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Matthew L.

Matthew L.

Joined on 09/10/06

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Most Favorable Review

If you want to water cool. This is it.

Swiftech MCP655 12 VDC Pump Liquid Cooling System
Swiftech MCP655 12 VDC Pump Liquid Cooling System

Pros: This is the best consumer pump on the market if you want to do it the right way. I have mine conveniently mounted outside of the case, right next to my externally mounted abs reservoir that holds 1/2 gallon.. and my ext. mounted radiator.

Cons: At full blast, it will radiate a little sound similar to that of an aquarium pump working hard.

Overall Review: If you want to water cool, dont shortchange yourself later and buy a junk pump. If your pump fails, so does your hardware. This is the best insurance you can buy.

Most Critical Review

Cheap & Effective

ENCORE ENP832-TX-PCCM 10/100Mbps CardBus Ethernet Adapter
ENCORE ENP832-TX-PCCM 10/100Mbps CardBus Ethernet Adapter

Pros: Its cheap and effective, no dongle.

Cons: Not good at managing high demand bandwidth, but other than that it is a good "browsing" card.

Nothing better but the RF83's

Klipsch RF-82 II Reference Series Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Black)
Klipsch RF-82 II Reference Series Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Black)

Pros: Great power handling at a reasonable limit giving you a variety of amp choices without breaking the >700$ price point.

Cons: They are heavy, but that attributes to tight bass. Back firing vents. Need 6-18" between the wall and speaker.

Overall Review: I can honestly say I have never heard a better sounding speaker. Paired with a HK3490. It makes 5.1/7.1 HT Box systems sound like transistor radios. Incredible reference sound, endless depth and clarity! If your sitting in a couch the highs are about 1-2" above ear level. The RF83's would be a better choice for a standing room.

Monster sound, even bigger power supply

Harman/Kardon HK 3490 Stereo Receiver
Harman/Kardon HK 3490 Stereo Receiver

Pros: Huge power supply that could drive 4 ohm speakers Solid state design *CLASS A AMP under 500 bucks* Brand, Reputation

Cons: Analog inputs are soft and quiet No HDMI inputs

Overall Review: Best bang for the buck, I've got 2 Klipsch RF82's hooked up to this bad boy and it delivers every day. The clearest highs and the smoothest lows. If you've got a set of speakers rated around 150 RMS this will pair up great with them!

Great reception

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q (1191) TV Tuner Stick / Hybrid Video Recorder with Remote Control
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q (1191) TV Tuner Stick / Hybrid Video Recorder with Remote Control

Pros: New WinTV 7 zip code feature eliminates the dawning task of channel scanning for over an hour Streams well TV Guide option Road warrior friendly Fast channel locks! QAM ready for Cable

Cons: Softcoder, which is unavoidable- This is best in class!

Overall Review: If you move around a lot, go camping or in a transitional period relocating it's very convenient at the size of 2 hi-liter markers side-by-side. Channel locks are quick and painless but the provided antenna needs good altitude for variety.

Solid all-around performer

HP Laptop Pavilion AMD Phenom II Triple-Core N850 (2.2GHz) 4GB Memory 640GB HDD ATI Radeon HD 4250 17.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit dv7-4165dx
HP Laptop Pavilion AMD Phenom II Triple-Core N850 (2.2GHz) 4GB Memory 640GB HDD ATI Radeon HD 4250 17.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit dv7-4165dx

Pros: 850 AMD Triple Core, Battery life 4250 HD Graphics (3 out of 5) Blu Ray Superdrive 17.3" screen & 1600x900 rez (2x2) 4GB 1333 Out-of-box

Cons: No HDD Activity LED Seek time on 640G HD

Overall Review: Though it wont meet desktop-level graphics or six core performance the triple core AMD will give you a very noteworthy compromise on your wallet, multimedia and in return battery life. I have a very high-end six core desktop. I'm in a transitional phase relocating to another state it would be too much to lug around a 2 foot monitor and full tower with water. This will run all the applications and games on my desktop with the 950Q tuner serves as a great HDTV. Graphics processing is solid for most media applications and gaming, under WinTV all three cores mean 30-36% utilization. Don't expect to 'max out' the graphics settings, but with AA/AS disabled it will perform great. It also is capable of running all of my VMware Workstation needs on the road, and the 4250 will run the occasional round of Black Ops, just don't forget your laser mouse! Although the seek time of the OEM HDD is slow, the compromise is worth the 640G capacity for the road warrior.