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Benjamin M.

Benjamin M.

Joined on 08/18/07

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Most Favorable Review

working great for 3 years

OCZ RevoDrive PCI-E x4 120GB PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120
OCZ RevoDrive PCI-E x4 120GB PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120

Pros: works still, decent performance for age of tech... this was a very early pcie ssd

Cons: doesn't make me breakfast

Overall Review: AIDA64 Benchmarks at 98% full SSD: 350-450 Read at 1MB, 30-45 read at 4KB

Most Critical Review

Failed after 1 year

Seagate BarraCuda LP ST31000520AS 1TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda LP ST31000520AS 1TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Holds data

Cons: Failed after 1 year.

Overall Review: Wth is the point of a HDD if it is going to fail???

11/28/2010

not worth the money

SteelSeries Call of Duty Black Ops II 62157 Black / Orange 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse
SteelSeries Call of Duty Black Ops II 62157 Black / Orange 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse

Pros: Fantastic form factor, feels solid in your hand, very accurate on my steelseries mousepad. No complaints about the day to day functioning. I love the plain form factor this is old school MS laser mouse style but with some extra buttons. I personally can't stand the new form factors that are just awkward to hold (Razer).

Cons: This is the second one of these I have bought. The first one the mousewheel totally failed (it completely collapsed inward on itself). If you do any serious gaming, you can plan on a button or two pooping out in a year or so at minimum, probably before that. The second one they sent me as a replacement has now died and I am here buying this one. I wouldn't buy it if it wasn't on sale for $31. The springs are cheap as dirt. I expect more for a premium gaming mouse meant for gaming and spamming clicks. Don't pay $70 for this or you're going to feel bad when it poops out. I am only willing to pay $31 because it's the only mouse in this form factor and aside from it's lack of longevity it's essentially the perfect mouse. I just don't understand why they wouldn't spend $1 or $2 more on springs (let's be honest, it's probably less than that) to inspire diehard loyalty. As soon as I find a new brand that I can tolorate, I will move on and never look back at Steel Series. But for now all the manufacturers all want mouses with more buttons, look cooler, or are "meant for MMORPG", etc...

Overall Review: Highly recommend buying the SS mousepad - it's the best $30 I've ever spent for gaming.

10/21/2013

mediocre product

D-Link DCS-942L Record & Playback Wi-Fi Camera
D-Link DCS-942L Record & Playback Wi-Fi Camera

Pros: Camera is decent enough, black and white. Software is workable. Connected to internet and router easily enough. iPhone app works.

Cons: Motion detection can only send to email or ftp which doesn't help much. I want it to "words with friends" style iPhone alert if there is motion. The iphone app is VERY barebones and while functional, disconnects often. Honestly I wouldnt need to use it much but they get to pay for streaming since the motion detection doesnt even send me a decent alert. The camera hardware seems decent, but the swivel isn't tight so the camera drifts either up or down depending on how you have it oriented. I will need to tape it in place once I get a permanent spot for it.

Overall Review: They could take this camera, and their web product and with a couple grand worth of development cost, have a REALLY super good product. They just need to invest more, and have some good people work on their products. I bought this product to see if I want more, but at this time I don't. The product is simply just too barebones for me. Once the web interface is improved considerably, I will be purchasing more though.

GARBAGE

ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Worked for a while.

Cons: This board blew a capacitor due to their low cost parts that they use to make these boards. I RMAed back to ASUS and they refused to replace it due to the "physical damage" done to the board. Obviously the damage is physical, and not metaphysical or imaginary like the stuff that they will apparently consider for RMA requests. Never again will I ever buy an ASUS product after dealing with their pathetic RMA department, their escalation email box is also useless. Their website is dysfunctional and half of the prompts are in Chinese text... which I can't read. I am moving to EVGA only now since its an American brand for my personal computers and the ones I build for others.

Overall Review: ASUS seems to lack any regard for their customers.

Junk

CORSAIR CMXAF1 Fans
CORSAIR CMXAF1 Fans

Pros: Keeps my 6 pc 1600 triple channel ram cool

Cons: Noisy at start up. The fan grinds at startup due to a bad bearing or something. After the fan warms up it goes away but sometimes comes back later. This is very annoying... and why would I pay $10 to ship this piece of junk back to corsair for a $20 item. No thanks. I will just be considering where I buy from more closely next time.

Overall Review: Bought it for a friend but wouldn't fit on his smaller mobo because it was touching the video card..

11/25/2011