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Dallas D.

Dallas D.

Joined on 10/30/05

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Most Favorable Review

Good choice for HTPC on SDTV

EVGA GeForce 6200 256MB DDR AGP 8X Video Card 256-A8-N341-LX
EVGA GeForce 6200 256MB DDR AGP 8X Video Card 256-A8-N341-LX

Pros: Good performance w/ tuner card, output to 32" SDTV. Very happy with the card's capabilities. As stated by previous reviewers, runs cool (around 50F highest) in a system with hotter components. Not a huge card, and is absolutely silent!

Cons: None that I can think of.

Most Critical Review

Seagate Warranty Owns Your Data

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Fast drive, worked well while it lasted

Cons: Died in 3 years, which is reasonable, especially considering the 5-year warranty. Shortest life span of any hard drive that I've owned, and I've owned many.

Overall Review: Unfortunately, I cannot read the drive, and Seagate's warranty terms and conditions state that they are not responsible for the disposal of the drive and its contents. Since the drive contained confidential financial data, it cannot safely be RMA'd under these terms, so the warranty is pointless. To be fair, the warranty terms of other manufacturers are probably very similar.

Cheap construction, but works well

Genius HS-02B Supra-aural Headset
Genius HS-02B Supra-aural Headset

Pros: Decent sound from both microphone and speakers, especially considering the price.

Cons: Feels cheaply constructed; handle with care.

Overall Review: This unit has been good enough for attending online classes and seminars. Just be gentle with it.

NOT QUIET compared to Nexus

ZALMAN CNPS7700-CU 120mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan
ZALMAN CNPS7700-CU 120mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan

Pros: - Easy installation - Provides excellent cooling - Zalman reputation for reliability and quality - Mine included a Fanmate 2

Cons: - Clicks at very low speeds - Definitely not as quiet as 120mm Nexus fans

Overall Review: I compared this side-by-side with my Nexus fans, and it's significantly louder; loud enough to bother you when the Nexus units won't. If you like what you've read at silentpcreview.com, this unit is NOT for you.

Firmware Didn't Work

D-Link EBR-2310 Ethernet Broadband Router 1 x 10/100Mbps WAN Ports 4 x 10/100Mbps LAN Ports
D-Link EBR-2310 Ethernet Broadband Router 1 x 10/100Mbps WAN Ports 4 x 10/100Mbps LAN Ports

Pros: Looks decent enough to place on a desk, with actual brushed metal plate. Feature list is great for the price.

Cons: Web interface doesn't allow me to change ANY settings; not even the administrator password. I've tried other firmware versions from various sources, with the same result. I also tried other web browsers. If it wasn't so inexpensive, I would've returned it.

Overall Review: Where are you all getting your firmware for this router?

I had hoped for something better

Kensington Orbit K64327F Silver 2 Buttons Scroll Ball USB Wired Optical Trackball
Kensington Orbit K64327F Silver 2 Buttons Scroll Ball USB Wired Optical Trackball

Pros: Looks great, very comfortable, pleasant materials.

Cons: Ball is too light, producing less resistance than I would prefer. Ball mounts produce rough-feeling friction, and shavings, as noted by a previous reviewer. The result is a cheaper feel than Logitech's bottom-level trackball.

Overall Review: Maybe the top-of-the-line Kensington would feel like it was worth the money.