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Ben G.

Ben G.

Joined on 08/22/03

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Works for some

ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK Black Intel Atom Dual Core N550(1.50 GHz) 10.1" WSVGA 1GB Memory 250GB HDD Netbook
ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-PU17-BK Black Intel Atom Dual Core N550(1.50 GHz) 10.1" WSVGA 1GB Memory 250GB HDD Netbook

Pros: Dual-core, good battery life, and battery saving options in Linux. Streaming a 720p movie from the internet was choppy, but it appeared smooth when it was coming off the disk and this machine is not made for that, so if you want streaming hd video look at the 1015PN despite its lower battery life.

Cons: VGA port is close enough to third USB port that even slightly bulky usb devices might be blocked if you have a monitor or projector plugged in. Mousepad size, listed as a feature, is actually annoying. Like someone else I'm coming from a 1000h, who's touchpad size never bothered me and manages to stay far enough away from the left side of the space bar for typing without accidentally tapping the touchpad. This touchpad is also level with the top of the keys and almost borderless with the space bar. Disabling tap-click is a solution I prefer not to use. Another listed feature is the keyboard but I find I can hit the edge of a key and press it until I hit the case(exposed between the keys) and the key never registers as pressed. Be on target. Last thing: the 1000h let you get to the hdd without voiding the warranty, this does not.

Overall Review: Had to update the bios to get my 2 gigs of ram working(KVR1333D3SO/2GR), but since then it has been fine. Wireless in Linux: had to get the brcm80211 module for wireless, the wireless button does not work out of the box(or possibly at all), and after a long suspend the wireless no longer works until restart(haven't tried anything else, maybe reinserting the module is the only necessary action). Battery in Linux: >10h. I did not find any battery saving features unavailable in Linux...using a powersave governor, disabling bluetooth and such, and running at minimum display brightness seem to be all that is needed. This series of Atom CPUs does not support the super-hybrid engine's(SHE) overclock and underclock from the Atom N270, so the kernel does not create the cpufv/SHE interface.

Perfect

Logitech M500 Black Tilt Wheel USB Corded Laser 1000 dpi Mouse
Logitech M500 Black Tilt Wheel USB Corded Laser 1000 dpi Mouse

Pros: Laser, freewheel scroll potential when you find a folder of 1000 images or long wiki pages, sidescroll potential, main 2 buttons go all the way for long-fingered folk, fast enough for gaming, back/forward buttons are nice for web browsing, and no red light coming out of the bottom.

Cons: Also a pro: no light coming out of the bottom. Not a biggie, I can figure out if the usb is providing power in other ways.

Overall Review: This is my upgrade for an mx510 which is at least 6 years old. The shape is very similar with less of an indent for the thumb. I do not miss the extra buttons around the scroll wheel from the 510, they just annoyed me.

Not bad

Rosewill RK-7431 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Super Slim Keyboard with Scissor-Key Switches
Rosewill RK-7431 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Super Slim Keyboard with Scissor-Key Switches

Pros: This keyboard is quiet, small, and easy on the fingers.

Cons: Tiny backspace key, two-row enter key, and backslash/pipe key was moved to left of the backspace. This is a problem in linux, especially as the normal | location is where part of enter is here. I continually mean to redirect output while hitting enter which floods my terminal with spam, and sometimes I hit backslash instead of backspace. The power light is very bright, too. I feel like it qualifies as a night light in any bedroom.

Overall Review: Rosewill made a great concept pretty bad by choosing an oversized enter key. If not for that I would probably use this keyboard to failure. Make one with the standard layout, Rosewill!

Kingston 2GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 Laptop Memory Model KVR1333D3SO/2GR
Kingston 2GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 Laptop Memory Model KVR1333D3SO/2GR

Pros: According to Memtest86 v4.00 I get 1981MB/s in my Asus Eee PC 1015PEM as compared to its original stick's(an ASint 1gig PC3-10600's) speed of 1831MB/s.

Cons: While I was hoping the single rank would mean single sided as well, it did not. There are 16 chips on the memory stick, just addressed as single rank x 8.

Overall Review: Had to update my 1015 PEM BIOS to version 0801.

10/26/2010

Not junk!

OCZ Diesel 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model OCZUSBDSL4G
OCZ Diesel 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model OCZUSBDSL4G

Pros: Sturdy case, about 10M/s write speed(just tested at 9.8), lanyard loop is larger than you might think for its low profile, and the activity light is very clear which helps prevent removal of the device while it is active. In over a year of ownership it has never corrupted a file or failed in any way.

Cons: I had to tie the lid to the lanyard connector because a small, clear cap is far too easy to lose, but there is still plenty of room for a lanyard or keyring. Not worth an egg as most capped thumb drives do not hold on to the cap.

Overall Review: I use linux and properly unmount the drive every time I take it out, so my drive's longevity may be related in part to that. If you drive doesn't appear but the light still flashes within a few seconds of plugging it in, you should do some troubleshooting before assuming there is a hardware problem. I feel there's a good chance of malfunction simply from flash pen viruses and how popular operating systems - probably including yours - handle drivers for these devices.

10/12/2010

Good for the price

APEVIA X-Infinity ATXB6KLW-AL Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX 350W power supply for AMD/Intel Power Supply
APEVIA X-Infinity ATXB6KLW-AL Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX 350W power supply for AMD/Intel Power Supply

Comments: Overall a well done case that is fairly sturdy. One thing I would suggest is to put the cdrom in one of the lower slots, because when a CD comes out the LED's shining down reflect off of it. Also, the fans that come with the case are kinda noisy. The window is easily removed and so you can rotate it and have the hole by the HD, or you can flip it and have the hole by the vid card(what i did) however when you flip it there is a spacer by each screw and so there is a slit around the window, but it isn't terribly noticable and it increases airflow. P.S. newegg rules, but we all know that already