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Jason W.

Jason W.

Joined on 07/18/04

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

It only does (almost) everything

Playstation 3 Slim 120GB System
Playstation 3 Slim 120GB System

Pros: Smaller form factor, lower power consumption (and hence, runs cooler), and half the price of the initial launch PS3.

Cons: No Playstation 2 compatibility. Does not include vertical stand.

Overall Review: If Sony hadn't crippled the newer PS3s by stripping out PS2 compatibility, this would unquestionably be a 5-egg rating. Because they forced me to keep my PS2 around, though, it cost them an egg. :-P The PS3 Slim will actually stand vertically without the plastic stand (sold separately), but it wobbles a bit. If that bugs you (like it did me), either set it horizontally or spring for the $30 plastic stand Sony sells...

Most Critical Review

Fine for single-function printers

SYBA PCI 32-bit High Speed USB 2.0 2x Ports and 1x Parallel Port Combo Card Model SD-NECPR-2U1P
SYBA PCI 32-bit High Speed USB 2.0 2x Ports and 1x Parallel Port Combo Card Model SD-NECPR-2U1P

Pros: Easy to install, and no additional drivers needed for Windows XP (and presumably newer versions of Windows as well). Provides a couple of extra USB ports as well.

Cons: Does not work correctly/consistently with multi-function devices (eg. printer + copier + scanner) connected to the parallel port. Single-function printers, however, work fine.

Overall Review: The card appears to be working (OS recognizes it, and regular printers connected to it work), but it doesn't work correctly with my older multi-function printer (HP PSC 500xi), which was the reason I got the card in the first place. May or may not be relevant, but the operating system detects the parallel port as an USB virtual parallel port device rather than just a plain parallel port.

Failed after 5 months

Rosewill Green Series RG430-2 430W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.3 & EPS12V v2.91,Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply
Rosewill Green Series RG430-2 430W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.3 & EPS12V v2.91,Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply

Pros: Relatively inexpensive. Runs quiet.

Cons: Failed after 5 months of light usage (averaged less than 4 hours per day). Computer was connected to a UPS and kept in a reasonable environment (indoor study, 70-75F ambient room temperature, decent case ventilation, low dust).

Overall Review: This was not a heavily loaded system by any stretch. To make sure it wasn't load related, I hooked up a Kill-a-watt after replacing the power supply, and the input load into the system would stay in the 120W-150W range (varied under different system load conditions).