Joined on 05/29/02
HP/Seagate Constellation ES ST2000NM0011, REFURBISHED
Pros: Business grade hard drive. Lots of metal. Length and width same as any 3.5" HDD, but thicker. Long format with no errors. Appeared new, never used, condition, although manufactured years ago. Works great. Cheap price but not cheap quality.
Overall Review: Unwrapped the HDD, clipped it into an x-dock tray and slipped it into a slot in the front of my CoolerMaster HAF case, powered up, disk management recognized it, I chose format (not quick) and assigned a disk letter. After a couple of hours the format finished, and the disk was ready. I copied my data to it, and now it serves as my data disk. My system C-drive is on an SSD. I would buy it again, and I would encourage budget conscious enterprise as well as consumer users to consider purchasing these drives. I am cautiously certain that these HDDs will last many years of use.
Megaflow 200 case fan
Pros: Moves air, quiet, fits in the top of my Cooler Master HAF LAN Box. Red light. Keeps the parts cool. Also has standard screw holes.
Cons: While the fan is almost silent, it has only a 3 pin connecter, and the rpms can't be controlled by the motherboard. Red light.
Overall Review: I would recommend this fan.
Anivia 1080p HD Webcam W8
Pros: Can be mounted on the top of the monitor or down on the desk top on a little tripod. Image is high definition. Audio is OK. Lense cap included. Installation was easy. Low price.
Cons: No zooming function. Lense cap has to be attached by user. While effortless, installation requires patience.
Overall Review: This webcam is better than older laptop webcams and cheaper than many webcams for desktops. I don't use the lense cap; I just unplug it, unless I am on a Zoom meeting. When I plug it back in, I sometimes need to reselect it as the input device, but that's not the fault of the webcam, and video and audio are immediately available. I recommend the Anivia webcam for any one needing a low cost solution.
EDUP Gigabit Ethernet PCI-E Network Card
Pros: With Windows 10 Pro 64-bit this card does not need a software device driver install. It just works! It does not interfere with other PCI-e cards.
Overall Review: I think Ethernet response time might be faster than on-board Ethernet or on-board WIFI. I prefer on-board Ethernet, but the Ethernet port on my motherboard went bad, so I am using this adapter card instead. I recommend the EDUP Gigabit Ethernet PCI-E Network Card.
Pros: Wifi 6, 802.11ax, recent market entry, affordable price, see specs.
Cons: WPA2, not WPA3.
Overall Review: Strong signal on both 5 Ghz and 2.4 Ghz throughout my house and yard. Improved reception on all devices, numbering about 10, nearly all on at once, but never a problem. Recommend for home and work from home. I probably don't need WPA3.
VIOTEK NV32Q Monitor
Pros: 31.5 inch non-reflecting screen, Curved, 4K, FreeSync, Display Port 1.2, Wall mountable or stand mount, helpful technical support. Automatically adjusted to my computer system, but lots of on-screen menu functions.
Cons: No defects and nothing to not like.
Overall Review: Well written and understandable user manual, except for some minor points about setting up the stand and mount installations that technical support cleared up. Budget priced, but excellent quality. I would recommend this monitor.
Orico HDD enclosure
This is an excellent hard drive enclosure. I have not tried an SSD, but I am confident that an SSD would work in the enclosure, just as well. I have bought several of these for my wife and daughters, and they are very happy with them. Delivery was prompt and without the slightest damage. Orico is a great company, and I recommend it and this product.