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Kenneth G.

Kenneth G.

Joined on 05/12/11

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Most Favorable Review

Comparable to Dell Precision for hundreds less!

MSI Laptop Creator Z16 Fujiwara Hiroshi Limited Edition A11UE-226 Intel Core i7 11th Gen 11800H (2.30GHz) 16GB Memory 1 TB NVMe SSD NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU 16.0" Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
MSI Laptop Creator Z16 Fujiwara Hiroshi Limited Edition A11UE-226 Intel Core i7 11th Gen 11800H (2.30GHz) 16GB Memory 1 TB NVMe SSD NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU 16.0" Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Pros: We saved a bit over $300 on a comparable model here from MSI versus the dominant industry player dell in the mobile workstation segment. The A2000 RTX REALLY ROCKS!!!! HUGE amount of ram and 1tb SSD to boot! What a great value! And it is FAST! VERY fast! Might pick up more of these for our design firm!

Cons: none reported so far, but that IS the gamble isn't it when going with smaller OEMs? "Will it last as long as the dell, will MSI cover warranty claims quack and easy if problems arise?"

Overall Review: So far so good! Great value to price performance ratio highly competitive specs, comes in cheaper than similar Dell and HP models

Most Critical Review

Worked great UNTIL

HighPoint 2nd Generation RocketRAID 600L Series RocketRAID 642L PCI-Express 2.0 x4 Low Profile SATA III (6.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card
HighPoint 2nd Generation RocketRAID 600L Series RocketRAID 642L PCI-Express 2.0 x4 Low Profile SATA III (6.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card

Pros: Faster than it's little brother, the 622. Paired it with an existing Sans Digital 8-Bay esata Tower Storage Enclosure TR8M+B. It supports esata port multipliers out of the box, and after driver installation, it found my existing RAID and took over the duties of the smaller 622 card quite handily. Highpoint's software might be clunky, but it is consistent, and it autodetected my existing raid just fine, and carried over all my settings when installed on the same box that had had the lesser 622. No hand-wringing over adding drives back in to a RAID or loosing any data over it.

Cons: Failed after 2 months. Good thing I kept the 622 laying around. The 644 Just went dead. My raid failed to come back online after a reboot, so I swapped back in the highpoint 622 that came with the raid tower, and the raid came right back up immediately. Tried switching it back to the 644 to see if it was just a fluke, and no dice. Tried re-seating the card, no dice. It's toasted. We will see if the manufacturer does right and replaces it. Until then, 1 star. As an aside, if you find yourself ever-hungry for a do-it -yourself RAID solution with good performance in a small-to-medium business setting, go with an LSI megaraid card. They run hot and are expensive, but it offers a true hardware raid solution as opposed to these highpoint "my-first-raid" cards that offload calculations onto the CPU. I bought an LSI, and after getting it to run in ubuntu, never looked back. Still want to get my tower raid 8-bay working well, though so I will continue to look for a compelling esata card that support port multipliers (or an LSI megaraid that supports port multiplier of sata)

Overall Review: Good product, when it works, cost effective raid solution, would be great for a home or small business.

FRIED my other PoE switches

TP-Link 8 Port Fast Ethernet 10/100Mbps PoE Switch | 4 PoE Ports @57W | Desktop | Plug & Play | Sturdy Metal w/ Shielded Ports | Fanless | Limited Lifetime Protection | Unmanaged (TL-SF1008P)
TP-Link 8 Port Fast Ethernet 10/100Mbps PoE Switch | 4 PoE Ports @57W | Desktop | Plug & Play | Sturdy Metal w/ Shielded Ports | Fanless | Limited Lifetime Protection | Unmanaged (TL-SF1008P)

Pros: Looked like a good solution for providing more PoE ports on my small office network.

Cons: Fried half my network equipment when I daisy chained it off of my main PoE switch. You know, hooking switches up to other switches like you normally do? yeah, this thing FRIED the other switches, and PoE, and an expensive network appliance when we plugged it in. TOTAL NIGHTMARE!!!!! RUINED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF EQUIPMENT!!!!

Overall Review: Buyer beware, this thing cause a nightmare for my remote office. Never buying TP-Link EVER AGAIN. just one failure of this magnitude is enough to keep me the hell away.

AWESOME DEAL

Lenovo IdeaPad - 15.6" - Intel Core i7 3rd Gen 3630QM (2.40GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M - 8 GB DDR3 - 750GB HDD 16 GB SSD - Windows 8 - Gaming Laptop (Y580 (59353260) )
Lenovo IdeaPad - 15.6" - Intel Core i7 3rd Gen 3630QM (2.40GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M - 8 GB DDR3 - 750GB HDD 16 GB SSD - Windows 8 - Gaming Laptop (Y580 (59353260) )

Pros: Great bang for your buck. Some would guffaw at how small the included SSD is at 16gb, but after comparing it to some other off the shel win 8 laptops at the office, it would seem that intels smart cache tech really makes the most of it and this thing is the fastest win 8 notebook I've used so far. Also has a fast 3rd gen i7 so it can eat up anything that's thrown at it as long as the chips are fed data by the HDD+SSD consistently. Plus the nvidia 660M is a serious graphics chip for it's size and cost, and not one single game was slowed down by it. also does well in CAD/Revit. All around solid hardware for 999 when I bought it.

Cons: Bloatware had to be uninstalled. but what do you expect?

So very Meh

Bluetooth Headset for PS3 Cellphone Noise Reduction / 8 Hours Talk Time
Bluetooth Headset for PS3 Cellphone Noise Reduction / 8 Hours Talk Time

Pros: Cheapish, simple design, easy to use for anyone that's familiar with bluetooth.

Cons: UNRELIABLE PAIRING AND CONNECTIONS. It seems to work at first, yadda yadda, but don't you dare go to charge the headset with the included cable, or it'l be a thorn to get it pairing again. enough said.