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Noah E.

Noah E.

Joined on 04/28/05

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Most Favorable Review

Good little power pack

RAVPower PB07 10400 mAh Black External Battery Pack Portable Charger Power Bank (Dual USB Outputs, Ultra Compact Design), for iPhone, iPad, Mini; Samsung Galaxy, Note 3; HTC One, EVO; Google Nexus
RAVPower PB07 10400 mAh Black External Battery Pack Portable Charger Power Bank (Dual USB Outputs, Ultra Compact Design), for iPhone, iPad, Mini; Samsung Galaxy, Note 3; HTC One, EVO; Google Nexus

Pros: Properly implements the USB specification for a high-current charging port, so my Galaxy S3 charges at full speed. I have several name-brand wall charges around here that don't (that i-company decided not to implement the industry standard, big surprise there, and many of the accessory name-brands followed suit). Charges faster than my much larger and more expensive 18000mAh battery-manufacturer-brand power pack. Doesn't need a wall wart to charge itself, either, it has a standard micro-USB. It also turns on automatically when you plug in a device - you have to manually turn the more expensive one on.

Cons: Not a zero-point energy harvesting device.

Overall Review: Got it on sale, considering buying another at full price. Time will tell if it's durable or not, but I give it high marks for initial quality.

Most Critical Review
Syba 5 Port USB 2.0 PCI Card - SY-NEC-5U
Syba 5 Port USB 2.0 PCI Card - SY-NEC-5U

Pros: Cheap, small, drivers already there in WinXP

Cons: My USB external HDD continuously disconnects and reconnects, making it impossible to transfer large files.

Overall Review: I just rearranged my connectors and put the HDD on a MB USB port. The card seems to work fine with everything else.

Handles everything I throw at it, but doesn't feel as sturdy as other brands

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2070 WINDFORCE 8G (Rev 3.0) Graphics Card, 2 x WINDFORCE Fans, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR6, GV-N2070WF2-8GD (Rev 3.0) Video Card
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2070 WINDFORCE 8G (Rev 3.0) Graphics Card, 2 x WINDFORCE Fans, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR6, GV-N2070WF2-8GD (Rev 3.0) Video Card

Pros: Great price Plenty of cooling performance Doesn't sag on my MB (Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite)

Cons: Doesn't feel as well-built as the EVGA cards I'm used to (last was a 1060, two 480s before that, 295, 8800GT, ad infinium) Seriously, it feels unusually light. I'm just used to GPUs feeling like a slab of metal.

Overall Review: I haven't tried overclocking it, and I wonder if the included cooler would be up to the task, but I'm getting good temps at normal speeds doing stuff like Shadow of the Tomb Raider max settings with ray tracing at 1440p and it's not running hot.

Stupid fast for as cheap as it is

HP EX950 M.2 2280 2TB PCle Gen3 x4, NVMe1.3 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 5MS24AA#ABC
HP EX950 M.2 2280 2TB PCle Gen3 x4, NVMe1.3 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 5MS24AA#ABC

Pros: Very fast for PCIe 3.0

Overall Review: I'm much happier than I expected to be buying an SSD made by HP (whoever really made it I don't know). It's very zippy, and on a 200 GB copy from a SATA SSD over USB 3 it did the whole copy without slowing down. I don't know if it's still faster than 540 MB/s without the buffer, or if the buffer is just huge, but it works for me.

Great for the money

DELL Laptop Inspiron 15 7000 Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4510U (2.00GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4400 15.6" Touchscreen Windows 8.1 64-Bit i7537T-2786sLV
DELL Laptop Inspiron 15 7000 Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4510U (2.00GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4400 15.6" Touchscreen Windows 8.1 64-Bit i7537T-2786sLV

Pros: Great screen, good processor and memory, touchscreen is responsive, number of ports is good, and considering all it has built-in the thickness and weight are excellent. No real complaints against touchpad or key feel. Numeric keypad and special key layout is very good. Excellent battery life, about 7 hours mixed browsing / casual gaming with the screen brightness up high.

Cons: With a 5400 RPM drive it can take a few more seconds to boot and I was used to on the 1st-gen Ultrabook this replaced. You can feel a little slop in the middle of the keyboard. The silver keys are easy to see in bright light with the backlight off and in dim light with it on, but are occasionally a challenge in medium light. I see why the expensive aluminum-unibody laptop people use black keys even though they don't look as nice.

Overall Review: I purchased this over the newer model because of this one has a numeric keypad and the new one does not. Overall I'm very pleased for the money. It was painfully slow to boot up for the first few days, but now that Windows' boot and program load optimization has gotten ahold of things it's not bad. I forget the name of that feature. The F-keys default to the laptop functions (brightness, volume, etc.) with the Fn-key making them F1-F12. You can change that in BIOS. Hard drive is only 5400 RPM, but it is a Western Digital and not a no-name or that other major brand that experience has taught me not to trust.

ROCKS

Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 64-bit - OEM
Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 64-bit - OEM

Pros: I'm only a week in, but the improvements over the old WHS are substantial. I'm using it with a raid 10 array and the transfer speeds are substantial. I have several relational databases stored on the server, and I would always have stutters and errors accessing them on WHS 1, but everything is liquid smooth on WHS 2011. Even with two people working AND copying files from an external hard drive to the array (at about 30MB/s) AND compressing 340GB of files from another external drive to an archive on the array, everything was still faster than the fastest it was on WHS 1. It seems to do client backups faster too, and PREVIOUS VERSIONS WORK!!! :) I even ran WHS 1 off a single RAID array (so from the server's point of view it had only one hard drive) and on that version clients were never able to access previous versions. On 2011 they work.

Cons: The issue I had with it deciding several times a day that the router wasn't configured right for remote access with WHS 1 still persists in 2011. Doesn't seem to matter how the router is configured or what brand it is. I've tried five different routers. Also, it sometimes pops up that one of our computers has important updates to install, but when you check for updates on the computer there are none available.

Overall Review: Added bonus: Since it's based on Windows 7, you can install RAID drivers from a USB drive during initial setup. Time to take the floppy drive out of the case! So far it's been completely worth the cost and the time in backing up and restoring all our data.