Date Joined: 01/27/07
Pros: USB 3.0 Interface, Nicely Weighted Stand, Improved Signal strength from AC53.
Cons: Documentation not very clear, not sure how to use the external antenna (see below)
Overall Review: I was using the USB-AC53 adapter with the AC-56U router, after upgrading to the USB-AC56 my signal strength went from -54 dbm to -45 dbm, however I am not sure how the external antenna works because my signal strength and data rate with or without the antenna seems to be the same and the documentation on the CD does not explain anything about using the antenna.
Pros: -Looks cool
-Scissor structure so the keyboard feels like a laptop keyboard
-No gigantic scratch prone glossy surfaces
Cons: -Is the LED indicating the power, really necessary ?
-arrows keys are a bit small
-Backspace key a little too small
-Home, pgup pgdn and end keys are used by pressing Fn and one of the arrow keys (doesn't really bother me though)
Overall Review: I purchased this to replace my black i-rocks kr-6170 (that I broke) which no one seems to stock. Overall this keyboard is just as good as that one.
Pros: -Easy to install
-If your computer is connected to a wired internet the Wireless Access Point software allows your computer to become a basic router that can share the wired connection with other computers
Cons: -Access Point software only seems compatible with my XP virtual mode.
Overall Review: Drivers on CD didn't seem to work but, All I had to do was go to device manager (windows 7 64 bit) and press update drivers and everything worked from then on.
Cons: -Not a scissor structure type of keyboard
Overall Review: Good cheap keyboard, I don't know what the other reviewers were expecting from a 10-20 dollar keyboard. If you want a more tactile keyboard you should get a slim keyboard with scissor structure keys which this is not.
Pros: -supports large graphics cards
-supports frontal 80mm fan (look carefully for the holes)
-Just enough space (maybe 5mm of clearance)to support a 90mm side fan and semi large cpu cooler (freezer pro, nh-u9b)
Cons: -style might be a little plain.
-the other side of the case cannot be opened
Overall Review: -remember to get a 90 degree connector for your harddrive
Pros: -Very good customer service
-Silent motor (the only noise is created by the airflow)
-good airflow considering the lack of noise
Overall Review: I have this fan on the NH-U9B, but I complained that the fan was leaking fluid. As a result they sent me new fan (and I got to keep the old one that still works, but had leaked fluid). They even threw in a free metal Noctua sticker/badge for my case.
Pros: -Comes with Beige, Black, and Silver faceplates so it will probably match any case out there
-Micro SD reader
Cons: Each slot/port shows up as its own drive however this doesn't happen on windows 7
Overall Review: Not much more to say other than it works.
Pros: -took off 10 degrees on load and 5 on idle compared to my arctic cooling freezer pro
-same size as my freezer pro
-supports dual fan
-nice quality construction
-includes plenty of NT-H1 thermal paste
-one of the smaller tower coolers that would fit in my micro atx case
Cons: -if you already have a cpu backing plate you might be able to install this cooler without removing the motherboard, however removing the motherboard allows you to better secure the cooler
-when tightening the the screws the only way to get it secure was to tighten the screws until the red plastic washers looked stressed and kinda white
Overall Review: I have an unlocked phenom 720 x4 with a 600 mhz overclock and an additional 100mV. With the freezer pro 64 I could not run prime95 without reaching near critical temperatures so I found that the xigmatek sd964 and noctua NH-u9b would fit however the xigmatek could not be oriented to have the air blow out of the back.
Pros: -looks cool and heavy duty
-runs close to rated timings at 7-7-7-24 with 1.95 volts
-just the right thickness for the memory to fit adjacent slots
-big heat sinks
Cons: -if your cpu cooler hangs over the memory slots, installation may be a problem
Pros: -idles around 40 to 45 degrees Celsius
-maxes out at 60 to 70 degrees during gaming
-runs all my games at maximum settings with 1280x1024 resolution
-it is dead silent if you have a fan controller that can undervolt to around 6 volts
Cons: -if all your other system fans are dead silent then this card would be loud, but at least the sound isn't high pitched
Overall Review: If you really have problems with the noise you could just connect the fan to a fan controller or zalman fan mate
Pros: -Cool looking led lights
-Very solid and heavy base
-Flexible mounting system
-reduced my idle and load temperatures about 10 degrees celcius
Cons: -my northbridge heatsink (DFI 790gx M3H5) is made in a way that it attaches to the top of a piece of aluminum which is connected by heatpipe to the mosfet heatsink , this meant that the cooler had to be mounted higher and that the included screws were too short
Overall Review: your temperatures can be further improved if you improve your case airflow
Pros: -Red lights, instead of the typical blue lights
-Ability to turn off lights
-One of the fan controls varies from 7 to 12 volts instead of just turning off
-includes fairly long cables
Cons: -Only 3 fan controls
Overall Review: Microphone allows the lights to flash according to surrounding noises, but this is somewhat useless and could have been replaced with another fan control instead
Pros: -Compact Size
-Number of features
-One of the only matx boards (except for that one that Jetway makes) with DDR3 and AM3 support
-UV sensitive cables and slots
-BIOS allows a lot of customization
Cons: -Compact size makes arranging things difficult sometimes
-If you use the crossfire option you might not be able to use the usb connections
Overall Review: I initially had trouble installing my windows vista ultimate 64 bit as it would get stuck at the "completing installation stage" but, all I did to solve the problem was to set the memory setting from unganged to ganged for my phenom x3 720. This might be what the other poor reviews are describing
Pros: -Uses standard mini usb port for charging
-Screen displays bright characters
-The ring around the button lights up with a blue color
-The Clip is removable
Cons: -usb cord might be a little too short (around 4 or 5 inches)
-Screen only has yellow and blue, but then again it is very compact and bright
-volume button seems slightly loose
-when the clip is removed there is still a nub where the clip is mounted
-Battery is not interchangable
Overall Review: The player also needs to refresh its database when loaded with new music, however it seems to be much faster than my sandisk sansa c240. Overall a very nice player
Pros: Fast, reliable(so far at least), long warranty, faster boot up times
Cons: This is the version of the hard drive that doesn't have the sensor that parks the hard drive when it senses that the drive is in a state of falling
Overall Review: according to hd tune my average read speed rose from 25 mb/s to 65 mb/s and my burst rate rose 30 mb/s compared to my old Toshiba 5400 rpm 40 gb mk4032gsx
Pros: Sturdy solid feeling keyboard, Low price, scissor key struture
Cons: Glossy black part may be easily scratched
Overall Review: The surface of the keys may feel slightly rough, but you probably won't be able to find any other keyboard with the laptop-like scissor key strucutre at this price
Pros: Looks cool with its clear casing and internal LED lights. Top part of the mouse is wear resistant as a result the top of my mouse still looks new after 2 years of usage. Compact design also allows you to conveniently carry it.
Cons: The sides of the mouse are painted so that part does show some wear after prolonged usage. Also the size of the mouse may not be suitable for people with bigger hands.
Overall Review: Overall a very good mouse that I will buy again when my current one gets old and stops working.
Pros: File transfer rates between my external hard drive was greatly improved compared to my old 40 gb 5400rpm toshiba hard drive. Unzipping documents and startup is also much faster.
Pros: comes with a compact ac adapter, the hub works as a usb charger with just the ac adapter plugged in.
Cons: no light indicating that the power is connected, shiny surface collects fingerprints, doesn't include a carrying case.
Overall Review: I have connected my cooling pad, mouse, keyboard, cellphone, mp3 player, and my 3.5 inch external hard drive all at the same time with no problems. My hard drive also has no noticeable lag when transferring large files through the hub.