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Sidney M.

Sidney M.

Joined on 05/15/03

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Most Favorable Review

Works well

Pioneer Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer BDR-207DBKS
Pioneer Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer BDR-207DBKS

Pros: Nice, easy setup. Win 7 recognized drive immediately

Cons: No cons yet, except for that idiot Toe Tag's remarks. What's with all the "Waaaaa's"? Is that a word? Do you think that nobody is as smart as you are? You write a comment to make an assessment of the item you purchased, not of the problems other wrote in about. You are a moron.

Most Critical Review

Having Write Problems

SONY Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 8X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BWU-500S
SONY Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 8X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BWU-500S

Pros: Reads and plays Blu-ray movie disks fine.

Cons: I am unable to create DVDs and Blu-rays using Roxio Creator 2012. It goes to about 80% of disk creation and Windows reports: "Program not responding." I have created the same Blu-rays with my older LG drive and they worked fine. I have the latest Sony firmware upgrade.

Overall Review: I doubt if I will ever purchase another Sony drive.

11/28/2011

Works when others did not

D-Link Wireless Dual Band AC1200 Mbps USB Wi-Fi Network Adapter (DWA-182)
D-Link Wireless Dual Band AC1200 Mbps USB Wi-Fi Network Adapter (DWA-182)

Pros: This adapter is giving me a reading of 25 to 28 mbps. Not great, but better than what I was getting. (On a direct connect from my PC to the cable modem, I get about 48 mbps) It is very similar in appearance to the Asus USB-AC53, but the included software is much better and it actually works. The software allowed for extremely easy setup in Windows 8. I used the auto WPS setup and it connected within a minute.

Cons: The included USB cable is a little too firm and does not easily allow for minor positioning.

Overall Review: A few months ago I purchased a very nice 8 year old townhouse which is about the only good thing I can say about this house. Although every room has a COAX jack, Comcast could only install cable TV in the basement. None of the COAX cables are connected and Comcast said we would have to hire an electrician to run new cables in order to have Cable TV on the other 4 floors. This townhouse is a nightmare for anything wireless. We were unable to get TV service to the other floors wirelessly. This also includes any kind of Internet access. I tried using various wireless repeaters, routers, and Ethernet cards by Asus, TP-Link and Diamond Multimedia. None of them worked. With The Asus USB-AC53 and RT-AC66U router, I only got speeds of .1 to .5 mbps. I highly recommend this D-Link USB adapter because it works when all others have failed.

Disappointing

Corsair Voyager Air 1TB External Hard Drive CMFAIR-BLK-1000-NA Black
Corsair Voyager Air 1TB External Hard Drive CMFAIR-BLK-1000-NA Black

Pros: Beautiful packaging. Nice assortment of accessories, which include: Accessory Pouch, DC Cable, USB 3.0 Cable, Car Adapter, Wall Adapter. It works great as an external drive.

Cons: I am using the Voyager Air with my desktop PC. I had several problems with it: 1. The USB 3.0 cable is too short. It is not long enough to fit from my pc to my desk. 2. As stated by others, the switches are very flimsy. 3. I was unable to firmly attach an Ethernet cable to the Gigabit Ethernet port on the back because the cable would not "click" in place. I tried several cables. I taped the cable firmly in place with electrical tape. 4. I could either connect to the Internet (via Comcast), or the networked Voyager Air, but not both at the same time. It was an either/or situation. When I did connect to the Voyager Air, Windows reported that it was a weak connection even though my wireless router is 3 feet away from the Voyager Air.

Overall Review: My PC consists of: Motherboard: Asus P9X79 PRO CPU: Intel Core i7, 3.6GB, Sandy Bridge OS: Windows 8 Pro, 64 bit Memory: 32MB Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti Audio: Creative Sound Blaster Z Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster Wireless Router: Asus RT-AC66U Ethernet Adapter: Asus USB-AC53

Almost perfect case

ZALMAN Z9 Plus Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
ZALMAN Z9 Plus Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Very good air flow. Nice looking light weight case. Fairly good instruction manual.

Cons: I ordered this case along with a KINGWIN|LZ-1000 1000W PSU. I had to reposition the fan on the side panel because it wouldn't clear the PSU on the bottom of the case. Zalman could have included a few extra motherboard stand offs.

10/17/2012

Not happy

BIOSTAR TPOWER X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
BIOSTAR TPOWER X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Very nice features for the price.

Cons: I purchased a G.SKILL Memory Kit #F3-17000CL11Q-32GBZLD. This kit comes with 2 fans that are to be installed over the memory. I could not get the fans to fit. I wrote to G.SKILL and included a picture of where the memory is located on the motherboard. This was their response: "This motherboard design does indeed make it difficult to install the included memory fans. Most motherboard manufacturers would not place its power sockets so close to the RAM slots. If you do not use the memory fans provided, please provide adequate cooling to the RAM, either by directing air flow over the RAM via case fan or other methods. If RAM is not cooled, you may experience system instability or shorted product life due to overheating. Because this RAM is high performance 2133Mhz, it will operate hotter than standard 1333Mhz memory. If you are unable to provide proper cooling, we suggest you downclock the memory to 1866Mhz, so it will run cooler, and you will be able to operate with stability, even without using the included memory fan." If I had known this, I never would have purchased this motherboard.