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Jeff M.

Jeff M.

Joined on 05/28/05

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Most Favorable Review

Just missing 1 thing to be great

COOLMAX CN-550 Aluminum 3.5" IDE USB & Ethernet SOHO NAS External Enclosure
COOLMAX CN-550 Aluminum 3.5" IDE USB & Ethernet SOHO NAS External Enclosure

Pros: Very nice enclosure and great web interface settings. Can spin down hard drive, and the fan is temp controlled. Nice to have such a cheap option for both USB and 100Base-T connection. Case is very sturdy and looks good.

Cons: ***This enclosure ONLY supports ATA-33! Only has a 40-pin connector and it does no good to change that to 80-pin. I'm surprised that you can't find that out on any of the web reviews or the specs. I'm also surprised to see that they skimped on this (an ATA-100 controller doesn't change the price by much at all). Because of that, you only end up getting about 3.1MB/sec sustained transfers on reads and 2.7MB/sec on writes (that is only slightly better than most 54Mb 802.11g WiFi transfers, just FYI). 100Base-TX doesn't start limiting you until you get upwards of 9-10MB/sec. Also, the firmware does NOT remember the network share name or workgroup after a reboot.

Overall Review: I have other drive benchmarks at

Most Critical Review

Great price for this kit

Apex Tactical Specialties Action Enhancement Trigger kit, Duty and Carry, Polymer, Black, For M&P M2.0 9/40/45 Will Not
Apex Tactical Specialties Action Enhancement Trigger kit, Duty and Carry, Polymer, Black, For M&P M2.0 9/40/45 Will Not

Pros: Good trigger and kit Improves reset and over travel Improves trigger break

Cons: doesn't fix take up slack no instructions

Overall Review: While this kit does a nice job cleaning up the reset and overtravel, and there is a very nice clean break on the trigger pull, I don't think it really improved the trigger action from a stock M&P M2.0 as much as from the first gen and the price is steep as a result. I believe the FSS trigger might be better for takeup slack.

12/10/2017

Love this monitor

Megavision MV155U Black 15" 5-wire resistive USB Touchscreen Monitor 250 cd/m2 500:1 Built in Speakers
Megavision MV155U Black 15" 5-wire resistive USB Touchscreen Monitor 250 cd/m2 500:1 Built in Speakers

Pros: I have been working on building a flight sim cockpit for FSX, and have already gotten 3 19" flat panel displays (not that impressed with the Hanns-G) to run off a single video output throught the Matrox Triple Head 2 Go product. But I also wanted to have the flexibility of styling a sort of interactive virtual cockpit design as well (and not the virtual cockpit of FSX). So, I especially wanted to use the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit PFD/MFD and also have some places to put up the radio stacks, autopilot, and electronic toggle switch stack. Well, since most of the FSX panels are "interactive" with the mouse, the touch screen seemed the obvious route to go. I got these in and set everything up, and it works absolutely perfectly. The display is very good on these (I bought two, but have only checked out one so far). Vibrant, bright, and pretty good pixel pitch at 1024x768 native. The touch screen seems very responsive and sort of depends on what driver/software you run.

Cons: None so far

Great Product Design

NaturalPoint TRACK IR Ultra Optical Head Tracking Package
NaturalPoint TRACK IR Ultra Optical Head Tracking Package

Pros: I've bought a lot of different input device "gadetry", hoping for better, more natural response to simulations and game play. Well, I was a little worried this was going to be another one of those niche, sort of nice, but really not worth messing with products. Let me tell you, at least in the couple programs I've used it in (Most NOTEABLY, Microsoft FSX), this product is indespensible.

Cons: Enable software seems very complete, however, a bit more straight forward options would be nice on how to enable in various situations. Also, not sure why, but MS FSX only had 2 axis enabled...had to use the FS2004 profile to get all 6, which works fine in FSX.

Overall Review: If you are a flight sim fan, and want some of the GREAT eyepoint response functions, naturally right in your own home, get this. One word of warning, though...make sure you are getting at least 25fps (SHIFT-Z in FSX) in most of your games, or the response will be less than fluid and probably make you sick or not like it.

You get what you pay for...

Hanns-G HS-191DPB 19" SXGA 1280 x 1024 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
Hanns-G HS-191DPB 19" SXGA 1280 x 1024 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Pros: Very light weight, clean interface buttons on front (though a bit hard to figure out). Price.

Cons: Bought 3 of these units to do a 3-wide flight sim display. 2 of them had dead pixels (one had a block of 4 dead pixels all together), and also one stuck on yellow pixel. Figured that wouldn't be too aweful, but I wasn't overly impressed with the screen clarity either...and they run HOT. Plus, after running for only about an hour, all three are showing evidence of distinct "sparklies". The one with the big dead pixel and stuck pixel is mostly showing a row of sparklies near the stuck pixel, so I'm sure it has a shorted row. The other isn't near any obvious stuck/dead pixes, but it is always in the same area, so probably a defect there too. These are very sub-standard displays...but, again, you probably can't expect too much for the price. I'm just surprised all the reviews are so glowing for these monitors...

Broadway Com Corp 82-4HL Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply
Broadway Com Corp 82-4HL Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

Pros: Nice solid case, with lots of fans and front USB/Firewire/Audio options.

Cons: No HDD LED (you have to just look at the LCD, but picking out the HDD active symbol is not easy). Cheap power supply. Not enough stand off screws for most typical MB's.