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Jason N.

Jason N.

Joined on 07/15/01

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Most Favorable Review

Very nice case

NZXT H2 H2-001-BK Black Steel / Plastic Classic Silent ATX Mid Tower Chassis
NZXT H2 H2-001-BK Black Steel / Plastic Classic Silent ATX Mid Tower Chassis

Pros: * Stylish clean design * Hot swap hard drive dock * Built-in Fan controller * Very quiet * Lots of room for hidden cabling * Innovative "wireless" front fans * defused white LEDs - not superbright * USB 3.0 front bay/rear plate * Filters for all fans * Magnetic door

Cons: Instructions are ok, but it was difficult to figure out how to mount the hard drive in their trays. Had to flex the bracket to get the pins into the hard drive mounting holes. Would be nice to have some guidance on this in the instructions. I also had an issue with the Power LED, thought NZXT took care of it promptly at no cost better than I could have expected Also had a broken magnet on the top fan cover, the way they're attached with little plastic pins seems a little weak. Could just glue it back on better than before but I put in a top fan so I'm not really using it anyway

Overall Review: This case has 8 drive slots which seems like a lot for a case intended for silence. A better setup would seem to be fewer drive bays with more space in-between each for better cooling, and a 3.5" bay for my memory card reader.

Most Critical Review

Stopped working at 18 monthes, difficult to get an RMA

ASUS AC2900 Dual-band Gaming Router, game acceleration, Mesh Wi-Fi support, Lifetime Free Internet Security, DFS, Gamer Private Network, Port Forwarding, Streaming & Gaming (RT-AC86U)
ASUS AC2900 Dual-band Gaming Router, game acceleration, Mesh Wi-Fi support, Lifetime Free Internet Security, DFS, Gamer Private Network, Port Forwarding, Streaming & Gaming (RT-AC86U)

Pros: Nice UI, can turn off LEDs

Cons: 2.4Ghz Died after 18 monthes

Overall Review: I like Asus routers, they have a nice UI, but I've experienced the same issue now after 18 months that I see a lot of users have, the 2.4ghz band has stopped working. To make matters worse, so far it's been impossible for me to RMA it. I've been trying to submit the online for a week in multiple browsers, and I always get "your serial number "undefined" has already had an RMA #"undefined", clearly some kind of script error. I tried online chat, but ever time I try to connect to a live person, it shows an error. I don't see any other way to open a ticket, I'm still trying to get this resolved, very frustrating to deal with this on top of an expensive failed router

High quality board that looks Great to last throughout AM5 Platform

MSI MEG X670E ACE AM5 AMD X670 SATA 6Gb/s E-ATX AMD Ryzen™ 7000 Series Motherboards, DDR5, Wi-Fi 6E, 10G Super LAN + 2.5G LAN, PCIe 5.0 M.2 slots,  HD Audio with Audio Boost.
MSI MEG X670E ACE AM5 AMD X670 SATA 6Gb/s E-ATX AMD Ryzen™ 7000 Series Motherboards, DDR5, Wi-Fi 6E, 10G Super LAN + 2.5G LAN, PCIe 5.0 M.2 slots, HD Audio with Audio Boost.

Pros: - Very well-built board, surprisingly heavy and feels quality - Board has very nice styling and just the right amount of RGB - Tons of expansion I/O & M2 slots - Latest gen PCIe GPU & Storage to last through AM5

Cons: - The network adapter so new wasn't in the Windows 11 installer, I used a USB network adapter during Windows install since I had one, otherwise could have given it the drivers separately - I wish could control the lighting directly through BIOS rather than software

Overall Review: A high quality top of the line motherboard that looks very nice with all the bells and whistles, a little pricey but I hope to keep with throughout the life of the AM5 platform. This review is for the MSI Review Rebate Program.

Nice Camera

Zmodo CM-I11123BK Wireless WiFi IR Pan Tilt Network Camera
Zmodo CM-I11123BK Wireless WiFi IR Pan Tilt Network Camera

Pros: Remote panning Night vision multiple accounts with different rights

Cons: No Windows phone 7 app - though I can use a free IP camera viewer app, just no motion controls

Overall Review: I wasn't sure about this camera based on the low and only review at the time compared to a name brand camera on sale for the price with none of the extra features, happy with my decision. Manual isn't the greatest, but decent - only had to refer to it once. Few notes... You may have to hit the wireless scan a few times, don't just type your info in - let it find it and select it To get IP camera app MPJEG support, enter the URL like ip:port/video.cgi - doesn't work without the file name

nice cooler

XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler LGA1150 Haswell Compatible
XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler LGA1150 Haswell Compatible

Pros: Good quality at a good price, read a lot of positive reviews on other sites as well before choosing it. Instructions are workable

Cons: Was missing a paper washer (easy to replace) and one of the screws that attach the v bracket to the block. Luckily I managed to a spare the right thread and size - otherwise I would have been pretty disappointed when my build ground to a halt with no place open to get a replacement

From 8mbs to 50mbs

TRENDnet TEG-S80TXE Unmanaged Copper Gigabit Switch
TRENDnet TEG-S80TXE Unmanaged Copper Gigabit Switch

Pros: Using PCATTCP to do a speed test I went from 8mbs to 50mbs with this switch. This is connecting to file server on the far side of the house through a long piece of old cat5 (not 5e). Temperature of the unit is fine ... cooler then the linksys 300n router sitting next to it.

Cons: None so far

Overall Review: Should have upgraded to gigabit earlier....

10/21/2008