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Gary S.

Gary S.

Joined on 10/15/04

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Real Tuf

ASUS TUF B450M-PLUS GAMING AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS TUF B450M-PLUS GAMING AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Worked with Ryzen 5 2600 out the box without BIOS updates and loaded Win 10 without issues. Win 10 loaded most drivers automatically. Has enough SATA 3 connectors for many drives. Standard motherboard connectors. Worked with RipJaws V 3200 CL16 RAM at stock speeds even though it's rated for Intel. The fan control is excellent. Solid slot for the graphics card.

Cons: A barebones manual but it does provide RAM configuration and BIOS info. The labeling for the front panel headers is almost microscopic but it's there and is in the usual configuration that most motherboard makers are using. The SATA connectors seem a little delicate. The AMD socket doesn't have an arrow or indicator to match up with the Ryzen chip so getting the correct orientation to install it may require some thought.

Overall Review: To really get full performance from this board an updated BIOS is essential from the Asus website. The IO shield is like those that come with any other mid-priced board. Haven't tried out the M.2 yet. The board seems to be one of the larger microATX motherboards I've seen but it fits in my case and all the standard mATX stand offs. Haven't tried any RGB. Would absolutely buy this board again.

Very Powerful 11th Gen I7 Laptop

MSI Laptop Intel Core i7 11th Gen 1195G7 (2.90GHz) 8GB Memory 1 TB NVMe SSD Intel Iris Xe Graphics 15.6" Windows 10 Home 64-bit Modern 15 A11MU-652
MSI Laptop Intel Core i7 11th Gen 1195G7 (2.90GHz) 8GB Memory 1 TB NVMe SSD Intel Iris Xe Graphics 15.6" Windows 10 Home 64-bit Modern 15 A11MU-652

Pros: MSI Modern 15 A11MU-652 Laptop has an excellent display with the IPS panel and Intel Xe graphics. Keyboard and touchpad have very nice feel and the hard plastic palmrest and case have a metallic like finish. 1TB Samsung SSD NVMe drive has decent CD Mark numbers in the mid-range. 8GB of 3200 speed RAM seems to handle all the apps I use without a problem. Fan noise is not an issue except when doing Win 10 updates. Webcam is decent for video conferencing.

Cons: Took over 1 hour to delete 7 versions of Office 365 installed in 7 different languages. What a waste of time. Updating the BIOS was difficult and had to follow the MSI instructional video step by step through several screens that were not helpful. Samsung SSD does not work with the Magician software features. Disappointing sound due to low end speakers which was sort of helped by Realtek software updates and adjustments to the installed Nahimic gaming audio software. Power cord seems an inch or two shorter than my other laptops.

Overall Review: Overall very satisfied with this 11th gen I7 laptop but I would only buy it on sale because of the low-end speakers. Was uncertain about the 8 GB of RAM but it could be upgraded in dual channel if I think necessary.

Decent Laptop Tray

Laptop Desk Foldable Table Stand Bed Tray with Extra Mouse Pad Side
Laptop Desk Foldable Table Stand Bed Tray with Extra Mouse Pad Side

Pros: Metal stand and tray with locking rotating joints in legs marked with degrees. Instructions give recommendations for setup of joints by degrees to form a number of different leg positions. Very little assembly needed. Serves well as a laptop stand on the floor, table or hard surface but unstable on a bed due to leg design. Tablet or phone not a problem because of their light weight.

Cons: Plastic mousepad too flexible for serious use with a pointing device but easily attaches/detaches from the stand.

Overall Review: Meets my needs as a floor stand for a 15 inch laptop. May try various leg configurations in the future to stabilize it on the bed although it does provide some support on a firm mattress.

Powerful 10th Gen Laptop

ASUS K571 - 15.6" 120 Hz - Intel Core i7-10750H - GeForce GTX 1650 Ti - 16 GB DDR4 - 256 GB PCIe SSD + 1 TB HDD - Windows 10 Home - Star Black - Gaming Laptop (K571LI-PB71)
ASUS K571 - 15.6" 120 Hz - Intel Core i7-10750H - GeForce GTX 1650 Ti - 16 GB DDR4 - 256 GB PCIe SSD + 1 TB HDD - Windows 10 Home - Star Black - Gaming Laptop (K571LI-PB71)

Pros: The VivoBook K571 packs a lot punch with it's i7-10750H CPU and 16GB of 2666 RAM. The IPS display is impressive running at a 120 refresh rate. Win 10 shows that there are 4 slots for RAM which means 2 modules could be added. CD Mark shows decent read/write numbers for the 250GB WD Blue NVME drive compatible with a QLC type SSD. The 1TB hard drive is also a WD Blue. The proprietary video configuration runs Intel graphics for low level functions and kicks in the GTX 1650Ti when it's needed. Although in a proprietary setup, the GTX 1650 uses standard NVidia drivers and updates. The ASUS software makes updating the BIOS and firmware easy.

Cons: When the i7 ramps up to over 4ghz the laptop dual fans get loud and when updated to Win 10 version 2004 it threw too much heat to keep on my lap despite the dual fans running at the max. The proprietary video configuration has very few adjustable settings and doesn't make full use of the GTX 1650Ti. One RAM slot is hardwired and can't be changed. CD Mark showed disappointing results in the first sequential write benchmark but otherwise was decent.

Overall Review: Don't know why the OEMs are cheaping out the NVME drives in their new laptops by using slower drives that perform like QLC type SSDs instead of the faster TLCs. This is my experience with Dells, HPs, and now ASUS. Despite the ramping up of the dual fans and high heat issue above 4ghz on the i7, the VivoBook K571 is a compelling laptop that more than suits my needs and has an impressive quality display. Have not run any video benchmarks because I won't be gaming on this system.

10/17/2020

Does the Job

Siyang Disposable Face Mask, 50 pcs per Box
Siyang Disposable Face Mask, 50 pcs per Box

Pros: Price is good deal. Protects effectively from odors, dust, pollen, moisture, etc. Can be upgraded by adding additional filtering material to inside of mask.

Cons: Does not protect from airborne virus like those rated for medical use

Overall Review: Glad to see reasonable prices and availability for this type of PPE again.

Great Little Router and Access Point

ASUS RT-ACRH13 AC1300 Dual-band WiFi 4-port Gigabit Router, MU-MIMO, USB 3.0
ASUS RT-ACRH13 AC1300 Dual-band WiFi 4-port Gigabit Router, MU-MIMO, USB 3.0

Pros: Easy to set up and use as wifi access point for FIOS fiber router. Turned off the FIOS wifi and connected the RT-ACRH13 to an ethernet port. Followed the setup process for the RT and no problem. Plenty of features for a home user.

Cons: Updating the firmware was a challenge. Had to download it to a USB 2 drive from the ASUS website and then upload it to the RT like updating a BIOS on a motherboard. The 5G band begins to weaken at 20-25 feet even without any obstructions/walls. The 2G is much stronger and does better at going through walls in a ranch style house.

Overall Review: Going on 2 months since install and had no dropped connections that I can blame on this RT router. The small size makes it easy to find a suitable out of the way place for it at home

12/26/2019