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Robert B.

Robert B.

Joined on 12/04/05

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Don't do the bios update from 073 to 077

Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) BOXNUC8i5BEK1 Intel Quad Core i5 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) BOXNUC8i5BEK1 Intel Quad Core i5 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: Small, fast and low power usage Intel support is great

Cons: Skip the BIOS update from 073 to 077

Overall Review: I have built about 12 of these of different generations and I always do bios updates. This time, after the update the NUC would not boot. I tried all the troubleshooting steps, recovery methods, etc. I had to put an rma call into Intel. I choose the Cross Ship Option where they charge your card for another NUC but ship the replacement same day. When you return the defective NUC they refund the charge. The replacement arrived the next day with the version 073 bios. I have not updated it. Other then that, the NUC performs very well and Intel was easy to deal with.

Great standard case

Cooler Master Centurion RC-541-SKRA-GP Black Aluminum bezel, SECC chassis Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 390W Power Supply
Cooler Master Centurion RC-541-SKRA-GP Black Aluminum bezel, SECC chassis Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 390W Power Supply

Pros: This case breathes well. You realy don't need to utilize the two fan ports in the rear with a good fan in the front. The tooless design works well and saves me time with my builds. I like the fact the expansion card slots still use screws. This makes your build more stable. Plenty of room inside the case makes this great for a standard desktop with the ability to upgrade.

Cons: When I build PCs with this case, I never find myself saying I hate this or that. However, the location of the CPU side duct is a little off. This is probably because of my motherboard selection.

Overall Review: The case is solid in more then one way. If you are looking for worry free, this case is for you.

Better then an iPod

SanDisk Sansa e200 1.8" Black 8GB MP3 Player Sansa e280
SanDisk Sansa e200 1.8" Black 8GB MP3 Player Sansa e280

Pros: I bought the 8 GB version for my wife last year. During that time it has never failed her, I've fixed iPods that aren't as old... It's slick, it's small and it works every time. Easy interface in Windows and the Sansa Media Converter. It even records FM radio.

Cons: No AM Tuner, it would be a great idea if you live in a hurricane zone...

Overall Review: Some people might see 8 GB as limited in capacity. To be honest, who is going to listen to 8 GB or more of music in one sitting? I know who, the guy that was hit by a bus in NY who was listening to his 30 GB iPod. Tough luck.

10/19/2007

It works just fine...

TRENDnet TFM-PCIV92A Data/Fax/TAM Modem 56Kbps PCI Bus (Plug & Play) V.92 & V.90, V.34, V.32(bis), V.22(bis), V.23, V.21, Bell 212A, Bell 103
TRENDnet TFM-PCIV92A Data/Fax/TAM Modem 56Kbps PCI Bus (Plug & Play) V.92 & V.90, V.34, V.32(bis), V.22(bis), V.23, V.21, Bell 212A, Bell 103

Pros: Even though the specs do not mention Win Vista, I installed with no driver problems in Vista Home Premium 32 bit. It was part of a system build and the modem was installed when Vista was first loaded. I did not need to insert a driver disk or seek one out online. It couldn't have been easier.

Cons: I feel guilty because it installed so fast...

Overall Review: It's true you get what you pay for. This modem's use is only for faxing. Not gaming. SO if you buy this modem for playing games, maybe you should leave the PC work to professionals.