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Alexander M.

Alexander M.

Joined on 06/01/01

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Most Favorable Review

Good color, low input lag

AOC 24V2H 23.8" Full HD 1920 x 1080 Ultra-Slim Monitor, Edge-to-Edge Frameless IPS Panel, 5ms, 75Hz, AMD FreeSync, FlickerFree, HDMI/VGA
AOC 24V2H 23.8" Full HD 1920 x 1080 Ultra-Slim Monitor, Edge-to-Edge Frameless IPS Panel, 5ms, 75Hz, AMD FreeSync, FlickerFree, HDMI/VGA

Pros: Very low input lag for an IPS, cheap, 75hz, good color as in most IPS panels

Cons: I wish 1440p monitors didn't cost so much extra

Overall Review: I tried Black Ops 4 with this monitor. Input lag was very low and response times were better than other IPS displays. Besides the resolution, this is a great monitor if you want one that can do it all. Color, low input lag and response times.

Most Critical Review

Good board while it lasted

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Lots of features including an onboard RAID controller, multiple PCie

Cons: Reliability if the reviews are to be believed

Overall Review: I have had this board for just over a year and use it everyday. I try to limit the times I restart the computer and for years have always used S3 sleep. When resuming, randomly (like 1 of 10 times), the SATA controller would stay asleep causing the computer to blue screen. Now a year later, S3 is useless because the computer will blue screen (due to a SATA controller error) almost every time after resuming from S3. I have switched multiple HDDs, many fresh installs of retail 64bit Windows 7, used the Intel and the RAID controller to no avail. The issue is definitely the board. This was a degenerative problem for me as S3 is now unusable.

Cheaper alternative to a Thunderbolt hub

Anker USB C Hub, PowerExpand 8-in-1 USB C Adapter, with 100W Power Delivery, 4K 60Hz HDMI Port, 10 Gbps USB C and 2 USB A Data Ports, Ethernet Port, microSD and SD Card Reader, for MacBook Pro and More
Anker USB C Hub, PowerExpand 8-in-1 USB C Adapter, with 100W Power Delivery, 4K 60Hz HDMI Port, 10 Gbps USB C and 2 USB A Data Ports, Ethernet Port, microSD and SD Card Reader, for MacBook Pro and More

Pros: 4k/60 works if your USB bandwidth is 10GBps (4k/60 works in 1 of my two laptops) Half or less the price of a Thunderbolt hub SD and Micro SD cards read as separate devices so you can mount both at the same time

Cons: These devices are all made similar in that their USB cord is a foot or less. I had to get a USB-C 10GB extension cord to extend the length.

Overall Review: Besides DisplayPort and 3.5mm audio, this device can replace what a Thunderbolt dock can do at a third of the price.

Works well and fast with an SSD

Sabrent USB 3.0 to SSD / 2.5-Inch SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Adapter (EC-SSHD)
Sabrent USB 3.0 to SSD / 2.5-Inch SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Adapter (EC-SSHD)

Overall Review: I've had many flash drives just die abruptly and it is very annoying. SSDs are a lot faster and more reliable than flash drives so I needed an adapter to use one I have laying around. I ordered one of these but it was defective. Sabrent sent me a replacement and it works well.

Fast read, average write

Samsung 256GB FIT Plus USB 3.1 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 300MB/s (MUF-256AB/AM)
Samsung 256GB FIT Plus USB 3.1 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 300MB/s (MUF-256AB/AM)

Pros: Read speeds nearing 400Mb

Cons: Write speeds are not great at 60-80Mb So small that I misplace it all the time (but at least I don't break it off the USB port)

Overall Review: This is fairly fast for a USB flash drive however external USB SSDs are getting pretty cheap and have much faster write speeds. I may opt for one of those in the near future.

Works well at least with 4 low power devices

Anker 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub, Ultra-Slim Data USB Hub with 2 ft Extended Cable [Charging Not Supported], for MacBook, Mac Pro, Mac mini, iMac, Surface Pro, XPS, PC, Flash Drive, Mobile HDD
Anker 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub, Ultra-Slim Data USB Hub with 2 ft Extended Cable [Charging Not Supported], for MacBook, Mac Pro, Mac mini, iMac, Surface Pro, XPS, PC, Flash Drive, Mobile HDD

Pros: Can't be beat for the price

Overall Review: I have a wired keyboard, wireless headset adapter, USB flash drive (I get same speed as if it were plugged directly into the motherboard) and flash card reader. Of course I am not using all of them at the same time for max power draw but in the few days I've had this, the hub seems to provide sufficient power while plugged into a 3.2 Gen 2 USB port (note the hub is only rated to be gen 1 speed). I had another one (possibly even an Anker) that had power/connection issues. I've had another one of these on my other system for at least 3 months and have had zero problems with that one.