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Jeremy B.

Jeremy B.

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Most Favorable Review

Surprised

Microsoft  QQA-00001S  Black  USB  Digital Media Keyboard 3000 and Mouse Kit
Microsoft QQA-00001S Black USB Digital Media Keyboard 3000 and Mouse Kit

Pros: Solid feel to the keyboard. Quiet keys. Mouse is typical basic MS Optical.

Cons: Minus one egg due to the keyboard having the F-Lock.

Overall Review: Great combo for basic computing needs. Hard to beat the price without getting items of inferior quality.

Most Critical Review

Psuedo-budget semi-premium board

ASUS PRIME Z490-P LGA 1200 (Intel 10th Gen) Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard (Dual M.2, DDR4 4600, 1Gb Ethernet, USB 3.2 Gen 2 USB Type-A, Thunderbolt 3 Support, Aura Sync RGB)
ASUS PRIME Z490-P LGA 1200 (Intel 10th Gen) Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard (Dual M.2, DDR4 4600, 1Gb Ethernet, USB 3.2 Gen 2 USB Type-A, Thunderbolt 3 Support, Aura Sync RGB)

Pros: Z490 at this price is great and looks like the BIOS and VRMs has decent overclocking capability. Best for an above average or entry power user that likes moderate tweaking. XMP loaded flawlessly.

Cons: Lack of onboard USB ports. Limited SATA connectors gets further limited if using M.2. Building this I found the fan headers and SATA in awkward spots. Worst is that my board had DoA PCIe x16 slots. I tried flashing the BIOS multiple times to different versions, and multiple graphics cards but could not get the board to initialize PCIe graphics. Would be 4 stars if I didn't have to RMA it. I probably just got unlucky with a bad board.

Overall Review: It's budget Z490 board that has some sacrifices. I was unlucky and had to RMA it for dead PCIe x16.

ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Looks cool and has many features. Stable and fast with BIOS tweaks.

Cons: DOA ethernet port. I read of this problem with the 3.0rev but didn't notice any with this 3.1rev. Flashed the BIOS and tried multiple drivers and can't get the ehternet to work.

Overall Review: Would be just about flawless if the integrated ethernet was not dead. This was the 3rd Asus motherboard I've purchased, and will be the last.

Great drive

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Fast transfer speeds for a mechanical drive at a low price. Decently quiet.

Cons: No faults with the drive, so far. The drive itself should be 5/5. -1 egg due to the questionable packing. Drive was encased in a hard plastic folding sleeve (from Samsung) and then wrapped with bubble wrap. The bubble wrapping was a single layer on the top side and missed one corner completely. Fortunately my drive doesn't seem to be damaged. Packing may be adequate but is still unnerving when you open up the shipping box to see that.

Overall Review: Great drive. They sell out fast so the price may be increasing soon. If you would rather have 1TB, go ahead and wait for it to become available or just back-order.

11/19/2009

Great value

Microsoft Comfort Curve Value Pack
Microsoft Comfort Curve Value Pack

Pros: Keyboard: Soft and quiet keys with a solid feel. Curve is comfortable. No frills, basic design. Does not possess the dreaded F-Lock function. Mouse: Basic MS Optical mouse, looks attractive enough.

Cons: Cord length isn't all that long (3.5ft-4ft maybe?) which could be a problem for some setups. The keyboard doesn't have much room to rest palms on so a wirst pad may be needed.

Overall Review: Cons above could be an issue, but this combination set is so cheap that I don't think the minor issues should warrant a 4 egg rating.

11/14/2009

Good quality

AZiO AWD102N Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
AZiO AWD102N Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Easy installation - didn't have to fuss with it at all. Picks up more signals than my old (802.11b) adapter Hasn't dropped connection yet

Cons: None really... oh the system tray icon is kind of ugly I guess. That can be turned off, however.

Overall Review: I haven't used wireless much in that past, however I recently moved to an apartment that the hard line ethernet connection is well, not connected. So I had to pick up the complex's wireless for access until the hard line is fixed. With my old SMC adapter I constantly disconnected every 2-3 minutes, ran very slow and had poor signal. This Azio card has constant 4-5 bars and has not disconnected yet, and is very fast.

10/15/2009