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Brian C.

Brian C.

Joined on 03/01/02

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Most Favorable Review

Works in Linux

Rosewill RCW-617 - 1-Foot USB to Serial (9-Pin) DB-9 RS-232 Adapter
Rosewill RCW-617 - 1-Foot USB to Serial (9-Pin) DB-9 RS-232 Adapter

Pros: Allows the use of serial components in computers that do not have serial ports. Was plug & plan in Ubuntu Linux - serial ports show up as /dev/ttyUSB0 (1, 2).

Cons: I don't like the way the securing screws work. Your serial device plugs into this device, both have turn knobs, and you use these little nuts that both sides screw into.

Most Critical Review

Fails

Logitech G7 Black 6 Buttons Tilt Wheel Cordless Laser 2000 dpi Mouse
Logitech G7 Black 6 Buttons Tilt Wheel Cordless Laser 2000 dpi Mouse

Pros: When it's working it's nice and snappy. You can adjust the mouse resolution (sensitivity) on the mouse itself. It's cordless. The second battery pack means that you never are without a mouse, you just have to swap the battery pack whenever it dies.

Cons: It dies. Original order about 2 months ago, I've now done two RMAs and will be on my third mouse. It'll work great and be an amazingly awesome mouse for 3 weeks and then it stops working all-together. I also have to pay for the shipping back to Newegg which has been about +$10 each time. So I've paid the newegg price +$20 so far.

Overall Review: Before this, I used an MX1000 wireless. Not quite as sensitive and I very much prefer the shape of the G7 over the MX1000. However, my MX1000 is years old and still functions. I'm not sure what happened that logitech is unable to produce a mouse of the same quality today that they could years ago. Usually things get better, not worse.

Menu buttons are on back

ASUS ROG Swift 27" 1440P Gaming Monitor (PG278Q) - QHD (2560 x 1440), 144Hz, 1ms, G-SYNC, USB 3.0, DisplayPort, Pivot, Tilt, Swivel, Height Adjustable
ASUS ROG Swift 27" 1440P Gaming Monitor (PG278Q) - QHD (2560 x 1440), 144Hz, 1ms, G-SYNC, USB 3.0, DisplayPort, Pivot, Tilt, Swivel, Height Adjustable

Pros: You can read the stats same as me. High resolution, 1ms, supports Nvidia 3d vision, etc. The stand it comes with feels very solid. The bezel is very thin. I had no dead pixels (and the PG series is covered by ASUS ZBD if you develop some!) The 5-way button for modifying the display settings is pretty awesome. The single most important thing for me was 3d vision - I use 3d that isn't optional for me in a monitor.

Cons: The menu buttons are on the rear. No doubt necessary to get the really nice thin bezels, however it makes it difficult to access if you have multiple monitors on a multi-monitor stand. It would be better if the buttons were all along the bottom instead of on the right side.

Overall Review: This monitor seems to have a lot of recent negative reviews and I was quite scared to order because of that. That fear was not warranted, at least not for me, as the monitor arrived in perfect condition.

10/30/2015

3-months in, so far so good

Hitachi GST Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Hitachi GST Deskstar 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: They are big. They work. Nothing has failed.

Cons: It's a slow drive, but you know that. Use for storing lots of stuff, not for breaking speed records.

Overall Review: 5 of these in raid 5 configuration for a home file server, after 3 months I have nothing to report. That is, everything is going excellent.

Matches my CoolerMaster case perfectly

SNT SNT-SAC2131TL 3x3.5" Hard drive in 2x5.25" Bay SAS/SATA Trayless Backplane Hot Swap RAID Cage
SNT SNT-SAC2131TL 3x3.5" Hard drive in 2x5.25" Bay SAS/SATA Trayless Backplane Hot Swap RAID Cage

Pros: The biggest pro is I can remove my hard drives from the front of the computer without even messing with a screwdriver for the trays. Very easy, and very convenient with the high failure rates of 2TB drives. It also matches my CoolerMaster's styling great. The blue power leds fit right in, and it looks just freaking cool.

Cons: The fans are loud. There's louder, sure, but they are loud. It's in a file server where noise doesn't matter, but if noise does matter consider that.

Overall Review: If you're having problems with the doors not latching evenly, try pushing the door in when you slide the lock to the locked position. That worked fine for me.

Running SLI GTX-480's!

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850 W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850 W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: I didn't plan it when I bought this power supply, but I'm now running SLI geforce 480 OC's on this power supply. I can game for hours on end and have had no problems at all.

Cons: Not modular. I know, it didn't say it was, but you gotta write something in the "Cons" section, it's required, and modular power supplies are cool!