Date Joined: 04/28/08
Overall Review: Popped the hood, dropped the drive, watched my speed go from 150mbs to 2500.So, like, that was exactly as advertised.I was replacing a 5400 rpm drive so I cloned it and copied it over, about 1 gb of data, and it took about 30 minutes total. But the entire process was staggeringly easy and it's been speedier all around since. Shouldn't have ever put that 5400 rpm drive in in the first place but SDDs were too expensive at the time.
Overall Review: Replaced a laptop's 4 gb RAM that it shipped with and it's an all new computer. Open, remove, replace, startup. Seconds to do, minutes less boot up and every thing else!
Overall Review: When I need a mouse for a laptop I go for this one. USB? Sure. Bluetooth? Got it. More than one computer even? Oh yeah. Battery life is great and it only needs a AA anyway. Great for adults but still comfortable for kids.
Overall Review: My processor wasn't causing any bottlenecking, it was just a Ryzen 3 that I was overclocking too much. Adding this many cores really made everything so much faster and just being able to drop in a Gen 3 processor into the same slot: thanks AMD, you just make it simple.
Overall Review: Huge fan of the instructions now available online since my last build, as various processors deal with heat differently. Really clear and simple!
Pros: Shiny! Red!
Overall Review: It was just that simple in the end. Check the MB manufacturer's site, order the right RAM and drop it in. A heck of a deal on RAM as well, really happy to see that I still have some overhead on programs that used to strain the PC.
Pros: I didn't have enough RAM. Then I put this in and then I had more RAM.
And they're red and flashy.
Overall Review: Just a reminder, always check the motherboard specs before you buy RAM!
Overall Review: Everyone in the house needs a computer this fall for various streaming and school things, so I was looking for something inexpensive that just worked and small enough to fit anywhere. As the IT person in the house now having to maintain a lot more hardware I just wanted some gear I didn't have to fiddle with. Yes, I could build something but this just plugged in and... that was it.
The only downer about it is the lack of wifi card, which isn't mentioned anywhere and needs to be built into the unit from the get go. Lenovo recommends a USB wifi adapter as a solution but our speed was incredibly limited and I ended up doing Powerline to get a decent connection. But, YMMV.
Overall Review: I found this to be incredibly easy to set up to expand the wifi in the house, as everyone is working from home now. So just plugging it into the new Powerline adapter and... well, that was it.
I logged into the IP and changed a few settings but the process was seamless and a lot less frustrating than other routers I've used.
Pros: - As fast as plugging into my wired router
- Incredibly easy to expand the system
- Pass through plug means the outlet isn't lost
Cons: - It's fairly large and may block the other receptacle in an outlet
Overall Review: When it works Powerline is amazing, when it doesn't it's frustrating. However, in my house the fifty year old wiring works incredibly well. To the point where I match the speed of plugging directly into the router itself.
If you're having wifi issues then I think Powerline is the next step in fixing the process, as these things run about eighty bucks and and mean you don't have to run any CAT cable. If Powerline doesn't work then you should think about running that wire, but give these a try first. I had used Powerline in the past, about ten years ago, and these are an amazing difference, as they simply just work. So much so that I rolled Powerline out through the rest of the house and saved myself so much frustration about Ethernet speeds when everyone is streaming and conference calling right now.
Huge fan, I think these are great.
Pros: Part of a new build centering around an overclocked Ryzen 3 1200, the ASUS bios has been an absolute pleasure to use and tweak. A solid board, it went right in and even when swapping out the CPU heatsink recently I didn't have to take it out of the case, everything can be done from the top.
Given that it's Micro ATX, you're looking at this because it'll fit in your case or you have a small case you're considering. I would definitely classify this as a solidly built motherboard with the very minimum amount of attachments to create a functioning system. At the same time, there's very little on it to go wrong as a result.
Cons: Two fan headers, so using both just for the all in one water cooler I have is kind of annoying, but that was purchased after this MB, so I knew that going in.
Two RAM slots, so expansion means you'll need to buy new RAM as you go forward. This is all in the spec sheet, so shouldn't be a surprise, but you should be aware.
Overall Review: Read the specs and do your homework with regard to compatibility for RAM and processor and you'll be just fine. Grab the latest BIOS on a thumb drive before you start too. From empty case to BIOS beep was about twenty minutes, the Windows install took the longest, ASUS has made this really easy.
Pros: Fully unlocked means you should overclock, BIOSes make everything really easy these days to push it. I've run it out to a stable 3.9 and have been really happy with the new build coming in at less than $600 (a graphics card was hard to find!) with plenty of room to grow into another AMD in the future.
I swapped out the stock cooler with a AIO water cooler in my very small case and run After Effects and then Fallout 4 quite easily, it's been a big change since the previous processor I was using that was about four years old. For a hundred bucks the install, overclocking, and ease at what I put this processor through on a daily basis has been, well, fun.
Cons: No graphics so any install will need a separate graphics card. I'm running multiple monitors anyway, so I prefer to have a little more punch on that end.
It might not look like it but the stock cooler does indeed already have thermal paste, don't touch it. :)
Pros: It cleans! It purifies! It helps you fix those little heatsink mistakes!
I swapped out my stock CPU cooler for a AIO water system and watched my temperature drop 20 degrees, for the price I find it's well worth throwing in the cart if there's a chance you'll be attaching a lot of heatsinks.
Cons: None yet!
Overall Review: Comes with a very pleasant orange smell!
Pros: Ten seconds from BIOS to WIndows startup, what's not to love? Half a gig to just have for programs? What a delight for speed!
Cons: I'm pairing this with a 4TB hard drive for storage of other programs or data and then another 1TB scratch drive, so I wouldn't use just this drive alone these days, everything takes up more space.
Pros: It's a keyboard and it lights up. It's not the fanciest one out there, as it's only three panels of LED across the entire keyboard, but I find it more than adequate for how I'm using it.
Cons: The three lights for caps lock weren't coming on but a restart seems to have fixed the problem.
Pros: I really love the detachable mic so my kids won't break this one off like they did the last one. I can keep it in a drawer and pop it in as needed. I've read a lot of comments about not enough padding but I haven't felt like it yet, but it may be because I'm limited at only a few hours of gaming at a stretch.
Pros: With a new build around a Ryzen processor that I was overclocking the stock heatsink was jumping up to 70C pretty quickly. But given that my case only allowed about 85mm of height I was stuck working against physics.
Installation was easier than I thought it would be, I didn't even have to take the MB out of the case, just clean off the silver from the processor and clamp on the new pump. The fan is operating as a push and strapped to the CPU for that to act as a pull fan.
Heat loads plummeted immediately, after an hour or so finally breaking 50 degrees. This let me push the voltage a little further and still be stable. I'm aware that AICs will stay warmer longer, but if it spends an extra hour at 50 degrees instead of getting above 60 for thirty minutes I'm more than okay with the tradeoff.
Cons: As others have mentioned, don't torque the screws too tight, the fan frame can deflect the blades and cause noise.
Overall Review: I'd do this again in a heartbeat, cooling has paid off marvelously and I expect to keep using this unit in the future with any new processors as well.
Pros: They're red
Cons: These took two weeks to arrive. About a week of which was someone putting a box in a shipping container. Fast forward a month and the right earbud has failed. Wrote to RMA and get a replacement while in the warranty time and nobody has gotten back to me in four days.
Save your money, get anyone else's earbuds.
Overall Review: Would not recommend. Am here shopping for something else today. Certainly won't be by JLAB.
Pros: moved up from a 14" monitor from around 2003. This thing looks like it fills my wall. This is what I've been missing and it's awesome. Installation was a breeze and the resolution is fantastic. Nothing but good things to say.
Cons: Not a one
Overall Review: Newegg delivered less than 24 hours after I ordered it. Is there better customer service than that?
Pros: Holds up a monitor and contains more than enough hardware to do so. There are about twenty bolts I didn't need to use, but it's good to know they're there. You'll need to find a stud in your wall as well, you could chance it, as it's your monitor, not mine, but I wouldn't.
Cons: I wish there was a way to be able to ensure the wall bracket was level during installation.
Pros: My wife's a Mac, I'm a PC (Vista 64, drivers are available!) and while I'm using a desktop in the back next to the hub, she's working all over the apartment. I'm not a networking kind of guy, I don't want to put in a print server and deal with all of the addresses and IP numbers, but we just want to own one printer and have it print when we send things to it. It's not complex.
This is the solution. About 10 minutes on each machine for drivers via the enclosed CD and the staggeringly easy setup Flash program, a cable to the existing hub and we're done. No IP addresses. No extra cabling. No "Honey, try it now!" being yelled down the hall. This is the way every printer setup should be, networked or not.
Quick startup from off, great print quality. Good price and great reviews. I'm a fan.
Cons: Startup is a little noisy, but this isn't a major concern.
Pros: This is an amazing cable. It's almost like the electrons are there before they start. So fast it's astounding. Totally recommend.
Cons: Not a one.
Pros: While the Silverstone case states that it cannot accept CPU cooling over 78mm and the specs state this cooler is 81.5mm, this will fit in a Silverstone SG-01. You just have to remove the fan brackets via 4 small screws and this brings the size to 77mm. Works like a charm, I'm thrilled with 35C at the CPU.
All the silence is deafening here in the apartment, I have one fan on my entire system, in the PSU, which pulls air through the GeminII and out the back. Exactly what I was trying to do!
Overall Review: Silverstone SG-01, Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-SH, AMD 4850e, Cooler Master GeminII, 2x2mb G.Skill, Asus 3650 SIlent, WD 500gb, Nexus 400w 80+, Samsung SA-203