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Michael H.

Michael H.

Joined on 01/14/11

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Most Favorable Review

Good Budget SSD

Intel 320 Series 160GB 2.5" SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive - SSDSA2BW160G3H
Intel 320 Series 160GB 2.5" SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive - SSDSA2BW160G3H

Pros: *Cheap. Other "reviewer" that bashed it, did report newegg had the price of $100 on this. Although some auction sites , you can get this specific drive for $0.50 p/ GB (so $80). *Speeds are right on. Advertised 270/165MBs-, and I am getting 252.6/169MBs- and that is doing a 1GB transfer, while OS is running, and when the drive already is 40% full using CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2. (Not like I have to use some special software, etc) *Very low power. I used this in my laptop to expect a 30min or less change, but I am getting 40min better battery life. See other notes.

Cons: *SSDs are not a nickle a gb yet, but I cant wait to live in the past, so..

Overall Review: *To the person that leaves a random comment, why? You diss a product from 5 stars to 3 by giving it one review, and you never even purchased it. Yes two months may be a little, but the odds are, either they updated the posting since they had an old batch to get rid of, people started some scam, or just because there is no reason for drives to simply die. *You have to understand, SSD's do not really make computers faster, but more the seek times and loading times. But yes that is the point of the drive. -But it is not like level in a game is going to play smoother given your not using a WD250MB along with a 486 cpu, but it will simply load the next layer/chapter/map/game entirely, etc faster. If you care so much, just make a ramdisk with any ram (as 1333mhz ram = 5332MBs transfer rate). *My laptop before was getting about 3 hours on battery with power saver on W7 x64, and a dim screen setting. I firstly swapped out ram (had 2x 2GB dimms) and changed it to 1x 4GB dimm. Which I figure would save me under the range of 0.5-1.5W and my reg 5400 drive spec sheet reads 1.5W active. The numbers would suggest I save 2.5W hour, but I know that after these changes, I am not getting 4-5 hours on the regular old battery that came with my used laptop.. And yes I plan on buying the extended battery to try to see how much I can get this to actually last (not just advertised speeds). *Also going on the idea of parts do not die, others would like to disagree, but there is always going to be a reason. Given I do not statically shock my drive, SSDlife reports this drive should last at current speeds until 2022.. But I never buy my drives in batches, to prevent my raid from dying in batches, nor do I sweep near my server or anything else that people never think about and then complain when their drives die all of a sudden.

Most Critical Review

Broke after 2 uses

IdeaWorks Super Bright Portable & Foldable LED Lamp
IdeaWorks Super Bright Portable & Foldable LED Lamp

Pros: *Newegg shipped it promtly *Worked for a about 2 uses

Cons: *Did not work on the third use.. *Tried to return it, but replacement cost more than the unit.

Overall Review: I tried both batteries and the usb power, but it probably had a bad solder joint.

So far so good..

PNY Optima SSD7SC240GOPT-RB 2.5" 240GB SATA III Synchronous-Mode Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
PNY Optima SSD7SC240GOPT-RB 2.5" 240GB SATA III Synchronous-Mode Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: *Speed: Crystal Disk Mark is reading 516MB/s and 305MB/s sequential write over 2GB. *Price: I paid $90 + tax. Even at $110, it is about the cheapest NEW Sata 3 SSD you can get @ <$0.50 *The power on count started at 0, which is good to see (it not being a refurb sold as new).

Cons: *Some people report this drive can fail suddenly, but that can happen with any drive. So like normal, I will make efforts to backup to my server a few times a week - but most of my work is saved to multiple locations anyway..

Overall Review: *Back when SSD's were just coming under $1 per GB, I remember getting one of MY first ones. Since then, I do not think I can go without one on my PC's. *This went into my current laptop, so that is fine my write is not 500MB/s+, it is the read that I simply wanted (so Windows can boot quickly when I come in late to my classes..).

Great if you can handle it..

ASUS RT-AC87U Dual-band 4x4 AC2400 4-port Gigabit Gaming Router with AiProtection Powered by Trend Micro
ASUS RT-AC87U Dual-band 4x4 AC2400 4-port Gigabit Gaming Router with AiProtection Powered by Trend Micro

Pros: *I have yet to have any issues with LAN connected devices. *Personally I have never had any issues with WiFi connectivity. The only problems I have can be traced back to the receiving device and not actually the router.. *Can do 3* 2.4Ghz guest networks and another 3* 5Ghz guest networks. This would be great if you ran a small to medium business or had enough people/devices. *The firmware seems to be stable after I got the update a few weeks after I got this unit. *The firmware itself has a lot of neat features like QOS where you can monitor your devices. Even little things like changing the logo/icon of the devices connected helps to manage the network a little easier. *Many outside features like the USB2/3, having the 4 antennas, dual connect a bandwidth heavy device to LAN, etc..

Cons: *My biggest pet peeve is the fact that I have to occasionally turn off/on my firewall on this. Otherwise, while inside my network, I am not able to go to my domain name which points inside my network to my "everything" server. But it works fine outside the network. I know this is caused by the router and my server being on port 80, but yet to have an update to fix it.

Overall Review: *I moved into my new place and had the ambition to simply future proof myself now. So I ended up getting one of the first sold for $300 (plus tax, since it was in store). *I will never use most of the features included, but it is nice to have a flagship router that does not need 3rd party firmware (in my case). Realize this has features for anyone from the consumer to the techies to the business place.. so sure a $100 router MAY have MOST of the features you need/want, but this will have literally have anything you could need for the next 1/2 decade. *I was really tempted to return this at first since it was a good chunk of money and did not seem worthwhile. But once you have a device that you can actually rely on, it is very worthwhile, imho.

Amazing Printer

Canon imageCLASS D530 (6371B049AA) Duplex Up to 1200 x 600 DPI USB Monochrome Laser MFP Printer
Canon imageCLASS D530 (6371B049AA) Duplex Up to 1200 x 600 DPI USB Monochrome Laser MFP Printer

Pros: *Cheap Cheap Cheap *Auto Duplex Printer *Monochrome - save $ rather then printing ads on pages in full color.. *Easy to use interface *Very easy to setup on server - I run CUPS on my Debian server and it was as simple as going to CUPS, selecting the device, and installing the driver. And now I have a network wireless printer (on my to-do list is to make it dedicated so I can print off-network). *2 Trays - main tray I use for regular paper, and the second tray I use for shipping labels. *CRISP blacks, this is especially nice for my USPS labels that I print. Plus it is repeatable, whereas inkjet printers tend to decide on how saturated the sponge is, or if it is the first print of the day. *Literally takes < 2 seconds if not less to come out of sleep (even setup in my network). I can print 5 pages (duplex) and the printer will be done by the time I walk into the room. *I paid $69.99 about 2 months before this review, and that came with the sample toner. I have gone through maybe 200-300 pages and the original toner is still going strong. *Cheap non-OEM toner, I am ordering a replacement toner now (I have seen them for ~$20 on newegg). When I use the non-oem I will try to track exactly how many prints it does and how long it was in the printer for and review on that too, but it may be a while as I do not use the printer much. *Good scanning, as much as you would expect from the $5000 standup printer stations.

Cons: *Even though it has two trays, I have yet to figure out how to tell the printer to use a specific one. As it simply checks the non-main tray first, if nothing is there, then it will use the main tray. But if there is something in the secondary tray (my printing labels) then it will print right onto those. It is simple enough, but it sucks if I forget to remove my labels.. maybe this option can be fixed in an update to software?

Overall Review: *If you know what you're doing, it is very easy to make this a "wireless" printer for your network. *Very cost effective. *Sure it does not do color, but do you really need it? And most cheaper laserjets will use a "one-toner-for-all-colors" kinda thing, but if one color runs out, you have to replace the entire thing.. not very efficient if you ask me. *They should make a coin-op attachment for this, it would be killer as these could be setup in a ton of public places that got rid of their expensive standup printers (like post offices/library). And trust me, I know it can be hard to find a public printer - even paid for ones.

Great keyboard

Logitech K350 Wireless Wave Ergonomic Keyboard with Unifying Wireless Technology - Black
Logitech K350 Wireless Wave Ergonomic Keyboard with Unifying Wireless Technology - Black

Pros: *I have had it for about 3 years so far *I think I replaced the battery once? - I never actually turn off the keyboard and use it daily. *Has an ergonomic feel without being obstructive - you can still use the WSAD keys without feeling like you're contorting your hand, but you can also type papers for hours without feeling hand cramps. *Many keys.. But a lot are programmable - I really only use the mute/calculator functions *Wireless, easy to move around on your desk, or if you get bored of typing in one position, it is easy to set the keyboard on your lap and keep typing. *Range, I believe I have used this from about 15ft at one point, but never needed anything more.

Cons: *It does not have a macro that will write my papers for me built in ;)

Overall Review: *I bought this as a pair with the keyboard/mouse for about $60 a few years back. I see the price has slightly gone up without a mouse, but it is still probably worthwhile. *Remember, the accessories make the computer come alive. *If you really need many extra keys for things like macros, you may as well get a separate device (I use the Logitech G13) and it works very well. More than likely if you use a keyboard for your macro's, hand-space will be limited very quickly.