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Francis L.

Francis L.

Joined on 01/25/03

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Most Favorable Review

GARMIN nuvi 205

GARMIN 3.5" GPS Navigation with Voice Prompts
GARMIN 3.5" GPS Navigation with Voice Prompts

Pros: Compact...does not obstruct view with the Garmin dashpad mount. Inexpensive and simple to use...meaning that it does what it needs to do without stressing you out if it should get stolen. Personally, it is more than adequate for my simple needs.

Cons: No USB to USB mini cable included to register device/update software. Newegg has a cable for about $1.49 if you should need one.

Overall Review: I bought a second nuvi 205 and Garmin dash pad for my daughter after testing one out for myself. Pay more if you want to and impress you friends.

A necessary evil

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Pros: 64 bit application and memory support. Canon scanner support under 64 bit (after much searching for driver upgrade). Retail version "allows" you to move OS to a newer system down the road.

Cons: Retail price! That feeling that you are been held hostage not only by Microsoft but by certain hardware companies (Canon-CanoScan scanner support). EULA (All your rights belong to us.)

Overall Review: I have been building my own desktop systems for a number years. I continued to maintain a few systems built with OEM Windows XP 32 bit versions mainly to run all the Office software, games and hardware for which I paid considerable money. I purchased Windows 7 Home in February 2012 for a new build with hopes of using the Canon scanner. I have a lifetime of photos/negatives/slides to digitize. I'm a 90% daily Linux user, however Canon offers no Linux support for my scanner. As I said; a necessary evil. I expect to use this retail version for the duration the the Windows 7 Lifecycle and beyond. There could be a huge market for hardware manufacturers willing to support Linux.

Great buy!

SeaSonic S12II 430GB 430 W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
SeaSonic S12II 430GB 430 W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Price and reputation.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: I bought this SeaSonic to support a video card upgrade with Windows 7. Four months later, all is well. Extremely quiet; and without power issues. I'm not a gamer, but the few games that I enjoy, function as well as I could want. Newegg's selection, service and shipping has been better than most. A wise consumer might ponder what they are buying and make allowances prior to shipping. I would suggest that Newegg get real about "protective shipping". Free shipping on some items is of no benefit if the item arrives damaged. I remain a Newegg customer regardless; but I am willing to pay for my items to arrive safely.

Acer Aspire One D250 upgrade

G.SKILL 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory Model F2-5300CL5S-2GBSQ
G.SKILL 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory Model F2-5300CL5S-2GBSQ

Pros: G.Skill quality and price.

Cons: None at the moment.

Overall Review: I bought this 2GB module as an upgrade for an acquired Acer Aspire One netbook with 1GB of ram running Windows XP. It was pretty snappy from the start. As I have been using the Acer more and more for convenience I decided to upgrade. I do notice a slight improvement on performance in loading internet sites and videos. There wasn't a big wow factor, but I can say that pdf files and photos just seem to pop up faster. Long term, I consider this upgrade money well spent.

Modifications required

StarTech.com USB to Slimline SATA CD/DVD Optical Drive Enclosure -Black (SLMSOPTB)
StarTech.com USB to Slimline SATA CD/DVD Optical Drive Enclosure -Black (SLMSOPTB)

Pros: Rugged metal exterior. Inexpensive. Can recycle/reuse laptop optical drives. Portable.

Cons: Modifications were required to get a recycled DELL branded (Phillips-Lite-on) CD/DVD to fit. The drive release had to be removed as well as a section of thin gauge metal from the original release side of the DELL drive. (Thank you Dremel.) This mod only took about 10 minutes once I pondered the situation.

Overall Review: Consider yourself fortunate if your slimline drive fits without any modification and without any gap. As another reviewer pointed out this enclosure is a "universal fit" type item. Face it, many laptop drive bezels are not completely flat and have a contour to match the design of the laptop; as was the case with the DELL drive,and a latch that had to be removed. The result was not a "perfect" fit, but not a deal breaker because the drive functions just fine for my purpose.

Two thumbs up!

Rosewill RX234 2.5"/3.5" SATA III USB 3.0 LED Single Bay HDD Docking Supports UASP and Hard Drive Capacity Up to 10TB
Rosewill RX234 2.5"/3.5" SATA III USB 3.0 LED Single Bay HDD Docking Supports UASP and Hard Drive Capacity Up to 10TB

Pros: Price, quality materials, design, and ease of assembly. Compact size. Recycle/reuse IDE laptop drives as portable storage.

Cons: None that I can see.

Overall Review: Rosewill is becoming my go-to company for computer accessories. Based on other reviews I bought this enclosure for a spare WD 120 GB IDE laptop hard drive (ntfs) that I could use to transfer data, photos and music between Windows and Linux machines. I had the drive installed in the enclosure within ten minutes. As others mentioned; insure that the pins are fully inserted. Also the screws are tiny and I had to fiddle with the hole alignment to get both screws in. Just be patient; perhaps just start one side, apply sufficient pressure to get the other hole lined up before you tighten it up. maybe I was just lucky. I tested the drive/enclosure/cable with Windows XP & 7 machines, PCLinuxOS; desktops, a laptop, and an Aspire One netbook. In each case I was able to read and copy to the drive using one usb connection. I suspect this is because it is just a 120GB drive. I appreciate the customer reviews; some make me laugh, others make me facepalm.