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Joshua S.

Joshua S.

Joined on 12/16/05

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Most Favorable Review

A breeze to install

ASUS A8N5X 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS A8N5X 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Got this MB for my very first DIY PC - it was a total breeze to install (only one very minor setback, see below) and survived what I'm sure were several newb mistakes in handling a MB (I definitely shuddered after whacking it by accident a few times, but I've had no problems with its performance)

Cons: Rear I/O shield *ever so slightly* too big for my case (ugh!); for setups with 1 memory card, the instructions say to put the card in the B1 slot, but this is wrong (it goes in the slot closer to the CPU); cpu heatsink is kind of close to the PCIe slot

Overall Review: At first I freaked out that my graphics card was defective since I was getting 1 beep at startup but no visual display. Called ASUS tech support and they told me to switch the location of the memory card, and everything has worked perfectly since then. Very pleased with this MB.

12/23/2005
Most Critical Review

Looks, feels like, is junk

X-Gene 01030 Black 103 Normal Keys 23 Function Keys USB 2.4 RF Standard Wireless Media Center Edition Keyabord w/ Optical Trackball
X-Gene 01030 Black 103 Normal Keys 23 Function Keys USB 2.4 RF Standard Wireless Media Center Edition Keyabord w/ Optical Trackball

Pros: None that come to mind

Cons: Looks and feels cheap... because it is. When it worked, connection was extremely spotty and I often had to unplug and plug-back-in the usb receiver connected to the computer. Broke after about 3 months.

Overall Review: Don't waste your money - there are other options

Doesn't get hot!

SONY Laptop VAIO SZ Series Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 (1.66GHz) 1GB Memory 60GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 and Intel GMA950 13.3" Windows Vista Business VGN-SZ440N01
SONY Laptop VAIO SZ Series Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 (1.66GHz) 1GB Memory 60GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 and Intel GMA950 13.3" Windows Vista Business VGN-SZ440N01

Pros: Bought this to replace an old ThinkPad T40 and couldn't be happier. Feels *very* lightweight (but not at all cheap - just the opposite), screen is very bright (first time I've owned a laptop and not need to use the brightest possible display setting), good performer with excellent battery life.

Cons: Switch to go from "speed" to "stamina" mode doesn't take affect w/o a restart. Speakers are on the lower end of the spectrum for laptop speakers (headphone jack works excellently though :).

Overall Review: Unlike almost every other laptop I've ever used, the bottom barely gets warm, which is great if you like to actually use a laptop on your *lap*.

Best keyboard I have ever owned

Logitech Media Elite 967559-0403 Black 102 Normal Keys 18 Function Keys USB or PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard
Logitech Media Elite 967559-0403 Black 102 Normal Keys 18 Function Keys USB or PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard

Pros: This is a fantastic keyboard, especially for the price. The buttons just feel nicer and more comfortable to use than any other keyboard I have had - kind of like a TiVo, you don't know what you're missing until you've tried it, and then you will never go back! The buttons are also very quiet, which is nice and there are a lot of programmable keys for quick-launching programs, changing volume, etc.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: Buy it!

11/17/2006

Nice HTPC board

Foxconn 6150K8MA-8EKRS 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Foxconn 6150K8MA-8EKRS 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: This a great little mobo for an HTPC case. Video runs flawlessly at 1368 x 768 resolution. Very nice features all around, and passively cooled so no fan noise.

Cons: Doesn't have DVI or component output, which may be an issue for some people (my TV has a VGA-monitor input, so I am using that for now - mobo also has an S-video out). Extremely limited overclocking options in the BIOS but, again, not an issue for me since this is not a gaming rig. Instructions are pretty clear, but first-time builders *might* want to look elsewhere.

Overall Review: I am really liking this board so far. For an HTPC, it gets the job done and does it well. Lack of DVI/component outputs is really what keeps this from getting 5 stars; but if that is not an issue for you, buy it!

11/17/2006

Better than I expected!

Cooler Master CM Media 250 RC-250-KKN2 Black Aluminum front panel and SECC steel body Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case
Cooler Master CM Media 250 RC-250-KKN2 Black Aluminum front panel and SECC steel body Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case

Pros: Bought this case for a budget HTPC build but, much to my surprise, the construction and quality is actually better than the more expensive Silverstone and Lian Li cases I have owned. The front bezel is thick, solid aluminum that has a very high-quality look and feel. Air flow is fantastic and the exhaust fans are pretty quiet (for 60mm fans, anyway).

Cons: Does *not* come with a VFD anymore! You have to buy this seperately for $60 (search on Newegg for "Coolermaster RC-260").

Overall Review: I really can't say enough positive things about this case. Coolermaster even thought to include some wire management features inside, which is a nice touch. Everything was easy to install - wires are all the right length, drive bay cages are accessible and do not have to be removed, very roomy inside. Just a fantastic deal at <$100!

11/17/2006