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Robert K.

Robert K.

Joined on 12/09/03

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Most Favorable Review

Awesome for the price

Rosewill RTK-T05 Network Cable Tester
Rosewill RTK-T05 Network Cable Tester

Pros: Does it all, and then some! With a little creativity you can get a good confidence test on just about any cable you can think of.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I can't even begin to count the sheer number of CAT-5 cables I've tested with this thing! Simple to use, easy on the batteries (I think I may have changed mine only once since I bought it), and the flexibility it provides has made this one of my favorite tools at home and at work (and made quite a few co-workers jealous). I had to buy a new one after one of the pins the remote unit ethernet jack broke off (pin 8). Personally, I think that was just a fluke, not anything against the construction. I still keep the old one around because eventually I'll get bored enough to replace the broken jack. 5 eggs all the way on this one!

Most Critical Review

You get what you pay for...

EDIMAX EW-7206APG Wireless LAN Access Point
EDIMAX EW-7206APG Wireless LAN Access Point

Pros: Low cost Good coverage area User interface is straightforward

Cons: Poor case design (see other thoughts, looks like newer versions have corrected this issue) Prone to overheating (don't use this one outdoors!)

Overall Review: So back at the end of August I wrote my first review on this AP. I gave it 5 stars then because I was impressed with it's initial performance. After 3 weeks of being in an area with little airflow and virtually no climate control, this AP is almost dead. The indicators would all say it's transmitting, but the signal just isn't there. I originally suspected that this fine electronics killing dust out here was the cause, but after opening the case I found the circuit board to be completely clean. What I did find, though, is that main processing chip was extremely hot, and that the case only had tiny slots in the side for airflow. Looking at the screenshots Newegg has now of this AP, I suspect Edimax already discovered this problem, as the new case has vents on the top, while my older case model doesn't have that. Unplugging the AP for 10 seconds gets the transmitter working again, but it's obvious that I'm going to have to find a replacement.

Amazing mouse!

Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 for Business
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 for Business

Pros: -Blue Track technology works on almost any surface flawlessly (has some trouble on glass) -Good size, fit and feel are spot on -Nano receiver stores in mouse for transport -Good battery life -Low battery indication

Cons: -Nano receiver can be difficult to remove from some USB ports

Overall Review: I've owned this mouse for a couple of years now, and I and thoroughly impressed with it. I was skeptical of any mouse manufactured by anyone but Logitech until a friend of mine showed me this one. The key selling point for me was the Blue Track technology's ability to work on nearly any surface, which is insanely handy if you don't have the space to set up a mouse pad (or if you want to run Netflix while laying in bed). I've picked one up and I use it on both my desktop and my laptop all the time now, and I wouldn't replace it with anything else!

Rock Solid Performance

TR2TT TR2-M12 80mm Ball CPU Cooler
TR2TT TR2-M12 80mm Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: Solid base Ease of mounting

Cons: None

Overall Review: I've owned this heatsink for over 5 years now, and it makes all the difference in the older P4 systems (just because they're old doesn't mean they're not still useful). We all know that the Prescott cores have a tendency to run hot, and this was my solution to the sub-par performance of the stock Intel heatsink. I took mine a step further and removed the Themaltake fan that comes on the M12 and installed a Vantec Tornado 80mm case fan (84CFM @ 6000RPM). After hooking everything up to a Thermaltake Hardcano 12SE controller, I'm able to run 24/7 at 100% load without breaking 41*C in a 21*C room.

Good for the price

NETGEAR WGR614NAR G54 Wireless Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g
NETGEAR WGR614NAR G54 Wireless Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g

Pros: Inexpensive Features Looks good

Cons: None yet!

Overall Review: Great little router! I picked this up to address a small issue I'm having in that Android and Apple mobile devices seem to dislike PPPoE support. I'm currently deployed and the ISP we have out here uses PPPoE for authentication. I took a bit of a chance on this Netgear router, being recertified I don't expect much (I've never had much luck with Netgear products), and since time spent shipping by snail mail means there's no way I'd get anything RMA'd in time if it came to it. Anyways, this router caught me off guard with it's features and ease of setup. I plugged it into the network, and within 5 minutes I had my phone and iPod Touch secured to it and online. Heck, I was even able to get my XBox to connect to XBL with it, and considering that the physical link from me to the server involves a 60,000 mile (give or take) segment in space, that's awesome! Best $20 I've spent so far this trip! As always, Newegg rocks, even moreso since they ship to APOs!

What a dream

Corsair P128 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CMFSSD-128GBG2D
Corsair P128 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CMFSSD-128GBG2D

Pros: SSD Low power SATA II

Cons: Price

Overall Review: Dropped this in my 2yo Dell XPS M1210. Was a bit of a tight fit in the bay, but I got it in there, cloned my old drive onto it, and am amazed at the performance gains. I used to see performance bottlenecks that resulted around my old SATA HDD not being able to keep up with my CPU, now I'm seeing the opposite. Vista and my CPU can't keep up with this drive! The Windows Experience Index gives this drive a 5.9 (maxed). I'm not seeing quite the same snappy program performance others are seeing, however file access times are amazing. None of the performance issues that happen with regular drives when they start filling up. Running XPS M1210 Intel Core2 T5600@ 1.83GHz 4GB RAM Vista Home Premium 32-bit (need to switch to Ubuntu)