Date Joined: 09/14/02
Pros: Durable and reliable. Runs DD-WRT without any issue. LED's are clear, but not annoying. Stock antenna is effective. Was cheap when I got it. Still pretty cheap now.
Doesn't drop packets, require power-cycling, or have any other annoyances. It just does what it's supposed to, 24/7... 3 years going strong.
Cons: Did not come packed in a shoebox of non-sequential $50 bills like I had hoped for.
Overall Review: When (rather, if) I replace the current router I will go back for another Asus. If this is an indication of their what their hardware is like then I'll be a customer for life. Keep it up!
Pros: Good price, quiet operation.
Overall Review: It replaced a WD drive in an EEE Box, which sadly died after about 3 months of very infrequent use. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this one lasts a little longer.
Pros: Works fine with my Blackberry 9800 Torch. 3 out of 3 cables. No problems connecting, no broken or loose boots.
Cons: For some reason I can't get it shipped with my requested packing materials: non-sequential $20 bills. I keep calling customer service... And they keep using packing peanuts.
Pros: When it works, it works well. Takes DD-WRT easily. The rest of the 'Pros' can be found in other reviews. It's unnecessary to recap them here.
Cons: Out of 3 routers, one was DOA. So I'm looking at a personal failure rate of 33%. It's to be expected. Someones going to win the lemon-roulette, it just really blows when it's you.
Overall Review: I'm running under the assumption that something must have come loose during shipping; because to be stone-cold-dead out of the box would mean there's no QA going on at Linksys...(heavy sarcasm)...right?
Pros: It's a fan. It's relatively quiet. For it's low noise levels it moves a surprising amount of air.
Cons: It, um, didn't come in a box padded with non-sequential $20 bills?
Overall Review: Keeps an old well-beyond-safe-spec-overclocked video card cool enough to function.
Pros: Takes DD-WRT without any difficulty. External antenna is replaceable on (I believe) a standard R-SMA jack. I can't stress enough how awesome the USB port is. Even under heavy throughput it doesn't run hot, drop packets, lock up or any of the other garbage I've seen in other hardware. Clearly visible status LEDs.
Cons: Take this lightly, because it's only an opinion, but the stock firmware lacks... a lot. It's not to say the stock firmware is BAD, and for most people it's likely acceptable; but there's better alternatives and it takes very little effort to get there.
Overall Review: Out of the box, before you even start to play with it, go find the corresponding version of DD-WRT. Flashing takes about 5 minutes. This is a STELLAR piece of network gear, don't let so-so firmware cripple it's abilities.
Pros: BUm... bright flashing LED's can be used to blind your foes? Or cause epileptic seizures at least...
Cons: Unresponsive, dead-at-the-starting-line, brick.
Forget DHCP, there was no connection. This thing wouldn't even cough up a live link on it's WAN *OR* LAN ports. Forget signal, there was no voltage. A hard reset was a no-go. Holding the button down for minutes at a time did nothing. The general consensus online is that this is usually a result of either a bad firmware flash (bricked) or a DOA unit. This one was the latter.
I contacted linksys first. They said they would take it back, repair and return (if I paid for shipping both ways) if i was willing to wait about 14 days. Um, no. If this was outside of the 30-day return window I'd JTAG it and fix it myself.
So, another once-great hardware manufacturer goes on the S-list.
Overall Review: Masonry. Brick. Paperweight. Doorstop. Right out of the box. I'm tired of this bull. Hard drives are the worst offenders but this is just sad. Cant manufactures make hardware that yields reviews without the staggering failure rates?
Regardless, Newegg to the rescue! Took care of this disaster for me. Replacement coming soon.
Pros: It's compact; the base has a very small foot print. The OTA stations that I can pick up come in as clear as I would expect considering the broadcast power and distance to their respective towers.
Works great to add OTA reception to DISH Network's local-channel-less service.
Cons: The telescopic antenna are FRAGILE! In a lot of years working in HAM radio I've busted my fair share of rods, but never like this. Be extremely careful when closing them down as they seem to want to bend at the overlap joint points. I'm rather disappointed at the base: it's light- entirely too light- and rigid RG6 Coax will pull it right over if you don't work at it to keep it in place.
When fully extended the antennas can easily tip the base over if they're not balanced or even with each other. If the base goes over you can almost bet on a broken rod.
Overall Review: I hate to trash the rating over design flaws when it's reception is really satisfactory. Finding a decent indoor antenna is a pain, and considering it WORKS WELL, I can suggest trying it out- so long as you can bolt it down somehow.
Pros: For as inexpensive as it was, it has a good feel to it. I have not subjected it to extreme punishment (yet) but the case and seemingly water resistant cap appear to be able to take a beating. The data transfers at an acceptable speed; I get 180X read against their claimed 200x.
Cons: You're going to loose the cap. Just like every other thumb drive you've ever owned or ever will own, the !@*# forsaken cap is not attached to the drive. When will companies figure this out and start attaching the lanyard to it or something?
Overall Review: As usual, Patriot gives us another excellent piece of hardware. Well worth every penny.
Pros: Very easily add dual sata, an extra ata, a few USB and some firewire all in one clean shot. This is the best you're gonna find as an all-in-one. Surprisingly cheap.
Cons: WORTHLESS company; no instructions or support. Drivers are difficult to find, at best. Linux is out of the question. Obvious difficulties of not being able boot from usb, or use USB keyboards outside of windows. Oddly slow when transferring data between it's own 2 sata drives or the satas and the ata drive.
Overall Review: Ive got it in a rig using both sata's, the ata and all the usb ports. So far I've had no problems (that I can pin directly on the card anyway) in the almost 1.5 years I've been running it. If you can put up with it's shortcomings, then this is as good as it's going to get.
Pros: It and 3 of it's brothers went into a backup firewall rig and all of them work fine.
Overall Review: The LED's are slightly different shades of green. Strange, but, doesn't matter.
Pros: Great price. Good sound. Long cables. Controls are upfront. Front mic and headphone jacks are a nice touch. No wall-wart, transformer is in the sub.
Cons: For it's price it's EXCELLENT, but don't expect Bose kinda sound from it.
Pros: Good mouse, no issues.
Cons: Got it for a customer's rig. No issues that I know of.
Pros: Works fine, cleared memtest86 without incident, and can be pushed a little past manufacturer specs.
Pros: Works great, fast, quiet.
Pros: Yep, it's a cable. Cabl-y-goodness.
Overall Review: Not suitable for use as bungee-jumping rope.
Pros: Excellent overclocker. Get a good CPU heatsink, and you can squeeze a decent amount of power out of these. Running on an Asus P5W with DDR2/667.
Cons: Prices are coming down fast, but was steep when I got it.
Overall Review: I wouldn't be surprised if you could push this to 4.0 in a good case on a decent board.
Pros: Was for a customer's rig. They like it, so I'm happy.
Cons: I still hate the ergonomic layout. Give me a standard flat qwerty any day.
Pros: Great board. Overclocks nicely. Core 2 duo 2.0 and 1gb. Integrated graphics work fine.
Cons: Only one PATA connector... yeah, I'm old fashioned. It's not like the board doesn't have the space for it.
Overall Review: You can have my PATA devices and my floppy drive when you pry them from my cold dead fingers.
Pros: EGGcellent [sic]! I can add more stuff to my shrine! (tshirts, 100 stickers, a hat, other swag)
Cons: It is simply not large enough to contain the entire Library Of Congress on DVD, for that I am sorely disappointed.
Overall Review: Could be used as a flotation device in the event of a water landing.
Pros: I only used it momentarily, it was part of a rig for a customer, but it looked good while I had it on.
Cons: No gripes.
Overall Review: Pretty cheap. The shipping kills the deal though.
Pros: Good stable mouse. Standard fare for Logitech.
Cons: I HATE THAT TILT WHEEL. I just cant get used to it... I rebound it to do the same thing as the pres/click function.
Pros: A good cheap mouse. The blue is bright, but not annoying.
Overall Review: I wish the mouse wheel was made of something different or had some other texture. I guess I'm used to the more rounded rubber wheels so the nubs on this one feel weird.
Pros: Compared to the stock cooler this is an unbelievable upgrade.
Cons: Fifty is a lot to burn on a chunk of copper and a fan. (But for how well it works, it's worth it)
Overall Review: Fits fine on a P5ND2-SLI motherboard. Maybe a little snug, but it fits.
Pros: It's a cable.
Cons: The connector was oddly rigid and bulky. I've gone though thousands of patch cables and never had one quite like that... it's not real a 'con', just, i guess a manufacturing oddity.
Overall Review: I axed off the 5th star because non-conformity annoys me. I guess if it bothered me enough I'd go back to making cables myself.