Joined on 05/06/04
Lite-On External DVD Burner
Pros: Purchased for Netbook w/Win7. Excellent performance & price. Use w/any computer. Self-powered, doesn't tax system resources. Didn't choose the "slim-line" models that draw power thru the USB cables - the P.S. for the netbook is so small I can close my hand around it. Those pocket burners auto-sense power limitations and slow down burning.
Cons: It's not small or light, but fits easily in a backpack with the Netbook. Since it uses AC Power, I carry a multi-outlet adapter and can plug the burner and Netbook into one outlet.
Overall Review: If you choose to purchase a "portable" slim-line burner because you're using a laptop, realise that the power you need to burn will be coming from the computers' battery - and you may use all the batteries' power, or even run dead before your burn's complete!
Should have noticed ASUS lack of response here
Cons: Posts 1 out of 20 tries. Usually says OC failed. Although Im not overclocking. Resets 1 out of 50 tries. I just turn it off and try the power up lotto. Error message - your boot device is only partially supported. So I follow instructions in Advanced Settings. Save and Reset (wont do reset ) and power up again. SAME ERROR. Fairly obvious after a couple of weeks that its the CPU tbat isnt being supported. I did install Win7 at one sitting; MB drivers, SSD drivers and Graphics card drivers. VERY SLOW functionality from system. And... back to not posting. Speaker doesnt even beep. No its not the keyboard. Perusing the Internet, it would appear its hit or miss with this MB. 30 yrs with computers and I just had to pick the 860K CPU to work with. Why its partially compatible with FM2+ is only known in Taiwan. Been many years with ASUS, but for this chip Im buying a Gigabyte board. Of course my 30 days ran out today. Kept thinking Maybe its Me...
Overall Review: Well this MB was made for the FM2 APUs, not Athlon. And if you read up on the APUs, it's still hit or miss with this MB. I cannot recommend this MB based on my experience. Not really a negative reviewer either. But Im out $75 so Ill try Gigabyte hoping the CPU is good. Next build is Intel.
Multi-Use Ext. Enclosure
Pros: Works with IDE & SATA Drives. USB/eSATA Output. Decent size fan.
Overall Review: Yeah, 10 screws hold the HD & the enclosure FIRMLY together. Would you prefer loose? Lot of people whining about eSATA NOT WORKING. They COULD use their computer to Google eSATA and find out that IT CAN'T WORK if you didn't load the SATA drivers during the OS install. Their computers are running in an emulation mode to work with the SATA drives. Check your BIOS people, it's a kludge designed to help the masses who weren't prepared to do an OS install with SATA. So if this case works with your Win7 Laptop's eSATA (as mine did), it's because the manufacturer knows how to install Operating Systems. If their port didn't "work" every laptop would be returned. Computers aren't rocket science, but if you've avoided the learning curve you've ... missed what you've avoided. I've used 1 & 2TB drives with USB & eSATA, both hot-swappable. And yes, the rear plugs aren't secure, if you want NASA quality the enclosure would cost $2000. Standard interface jacks are used and Electronics ARE fragile.