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Colin T.

Colin T.

Joined on 07/15/07

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Most Favorable Review

Good quality cable - WARNING Upside Down

OKGEAR 18" SATA 6 Gbps Cable, Straight to Right Angle W/ Metal Latch, UV  Red, Backward Compatible 3 Gbps and 1.5Gbps
OKGEAR 18" SATA 6 Gbps Cable, Straight to Right Angle W/ Metal Latch, UV Red, Backward Compatible 3 Gbps and 1.5Gbps

Pros: Nice sturdy cable. Kinda stiff and hard to work with to start, but loosens up after bending it a bit.

Cons: Used with a gigabyte GA-MA69GM-s2h motherboard because sata is vertically mounted on board. Would have worked great except the sata connections on the cable were upside down, forcing me to put the right angle connector down into the mb tray. Luckily the setup fit, but took 15 minutes of serious pushing and the removal of a mb header in my case.

Overall Review: The cable has this orientation: [,-----] looking at the connection with the cable hanging down. If this wont work, you might be advised with another cable. Also, bend the cable a bit before installing it; loosens up and makes installation easier

Good Headphones

iLuv Over-the-ear Bluetooth Stereo Headset (I212)
iLuv Over-the-ear Bluetooth Stereo Headset (I212)

Pros: These bluetooth headphones are both simple and effective. Supports both A2DP and AVRCP profiles, very useful when syncing with a multimedia phone. Also syncs and works well with Macbook Pro. Right ear controls are very useful. Battery lasts for about 1.5 days of regular use (8 hours at work) and a long while on standby. Also supports HSP protocol for handsfree chat over bluetooth cellphone. The mic seems to accurately pick up my voice without getting any surrounding noise.

Cons: Spring loaded ear clips are occasionally difficult to put on and feel a bit odd if not clipped on right. Ear pieces do occasionally fall off - I would not recommend using these while exercising.

Overall Review: Wireless headphones are suprisingly useful to carry around, helpful both walking outside, at home and in the office. The right ear controls are nice but work a bit strangely - the next/previous controls are flipped depending on the device (one way on my mac, the other way on my phone). All in all, a very good product if you need wireless headphones.

Nice Router

ASUS WL-520gU 802.11b/g Wireless Router up to 54Mbps with All-in-One Print Server/ DD-WRT Open Source support
ASUS WL-520gU 802.11b/g Wireless Router up to 54Mbps with All-in-One Print Server/ DD-WRT Open Source support

Pros: This router is great once you put Tomato on it. I bought it solely for that purpose and its doing great. Its been running for a week now strait without any hiccups. I would highly recommend that you buy this router if you don't mind flashing new firmware on it (which is a rather simple process).

Cons: None

Overall Review: Nothing that I have seen yet. I've had some bad experiences in the past with linksys, netgear, and dlink, so I'm optimistic that this asus will last a bit longer than the other ones that I have had.

Decent

SANS DIGITAL ST-SAN-CS1T SATA Compact Flash CF to 2.5” SATA Enclosure
SANS DIGITAL ST-SAN-CS1T SATA Compact Flash CF to 2.5” SATA Enclosure

Pros: Sturdy solution for anyone looking to use Compact Flash as cheap SSD. I tried several other adapters for this before settling on this one (all the other ones I used broke at the pinout). A bit pricey, but its worth the extra cash in that its very easy to use. Recognized by jetway mobo and bios as drive; good for MiniITX/NanoITX/PicoITX drive.

Cons: I used an 8gb Transcend card and also had problems.The slot that the CF card goes into felt fragile to me, and the lid could easily snap off when its open if your not careful.

Overall Review: Good device for reduced size computer. This is not however a good replacement for SSD. Even with the fastest CF cards on the market and full SATA, the enclosure's prolonged data rate is a slow crawl. Not a problem if you are building a kiosk or thinclient, but keep in mind your not getting the speed of regular SSD by using this route.

Very Nice

Hercules Deluxe Optical Glass USB 2.0 WebCam
Hercules Deluxe Optical Glass USB 2.0 WebCam

Pros: This camera is very simple to set up and use. Definitley a great web camera for Windows Vista users. I had a Logitech Quickcam that was horrible; random image flipping, camera malfunctions, microphone worked erratically, etc. This was a great replacement. USB cable is very long although if you want to put it far from your computer consider getting an extension (USB Type A male to Type A female). Software is simple and easy to use. Video capture is quick and easy, can also take single frames, burst frames (multiple shots), and delayed (timer) shots. Also tested with Skype and TokBox (adobe flash access); works great for web chat.

Cons: None that I can think of...

Overall Review: The LED's on the camera are very bright; I have them turned off but you can change this in the settings. However, they are very handy in that the camera doesn't have lighting problems with them on (you could use this thing in the pitch black and it would still work great). The video is a bit grainy depending on your settings, but this is very easily adjusted (but it must be done manually, still one of the better setups that I have seen). Also, there are not any effects with this camera like the logitech one (black and white, overlays, fonts, etc), but you can get other software to do this if you want. Its a good SIMPLE camera. Also, the clip works good for LCD monitors, and if you have a CRT it has 3m permanent tape on the bottom. If your using a CRT or a thick LCD, consider finding something to clip it to (that 3m tape wont ever come off).

Nice Monitor

Hanns-G HW-173DBB 17" WXGA+ 1440 x 900 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor
Hanns-G HW-173DBB 17" WXGA+ 1440 x 900 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor

Pros: This is the best flat screen monitor ive ever owned. The color is great, the resolution is good and setup is a breeze (plug n play). Usually you get these things with a few dead pixles; this monitor (which im using right now) was as if it were fresh from the factory

Cons: No DVI Cable - not really an issue though because you just have to get a seperate one instead. Worked out ok for me, because I needed a longer cable (10 ft)

Overall Review: Works well on all platorms (XP, Vista, Linux, OSX), no conflicts with either nvidia or ati cards. Use a DVI Cable, youll get much better picture quality...

12/11/2007