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Matthew M.

Matthew M.

Joined on 10/17/06

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent once it is up and running

SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 1TB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V6E1T0BW
SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 1TB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V6E1T0BW

Pros: Fast.

Cons: Hot. Make sure you have a heatsink or airflow on the chip.

Overall Review: Had some issues installing Windows 10 on this drive. I wasn't using RUFUS but I was able to install using the DVD using the following technique: 1. Begin the install 2. At the drive format screen if you use the default format button it will throw a GPT error during install 3. Press <Shift-F10> to open a cmd prompt 4. Type: diskpart <Enter> DISKPART> list disk (list all drives) DISKPART> select disk 0 (in this example the target SSD is disk 0) DISKPART> clean (option for cleaning the selected drive disk from any previous data) DISKPART> convert gpt DISKPART> exit (exit from DiskPart) exit (exit from Command Prompt) 5. Select the 960 and install as normal

Most Critical Review

My earssssss

COUGAR Vortex PWM 120mm (CF-V12HPB) Cooling Fan with Hydro-Dynamic Bearing and Pulse Width Modulation (Black Version)
COUGAR Vortex PWM 120mm (CF-V12HPB) Cooling Fan with Hydro-Dynamic Bearing and Pulse Width Modulation (Black Version)

Pros: Solid build, built-in bumpers.

Cons: Just look at all the 1 and 2 star reviews here, they are all complaining about the same thing. Buying this fan is like playing roulette, hopefully you don't end up with one from a bad batch that whines like mine.

Overall Review: I've bought dozens of fans over the years, figures that the most expensive one is the one that has an issue.

Good if you can get a deal

Samsung 60" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV
Samsung 60" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV

Pros: Size speaks for itself. Great classic piano black visual design. The included stand will let you swivel the TV without any effort. Lots of calibration and set up options, great menus. Newegg had an amazing deal on this unit, I paid $1799 back in Sept 2010.

Cons: Color is not well calibrated out of the box. Luckily I had a Spyder color calibrator from my computer (I am a graphic designer) and I was able to use that on a connected laptop and color bars to figure out good manual settings for white points and brightness within the TV menus. After about 2 months it developed a single dead pixel. It's only barely noticeable during scenes with solid white or bright colors, but still, dead pixels, ugh. If you are using the stand, note that I was really nervous about its stability when I got it. I haven't had any problems myself, but just touching the top of the TV causes it to wiggle. There's basically one 3" point that is holding up a TV that probably weighs 100lbs. If you have kids you might want to consider wall mounting.

Overall Review: LED tech gives only a incremental, almost unnoticeable improvement over a well made LCD TV and it costs 30% more. It's not worth it. Get yourself a good LCD and size up. With good calibration and equipment you'll be all set. And go to a store and look at the TVs before you pick!

Extremely useful

Rosewill RX-DU300 - 2.5" & 3.5" SATA USB 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station
Rosewill RX-DU300 - 2.5" & 3.5" SATA USB 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station

Pros: USB 3.0 is wonderful for snagging files off of swap drives. I work in digital media and I can just slap in a new or old project drive whenever I need to. It's great for drive testing and troubleshooting as well.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: I ordered this last week and I checked today and the item was deactivated. Hopefully they'll bring this one back!

Works great but short cords

Vantec NexStar 3 SuperSpeed 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure - Model NST-380S3-BK
Vantec NexStar 3 SuperSpeed 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure - Model NST-380S3-BK

Pros: USB 3.0 works great, I'm getting speeds up to 130MB/s on big sequential transfers, and around 50MB/sec on non-sequential transfers. Drives fit nice and snug and I didn't have any problems installing and fastening screws.

Cons: Cords are SHORT. 4 feet for a USB cord is right on the fringe of usefulness but the power cord is also 4 feet. I mean, if you are doing any sort of cable routing, forget it. For $50 I want some wiggle room.

This thing lags, tech support lags

Kensington SlimBlade K72327US Red Scroll Ball USB Wired Laser Mouse
Kensington SlimBlade K72327US Red Scroll Ball USB Wired Laser Mouse

Pros: Nice big trackball, with a proper wrist-rest it really alleviated my RSI. It also has optical tracking.

Cons: Using Windows 7 x64 right out of the box the 2 top buttons are disabled, but response time is right on the money. After installing Kensington's Trackballworks software to enable customization of the 2 buttons, all of a sudden this mouse develops a lag issue. It is especially noticeable when clicking and moving the mouse at a decent speed. The "click" doesn't register until after a few milliseconds. I use this for graphics work and I had to uninstall after I had a few frustrating days where the wrong layers were selected in Photoshop, things didn't line up, and paint lines started 300 pixels away from where I initially clicked. After uninstalling Kensington's software, response was snappy once again, but I lost the use of the 2 top buttons. Tech support was a predictable dead end.

Overall Review: Without an elevated wrist, it's at a really awkward angle. The craftsmanship leaves a bit to be desired, the plastic on my primary left-click button is "loose" so that the you have to press slightly down on it for the button to come in contact with the pressure switch, so when you click it makes a sound like it's clicking twice.

12/26/2010