Joined on 10/28/03
Update: G.SKILL F3-19200CL10Q2-64GBZHD
Pros: This is an update to my previous review. I decided to give the system one more try. . First what I did is to re-flash the mobo's BIOS. I have Asus P9X79 Pro flashed with BIOS 4607. Second (and I feel this is important) I've reset the BIOS, then took the motherboard's battery off and left it for 5 minutes, then installed it back. Third, I've re-seated all 8 memory modules randomly on different slots. Computer booted up showing all 65535 MB DDR3 1333 memory. I went and changed the memory profile to XMP1. F10, rebooted the computer and hooray!!! all 65535 MB DDR3 2400 memory are listed! I've been running Memtest 4.20+ for almost 10 hours so far with 0 errors, so it is safe to assume that there is no problem with memory not being recognized in full capacity on 2400MHz anymore. Still not sure what helped, but I feel it was a combination of factors. Another good thing I noticed is that even after 10 hours of Memtest, 2400MHz @ 1.65V, the memory is running cool without active cooling that came with it.
Cons: NewEgg is not allowing to edit previous reviews as the big "A" bookstore web site does so I cannot edit my previous two-egg review.
Overall Review: Although the memory works just fine now, I had a rough time on the beginning and based on information I saw online there are other users with same problem as well. Do your homework, make sure your motherboard is compatible with this memory (and vice-versa), and try the approach above. It may work!
Good hardware but software is not ready
Pros: Build quality is excellent, the best one I ever seen. Aluminum frame makes it very sturdy. Screen is high quality with resolution close to 4k. Dedicated proprietary port for build-in gigabit network so it is not using valuable USB ports and doesn't require new device detection every time you connect the network adapter. Battery life is good, not great partially because of high resolution screen. Almost no bloatware, used Revo Uninstaller to get rid of them. Acronis 2014 can be used to do full disk image of the system along with all installed programs but you have to disable Fast Boot/Fast BIOS/SecureBoot and set OS Mode Selection to UEFI & CSM OS. Once image is ready, reset back to BIOS defaults. Unlike Samsung's recovery, Acronis will give you an option to restore whole system along with all your installed/activated programs after complete system failure from image previously created. Speakers are amazing for such a thin body and very loud compared with my old Sony ultrabooks, so no problems with Skype calls anymore. Paired with with Logitech Ultrathin BT mouse, works much better than the trackpad. Very quiet, rarely can hear fans spinning under normal work conditions but ait depends what you're doing...
Cons: With Windows 8.1 scaling, you're probably getting effective resolution of 1600x900 on this amazing screen on programs that "understand" high resolution. The ones that cannot scale properly are unusable because the text on menus/buttons is either too time so it cannot be read even with glasses, or too big so it cannot fit menu/buttons. The lid (display) it difficult to open with one hand, you may have to hold the bottom of ultrabook with other hand, otherwise it will lift the whole device. Just a single SSD, Sony uses two in RAID0 and it is faster. New i7-4500u Haswell CPU while it is more energy efficient is slower (about 10-15%) than 3 year old i7-2640M in my Vaio. It is also around 300g heavier than Vaio Z2. There is a problem with a trackpad that even after all updates sometimes stops recognizing anything on upper half of it and computer must be restarted to restore normal operations (and yes, I've tried calibration and updated the firmware/driver). Only 8GB memory, enough for most things but not enough if you're running virtual machines as I do when I need to test something while on the go. i7 CPU is dual core with HT so do not expect miracles! I think I saw that there is Toshiba SSD inside, would like to see equivalent of Samsung's own 840 Pro series instead.
Overall Review: Bought this Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus NP940X3G-K04US as a replacement to my 3 year old Vaio Z2 in a hope I'll get faster computer, better screen that can show me remote desktops via teamviewer/logmein and more time running on battery. Well, the hardware is good, but Windows 8.1 and other software I use regularly (like Adobe CS6, Lightroom, NetScan tools, Firefox and many many others) is simply not ready for resolutions beyond FullHD and 2560x1600 in some cases, especially on 13" screen. Windows 8.1 is doing better in terms of scaling compared with 8.0 but there is still alot to be desired. After struggling with this ultrabook for two days, installing all software I regularly use, testing various screen font sizes etc. I had no choice but return it for refund. It is simply not usable for abything but IE and just a few programs. I am going to use my old Vaio until probably Windows 9 (and to give software companies time to adapt their software to 4k screens) or will purchase something with a resolution 1920x1080. I was also considering ASUS UX301LA XH72T but given my experience with Windows 8.1 I will wait until everything is ready and scales as it should on resolutions beyond FullHD.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro Lifetime
Pros: Good product, was one of a few that was able to detect Cryptolocker and stop it (Norton, McAfee, Vipre and countless other all failed miserably at the same time), that's why is am purchasing Pro version. Lifetime updates is a nice bonus, it is great to know that I do not have to renew the subscription. Prior to Pro version was using free one for many years for myself and to cleanup all infected computers around.
Cons: The cons are not for Malwabytes but for NewEgg nasty price policy. Early morning on Jan 9, 2014 the price for retail version of this product here at NE was 29.99. It was (and still is about 20 on big online bookstore; and 25 directly from Malwarebytes. NewEgg sent email blast with 70% off coupon code for this product that brought the price down to 9 bucks so I jumped ahead and ordered few copies. Shortly after noon on the same day, the price suddenly jumped to 50 bucks and it's been that for days. It looks like somebody at NE discovered that they will not make too much profit with 70% discount so they adjusted the price "on the fly" effectively killing all the good they've done with it. NewEgg, I have even better idea: send us a coupon code for Malwarebytes for 1000% discount (just don't forget to raise the price of this product to keep your profit up). It is such a good marketing and sounds amazing: "Wow, 1000% discount!". And this is not the first time I noticed that the price of the products NE sell goes up right before they send coupons out for them or offer a discounts. I've been a NE customer since 2003 but not sure that I am going to tolerate these bad practices very long. Fortunately, there are many other (and often less expensive) options available online, just search for the product!
Overall Review: This days, just an antivirus alone is not enough to keep your computer protected from all viruses, trojans and other malware. Everyone needs multilevel protection on their computers, not only subscription-based (as the old antivirus programs are that update their definitions regularly), but also behavioral-based protection along with good software firewall + some computer knowledge. Don't rely or trust just a single vendor for all types of protection, get them from different vendors. There is a plenty information available online from reputable sources like VB100 and AV-Comparatives.
Dell U3014 Rev. A01 not ready for prime time?
Pros: 30" (2560x1600), low power consumption, sharp text, anti-glare coating.Uses less space than previous generations (like 3008wfp), lighter than many 27" monitors, not running hot as oven like my old 3008wfp.Tons of inputs, including USB 3.0 hub and card reader. Built-in power supply. Very bright even on 50%. Good (not perfect) colors, need some calibration
Cons: Bought two 3014s to replace my dual Dell 3008wfp setup I had zero problems over past 4 years. Both monitors have different set of problems and currently going back to Dell for replacement. First one will not go to sleep mode even if the computer it is connected to was powered off (it will just stay on with black screen with some backlight unless I turn the monitor off manually via power button). Sometimes the monitor cannot set itself proper resolution while going from low to high - the only way to get anything on the screen it to turn it off and then on). Second monitor won't power on at all when I first took it off the box. I changed the power cable, connected/disconnected different video cables - nothing. I almost packed it in the box but decided to try one more time and it powered on finally. The problem with this second monitor is that if you press the bezel around buttons it will display a grid of vertical lines all over the screen. In addition to this, the button sensors (yes, there is no more mechanical buttons) are so sensitive that they get activated by ANY object which is within an inch range of the right monitor edge. In my case, the second monitor of the right side of primary one was constantly activating the menu button sensor causing the light behind it to go on and off. THis makes onscreen menu usage almost impossible because the sensors are constantly flooded with false signals coming from nearby monitor that the sensor detects as user's finger. This second monitor also suffers from resolution change problem over DVI cable (haven't tested it with DP as my video card doesn't have one) so when I power on the computer I will see the BIOS messages, then Windows 7 is booting and once I am on login screen and resolution switches to native...boom! Black screen and nothing on it until I turn off the monitor and turn it back on. After this everything works fine until next restart or two.
Overall Review: I am disappointed: 2 defective monitors out of 2 ordered. I did own well over LCD 20 monitors in past 10 years and never had so many issues with any of them. I use to like Dell monitors for their relatively good quality, reliability and price which is usually lower than same class NEC or Eizo. Plus if you buy them from Dell you can get 5 years of advanced exchange for like $40-50. I am sure that I eventually will get a replacement monitors that will not have some of these issues above but I am pretty sure that the problem with these sensor buttons will persist until probably next revision. It might not be a big problem with a single monitor configuration but it is a problem with multi-monitor. Sensor buttons are pain-you-know-where to use if you have two computers connected to the same monitor using different cables since you have to go via onscreen menus and press multiple sensor buttons that are not very responsible (or if they work at all if not distracted by some other nearby objects lying on your desk close to sensor panel). My advise is: wait until Dell sort these known issues in future revisions of this model, and definitely look at different model with physical buttons if you have multiple computers connected to one monitor. Both monitors I've received were Revision A01, made Mar. 2013 in China. I'll update in couple days once I receive replacement monitors but I am not holding my breath since there are other reviews in the 'net about problems with this model. No wonder that the price is coming down so quickly (just couple month ago it was $1500, now you can get it for 30% less here at NewEgg after coupon. If the replacemnt monitors are not 100% free from all the issues I discovered I may just stick with my 3008wfp until Sammy or HP come with something usable.
Acer Aspire S7-191-6640 11.6" Ultrabook
Pros: Very compact and light Good quality Full HD touch screen screen. Comes with clumsy external battery for free, bluetooth mouse and soft case. Relatively quiet when under load, almost inaudible with light work. Two USB 3.0 ports. Video camera. 128GB SSD. The processor is dual core with 2 logical cores and is powerful enough for a normal user. You can run virtual machines but the memory is limited. Sound coming from speakers is good enough and loud enough for Skype conferencing.
Cons: There is a problem with wireless controller that gets disconnected from wireless access point with no reason almost every hour. In order to re-connect airplane mode must be toggled. Read reviews on Amaz*on regarding this problem with S7-191. Keyboard is silver and often is impossible to see the symbols on the keys, especially when backlit is not bright enough. Battery light is not good, that's why Acer included external battery pack for free so you can get about 4 hours battery life with this clunky battery attached to elegant and thin body. Screen doesn't have Gorilla glass as 13" model. Power button is on weird location (next to USB port), you can easily press it by mistake simply by moving the laptop or lifting it. Comes with enough cr*pware pre-installed like Tangent games or some Acer services. Only 4GB memory that is not upgradeable, but I already knew it. Screen brightness is not the best compared with many other ultrabooks, both previous and latest generation.
Overall Review: To expand the storage, use 64GB MicroSD card permanently installed. You'll need a 16GB USB flash drive to create recovery media that can be used to restore Windows 8 on SSD to factory condition. You can downgrade Windows to 7 if you wish and there is a setting in the BIOS allowing you to disable UEFI. Touchscreen is a bit overkill since most of the legacy applications were not designed for it and hence are not touch-friendly. USB-to-LAN adapter that came in the package is 100MBit only. Overall, it is a nice ultrabook that is light and pretty but only if you can live with shorter than average battery life, problematic wireless connectivity, not-so great keyboard, low screen brightness and...if you have good sight (text often is so tiny so you can't read it without magnifying glass) :-)
Pros: Bought it as backup switch for small office that currently use 2 year old GS724T switch. New revision of the same switch comes without any fan so it is absolutely SILENT! Tons of features that are usually found on enterprise switches that cost ten times more.
Cons: Web interface sometimes will not work on Firefox or other alternative browser. Wen interface is very slow, not always intuitive and limited.
Overall Review: I an not a fan of Netgear products anymore because of higher than before failure rate (I am getting HP J9080A Managed switch instead), but ProSafe switches carry lifetime warranty so I can have one spare switch sitting on the shelve for less than a 200 bucks. For serious networks that require high availability look at other brands.