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Travis H.

Travis H.

Joined on 12/17/04

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Most Favorable Review

great sounding mic, a little awkward

Cyber Acoustics ACM-1B Charcoal 3.5mm Connector Monitor/Lapel Microphone
Cyber Acoustics ACM-1B Charcoal 3.5mm Connector Monitor/Lapel Microphone

Pros: these mics sound great. They pick up voices very nicely, and not too much background noise (a foam covering would have been a little better in my opinion).

Cons: A bit unwieldy and bulky. Hard to find a spot to put it where it will pick up the best sound and not interfere with your headphones.

Overall Review: I have Senns (HD485) that don't have integrated mic so needed a couple of these for Ventrilo. Great mics, just a bit awkward.

Most Critical Review

It works...

ENCORE ENRXWI-G 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Extender up to 54Mbps
ENCORE ENRXWI-G 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Extender up to 54Mbps

Pros: Definitely extends the network with a strong signal. Xbox360 plugs into it, saving you $99 for wireless 360 adapter.

Cons: Documentation is poor. I read other reviews here at the Egg so I was ready for any troubles. The dratted thing has to be unplugged and plugged back in about once every 2-3 days. Once in a while it will confuse the main wireless router and try to give identical IP address that belongs to another device.

Overall Review: I set it up as a repeater. I'm going to fool around with it a bit more, but it is like any wireless device, which for me, is usually trouble. Our T-Mobile/Linksys @Home router has never given me issues, which makes it the first and only wireless router/hub/repeater I've not had issues with haha. Maybe this is why I prefer wired networks.

Works very well for what I need

SANS DIGITAL TR5M-B 5 Bay SATA to eSATA (Port Multiplier) JBOD / RAID 0, 1, 1+0, 5 Enclosure (Black)
SANS DIGITAL TR5M-B 5 Bay SATA to eSATA (Port Multiplier) JBOD / RAID 0, 1, 1+0, 5 Enclosure (Black)

Pros: 5-port hot-swappable RAID/JBOD enclosure with its own power and cooling fan. Nice long, solid eSATA cable, extra eSATA port for other devices (like a Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station, a godsend for PC techs like me). Easily slide drives in and out with the included racks.

Cons: The eSATA cable is solid, but a bit stiff and makes it hard to get the cable routed the way I need it. Because of this, the end never looks like it goes into the enclosure straight. The fan is noticeable. Didn't work very well at all with Phenom 9850 Black + Giga MA770-UD3R but works like a champ with the new Q9550 + Giga EP45-UD3P.

Overall Review: Never bothered with RAID, I use internal cards or onboard controllers for that. I needed something that could hold 4-5 drives for pure storage. I filled the thing with 2x 1TB and 2x 500GB, and still have a slot left. This allowed me to put 6x drives in RAID on the motherboard (ie inside the actual computer case) and still have massive storage abilities. Plus I can simply add an enclosure of just about any make for another 5 drives if and when what I have is no longer enough. I would easily purchase another for myself, and I have been recommending to friends/customers that are in need with limited case space.

perfect

StarTech.com 9-pin Serial to 10-pin Header Slot Plate with Low Profile Bracket Model PLATE9MLP
StarTech.com 9-pin Serial to 10-pin Header Slot Plate with Low Profile Bracket Model PLATE9MLP

Pros: allows modern motherboards that have a COM header to connect to 'legacy' devices like older GPS's that customer lost the USB cable to.

Cons: Who uses COM/Serial devices anymore?

Overall Review: I used to have a zillion of these things around when I worked for DFI but apparently they are more popular (necessary?) than I realized as I couldn't find a single one and had to hit up the Egg.

Great drive

Western Digital Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Perfect drive for customer upgrade. Price, performance, decent cache, reliable mfg.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Drive prices keep coming down as storage amounts keep going up. This is a good thing ;)

Excellent card

SPARKLE GeForce 8400 GS 256MB DDR2 PCI Express x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card SFPX84GS256U2LF
SPARKLE GeForce 8400 GS 256MB DDR2 PCI Express x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card SFPX84GS256U2LF

Pros: What a great little card. Bought it for customer moving up from AGP system to newer board/chip, and it is perfect in price and performance. Customer isn't a gamer other than Bejeweled and such, bit still a good card for everything she needs.

Cons: None

Overall Review: These are great for upgrading or resolving integrated GPU issues for low-end/non gamers.