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Hal H.

Hal H.

Joined on 08/27/08

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Most Favorable Review

works fine

HIS Radeon HD 6570 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Video Card H657HS2G
HIS Radeon HD 6570 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Video Card H657HS2G

Pros: Passive, so silent, large memory for multi-monitor. I can detect no problems of any kind in the multi-monitor setup. I'm running 3 monitors at the moment, one 1920x1080 and two 1280x1024, 2 of the monitors on the 6570, and the other on the integrated radeon 3000 on my AM3 760G chipset motherboard. (which required a setting in the Catalyst Control Center to allow the IGP to be active)

Cons: None dected so far.

Overall Review: When streaming HD video from Netflix, and with the passive cooling, typically this card will report about 50C (122F), which is a perfectly fine temp.

Most Critical Review

Ok fan. Good value.

Dynatron DF128025BL 80mm DC Brushless Fan
Dynatron DF128025BL 80mm DC Brushless Fan

Pros: Decent flow. Moderate noise. Possible cheap, video card fan jury-rig candidate.

Cons: If you want a very quiet system, you'll need something more like 22dba or less if it's a case fan (right on the frame of the case). (or even less if you a picky)

Overall Review: Video card jury-rig: I glued one of these onto a video card that had a bad, hard-to-find (I could not find replacement) fan. It works ok, though not quite as much airflow as a fan that could fit property inside the housing. Since it is not on the case (like a normal use), the 27dba noise isn't bad as a video card internal fan -- my very quiet system is still decently pretty quiet this way

12/21/2009

works well

Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 920-002950 Black 8 Hot Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse
Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 920-002950 Black 8 Hot Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse

Pros: Functions nicely through couch and across 20 feet. Battery life seems excellent. One of the most dramatic improvements in battery life are the new wireless mice compared to those of several years ago. Instead of 2 batteries, they need only 1, and last 4-10 times a long.

Cons: none so far in several months.

flawless

Western Digital Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Had this about 10 months now. It's flawless.

Cons: none detected

Overall Review: Even though the F3 has a somewhat faster average read rate, I understand that a more comprehensive set of benchmarks puts this drive at or slightly above the F3. I bought it for about 60 ducks. How long will it take for the prices to return to normal?

If you dance

Just Dance 2 Wii Game
Just Dance 2 Wii Game

Pros: Very good song list. Quite danceable, with a lot of you-don't hear all the time stuff that you'll like.

Cons: Not much if you don't take it too seriously. I would like though to have a mode of no-scoring, so that the 4 yr old would not get upset if she doesn't score much. How hard is that?

Overall Review: One solution for your 4-yr old: turn off the screen during a dance, and just have fun dancing to the music.

Plus and Minus

Beatles: Rock Band (Software Only) Wii Game
Beatles: Rock Band (Software Only) Wii Game

Pros: Great Beatles music and everyone can sing-along and just have fun. You can't beat it for a party. You will be surprised how many great songs the Beatles have done, even if you know many of them...

Cons: Compared to Rockband 2, the drum is disappointing since you cannot do any freestyle bits. Guitar -- this is *not* rock guitar, it's more a clever bunch of riffs and some syncopated chords. Kinda fun in a way, but not for everyone.

Overall Review: Bass lines can be fun, since some of the lines are bluesy and really the key to enjoying any of the rythym section (bass, guitar, drum) parts is just to enjoy the whole music and the beat. Singing -- that's the fun part really. Everyone can sing, even those without a mike. It's a party thing.