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John K.

John K.

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Most Favorable Review

Great Quality low cost WIFI Printer

HP Deskjet 6988 CB055A Up to 36 ppm Black Print Speed 4800 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality Wireless InkJet Color Printer
HP Deskjet 6988 CB055A Up to 36 ppm Black Print Speed 4800 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality Wireless InkJet Color Printer

Pros: I needed a wireless printer due to my wife and kids always wanting to print something off thier wireless laptops but then complaing having to plug in the USB plug into the printer. I tested the printer and was very pleased with the results. Excellent printing quality for regular paper documents and believe it or not photo pictures as well. Quick printing with small and 13 page hogger files (I had this problem when I tried to hook up my printers to a Print Server Switch). Easy printer driver installation with Windows VISTA SP1, just do a printer search (Once you have hooked the printer into your network) and comes right up and installs itself without the HP software, for Windows XP you will need to install to install the HP SOftware (Wired or Wireless) but that was not to painfull either. If you are hooking this into a wired network or USB straight into your PC the configuration is very simple, for the WIFI part please see CONS.

Cons: This is not really a Con just a heads up if your connecting this printer into a security-enabled Wireless Network, You will need a good basic understanding of networking and your Wireless networks router configuration. If you are not using the quick install feature for a ad-hoc network (Just connect the printer to your PC wireless) just throw away the manuel and do the following. Connect the printer via a CAT 5 cable to your network (Hub/Switch/Router), whatever I.P. address it assigns it self (I.E. 192.168.1.101) open up your web browser and put that I.P. into your web browser. You will then get the built-in website that the printer has running on it. Go to the Networking configuration tab and enter all your wireless networking settings into that page, I would also recommend setting a static I.P. on it as well for easy convience. When done and you are ready to go you will have to unplug the ethernet cable from the printer so the WIFI turns on... (Continued in Other thoughts)

Overall Review: ...This is the only lame thing about the printer, for some reason both options can not be on at the same time even through they have 2 seperate MAC addresses. PLEASE NOTE: INSURE YOUR ROUTER IS SET FOR MIXED MODE. Don't ask me why but the printer's WIFI only supports the 801.11b protocal, If you have your router set for straight 801.11g or n only your printer will never connect wirelessly with your network (Another scratch on the head for using a outdated protocal but oh well!). Overall an excellent printer for the money and would highly recommend it for your Wireless needs.

11/11/2008
Most Critical Review

The AC ADAPTER Burned out my Hard Drive

BYTECC BT-300 USB 2.0 to IDE / SATA Adapter
BYTECC BT-300 USB 2.0 to IDE / SATA Adapter

Pros: None.

Cons: The AC Adapter part of this is very hard to plug in your IDE hard drive into even through the plug "supposedly" shaped to fit. Did not supply a SATA power converter (Not that I had a chance to use it). When it did work the computer would not recognize the device and the 3rd time I tried the hard drive started to smoke.

Overall Review: This hard drive I was trying to use with this product had some very valuable pictures on them that I know can no longer access. To all who are reading this do not fall victim like I did, skip this product completely.

11/11/2008

A Serious Gamers/Graphics Video Card at not a so Astronomonical Price!

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 02G-P3-1559-KR
EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 02G-P3-1559-KR

Pros: I am buying this Video Card for a client as a Graphics Card for intenese graphics designthan gaiming but believe me this card can easily do both. Having brought this card orginally through a competitor for my son's gaming needs this more than met his needs. simple stuff like surfing the internet and moving through the desktop was pure joy. The Windows 7 experience Index was 7.3 for both Windows Aero and gaming grapics (Out of a possible 7.9) All the high resource end games me and my son threw at it not only played great but looked way better than ever before. Here are the following games we tried on it on full 1920 X 1080 with all other Video options set on the highest settings... High End Resorce Games: BattleField 3 Star Wars The Force Unleashed - Sith Edition Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2 Spiderman 3 (Movie tie-in game) Older End Games: Battlefield 2 Again, all the games moved swiftly with no lag. No devation from the graphic frame. Both me and my son were stoked.

Cons: There are no real cons concerning this video card but a few things to take note of... 1. This is no small card, you will need to 2 available pci/pci-e slots available in your tower (Just 1 pci-e 16x slot to plug it in). 2. You need at least a regular size ATX compatible tower (or preferably bigger) to fit this sucker in, No low profile option for this baby. The card measures at Height: 4.376in - 111.15mm by Length: 8.25in - 210mm. 3. The Minium power supply required by EVGA is a 400W power supply, I would not go any lower than 500W (My son's PS is 750W Antec Green) 4. Comes with the EVGA Driver/Software Disc with EVGA Precision Tuning Utility (I just downloaded the current drivers from the Nvidia Website), Installtion Booklets, DVI to VGA adapter, and a 6 pin PCI-E Power Cable(My PS had a 6 pin connector available). Insure to plug this in or your Video Card will not work. 5. You will need to either purchase a HDMI to Mini HDMI Connector or DVI Cable seperately

Overall Review: While this card did not cost me say like some of even the higher end cards (These baby's can go anywhere from starting at $250 to $900) it did cost me about 3 times as much as the 1st Video Card (which was about $55, you get what you pay for) at about 170 bones, in the end it was worth it. Make sure that you register the card at EVGA's website to take full advantage of the 3 year limited warranty. Overall, An excellent card and look forward to playing some of these games myself. If you are looking for a high end gamers card or a Graphics design Card without necessarily breaking the bank then look no further. System Specs: Client's PC HP DC 7700 Intel Core Dou 2 Dual Core 2.66ghz socket 775, 4mb cache processor 4GB of DDR2 PC5300 RAM 500W Antec PSU 160GB SATA HDD 1GB intergrated Intel NIC EVGA Geforce GTX550Ti 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 Bit) 22inch LCD 720p Monitor

12/14/2011

Great Video Card for the Business Workstation

PowerColor Radeon HD 3450 256MB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Video Card AX3450 256MD2-HV2
PowerColor Radeon HD 3450 256MB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Video Card AX3450 256MD2-HV2

Pros: I got this card for the sole purpose of enabling my PC to extend the work screen across 2 monitors. I had tried 2 NVidia Video Cards but the current workstation Load would cause the Nvidia drivers to crash the workstation everytime. I still wanted the extra realistate but did not want to have to put out allot of money either. This Card was the perfect Answer to my dilemma. For just under $30 this card this card was easy to install, the Drivers on the CD installed perfectly with no crashes the 1st time, the picture and detail are excellent, and most importantly I get the extra realistate for my desktop (The integrated card was not detailed and sometimes hard to read). This card also has an HDMI port as well; however I am not using it at this time (Just the DVI and VGA ports).

Cons: This is not a Con just a warning for the people who maybe looking to buy this card for serious gaming, don't! As other reviewers have noted (and even ATI has stated) this card was never meant to be used for any extensive type of gaming (Even through the box states "3D graphics for the True Gamer"). This Card is great for a Business/ Home Office environment or even as a Media home entertainment PC with some occasional passive gaming. This card was never meant for the hard core intensive gaming experience that requires high acceleration. Unfortunately you may have to pay a few more dollars to get this, I would recommend the ATI 5000HD Chipset or higher.

Overall Review: Overall, If your looking for something to get the job done at work or at your Home Office without spending allot of money this is the card for you, I would Highly recommend it. Computer Specs: HP Compaq 8100 Elite Intel I5 3.2ghz processor 4 GB of DDR3 RAM 1 GB NIC (Intergrated) 2.1 Realtek Stero Sound (Intergrated) Intel HD Graphics (Intergrated) ATI 3450 HD Video Card 256mb DDR2 160gb\80gb SATA hard drives 8 USB 2.0 ports Windows XP Professional SP3

Still A Great Wireless Solution for the Price

EDIMAX EW-7128G Wireless Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
EDIMAX EW-7128G Wireless Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: I brought one of these almost 4 years ago for my in-laws (There is a review already posted that is buried in here) and brought another one for my aging RIG that I was giving to my son so he could connect to my home network and of course the internet. when it came not did it work as well as I remember it the antenna wire was at least twice as long than the original one I brought 4 years ago. Its now working like a champ and my Son is in 7th heaven.

Cons: The only 2 slight problems I had was I ended having to bend the PCI bracket slight so it would properly seat into the PCI slot (This could have been just a fluk) and the Driver CD supplied would not load the Windows 7 driver (Even through the CD said it was Windows 7 certified). I ended up using the Windows 7 option of searching the internet for a driver automatically and luckly it found one. As far as I am concerned this was minor and not worth knocking an egg off for.

Overall Review: Overall, You can't go wrong getting this product if you are short the ethernet connection and looking for something realitively inexpensive, I would highly recommend this product to anyone. Computer Specs: P4 3.4GHZ socket 478, 1 MB cache processor INTEL 865 PERLK MOBO 1gb Intel Intergrated NIC Edimax Wireless PCI Card 4GB of DDR1 400mhz PC3200 RAM 680W Power Supply 300GB SATA HDD SoundMAx 2.1 Stereo Intergrated Sound Card 24bit 5.1 Creative Sound Card (Not used at att) ATI Radeon HD 3850 AGP Windows 7 Professional SP1 (32 bit)

Keps my sons P4 3.4 ghz processor cool

MASSCOOL 9T370B1M3 70mm Ball CPU Cooler
MASSCOOL 9T370B1M3 70mm Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: I got this cooling fan to replace the one that had been in this Rig for Years (This was at one time my own Hi-End Rig witch was eventually passed down to my eldest Son 2 weeks ago). The old fan could no longer cool The Hi end P4 3.4ghz processor (Witch for this generation of CPU's, was essentially the max except for the 2mb cache version of this processor for this socket) and would shutdown the PC after an hour or two of use. Since P4 socket 478 fans of quality are now getting harder to find (Since the 478 socket was discontinued in 2005 for the LG 775 socket). On the strengh of the reviews for this CPU cooling fan I went ahead and ordered it and so far I have been very happy with the results. It was extremly easy to install (It has 2 clips that latch right on to the Mother boards CPU housing) and once installed turned on right away. I even left it on for almost 24 hours with it never shutting off once.

Cons: The only slight con I have it is a little noisy, but it is not enough for me to knck an egg off for.

Overall Review: Overall, I am very pleased with the results of this fan and would diffiantly recommend buying it. It has breathed no life into my one time Top of the Line gaming Rig PC that my son is now thourghly enjoying with his games (Luckly most of the games he has still works with this class of RIG, with 1 or 2 exceltions of course) and hopefully will get a couple more years out of it. Computer Specs: P4 3.4GHZ socket 478, 1 MB cache processor INTEL 865 PERLK MOBO 1gb Intel Intergrated NIC Edimax Wireless PCI Card 4GB of DDR1 400mhz PC3200 RAM 680W Power Supply 300GB SATA HDD SoundMAx 2.1 Stereo Intergrated Sound Card 24bit 5.1 Creative Sound Card (Not used at att) ATI Radeon HD 3850 AGP Windows 7 Professional SP1 (32 bit)