Date Joined: 12/04/06
Pros: Does not have the typical nicks and cracks of a machine of this age (2012). A very fine machine. Comes with an SSD instead of a rotating drive.
Cons: No cons. Seriously. This 2012 laptop is waaaay better than any new cheap laptop for a similar price.
Overall Review: Mine came with a fingerprint reader and mobile broadband (3G), but this is not advertised, so yours might not. I updated the screen to an IPS from screencountry, which adds $80 to the total price.
Pros: Very stable with Debian GNU/Linux, both Jessie and Stretch. Still works perfectly after almost a year of use.
Cons: None, really, but it is not completely silent. There is a little noise from the fan.
Overall Review: I use with two sticks of Crucial CT102464BF160B memory, and a Crucial CT525MX300SSD4 SSD. I connect to a 1920x1200 monitor over display port. I have not tried this with a 4K monitor. I use it in an office with low dust levels, so I don't know how well it will withstand a dusty home.
Pros: No proprietary drivers needed. You can use this to install a pure Linux distribution.
Pros: The price on these dropped, so I bought a second one. If you want a keyboard for professionals without all the blinking lights and lame gimmicks, buy this. Heavy, classy, conservative, beautiful.
Cons: Like I did with my other keyboard, I got a USB cable with a straight connector to replace the right-angle connector included with the keyboard.
Overall Review: There should be an option for Cherry MX CLEAR switches. Doing a search for "Cherry MX Clear" on Newegg brings up all sorts of comical rainbow-colored keyboards. The only one which looks professional is not even full-sized.
Pros: No proprietary drivers needed. This works perfectly with your FSF-approved GNU/Linux distribution.
Overall Review: Buy this for your laptop if it doesn't have an ethernet jack. I use this in a Thinkpad S1 Yoga.
Pros: It's fast
Overall Review: Earlier I gave a bad review, but the problem was with my operating system
Pros: Professional-looking. Sturdy. Heavy. Good rubber feet which keeps it completely still when typing. The board underneath the keys has a reddish color, which makes it easy to see when garbage falls under the keys, and also looks classy, like the red cloth behind the keys on a piano.
Cons: The USB connector extends to the left, but my computer is on the right. I prefer (and bought) a straight connector.
Overall Review: I bought two of these, one with black switches and the other with brown switches. I would buy one with clear switches if they had them. I also got two blank keycaps from WASD (R1 1x1.25) to replace the windows keys, and they fit perfectly. It's nice to find a quality keyboard which doesn't look like a toy.
Pros: Same brand name as a router I previously owned (TP-LINK TL-WR541G) which NEVER needed rebooting. Works fine when it works. Detachable antennas.
Cons: Hangs at least once or twice a week, which is very tiring since I'm always too lazy to walk downstairs and reboot it.
Overall Review: It did not used to hang so frequently, but it certainly did hang occasionally; otherwise I would give it two eggs instead of three. Still under warranty, so I'll report back after I try to RMA.
Pros: Really clever tool-less design. Very cool.
Cons: The USB 3.0 fell off in my bag, after using this only once.
Overall Review: There is a three year manufacturer warranty, but since my connector is lost, I wonder what will happen. This is probably to inexpensive to even bother.
Cons: The keyboard required firm presses. Later on, the keyboard malfunctioned so that pressing certain letters would produce different one onscreen.
Overall Review: If I had not owned a Garmin previously, I probably would never buy Garmin again. I suspect this was a defective unit which the manufacturer assumed was not defective. Luckily I bought the extended warranty. Unfortunately, the money from the warranty can't be refunded.
I recently bought another NEW Garmin which works just fine. Will never buy refurbised again.
Pros: Seems to work fine with kernel 2.6.36 and edac-utils. So far (after a month) no errors have been reported. I have two sticks (8GB) on an ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3.
Cons: no cons-- it works as expected
Overall Review: Since the price was reduced, I might buy two more sticks. I use lots of memory to compute and render extremely high resolution images.
Pros: Fast. I have two of these, but I just recently got another. This time, I installed Debian and ALL my filesystems (including /home) on the drive, instead of just the application files (/usr). Makes a huge difference when processing documents. I can TeX a file and preview (Xdvi) before I finish blinking my eyes. On my other computer with the same drive, the only benefit is improved application start-up times. I think the benefits depend on what you do. But for me, there wasn't an obvious improvement until I put EVERYTHING on the drive.
Cons: 30 GB should be enough, but it's unfortunate to have to be mindful of space. Also, it doesn't come with a SATA cable, so I used my last spare one on this drive.
Overall Review: Some people worry about wear and tear on these drives, especially if you put on a filesystem with lots of writes. I don't care. I have backups everywhere, and doggonnit, I paid for it, so I mgiht as well USE it.
Specs: Debian stable on a Core 2 Duo with 1GB RAM. Ext3 filesystem throughout.
Pros: I've had it for six months now using 2x2GB of Crucial memory. The board does take ECC memory, which I forgot to get, alas. No issues at all.
Cons: Fan on my AM2 processor doesn't slow down-- runs at full speed
Overall Review: Debian Lenny; Radeonfb with software acceleration for Xorg
Pros: I bought two sticks. I wish my motherboard had more DIMM slots, for I'd buy two more. Currently, I'm looking for an excuse to buy more of these before inventory runs out.
Overall Review: Using these on an ECS AMD690GM-M2 with AMD X2 4600+ 65W
Pros: If you're sensitive to noise, the stock HSF is just fine. It does give you the high pitched noise when running under load, but since this is intermittent, I don't mind it at all. Moreover, sometimes I get home and the computer is on and I don't even notice it. You just can't get an Athlon XP this quiet with decent cool (except water, I guess). 28-29 Celcius idle, 45-47 Celcius under heavy load (both cores maxed out)
Cons: None, but this isn't hard to accomplish because I've never bought a defective CPU in my life.
Overall Review: The packaging is very nice :)
Pros: First of all, note that I don't use Windows at all, I don't overclock, and I don't play games that require $300+ video cards, so this review may be irrelevant to you. If you're looking for a very stable motherboard that works out of the box w/o any quirks, this is it. Built-in DVI is pretty compelling. The manual is also nice (available online) because it explain all BIOS options, and it even comes with a SATA cable. I booted with Gentoo 2007.0. Xorg doesn't work out of the box, but if you edit xorg.conf and change the driver to fbdev and depth to 16 you can get graphics going, and you can download the proprietary ATI drivers, if you can (like me) sacrifice your freedom in the near term. I was unable to get Xorg configured with an Ubuntu live CD, however.
Cons: Unfortunately, for those running a free or open operating system, the Xorg driver doesn't support the X1250 (yet) and I don't know if it will in the near future. I can get fbdev working at 16 bits, but no luck with vesa, so far.
Overall Review: Linux kernels 2.6.20.x boot and work just fine. I can't get any later kernels to boot, but this just might be my inability to get the configuraton right. KVM virtual machines work fine. Parallel computations compute in almost half the time as single threaded computations, as expected.
AMD X2 4600+ 65W processor
2GB (2x1GB) Kingston Value RAM
Pros: Quiet, but the noise it makes is high-pitched, so it may annoy really sensitive people who like extremely quiet environments (like myself), but I actually don't mind it so much. I get 39 degrees Celcius on an Athlon XP 1800+/Soyo Dragon Ultra.
Cons: none really, to be fair
Overall Review: I was shocked that an aluminum heatsink with a small fan could cool better than the circa 2002-2003 copper and exotic hsf I used to own. This is a good buy.