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John B.

John B.

Joined on 06/09/05

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Most Favorable Review

Very Compact & It Works!

OPTI-UPS Clever Series CS730B 730 VA 365 Watts 4 Outlets UPS
OPTI-UPS Clever Series CS730B 730 VA 365 Watts 4 Outlets UPS

Pros: It works. It fits in my 3.75” deep media closet. I opened it up, inspected the construction & it was of high quality. I’m happy.

Cons: Interface Port lists Dry Contact & USB; I couldn’t find the dry contact port. Not a problem for me as I'm not using either, but I'm sure it's a problem for somebody...

Overall Review: 1) Waveform isn’t in the specs, but a sticker on the unit says “The output of this device is not sinusoidal. It has a total harmonic distortion of 43.5 percent and a maximum single harmonic of 31.6%.” (in english, a square wave) 2) Battery run time doesn’t say what the load wattage is. I measured my load (37 watts, a cable modem, wireless router, a Vonage adapter, an 8 port switch, a cordless phone base station, & my alarm clock) & checked the battery run time with a 40w light bulb; I got 34 minutes for 22.7 watt-hours. & 3) I couldn’t figure out why the CS-530B was the exact same size, weight, & runtime as the CS-730B, but the price w/rebate was the same, so I bought the big boy. When it arrived, the box says the CS-530B has two 6 V 4 AH batteries & the CS-730B has two 6 V 4.5 AH batteries. I opened it up & it actually had two FP650 6 V 5.0 AH batteries.

Most Critical Review

Humongous GTP Raid5 array w/painful limitation

Intel BOXDP55KG LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel BOXDP55KG LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: It's a UEFI motherboard with an onboard raid5 controller for up to 6 SATA drives. It supports GUID Partition Table (GPT) disks, so the 2 TB limit on NTFS/MBR is history. Windows Vista & 7 64 bit versions support GPT, so six 2 TB drives yields a useable 9TB raid5 array.

Cons: According to the nice man at Intels help desk, Intel has decided to limit bootable disk sizes to 2 TB & has no plans to change this with a future firmware upgrade. So while one can build a 9 TB Raid5 disk, one cannot boot it. A workaround is to have a small boot disk on one of the two remaining SATA ports; this only leaves one SATA port for a DVD drive tho. No IDE, Floppy, ps2 keyboard or or ps2 mouse interfaces.

Overall Review: Booting - It will boot multiple times/day for several days with no problems & then bam! no boot & get out the Windows repair disk. This is not for the faint of heart or those who can't figure out how to regularly back up 9 TBs.

Works with Roku TCL 43S425 TV

ADATA 16GB UV128 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Flash Drive (AUV128-16G-RBE)
ADATA 16GB UV128 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Flash Drive (AUV128-16G-RBE)

Pros: The USB connector internal plastic piece is a pretty USB 3.0 Blue! See the Title. The Roku TCL 43S425 TV lets one pause live OTA TV & then resume; it stores up to 90 minutes of paused TV on a 16GB USB drive & they say USB 2.0 works... I tried a brand spanking new name brand USB 3.0 32GB flash drive & got the "this usb drive is not fast enough" message from "live tv pause" formatting, so I bought this ADATA flash drive as USB 3.2 gotta be fast enough - right! I checked the "not fast enough" drive in my computer & got 30 MB/sec read/14 write; the ADATA got 30 read & 23 write. Computers are not flash drive testers & I'm sure a real flash drive tester would get faster read/write speeds; I was more concerned with the relative performance. ADATA was significantly faster writing; I suspect read is limited by my computer & it would take a real slug to read slower than 30 MB/sec The TV formatted the ADATA with no problem & it's paused live TV shows also with no problem, so IT WORKS!

Cons: I bought two & both were labeled as USB 3.1, not 3.2

Overall Review: It works in my application. I would buy it again. I would recommend it to anyone & everyone.

A Great Deal!

HP 2760P Intel Core i5 2nd Gen 2520M (2.50 GHz) 4 GB Memory 320 GB HDD 12.1" 1366 x 768 B Grade Tablet PC Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
HP 2760P Intel Core i5 2nd Gen 2520M (2.50 GHz) 4 GB Memory 320 GB HDD 12.1" 1366 x 768 B Grade Tablet PC Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Pros: Came professionally packed & shrink wrapped! Included the HP 65 watt ac adapter, the HP stylus, i5-2540M 2.6GHz (not 2.5) CPU, 4GB ram, & 320GB hard disk. Screen no dead pixels. HP Battery Check says battery is 10 months old & has 86% of its capacity left.

Cons: Listing says Win7 Home Premium, but the Win7 COA had an overlay with a bold X thru the COA & "This Key is no longer valid Please use the Refurbished license key." & Surprise! The refurbished key is Win10Home. It booted & installed Win10Home & Win7 downgrade was not available. Normally one gets 10 days, but in this case, zero. I'm a diehard Win7 fan, so this was disappointing to say the least.

Overall Review: I read all the reviews about these coming with inadequate 10 watt adapters & bought a 90 watt adapter, waste of $9.99. Mechanically it had a few minor scrapes, the latch that holds the screen down to the keyboard does not work, the screws that hold it together have seen better days, & two rubber feet are missing. I found a pack of 2760p screws & feet for well under $10. All this is minor & for a four year old used computer, it's in great shape. It didn't come with the HP Docs, but they were easily downloaded from HP's site, including a 121 page maintenance & service guide. $128 is a great deal, I'm a happy customer & I'd buy it again. 9 July 2017 update: Hard disk died 6/27, I sent Joy Systems, the rebuilder, an email 6/28 complete with screenshots, after a few email exchanges I was offered exchanging the unit or a replacement disk pre-loaded w/Win10. I elected the replacement & 6/29 am they gave me the tracking number for a replacement disk. It left their facility 7/5 & arrived 7/7. The original disk had two screws on the end opposite the connector centering it in the drive bay & nothing to keep a bump on the front from unplugging the drive & nothing protecting it from up & down bumps. No hot glue… The replacement disk was bare – no screws or caddy. HP’s pn for the drive caddy is 656620-001 & I found one for well under $10 to mount the drive in. Hopefully the caddied drive will last a lot longer. 4 Oct 2018 update: Something died, sometimes it refuses to even try booting & other times it gets a tiny bit into the process. I found an i7 motherboard for about the price of a battery, so it's up & running & running faster! Still a happy customer; it's lasted far longer than I needed or expected.

Read Between The Lines, Carefully...

MSI Radeon R7 360 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card R7 360 2GD5 OC
MSI Radeon R7 360 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card R7 360 2GD5 OC

Pros: Great for those with Win 10-64, 8.1-64, 8-64, & 7-64. Drivers are on the disk or at http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/AMD-Radeon-300-Series-Drivers.aspx

Cons: 32 bit operating systems, XP-64, & Vista-64, aka Windows Legacy systems, are not supported on 300 series Graphics cards. The official news is at http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/windows-legacy. If one carefully reads the headline blurb, Overview, Specifications, Warranty & Returns, Reviews, & Q&A, one will not discover this. Only When one has the card in one's hot hands & trys to install it will one discover this.

Overall Review: The 200 series Graphics cards still support Windows Legacy systems, http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/AMD-Radeon-200-Series-Drivers.aspx, so not all is lost for those with non-bleeding edge systems.

The Real Deal!

Square Black Aluminum Dustproof Mesh Filter for 120mm PC Cooler Fan
Square Black Aluminum Dustproof Mesh Filter for 120mm PC Cooler Fan

Pros: Well made with a very fine mesh screen in an aluminum frame. They exude of quality construction & materials. These work so great that cleaning dust & cat/dog hair out of your computer will be greatly reduced.

Cons: No screws, but I had some in my collection that worked fine.

Overall Review: In Win Development should include these with their cases & Cougar should include them with their fans. Expect to add filter cleaning to your maintenance schedule; these are going to accumulate a LOT of the dust & cat/dog hair that would normally get inside your computer.

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Great Real Estate!

This is the third Seiki SE39UY04 39" 4K TV/Monitor I've bought; the first was bought Feb 2014. All are being used as 3840x2160 computer monitors, all arrived in the factory box, appeared to be brand new & without blemishes, worked fine from the git-go, & are still working fine. Happy Customer!

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