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Peter W.

Peter W.

Joined on 03/16/08

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Most Favorable Review

Good product for the price.

AMS VENUS ES2 DS-312SUES 3.5" Black SATA USB & eSATA External Enclosure
AMS VENUS ES2 DS-312SUES 3.5" Black SATA USB & eSATA External Enclosure

Pros: I was looking for an external hard drive enclosure that had the following characteristics: * RAID 1 (or higher) support in hardware. * Cool, but not loud. * Support for OS X. This unit fits the bill, at a reasonable cost. The build quality is good, although not stellar. It seems to be running cool. I have not tried any modes other than RAID 1, but had no trouble setting it up and getting it to work with two 500GB drives. The documentation was good - it's well illustrated and covers what you need to know.

Cons: The fan is a bit loud for my tastes. Having said that, I'm picky about fans - most of my computer gear is either silent or fanless. The fan isn't screaming loud, but loud enough to annoy me in an otherwise silent room. The plastic pieces that hold the face onto the rest of the unit seem rather fragile. I worry that if I swap drives enough enough, they might break. This shouldn't be a concern for most people, but I'm picky about things like that. Also, it would be nice if the manufacturer had included fan speed & temperature sensors, so you could get that information through the included monitoring/logging program.

Overall Review: I'm considering buying another one. In response to another reviewer who couldn't get RAID 1 working: there is no software setup for RAID. It's all configured using the hardware switches. To configure RAID 1 from the factory - install the drives, turn the switch in the back to 'SAFE', turn the unit on, and hold down the 'mode' button for several seconds. The unit should have some flashing lights to indicate what's it's doing, and pop into RAID 1 mode. It's really that easy, and is explained in the included documentation.

Most Critical Review

Failed at low power loads

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550 W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550 W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Pros: Seemed very solidly built - heavy steel, solid & long cables with nice sleeving. Quiet fan.

Cons: The unit I got failed oddly at low power draws. It worked fine while playing games, encoding video, etc. However, when I switched to light web surfing, my entire system would randomly hard reboot. Because this was in a brand new build, it took me a while to narrow down the problem component to the PSU. Finally swapped in a different PSU, and all my problems went away.

Overall Review: This PSU caused me a very frustrating week of troubleshooting! I really wanted to like this seemingly well-built unit from a reputable manufacturer. I explicitly bought from Corsair because I hate dealing with PSU issues. After all that frustration, I feel disinclined to buy from Corsair again. I'll just stick with other brands that have never caused me this much time & trouble. Also, Newegg rocks! Customer service was fast and made my issue whole.

Good for the price

Sceptre 40" 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV
Sceptre 40" 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV

Pros: I don't know if you can find a better TV at this size for this price. This TV has a great set of features (3 HDMI ports, excellent tuner, lots of inputs) and overall has performed quite satisfactorily for me. Does 1080 quite well, picture is crisp and just like HD should look - no dumb scaling or ugly surprises. The OSD controls are easy to use and offer the features I would expect. I actually LIKE the simple buttons on the side of the TV. Finally, a TV with actual buttons! The flat, touch-sensitive buttons on a lot of high-end TVs drive me nuts (looking at you, Samsung). These buttons can be found and pressed by feel, like buttons were meant to be!

Cons: The biggest con for me is the color gamut. Now, for the price, it's probably fine. I didn't expect miracles here. But there are other reviewers on here raving about the picture quality. And I have to wonder - did we see the same set? Or maybe by 'picture quality' they just mean it does 1080p?? My example has very poor reproduction at both ends of the color gamut - dark tones all appear the same, and very light colors also are undifferentiated. I was able to determine this fairly objectively by adjusting my set with an AVS HD 709 calibration disk. You can calibrate it to show dark tones, but then everything will look washed out. Adjusting for accurate light tones will make everything dark a black hole. After calibration, the set was OK. But not great, and the color gamut was still a bit off. It's just the way of the world with low-end LCD displays... To the reviewers saying this looks indistinguishable from high-end Samsung models, I can only conclude they don't know what they're talking about. Or they have no idea how to calibrate a TV set for accurate color? Or they have low expectations?? As others have mentioned, the stand is garbage. Just a little more plastic in the right places would make a huge difference. That's the one thing I would hope Sceptre could have done better at this low, low price point. And to echo everyone else, the speakers are not that great. These are fixable (external speakers, wall mount), but then you're out a bit more cheese. Which somewhat defeats the purpose of a cheap TV ;-)

Overall Review: Despite my niggles, this overall this is a fine set. Particularly if you're looking for a secondary set for your bedroom, or aren't picky about color reproduction. You're going to have to pay a lot more to get something better. So if this set is what your budget is, I would buy with no regrets.

Very Pleased

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 16GB (2 x 8GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Laptop Memory Model 997038
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 16GB (2 x 8GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Laptop Memory Model 997038

Pros: Very nicely priced. Bought this to upgrade my 2012 Mac Mini. I'm a heavy multi-tasker, and wanted more headroom for the 20 applications I typically run at once. Installed and worked no problem, provided a great performance boost to my system. Uses Micron chips, and appears to have the same specs as the equivalent kit direct from Micron (via Crucial) but at a much lower price. It's "Assembled in USA" if that matters to you.

Cons: Uses a boring green PCB, unlike the cool blue PCBs that came with my box. Seriously - it's RAM, it works, what more could I want?

Overall Review: What's with over reviewers complaining about slow shipping on this item? That has nothing to do with this item's performance! Furthermore, shipping times are spelled out when you check out - if you want it faster, pay for expedited shipping!! Jeesh!

Works

Kaybles 3ft USB-MIC-3 3 ft. Black USB 2.0 A/Male to Micro USB B/Male Cable 3 feet - OEM
Kaybles 3ft USB-MIC-3 3 ft. Black USB 2.0 A/Male to Micro USB B/Male Cable 3 feet - OEM

Pros: Works, and seems to be of decent quality. Fairly thick cable with solid-feeling connectors. Has the tiny retention clips on the Micro USB side. Low price.

Cons: It wasn't free.

Overall Review: The cable sheathing isn't the softest (i.e. the cable is a bit stiffish), which I expected in this price range.

So far so good!

ASUS C60M1-I AMD Fusion APU C-60 (1.0 GHz, dual core) AMD Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo
ASUS C60M1-I AMD Fusion APU C-60 (1.0 GHz, dual core) AMD Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: Everything I wanted to make a low-power NAS box: very low power requirements, out-of-the-box BSD supported hardware, fanless motherboard, lots of on-board SATA ports. 64-bit and supports 8Gb of RAM for large ZFS storage pools. Very reasonably priced. Running FreeNAS 8.04 for about a week with no hitches so far. Installed the hardware, loaded FreeNAS onto a thumb drive, booted to it, and BAM! instant NAS with no hardware fiddling. (Note I have not used the on-board NIC.)

Cons: It seems like the on-board NIC is poorly supported under BSD. I bought an Intel NIC reflexively, since I wanted a fast and reliable connection my NAS, but it would be nice if the on-board solution was well-supported.

Overall Review: Basically just what the doctor ordered for my purposes!