Works fine12/24/2020 5:46:48 PM

Pros: Works fine. May need to adjust USB driver settings.

Cons: May need to adjust driver settings to get it to keep working in Windows 10.

Overall Review: Recommended.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Small, fast, and quiet11/4/2015 8:24:09 PM

Pros: It's impossibly small!! The processor has large cache and is far better than the Atom and more like a non-HyperThreading Core i3. HDMI and a real Ethernet port are a big plus. A total of 4 USB 3.0 ports (see Cons). Build-in wireless networking. VESA adapter plate is required to mount to the rear of a VESA-compliant display (see Cons).

Cons: The glossy plastic top panel scratches instantly and for no reason. Please, people, stop making computers with this stupid scratchy, glossy plastic. Protip: If it requires a plastic film to protect the surface during shipping, it should not be part of your product!! This a ponderous cosmetic problem with this computer. This tiny computer has 4 USB 3.0 ports, but no USB 2.x ports. If you want to install Windows 7, you are out of luck unless you know how to slipstream drivers into Windows 7 installation disks. Linux is touch-and-go, but if it's fairly recent, it will work. It seems to take a long time for the power light to turn blue. I've held down the power button for up to 10 seconds before it actually lights up and the computer starts. The VESA adapter plate is rather clumsy. Taking the unit apart to install drives and memory is somewhat risky because a cable remains attached from the motherboard to the removed panel. This risks damage to the cable and/or its socket.

Overall Review: Best experienced with Windows 10 so you'll need to buy a license. Be sure to update the BIOS. Even though the BIOS claims it can update via the internet, it never recognized any internet connection from the hardware ethernet port.

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Amazingly fast for the price10/5/2014 7:32:26 PM

Pros: Insanely fast. Big caches mean big performance. For multiprocessing tasks the big, dedicated cache really helps. Dual-core (see Cons).

Cons: Dual-core but no hyperthreading, but this isn't such a bad thing since it means each CPU core will be using its full fair share of the cache memory. Even though the pipeline won't be kept as full as possible (which is why Intel uses hyperthreading), you won't notice. For multiprocessing tasks the big, dedicated cache really helps. You won't like the heatsink/fan bundled with it. It's a little too small and the smaller fan spins faster and more loudly to compensate.

Overall Review: I just bought another one of these gems on sale. If you're looking for the cheapest bang for the buck possible, this is it.

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Compatible with VMware ESXi 5.5 U29/28/2014 9:35:37 PM

Pros: This card has a Broadcom BCM5721 chipset. This card works with VMware ESXi 5.5 U2.

Cons: The RJ-45 socket on the card I received is very, very tight. I'm not sure why, but I have the similar "low-cost" Newegg item #9SIA1JM1ZD6387 which is not tight. Just like the other card, the chip gets very hot and you'll burn your finger on it. You might want to consider sticking a VGA heatsink kit to the chip cool it down.

Overall Review: There are three versions of the Broadcom BCM5721 chipset, but they do not vary in performance, just power consumption and thermal requirements. This is a good card for a VMware ESXi 5.5 U2 server with reasonably good airflow.

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Works with VMware ESXi 5.5 U29/28/2014 9:26:12 PM

Pros: This card is compatible with VMware ESXi 5.5 U2. This card has a Broadcom BCM5721 chipset. The card is low-profile and is very short.

Cons: The chipset gets frighteningly hot. You can burn your finger on it. You might consider attaching a VGA heatsink to it.

Overall Review: I'm not sure what "low cost version" means because this isn't the mobile version of the Broadcom BCM5721 chipset, but the desktop version. The card is much shorter than the similar Newegg item #9SIA1JM1193973. Looking at the Broadcom web site, there are three families of this chipset, and none of them appear to vary in network performance, so any of these will give you good performance.

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Somewhat compatible with VMware ESXi 5.5 U29/28/2014 9:17:52 PM

Pros: It's an Intel network card. It doesn't get as hot as Broadcom and Realtek chipsets do, so it won't need an aftermarket heatsink. This card is mostly compatible with VMware ESXi 5.5 U2 (but please see Cons).

Cons: The first time I plugged it in, VMware ESXi 5.5 U2 claimed that this network card was not on the hardware compatibility list. I turned off the computer, re-seated the card, and it now works fine. I'm more than a little bit concerned about this.

Overall Review: It's a bonafide Intel network chipset. The chip doesn't get as hot as most of the other PCI cards do (Realtek and Broadcom chipsets get frighteningly hot). I have some machines that do not have PCI and could use a network card that doesn't require an aftermarket heatsink.

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Inconsistent performance6/6/2014 7:41:01 AM

Pros: I'm very glad to see ALPS switches in a new mechanical keyboard but this one is fairly disappointing (see Cons). Programmable keys are programmable--this is unheard of at this price. The rubber gaming keycaps are easy to install and are great gaming (see Cons). Any time I get the opportunity to grab an ALPS-style mechanical keyboard I don't hesitate to buy one (see Cons).

Cons: The keys are inconsistent in both feel and sound. ALPS keyswitches have a mechanism that causes the audible and tactile "click" but on this keyboard it misses about 1/3 of the time. This means that one third of the time the keys don't click. This results in an error-prone typing experience. This keyboard would have been just fine without the clicking mechanism. It would have masked the inconsistent performance. The rubber gaming keycaps are intended only for gaming. Touch-typing with them installed is not recommended.

Overall Review: Any time I get the opportunity to grab an ALPS-style mechanical keyboard I don't hesitate to buy one. ALPS exited the keyboard business long ago and their switches have been cloned by a great many different manufacturers. This keyboard is not related to the ABS keyboard sold by Newegg a few years ago. That keyboard was built with far better quality ALPS switches than this Striker keyboard has. A good example of a modern ALPS keyboard is the DSI International ASK-6600 which is also sold as the SolidTek ASK-6600. An even better and far more expensive example are the Matias keyboards--they use the very finest ALPS switches designed and built exclusively by Matias.

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Great computer, bad plastic5/30/2014 6:48:35 AM

Pros: Faster than the previous generation. Interior is flawless--the shiny plastic has been restored. No stuck pixels!! Solid keyboard (see Cons). Small and sturdy (see Cons).

Cons: The plastic used in the shell does not hold up well. This refurbished one has scratches all over the top, but it's not from dropping it, it's from regular usage. My previous-generation Acer Chromebook also has inexplicable chips in its outer shell. This doesn't affect performance but it looks unsightly and my speculation is why Newegg is selling the refurbs at a great price. From looking at my previous-generation Acer Chromebook, this model is much faster and more upgradeable. Unfortunately it has the same bad plastic on the top outer shell. The keyboard is not flimsy and is the typical Acer tightness, but it has a strange texture that may take some getting used to.

Overall Review: I have this refurbished Chromebook and also own the previous-generation Acer Chromebook for at least a year.

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Fast, quiet, cool, not cheap5/21/2014 2:02:11 PM

Pros: Fast, quiet, cool, or cheap. Pick any three. OH, and add a two year warranty on top of that. Quality comes at an affordable premium. These drives are also very light and durable. No real vibration or heat problems to speak of. Very low power consumption and low heat considering these are 7200 RPM drives.

Cons: At these prices I would have expected a larger cache.

Overall Review: Allegedly, these cool-running 7200 RPM drives are from Hitachi and IBM heritage. Toshiba's product marketing appears to be positioning these drives for lower-powered nearline SATA storage which is unusual because these are 7200 RPM drives.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Could have a better headset4/5/2014 8:59:06 PM

Pros: The software is stellar as per usual. It combines the venerable Lernout & Hauspie with Dragon Systems and some new technology.

Cons: The headset is not USB for no good reason except as a gimmick to entice you into buying this package. The headset is analog and relies on your sound card's own benefits and faults, requiring you to solve problems caused by noise and overmodulation, e.g., the volume being too high. The headset is designed for small children's heads. It hurts even after a year of trying to stretch it out.

Overall Review: This software uses the Lernout & Hauspie technology bought by Nuance after they were cheated out of billions by their own mistakes. L&H had previously bought Dragon Systems, of Dragon Dictate fame. As a result, consumers can get the gold standard of voice recognition for pennies on the dollar.

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Fast, cheap, quiet, cool2/16/2014 4:56:20 PM

Pros: Impossibly small motherboard. No fan needed and it really doesn't need it. HDMI but no DVI. Supports two-color LEDs if your case has one. BIOS pops up with fancy point-and-click GUI upon first boot which I think is really neat!! Manual is actually written for this model. It has two staggered Mini PCIe ports for mSATA drives and/or a wireless LAN modules. That's why it only has two SATA ports. (See Cons). DDR3 support (see Other thoughts). Does not require that annoying AUX power port. Gigabit network does work just fine in Ubuntu without any changes. It is identified by the r8169 driver as a Realtek RTL8168g/8111g in Ubuntu and supports jumbo frames on request. USB 3 supported (see Cons). Also accepts a TPM module (not included) and chassis intrusion header for a true solid-state secure client, like Bitlocker and other TPM-based encrypted storage solutions.

Cons: Only two SATA ports (see Pros). It's hard to tell which of the USB ports on the back panel are USB 3 or USB 2. Why not just have them all USB 3 on the back panel? No PCIe 1x port. You have to plug your card into the PCIe 16x port.

Overall Review: If you use one DDR3 memory module, you're supposed to put it into slot 2, not slot 1. I'm not sure how or why it matters but it appears that this is needed for best performance with the onboard video.

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Hot, fast, clicks oddly11/16/2013 3:22:38 PM

Pros: Inexpensive under several promotions over the last few months in 2013. Works right out of the box. No firmware updated needed. The firmware update isn't what you probably think it's for. Very fast. Huge cache. Slim and light. No vibrations (see Cons). SeaTools reports no problems after all of the tests are run.

Cons: Runs very hot. Makes irregular clicking sounds. Warranty does not register as valid on Seagate's web site.

Overall Review: The drive makes irregular clicking sounds. I'm not sure if this is because I made my system volume only 100 gigabytes and the servo has to slam back to the beginning of the drive all the time. You might want to make the whole drive one volume. I'm thinking the clicking is an artifact of how the Seagate AcuTrac servo works. Maybe it's the thermal management recalibration. It's louder than regular drive seeks. To be safe, I'm using this hot, clicky drive to stage other system installations that are to be cloned onto SSDs until I can get some satisfaction from Seagate.

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Fast. Great value. Need to install drivers.11/16/2013 2:11:30 PM

Pros: Fast memory path (Win7 score of 7.4). Graphics score of 6.6 Desktop and 6.6 Gaming if your memory is 7.4 or better. Internal USB 3.0 headers for front USB 3.0 ports. Four SATA 3 ports and built-in RAID. Headers for printer and COM ports for the nostalgic. Built-in, automatic overclocking feature is interesting. DVI and VGA port for dual-monitor support.

Cons: There's no PCIe 1x slot!! This is just disappointing. There is only one PCI slot. That's just silly when there's no PCIe 1x slot. The ethernet port does not work without drivers (which don't come with Windows 7). The USB 3.0 ports (the top two blue ones) do not work without drivers (which don't come with Windows 7), so don't forget you can't use these for mouse/keyboard during OS installation. I think they should be the bottom ones so we don't forget this every time we install. Like most boards like this, the southbridge gets terribly hot. Graphics drivers are best obtained from AMD, but the rest of the drivers have to be installed from the DVD or downloaded from Biostar for best performance. Windows Update doesn't have them.

Overall Review: I'm not sure if the DVI port is dual or not, so triple-screen AMD/ATI EyeFinity or dual-DVI is probably not possible without an add-on card. Attention Biostar: Drivers should be submitted to and kept updated at the Windows WHQL so they are installed using Windows Update, not on pack-in DVDs.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Fast. Reasonably Priced. Works for a while.11/4/2013 8:31:08 PM

Pros: Fast. Reasonably priced. Actually, it's at a throwaway price-point. Lots of formats supported (see Cons).

Cons: The MicroSD card slot wore out after exactly two years. I used it several times a month but not heavily. I'm writing this review as I order a replacement. I'm not sure a daily MicroSD card user will be satisfied with its durability but since nearly all MicroSD cards come with SD card adapters you won't be stuck as long as you have the adapter handy.

Overall Review: Great item, works wonderfully. Perhaps the MicroSD card slot can be made tougher, but since nearly all MicroSD cards come with SD card adapters, no big problem here.

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Died in one year. No warranty repairs.8/26/2013 12:45:55 PM

Pros: It was fast and ran rather cool.

Cons: The drive started to have media errors after only about a year of use. This is an OEM drive so you cannot claim warranty repairs with Seagate. It is not quiet.

Overall Review: If you buy OEM Seagate drives be sure you understand that you won't be able to claim a warranty repair with Seagate. Short warranties are risky since the expiration date is printed on the drive and is not based on the purchase date.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Bring Back the ABS M18/16/2013 8:45:38 PM

Pros: Please bring back the ABS M1. The quiet, high-quality ALPS switches are fantastic.

Cons: You can't hold down as many keys as they originally claimed, but you don't use enough fingers for this to matter in the real world.

Overall Review: We need more mechanical keyboards. We especially need more keyboards that use the ALPS switches. I hope that the Rosewill keyboard line will feature both silent and clicky ALPS switches some day.

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Fantastic with heavy keys8/9/2013 8:36:15 PM

Pros: Like other Cooler Master CM Storm keyboards, this is an excellent peripheral. Tenkeyless is an ideal size. Who uses a keypad? Nobody and Cooler Master is one of the few companies that produces affordable mechanical tenkeyless keyboards in all Cherry MX switch models.

Cons: Not really a con on the product itself, but Cherry MX Black switches are an acquired taste. There is actually no feedback until the key bottoms out. The actuation is somewhere in the middle and has no feedback. Also, the spring is rather heavy. It's great for gaming but can be tiring for typing on all day long.

Overall Review: Keep making these mechanical keyboards. There are too many rubber mushy cheap keyboards out there. The world needs to have truly high-quality mechanical keyboards at prices like this.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Good introduction to Windows 2008 R27/1/2013 7:33:31 PM

Pros: I use this for file serving and Logitech Media Server. You can use Dynamic Disks to combine many smaller hard drives into one big megavolume just like any other Windows Server installation can. I use CrashPlan to backup instead of the WHS backup feature (see Cons). This is a good and cheap introduction to Windows 2008 R2. If you're interested in learning Windows Server technologies used by most servers today, this is the way to go without spending lots of money on an MSDN subscription. You can add many Windows 2008 Server features through the Roles window and Programs and Features control panel.

Cons: Windows Home Server backup absolutely requires a dedicated external hard drive that it formats for its own use, so it's basically useless. Instead, I use CrashPlan with an external hard drive and CrashPlan online backup as its destinations instead. I did not install the client software on any of my client PCs. That feature was truly useful in the earlier versions of WHS, but it is not as useful in this version. Instead, I use CrashPlan on my client PCs with the WHS as the backup destination.

Overall Review: Windows Home Server has been discontinued. Version 2011 will be the last one available. This is a bargain for people wanting to learn and use Windows Server 2008 R2.

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Sound quality varies but not its fault6/18/2013 6:18:31 PM

Pros: Very tiny. Comes with two high-quality Belkin audio cables, 1/8 to 1/8 and 1/8 to dual RCA jacks. Power supply is tiny. Has a blue light. Sounds great if your device can send the correct audio data to it.

Cons: This device has varied sound quality, but this appears to be the fault of BlueTooth and not the fault of this device. Talk radio has a weird reverb. Connecting my headphones directly to my phone does not have the reverb but using this BlueTooth device does have it.

Overall Review: While BlueTooth EDR should theoretically handle high-quality sound, and this device should theoretically handle it, chances are pretty good that your phone does not transmit high quality sound over BlueTooth to begin with. I have a Galaxy S III which does not provide good sound. I don't know if this is a BlueTooth limitation or a phone limitation. **UPDATE** I have tested this device on a high-end stereo and with several different devices. I have found that the Nook HD+ and Samsung Galaxy S3 send low-quality sound that swishes and flanges. The Kindle Fire HD sends high-quality sound which is nearly as good as local headphones. BlueTooth is unreliable and not implemented well in the real world. This could be good device if your device could send high-quality EDR to the receiver, but more often this isn't happening and it sounds like a low-bitrate MP3.

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Really small, impressive graphics11/20/2012 8:41:31 PM

Pros: This is my second Mini-ITX motherboard and I'm very impressed. PCIe-16x lets you put seriously high-end graphics, but the onboard graphics are fine (see Cons). COM port for embedded applications (see Cons). Accepts full-sized DDR3 memory (see Cons). USB 3.0 and gigabit ethernet!! Unheard of at this size and price. PCIe accepts a PCIe 1x card like a high-end sound card. The option to replace the graphics is nice but not really necessary since the onboard graphics are plenty good enough.

Cons: HDMI port would need an adapter for many monitors but out of the box this motherboard will run two monitors. DDR3 will not run faster than PC3-1066. Small fan, while reasonably quiet, still runs the CPU hotter than I care for. I don't feel comfortable replacing it because it's designed in the same way as VGA chipset fans with four spring posts and glue. I'm still wondering why the four-pin ATXPWR2 socket is actually necessary. Memory would have been better served with SODIMMs to save space.

Overall Review: Mini-ITX looks small in pictures but until you've held it in your hand you appreciate it. I still wonder why all motherboards aren't shaped like perfect squares because it opens up worlds of form factor mounting possibilities. I think a PCIe-1x slot would be more appropriate so as to install a high-end PCIe sound card rather than the full-sized PCI-16x, especially since the onboard graphics perform quite well anyway.

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Does not always turn on10/2/2012 2:25:29 PM

Pros: It's fast. It's silent. It's cooler than the hard drive it replaced.

Cons: It does not always turn on. The laptop usually displays a message "Boot device not found. Press any key." When I press any key, it then continues to boot normally.

Overall Review: It does not always turn on which I would assume to mean that this drive takes longer to "wake up" than a normal hard disk does, or it doesn't know that it's supposed to tell the computer to wait for it to "wake up."

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Cannot dim the screen anymore8/24/2012 8:41:56 PM

Pros: Bright screen (see Cons). See the other reviews under "Kriston" for that information.

Cons: After you run Windows Update you lose the ability to dim the screen. This wouldn't normally be a problem but the screen is really, really bright. The best thing you can do is to hibernate the system, reboot, and at the BIOS power-on screen adjust the brightness. The online forums indicate this is a common problem and I don't see why this problem cannot be solved, but nobody has solved it yet. You can solve it by re-installing with Windows 7 and the proper drivers, but once you use Windows Update (which does not update the graphics drivers, by the way) it kills the brightness control permanently.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Great and fun to use but don't run down battery8/14/2012 8:44:49 PM

Pros: Great and fun to use. Big screen, good sound. It has three speakers so that when you rotate it to horizontal the stereo speakers are still in the right place--a really clever feature!! Cheap.

Cons: If you allow the battery to run down you will never use it again. The screen can only be viewed directly, otherwise the color, brightness, and hue changes. It is not an IPS screen.

Overall Review: Fast enough at this price. The three-speaker setup is simply genius. Everyone should adopt this idea.

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Defective4/13/2012 8:15:54 PM

Pros: It's very fast. It is very affordable. It is eight gigabytes.

Cons: I cannot tell which of the two modules has the problem, but one of them causes "blue-screens" my Windows 7 laptops. I have tried it on Dell, Lenovo, and Acer laptops and netbooks. CPUs range from Intel i7 "Q" to AMD-E to AMD C-50 and C-60. I'm contacting Patriot to see if I get "lifetime warranty" repair even though I sent the UPC code in for a warranty repair.

Overall Review: I have never experienced any defective memory from any other brand but "Patriot" memory. I realized beforehand that this is off-brand but I have not experienced this trouble with other "off-brand" memory. Food for thought: can you exchange memory when you've redeemed a rebate for it and don't have the UPC anymore?

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Tremendous value, good performance2/15/2012 8:52:06 PM

Pros: Fast AMD C-60 processor has turbo that overclocks each core when speed is needed. Fast ATI graphics with discrete memory. You can watch Netflix in HD with no problems, and the same goes for local content on the hard drive. Exquisite screen. Bright and the screen DPI is "just right." It's even more bright and crisp than an iPad. Battery is excellent. Size is just about right.

Cons: Keyboard is horrid, but I don't think you'd be typing theses or software programming on this thing. Graphics drivers are a bit non-standard. If you wipe the system you're on your own, and even then, the graphics will still have some problems, at least for me. Lots of bloatware but it is not a problem for me since I wiped it with Windows 7 Ultimate.

Overall Review: The reviewers who say this uses Intel graphics are simply wrong. It is most definitely using integrated ATI graphics with discrete memory. I'm typing on it right now and have no doubt about it. Drivers are a problem if you're going to re-install this with a clean copy of Windows. The drivers can be obtained off the restore partition on the hard drive. You can also get the drivers by creating a restore CD when you first start the computer up. The Acer and AMD web sites do not have easily-found drivers for this system which is annoying. I'm not sure why this is. There is a thread on Slickdeals that points out where to get most of the drivers, but you will be okay if you extract the drivers from the recovery partition on the hard drive or by creating a restoration disk.

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