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JAMES S.

JAMES S.

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Most Favorable Review

Fast and Quiet

Patriot Pyro 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PP120GS25SSDR
Patriot Pyro 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PP120GS25SSDR

Pros: Fast and responsive. Win 7 home premium starts in under 5 seconds.

Cons: It is 2.5" in width and does not come with an adapter bracket to fit into a 3.5" drive bay.

Overall Review: Make sure to order a 2.5" to 3.5" bracket separately.

11/19/2011
Most Critical Review

Disappointing

D-Link DIR-880L Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router
D-Link DIR-880L Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router

Pros: Fast wi-fi speeds, easy to set up

Cons: Large antennae but that is a minor cosmetic thing. Main reason for the one star is the fact that this modem does not have a DHCP reservation table. You can reserve any active IP addresses by clicking a slider over to 'Enable' but you can only disable a reservation if the device is connected. Worse, if you try to Reserve more than one or 2 IP addresses, the router stops giving out valid IP addresses and devices cannot connect to the network. This is true for both wired and wi-fi connections. At this point you either set a static IP address on the device or reset the router back to factory default.

Overall Review: I have spent hours resetting this router to factory defaults to get all my devices to connect. I like to set static IPs on my devices so I can locate them when I need to but can't do that for every device. I have a Laptop that needs to have a fixed IP address for it to connect to an old machine I have at my office so it needs to be fixed by the router b/c if I set the IP as static on my Laptop, i wouldn't be able to connect to other networks over wi-fi. There is a firmware fix for Canada region only but it is not available for other regions and I am unwilling to experiment with it since I am not in Canada.

Very nice monitors

ASUS VS Series VS247H-P 24" (Actual size 23.6") Full HD 1920 x 1080 60Hz HDMI VGA DVI-D SPLENDID Modes Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor
ASUS VS Series VS247H-P 24" (Actual size 23.6") Full HD 1920 x 1080 60Hz HDMI VGA DVI-D SPLENDID Modes Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor

Pros: Work great, no dead pixels, plug and play.

Cons: Asus did not write any customized driver files or ICM files for this monitor but the generic driver works fine and it looks great.

Overall Review: Bought two of these.

Works Great

Rosewill RHRC-11001 - Windows Vista / 7 / 8 MCE Infrared Remote Control with Learning Function
Rosewill RHRC-11001 - Windows Vista / 7 / 8 MCE Infrared Remote Control with Learning Function

Pros: Its plug and play with no problems.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Had a second remote that came with my Hauppage TV card and that remote works with this IR receiver also. The Hauppage TV remote receiver requires special drivers for all the functions of the remote, but this one does not so I tossed the Hauppage receiver and just use this USB one for both remotes and it works great.

Fast

Mushkin Enhanced Ventura 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDVT32GB
Mushkin Enhanced Ventura 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDVT32GB

Pros: It is fast. Don't really have more to add.

Cons: Wish I bought 2.

Overall Review: Fast transfer rates to and from. I have 2 other USB flash drives from Mushkin and love them both but this one is noticeably faster.

11/19/2011

Another nice Asus Motherboard

ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: This is a nice motherboard with an easy to use BIOS. I bought 2 for my business and just use the i5's built in graphics but its still fast, great way to save some money up front and still have the option of adding in a PCI express 3.0 graphics card in the future if I like.

Cons: Slow initial start up. When you turn on the computer, there is like a 5 second delay before you hear the initial beep and BIOS info pops up though you can reduce how long the BIOS info displays to 1 second or set it to longer if you need to.

Overall Review: Perfect example of why I always choose Asus motherboards.

11/19/2011