Date Joined: 03/15/05
Pros: Works as advertised. Good thoroughput. Worked at least as well as other higher home switches I have used. Solid metal case. Looks like a smaller version of a rack mounted switch. Ports and lights on correct side for instant analysis of the connection, speed, and activity, in the front.
Cons: Not as pretty as some desktop switches, but seems a lot sturdier.
Overall Review: Good value for the dollar. Good, sturdy switch.
Pros: Does exactly what it says it will do. No real lag, good transfer times. Works with XP and Windows 7 with no issues. This disk is currently being used to transfer large amounts of audio data for a college radio station, and has performed flawlessly in this regard
Cons: None noticed. This is about as plug and play as it gets. Almost as you are using a large thumb drive.
Overall Review: For most applications this will be fine. Transfers and plays audio files with no discernible lag, even when using usb 2.0 instead of the faster 3.0
Pros: it works. In fact, when in wired mode it seemed to work best. It is being used to get a signal extended to a basement from a second floor in a victorian. Signal on the receiving end is greatly improved.
Cons: Not sure if it is this product, or some form of band interference from something on one of the floors, but signal will drop suddenly sometimes. Again, not sure if this is even product related.
Pros: This router replaced my Asus AC router. It is fast when you can connect to the 5g. Pages load faster, and downloads are noticeably faster on both 2.4 and 5 ghz bands. Setup was very simple, either with wizards or by the web browser UI, so installation is not much of an issue.
While gaming noticed a very good increase in speed. Online games that would lag before suddenly run smoother, which is a huge plus. There are many options within the router to set up varying advanced aspects. At close ranges this router simply blazes!
Guest network works nicely.
The design is nothing short of sexy, and have for the first time gotten compliments on my router!
Cons: The 5g range is abysmal. The signal drops to barely nothing one floor directly above the router making the 5g band virtually worthless. There is no way to get a good idea of the transmission power, as choices are in simplistic terms (medium, high etc.). There is simply no way to boost the power enough to make the 5g band useful over 20 feet from the router.
There are a lot of different menus, and the security section is rather difficult to navigate. Despite having a masters degree in IA., I managed to lock myself out of the router while making fairly simple changes, and it would no longer recognize my password, or defaults. Since security is not a part of the installation wizard (I did NOT use the cd), it may lead people to have an unsecured router and not even know this. Pay close attention to what you are doing in the security section, but you MUST go through this part of the web UI if you do not want your router taken over due to not changing the administrative password.
After being up for about a week, android devices constantly have to reconnect to the router, dropping at inconvenient times. This router should be restarted every few days to help alleviate this issue.
Overall Review: I may have gotten a router with some bad antennas, as I can not believe the dropoff in the 5g band. One floor immediately above the router is the best it can do, and that is iffy at best. On the whole though it is faster than my Asus, which is saying something!
Pros: The camera delivers an excellent picture. Tested wireless mostly. At close ranges to the router it had excellent quality and framerate. The night vision is excellent, providing a clear view of the room even when it is very dark. I used it on my 75 gallon fish tank, and was able to watch the fish from my phone or tablet.
I also found that the ability to share the stream to others by simply sending them an invite. Then they make their account, and they can instantly share in the picture.
Cons: On the downside, this baby really needs to either be wired into the network, or be very close. Otherwise the framerate starts suffering, badly. One floor makes a huge difference in its ability to talk to my Asus AC router.
Also, I could not get the motion detection to work, period. It would not email me, or alert the app even when sensitivity was cranked all the way up, and I was dancing in front of the camera. As this was going to go into work as a baby monitor, it simply will not work because of this issue
Overall Review: I like this camera. Although it falls short in the range department, and the motion detection did not work in wireless mode. Note that I did not try the motion detection in wired mode. If I get that chance I will update my review.
Pros: decent drives, good speed. TGF raid.
Cons: 50% failure rate so far. have reordered drive.
Overall Review: Will replace faulty drive. no idea what happened, just failed. Thank goodness for raid, no data loss.
Pros: Outstanding cooling. Bios reporting cpu temp at 23 degrees C (in a cool room). No need to overclock yet, but I am sure this cooler can handle the job. Easy install for AM3+ board. Don't overtighten, hand tight is sufficient (again, amd setup).
Cons: Loud!! Plan on replacing the fans. I have ordered a pair of 120mm quiet fans to replace them. The stock fans make my Thor case sound like it is preparing to take off! Make sure you have enough room in your case. Radiator plus fans take up quite a bit of room. Even in my Thor it almost gets in the way of the ram clips.
Overall Review: AMD fx8350 Vishera 4.0 Ghz 8 core unlocked
Gigabyte 990 fxa - ud3 mobo
Gigabyte Geforce GTX 660 Windforce
Corsair H100i closed loop water cpu cooler
2x 8G GSkill raptor dual channel ddr3 1600
Samsung 840 pro 256G ssd SATA
2x Seagate 7200 rpm 1TB SATA in RAID 1
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 800w ps
Ubuntu 12.10. Windows 7 Ultimate virtual OS
Pros: Easy install, very fast. Have not seen a need yet for anything more powerful. Can add a second card later if needed.
Cons: None so far. Large card but fits nicely in my case and mobo
Overall Review: Gigabyte 990 fxa-ud3 mobo
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Asus fx8530 4.0 ghz 8 core processor
gskill 1600 ddr3 dual channel 2x 8gb ram
corsair h100i cpu cooler
Samsung 840 pro 256gb ssd
2x seagate 7200 rpm 1TB drives in RAID1
Pros: Worked right out of the box in my new build with Ubuntu 12.10.
Seems to play nicely with my D-Link Dir-655 router. Fast too!
Cons: Tight fit. The placement of the mobo connection was off just enough that it felt like I was putting too much force inserting the card, but all works nicely!
Overall Review: Gigabyte ga990fxa-ud3
Amd fx 8350
Gskill ripjaw 16G Ddr3 1600
Samsung 840 pro 256G SSD
2 Seagate 1TB 7200 rpm hdd in RAID 1
Cooler Master Silent pro gold 810 w ps
Pros: Excellent cpu. 8 core means excellent virtual os capabilities. Unlocked, so is easily overclocked, but so far no need. Lots of processing power when needed.
Cons: Pricey. Sure to get cheaper when newer processors emerge.
Overall Review: Thor V.2 gaming case
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 MB
AMD FX-8350 AM3+ 4.0 GHz 8 core processor
Corsair H100i water cooler
Gigabyte GV-N6600C-2GD GeForce GTX 660 video card
G.Skill Ripjaws X series 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600
Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB SATA III MLC SSD os drive
2 Seagate SV3 series ST1000 VX000 1TB 7200 rpm SATA 6.0 GB/ sec : in RAID 1
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold series RS800-80GAD3-US 800w power supply
Pros: excellent cable management options
large fans = quiet and cool
h100i water cooler system fits right in
easy access to fan controls, usb, usb 3.0, headphone jacks, esata
Cons: large, as in massive case
heavy, though sturdy.
Overall Review: Have not fired up the dystem yet, but build going nicely. Waiting on hard drives. Beautiful case with excellent cable management. Not only is this my most advanced build, but also the most elegant, thanks to this case. 8 core 4.0 Ghz, water cooled, 16 gb ram, 256 gb ssd, and 2 1 tb drives in raid. Ubuntu with Windows in a virtual drive.
Pros: Bought this card as internal memory for my Samsung Exhibit 4G (rooted). Workef great out of the box, but after using root tools to adjust the phone for the card, it is blazing fast! 12.6 MB/s write speed and 26.9 MB/s read speeds! Awesome!
Cons: Doesn't pay my mobile bill.
Overall Review: 12.6 MB/s write speed.
26.9 MB/s read speed.
Pros: Just want to correct what at least one other person has said. Unfortunately there is some misinformation being spread. The first is the processor speed. The complaint is that it is 800Mhz instead of 1.6 G. This is incorrect. The processor steps down to 800 to save on power, and goes to 1.6 G when more processing power is needed. I have a utility that gives me real time feedback of the processor, and this is indeed the case. It is a 1.6G processor that steps down to 800Mhz to save on power. Unless you have a power saving mode on, in which case it is locked to 800 Mhz.
Cons: See other thoughts
Overall Review: it is locked to 800 Mhz.
The second is the hard drives. They are NOT proprietary. They are PCI-e mini interface. They can be upgraded, but you have to know what you are doing. First, you have to buy the correct hard drive replacement. I suggest runcore, as they are very fast. Second, you have to know the pin settings on the replacement drives, and assign them as master or slave drive as necessary. The 8G is indeed hard to get to. The 8G primary drive is also the faster drive of the two. It doesn't make sense to remove, as doing so will SLOW DOWN your machine! Instead install your OS onto this partition and your /home directory on the secondary partition.
Hope I have clarified this misinformation.
Pros: This is a great machine! Not so sure about the installed OS, as I installed Eeebuntu NBR (netbook remix) on the first day. Very fast install, and everything works out of the box. Browses the web, works on files, streams video from Hulu and Joost no problems. Wireless range is good. It is light, very portable, and does pretty much anything you could ask of it except high end gaming. Will work with Windows if you are so inclined.
Also it is very customizable. I already upgraded the RAM to 2G and have future upgrades planned, including upgrading the wifi to a more Linux friendly card, upgrading at least the secondary 32G hard drive to a runcore drive, which is much faster, and possibly replacing the primary 8G drive as well (if I can find it). The keyboard is almost full size and is very easy to type on, and the screen is large enough so you can work without much issue. For the price this is one heck of a machine! And you get Asus quality!
Cons: Fingerprint magnet. I plan on getting a skin for it so I don't have to constantly clean it. The wifi card doesn't work with many Linux distros out of the box, so that will be getting replaced by a better one. The right shift key is small and out of place, causing an issue for touch typers. Only other con is working with this in public. Everyone wants to see it, especially as I have it set up with Linux, a good conky file and avant dock, so it really draws the eye.
Overall Review: Shipping was awful, which is a surprise from NewEgg. It took forever for this thing to arrive. The three day shipping took about a week, so I was pacing the house waiting for my new toy! This must be an anomaly, and is more a problem with the shipper, not NewEgg.
Great battery life. On "super" performance I get between 4.5 and 5 hours battery, and can easily extend that over 5 with the power save settings.
I can not recommend this product strongly enough! People think Netbooks are just for web browsing and reading email. Trust me, these things are much more. I have been impressed at what this machine can handle!
Pros: Bought this because I teach computer security. I blew a couple disks in my back, and could no longer haul around my big 17" laptop. This thing is great! Put eeebuntu on it, and everything just works. Keyboard is no problem, works well. Screen is large enough so that I can actually work, and the whole thing weighs less than 3 lbs. Also the battery is fantastic! Get anywhere from 5-7 hours depending on what you are doing. It is also whisper quiet.
Boots fast, and is much more than just a "netbook." Sure, it will browse the web, play music, video rtc. But it will also run a lot of Linux software. Quite a powerful platform if you need it to be! It will also handle Windows if you want to go that route: XP, Vista, even Seven. I wouldn't expect that it will run the latest games or anything, but it will get your work done! Great for students, telecommuters, IT techs. Anyone who needs a light, mobile platform!
Cons: The OS supplied, while fine for most users, just didn't cut it for me. I needed something with considerable more oomph. I installed eeebuntu with netbook remix (nbr) and am very happy with it so far. If you are a power user, you will definitely want tto be changing the operating system.
Newegg normally gets things to me VERY quickly. I was dissapointed at how long this took, about nine days. Not really Newegg's fault, but it caused an issue or two because I needed the device! I have the black one, and the thing is a fingerprint magnet!
Overall Review: This is the best price I have found by far for this netbook. I actually bought the black one from Newegg, but couldn't comment on it there because they are out, and doesn't look like they are getting more. Hope that doesn't mean there was something wrong with them lol
I also have bought a two gig stick of ram for this thing. It is fast already, but maxxing out the ram can never hurt! also looking to get a "skin" for it, and perhaps some larger, faster ssd drives. BTW, you can't put a hdd in this thing, you have to use ssd. However they are whisper quiet, and quite nice. Just waiting for more people to make them, and for the price to come down.
Pros: Best pointing device made. I use it for everything, from browsing the web to gaming. Use it in both Windows (XP/Vista) and Linux, no problems. No repetitive stress injuries, and I use the computer a LOT. It is accurate and easy to use. Ergonomic, it just fits into your hand. May take some getting used to if you have always used a regular mouse, but once most people have used this for a couple weeks, they don't go back. It stays in one place, so you aren't continually pushing it around/picking it back up (I hate that about the traditional mouse, such a bad design). This trackball will give you all the functionality of a mouse with none of the drawbacks, and will preserve your wrist. I have played for hours on end with none of the usual wrist problems.
Cons: Some people have complained that it needs cleaning, and they have to take it apart to clean the ball. This is inaccurate. While it does need cleaning occasionally, you can easily push the ball out from the bottom, and clean the contacts. Takes a couple seconds. Also on some of them the left click button wears out after about a year of heavy use (8-10 hours per day). You definitely get your money's worth out of it first though!
Overall Review: May take some time to get used to for the typical mouse user. However this is worth the effort. Before long it will be second nature, and is MUCH healthier for you! This should be the standard design for pointing devices. Some people feel a gaming mouse is better for certain FPS games, but I have used it well in these games, such as BF2142, Wolfenstein etc. I have seen no difference in my abilities. Once you get used to it, there is no problem, and your wrist won't be aching while your opponents are hurting!
Pros: small (maybe too small). Great sound if you have decent headphones. Good features, including an equalizer with presets and customizable setting. Radio is a plus. Firmware upgrades make this player even better. Works with Linux, and works even better with latest firmware upgrade, which lets Linux recognize it as a music player and mot just a flash drive. Firmware upgrade also lets you use .ogg files! That is a great plus!
Cons: Radio is a little weak on reception, but most MP3 players share this flaw. Must upgrade firmware to get the most out of this player, especially with Linux OS.
Overall Review: Do a search for Linux firmware upgrades on this machine, otherwise you will need Windows to upgrade. Download the zip file and extract the .bin file. Then put that .bin file in the root directory, unmount and disconnect player. It will upgrade after you disconnect. This will add audio book and podcast folders, will give you greater Linux compatibility, and will now support .ogg files!
Pros: This product is VASTLY superior to any mouse. I have used one for many years. I have always hated the basic mouse design, and considered it flawed. Moving a mouse around simply doesn't make sense. It doesn't make the best use of available space, makes you put your hand in bad positions and leads to carpal tunnel. This device is ergonomic, fits perfectly in your hand, and your thumb moves the cursor. It also is a MUST for laptop users.
Buy one, use it for a week, and you will NOT go back! Don't get Carpal Tunnel, use a good device like this that doesn't strain your hand/wrist/arm.
Cons: None. I game with this mouse, even FPS. I use it for HOURS on end with no discomfort. The only con is that it gets used so much I kill the click button every year or two. They are inexpensive though, it doesn't kill you to replace it, unlike those high end gaming mice.
Overall Review: CLEANING--PLEASE READ. This device requires you to clean the contacts underneath the trackball. This is easy to do. Some here are under the impression that you must take apart the device to clean it. DON'T!!! The ball will come out, just grasp and pull it, or push it out from the bottom. Then scrape off the collected gunk from the three metal contact points. Your mouse will now move as freely as day one! Use this for one week, and you won't go back. It is a far more intelligent design. I wish they would expand on it!
Pros: Good multi-purpose, everyday camera. Bought mine as a refurb from a daily deal site. It replaces my 3.1MP Kodak Easyshare, which I paid $150 for many years ago. Takes excellent pictures, and has many nice features. Has a nice panorama feature, and LOADS of scenario settings. Will take burst pics, taking multiple pics if you hold the button down. Takes good video for those Bday parties. Bought a 4G memory card, and that worked flawlessly.
USB works nicely in Linux, will transfer pics, also memory card is formatted for easy Linux transfer.
Also has a nice touch-up feature. The camera itself will sharpen your picture if you want, nice feature. Also have ZERO red eye problems.
Cons: blur can be a problem inside if you don't have a steady hand, and the speaker isn't too good.
Overall Review: Didn't buy here, bought on a deal a day site that I trust. However, don't be afraid to buy it from NewEgg. they have yet to disappoint me, and I am very hard on retailers!
Pros: Bought this card for my Kodak Easyshare v1003. Was a little worried because the Kodak site only sells cards up to 1G. I was afraid that the camera might not be able to handle the 4G card. Not to worry, the camera handled it fine, and now I have more camera memory than I will ever need. With the number of pics I take I could probably store a year's worth of pics, with room to spare.
Price was great, as usual.
Overall Review: Newegg, as usual, was great.
Pros: Nice price, nice features. You get the bag, a tripod, and 2.5 AND 3.0 inch screen savers! I was under the impression that it only came with 3.0" savers. The 2.5" was the perfect size for my camera, and the camera fits nicely into the case.
I guess each camera is different, but it all worked great for me, and at a great price. No need to pay 20-50 for a carrying bag for your camera, this one is nicely padded, and holds just about everything you need. Even keep an extra battery in there!
Cons: None. Well, the tripod is small (what did you expect?), and it almost doesn't fit into the case, but it will.
Overall Review: Works great for me. In the case I have my Kodak Easyshare V1003, an extra battery, and the tripod. Still room for more if I wanted, like extra memory.
Had a problem with shipping not being updated. Talked with NewEgg and they took care of the problem (and my order showed up a couple hours later). NewEgg gets five stars too!
Pros: Inexpensive. Ordered this so I could have a backup battery for my Kodak Easyshare v1003. This will allow me to run down the original battery (to avoid battery memory) while also not worrying about the camera dying while out taking pics. Fit nicely, and charged right up! No idea on the life of this thing, but it doesn't really matter, it is just a backup. Much cheaper than the Kodak replacement!
Cons: None to speak of.
Overall Review: NewEgg was great, as usual. Had a problem with shipping not being tracked. Newegg took care of it, as usual!
Pros: None really. Well, I guess there is "some" advantage to having this product, but it seems a rather expensive way to get Network Attached Storage.
Cons: All this really is is Network Attached Storage, which you can buy very cheaply, not having to buy an entire computer and add this to it. Please.
Save yourself some money. If you have a computer lying around that will run this, and have been thinking of using that computer for backups or file storage, DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY! Instead go download Fedora 8, then install Amahi home server. Granted Amahi is only in beta testing, but it already has more functionality than WHS. File sharing for Windows and Linux, and Mac. Full disk Backups. Web based functionality like Calendars, recipe books, your own family Wiki pages. Host a web site. Remote access to your files through SSH or VPN. Total cost: $0. Completely blows Windows Home Server away, and has fewer vulnerabilities.
Overall Review: If you are going to set up a home server, please take the time to understand HOW to set up a home server and what it is. If you just want network storage for access by multiple machines, than buy that, NOT Windows Home Server. If you want a true home server, with all kinds of flexibility, there is NO CHOICE but to Install and use some form of Linux. Amahi and Fedora 8 makes it easy to do, for free. But I still recommend learning about server administration first.
Pros: Great system. Sometimes it is hard to find a decent UPS that will do what you need, you have to either educate yourself to make sure it will meet your needs, or you just buy something that you know will be strong enough. This system will meet the needs of most computer users.
I put off buying a UPS, always opting when I had money to buy a new video card or something else. Well, all that came to an unhappy end when a power surge and outage fried my power supply and my video card (I was lucky that was all that died). I went out and bought this UPS (in black), and I am glad I did, as well as an excellent power supply (don't skimp on power supplies!).
This UPS has saved my computer several times already during power outages, and has also cut in during power fluctuations. I have no doubt that it is also extending the life of my computer by keeping the power supply clean.
The WIndows software is nice, and provides some excellent information on just what the supply is doing.
Cons: None. Get one, and APC is a trusted name. DO NOt hook your printer to a UPS!
Overall Review: Recognized in Linux automatically. Although the Linux options are limited, and the company provides no Linux software, it appears to work very well with Linux as well. Have yet to have a power outage while using Linux, only when I work in Windows (I think a higher power is telling me something about Windows). I have no doubts that it would work well in Linux as well.
Pros: Just got this today and put it through its paces. I am extremely impressed. Transferred a 3.7 G DVD iso on to it in roughly 4-5 minutes, and transferred it to hard disk even faster (roughly 3 minutes). I didn't time it, but these values based on Windows XP estimates. I was amazed. The truecrypt software is a nice bonus. If you aren't encrypting your sensitive data, then shame on you
Cons: Can't think of any. A little pricey, but it is worth the money if you want this kind of speed. This sucker is as fast as a hard drive.
Overall Review: I am an adjunct professor teaching security and Linux. I bought this drive so I can prepare VMWare machines at home and transfer them to the computers at school. Time is valuable here, and I can't wait 20 minutes to transfer each machine. This is a lifesaver.