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Robin C.

Robin C.

Joined on 04/18/02

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Most Favorable Review

Silence is golden

Fan Controller
Fan Controller

Pros: Effective Low cost -- buy many at once

Cons: nitpick: it gets warm

Overall Review: I've used this multiple times to make silent computers. Noisy power supply fans, noisy can fans, noisy CPU fans: all are conquered with this little device. Keep in mind that even at full on the fan will not spin as fast as it would without the device. I'm assuming you're buying this to slow the fan down so this shouldn't be an issue :-)

Most Critical Review

Buzzing/vertical line

SAMSUNG ToC T240HD Rose-Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV Monitor  300 cd/m2 DC 10000:1 Built in DTV Tuner & Dolby Digital Surround Speakers
SAMSUNG ToC T240HD Rose-Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 10000:1 Built in DTV Tuner & Dolby Digital Surround Speakers

Pros: - Very nice HD picture - Very stable base - Good remote

Cons: - OSD menu button are awful -- must use the remote - low level buzzing depending on contrast/brightness

Overall Review: I like the monitor generally. It had no dead pixel. The OSD is a pain to use but the remote takes care of setup. Others complain about low light. It must only be certain units because I had to turn down brightness to 10/100. It was too bright otherwise. Unfortunately 3 days after starting to use it a bright vertical cyan line showed up. It disappeared after fiddling around with the silly OSD buttons. Maybe it wouldn't come back. Not so much -- the line was back 2 days later. Red this time. I took some pictures and was getting to fill out the RMA request. Amazingly the line disappeared again. 10 minutes later the line was back. Now it was back to cyan but only if on a purple background). Anyway this time the RMA has been filled out and its going back for replacement. I really didn't want to RMA it because of time and money. Let's hope for a better one next time.

12/29/2009

Silence is golden

Zotac ZBOX-CI520NANO-U Black Barebone Systems - Mini / Booksize
Zotac ZBOX-CI520NANO-U Black Barebone Systems - Mini / Booksize

Pros: - Absolutely silent - Small - Tool-less access to internals

Cons: - Styling is just ok -- not much of a con really

Overall Review: I bought this to replace an older Core Duo computer. I combined it with a Samsung 840 EVO SSD and G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 1600. With these options this a very good computer for the price. It is handles average home function with ease. 1080p video decoding produces less than 20% CPU usage while staying at room temperature. Very happy with this purchase.

11/25/2014

Works great

TP-LINK TL-WN851ND Wireless N300 PCI Adapter, 300Mbps, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2
TP-LINK TL-WN851ND Wireless N300 PCI Adapter, 300Mbps, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2

Pros: I bought this to replace a G adapter to increase reliability, range and speed (in that order). This adapter delivered on all these.

Cons: None really. The adapter worked perfectly with the Windows 7 supplied drivers.

10/14/2010

Awesome keyboard

IOGEAR GKM561R Black 2.4GHz Wireless HTPC Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel
IOGEAR GKM561R Black 2.4GHz Wireless HTPC Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel

Pros: - accurate keystroke - reasonable range (10 feet) - quality feel - easy to hold for a media PC keyboard

Cons: - trackball mouse a bit too jerky for my taste -- still quite useable though

Overall Review: Looking at all RF keyboard/mouse combos it seems most of them have issues. Based on my experience this one is the exception. I have found typing is accurate -- no dropped keystroke. The keyboard feels sustantial and is easy to hold on your lap or in your hands. The trackball is s not like using a high end desktop mouse but for usage as a media PC it is very fine. Overall I am very happy with this keyboard/trackball combo.

12/29/2009

Awesome printer

HP Officejet Pro 8500 Premier CB025A Up to 35 ppm Black Print Speed 4800 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality Wireless InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer
HP Officejet Pro 8500 Premier CB025A Up to 35 ppm Black Print Speed 4800 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality Wireless InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer

Pros: - fast printing - fast scanning - cheap ink cost

Cons: - driver setup is time consuming and cumbersome -- way too large

Overall Review: This is a large unit -- not a small inkjet printer. Make sure there's enough room for it. I had a problem with the scanner/fax causing a black line. I figured it was going to have to go back but amazingly following the instructions on cleaning the glass the problem went away. I figured maybe some electrostatic sensitive dust was on the scanning sensor and got moved by cleaning. The whole unit works great. Unline a lot of others I do not hear any buzzing/high frequency from the unit.

12/29/2009