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Kevin S.

Kevin S.

Joined on 09/03/08

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Most Favorable Review

What more can be said? Awesome little cube.

HP ProLiant Ultra Micro Tower MicroServer System AMD Athlon II NEO N36L 1.3 GHz 1GB PC3-10600E DDR3 1 x 250GB Non-hot plug LFF SATA 633724-001
HP ProLiant Ultra Micro Tower MicroServer System AMD Athlon II NEO N36L 1.3 GHz 1GB PC3-10600E DDR3 1 x 250GB Non-hot plug LFF SATA 633724-001

Pros: Size, power consumption, build quality, bootable internal USB. It's a real server suitable for most any environment. I'm a big fan of Shuttle's form factor, but I can get used to this as well. Running WHS 2003 can be a bit of a chore, but there is a dedicated group on several easily 'googled' message boards both in the US and UK that are a wealth of information. I've had mine running XP and Win7 for testing with no problems or driver issues. WHS is having trouble coming to terms with the Display drivers I'm trying to feed it. I got mine from another vendor as there was a 'price war' going on a few weeks ago. The 'Egg had it on sale for $14 cheaper yesterday, even factoring in the CA sales tax. I'd most definitely be looking at another one of these when I need to build the next NAS/Server box. Overall this was an impulse buy based in large part on the great on-line community already using the chassis (WHS, FreeNAS, etc.) and reviews here at NewEgg. I haven't been disappo

Cons: None that were deal breakers. Remember that you need normal DIMMs. A helpful white shirt at FrenchFries thought he was doing me a favor by selling me RAM with the biggest heat spreader on the planet, even after I gave him the SKU of what i wanted. His excuse, 'Well what I wrote up was faster'. Fail. Anything taller/fatter than the heat sink on Corsair's regular XMS line might cause you trouble. As there are only four drive bays, if you want to get creative you can put two more 3.5" HDDs in the ODD bay. Search for N82E16816215114. Two of these can be arranged to hold the HDDs and still slot into the drive rails properly. And don't face palm me (yet)... I've got two 40mm fans and a 5.25 front grill from an Antec Twelve Hundred keeping air flow nice and clean. If heat becomes a factor up there I'm thinking that a 60mm fan could be added to the upper part of the rear chassis plate. That would be straight through air-flow, same (if not better) than the drive caddies below

Overall Review: I haven't been this jazzed by a SFF since I built my first shuttle seven years ago. For an enthusiast there are Eggcellent possibilities for packing even more into the N36L (even on a budget) than you might think. I'm looking at a 10+TB box for under $1000. This will actually allow me to truly backup my data! Get one. You (probably) won't regret it.

Most Critical Review

Good Concept - Poor Execution.

2500W 12L Professional Deep Fryer Countertop Single Basket French Fry Restaurant
2500W 12L Professional Deep Fryer Countertop Single Basket French Fry Restaurant

Pros: When I saw this on sale a few weeks ago, I was impressed by the look, the price and the reviews from both Newegg and those I found at a the longest river in the world. Overall the concept of this unit is perfect. The Oil Pan has a large capacity and this makes for easier and more versatile frying. The heating element lives in the oil (which makes for better heating of the oil) and is removable for easier cleaning. The three part construction (base, oil pan and heating element) also makes it easier to clean than some of the other fryers that I've used (mostly kitchen counter jobs surrounded by plastic bits and weird curves, corners, nooks & crannies that are a pain to clean). Also, the reviews gave me a idea of what to expect: 1. Not the best construction a) Light weight sheet metal b) Would need to take care not to cut fingers/hands on sharp edges 2. Very basic controls a) On Light, Temp Light, Temp Dial. b) When Temp Light goes off --> At desired temperature. What arrived was... Well... What was advertised... sadly. The unit is of the absolute LIGHTEST possible construction. The edges of the base and the oil pan are very sharp and great care is needed to handle the unit. The fact that my base arrived damaged didn't help the notion that workmanship where ever in China this is produced, couldn't be any lower, unless they actually made the unit out of razor blades, then smashed one corner with a hammer before putting it in the box (which BTW, they did smash it with a hammer before putting it in the box). There are two tabs in the base of the heating element/control box, that slot into the base, I had to punch out the slots in the base unit and, let's say, reorient/reinvent, the tabs on the control box/heating element in order to slot it into the base. As with all things, your mileage may vary, but be prepared to do some engineering to the parts before cooking. After setting up the unit, filling with oil and waiting about 25 min for it to heat up, the frying was actually a pleasant experience. The larger volume of oil allows for better heat management when cooking normal/smaller batches of food. The unit recovered to the temperature setting quickly in my view. I'm not sure the 25 min is an extremely fast heat up time (which was a positive point in other reviews), but it wasn't overly long either. My biggest complaints, which will be outlined again below, are shoddy construction, damage to the unit at the factory (then packaged and shipped anyway), and a wildly inaccurate thermostat. Other than these three issues, it is what it looks like, a larger than average capacity counter top deep fat fryer. Could you get something better? Sure, but it would cost more money. So be a cheap S O B and take a chance, it was only $50 when I bought it.

Cons: So, on to the Cons: I'll be brief. I didn't think there could be much that could go wrong with a deep fat fryer. It needs a place for the oil, a heating element and a thermostat. Easy, right? Well these folks have got one of the the three right. #1. The thermostat is off by 25 Degrees (F). Max temperature that my unit could achieve with fresh oil was 355 degrees (F). Long term, I think this will be adequate for me, but it's not what's advertised on the tin. Also, the thermostat controls give me pause, I'm not sure they will last very long. It's got a... well difficult to describe vibe to it. It's light plastic, and it spins the potentiometer, but it just doesn't give any feed back, like it's just turning air. #2. My base unit was damaged before packaging, as unpacking the unmarred box and pristine Styrofoam revealed a unit with a very banged up corner. One whole side of the very lightly constructed base was bashed in causing the unit to 'wobble'. I have to pack up the feet on one side to keep it generally level. #3. The oil pan and the base unit all had very sharp edges. Another reviewer noted this (either here at the 'egg or at the river) so I was prepared, but if I wasn't, I'd have a shockingly bad paper cut, or worse. Take care when you unpack it and/or use it if you can't run a bevel over the edges. Back to my comment on shockingly bad construction, this could be dealt with by using a seaming machine or by beveling the edges at the manufacturing stage. #4. Heating Element. It's about the only thing that is positive about the whole unit.

Overall Review: Could I recommend this to another human being... We'll to be honest, yes. But I'd have to give the full disclosure of the above. This won't win any awards for construction and might be recalled as a dangerous product by the FTC, but in the interim, it will fry all your favorite dishes. French Fries, mmmmm... Empanadas... Jalapeno Poppers... Doughnuts... why do fried foods have to be so bad for you... Scotch Eggs... Mozzarella Sticks... Onion Rings... Anyway, you get the picture. Be careful, get a separate temperature gauge and have some fun frying.

Good fans.

COUGAR Vortex PWM 120mm (CF-V12HP) Cooling Fan with Hydro-Dynamic Bearing and Pulse Width Modulation (Orange Version)
COUGAR Vortex PWM 120mm (CF-V12HP) Cooling Fan with Hydro-Dynamic Bearing and Pulse Width Modulation (Orange Version)

Pros: Inexpensive (when I got them on sale), compared to Case Manufacturer fans (Corsair / Cooler Master / Antec, etc.). Good air flow, PWM, no hassle installation in a Corsair 400R.

Cons: None that I have found... However, as required by internet etiquette, should I later have any trouble what so ever, I will be sure to return and post a highly negative review; that will likely suggest that all those involved with the design, production and distribution of this piece of computer hardware have limited mental faculties (to the point of warranting a clinical diagnosis), that they devised the failure of the part as a deliberate plan to show the up most contempt and malice towards me personally and that they may very well all hail from questionable heritage.

Overall Review: I would buy these again for any future builds. Probably should have ordered spares when these were on sale for $7.00 each.

Works like a charm...

Evercool EC-DF001 1.47 ft. Supports 5 PWM Fans Black Braided Cable Male to Male
Evercool EC-DF001 1.47 ft. Supports 5 PWM Fans Black Braided Cable Male to Male

Pros: Inexpensive; professional looking with braided cables; allows the motherboard to control all the case fans in my Corsair 400R.

Cons: Requires attention to detail when installing (which, judging by some of the previous reviews, some Egg customers may be lacking). This cable is plug and play (if you are either using five fans or paid attention to how PWM wiring works), other wise this will be a plug and pray experience for you with fans running a full blast. If this is the case, you've more likely than not, done something wrong, either in the wiring (make sure the fan connector with all four pins is one of the ones that's actually connected to a fan) or with the BIOS settings.

Overall Review: For this cable to work properly the Fan Speed and Fan Sense pins must be connected to a fan, else the MB will assume that a non-PWM fan is attached and run at full voltage. Be sure to connect the ONE fan connector with four pins to a fan for proper operation.

**Review Update**

TOSHIBA DT01ACA300 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
TOSHIBA DT01ACA300 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: I wanted to provide an update on these Toshiba 3TB drives (DT01ACA300). My most recent two arrived last week. About two weeks ago, in my other review, I mentioned that after a wave of DOA's due to shoddy packaging for Samsung 750GB Drives about four years ago, Newegg started doing better; packaging the disks in boxes, then in bubble wrap, then foam peanuts. I made a half-hearted prediction that something similar would happen in this instance (where numerous reviews claimed DOAs [likely due to packing/shipping issues]). Well, I don't know how your drives have been arriving since August 12th or so, but to my shock and surprise (mostly due to the timing of me having just mentioned it!) the drives I got late last week received additional TLC from the packaging department. They were: 1) wrapped in bubble wrap, 2) placed in individual boxes, and 3) put in the shipping box with the foam peanuts. This is a great improvement over the drives I received back in March/April 2013, which just had bubble wrap, a few foam peanuts and a brief prayer to the deity of the shipper’s choice before applying the packing tape, the address label and drop kicking the box into the back of the UPS truck. So… Packaging issues solved? Hopefully. DOA issues resolved? Time will tell. As for my Drives, they just passed the UnRAID Preclear (three passes, six days, all worth it). No bad sectors, no pending sectors, no SMART warnings, errors, etc. These two drives had slightly higher temperatures than the last two. Got up as high as 38C during the write stage (that’s the 20 hour random write, keep the heads moving, burn in part of each pass). When I physically checked in on the process (and through the automatic e-mail progress updates) the temperatures mostly stayed around 34C to 36C. For reference: On your best day, you personally should be running at 37C (that’s 98.6F for the non-metric). My Droid gets SIGNIFICANTLY hotter when I’m using it for anything remotely useful (i.e., 4G LTE). Hard drives from 10 years ago could cook an egg while running at idle. So Temps are a non-issue for this drive. BTW, I can’t stress enough how useful the preclear_disk.sh script for UnRAID is. Even if you’re not using UnRAID (which I’m not), I’d recommend that you get a 1GB flash drive and keep an UnRAID install handy (I use a random free Trade Show drive, they in 1-2 GB sizes these days). Check the USB Stick for bad blocks with something like Rufus. The setup was easy using the remote console and now when I get a new drive to ‘burn in’, I just pull out the flash drive, unplug the power from the non-test drives (for safety, it is a destructive test after all!) and boot up the USB Drive. Five to seven day’s later you’ve got a “burned-in” disk. Considering how may people love to brag about how long Memtest86 ran ‘burning-in’ their new rig, I don’t see why people don’t do this for their Hard Drives too. Warning: Side effects inclu

Cons: Since this is an “Internet Review” and I wouldn't want to break form, I'll B | tch and Moan about something really minor (in the grand scheme of things), that will inevitably cause someone to think “what a whiny little {insert preferred abusive term}”, so here goes: I live in Northern California, so stuff shipped from NewEgg HQ in the Los Angeles area usually gets to me within two days, maximum. This is where my first set of these 3TB drives came from (the bubble wrap only drives, but shipped with a CA only Overnite company that takes good care of it’s packages). This second set of disks came from... Wait for it.... Edison, New Jersey. I didn't even know that NewEgg had a facility out there. I figure this gives people in the New York/New Jersey/New England area the same kind of great shipping I get from SoCal. However, being in CA and having these drives shipped from, what might as well be, the dark side of the moon, did not a happy camper make. It took the full seven business days. It was shipped FedEx SmartPost, which involves the Postal Service in the delivery. I’ve never had anything like this (a hard disk) shipped ‘SmartPost’ (neither the FedEx, UPS, nor DHL variety), by NewEgg or anyone. DVD’s/software/cables/batteries, sure they come SmartPost, but nothing as expensive or important as two 3TB hard disks. This made me both nervous (given prior concerns regarding packaging/shipping procedures) and miffed that in the 21st century, Newegg’s inventory system couldn’t have gotten me drives from somewhere closer. On the plus side: New Jersey did a great job packaging the drives. Hey Newegg! A quick Google search indicates that you have three distribution centers, WHY did you pick the one FARTHEST away from me? You’ve never done this before? Why now? Why me? Cry, cry, whine, cry…

Overall Review: Internet Reviews. This can be a major con. For those of us out there who have a reasonable idea of what we want, it’s easy to dismiss the errant reviews and concentrate on those that seem to have some effort put into them and at least appear to have a marginal grounding in fact. We know, broadly speaking, that reviewers can be categorized by type, and they often take the following forms: 1) the Angry Vengeful Wronged Customer: “My item was {insert unfortunate happenstance}; all items are bad; don’t ever buy from this vendor, they abuse kittens and last week they came to my house and yelled at my Grandmother!” 2) the Overconfident But Generally Confused: “I have a million years experience with this product, my ‘tech level’ is higher than NewEgg will let me share with you, I even hold a patent on the technology; but I couldn’t get it working. Item is {insert disparaging comment here}. BTW, I’m using Windows 3.11 for Workgroups under DOS 6.0 and I have no idea what a GPT Partition is. Thankfully my panic attacks stopped after Plug-and-Play was invented... I just couldn’t figure out the jumpers for IRQs and DMAs.” 3) the Hobbyist: “I spend all my time reviewing everything I ever bought; I like the credit and the +1’s!” 4) the Lurker: “I’m fed-up with the over population of #1’s and, especially, #2’s; I don’t see any good #3’s and so I’ll put my two cents in.” I’ll let the marketplace determine where I’m coming from. As should be obvious, some of these drives will fail. Some because of poor shipping procedures or damage in transit, some from ‘User Error’ and others were dead before they left China/Taiwan/Thailand. But the vast majority are OK and yours probably will be too. Also, think of it this way, its better that the drive arrive dead, than to have it fail at a later date. In the interim, I recommend that everyone put as much of a torture test to your new equipment as possible, while it can still be RMA’d to the Egg.

Great Product / Sketchy Rebate

ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler

Pros: Great cooler. I've had an earlier non-PWM version running in a AMD X4 rig for the past four years with no problems, still cool and quiet. I was willing to pay full price for that one and am still very pleased. This model was just as easy to install on my new build, has PWM (so no more remote control!) and is running just fine.

Cons: My only qualm was the rebate. I'm a rebate shopper. I found them useful as a youngster, as they allowed me to get things that I couldn't ordinarily afford. There has been a bit of a lul for me recently, as rebates have seemed to get smaller (value wise) and the Post Office has gotten more expensive, but compared to the average shopper I still do them quite often. This is off-topic, but I saw a $1 rebate on a $5 item from a B&M store who's name is reminiscent of a certain fried potato product. Seriously? Stamp, paper, envelope, photo copy/scan, gas, travel time, waiting at the post office, printing the check/'debit card', return envelope, return postage. That all costs more than $1. Seriously. To me a rebate of less than $10+ is often hardly worth the effort. Even given that, I do 10 to 15 rebates a year for bigger ticket stuff that is sold on either Black Friday or, like this one, a random Shell Shocker (read Inventory clearance) that sends back $35 and makes the end price too good to be true ($9.99). I've only had three rebates denied (they were PNY memory cards from like 2005) and that was b/c of a screw-up by a now defunct (but very patriotic) B&M computer superstore (don't worry I still got paid). Having mailed in a hundred or more over the past decade, I know if they go to AZ, MN, NY, CA what kind of service I can expect to get. I know that Antec are the best rebates and seem to show up a week or two after I mail the request. What's I'm trying to say is, I've come to get a feel for how the grubby game of betting on people being lazy, forgetful, having a limited grasp of word problems, a lack of attention to detail, etc. tends to work. And I know that some companies (or their Rebate Fulfillment House) sit on the requests for MONTHS and MONTHS and MONTHS. That's what I believe happens here. Even after you navigate around the flim-flam tactics to deny the rebate (I got the first brush-back denial in more than eight years from these guys) and speak to a CS Rep (who, BTW, was quite cordial, accommodating and who did address the issue and correct the error in denying the claim), their process is still to take the full eight to ten weeks after they've approved the claim to just MAIL the rebate. We all know that a bad experience draws out, what could be considered the worst in people, but I'm just taking the time to write this as a warning to be very careful with rebates for Zalman products. Cross the T's and dot the i's. And be prepared for a LONG wait to get your cash back. For comparison, in the time that this Zalman rebate's been pending, I've purchased, mailed and got $40 back from a Microsoft Windows 8 Upgrade (which I thought was lightning fast) and $50 from one of those Canon printer scam "get a free/low cost printer w/purchase of a laptop/tablet" (BTW, that's just the loss leader to sell you ink that costs $13,000 a gallon). The Canon rebate arrived after less than two wee

Overall Review: See above. Great product and I'd buy again, but I'd be weary of the rebate.