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Zeke D.

Zeke D.

Joined on 06/09/03

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Most Favorable Review

Impressive

APEVIA X-QPACK-BL/420 Black/Blue Aluminum Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case 420W Power Supply
APEVIA X-QPACK-BL/420 Black/Blue Aluminum Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case 420W Power Supply

Pros: First off - I love this case! MY OWN Q-box X2 3800+, 7800GT etc. No problem! Passed my three week torture test. PWR Supply SPECS 3.3V@31A, 5V@29A, +12V1@14A, +12V2@16A, -5V@0.3A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@2A This IS a high end supply!

Cons: Aluminum shavings WILL be produced when installing screws the first few times. Be meticulous and prethread as well as clean throughout the case.

Overall Review: I have lost count of the systems I have built with the X-Qpack. The power supply is much better than the outdated/incorrect Aspire web site specs and all the negative posts here would indicate. I have finally built one of these just for ME, and another batch of NewEgg parts are on the way for a second identical system.

Most Critical Review

Bug E BIOS

GIGABYTE GA-K8N51PVMT-9 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-K8N51PVMT-9 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Update Has all the features I want, minus any memory and voltage tweaking. Looks good on paper.

Cons: BIOS is a buggy pile To get consistant posts, I had to enable Power ON by Keyboard. It will not power on by keyboard, but at least it will post - with exceptions. If you unplug/replug the beast, it won't always post. Hold the power button 5 seconds to power down, hit the power button again and it will post. To recognize new hardware, you might try pluging and unpluging the power several times. BIOS lost IDE 0 drives, and clearing CMOS didn't help. Unplug/plug AC cord several times and IDE 0 drives magicaly came back.

Overall Review: I have NEVER seen such a horridly buggy BIOS make it in to production. If BIOS is ever fixed, this board would be OK. Not worth buying at this time.

12/27/2005

Very decent tablet

ASUS Google Nexus 7 Tablet 32GB - Brown
ASUS Google Nexus 7 Tablet 32GB - Brown

Pros: Goldilocks sized tablet for me, (just right). Hardware is top notch with power to spare, which makes using the device a pleasure. Google updates and Google store are smooth. Cloud recovery works fine. Screen is incredible. My eyes don't tire from watching video on this. Battery life is true to its claims.

Cons: Speaker size and placement makes just about anything you listen to sound poor, plenty loud. External speakers/headphones required for good audio experience, same as most media devices this size. No rear facing camera.

Overall Review: Purchased three of the Nexus 7's and one Nexus 10. Gave all but one Nexus 7 away as gifts. The Nexus 10 shows how to do proper speakers. Prefer the battery life and size of the 7. Get an OTG cable and use USB devices for added flexibility. External USB webcam can work through OTG cable, which is actually really nifty for remote monitoring and inspection, (very slight lag). Bluetooth speakers and mouse/keyboard combo work well together. WiFi is very good with weak signal hotspots. GPS is very good, just save the maps to the device and your good to go. Magnetic compass is good, some apps integrate sensor samples better, providing better compass readings.

Very Pleased

EVEREX Laptop XT5000T AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-50 (1.60GHz) 1GB Memory 100GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 17.0" Windows Vista Home Premium
EVEREX Laptop XT5000T AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-50 (1.60GHz) 1GB Memory 100GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 17.0" Windows Vista Home Premium

Pros: Performance and price. This is my main machine and it rarely gets turned off since Feb 07. Designed my house with it and am sitting in the side yard on strong WiFi. Music is crystal clear.

Cons: IR port on the front is a dummy, no IR. Vista pre-loaded. Refund on OS was not easy. Installed XP Pro with some Google/Everest help locating drivers. Jungle ants like to eat something inside. Sound could be a bit louder.

Overall Review: Tried Ubuntu Fawn, went back to XP for now. The industry needs to support Linux drivers. 3D hardware helps my CAD a bunch. I'd like longer battery life, can buy additional hard drive later.

Remove Vista and enjoy!

COMPAQ Desktop PC Presario SR2150NX(RR790AA) Celeron D 356 (3.33GHz) 512MB DDR2 120GB HDD ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 Integrated Windows Vista Home Basic
COMPAQ Desktop PC Presario SR2150NX(RR790AA) Celeron D 356 (3.33GHz) 512MB DDR2 120GB HDD ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 Integrated Windows Vista Home Basic

Pros: Some really good hardware for a really good price. Runs fantastic with XP. Don't know about Vista because I formatted the drive right away. Formats very quick and easy, a most pleasing Vista experience is to see FDISK make it go away.

Cons: Vista. It is just evil in so many ways. There needs to be an easy way to get a flippin refund on MS software (Vista). Sales folk think it strange when I ask to have Vista removed, a refund or a credit. Make it a common request folks, please.

Overall Review: Xp needs drivers for ATI 200 IGP, Realtek ALC888 audio and the Conexant D850 modem. Sabayon 3.2 Linux LIVE took to it well. If it was a box for me, Linux would be on it, not MS. Solid little box, if we all avoid Vista.

Stay clear of NewEgg Refurbished

ASRock K7S41GX 462(A) SiS 741GX Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock K7S41GX 462(A) SiS 741GX Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Quick and easy setup. Excellent price, good sound.

Cons: Only three USB ports work, and then only with Legacy and USB2.0 disabled in BIOS. One from each row on the back, and one internal off the motherboard header. Considering the positive feedback, I chalk this up to a QA failure, putting truly defective materials back for sale as functioning refurbished items.

Overall Review: I bought two of these refurbished. Big mistake. Both have the exact same USB issue stated above. Separate machines several fresh installs of XP Pro and XP Home. The identical USB ports are similarly whacked/unusable on both boards. My suggestion to all, don't EVER buy refurb from NewEgg. Enough QA failures to go around, no resolution.