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Douglas G.

Douglas G.

Joined on 10/06/04

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Most Favorable Review

Not for eeepc 900

CORSAIR 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory Model VS2GSDS667D2
CORSAIR 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory Model VS2GSDS667D2

Pros: Used this in an eee pc 900 and the pc boots and runs with it (as should happen with any memory), but ...

Cons: in the Asus EEE PC 900 (running XP) this memory can not handle when the unit is plugged in or unplugged. The whole system crashes (corrupt display and complete hang). This may be due to a fast change of the processor speed or some voltage anomaly.

Overall Review: The eeepc 900 is apparently very sensitive to the type of memory it can use for upgrades. Do some research before just buying a memory card for it. I haven't found one that works yet, but I just ordered my 4th brand to try. We'll see. BTW, even for all the trouble, this isn't a knock on the eeepc. I love that little machine.

Most Critical Review

Pretty but poor usability, not up to Garmin Standards

GARMIN 4.3" GPS Navigation with FM Live traffic
GARMIN 4.3" GPS Navigation with FM Live traffic

Pros: Nice feel, nice display and the graphics though simple are ok.

Cons: Usability is poor and many of the features of old Garmin units are either missing or undocumented. The Garmin update utility from the web site installs software easily, but doesn't show you what is installed (versions #s) or what it is installing. Website is dumbed down to the point of uselessness. Using latest v3.40 software, unit hangs when you press the power button twice (w/ car cable) - must be reset. Unlike the old Nuvis you can't adjust the volume quickly by pressing the power button - you have to navigate menus with small buttons. Also unlike old Nuvis they removed the ability to just see the distance to your location so using this on an airplane is no longer helpful. Finally, they added smooth scrolling that significantly slows down browsing the map and moves in random directions after you lift your finger. And they added a popup that shows the address of where you touch but obscures a huge chunk of the map and there is no apparent way to get rid of or avoid the popup.

Overall Review: Don't buy this just because you've had good experience with Garmin in the past. Things have changed -- dramatically. For a similar unit they have removed function, dumbed down the menus and quite frankly taken away some of the fun. The thing is just plain buggy. POIs are slim and out of date too (raleigh, nc). Here are some hints though: To get to the old satellite acquisition screen, hold your finger on the reception bars (upper left) for about 5 seconds. To get to the diagnostics, press the battery icon (upper right) for about 10 seconds. That allows you to change the backlit brightness. I'd love to find out how to change the volume quickly while driving and how to get just the line-of-sight distance to my destination.

Easy to build in, nice to use after build is done

Fractal Design Define Mini C Black Window Silent Compact MATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Fractal Design Define Mini C Black Window Silent Compact MATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Very clean design so that cable management is good (see other notes) and everything seems well thought out and well crafted. - Ventilation seems good and the fans are quiet even if the case is open - I really like using it after the build. The position of the two USB3 ports at the top, and the audio, and power switches as well, makes the final product great with the box under my desk.

Cons: I had no problems with the case

Overall Review: Before using this case, I had not built a machine in almost a decade,so my opinions are based on moving from ancient tech to current tech. This is the first time I ever cared about cable management, but this case made it easy and very neat. I could not care less about how the build looks inside (no LEDs, for example) but I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it was to make the build neat and pretty. I found building in this case to be a real joy but my build was not complex (Ryzen, ASRock mini-ATX board, an M.2 SSD, a 3.5in HDD, a half size 1060 graphics card and a Hyper 212 EVO cooler. Everything fit very well. Short and sweet.

12/14/2017

Good for permanent use in a Macbook

Samsung 128GB FIT USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 150MB/s (MUF-128BB/AM)
Samsung 128GB FIT USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 150MB/s (MUF-128BB/AM)

Pros: - Small enough to keep in a laptop all the time - Great amount of storage - Fast enough for basic storage tasks (documents and photos)

Cons: - Not fast enough to run an operating system off of (but at the price, so what).

Overall Review: I use this in a macbook pro late 2013 and I have it encrypted with FileVault and the performance is fine. It is always inserted and seems fine as a way to store documents and photos. I mainly use it to store photos from my SD card before clearing the card and it has been reliable. I originally bought this in a large size (128GB) to try some of the OSX and MacOS betas and it does work for that, but it is not fast enough to run MacOS from it in any productive way. Not a big deal since that is not what it is designed for, but I thought it might be of interest to anyone who switches between OSes frequently.

11/17/2016

Worked for 1/2 hour. Lesson Learned

TOPRAM RV33 USB 3.0 Card Reader Support Samsung Kingston SanDisk 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB 64GB 128GB SD SDHC SDXC ( microSD microSDHC microSDXC need with Adapter) - OEM
TOPRAM RV33 USB 3.0 Card Reader Support Samsung Kingston SanDisk 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB 64GB 128GB SD SDHC SDXC ( microSD microSDHC microSDXC need with Adapter) - OEM

Pros: None. At least it didn't destroy the 64GB SDXC card in it when it failed.

Cons: Worked for 1 half hr then fell apart. Card doesn't sit in correctly as halves sort of separated. Light sometimes goes on but computer can't read card anymore. Still reads one older card when you jiggle the card just right. Yikes! Website for topram appears to not have been updated since 2003. Support page is just an RMA link. No info, manuals, drivers, or anything. Bad experience all around.

Overall Review: This card reader lasted maybe 5 uses. The cheap plastic holder fell apart, so it doesn't seat the card correctly, and it appears that the electronics failed as well. It is too cheap to worry about sending back, so I'll eat the 8 or 9 dollars, but I'd strongly suggest looking at the Topram website to see the level of company you are dealing with before considering this. The site hasn't been updated since 2003 and still lists 64MB (yes, MB) USB sticks. Sad, really.

Just works

Western Digital WD Green WD20EARX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD20EARX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Just works. I've hit this drive pretty hard for the last month with several complete reformats and reconfigurations. I use it for about 500GB of very active data under Linux running several concurrent and frequently reimaged virtualized mainframes and no problems so far.

Cons: None come to mind

Overall Review: In case of a hard drive, for me it either works and doesn't hang up, or it doesn't, so as long as it doesn't show noticable lag and gets no I/O errors, I'm happy. So no throughput measurements or RAID experience here. Bottom line: my pretty stressed system runs fine with this drive.