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James M.

James M.

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Most Favorable Review

Amazing Value

Acer Iconia Tab A100-07RU80 Tablet NVIDIA Tegra 250 1.00GHz 7" 1GB DDR2 Memory 8GB Flash NVIDIA ULP GeForce
Acer Iconia Tab A100-07RU80 Tablet NVIDIA Tegra 250 1.00GHz 7" 1GB DDR2 Memory 8GB Flash NVIDIA ULP GeForce

Pros: Dual core processor = amazingly fast 1GB of ram = Lag free gaming, multi-tasking, and smooth animations. 7.1" display and less than 1lb = Ultra portable and easy to use on the go. Android 3.2 = latest and greatest version, features a full android market, and does not come with much bloatware.

Cons: Viewing angles when in portrait mode is limited. Its not too bad though. Battery life is average. Pack your charger for extended trips Black case and reflective display are finger print magnets.

Overall Review: I couldn't have been more pleased with this tablet. I didn't want a 10 inch, I wanted a 7 inch that had the performance of a 10 inch. This great little devices has not left me wanting anything. It just works, works well, and looks darn good doing it.

Most Critical Review

Don't use as boot media

Kingston 4GB  Compact Flash Memory Card (CF/4GB)
Kingston 4GB Compact Flash Memory Card (CF/4GB)

Pros: None that I can see. Might work in a camera.

Cons: Won't work as boot media. Purchased 12 of these to use as CF recovery partitions on small form factor PC's and they won't boot. Ridata cards work fine but were out of stock. So I got these. Big mistake.

Overall Review: The removable media bit is enabled on these, so they wont boot. Other manufacturers have utilities that allow you to reset this bit, but not Kingston.

12/21/2010

Wonderful SFF Desktop

Foxconn R10-D2 Intel NM10 Barebone
Foxconn R10-D2 Intel NM10 Barebone

Pros: 1: Small, light, and relatively quiet. 2: Simple to open and install components 3: Runs windows 7 professional without a problem 4: Runs linux (debian) without a problem 5: Takes 4GB of ram and the D510 processor is nice and responsive

Cons: 1: Power supply is shipping with voltage switch set to 230 instead of 110. 2: Long case fan wires sometimes get caught in case fan. Needs to be wire tied to CPU fan mount. 3: HDD install is a PITA but its not too big a deal 4: Documentation is lacking. Has the smart power led but gives you no information on how to diagnose the codes.

Overall Review: All in all its a nice little desktop. Considering the price, you cant go wrong. As stated, they are now shipping the PSU with 230V set instead of 110V. Just remember to check it before you RMA it for being DOA. So far, I have bought over 10 of these, and have not had to RMA a single one.

Love this chassis

iStarUSA D-213-MATX Black Aluminum / Steel 2U Rackmount microATX Server Chassis
iStarUSA D-213-MATX Black Aluminum / Steel 2U Rackmount microATX Server Chassis

Pros: Solid construction, great form factor, works with desktop boards, power supplies, and standard CPU heat sinks.

Cons: none

Overall Review: It's a half depth case for less than $100. It works great. As for the people complaining about tight fits and loud fans, please get real. Its half depth, of course its going to be tight. MicroATX boards vary in size. Desktop boards are usually a little shorter, server boards are usually longer. can fit 4 drives if you have a desktop board.

11/30/2010

Solid disk manufacturer

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.12 ST3160318AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.12 ST3160318AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: We have been buying seagate drives religiously for over 2 years now. The main reason is their quality is outstanding. We have purchased over 250 drives and have only had 3 failures.

Cons: None

Overall Review: If you do get a bad drive, the RMA procedure with seagate is simple and fast.

11/19/2010

Outstanding memory

Rendition by Crucial 1GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Laptop Memory Model RM12864AC800
Rendition by Crucial 1GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Laptop Memory Model RM12864AC800

Pros: Rendition memory has proven its self to be reliable, stable, and defect free. We have purchased over 100 pieces of this memory in the last year and have had 0 failures. Price and quality is outstanding.

Cons: None at all

Overall Review: It may not be the best performance ram for gaming, but if your building enterprise workstations for number crunching applications, you can't go wrong with rendition.

11/19/2010