Date Joined: 04/17/06
I reside in a 1 story 1600 sq ft home in a typical suburban neighborhood. My Wi-Fi router is a Netgear Dual Band 11ac R6200.
Driver installation was seamless. I followed the instructions provided and my Win7 x64 systems (laptop and desktop) received the driver and the adapter came to life. Also, I really like the USB extender it comes with, might actually use it for other purposes.
When transferring a single large file (3.2GB .iso DVD disk image) I was able to obtain speeds of 25MB – 30MB per second. On average I was seeing 24MB per second. With 802.11n I was seeing an average transfer rate of 18MB per second.
I was able to stream music on Spotify while watching an HD video on Netflix and browsing the internet. None of those actions seemed any different than my hard line connection.
Cons: Annoying blinking blue LED if it is within eye sight. Which is easily fixed with some electrical tape.
A bit large and bulky for laptop use.
Not sure where the 1.2Gbps claims come from. The most I got was 240Mbps.
Overall Review: Wireless 802.11ac is the future for Wi-Fi. In my opinion though, if you have a good 802.11n Wi-Fi environment you will only ever see a substantial improvement when moving large single files. In typical everyday use I doubt anyone could tell the difference between 802.11n and 802.11ac.
Pros: Simple easy to use. Interface allows for many configurations. Can be used as a repeater. Has been very handy in a corporate environment.
Cons: Configuration starts out as a Access Point. That just means that it will get it's IP address from a DHCP server and for most it may not be easy to figure out what that IP is to configure it.
Pros: - Fast, both the network and the interface.
- Very stable
- Tons of options! What can’t it do?
- Two Firmware options – Pro & User Friendly
- USB port for network attached storage (NAS)
- NAS drive can be accessed via FTP
Cons: - Can be easy to make a mistake in the configuration and shoot yourself in the foot.
- Documentation is weak.
- Complicated for some.
- USB is 2.0 not 3.0
Overall Review: So I have owned the Buffalo WZR-600DHP for about a month and a half now. It has been running very stable and I do feel like there has been a speed improvement on my network. In my opinion this router isn’t for everyone though. It is a very advanced router for home or small business use. Although, if you know how to navigate through files on a CD-ROM and know how to change the firmware on the router, then this may be a smart purchase with future expansion in mind. This router comes with a Professional level firmware, which was installed on mine out of the box, and a User Friendly firmware version. I didn’t try the User Friendly version, but I did see screen shots in the PDF manual and it did look more “friendly”. Using the Professional level firmware was a bit of a learning experience. I am a very tech savvy person, but my weakest point is advanced networking/routing. This thing can do much more than I currently need it to, but I find comfort in knowing that if someone tells me their router can do some advanced task I’ll be able to say “Oh I’m sure mine can do that too”. The question with this router isn’t what can it do, it’s what CAN’T it do. The one thing I was trying to do was to set up a guest network on the 2.4Ghz band. You do this by setting up a virtual interface on the 2.4Ghz band. This router will let you shoot yourself in the foot and not warn you. I forgot that the password for WPA(2)-AES security needs to be at least 8 characters long. I was trying to make it really simple, “123”. The bad part was the manual didn’t cover how to accomplish setting up a guest network that is separate from your main network. I know it can be done, I just don’t know how yet… This is not a wireless router for your grandparents.
Pros: Fans seem like simple devices that don’t need much concern as to which fan you will use for your computer build. In some ways the fan is one of the most noticed item, or not noticed (my preference). This particular fan is designed for CPU heatsinks. That is what the High Static Pressure part is about. Basically this means that the fan does a better job at forcing air through the fins of your heatsink. This is critical for overclockers like myself. Upgrading to this fan reduced my CPU temps by an average of 3*C. Which is pretty good considering my noise level did not increase and I only changed a fan! I like that it has built in rubber vibration absorption. The hydraulic bearings are pretty sweet too. Super smooth, quiet, and seems like they will last a very long time. The voltage step-down adapter works well at making the fan super quiet and does not kill the fan’s performance.
Cons: Well as much as I liked the rubber vibration absorbers, they made it difficult to connect the fan to my particular heatsink due to their thickness. Also, while I like the short power cord, others may find it is too short for their needs, so just keep that in mind. The cord is about 12 inches from the fan. If you use it for a CPU fan (like you should) this won’t be a problem.
Overall Review: It may seem gimmicky that you can change the colored ring, but if you have a theme going it’s nice that Corsair considered this. Just make sure you use one of the colored rings because they do serve a purpose. If you want to make your own custom color get some RIT dye and dye the white ring in whatever color you want. Use a pot over stove top to heat some water (hot but not boiling). Turn off the heat, add the dye, stir (be careful what you use to stir, you may dye it too), then put the white ring in and let set for 30 min.
Last thought, this fan is primarily for use with a CPU heatsink, use it for what it is designed for and you’ll be happy. Though it could be used as a case exhaust fan as well. If you are looking for an intake fan I would suggest the Corsair AF120 Performance Edition CO-9050004-WW. That fan spins slower and moves just as much air, but doesn’t do as good of a job forcing that air through an object. It does well at pulling air in.
Pros: Surprisingly fast for a 2.5” drive. I ran CrystalDiskMark on it and got 120MB sequential read & write. On the random 512K it did 45MB read and 53MB write. Using HD Tune 2.55, I also ran a complete disk scan to see if there were any bad sectors and there were not. One of my favorite things about this drive is that it has this nifty connection where you can disconnect the hard drive portion leaving you with a SATA power and data connections so that you can connect another hard drive if you wanted to. So this allows you to, well, use the USB3 connection with other SATA 2.5” drives. The Seagate Dashboard 2.0 installer was nice enough to realize it was out of date and automatically download the new version and continue on with the installation.
Cons: I tried to look for a con and just could not find one. The drive does what it says it does.
Overall Review: Unfortunately for me the Seagate Dashboard 2.0 software seems to require Microsoft .net 4.0, which normally is not a bad thing for most people, but for me this sucks because my .net is corrupted and the only way for me to fix it seems to be a repair install of the OS. Which I’ve been too busy & lazy to deal with yet. So I’m just using it on my laptop for now.
Pros: Great graphic performance and perfect for HTPC for my needs. I love the multi-output options.
Cons: HDMI audio is not working via SPDIF connection from motherboard to graphics card. I know how to properly connect the cable as I have done it before on a different card and it worked fine. So the problem is definetly with this graphic card.
Overall Review: Overall its a great card. I wont need the SPDIF to HDMI audio forever, as I am waiting to get a nice sound card.
BUT the feature is there and it should work!
Pros: Does its job well. Vista identified it right away and I never needed to put the driver CD in. Works like a champ.
Pros: This case is the best PC case on the market in my opinion (IMO).
With its seprate heat zones providing cool air intake and hot air exhaust in the most critical areas, all the while doing it very quietly. With cool air being blown directly accros all the hard drives and exhausted out with dual 80mm fans, this case succeeds at helping to protect against hard drive failure from excessive heat. I am really very impressed with how this case has droped my motherboard temperatures down by 10*C and my CPU temps by 5*C. This case is very well constructed. Look at its features and rest assured that they all work and work well.
Cons: I can hardly say this case has any real cons but here are my experiences that would fit in this category.
I noticed a rattleing in the front of my case and found that a few of the screws were loose and simply needed to be tightened. A very simple fix, but honestly I shouldn't have had to do that.
This next statement may not soley be the fault of the case, but its simply a problem I had when transfering my PC hardware over to the new case.
Everything installed well and when I first booted up I would get to my desktop but the PC would freeze up. I found that it was because of my sound card not being completely seated in its PCI slot. This was because of the removable motherboard tray. I needed to loosen the securing screws of the motherboard tray and press the tray twards the inside of the case and then resecure the screws. This gave me the clearance I needed to properly secure my sound card. Now everything is working great.
Overall Review: Yeah this case is expensive and I would have rather paid $499 for it, but I do love it and do not feel any sense of buyers remorse like I have on other products. I would love to answer any questions anyone has about this case but unfortuneatly NewEgg does not allow reviews to contain any sort of contact information. So I hope this review helps assure anyone considering buying this case that if you do dig deep in your pockets you won't be dissapointed.
Pros: I really liked this board overall. I love its connectivity. and Price.
Cons: I say its not done cooking because ATI hasn't cooked up a driver to display netflix through the HDMI yet. At least when I last tried about a month ago it may be a different story now. It was a DRM issue.
Overall Review: This is no gaming board IMO. It has decent graphics for movies and HTPC applications but not enough juice for gaming. Search "ati netflix hdmi" for more info.
Pros: Inexpensive for a high quality aluminum case! Great Air flow! Brings cool air across hard drives to help them last longer and protect your data. Does it all very quietly also, I could hardly tell it was on. Might make a nice HTPC case for its quietness. Also the front intake fans have a nice dust filter that is washable, so that helps keep internal dust down. Lots of room for hard drives so plenty of storage capability. I like the location of the front panel. Makes it easy to access, unless you keep your PC under a desk it might be an annoyance. I really loved this case all together.
Cons: I would have liked the one screw case door release latch. But I guess that's a feature you pay for on more expensive cases. I guess the top front panel inputs may be a frustration for some but not me.
Overall Review: Overall I really enjoyed this case and would recommend it to anyone!
Pros: Works great! Not much more to say other than it works. Seems to be fast too. Awesome price on NewEgg!
Cons: I guess I would have liked one of those plastic cases, but thats no big deal.
Overall Review: Not much to say about this item, It just works.
Pros: Draft N 2.0 Gigabit LAN Nice specs. The router looks very nice has a nice interface and seems to do its job. I liked that it has a switch to shut off the WiFi if I was ever going on vacation or anything I could very simply shut off the WiFi.
Cons: Can't really say it has any. In the computer world there are to many variable to blame issues on one product. I will say though that the computer I got to work well on this card didn't have the range I would have expected. Two rooms away about 75ft and 2-3 bars of signal in Vista SP1. Also I had a really hard time getting this router to DHCP an address to two identical laptops with an Intel wireless card that supported b and g wifi with WPA encription. It didn't really mater what I did, I manualy configured the IP, I disabled security and it was still flaky. I must say however that this may have been more of a problem for the laptops wireless cards than this router. Although the laptops were working fine on a previous wireless router. So that leeds me to conclude that the problem is more of a relationship between my particular laptops and this router.
Overall Review: I found setting WEP encription difficult and not user friendly but who really wants to use WEP anymore, but if the feature is on the router it should work well and be easy to create a key. I would like to compliment TRENDnet for their activity here on the NewEgg reviews. It really shows their desire to have a happy customer. My review is only to share the experience I had with this router and not to bash it in any way. Although I think I will be buying the TEW-633GR model especially now that NewEgg dropped the price.
Pros: It Does its job and it does it well!!! I love that it tells me how many watts I'm pulling. It will tell you just about anything you need to know regarding your power, and you can find it all via the LCD screen which is Great!
Cons: I noticed a normal humming/buzzing sound but it seems to have gone away on its own. Again it was a normal sound. Oh and it had a funny New UPS smell to it for about a week but that went away too. I'm really stretching here =)
Overall Review: I would suggest this UPS to anyone Good job APC!
Pros: I'm surprised there aren't more reviews on this drive. I have three of them and they are all fantastic.
Overall Review: My drive gets a max of 80MBs and a min of 40MBs. I think thats pretty nice for such an inexpensive drive.
Pros: Neat heat spreader.
Cons: Received one set DOA (failed memtest 86. RMA'd it for replacement. Received another set DOA (failed memtest even worse) RMA'd for refund. Switched to a brand that most people are happy with. Starts with an M.
Overall Review: Switched to a brand that most people are happy with. Starts with an M.
Pros: Great! Price. Fast and Stable. What more could you want?
Cons: I guess its kinda noisy when it first starts up. But I kinda like that, it blows out any accumulated dust.
Overall Review: I really love this card. I competes well with the other much more expensive cards. I specifically liked this card style over the GT because the hot air is exhausted outside the case.