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JAMES L.

JAMES L.

Joined on 04/17/03

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Most Favorable Review

old but cheap technology

PNY GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card VCG8600GXXB
PNY GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card VCG8600GXXB

Pros: dirt cheap at $18 AR; quiet fan (mine has the four-pin, auto-throttling fan); idles at 30% (50C), which is not audible in a case (even 100% is but a mild whoosh). You can easily alter the fan speed if you wish. Adequate performance for a HTPC; CUDA-enabled.

Cons: small, cheap cooler; PNY rebates usually takes a long time.

Overall Review: as many have said, this is not for serious gaming, but is great for a media server or HTPC.

Most Critical Review

not bad

HP 15-d053cl TouchSmart 15.6” Touchscreen Notebook with Intel Core i3-3120M 2.53Ghz, 6GB DDR3 RAM, 750GB HDD, DVD Burner Super Multi, HDMI Out, Webcam, USB 3.0, No Operating System
HP 15-d053cl TouchSmart 15.6” Touchscreen Notebook with Intel Core i3-3120M 2.53Ghz, 6GB DDR3 RAM, 750GB HDD, DVD Burner Super Multi, HDMI Out, Webcam, USB 3.0, No Operating System

Pros: fairly inexpensive for a 15" laptop with an i3 processor (has hyperthreading); better performance than similarly priced laptops with Pentium or Celeron processors; appears new with zero dead pixel; install your own OS, without any bloatware

Cons: not very solid feeling (the back of the LCD lid flexes); the HDD is not accessible through the service door--you have to remove the keyboard and upper cover to get to the HDD; I know it's debranded and the "generic" decal over the hp logo on the back is removable, but hp actually buffed out the hp logo under the sticker so it's ugly with or without the tacky (no pun intended) "global" sticker

10/15/2014

Rosewill RHSP-13007 Rotating Power Surge Block

Rosewill RHSP-13007 Rotating Power Surge Block, 180° Rotating 12-Outlets, 2-in-1 Power and Circuit Breaker Switch, 4230 Joules - Retail
Rosewill RHSP-13007 Rotating Power Surge Block, 180° Rotating 12-Outlets, 2-in-1 Power and Circuit Breaker Switch, 4230 Joules - Retail

Pros: very affordable (got it for $10 AR) for a 12-outlet surge protector; long cord; rotating blocks; good voltage suppression, assuming the rating is accurate.

Cons: the quality of construction and material seems a little cheap at the suggested price of $35

Overall Review: this appears to be the same model as BELKIN BP112230-08 and Minuteman MMS7120RCT (with the exception of the coax/phone protection) that sell for $35+ at NE

11/18/2014

Gigabyte BRIX

GIGABYTE BRIX GB-BXBT-2807 (rev. 1.0) Black Mini-PC Barebone
GIGABYTE BRIX GB-BXBT-2807 (rev. 1.0) Black Mini-PC Barebone

Pros: Small footprint; easy installation; absolutely silent (obviously); sips power; ideal for HTPC

Cons: mine died on day 2 (could not into get into bios) and is stuck in the service/developer mode; performance is so-so (was not as snappy as my 2-year old Acer Aspire One notebook which is equipped with Celeron 877 (only 1.4 GHz and no Turbo) - maybe the single-channel memory is the limiting factor; wish the enclosure is made of aluminum instead of cheap-feeling plastic;

Overall Review: installed 8 gig of DDR3 and a 120 GB Zalman SSD in mine

Good construction, but...

iStarUSA BPN-2535DE-SA 3.5" to 2 x 2.5" SATA 6 Gbps HDD SSD Hot-swap Rack
iStarUSA BPN-2535DE-SA 3.5" to 2 x 2.5" SATA 6 Gbps HDD SSD Hot-swap Rack

Pros: mostly made of aluminum and well-constructed; 2.5" drives fit fairly snugly inside (it would help to lubricate the sides with some silicone for easier removal; requires only one power connector for 2 drives

Cons: it wasn't well documented that the cage only fits the floppy drive slot in the front of a pc case, NOT the regular 3.5" HDD slot, because the spacing of the screw holes on the side is different. I suppose that makes sense because it's meant to be hot-swappable from the front of the case.

Great reader

Transcend TS-RDF5K USB 3.0 Support SDHC (UHS-I), SDXC (UHS-I), microSD, microSDHC (UHS-I), and microSDXC (UHS-I) Flash Card Reader
Transcend TS-RDF5K USB 3.0 Support SDHC (UHS-I), SDXC (UHS-I), microSD, microSDHC (UHS-I), and microSDXC (UHS-I) Flash Card Reader

Pros: small, inexpensive and well made; can read both SD and micro-SD cards; reads my Patriot and Adata UHS-I SDHC cards at 85-95 MB/s sequential and writes at 45-65 MB/s sequential; these speeds are on par with my SIIG USB 3 reader which cost me $25

Cons: gets quite warm during use

Overall Review: People who report that this reader only runs at USB 2.0 speed probably were using slower cards (Class 10 is only certified at 10MB/s)--the reader is obviously limited by the flash card itself. Very few SD cards on the market are rated higher than 90/60 MB/s and they are quite expensive