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Justin F.

Justin F.

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Most Favorable Review

Complaints fixed in firmware v2.0

NETGEAR FVS338 Firewall
NETGEAR FVS338 Firewall

Pros: Fast, reliable, configurable -- a huge improvement over the cheap toy "router" that this is replacing for me. I appreciate the fine level of control I can exert from the web interface. Port forwarding works flawlessly (a big problem with many of the very inexpensive models on the market).

Cons: v1.x firmware has all the problems described in the negative reviews below. You must upgrade the firmware after buying the product.

Overall Review: It's unfortunate that Netgear decided to ship this product with such buggy firmware. With v1.46 that the device shipped with it crashed within the first few hours of use with traffic only on the LAN side. Pitiful. However, the problems have been addressed in v2.0 and this is now a viable product for the home/small business user.

Most Critical Review

Basically irritating - not recommended

MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: It's a motherboard.

Cons: * Really badly wants it's default settings. Push the reset button? Default settings. Add/remove memory? Default settings. Update the BIOS? Default settings. Look at the motherboard cockeyed from across the room? Default settings. * Marvell SATA controller causes high DPC/interrupt rate in Windows 7 after resume from sleep. My solution: disable the stupid thing. This may not work for you if you want 6 Gb/s SATA. There are not newer drivers available at present. Took a while to get to the bottom of this issue. * First DIMM slot was flaky on initial build. The only indication of trouble was the system constantly rebooted itself. I had to rip the system apart to find the issue. How about some beep codes? * No automatic fan speed control for case fans, only manual PWM at 50% or 75% for FAN1 and FAN2 (no PWM for FAN3 or FAN4) * Only one internal USB connector

Overall Review: * If you load Windows with RAID or AHCI and the BIOS goes back to default Windows won't boot because the controller is set to IDE. DO NOT run the Windows startup repair assistant (the machine will never boot again). Just put the BIOS back to AHCI or RAID and make sure "hot plug" is enabled on all the channels * I see no way to save the BIOS settings * Bottom line: you should buy something, frankly anything, else

Fatal flaw: digital processing creates ghosting

SAMSUNG BX2331 Glossy Black 23" 1920 x 1080 Full HD LED Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design  250 cd/m2 DCR 5,000,000:1 (1,000:1)
SAMSUNG BX2331 Glossy Black 23" 1920 x 1080 Full HD LED Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 DCR 5,000,000:1 (1,000:1)

Pros: * Inexpensive * Reasonable feature set * Two HDMI inputs

Cons: * Digital processing cannot be turned off and creates ghosting on fast pans and video fades * Backlight is not uniform * Color is over saturated and cannot be adjusted

Overall Review: This monitor is insufficient for any application. Compared to a six year old Dell 2001FP this monitor is junk. It's performance is inferior to most LED backlit televisions. Believe this and the other negative reviews: this monitor is not worth your consideration.

Fatal flaw: short battery life

Logitech Harmony One Advanced Remote Control
Logitech Harmony One Advanced Remote Control

Pros: * Like all other Harmony products it provides great control of your home theater equipment * Buttons are well thought out and well placed * Nicely done icons/images on the touch screen by default -- both for activities and device control

Cons: * Battery life is abysmal -- recharge is required 3 times every two weeks under light use when battery is brand new * All flash, no substance -- the design emphasis was "color LCD" and "touch screen" not overall value or user friendliness * This product is inferior to the Harmony products of a few years ago

Overall Review: This is my third Logitech Harmony. Unfortunately, on the Harmony One, the touch screen is such a battery drain that the battery becomes depleted in a matter of days even with light use. Prior models I have owned that ran off two AA alkaline cells would last 6-8 months off of a single set of batteries. I'd rather have a monochrome LCD and push buttons than have to charge my remote 3 times in every two week period. Logitech should: 1) remove the arbitrary and artificial limit on "number of devices" on all of its remotes so that folks like me can choose the low end remotes to control >5 devices, 2) focus on day-to-day user experience before flashy features, and 3) reconsider the price/performance balance of its Harmony line -- the value may not be there for many consumers. If you have 5 devices or less get a more limited Harmony product. If you have more than 5 devices this remote is just to hold you over until Logitech gets their act back together.

12/27/2010

Works

SYBA 8" Molex 4-pin Male to 15-pin SATA Power Cable Model SY-PWCB-SATA
SYBA 8" Molex 4-pin Male to 15-pin SATA Power Cable Model SY-PWCB-SATA

Pros: Good fit. Works.

Cons: None in particular.

Good price/performance balance

Rosewill R604TSB-N 3 x120mm Cooling Fan Pre-Installed on the TOP,Front and Rear ,ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 450W Power Supply
Rosewill R604TSB-N 3 x120mm Cooling Fan Pre-Installed on the TOP,Front and Rear ,ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 450W Power Supply

Pros: Inexpensive, decent amount of provided hardware (screws, etc.), good number of power supply connections. Reasonable quality.

Cons: Rear chassis fan does not have a shaft encoder => no RPM monitoring.

Overall Review: Only one external 3.5" bay.