Date Joined: 12/09/02
Pros: Reasonably priced.
Good performer for standard CPU clock speeds
Runs cooler than expected
Overall Review: Installed this as the second channel of RAM (32GB total) for the media server/player. Works like a charm. CD/DVD ripping transcoding and file format conversions run noticeably faster than when it was running 16MB RAM. Media server/player uses a stock Core i7-3770 processor running JRiver Media Center, dB Poweramp Suite and a few others.
Pros: Lightning fast performance.
Easy to install.
Green lights aren't nearly as annoyingly bright as blue LEDs.
Cons: Doesn't install itself.
Overall Review: This modem has been in service since August 15, 2015. It's been rock solid reliable and has only needed to be restarted once. Yes, you read that right: ONCE. It's VERY fast, FAR faster than the throughput on my previous Motorola DOCSIS 2.0 modem and then some. I don't get people who replace their modems, don't bother to call their ISPs AND then complain when their new modem is behaving erratically or has failed. First of all, call your ISP to have them run a status check on the new modem. Most reliability and performance issues reported by the other reviewers are easily avoidable. For example, when setting up this modem, the Xfinity tech told me that my new modem was reporting that the Xfinity line signal was too strong. Leave it that way and the modem will eventually start behaving erratically and then die. I found this out the hard way years ago. The solution was to simply install a coaxial line signal attenuator between the modem and the incoming coax cable to lower the broadband signal strength from the ISP to within an acceptable operating range for the modem. Yes, that's all it takes. Coax line attenuators are pretty darn cheap and easy to obtain from online retailers or your internet service provider. The attenuators commonly come in three levels of signal reduction, Buy one of each. Don't EVER convince yourself that cable modems are universally plug and play for any and all internet service providers. They are NOT. Even when the modem is listed as compatible by either ISP or manufacturer, those compatibility guidelines DO NOT take into account incoming signal strength. More often than not, you need to make sure the incoming signal is not slowly frying the input section of your new modem. Almost all cable internet providers run their line signal strength well above spec to make sure all their customers receive a strong signal. So simplify your life and take the little time and effort it takes to call your particular internet service provider's tech support department to make sure your modem is installed correctly and is compatible with your incoming broadband line signal strength. You'll find that the payoffs of blazing speed, reliability and not having to endure all the malfunctioning equipment drama is soooo worth it. Happy computing, everyone!
Pros: Fast as lightening.
Line signal strength issues can be easily resolved, will extend the service life of the modem and prevent premature failures like those I've read about in prior reviews.
Cons: Sounds like the cut-rate, minimum wage paying contractor Motorola hired for their product support is worse than incompetent. Signal attenuators have been a VERY common solution for overly high incoming line signal strength for the last decade or so. Cable companies have known about this issue for at least 15 years or more. It's another sad example of unbridled corporate greed at its finest...
Overall Review: Sorry to see so many users are having problems with signal strength issues. A while back a Comcast/Xfinity service technician inserted an inline signal attenuator in series between my surfboard cable modem and the cable coming from the outside box. The signal dropped to levels that made the modem VERY happy and it solved the problems I was experiencing with network disruptions. Coax line signal attenuators are commonly available in -3db and -6db sizes through a TON of online retailers. if you need more attenuation, link them together in series.
Whenever you move to a new location OR get a new cable modem, check the signal strength against the modem specs. Once the modem is connected to the cable and powered up, it will give you signal strength in db via its GUI. Check your modem specs to see if your modem needs to have the signal attenuated. If so, insert the appropriate values of coax line attenuators between the modem and the cable feed. Check signal strength again via the GUI and adjust as necessary with additional attenuators if you need them. Simple, inexpensive, effective and absolutely NO tools required. And it will keep your new or old modem from getting fried by excessively high signal input.
Pros: - Very quiet in my application.
- Impressive fit and finish.
- Built like a tank with quality parts.
- Fully modular, not semi-modular.
- Good for HTPC, Media Center PC.
- Flat black color is attractive in most any case build.
Cons: Whether or not it's true, it has been reported that this PSU does not support the latest energy-saving features implemented in the latest Haswell-series Intel CPU's. With that said, my build employs a Core i7-3770 and this PSU functions perfectly with all the energy saving features it has. And I checked to make sure before writing this review.
Overall Review: This PSU is currently replaces the 280W LiteOn PSU in a Lenovo H520 Desktop. Since this PSU is larger than the one it replaces, it was a tight fit. It helps immeasurably if you insert the cables you'll need into the PSU BEFORE installing if you have limited rear clearance in your case.
Next month, I will be moving all the innards into a Fractal Design R4 Silent Case as it is used exclusively as a JRiver Media Center/HTPC. I am planning to add dual pairs of Seagate 2TB NAS drives in RAID 1 pairs using an external controller card which this PSU should handle without breaking a sweat. Well, that's unless I go completely bonkers with upgrade fever and swap out the current Lenovo mobo with an ASRock H77M mobo that has on-board RAID and would also allow me to increase the RAM past the Lenovo board's 8GB RAM limit. Would likely spring for a small SSD for the OS and apps as well as invest in a better CPU cooler while I'm at it. It never ends, does it?
Pros: Reasonably quiet.
Runs reasonably cool, just keep it well ventilated so you don't fry the poor thing.
Easy to set up.
Ideal for music and media vault duty in most homes.
Distributes different hi-rez music streams to several locations at once without a hiccup.
Works amazingly fast when using JRiver Media Center.
Cons: LED light on the front can be distracting in dark rooms.
Built-in Twonky server app is horrifying slow if you're releying on it as the primary server software over DLNA. This isn't a problem if you're employing a dedicated computer running media server software like JRiver Media Center, Media Monkey and the like.
Overall Review: Absurdly easy to set up. I was stunned that it wasn't far more difficult.
This drive is used primarily as the centralized network storage drive for my music library. It serves multiple computers and Android tablets using JRiver Media Center on Gigabit ethernet and Wi-Fi. The tablets mostly pipe the tunes to the ridiculously good G-Boom bluetooth portable speakers (great for shop, garage and outdoors). Most of the music files are in lossless FLAC format so they're quite a bit larger but far better sounding than MP3. This little NAS has had ZERO problems handing five simultaneous music data streams at once.
If this thing dies, I'll likely get another. To get appreciably better, I would have to upgrade to an Intel Zeon-based FreeNAS server running RAID 1 mirroring, with dual Gigabit LAN connections and THAT runs about $1500 and up, waaay up.
Pros: Solid value, especially on sale.
Stable as a rock.
Faster than HDD.
Read speed is great for OS and app loading.
Great OS/Applications drive for casual users.
Cons: Absolutely none so far.
Overall Review: Have had this drive since mid-December on a new build using an Intel DZ77GAL-70K mobo and an Intel Core i7-3770 I received as an hand-me-down from my nephew. I use it only for Windows 8.1 OS and MS Office, Photoshop, Nikon Capture NX 2.x and DXO Labs RAW converter and a host of plug-ins, plus the ubiquitous FireFox browser.
So far it stomps the heck out of my Caviar Black 500GB drive which has now been relegated for storage along with a host of other hard disc drives (5 others of varying capacities).
Keep in mind that you need to keep your SSDs cool if you want them to last. Mine is in a drive cage with a dedicated 120mm 1200RPM fan blowing outside room air directly at it. So far the only SSD's I've seen crashing and burning were in cases with mediocre airflow, didn't have a fan blowing directly on it or were sitting where the sun could shine directly on the case through a window (=certain death). NEVER put any solid state device of any kind (routers, cable/dsl modems, switches, etc,) anywhere where sunlight can shine on it if you want it to last.
Like any other solid state device, keep your SSD cool and it should last FAR longer. Let them get warm and it virtually guarantees an early death.
Pros: Updates older cases to USB 3.0 and the latest flash memory card formats.
Single box solution to make older cases compatible with the lastest USB 3.0 standard and the latest Flash Card formats.
Elegant design gives the front of my case a far less cluttered appearance.
Four (4) USB 3.0 ports with excellent throughput.
Card Reader is wicked FAST!
Has SD card ports that support SD from plain SD to SDXC.
Has a dedicated MicroSD port so I don't have to dig through drawers to find an adapter.
Reads CF cards at warp speed.
Beautiful design makes it easy to use and to look at.
LED on the front is not annoyingly bright...Yahoo!
Ridiculously easy to install.
Cons: None so far. It functions beautifully.
Overall Review: Purchased this after upgrading my computer to the latest processors and technology. This is a 5.25" one-product, one-bay solution to update legacy cases without USB 3.0 ports to not one but four (4) USB 3.0 ports which also integrates a blistering fast USB 3.0 flash card reader that works with the latest flash card formats. I use a lot of MicroSD cards and the dedicated MicroSD card slot in the card reader is a real convenience. Most of the current cases out there have one or two USB 3.0 ports. This product gives my Cooler Master 2012 CM 690 case a new lease on life with four (4) USB 3.0 ports while replacing my old internal 3.5" USB 2.0 card reader with a blazing fast USB 3.0 card reader that supports all the lastest flash memory card formats.
I'm so happy with this product, I'll be purchasing another one to update my Thermaltake Mozart TX monster-sized media center/server case when I switch out its mobo for a more current one next month.
Pros: Very quiet. Good value. Is ideal for media servers where the user values a quiet, economical drive with all the speed you really need.
Cons: The first drive arrived DOA, but Newegg exchanged it with zero hassle. That drive failed to spin up and was not detected in BIOS.
These OEM drives now arrive without any formatting, confusing most users who have panned the drive in their reviews. Fortunately, formatting an non-formatted drive is easy if you take two minutes to learn how to do it.
Overall Review: For some reason, WD has decided to ship their OEM drives without basic formatting, which probably indicates they no longer test the drives before selling them. To determine if the drive is functional, don't bother looking at the usual explorer window (looks like a bundle of file folders) found on the task bar on Win 7/8. After plugging the SATA and power cables into the new drive, simply restart your computer and go to BIOS. The drive should show up on the list of storage devices. Exit BIOS and continue booting up your computer.
In Win 8, you right-click on the icon in the task bar that lets you toggle between the desktop and start menu. Select "Disk Management" on the list and a small window pops up with a list of drives connected to the computer. Find the new drive on that list, right click it and select "format" from the pop-up menu. Wait for the formatting to be completed and you're done.
Pros: Ridiculously low profile, easily clears the most absurdly huge heatsinks on the latest whiz-bang coolers.
Runs VERY cool...rarely over 21 degrees C
Plays exceedingly well my Core i7-3770 and Intel DZ77GAL-70K mobo combo.
Low voltage requirement means performance doesn't suffer when using power-saving setting unlike some other RAM.
Cons: None so far. So tiny they look like runts?
Overall Review: I'm honestly surprised that the guys that love the super-huge cpu coolers aren't falling all over themselves over these little buggers.These are so low profile, they're at least 1/8" shorter than the clips holding them onto the mobo. I have four of these mounted under the outstanding Cooler Master Gemini S524 cpu cooler. Their low profile facilitates outstanding airflow from the Gemini's 120mm fan, resulting in far lower RAM and mobo temps than I have ever attained. And low temps almost always translate into huge gains in reliability and durability.
Fast enough to keep up with my Nikon D80 SLR.
Holds a ton of photos, even though I always shoot HQ JPEG + Raw.
Outstanding performance for the dollar...and it's cheap!
Overall Review: This has been a great card. Utterly reliable and dependable after thousands of photos. I will buy this again, without hesitation.
Pros: Like a previous reviewer, I also patiently updated the bios one version at a time and since have had ZERO problems with this board running an i5-3570K, 32GB of GSKILL DDR3-1600 RAM and Win7 Pro at stock settings. Apparently a little patience pays off with bios updates with this board.
Cons: None so far. Hasn't burped, blown up or blue screened on me. Doesn't do elaborate multi-card video setups.
Pros: Sounds great for the money.
Bass is more than adequate for smaller rooms.
Works great as a replacement for the abysmal audio in my 22" LCD television. All I had to do was plug it into the earphone jack on the back of the TV. The TV remote controls the volume and the sound is light years better than the garbage speakers in the TV.
Speakers on the back provide far more expansive sound than other systems with drivers facing the front, only.
Takes up little space on the desktop.
Compact sub sounds decent yet isn't physically obtrusive
Cons: Volume control is a little scratchy when rotated, though not consistently so. Bass is great unless you want a LOT of bass.
Overall Review: I've used this speaker system with a few small, 24" and smaller, LCD TVs with outstanding results and have recommended it to many friends who were dissatisfied with the anemic audio in their small LCD TVs. The smaller TV cabinets just can't provide decent audio quality due to space limitations. With these speakers, I don't have to crank it to hear the TV over the range hood (or any other noise source) in the kitchen. Excellent for this use and my friends who also have them love them as well.
Pros: Outstanding reproduction of HD video at 1080p that's super smooth and artifact free.
Great card for 1080p displays, especially for photo post processing. Plays well with color management software.
VERY quiet in 2D mode and runs cool as a cucumber in a Thermaltake Mozart TX uber-huge case with its ten Scythe fluid-dynamic bearing, 120mm, 1200rpm case fans.
Beautiful rending of graphics for most games like Bioshock, Portal, Oblivion and the like.
Great workstation card at less than 20% the price.
Cons: Not the fastest frame rates for playing Crysis. Not an issue with me, however.
When it's in full-tilt boogie 3D mode, the fan it plainly audible over all 10 Scythe uber-quiet case fans.
Had trouble displaying full resolution through LG display's HDMI input but NVidia's tech support was fast and efficient.
This card is HUGE though it's not a problem in my uber-HUGE case except for having to purchase longer SATA cables to route around this big boy since all the drives in the Mozart TX are on the far size of the video card from every motherboard's SATA connectors.
Overall Review: Unless you're an uber-gamer, this card is an outstanding buy for outputting HD video to any 1920x1200 display.
Honestly, it's just a plain steal for anyone doing post production photo processing and editing. It performs as well as a buddy's Quadro FX 4800 for high res photo editing at 1/7th the cost. Mind you, it won't keep up with it at the top end of the Quadro's performance envelope, but most users aren't anywhere near that demanding.
Pros: Adjustable weight which I thought was bunk. Now I can't imagine living without it.
Resolution adjustable on the fly.
Responsive, tactile feel of buttons and track wheel.
Feels like a Rolex compared to many other mice I've used.
Great for gaming, web surfing, office productivity and even photo editing.
Nice, fabric covered cable slides easily on desktop and resists dust and junk from sticking to it.
Cons: Laser tracking is sensitive to dust and debris (pet hair) on the desktop, though it's nothing a little canned air doesn't fix in a split second, and it reminds me to dust my desk more often.
Overall Review: I thought I'd hate going back to a cabled mouse after years of using Logitech's premium wireless mice. However, the solid feel and extraordinary responsiveness of this mouse and it's excellent build quality have changed my mind and then some.
Works like a charm in my Sansa Fuze 4MB player and my Blackberry Curve 8310 (with latest firmware update).
Plenty fast enough for photos, music and general data storage without so much as a hiccup.
Comes with a nice adapter and a little case for both.
Cons: None so far and I've done several fill and erase cycles on it via card reader and through both devices without any issues, whatsoever.
Overall Review: Like all good flash RAM it works and doesn't bog down at all no matter what I've run through it.
I remember when it cost $3K for 8 Megs of RAM for my Mac II back in 1987. Getting a thousand times that amount for less than a twenty including shipping can't fail to put a smile on my face...*huge furry grin*
Pros: Wonderfully LONG for those uber-large cases some of us think we need to have. ;-)
UV reactive for those that like that glow-thang.
Nicely made, metal clip locking connectors.
Thinner than the common SATA cables found all over.
Cons: A little stiff but they're easily bendable which is great for keeping the case interior neat and tidy.
Overall Review: I use these for the five hard drives and two DVD burners housed in my Thermaltake Mozart TX case. This case is about 29" long and the drives are on the opposite side of the chassis from where the SATA connectors are on my Gigabyte motherboard. Doesn't help that an Nvidia GTX260 video card is running interference between them all and the on-board SATA connectors are located directly in front of the GTX's cooling fan intake. These extra long SATA cables solved the problem elegantly and their considerably narrower than usual width minimizes airflow restriction to the GTX260's cooling fan.
Pros: Raw drives suddenly become a convenient way to back up data without purchasing a multitude of enclosures.
Ludicrously convenient when formatting a new raw drive for installation.
Absurdly simple to unpack, set up and get going in minutes.
Nice blue light for power on and red light indicating drive activity.
Wonderfully convenient when using with multiple back up drives since it saves a bundle in external enclosures you no longer need.
Nice weight to it. Doesn't slide around too easily.
Cons: Most drives get alarmingly warm after prolonged use so this dock is not practical for a permanent drive housing solution.
Overall Review: I originally purchased this to reformat a couple of drives that already had an OS installed on them. For this purpose, this product has no peer in convenience and simplicity of use. I found that at the currently cheap cost of raw drives, it makes one of the best solutions for backing up files a few times a week, each time on a separate drive so I can go back to a previously saved version of a file on larger projects. It's come in handy FAR, FAR more often than I ever thought it would. Unhesitatingly recommended!
Pros: Whisper quiet.
Excellent Build Quality.
Understated, elegant, Darth Vader-esque industrial design makes it close to visually invisible in most environments. Silicone rubber end caps keep it from scratching delicate desk finishes and keep it from sliding around like a hockey puck.
Auto shut off and on function is handy and more than makes up for the lack of on/off switch.
Screaming blue LED on the back makes smaller capacity drives in this model range ideal for DVR companion drives.
Cons: No manual on/off switch, although unit has auto on/off when connected to my computer...which more than makes up for the lack of the switch for my uses.
Happiest when laid flat...this is not a drive case ideal for standing on it's edge.
Overall Review: I purchased two of these. One at 640GB for my living room DVR and this one for back ups and file transfers between computers. I'm still shocked how quiet it is. The only way to tell if it's on when the LED isn't facing me is to touch it to feel a barely perceivable vibration coming from it.
I'll be buying more of these drives in the future.
Pros: Economical. Quiet. Reasonably fast. Cool running. Absurdly reliable. Makes an excellent drive for running my OS and Core Applications when using larger RAID drive arrays for file/data storage.
Cons: Absolutely none after two years on continuous use.
Overall Review: Four of these drives in a raid 5 array makes for one helluva great and super reliable 200+MB music vault.
Pros: Shockingly compact and attractive modern design. Short ethernet and usb power cables are included along with a really nice padded case for laptop users, plus a standard wall wart for non laptop users. Outstanding reception.
Absurdly easy to set up if you take the time to read the directions...well sort of. See comments below.
AND...It miraculously gets a very strong signal in an area of my house that's normally plagued with abysmal wireless signal strength.
Cons: Those pretty blue LEDs are bright beyond description in a room with subdued lighting, such as when you're using this as an ethernet adapter for your DVR and blue ray players. However, this issue is easily remedied with a little artfully applied electrical tape.
Overall Review: Once I realized that this little critter wouldn't talk to a computer set up for another router OR talk on an existing network (wired) when taken straight out of the box, I simply attached it to my laptop and the configuration screen showed up in the browser instantly. Took all of maybe 15 minutes to configure it as an ethernet adapter AND hook it up and configure my Dish DVR to use it instead of my phone line AND then add it to to my wireless network using WPA.
Pros: Reasonably quiet and fast read times.
Nicely damped tray opening and closing.
Quality look and feel to the product.
Included cable and decent software in an OEM product.
Cons: None so far...though I haven't been burning CD/DVD's yet so the jury is still out in that regard.
Overall Review: Replaced a fully functional Samsung lightscribe IDE unit which was moved to another computer.
This new drive has been in constant use for the last several days in a read-only capacity and has performed admirably.
Solid construction, performance, ease of installation, and the included drivers,cables and nice software package make this drive an exceptional value. I'd purchase another without reservation.
Pros: Reliable, furiously fast gigabit transfers between computers on home network, improved 100-speed transfers noticed w/Canon iPF5000 and Brother 2070N laser printers. Management of the network and switch has been absurdly simple using Pure Networks' Network Magic which was bundled with the D-Link DI-634M wireless router this switch is attached to.
Cons: Has functioned without a single burp or stutter for almost 2 years. It's downright unnatural.
Network Magic isn't bundled for free?
Overall Review: I'm something of a brainless noob when it comes to the networking end of things, but the NM product mentioned above makes setting up and getting the switch and router about as close to mindless as possible. It literally took 15 minutes to set up the router and switch and I was done. Perhaps 1 additional hour of maintenance in the last couple years since with a half dozen-plus wired and wireless devices on the network.
Pros: Economically priced.
Mindlessly plug-n-play with Win XP Pro/XP Home-gotta love THAT! :-)
Internal ports power an internal AFT XM-28U USB 2.0 card reader.
Internal ports have connectors that allow the use of LONG and cheap USB printer cables for reaching across absurdly large computer cases like my Thermaltake Mozart TX.
Cons: Note. It has worked consistently and without any operational issues since I the moment I plugged it in.
Overall Review: Hint: Keeping your system and registry cleaned up and error free with a few well chosen utilities makes a world of difference when it comes to device compatibility.
Pros: Excellent fit and finish.
Great power supply design.
Easy install: snug fit=better drive cooling.
Robust rear connectors.
Elegant industrial design.
Efficiently dissipates drive heat.
Cons: None so far.
Doesn't come with a nice leather case??? *LOL*
Overall Review: Over 13 months after my initial review, this enclosure and the hard drive in it are still going strong. It gets warm to the touch but appears to dissipate heat readily keeping the old drive within happy and healthy. I've since purchased two others and bought several for friends.
Pros: Quiet, stable and dependable. It's just what a power supply should be.
Love the cable management and the nice case the extra cables can be stored in. Very deluxe!
Included cables are fairly long, a godsend for using this PSU in my 29 inch tall Thermaltake Mozart TX case.
Cons: None whatsoever. The best PSU I've used in over 12 years of system building.
Overall Review: I've had this running almost 24/7 for two years this week. I live in an area plagued with irregular voltage but armed with a good surge suppressor the PSU has operated without so much as a hiccup.
Running a single CPU/GPU mobo setup with two DVD writers, six HDD and ten 1200RPM Scythe fluid bearing fans regulated with a Zalman fan controller.
Given all that, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another one and would enthusiastically recommend it to others without reservation.