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Paul G.

Paul G.

Joined on 05/13/02

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Most Favorable Review

No issues for close to a year now.

ASUS AC5300 Wi-Fi Tri-band Gigabit Wireless Router with 4x4 MU-MIMO, 4 x LAN Ports, AiProtection Network Security and WTFast Game Accelerator, AiMesh Whole Home Wi-Fi System Compatible (RT-AC5300)
ASUS AC5300 Wi-Fi Tri-band Gigabit Wireless Router with 4x4 MU-MIMO, 4 x LAN Ports, AiProtection Network Security and WTFast Game Accelerator, AiMesh Whole Home Wi-Fi System Compatible (RT-AC5300)

Pros: It's a Beast. Features galore. Parental controls that work very well. Range is good, not great, but good.

Cons: Tends to heat up. This was easily solved by plopping a usb fan on top of it to suck out air. Temps dropped by almost half (from 80 to 45 degrees).

Overall Review: I got this router around last March, and it has been working nearly flawlessly ever since. I remember it being buggy when it came out, but firmware updates fixed it. At this very moment, mine handles about 45 devices. About 35 of them are wireless, This includes everything from smart TV's, roku's, desktops, tablets, phones and consoles. Everything works fine, and none of my devices ever choke for bandwith. Just works. I would highly recommend getting a usb fan. Something like the ones Arctic Cooling makes. I put a 120mm one on top of the router, and it sucks all the heat right out. Not sure if this is a make a brake for stability, but it did drop the temps by a LOT, so can't hurt :)

Most Critical Review

lots of potential, but nowhere near ready.

Ceton Echo – Windows Media Center Extender Watch Live & Recorded TV/HDTV Access Personal Media Libraries on Any TV on Home Network, HDMI Interface, Remote Included
Ceton Echo – Windows Media Center Extender Watch Live & Recorded TV/HDTV Access Personal Media Libraries on Any TV on Home Network, HDMI Interface, Remote Included

Pros: small, energy efficient media center extender. potential to replace the xbox as an extender, and a roku/wdlive as a networked media streamer.

Cons: crashes consistently while watching live tv, which is unforgivable for a unit specifically designed to stream tv. image/video quality is subpar compared to xbox and other similar devices and network streamers. the interface is laggy/jerky and getting around is "not smooth". remote is a joke, and the fact that it takes those weird flat batteries pretty much ensures that you will need to replace it with a harmony or something similar. waaaaay to expensive for what it is.

Overall Review: there is definitely great potential in this unit, but as it sits now - it's just not ready. it's not that it doesn't do what it's supposed to do, it mostly does. it's just that it doesn't do anything well at all, and some things like live tv crashing is just unforgivable. will wait a couple of weeks to see if ceton pushes an update that may fix these things, but so far it looks like it will be going back to newegg.

11/30/2012

It's not the Lian-Li of old, but it's pretty good for it's intended purpose.

LIAN LI PC-A75 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI PC-A75 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Conservative looks, with no flashing led's or other nonsense. Aluminum, so it's light weight, at least until you stuff it full of drives. Not overpriced like a lot of other Lian-Li / Lancool cases, and is outright cheap when on sale. Fits the biggest air coolers out there, if that's the route you're going.

Cons: Side panels are not the "old" Lian-Li - they're thinner and flimsier. That said, they're fine. No sound dampening, but again - it's fine. Like all aluminum cases it scratches waaaay to easy.

Overall Review: This case has a purpose - store a boatload of drives. If you get it for this purpose, you will be very happy. There is no door to block the airflow so drives do not boil, and dust filters do a good job of keeping the system clean even with all this air flowing in. I have three of these as data storage/servers. For that job, they are ideal.

It's a nice, cheap entry into the whole ROG ecosystem.

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII RANGER LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII RANGER LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Good bang for the buck when on sale (i got mine through a combo deal). Decent overclocker. ROG Bios, while maybe a bit overwhelming at first, is overall excellent, though with a few annoying niggles (see cons). Very stable for me for the last couple of months, after they fixed the xmp issues with a bios update.

Cons: Only 4 Sata ports, if you choose to use M.2 drive. Bios updates override previous settings, and require a backup of all your settings to a usb key. This is a nuisance more then anything else, but if you forget - you will need to spend time readjusting all your settings again, and ROG bios has a LOT of settings.

Overall Review: This is a very nice entry level ROG board. I got it back in the spring (i think) and at the time there were all kinds of instability problems with any memory over 2400. Asus later fixed it in a bios update, and it has been smooth sailing ever since.

and it's dead...

SanDisk Ultra II 2.5" 480GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDHII-480G-G25
SanDisk Ultra II 2.5" 480GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDHII-480G-G25

Pros: Fast, inexpensive, come from a well knows manufacturer and are overall a good value.

Cons: They keep dying on me.

Overall Review: These were on sale around Black Friday both here on Newegg and on that giant monster of a site named after a place with the rainforest. Between here and there, i got 4 total. Installed the first two in "non-critical" machines, one for my wife's pc and one for my kid's. Nether do anything special on their computers, mostly just browse the web. Both SSD's died within two weeks of install, both with the same symptoms - they just "drop off" and disappear from the BIOS, so it's impossible to even run some kind o a utility to revive them. I was an early adopter when it comes to SSD's, and between my studio/office and home pc's i have a grand total of just under 3 dozen SSD's of all kinds scattered across various computers. This includes everything from the newest gen pcie3 types, to old OCZ's that were best known for their insanely high failure rates. These Sandisks are the first SSD's i had die on me. As i said, i bought 4 and only installed 2 so far, and both of them are dead. As of now, i have no idea what to do with the remaining two. They could end up being great, and working for years and years, just like all my other SSD's, but considering the fact that i'm two for two on them dying so far - my confidence in this particular model from Sandisk is "not high" to say the least.

Great Cooler

be quiet! DARK ROCK PRO 3 Silentwings CPU Cooler 250W TDP - BK019
be quiet! DARK ROCK PRO 3 Silentwings CPU Cooler 250W TDP - BK019

Pros: It's easy to install, cools on par with some of the better water cooling AIO's and is virtually silent. Doesn't block the ram i use (G-Skill Ripjaws) or the first pci slot on any of my motherboards.

Cons: Proprietary fans only. If one goes and you want to replace it with something from Noctua or any other manufacturer, you're out of luck.

Overall Review: I picked up two of these on sale last black friday, and liked them so much that i picked up two more this year, again on black friday sale. They are great coolers, and when on sale - an amazing value.

11/28/2015