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Chris W.

Chris W.

Joined on 09/23/01

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Most Favorable Review

Great for the price

ALTEC LANSING BXR1121 15 Watts 2.1 3-Piece Value Computer Speakers
ALTEC LANSING BXR1121 15 Watts 2.1 3-Piece Value Computer Speakers

Pros: For the price tag these produce a relatively full, rich sound. The bass is strong, even a bit boomy. The package is attractive, with cables of adequate length. The addition of AUX input is pretty cool - I can switch over to my MP3 if I want without unplugging from the PC.

Cons: The main speakers are quite light. This doesn't affect their output, but it means that doing anything to them requires two hands: one to do the work while the second anchors the speaker. Even turning the volume is tough without pushing it off the back of the desk.

Overall Review: The crossover of the bass/treble controls seems ill-matched to the speakers' envelope. You'll probably need to use an equalizer in your PC to get the output frequencies balanced well.

10/17/2007
Most Critical Review
Airnet ABT101 USB 2.0 Bluetooth Adapter
Airnet ABT101 USB 2.0 Bluetooth Adapter

Pros: Works just fine with my PocketPC; good price.

Cons: The claimed range is bunk. Expect like 15 feet. But that's what you should expect from any Bluetooth device.

Overall Review: For ActiveSync with a PocketPC do not install the included software. The stuff built into XP (maybe others too) works fine, and I couldn't get the 3rd party thing to work at all.

DOA piece of junk

TRENDnet TEW-640MB N300 Wireless 4-Port Media Bridge
TRENDnet TEW-640MB N300 Wireless 4-Port Media Bridge

Pros: It did not injure me in the process of discovering that it was dead.

Cons: It's DOA.

Overall Review: If TrendNet replaces it, I'll revise this review. But until then...

Pretty good keyboard

BTC 8190A Black 104 Normal Keys 32 Function Keys PS/2 Ergonomic Smart Office Keyboard
BTC 8190A Black 104 Normal Keys 32 Function Keys PS/2 Ergonomic Smart Office Keyboard

Pros: Good key feel Scroll wheel is a great idea Lots of extra function keys Reasonable price

Cons: Many function keys aren't configurable Not all multimedia keys work with all players

Overall Review: This is replacing a fancy new Logitech diNovo Edge, because I hate the trend to soft keys with short throws. With the BTC you know what you're typing, touch typists needn't worry about accidentally typing when the feel the keys. The config software is a little lame. Many keys can't be reconfigured. Notably, the Sleep key is right next to Play/Pause, so it's easy to accidentally go to sleep.

Has 4 extra pins

COOLMAX CA-400 400W ATX v2.01 Power Supply
COOLMAX CA-400 400W ATX v2.01 Power Supply

Pros: It supplies power.

Cons: If you have an older ATX-style motherboard, check it before buying. This PS has the newer-style connector for the MB with 4 extra pins. Usually you can just let these extra hang over the edge, but you might have other connectors or memory in the way. Be sure there's extra space on the side of the connector.

Does its job

BELKIN Office F6C750-AVR 750VA 400W 6 Outlets UPS
BELKIN Office F6C750-AVR 750VA 400W 6 Outlets UPS

Pros: Handles load well - I've got a PC w/ 2 HD, 2DVD, 1 CRT and 1 LCD. This seems to use less than 1/2 capacity. Outlets spaced well with room for a couple wall-warts.

Cons: The management software is dismal. It doesn't do a whole lot (although it does offer management functions for remote machines, which I don't care about). It seems to add appreciably to my boot time.