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Andrew W.

Andrew W.

Joined on 08/02/03

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Most Favorable Review

For those shucking:

WD My Book 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive for Windows/Mac/Laptop, USB 3.0 Black (WDBBGB0080HBK-NESN)
WD My Book 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive for Windows/Mac/Laptop, USB 3.0 Black (WDBBGB0080HBK-NESN)

Pros: Great price per TB. **Possibly** a great drive inside.

Cons: Extremely poor case ventilation for normal use. It WILL overheat with normal usage. If you use any drive monitoring software, it will report your disk is overheating anytime data is read or written. No problem with overheating after the drive was removed and in my NAS.

Overall Review: If you plan to shuck, I've bought 5 of these over the last few months and all of them contained a drive with model number WD80EZAZ. The R/N was US7SAL080 which matches up with an Ultrastar He10-8 (a fantastic drive btw). However, when tested with smartmontools I can confirm TLER is NOT enabled by default, so I don't know what else is different or altered with this model number. There is very little information available online regarding this model but so far the drives seem very nice, are quiet, and perform excellently in my Synology NAS. Oh BTW, if you plug a SATA power connector that has a 3.3V wire present, the drive will not turn on... you must use an adapter cable that you would have used back in the day to convert the regular 4 pin molex to SATA power. This is well documented on many of these drives but just a heads up.

Most Critical Review

OK Case, Poor Packaging

Antec ASK4000E-U3 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec ASK4000E-U3 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Good affordable case with acceptable construction. (I got mine for $50). It is fairly thin sheet metal, but for the price it works. The rear fan is of good Antec quality and is quiet when connected to my mobo fan header. There is a basic, but welcomed, spot to support an SSD. Front port USB3 is nice ( no adapter to USB2.0 if you don't have the header)

Cons: Unit arrived damaged. Antec needs to ship these cases with thicker protective foam surrounding the case. This is cost cutting at its worst. The shipper possibly dropped the box as there is a slight soft spot on the box corner, but nothing on the box is visibly torn or crushed. This is Antec's fault for improperly packaging their product with poor quality foam and too little of it. The case back lower corner was seriously deformed. I had to pound it back just to take the side panel OFF. It looks terrible. My customer couldn't wait (twas a christmas gift) and accepted the computer with the damaged case. Disappointing. I can't recommend this case because of this issue, and I won't purchase another unless I know it will be protected reliably. Other con is that the cables for the power, reset, LED, USB3, and audio are in an awkward place and there is really no way to wrap them in a clean way. Oh, only 6 standoff screws provided! Luckily I had others, but others may not be so lucky. Hope this was just a mistake and not policy.

Overall Review: The front "brushed aluminum" bezel is actually just high quality plastic. Not a con, just something you should know. Beware long graphics cards. My MSI 660GT with oversized fans fit, but just barely. 4-egg case.... 1-egg packaging. Too too bad.

12/27/2014

Nice Board... hope a BIOS revision fixes current boot errors/RAM compatibility

ASRock X399M TAICHI sTR4 AMD X399 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock X399M TAICHI sTR4 AMD X399 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I was thrilled to see a MicroATX sized X399 board for a workstation ThreadRipper build. ASRock products have a great feature/price ratio, and this board is no exception. I've never had any issues like the one I have now (below) with any of their products, though admittedly I predominantly use their intel chipsets.

Cons: -Does not post on first power on attempt. The LED indicates a memory error (cant recall the code). Subsequent attempts will allow it to start without issue. I have 4 - 8GB sticks of extremely common G-skill DDR4-2400 RAM (not on the very short QVL). The board was just release and is still on the first BIOS revision... so I hope that it is corrected with a future update. This is fairly standard early adopter pain that I'm hoping gets resolved soon. -The wireless antenna connectors are too close together and conflict with one another at certain antenna angles. Simple poor design here.

Overall Review: "This review for ASRock review rebate program."

Great Board

ASRock Z270 Extreme 4 LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Motherboards - Intel
ASRock Z270 Extreme 4 LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Motherboards - Intel

Pros: -Good features for the price -Nice build quality -Cool controllable LED lighting. -Great UEFI boot speed.

Cons: A few minor cons: -Shield over rear connectors has holes for Wifi even if you don't have that adapter. Sure, you could buy something later, but it looks like the computer is missing something with empty holes. -Poor chassis fan header position when using a fan on the common back case location. -Both M.2 ports each disable 2 SATA ports when populated. The manual mentioned that it would do this regardless of PCI based devices being used (as opposed to SATA based M.2 drives). I have not verified if this is true, but this in contrast to other manufacturers (if true).

Overall Review: This review for ASRock review rebate program."

Good Card

SanDisk SDSDQUA-016G-A11A Flash Card
SanDisk SDSDQUA-016G-A11A Flash Card

Pros: Fast and has been reliable for me.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I'm using this on a rooted HTC EVO 4G Smartphone. Using A2SD to automatically move apps to this SD Card and phone is much faster because of the speed compared to the stock SD card.

10/15/2012

iWork Tools

i-Work 77-765 6PC PLIERS SET
i-Work 77-765 6PC PLIERS SET

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Tools are so cheap that the teeth on the pliers don't properly touch. Needle nose pliers weren't even straight. I suggest you avoid. There are other places to get cheap tools that aren't this, well... cheap.