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David N.

David N.

Joined on 01/28/04

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Most Favorable Review

Fast and Accurate

GARMIN 3.5" GPS Navigation
GARMIN 3.5" GPS Navigation

Pros: (1) Works right out of the box, just plug it in. (2) Touch screen is easy to use and includes on screen keyboard for typing in addresses and other destinations. (3) It has partial completion of cities and streets, Usually typing in 3 or 4 letters of a city or street will bring up a list for you to choose from, such a time saver! (4) It talks to you, tells you where to turn and when, this model does not have the ability to say the street or highway names, but it updates the distance to turn frequently enough to keep you right on track. (5) Kind of a silly thing, but you can change your on screen vehicle representation. The default is a little purple car on the map, I changed mine to a truck since that is what I drive. It has a couple other vehicle options as well with more available online. (6) It has a favorites area where you can store any address you want, so planning a trip is as easy as putting in all the destinations beforehand and then clicking the favorite on the list.

Cons: As with any GPS unit on the market you are tied to the most recent satellite data. We did run into some new construction (Like weeks new where an exit ramp had been moved) and the GPS told us to "Make a U-Turn when possible", since we were on the DC/MD Beltway, this was not possible, but taking the next exit sufficed. The Garmin recalculated and we were back on track in a few minutes.

Overall Review: All the basic features are obvious right out of the box, take a look at the manual to figure out other nifty features (like switching the screen to Odometer mode, which keeps track of current speed, overall speed, traveling time while moving, and time spent stopped). It can also show you the entire route from start to finish and even do a simulated autopilot of a trip (sped up of course) if you want to familiarize yourself that way beforehand. Overall top marks to this unit, it was even able to navigate some large parking lots correctly. Neat stuff : )

12/14/2006
Most Critical Review

Nive for XP 3000 or lower

Foxconn K7S741GXMG-6L 462(A) SiS 741GX Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Foxconn K7S741GXMG-6L 462(A) SiS 741GX Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Nice layout, easy to work with. Mildly inexpecsive.

Cons: If you have an Athlon XP 3200+ this board does not support it. In fact, I could not find any boards that do (that have not been discontinued).

Overall Review: Even though the board would not post (I had a 3200+, not supported), I am holding onto it, just in case someone I know has an old Athlon 3000 or slower and needs it.

No Problems

Sony NEC Optiarc Beige 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache E-IDE / ATAPI DVD Burner
Sony NEC Optiarc Beige 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache E-IDE / ATAPI DVD Burner

Pros: This is really inexpensive. Outperformed two other CD/DVD drives that I have at work from faster systems. OS and BIOS recognised/identified it correctly.

Cons: None

Clean

ASRock K8NF6G-VSTA 754 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock K8NF6G-VSTA 754 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Clean layout, lots of support for case peripherals (Front panel usb/audio/rfid/etc..). Eco friendly (Check out their website), excellent hardware docs, nice list of supported CPUs. TONS of bios options.

Cons: None yet.

Overall Review: Put in a Sempron 2800+, overclocked it to 2 GHz, ran benchmarks on it for 8 hours and CPU was still a cool 40 C with stock fan and heat sink. BIOS is really flexible. Bought 2 of these, not a single problem.

One of the best

CORSAIR XMS 512MB DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model CMX512-3200C2PT
CORSAIR XMS 512MB DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model CMX512-3200C2PT

Pros: This RAM is quite fast for (DDR 400). I've always noticed a considerable difference when moving up from (DDR 333) ram. It also has a good compatibility record with most motherboards.

Cons: None.

Great Price

Crucial 512MB DDR 333 (PC 2700) Desktop Memory Model CT6464Z335
Crucial 512MB DDR 333 (PC 2700) Desktop Memory Model CT6464Z335

Pros: (1)Low price. (2)Decent Specs. (3)Stable, mixed and matched with different brand of ram and still works fine.

Cons: Shipping was a bit sloppy, but no damage to the ram.