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Avery F.

Avery F.

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Most Favorable Review

Difficult to manage storage, but otherwise great

Acer Aspire ES1-111M-C40S Notebook Intel Celeron N2840 (2.16GHz) 2GB Memory 32GB Internal Storage Intel HD Graphics 11.6"  Windows 8.1 with Bing
Acer Aspire ES1-111M-C40S Notebook Intel Celeron N2840 (2.16GHz) 2GB Memory 32GB Internal Storage Intel HD Graphics 11.6" Windows 8.1 with Bing

Pros: Small, lightweight, incredibly inexpensive, works like a charm, decent touchpad, very comfy to use, Acer's placement of FN keys is intuitive, ~5hr battery life is admirable, gigabit ethernet

Cons: Memory too low, memory slot located on difficult-to-access side of motherboard, no internal storage expansion options (SATA/mSATA, M.2, etc.), only 2 USB ports, a little slow (occasionally hangs when opening programs or task switching). Difficult to install other operating systems - couldn't get OpenSUSE 13.2, GhostBSD 4.1, PC-BSD 10, or Mint 16 to install - only Ubuntu 14.04.

Overall Review: Installed a fresh copy of Win8.1 after several failed attempts at removing the recovery partition (which is not removable after creating a recovery USB). The fresh copy of Win8.1 took up nearly as much room as the original copy + recovery partition, so it really wasn't a solution. Furthermore, the drivers from Acer's support site didn't work as well as the ones included on the factory install, and the overall feeling of the OS was less responsive on the fresh Win8.1 install - so I opted to reinstall the original OS from the recovery USB and have been happy with it, despite the lack of room on the eMMC. The way I found around the storage limitations has been through getting a Sandisk Ultra Fit 64GB USB 3.0 drive, which has faster read/write speeds than the internal drive, and relocate the program files / (x86) directories to it via the registry. It sits close enough to the case of the laptop that it can travel installed without fear of being pried off like a conventionally-sized USB flash drive. Of course, this means there is only one USB 2.0 port left, but I do not use USB peripherals often, so I don't really mind. For around $200, this laptop truly is a great value.

11/29/2014
Most Critical Review

Nice and quiet, but no response from support for RMA.

COUGAR Vortex PWM 120mm (CF-V12HP) Cooling Fan with Hydro-Dynamic Bearing and Pulse Width Modulation (Orange Version)
COUGAR Vortex PWM 120mm (CF-V12HP) Cooling Fan with Hydro-Dynamic Bearing and Pulse Width Modulation (Orange Version)

Pros: Seems like a really well-built and designed piece of equipment.

Cons: One of two fans died after 4 mos - no reply from Cougar about an RMA.

Overall Review: Used two for a rackmount server build I had in my small SF studio -- wanted it to be as quiet as possible. These really fit the bill, until one of them died after about 4 mos. I contacted Cougar about issuing an RMA since they have a 1yr warranty. However, they simply never got back to me. Won't be buying from them again.

Shocked by quality for the price

iStarUSA D-400-7P Black 4U Rackmount Compact Stylish Chassis
iStarUSA D-400-7P Black 4U Rackmount Compact Stylish Chassis

Pros: Sturdy Nice layout Lots of 5.25 external drive bays Fairly shallow depth but not cramped Good airflow

Cons: Does not fit EATX or EEB motherboards

Overall Review: This is a really well-made, solid (heavy) case. After having Norcos and Antecs, which are fairly nice in their own right, this case is clearly in a class above. I feel like my expensive server equipment is being well taken care of by this housing, and surprisingly it really wasn't any more expensive than the other brands I mentioned. Definitely worth the price. I put 2 x 3x3.5" HD hotswap drive cages in the 4x5.25" bays on the left for my 6x3.5" drive array and I have a 4x2.5" hotswap drive cage on the left for my SSDs (ESXi server). If you get this I doubt you'll be disappointed.

This stuff tastes great!

BCAA + G Reload Lemonade - MRM (Metabolic Response Modifiers) - 840 g - Powder
BCAA + G Reload Lemonade - MRM (Metabolic Response Modifiers) - 840 g - Powder

Pros: WAY better than the watermellon flavor! That stuff was awful. BCAAs tend to be bitter but the lemon flavor REALLY masks it well. I love the fact that the sweetners are natural, too. I'm not a big fan of aspartame, but I'm trying to keep the calories low so I can use this during my daily fasting period. Works great!

Cons: None that I can think of ...

This processor is absolutely awesome

Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 69W BX80637E31230V2 Server Processor
Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 69W BX80637E31230V2 Server Processor

Pros: *GREAT* value when compared to desktop processors (e.g. i7-3770K). Mostly got it for the ECC compatibility and hyperthreading. Needed ECC for my server. Got a lot of power along with it!

Cons: None that I can think of

Overall Review: I am using this processor with a Supermicro X9SCL-F-O to host a ESXi 6 server and it is simply wicked. My Windows 8.1 development environment VM scored over 10,000 with 4 cores and 8GB ram allocated to it -- almost as high as my "bare metal" desktop with an i5-3570K and 8GB ram (which scored 11,500). Not bad for a VM, and certainly not bad for using only HALF my server's resources!

Died in less than 180 days

OCZ ARC 100 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ARC100-25SAT3-120G
OCZ ARC 100 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ARC100-25SAT3-120G

Pros: Really fast. Seemed reliable. No problems until one day it just went kaput.

Cons: Just stopped working one day. Had a Hackintosh build on it using clover for my EFI bootloader, was like pulling teeth to get it working with my Intel DH67GD. Had a SuperDuper backup to an HDD which worked, but the EFI/bootloader didn't copy. Back to square one booting from a USB drive again. ARGH! SO mad...

Overall Review: Never owned an SSD other than Intel until this. Have 2x 710s and 2x X25-Ms. None of them have experienced any issues and they're OLD. Dying after 177 days?? Come OCZ!