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Glenn A.

Glenn A.

Joined on 12/06/03

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Most Favorable Review

what I was waiting for

ASUS ZenPad 3S Z500M-C1-GR MTK MT8176 (2.1 GHz) 4 GB Memory 64 GB eMMC 9.7" IPS 2048 x 1536 Tablet Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) Titanium Gray
ASUS ZenPad 3S Z500M-C1-GR MTK MT8176 (2.1 GHz) 4 GB Memory 64 GB eMMC 9.7" IPS 2048 x 1536 Tablet Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) Titanium Gray

Pros: Great screen. Zippy performance. Perfect size for me. Quite thin but has a little heft to it. Very good battery life in regular use. Fingerprint reader works very well. VERY reasonable price

Cons: screen is a real finger print magnet, but I guess that's the case with all tablets

Overall Review: I've shopping for a couple of years now for a tablet. But always hesitated to pull the trigger for one reason or another. When I saw this tablet was coming out it seemed to check all of the boxes. I almost bought a Samsung S2 several times but balked at the high price. When Asus announced that this would be out for such a low price I figured it was time. I've been quite pleased so far. Bought the pen too but frankly don't use it much at all. Got a nice cover for a few bucks as well.

11/27/2016
Most Critical Review

annoying quirks

Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD
Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD

Pros: looks purty.

Cons: the annoying pop ups asking you to confirm every little thing just suck. some stability and incompatibility issues with McAfee virus s/w. blocks my MSI live updater on boot up

Overall Review: my computer is a brand new build so I figured I might as well use Vista. For the most part it is OK, but the confirmation pop ups really work my last nerve. It is almost too secure and assumes that you are an imbecile who cannot be trusted to know how to use your own computer.

good value

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15D-16GVS
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15D-16GVS

Pros: works great with my set up. Very good performance clocked at 2.4GHz

Cons: none

Overall Review: Using this RAM in a rebuild of my computer. i5-6500 CPU and Asus Z170A MB. So far no complaints. The MB can clock it at 2.4GHz with the XMP settings. For the price I think this memory is a very good value.

12/21/2016

no issues

Intel Core i5-6500 - Core i5 6th Gen Skylake Quad-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1151 65W Intel HD Graphics 530 Desktop Processor - BX80662I56500
Intel Core i5-6500 - Core i5 6th Gen Skylake Quad-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1151 65W Intel HD Graphics 530 Desktop Processor - BX80662I56500

Pros: easy enough to install; quick performance with low power consumption

Cons: none

Overall Review: I decided to rebuild my 5 year old PC with a new MB, CPU and memory. The clock speed is actually slower than my old Sandy Bridge i5 (I think) but I am not doing any super high performance stuff. I think it uses a lot less power though which is nice. I paired it with an Asus Z170A MB which is great and quite sophisticated. It has nice software for automatically tuning the system for best performance.

12/21/2016

cheap, silent but a little cramped

RAIDMAX Typhoon ATX-312WS Black / Silver SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
RAIDMAX Typhoon ATX-312WS Black / Silver SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: very quiet, the window on the side and black interior look good, inexpensive with rebate

Cons: - 3.5" drive bays could have been located a bit better - fans don't seem to move much air - not a big fan of the red HDD LED coupled with the green power LED and blue fan LED for the front fan

Overall Review: I wanted a mid tower case with a top mounted PSU because it will sit on a carpeted floor. Typhoon would seem to imply great ventilation. While there are 3 fans in this case and lots of open grilles on the rear and front, the fans are silent, probably because they aren't moving a whole lot of air. I will likely replace them with some higher throughput fans. My ATX MB (Asus P8H67-V) fits with almost no space to spare which makes putting the front panel wires on the header tough. The 3.5" bays also seem like they could have moved an inch or so closer to the front of the case to provide some extra space. If you tried to load a HDD into every bay things would be very hard to manage. There are two 2.5" bays though which will make SSD installation easy enough once I decide to do that.

looks good, works well

ASUS P8H67-V (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS P8H67-V (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: looks purty, enough connectors, USB3s, SATA III, well-spaced expansion slots, UEFI is very nice, POST in a flash

Cons: front case connector header is a little tough to reach once its installed in a mid-tower case

Overall Review: Have this working with an i5-2500, 16GB G.Skill 1333 DDR3. It was pretty much plug and play for me. I like the nice looking blue heat sinks. It POSTs and boots extremely fast. The SATA III ports are nice and fast with my WD HDD. So far, so good!