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David H.

David H.

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ASUS Laptop UL20 Series Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 (1.30GHz) 2GB Memory 250GB HDD Intel GMA 4500MHD 12.1" Windows 7 Home Premium UL20A-A1
ASUS Laptop UL20 Series Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 (1.30GHz) 2GB Memory 250GB HDD Intel GMA 4500MHD 12.1" Windows 7 Home Premium UL20A-A1

Pros: I bought this because I wanted a netbook that could stream video content over the internet. I had an archos 7 but it could not stream anything but youtube - no hulu or netflix. From what I read, atom based netbooks did not always stream well. Netflix streaming works perfectly with this Asus. Monitor looks great. Small enough that I don't feel like I'm toting a regular notebook. Speedy. Good warranty. At the time of purchase was cheaper than equal specs from different brands. Upgradable to 4 gb total. Windows 7 64 Home premium (not starter). Large hard drive.

Cons: All are minor and would not deter me from buying this ultraportable notebook. 1. mousepad buttons are harder to press than standard notebooks. 2. screen has some glare which comes with all glossy lcd panels. I ordered a screen protector which is antiglare. 3. no hdmi out

Overall Review: I love it so far.

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ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: Once I get it working, will be great.

Cons: For my Asus P8Z68-V Pro board, the black plastic mounting ring and clip is designed such that there is no way for me to mount the cooler on my mobo. I had to order the ZM-CS5A clip which apparently works - an extra $12 and waste of my time.

Overall Review: don't say it is compatible if it is not don't make me buy extra parts.

10/26/2011

Standoff stink

LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Cheap, nice solid looking case

Cons: None of the supplied screws fit into the standoffs. I have spare standoffs from other builds, but some of the case holes are too small so they don't work either. I've been fighting these standoffs for an hour, which is fifty minutes more than my prior ten builds. Poor quality control.

11/10/2016

Works great

StarTech.com SDOCK1EU3P USB 3.0 Standalone Eraser Dock for 2.5" and 3.5” SATA SSD/HDD Drives - Secure Drive Erase with Receipt Printing - SATA I/II
StarTech.com SDOCK1EU3P USB 3.0 Standalone Eraser Dock for 2.5" and 3.5” SATA SSD/HDD Drives - Secure Drive Erase with Receipt Printing - SATA I/II

Pros: Fast Easy to use It will format a 'log hdd' which you can use to write wipe records. Just plug your log hdd into your pc and copy the text file for your records. Much easier than trying to find a compatible inexpensive rs232 printer

Cons: printer interface is outdated

Overall Review: I would buy this again. Cheaper than sending drives off for physical destruction if they still work.

10/30/2016

Device will not start

VisionTek 900870 4 Port USB 3.0 x1 PCIe Bus Powered Internal Card
VisionTek 900870 4 Port USB 3.0 x1 PCIe Bus Powered Internal Card

Pros: none yet

Cons: After installing card and running the CD driver software, the Device Manager says the device will not start.

Works, clears memory slot 1

Cryorig R1 universal CR-R1B Dual Tower CPU Heatsink with XF140 and Xt140 fans
Cryorig R1 universal CR-R1B Dual Tower CPU Heatsink with XF140 and Xt140 fans

Pros: I have been using an Enermax ETS-T40-BK for most my builds but for this one I wanted all memory slots available so I decided to try the Cryorig R1 Universal. It's huge. Just barely clears the side door of my case. It does swoop up nicely to allow just enough room for my memory stick. I took off the semi-optional extra heat sink on the nearest stick just in case, but I plan to screw it back on since it clears all the way above. Installing is a little more awkward than the enermax in that the cryorig's heat sink bracket mounting screw hole that is near the top of the case is difficult to see. I used the screw driver on the easier side in first, but had to unscrew it, unlatch the fan and rotate it up out of the way so I could line up the screw and hole. Once I got it in a couple turns I put the fan back down and proceeded to secure it. As 'always', install both fan power cables prior to greasing the cpu and make sure the fan power cables stay out of the way when you put the heat sink onto the cpu. Anyway, it only took a moment to learn how to install this cooling beast. I'm idling at 29 C. i7-4790K 4ghz ASUS Z97-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 G.SKILL Trident X Series (2 x 8GB) DDR3 2400 F3-2400C10D-16GTX Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case

Cons: It doesn't install itself or make cookies for you.

Overall Review: I agree with the final screw down. I'm used to using a bit of force with some of the spring loaded heat sinks, but this one tightened down and stopped solidly. I was careful not to apply any extra torque.