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DAVID O.

DAVID O.

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Most Favorable Review

It works for me!

D-Link DGS-2208 Unmanaged 8-Port Desktop Green Ethernet Switch
D-Link DGS-2208 Unmanaged 8-Port Desktop Green Ethernet Switch

Pros: 1) Auto-MDI/MDI-X support means that you won't need crossover cables with this switch. For example, just use a standard non x-over cable to hook up to a port on your existing router. 2) The two LED's per channel show you all you need to know. One is green/yellow for 1000/100 Mbps connection, respectively, and the other is green/blinking for link/ack. 3) No setup required, just plug in your computers and your router (if you use a router) and you’re off to the races. :)

Cons: None. One reviewer said that hooking up a 100 Mbps device to the switch made all rates drop to 100 Mbps. This has not been my experience. For example, I saw no xfer performance degradation among my 1 Gbps carded computers when I hooked up a computer with a 100 Mbps Ethernet card. Anther reviewer said the switch gets too hot. Again, I disagree. Fast electronics requires more power than slow electronics and this is a 1000 Mbps switch, for goodness sake, so expect some heat. The D-Link box doesn't feel any hotter to my touch than my Motorola SB5120cable modem, which I'd classify as warm, not hot.

Overall Review: I wanted Gbps Ethernet speeds between my three home 'puters while maintaining the routing and cable modem access provided by my Linksys 100 Mbps router. No problem, just pull the three computers from the Linksys router and run them instead to the D-Link switch (using cat 5 or cat 6 cable). Then run a cable from one of the D-Link ports to one of router ports. No muss, no fuss, and no change in behavior among my 'puters, except for faster xfer speeds between them. Now the xfer speed between my three computers is limited mostly by the computers themselves (hard drive speed, etc) and not the network. I can now move a 1 Gigabyte file between my computers in approx 35 seconds. This could probably be improved somewhat (but not much) with registry tweaks which I might explore when I have the time. Don't expect 1 Gbps xfer speeds between home computers with ANY Gbps Ethernet switch. Do expect a 5x to 10x xfer speed improvement over your existing 100 Mbps router/switch.

10/22/2006
Most Critical Review

It's pretty, but...

Cooler Master Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Cooler Master Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: The front cover looks great with the anodized blue aluminum trim and black aluminum bay grills. The front panel push buttons (large one for power and small one for reset) both look good and have a quality feel when pushed. The screwless drive bays work great.

Cons: 1) The plastic "tooless" card hold-downs don't work well on some cards. For example, the gameport/USB bracket that comes with the case simply can not be held in properly with the plastic hold-down clips (because there is no lip on the bracket for the clip to slip over). No problem, you say, just screw it in? Well, not quite. Yes, the screw holes are there but THEY AREN'T TAPPED! That's right, they are not tapped. Therefore, standard adaptor card hold-down screws just won't do ya. Best find some self-tapping sheet metal screws to hold down your cards in this case. Bad design. 2) The front panel has plastic stops to prevent the 5.25" drives from going in further than flush with the panel. This is unnecessary and means that you'll have to remove all 5.25 drives to pull the front panel. Bad design. Solution: Use a Dremel with a sanding drum to sand off those needless stops. 3) When will manufacturers lose their love affair with overly bright blue LEDs on home appliance

Overall Review: In S3 standby mode my mobo blinks the front panel "power on" led. Unfortunately, the blue LED is so bright that my darkened room resembles a South Beach disco when the 'puter is in S3 sleep mode. Coolermaster: We don't need to see the LEDs from a mile away. Tone down the LED brightness for goodness sakes! I'll be adding an additional series resistor to each of the two front panel LEDs.

10/18/2006

No coasters at 4x but problematic at 8x

memorex 8.5GB 8X DVD+R DL 50 Packs Spindle Disc Model 05732
memorex 8.5GB 8X DVD+R DL 50 Packs Spindle Disc Model 05732

Pros: These Memorex DLs burned at 4x with no coasters (over 30 burns so far).

Cons: Couldn't burn reliably at 8x even though I've always been able to burn Verbatim DLs at 8x.

Overall Review: 4x instead of 8x is no biggie for me. I'll opt for the lower price as long as I get reliable burns at 4x. Purchase date of Memorex DVDs: 6/25/09 Nero reports manufacturer is Ritek DVD drive: Lite-On DH-20A4P (purchased 10/23/08, no firmware update available).

Bought 2 and 2 failed after 2.5 years

Thermaltake W0093RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Version  Passive PFC Power Supply
Thermaltake W0093RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Version Passive PFC Power Supply

Pros: Worked great until they failed.

Cons: Bought two of these power supplies for two builds in Q4 2006. One supply failed about a month ago and the other one failed yesterday.

Overall Review: Both failures were the same: Computers were off but plugged in, an electrolytic cap popped in the power supply followed by a small amount of smoke from the power supply. No damage to the computers. Switched out both supplies. Computers work fine now, but I'm done with Thermaltake.

Bad Batch???

Verbatim 4.7GB 16X DVD-R White Inkjet Printable 50 Packs Spindle DataLifePlus Discs Model 95078
Verbatim 4.7GB 16X DVD-R White Inkjet Printable 50 Packs Spindle DataLifePlus Discs Model 95078

Pros: Usually reliable, but...

Cons: These Verbatim DVD-R white inkjet printable discs worked fine with my computer DVD recorder but failed to work (three tries, three discs) with my Toshiba set top box VCR/DVD recorder. The Toshiba would record only a few seconds before aborting and issuing a "bad media" error code. I went down to the local big box store and picked up a 30 pk of Memorex DVD-R media and they worked fine in the Toshiba. Bad batch of Verbatims? Who knows. I received this Verbatim batch on 2/3/2009.

Overall Review: Three stars because at least they do work in my computer DVD recorder so I won't be stuck with 50 coasters.

Received Singapore Discs

Verbatim DVD+R DL 8.5GB 8X with Branded Surface - 20pk Spindle
Verbatim DVD+R DL 8.5GB 8X with Branded Surface - 20pk Spindle

Pros: Ordered 2/10/08, received 2/13/08. Discs were made in Singapore. Burned five so far, all flawless.

Cons: Apparently, the Verbatim DL discs manufactured in I-n-d-i-a are flawed. Note: I had to hyphenate the country's spelling because Newegg flagged it as an "inappropriate word". Now what's up with that???

Overall Review: After reading the recent negative reviews about Verbatim DL discs made in the country whose name shall not be mentioned, I decided to take a chance anyway (with the $8 rebate as added incentive). Whether through mere luck or because Newegg finally got a handle on the problem, I received the Singapore discs.