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Joshua C.

Joshua C.

Joined on 12/17/06

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Top notch drives!

WD WD RE4 WD1003FBYX-FR 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
WD WD RE4 WD1003FBYX-FR 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Bought 2 of these and popped them into a SANS DIGITAL TR4UTBPN 4Bay RAID system and they're working great! Paid for 3 day shipping and received them in perfect condition next day, Newegg rocks! Sustained r/w speeds of 120MB/s+ even after converting the volume to a Truecrypt encrypted volume.

Cons: Nothing so far

Good product, a little flimsy but still worth it!

Syba SY-ACC65045 Tool Kit for Repairing Xbox, Wii and PlayStation Game Consoles
Syba SY-ACC65045 Tool Kit for Repairing Xbox, Wii and PlayStation Game Consoles

Pros: Used this kit (along with others) at my computer repair shop where we fixed not only PCs and laptops but also consoles. This kit became invaluable quickly (if not only for the hollow torx bits). Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a very complete set of tools on a budget. I lost a few pieces over the years and am placing an order for another kit today. :)

Cons: The xbox 360 opening tool (weird flat notched aluminum piece) is quite flimsy.

Great RAID system!

SANS DIGITAL TowerRAID TR4UTBPN 4-Bay 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 / eSATA Hardware RAID-5 Storage Tower
SANS DIGITAL TowerRAID TR4UTBPN 4-Bay 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 / eSATA Hardware RAID-5 Storage Tower

Pros: eSATA + USB3.0 interfaces! Low cost and very quiet. Sustained speeds of 120MB/s+ even after converting the RAID1 volume to a Truecrypt encrypted volume. Paired this system with 2x Western Digital RE4 1TB drives in RAID1, setup was easy and fast.

Cons: The included "TurboHDD USB" software is bad news. It frequently told me to "re-plug in the device" (even after it had already mounted) and was causing checksum errors on files copied to the RAID drive (verified with ExactFile). After uninstalling, problems went away and speeds remained the same. I'm using this as a client data store and definitely can't be worrying about if the data copied is going to match the original.

Overall Review: Using USB3.0 connection w/o "TurboHDD USB" software. 2x Western Digital RE4 1TB SATA-II installed in RAID1.

Amazing little device!

SABRENT USB-DSC5 2.5"/3.5"/5.25" SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Converter Adapter With Power Supply & LED Activity Lights
SABRENT USB-DSC5 2.5"/3.5"/5.25" SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Converter Adapter With Power Supply & LED Activity Lights

Pros: Within 2 days of owning this, I needed it to transfer files from a dead box's HDD to a laptop. This thing worked like a charm, was fast, and the client was very impressed by how smoothly the process went.

Cons: Feels cheap

Overall Review: I was skeptical of this product due to some previous reviews about catastrophic meltdowns and such. I have a feeling those are due to either unstable home/strip power or incorrectly plugging in the molex. Buy this, it's awesome.

Decent

TRENDnet TEW-638APB N300 Wireless Access Point
TRENDnet TEW-638APB N300 Wireless Access Point

Pros: Set this up as a wireless adapter (AP Client Mode) and it worked first try! I updated the firmware ASAP so I can't comment on how it acted in its default state though. Didn't require the CD for installation, manually configured my net adapter to the right range and off I went.

Cons: Haven't figured out how to make this do WDS with my TrendNET TEW-633GR, but that's probably the 633GR's fault.

Overall Review: Incredibly fast shipping from NewEgg (once again). Buy this if you need a wireless adapter!

Perfect case?

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Amazing cable management features. Excessive amount of pre-installed 120mm fans (not to mention the awesome 200mm top fan). Well built, durable steel (didn't feel flimsy at all). Handy top-mounted eSATA port. Very quiet. HUGE CASE!

Cons: My PSU's 8-pin CPU cable wasn't *really* long enough to reach from the bottom of the case to the top of the motherboard with my video card in the way. I ended up sneaking it underneah the video card, bit of a hack. No eggs were taken off as this is mostly my PSU's fault.

Overall Review: Dropped my temperatures by a significant amount! Idle at the BIOS my temps were at 130F/100F but now idle around 107F/73F (CPU/Motherboard). To be honest, I was very surprised to find that when I turned it on for the first time my ear drums didn't explode from the 8-or-so fans at full speed, turns out that it barely makes any sound at all!