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Bret H.

Bret H.

Joined on 05/16/02

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent netbook

ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-MU17-BU Blue Intel Atom N550(1.50GHz) Dual Core 10.1" WSVGA 1GB Memory 250GB HDD Netbook
ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM-MU17-BU Blue Intel Atom N550(1.50GHz) Dual Core 10.1" WSVGA 1GB Memory 250GB HDD Netbook

Pros: Very lightweight. Amazing battery life, ~6-10 hours depending on usage. Quite fast given the hardware specs. LCD is bright, clear and easy to read.

Cons: Touchpad buttons could be much better. A single, rocker-style bar is not ideal.

Overall Review: Windows 7 Starter is kind of a rip-off. You can accomplish the same "performance" by using Win7 Home Premium if you just turn Aero Glass off and then you'd be able to change the background without hacking Windows (which isn't hard to do with Win7 Starter, just a PITA). Seriously Microsoft, EVERYONE wants to change their desktop background... Definitely expand this netbook to 2GB of RAM, you will notice a big improvement. The harddrive is nice and quiet, obviously an SSD would be faster.

Most Critical Review

Good but not what I needed

Patriot LX Series 16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Flash Card Model PSF16GMCSDHC10
Patriot LX Series 16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Flash Card Model PSF16GMCSDHC10

Pros: Fast for a microSD

Cons: Did not work in my Motorola Droid 2. The Droid 2 would often freeze or reboot itself when this microSD was installed.

Overall Review: Hard to say if the Droid 2 simply doesn't support class 10 microSD cards or if this particular microSD doesn't work in the Droid 2. I have been using this microSD in a camera instead, using the SD adapter housing and it's been fine.

Works, but unnecessary.

Arctic Silver Arcticlean Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier ACN-60ML (2-PC-SET)
Arctic Silver Arcticlean Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier ACN-60ML (2-PC-SET)

Pros: Yes, this stuff does work well to remove old thermal paste.

Cons: Not better than 91%+ isopropyl alcohol.

Overall Review: 91% isopropyl alcohol can be found at any drug store, is far cheaper, and you get far more for your money.

Worth the $$.

Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim - Ultra Slim Laptop Cooling Pad with 160 mm Fan
Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim - Ultra Slim Laptop Cooling Pad with 160 mm Fan

Pros: Very lightweight, nearly silent, USB power plug is a pass-through plug so you can still use that USB slot. It is probably the best product of its type I have seen yet, including the upgraded models.

Cons: None really, it's hard to even nitpick for some cons.

Overall Review: Bought this originally for my work laptop, Dell E6430, but I actually put it under my router (Asus rt-n66u) and my cable modem (SB6121) and it keeps those two so much cooler now that I will have to buy another cooling pad for my laptop.

Wow

AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM3 125W Desktop Processor - HDZ970FBGMBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM3 125W Desktop Processor - HDZ970FBGMBOX

Pros: Best AMD processor I have owned, hands down. Fast, quiet, moderately cool-running.

Cons: Replaced the stock HSF, but who doesn't?

One of the best yet

ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Been running rock solidly since 10/2010. Super fast NB/SB speeds, runs 8GB ultra-low latency Mushkin RAM without issue, stays relatively cool.

Cons: none