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Paul B.

Paul B.

Joined on 05/06/03

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review
EVGA GeForce 7800GS 256MB GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card 256-A8-N506-AX
EVGA GeForce 7800GS 256MB GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card 256-A8-N506-AX

Pros: A great AGP card that doesn't require it's own nuclear reactor to power. I previously had an ATI X1950 PRO 512MB AGP card. This card was flaky with the nForce 3 chipset on my motherboard as well as requiring a 450W, 12+ 30A power supply and generated a lot heat. After purchasing a new house an having a nice office now the ATI couldn't cut it as the room would heat up and the computer would reboot while trying to play any 3d game. I purchased this card to fix the issue. This card is a lot quieter than the X1950, runs cooler and only requires a 350W 12+ 18A power supply.

Cons: Yes the X1950 AGP cards are faster than the 7800GS cards but on average I've only seen a 4-5 FPS drop which is fine with the other trade offs.

Overall Review: If you are building a new computer get a PCI Express motherboard and card. However, if you just want to perform an upgrade to your AGP system to play newer games you have a choice. You can go for pure speed with ATI X1950 Pro AGP cards and deal with noise, heat, and likely needing to upgrade your powersupply. Or you can get with a nice NVidia card like this one. It's quiet, temp under full load is only slightly higher than the ATI under idle, and works just fine with my older power supply for a few less frames per second.

Most Critical Review

Another Brick

Linksys E3000-RM 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router
Linksys E3000-RM 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router

Pros: None

Cons: I should have listened to all of the other negatives but I figured they just had bad luck. Unpacked it and connected the power cable. Switched on the power switch and no lights turn on. I don't see how Cisco and seriously consider selling these as refurbished with the out of box failure rate looking like it is. I've bought refurbished items in the past and all of them have been flawless. I guess Cisco can't be bothered to have people actually try plugging in returns before trying to sell them again.

12/14/2011
SanDisk Ultra 8GB Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo Flash Card Model SDMSPDH-008G-A11
SanDisk Ultra 8GB Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo Flash Card Model SDMSPDH-008G-A11

Pros: I purchased this for use with my PSP. It worked right out of the package and delivers excellent read and write speeds.

Cons: None

BYTECC USB2-HD201 Black USB 2.0 Y cable, A male x 2 to Mini B male x1, for 2.5" Enclosure or USB2.0 Hub
BYTECC USB2-HD201 Black USB 2.0 Y cable, A male x 2 to Mini B male x1, for 2.5" Enclosure or USB2.0 Hub

Pros: I purchased an external HDD that had a laptop drive in it that could be powered solely via USB. The problem was that it came with two different cables to provide enough power for the drive to work. This cable works perfectly in letting the drive run while only hauling around a single cable.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I had a few problems with the drive getting enough power if I has the cable connect to the HDD first. If I instead plugged both plugs into the computer and then connected the HDD it works perfectly.

Great Keyboard that doens't have a messed up layout

Microsoft BX1-00005 Silver/Black 105 Normal Keys 22  + 1 Zoom Slider Function Keys USB or PS/2 Wired Standard Digital Media Pro Keyboard
Microsoft BX1-00005 Silver/Black 105 Normal Keys 22 + 1 Zoom Slider Function Keys USB or PS/2 Wired Standard Digital Media Pro Keyboard

Pros: The biggest pro of this keyboard is that the Insert, Home, and Page keys have the standard layout over the arrow keys. Sadly many companies are messing with the layout of these keys and it can mess with games that have default mappings to these keys. A real working function lock. Most keyboards that have function locks require you to turn them on before you can use the normal F-key functionality (Logitech I'm looking at you). This can be a major pain when you are trying to get into Window's boot menu with F8. This keyboard remembers the function lock's status even if it's completely unplugged there for it's permanently on for me.

Cons: The black bezel around the media keys is hard to keep free of finger prints. This makes the keyboard look a little dirty even when it's not.

Overall Review: Other people have written about the need to press the keys with a larger amount of force. I do find this to be the case; however, I'm one of the people who actually prefer the tactical feedback this give you. Finally, skip installing the software off the CD and just download the latest version here: http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/Download.mspx

D-Link DUB-H7 USB 2.0 7-Port Hub
D-Link DUB-H7 USB 2.0 7-Port Hub

Pros: 1) Compact in size 2) Port layout makes setup easy and allows for good cabling 3) Includes a nice long USB cable 4) Price after rebate is just as cheap as the no name models

Cons: None