Date Joined: 12/03/07
Pros: I bought this laptop mostly to run my Oculus Rift S, and go with me when I troubleshoot networks. It's fairly small for a gaming laptop. The performance is fantastic, and it runs the Rift S great. Some how Rift S seems like it runs smoother on this laptop than on my desktop despite my desktop being way more powerful (Ryzen 3900x, RTX 2080ti, NVme Drives). Perhaps something to do with USB as the tracking system seems to run better. RGB is kinda cool, and you can turn it off. The Screen is amazing.
Cons: Mine ran pretty hot when running the Rift S. It would get into the upper 90s and occasionally hit 100c. I don't like that. I set a custom fan control that was a bit more aggressive and that helped keep it under 90. I noticed that the CPU voltage would get pretty high too. I used Throttle stop, and was able to undervolt the CPU by 145mv. With the undervolt I have the same performance but temps are 65c to 75c while gaming and the fans are much quieter. The undervolt aslo increased my battery life. I know there is variation in CPUs, and these things are set for basically the worst case scenario. You can make yours run better with a bit of tweaking.
Overall Review: Very Happy with this laptop. Runs VR great. Price was excellent for 9th gen i7 and rtx 2060.
Pros: I was a bit weary of the reviews of the MATX x570 boards, so I figured I would give this a try, AsRock boards have been good to me in the past. The motherboard came Ryzen 3000 ready, and booted with no issues with the x3900. After setting the voltage manually to 1.235v, I was able to set my 3900x at 4.3Ghz on all cores. I have 64Gb (4x16Gb) Crucial Ballistix 3200 running at 3600mhz. Add in my RTx 2080 and the system is running very stable. It has made much faster work of my 4k video compressions.
Cons: I don't know what the CPU voltage was doing on stock settings, it was higher than my liking. This is not just a issue with this AsRock board, but seems to affect other manufactures boards. I don't know if it is the board or AMD, but I recommend setting the CPU voltage manually.
Overall Review: Great board. It surpassed my expectations overclocking my 3900x and Ram. I really can't see a need to go for a x570 board.
Pros: This is a pretty neat idea, and I have already found many uses for this. This is great for connecting a phone to a TV to show off pictures and home video, and I can see this being very handy for a presentation in a work environment as well. The PTV3000 is quite small and the device is easily hidden. I first tried connecting my TV to my Samsung Galaxy S3, and the setup literally too me 15 seconds. Plug-in, turn on TV, connect phone. It was as simple as that. I played a few games, and played a full 1080p mp4 movie file from my phone and all worked great. I was able to connect my Lenovo laptop running Windows 8 without issue as well. I did notice that there was a slight delay with my laptop to my TV, but I did not find that a problem because at that point I was only watching the TV. With both the phone and Laptop I did not notice any display problems with choppy frame rates, or degraded image quality while watching full 1080p movies, However; this is not a suitable device to use as a wireless monitor connection for games because my laptop only wants to use the Intel integrated graphics, and I cannot switch it to the gtx660m for gaming. If you are going to play a game that requires power and would be affected by the delay it is best to just use an HDMI cable from laptop to the TV. I have also used this to hook my phone up to and Asus monitor and my Epson overhead projector, and both worked without issue. So far I am enjoying the usefulness of the PTV3000 and I am pleased with the device overall.
Cons: I would have liked the PTV3000 to come with an HDMI cabl, but the only real issue that I have had was connecting the PTV3000 to my Denon receiver. I was able to see the connection screen being outputted from my receiver to my TV, but every time my phone or laptop connected the connection would close and it would just go back to the connection screen. I am not docking an egg for this as my Denon receiver has been picky with HDMI handshakes before, and seeing as this is the only combination that did not work I put the problem with my AVR-1911 receiver.
Pros: Great budget gaming laptop. This thing has plenty of power with the i7 and gtx660m. I also prefer the gtx660m over the other models with the 550m SLI. SLI has some issues with games here and there and I have never been fully satisfied with it. The fit and finish on this laptop is great, and truly is a bargain for the money.
Cons: The hard drive is slow, don't care replaced with a 256GB ssd.
The Screen size is not 1920x1080. I knew it was the 1366x720 because I searched this product online. Newegg made the mistake when they listed this item. I was a little bummed that it did not have the 1080p screen but I knew it was a long shot. Anyway I find gaming on a full 1080p 15in screen to be too much, I like the lower rez for games on this size screen.
Overall Review: To all those who have trouble booting to install windows 7 or 8 from USB. This is a new BIOS, and you need to load into BIOS, and disable Secure Boot, and Enable Legacy Support in order to boot from a USB drive. Annoying, but quick fix.
Pros: I'm sure this is an awesome laptop. I have bought many Lenovos, and they are top notch. I am posting this here to clear up mis-information. You can in fact boot from a USB drive. You have to understand the new eufi bios. Boot into bios, Disable Secure Boot, and enable Legacy support. Now you can boot from USB
Cons: None, besides so called high understanding reviewers that can't figure out bios settings.
Pros: I would actually like to give this product 5 stars, but the misleading numbers with network gear is really annoying me. The product advertises 200Mbps, and the device is equipped with a 100base lan port that operates at 100Mbps in each direction. So technically it can be 200Mbps but you will never see that in one direction. Other than my gripe with these specifications I really like this device.
These are truly plug and play, just plug it in and it is basically a network cable. I never used any software and everything was a breeze to set up. These adapters are small and seem well built, I have no complaints on the aesthetics of these devices. Like other reviewers here I was able to achieve anywhere between 15-60Mbps transfer rates depending on where they were plugged in. I also live in a 65 year old house that I know has some interesting wiring.
The best part about these, and really their intended use, is being able to get network to places that you can not run cat5 to, and that have limited wireless options due to interference or signal blockage. I have wanted to run network to my unattached garage for years, I have tried running cat 5 cable, but that seems to get broken in wind and cold weather. My wireless has trouble getting out to my garage and when you can connect it is pretty slow. With these adapters I was able to plug one into my house outlet and one into an outlet in my garage and bam, I have my network. I can only connect around 30Mbps but considering the distance and the problems I have had before I am pretty pleased.
Cons: The included network cables are annoying. One they are yellow and bright and most walls are not yellow and bright, so they stand out. The network cables are about 6 feet long and in my situation it is a couple feet short of reaching the outlet, this is also a problem due to the lack of outlets in my older house.
Overall Review: This is a good product if used for its intended use, getting network to difficult places. By no means is this a practical device for a small home or replacement for a wireless network. In most cases wireless N is faster that this.
Pros: This is a good compromise for a hard drive. It is not the cheapest and has a shorter warranty than some, but this is a pretty fast drive considering the price. Its bigger brother the Black drive has a 5yr warranty and costs at this time about $15-$20 more for the same capacity. For $15 the 5year warranty is worth it, and the Black drives are faster, beating out my Blue drives by 20-30MB/s.
The drive is fast, no doubt about that, and this is due to its single platter design. Coupled with a system that has USB 3.0 and other fast drives like an SSD you can see transfer speeds that average up to 175MB/s and bursts past 250MB/s. I generally do not like synthetic benchmark software as it can be misleading and my not give you an accurate picture of the real user experience with the drive. All of my tests were conducted with a set of files, and a stop watch to calculate the average transfer speed that a normal user would see in everyday life. This drive was tested in a system that is running a new Z77 Motherboard with SATA6, an i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and a 256GB OCZ SSD drive. The slowest thing in this system will be the blue drive, ensuring accurate maximum benchmarks without any bottlenecks.
27GB Bluray move file----------------Read@139MB/s-----Write@165MB/s
COD4 game directory 6.58GB-------Read@173MB/s-----Write@153MB/s
Photo Folder 6.71GB------------------Read@145MB/s-----Write@136MB/s
As you can see the drive is actually pretty fast and decently so with many file types. The WD Blue drives also are very quiet, and run pretty cool. There is no audible noise that I can discern from this drive, and that makes it a great drive for people who want quite computers. My WD Black drive make lots of noise and it can be annoying, especially if you have to leave your computer on at night and it is in your bedroom. Overall a good drive, but comes with a short warranty.
Cons: Warranty is a bit short for my tastes, but not really out of line for this class of drive. Personally I have always had great reliability with WD drives.
Overall Review: This is a 4k sector drive, so people with Windows XP may find it a little troublesome to work with as 4k was not supported until Vista and Windows 7.
Pros: I would rate this router 4.5 out of 5 stars, but I rounded up as opposed to down. The first thing to understand about these new wireless AC routers is that wireless AC is not yet a draft standard, and you may encounter a few hiccups along the way. That being said the standard is close enough that manufactures are confident in releasing a few products touting this new technology. Since this is all so new it is a good idea to keep up with the firmware updates, and my R6300 shipped with the newest firmware.
The R6300 comes nicely packaged and I found the basic setup was straight forward and easy enough that most people would be able to set this thing up without any troubles. The browser interface is fantastic, and I’m not sure that I would pick DD-WRT over it. I like the overall design with the upright profile and the lit up logo and information lights. Some people may not like the upright style, but it fits behind a monitor quite nicely. Also, it has a laptop like power supply and I am grateful for that as there are far too many power blocks taking up space on my power strips.
The R6300 is a good performer, and I have been mostly impressed with its abilities. I have seen some reviews complaining that the router requires constant resets and eventually slows to a crawl; this is not the case with mine. My R6300 has been running a network of 35 to 40 devices, and I have never had to restart this thing due to slowness. Those who are having trouble probably need to check the firmware. The range of the router is great, thoroughly beating out my Linksys routers. Even the 5Ghz band is strong. Using this router over a standard wireless N router will increase the overall speed of your network because this router has more bandwidth to operate all the devices on, therefore clearing up channels for things to operate more effectively. This works great when you need to push large amounts of data across the network. I have been transferring gigabytes of photos across our network to back up our wedding photography business and I am very pleased with the speed upgrade. On my old N router I was seeing about 10-15MB/s average, and just adding this boosted me to about the limit of N speeds, just around 21MB/s. I then purchased the Netgear wireless A6200 AC adapter for my laptop, and I was able to get a connection speed of 876mbps from across our house, which bumped my copying speeds up to 42MB/s. At first I was only getting a speed of 150mbps and I was pretty disappointed, then I found another user suggesting to reboot the router after installing the A6200 adapter. After I rebooted speeds on the adapter skyrocketed and I have never looked back.
Overall this router is a nice step into the new wireless tech, and I have found it to be stable enough for our small business use.
Cons: This thing is a bit pricey, but pretty much on par for new routers of this tech.
Wireless AC is not a finalized standard, and you may experience some hiccups along the way.
Wireless AC adapters are scarce and only seem to be available in USB2 not USB3. These routers can push right up to the limit of USB2, and I'm sure it wont be long before we will need USB3.
Overall Review: I have come to realize that gigabit wireless is nowhere near as fast a gigabit wired. There is so much overhead on a wireless connection that in all my testing I have found that wireless is about half as slow as the wired, and this is why you see the manufactures making the wireless AC adapters using USB2. Even though USB2 has about one half the theoretical bandwidth of wireless N, the actual throughput is about the same.
Pros: I have purchased a couple of these adapters, and I have been pleased with the overall performance of the device. There are a few things worth mentioning. This adapter is big, and you are not likely going to want it sticking out of the side of your laptop 24/7. It does come with a little docking station that can get it out of view. The range is amazing for 5GHZ, probably because it is big, but I am connected at 702mbs at 50ft away. Keep in mind that this is extremely new technology and there are glitches and you need to keep the drivers up to date for the best experience. The only glitch I have experienced is my n6300 router had to be power cycled after I installed the adapter to see high speeds. So if you are seeing only 175mbps try rebooting your router.
Ok now lets talk about this lack of USB 3.0 thing. I see a lot of people are upset that this drive does not have it. In reality even thought the theoretical throughput is twice as high as USB 2.0 wireless has a much higher over head and data loss. You will never see transfer rates close to the maximum of any theoretical limit. USB 2.0 is suitable for this device in the sense that the actual transfer rates of wireless ac are still within USB 2 limits. At the highest connection speeds you may be giving up a few MB/s but it is not a deal breaker for me.
Cons: Big, not USB 3
Overall Review: a few benchmarks with a 700MB movie file
USB2.0 hard drive ---------41.2MB/s---or--392mbps
Wireless N device ---------20.1MB/s---or--160mbps
Wireless ac device --------38.4MB/s---or--307mbps
See how the actual transfer rates are not close to the theoretical. My wireless ac adapter connected at 702mbps did not transfer as fast as my USB 2.0 hard drive did. That is just the way this stuff works, but I am happy with the speed boost for the large files I transfer.
Pros: I have mostly been using Linksys/Cisco router with DDWRT and Tomato firmware on my networks that I am in charge of, but I was eager to try something new out. I can honestly say that I am pretty impressed with this TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 router, especially considering the price. The first thing I liked about this router is that the antennas are not internal. I have used many replacement antennas on my other routers to enhance the signal, and it is nice to be able to do the same with this. I liked that the setup with the cd was easy, and the instructions clear to follow, while I am more of a power user when it comes to these things, it is nice to know I can recommend this to someone of less experience. Once I logged into the router via browser I appreciated the clean layout of the software, and it actually reminded me a lot of the Tomato firmware I like to run. Setting this thing up even for my needs was a breeze, and I thought it was nice that they made an easy tool to clone a mac address with this router because some ISPs won’t work without that.
I did not really take much time to do speed bechmarks between this router and my other wireless N routers. This is because even routers sitting in the same location will output different shaped wireless fields, so in one area you may be in a week part of one routers field, and in the strong part of another routers area. Sitting within a few feet of the routers I can say that the speed is pretty much the same as my more expensive Linksys. As for range, the range is also dependent on the routers field shape. On one side of my house I could only get about 100 feet from the router, while on the other side I was able to get nearly ¼ mile away, this is out in the country and there are no other objects to block the signal. From walking around with my Driod I think that the signal is better than my Linksys routers, but the 5GHz band usually is about half as strong as the 2.4GHz.
The router also has some other useful features, Including USB storage, FTP server, and Print server. I was able to get the print server working quickly on an old HP printer, but our Canon printer is wifi so I won’t really by using that. I am however using this as NAS setup. I have two 2TB hard drives plugged into the router that I have been using to backup data and store movies for my media center on. I love this feature and wish my other routers had this. Overall I think this is an excellent router for the price. It has a rich set of features for even some of the more complex network setups, and on top of it all it has been rock solid. I have never rebooted, or had to unplug this router, and that is a huge plus in my book.
Cons: Be aware that if you are trying to pre-setup this router that you need to have the internet connection plugged into the router to be able to use the setup cd. The setup gets to a point where it waits for the port to become active and will not continue if it can't find internet.
I also don't much care for the design of the top of the router, I just know I will never be able to get the dust out of the indents.
Overall Review: This router does not currently support DDWRT or Tomato firmware, but I was able to find out on a forum that people This router has a lot of potential.
Pros: I have a couple of these Seagate backup hard drives, and I have come too really like them. This drive is pretty small for a 3.5in backup hard drive, and it looks nice, with its all glossy and sleek appearance. All of my Seagate backup drives are virtually silent, and this drive is no exception. The drive enclosure seems well built, and it has some really neat features. You have a few nicely laid out white LED lights that indicate the remaining capacity of the drive right on the front, and you can remove the bottom of the enclosure and use it as a dock for another hard drive if you need.
I have found the software to be simple and easy to use. I use it for constantly backing up my work photos, and I really have no complaint with it. Even a novice user should be able to create a working backup with this software. If you want to use your own software, or just want to use the drive like a normal hard drive, the software is easy to remove.
The best part about this drive is the speed. These drives are very fast, and in most cases faster than the hard drives that come in most computers. I see a noticeable speed increase when benchmarking to my OCZ ssd drive instead of my Western Digital Black drive. Here are some benchmarks that I made with the drive. These are real-world tests done with a stopwatch and a calculator, not a synthetic benchmark test. These are the sort of numbers you can expect to see, that is if you have a SSD hard disk and are using USB 3.0.
Medium size video files 2.65GB
-----Write 88MB/s-------Read 155MB/s----
Small music files MP3s 4.64GB
------Write 70MB/s-------Read 116MB/s----
Raw photos (20MB each) 1.31GB
----Write 62MB/s-------Read 163MB/s----
One large HD video 11.1GB
----Write 144MB/s-----Read 150MB/s----
Overall these are good drives for the money; they are fast, and the look nice on a desk. These backup drives have exceeded my expectations, and I would recommend them to anyone needing a backup drive.
Cons: The drive comes with Cloud storage, but it appears to be just a trial. There is also no sector-by-sector backing up, or cloning tool included in the software. That means there is no way to back up the entire operating system in the software. That might be a problem for some, but I really don’t care about cloning an operating system. I would rather do a clean install, and have my personal data backed up. There are some accessories to make this use a Thunderbolt connection or firewire800 connections, but they are very expensive.
Pros: Worked instantly with out any setup or head aches. The dimm is very small, and turned out to be a fantastic addition to a mini ITX system in a M350 micro case.It has been solid and it just works, and Gskill generally does.
Overall Review: I doubt that It would overclock by much, but its cheap.
Pros: I used this to replace an old motherboard in a media center pc that I use. For Mini ITX this has great features, and was a breeze to get up and running. Currently paired with an Intel g630, and 8GB of gskill memory, this computer has been running 24/7 and has been rock solid. The power of this setup has been more than enough to handle all of my media center large HD H.246 mkv videos with ease. Also it seems to be working with my Logitech Harmony remove as well.
Cons: Comes with only the basics, but it is a basic board.
Overall Review: I have never had a doa biostar motherboard.
Pros: I have wanted to get a USB3 drive for a while now, and this is my first one. I can say that I am thoroughly impressed with this Corsair drive. I have owned a few Corsair products in the past and I have never been disappointed in them. This is one heck of a fast USB thumb drive, and like all Corsair stuff the quality is there as well. I had a lot of work to do using thumb drives, and I was very excited to get this one. I have been installing Windows and installing utilities from my USB sticks for years and everything installs so much faster from this drive. I also use thumb drives for moving raw images for our photography business, and multiple medium files on my old drive took forever to copy. Now with this drive my copy time is 1/10 what it was. I am seriously going to buy more of these drives, and upgrade any storage device to USB 3.0. From what I can tell, this drive is also durable. I found it outside covered in sticky stuff in child’s sand box. I cleaned it up and it still works great. I love this drive.
Cons: I find it hard to find anything wrong with this drive. It is bigger than some of my USB drives, but it has a nice feel to it. The cap could get lost, and after some use the drive gets a little warm. I don’t know if the heat is caused by the memory or the LED light.
Overall Review: I did some benchmarking with this drive and multiple file sizes.
17.7GB mkv movie: Read@203MB/s average, Write@96MB/s average
16GB of raw images (33MB each) Read@171MB/s Write@60MB/s
4.13GB Windows7 installation directory. Read@111MB/s Write@60MB/s
You will need to have a solid state drive in order to use this USB drive’s full potential. Running this on my WD Blue hard disk drive produces slower transfer speeds because the hard drive can’t go any faster. This USB stick is faster than the standard computer hard drives, and that is just awesome.
Pros: Works great in my Galaxy S3. I cant really comment on the speed, as the usb transfer from the phone is generally slow. Transcend has always been reliable for me.
Pros: I have never had a bad stick, or incompatible stick of Gskill memory, and I have probably purchased over 50 sticks of them. These were a great price, and always seem to be reliable. Currently running in a Gigabyte 1155 board with a i5 2500k.
Cons: None. Memory is so cheap now.
Pros: A great Cpu for the price. It works great in my media center pc. My old AMD system struggled a bit with the 10GB HD movie files I was running. This Cpu with just the integrated graphics is running them perfectly. It even plays games quite well. It runs skyrim with my old GTX260 pretty well.
Pros: Great Drive. It was the best price for the size at the time. It has been running 24/7 and seems to be running pretty cool. Performance is good for a disk drive. Its no ssd, but its way faster than the WD Green drive it replaced
Cons: Prices still a bit high, but they are coming down.
Pros: Fast. Makes my old SSD look like junk. I got this for a great price as a shell shocker deal. I put it in my new Lenovo laptop. It made a good laptop a great laptop. The drive is big enough to get my Steam folder and other applications on. I love it.
Cons: Supposed to be a mail in rebate, and I hate those.
Pros: This is a super good deal on a laptop with a third gen i5 processor, and a dedicated video card. I was surprised to see what a solid quality laptop this is for the price. The fit and finish are great. Even without the graphics this laptop would be a steal. I have been able to run Counter Strike Source at 100FPS, Call of Duty 4 at 100FPS, and even running Skyrim on high settings around 40 fps.
Cons: One thing to note, and I new this before I bought it, is that is only has a 10/100 base Ethernet port, which can be annoying if you have to transfer a lot of data.
Overall Review: Mine has a defective pixel, and I would usually take one egg off for that, but it is quite unnoticeable, and the price was unbeatable. We purchased 3 of these and mine is the only one with a defective pixel. Luck of the draw I guess. Hard drive is a bit slow, as is any 5400rpm 2.5 drive, I have installed a 256GB SSD, and now this thing screams.
Pros: I have purchased probably over twenty of these, and I have yet to have an issue with them. I have these running in everything from servers, to gaming computers. These really are a great budget powersupply. The actually have some weight and dang good build quality for the price. I will continue to purchase these for computer builds.
Pros: Beautiful little case. Build quality and exterior look is great. This thing has room for a standard power supply, and you can get a good single slot video card in it. Perfect for a media center pc, or a super mobile gaming rig.
Cons: A bit pricey, but worth it.
Overall Review: I have an Biostar ITX board, i5 2400, 8Gb DDR3, BD combo drive, 3Tb hard drive, a 500watt PSU, and a Radeon hd7750 all crammed in this case.
Pros: This is a perfect keyboard and track pad for a mediacenter computer. It is smallish, and had great range, I use mine from about 25 feet away. Seeing what I am doing on my tv is another story. I also like to use these when I am building a computer or repairing computers. It helps me keep my clutter down around my work area. I have purchased 4 of these, and my friends keep buying them from me. I will buy more.
Overall Review: Great price at $35, hard to beat.
Pros: Great cooler. It took a little bit of effort to install, but it is not any worse than large air coolers. The Temps are amazing. Keeps my i7 2600K @ 4.7ghz at 52c under load on the quietest setting.
Cons: The pump was a little loud for about 20 minutes. I put the case on its side for a while, and then back up right. Now it is whisper quiet.
Overall Review: I did not follow the directions to have the fans pull air from the back of my case. My gtx 580 vents to the back, so the air behind my pc will be hotter than the air in my pc.
Pros: Another great Gigabyte board. I have yet to get a bad board from Gigabyte. I originally bought a MSI P67a-GD65, and It was pretty much doa. Bought the Gigabyte board and all works well. I love the black on black look instead of crazy colors all over the place. System runs fast and stable.
Cons: costs money
Overall Review: GA-P67A-UD4-B3, i72600k (@4.5ghz), 12GB DDR3 1600 Gskill Ripjaws, 256GB Corsair SSD, GTX580.