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COLIN S.

COLIN S.

Joined on 04/05/11

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 2GB DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Desktop Memory Model 992029
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 2GB DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Desktop Memory Model 992029

Pros: Works fine. Using in low-power pfsense setup, so I went with a single stick of low voltage ram. BIOS in cheap ASrock mobo didn't automatically select voltage/speed/timings, but manually configuring it all it's been running perfect this whole time.

Cons: Just feels expensive ($27) for being a single 2GB stick, but it's in-line with all the other DDR3 pricing so I can't really complain.

Most Critical Review
Dell U3014 30" 2560 x 1600 (2K) 60 Hz HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, Mini-DP, 6-1 media reader Height Adjustable IPS LCD Monitor
Dell U3014 30" 2560 x 1600 (2K) 60 Hz HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, Mini-DP, 6-1 media reader Height Adjustable IPS LCD Monitor

Pros: 2560x1600, nice PPI, good port/input selection, built in calibration mode looks awesome, runs very cool, don't notice a scanline/crosshatching problem, AG coating is awesome, matte finish, no dead/stuck pixels.

Cons: When the screen is lit but all black (or mostly black), the IPS glow is noticeable but not a dealbreaker. Trying to sit at certain angles/distances can help but can still be noticeable. If there's colors on the screen it's fine. I haven't encountered any temporary burn in like my Lenovo X220's IPS screen. Sometimes the screen will lock up when shutting my computer off. Instead of entering standby mode, the panel stays lit. Touching the power button / other buttons and nothing happens. Hold the power button and the lights flash and the screen powers down. Hitting the power button again it will turn on and properly enter standby mode. Resuming from standby mode also isn't 100% successful. Sometimes when turning on computer it will power up but never display a picture. Sometimes it will display a picture but the current input icon will stay overlaid on the top right and the buttons will be unresponsive. VERY RARELY I've seen weird artifacting on the screen (only 2-3 times, and resolved by power cycling the monitor). It looks almost like the video card memory flaking out but I'm sure it's the monitor. I've heard newer revisions of the monitor will fix some of these problems but I'll do that months from now when ALL the kinks have been ironed out.

Overall Review: I came from using a WFP2407-HC so this is quite a step from an S-PVA 1920x1200 screen to IPS 2560x1600. My video card is a 9800GTX. I hear using DisplayPort can solve some of the cons I have with this monitor. We'll see if and when I buy a GTX TITAN. PVA panels do have some nice advantages over IPS and I wish they were still more popular (or if there were some 30" PVA panels).

EDIMAX EW-7811Un 150 Mbps Wireless IEEE 802.11b/g/n Nano USB Adapter
EDIMAX EW-7811Un 150 Mbps Wireless IEEE 802.11b/g/n Nano USB Adapter

Pros: Works. cheap (at the time, was $9.99. now it's $29.99!!! screw that). small. connects to WPA2 PSK and enterprise networks.

Cons: Range is crummy compared to larger USB wireless adapters (which is understandable). But even at close range it doesn't feel super fast.

Overall Review: It was worth the cons for it only being $10. But with the price being tripled, stay away!

HP J9561A#ABA Smart Gigabit Ethernet Switch 1410-24G
HP J9561A#ABA Smart Gigabit Ethernet Switch 1410-24G

Pros: Rock solid build. Totally silent. High performance. Very easy to setup. Awesome warranty. Zero problems with this switch / no need to power cycle it or anything. Completely sold on HP now when it comes to switches, would buy again and have been recommending them to friends.

Cons: They don't make a 48 port of the 1410 series, have to step up to the more expensive/advanced 1810 series. Which sort of makes sense but sometimes people only need basic gigabit switching.

Great cheap switch!

TP-Link 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Network Switch | Plug and Play | Desktop or Wall-Mount | Plastic Case Ethernet Splitter | Fanless | Traffic Optimization | Unmanaged (TL-SG1008D)
TP-Link 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Network Switch | Plug and Play | Desktop or Wall-Mount | Plastic Case Ethernet Splitter | Fanless | Traffic Optimization | Unmanaged (TL-SG1008D)

Pros: Supports jumbo frames, awesome file transfer performance. 8 port gigabit hub for this price, can't go wrong. Even though it's plastic it features very solid construction, nothing bad about it. Cheaper than the all-metal version, and in most cases I think the plastic one would be all that one would need!

Cons: None. More ports wouldn't hurt of course, but that costs more money!

Perfect

WD Se WD4000F9YZ 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Datacenter Capacity HDD Bare Drive
WD Se WD4000F9YZ 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Datacenter Capacity HDD Bare Drive

Pros: Have four of these drives in RAID 10 in a Synology DS412+. Great performance, loads of space, long 5yr warranty, made for NAS environments... have had zero problems.

Cons: None! It's not 5TB or 6TB for the same price? Not SSD speeds? What do you expect.