Joined on 12/01/04
Excellent router, excellent value
Pros: Great performance, DD-WRT functionality, dual-band
Cons: No gigabit ports
Overall Review: I picked up 2 of these refurbs, installed DD-WRT and now have a wireless bridge that connects around 120Mbps. It would be nice to have gigabit ports, but for most of us, this works extremely well. Perfect if you have an entertainment center with several devices you use to stream media off a remote server location in your home, and want something fater than 54g speeds.
Pros: Worked fine in a 3.5" bay. You have the option to install 2 drives, but getting the SATA power connectors to both of them might require special skill or cables. Luckily, I only had to mount one drive.
Cons: Cheap metal, the bracket was actually bent when I opened the packaging. Luckily, it was soft enough that I was able to bend it back into the proper shape. Sharp edges, as you might expect, be careful, it would be easy to cut yourself on this guy.
Overall Review: It was free after rebate (if it comes in)...not sure if I'd recommend paying much more than that. The converter brackets that mount on the sides of a 2.5" drive seem to be a more sturdy solution.
Nice motherboard, fully featured
Pros: I figured that if I made the jump to skylake, I wanted to get some of the newest features in my motherboard. This has m.2, USB 3.1 (and a type C connector), and the usual bells and whistles you might want. Installed easily, and hasn't had a problem so far. The killer NIC has been great so far, and definitely isn't worth dropping an egg.
Cons: It's a mini-ITX, so you're only going to have 2 RAM slots and limited expandability, but that's part of the charm.
Overall Review: Running an i7-6700k. The USB3 header access wasn't an issue because I installed my heatsink sideways (Thermaltake NiC L31), and I'm sure there are plenty of other heatsink options that don't get in the way. The heatsink covers the RAM sticks, but I expect those to stay where they are for the next few years. Really, the cramping is just part of the mini-ITX experience, but I'm happy that I have a smaller case.
Pros: Very nice looking router, operating perfectly so far since the initial setup.
Cons: A little big, but hey, at least it looks good doing it.
Overall Review: Currently set up as a pure 5Ghz AP/switch, as I already have a gateway router I'm happy with. I usually throw DD-WRT, tomato, or some other firmware on my routers, but stock is operating perfectly so far. Media server is showing up on my PS3, I should really throw a thumb drive into a USB port and make some use of that.
Perfect for a 2D world
Pros: For a non-gaming card, it does what it should. Low power, zero noise, easy installation, perfect operation.
Cons: Not a gaming card, but you should be spending $100 more if that's what you're after.
Overall Review: Used it to add a 3rd display, with my HD4000 integrated motherboard graphics powering the first two. They play very nicely together.