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Thomas D.

Thomas D.

Joined on 10/30/03

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Most Favorable Review

Best Value with DD-WRT

NETGEAR WNDR3300-100NAR N300 Wireless Dual Band Router IEEE 802.11n version 2.0 IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11a 5.0 GHz
NETGEAR WNDR3300-100NAR N300 Wireless Dual Band Router IEEE 802.11n version 2.0 IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11a 5.0 GHz

Pros: Dual radios (1x 5ghz, 1x 2.4ghz). DD-WRT capable I cannot say enought about DD-WRT.... The stock firmware is garbage, but DD-WRT turns this little puppy into an extremely capable router. With DD-WRT you can stream HD video over 5ghz AND have all other devices using the 2.4ghz wireless G to browse the web. When done like that, they will never interfere with one another or have to share wireless bandwidth on the LAN.

Cons: Not gigabit - but no eggs deducted because I bought it knowing full well it wasn't. Also worth mentioning is that it as a rom size just a tiny bit smaller than 4mb, so the standard DD-WRT builds won't fit unless a feature or two is removed (kaid etc).

Overall Review: I have 1 in my living room with my entertainment system, TV, XBOX, and Bluray hooked to it. It is bridged to the other on the other side of the house at 5ghz wireless N. The connection shows 135mbps, which ain't bad considering the distance and walls in-between. My wireless G network was connecting at about 14 to 20mbps......which made streaming video skipping, and streaming HD video impossible. Do NOT expect to connect two of the that are more than 5 feet away at the advertised 300mbps (270mbps actual) speeds. If any distance is between them, it will connect at less. I bought it knowing that and the 135mbps speeds are over 6 times better than what my G network was connecting at.

12/15/2010
Most Critical Review

Great Mouse, Garbage Wheel

Logitech G500 Black Chrome 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse
Logitech G500 Black Chrome 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: The features this mouse has are superb, and with one big exception, its performance is flawless. The grip, adjustable weights, on-board memory for macros and commands, and the "feel" of the mouse are all superb.

Cons: The wheel is garbage. I've had $9 mice with a more usable wheel button. The wheel as two modes, free spinning, and single "click" spinning. Even while in click spinning, it is too easy to spin...... When you couple how easy to spin it is with how hard to press the wheel to use it as a middle mouse button is, you run into problems. The primary issue is that every PC shooter uses the wheel as the weapon switch function.....which means if you use the middle mouse button for anything useful (such as reload, etc) you will constantly find yourself switching weapons instead of reloading (or whatever function you were wanting to do). If you are wondering AT ALL if this will be a problem for you, let me save you the time.... IT WILL. I thought the same thing...that I could get used to it or that it would not affect me.......it does. Period.

Overall Review: I had another logitech mouse without the selectable wheel spinning modes, and it was perfect... Now that logitech added the two different modes, it is garbage. Logitech really should ditch this useless and counter-productive "feature" from all of its mice.

11/20/2010

serious issues

Logitech K400 2.4GHz Wireless Touch Keyboard
Logitech K400 2.4GHz Wireless Touch Keyboard

Pros: Small, aesthetically pleasing and cheap

Cons: Reception is abysmal. First off, it has a "grip of death" issue like the iphone 4. This is much worse, however, since the part you can't touch is the bottom of the keyboard. If you plan on setting it on your lap or using it from the sofa...do not buy this keyboard. There is also significant "lag", but I think that has to do with the reception issue. Because the signal drops out all the time, not all your keypresses or trackpad movements can get sent right away...then when signal is regained all those moves and keypresses coming flooding back. These 2 issues combine to make the keyboard practically unusable for my HTPC setup.

Overall Review: I'm considering RMAing, but from searching on the internet it seems to be a product design defect. So no replacement is going to work. Knowing what I know now about this product, I would not have purchased it and I cannot suggest enough that others do not waste money on it.

Tight fitting but capable

SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body MILO Series ML03B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body MILO Series ML03B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Cheap Holds 2x 3.5 inch hard drives, 1x 2.5 inch, and an optical drive. It's a very tight fit on the inside, but you can mitigate this by getting a smaller (relative to other mATX boards) motherboard and power supply. You can give yourself even more space by carefully planned positioning of your PSU. It's good that its tight....because when it comes to HTPCs, its either a tight fit or its unnecessarily large. I managed to fit a blu-ray drive, two 3.5 inch hard drives, and 1 2.5 inch hard drive in here while still keeping the inside nice and neat. Planning and positioning is everything.

Cons: Screws on the inside are easy to overtighten and strip the threads (off the case side). It would be nice if there was a pre-drilled hole for CIR (consumer infrared) sensors. They really didnt maximize their space. If you have fabrication skills you could squeeze another couple 3.5 inch internal hard drives in there. They likely left a little bit of space for larger motherboards, but mine gave me plenty of room (Asrock B75M).

Overall Review: Position your power supply so the large chunk of wires coming out the back is facing DOWN. The optical drive is going to go right up against the PSU and facing the PSU harness down will allow you to get them nice and close. Use the included rubber noise-isolating hard drive spacers and it'll be whisper quiet.

HTPC Beast

Intel Core i3-2105 - Core i3 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 3.1 GHz LGA 1155 65W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I32105
Intel Core i3-2105 - Core i3 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 3.1 GHz LGA 1155 65W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I32105

Pros: Extremely quiet for a non-35 watt processor. The fan is barely audible. The PC is about 18 inches from my face and I can only *barely* hear it in a completely silent room. In fact, the sound of me typing this out is at least 8x louder than the fan. HD 3000 in an HTPC (and budget) friendly processor. I would strongly recommend this over the 2100 and 2120 since they come with the far less capable HD 2000.

Cons: No cons.

Overall Review: I haven't got a chance to really get this thing burned in yet, but so far its been running cool and quiet all day long.

Not bad

ASRock B75M LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock B75M LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Easy setup Very configurable UEFI / USB 3.0 / SATAIII / HDMI Relatively inexpensive 24 hrs burn in with no bluescreens or restarts. Seems reliable.

Cons: Did not detect my DDR3-1600 ram as DDR3-1600 (detected as 1333). I know some ram manufacturers default the ram to slightly slower settings, but the motherboard does not even have the option to enable DDR3-1600 on my ram. I will be updating the BIOS asap to hopefully address the issue. USB 3.0 Western Digital Passport 1TB would not work when plugged into USB 3.0 ports. USB 2.0 based WD Passport worked fine plugged into the USB 3.0 ports, and even the USB 3.0 drive worked when plugged into USB 2.0 ports. This *could* be the fault of my OS (Ubuntu 12.04) or the drive itself, so I did not deduct an egg.

Overall Review: Impossible to test if my ram is good at the advertised specs without my motherboard allowing me to set them to 1600 (since my other computers are DDR1 and DDR2 only).