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Thomas B.

Thomas B.

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Most Favorable Review

For Professionals

Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

Pros: Multitasking buttons are very useful for common tasks. Obviously the keyboard layout is very intuitive and feels natural.

Cons: None yet. It works with all systems I've hooked it up with. The real test will be in a year if this keyboard still works like it does now.

12/28/2011
Most Critical Review

Great while it lasted!

SAMSUNG POWERbot R7040 Robot Vacuum, Neutral Gray
SAMSUNG POWERbot R7040 Robot Vacuum, Neutral Gray

Pros: Well, it was just amazing to wake up and the schedule would run like clockwork. It was great that it would map out the floor and clean everything. I think it was as good as a traditional upright vacuum but without the work. It would also charge itself as needed to complete the cleaning cycle. My floors had never been cleaner.

Cons: It's broken. This is the main con but I have several others. After 89 days of cleaning my house - which is long enough for me to feel secure in this new tech - it started acting up and saying that something was stuck in the brush and nothing was there. It only had a 90-day warranty on it so by the time I contacted Samsung they would not help at all but to tell me that I'd have to pay to repair it. It seems like a software issue because there is nothing wrong with the hardware at all. Additionally, the suction power had dropped out completely so that when it does run, it doesn't clean much. I can easily take my upright over the floor that it just cleaned and pick up A LOT of dust and trash that it just couldn't pull in. I specifically got one that said it was capable of cleaning a room when we have pets. But I specifically didn't run it in the rooms that they frequented. I thought this would increase its lifespan. It didn't. In 3 months I had to replace the brush twice which really starts to add up to the overall cost. The container is small so you have to get used to changing it after every cleaning. Occasionally it couldn't make it back to the charger before running out of charge and would just die in the middle of the floor.

Overall Review: As a few additional pieces of info, I'm disappointed that this $400 "vacuum" turned out to be this much of a waste of money. I thought that Samsung would provide better service too. Lesson learned.

Better than air cooling...while it lasts

Antec KUHLER H2O 950 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM
Antec KUHLER H2O 950 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Pros: I was able to get sub 40˚ temps while using it. Installation was easy although I had to use video resources more than the included documentation. The RGB lightening was a good touch too. Under load it didn't generate too much noise and the fan worked well which controlled by the mobo. All in one enclosure means no maintenance for the most part.

Cons: Longevity. Unfortunately, mine didn't last more than a year. I contacted Antec because it was under warranty still and got a replacement for free. The replacement came and then lasted another year. I finally ditched it and built a custom water system for my rig. I found that the closed system made it difficult when I wanted to expand because you are not allowed to open the closed loop system so I just left my fans on the GPU and other components instead. That's something important to know before you decide to buy this system.

Overall Review: This is great for someone wanting to get into water cooling but not willing to built their own custom loop. You have to take into account the lack of expandability and the smaller radiator that is locked to the system. You can find tutorials about how to add additional components to the loop but the pump is not meant for a larger loop nor is the cooling as good. Most importantly, if you are a gamer, this WILL cool your system better than air, but will work in conjunction with air and shouldn't be the only source of cooling. Additionally, you won't get as good of cooling with this for a gaming rig due to the capabilities of the closed system.