons: This product should come with a tech to do the dirty work of ripping out the old drives.
Pros: Simple to build, price point is/was right at $90 and gives some room to grow.
Cons: When will there be a better solution to back panels -sharp twisty little suckers.
Overall Review: Ubuntu 10.10 recognized all hardware -did not try SW based RAID which is always problematic.
Pros: Dropped this into a Revo 3610 w/ Ubuntu 10.10 as an XBMC/Boxee media box. Goes in fine and seems faster than original HD (also Hitachi).
Cons: I want the 16gbs and the 4gs. I want the white one...
Really none given the price.
Pros: Sounds great for its price. While quite big, not a problem given sound quality. Movie dialog sounds very clear and precise.
Cons: Need to upgrade my next set of speakers...
Pros: Old standby sdhc. Shoot lots of burst mode using Casio EX-FH100 at sporting events and these things just sop up all of the data you can throw at them. I shoot simultaneous raw + jpeg and these cards seems very reliable and fast.
Pros: Bought this for a friend's kid and stuck it into an old Toshiba. About the 10th set I have bought over the year --always works, always reliable.
Pros: Works with Casio EX-FH100 in burst, 720p and slo-mo modes. When shooting a high speed burst, 30fps @ 9mp, time to write is 4 - 6s. Shoot on average 900 photos and 25 1 - 3 minute vids with no problems so far.
Cons: Reliability will be the test but that's what warranties are for...
Pros: Plugs and runs reliably in Ubuntu Lucid Lynx at G speeds.
Cons: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS wireless support is all over the board. Looks like a fair number of regression errors in the release. G is fine but you either have to patch the kernel with the latest rt driver or wait and hope for updates to get N speed.
Pros: Great price, size and fine sound quality for a kid's room. Has enough clarity and boom to make a teenager happy in a 10 x 12 bedroom. These are a good first upgrade from laptop speakers without breaking the bank. Again, good price performer.
Pros: Lots of functionality, lots of options in the quick config. More than I need but nice when a fall back position is required. 'Complicated' got it right on the ATT DSL bridge settings. You may, however, have to set VPI/VCI which was 0/35 for Bay Area ATT.
Cons: Seems like a hot little sucker but I have no baseline to compare against.
Overall Review: Price cannot be beat given the level of functionality provided by Trendnet.
Pros: Reads and writes --don't know about rithmitic. Easy to install. Can do SDHCs quickly and accurately. USB and eSATA work as well.
Cons: USB cable barely long enough...
Overall Review: Easily recognized and fully compatible using Ubuntu Jaunty with tons of mods. A good bet for Linuxers out there.
Pros: Plenty fast, have reformatted it from fat32 to ntfs and ext3 and it continues to perform.
Pros: Keeps 7750 cool and runs very quietly. $ for $ a very good product. Kept a midrange CPU cool doing lots of video transcoding and demuxing before I threw a GPU into the box. Second time I have used this fan and would not hesitate to get it again.
Overall Review: It is tall, covers RAM slot 1 and takes a little bit of patience to ensure you have caught the plastic hook on the AM2 bezel during installation. I have decided to use the thermal grease pre-installed -will change if unhappy with performance long term.