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Michael T.

Michael T.

Joined on 02/23/08

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review
ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink

Pros: Dropped my I7 4790 from a max of 85c with the stock Intel cooler to 62c doing heavy trans coding.

Cons: None

Overall Review: If you're so mechanically inept that you can't put in 6 screws without messing up you probably want to look elsewhere. Complaints of getting cut and using heavy gloves? Really? If you're that ham fisted ease up a bit, probably help with the stripped screws too. Seriously, they're 3mm; you don't need to wrench them down. Snug is good.

Most Critical Review
Western Digital WD TV Live Plus HD Media Player
Western Digital WD TV Live Plus HD Media Player

Pros: It plays MP4, MKV and ISO fine Picture is decent and wireless N works decently.

Cons: The networking is flaky. Sometimes it won't pick up the shares and you need to exit and go back in to to find them. Fast forward can get flaky, sometimes chocking on big files. The user interface is clunky.

Overall Review: Re the UI; it would be nice to be able to customize it and remove things you don't want or need. While I like the techie stuff, the wife and kids, not so much.. they want simple and easy! We use this only for viewing recorded TV in a second room, I don't want or need photos or music, but I still have to scroll thorough that mess on the menu... Everything is shared from a NAS. It's a pita to have to navigate through the media server menu to get to the shares. It would be nice to just be able to set it up to only go to the "shared" recorded TV folder without having to scroll though all the menus.

AllComponents 1GB 200-Pin DDR SO-DIMM DDR 266 (PC 2100) Laptop Memory Model ACSO266X64/1024
AllComponents 1GB 200-Pin DDR SO-DIMM DDR 266 (PC 2100) Laptop Memory Model ACSO266X64/1024

Pros: none

Cons: it's either DOA or isn't compatible with a Dell D600 which "should" take two 1GB sticks of PC2100 which this is advertised as. Hard to tell though as the laptop wouldn't even post boot, it just showed a black screen and shut down.

Dell Latitude E5500 Laptop - 2.0GHz Intel Core2 Duo Processor - 4GB - Windows 7 Home Premium (1 Year Warranty)
Dell Latitude E5500 Laptop - 2.0GHz Intel Core2 Duo Processor - 4GB - Windows 7 Home Premium (1 Year Warranty)

Pros: Good price, clean and it works as advertised. What more could you ask for.

Cons: None

ASUS Laptop Intel Celeron B815 (1.6GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium ASX55A-RBK2-S
ASUS Laptop Intel Celeron B815 (1.6GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium ASX55A-RBK2-S

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Ya get what ya pay for... What they fail to tell you with the referb is they completely wipe the HD to include the recovery partition and that means the recovery disk process doesn't work. But they are nice enough to give you a nice yellow photocopied 1000000 times piece of paper that talks about this and a mystery disk with instructions on how to make a recovery disk , manuals and how to "fix" the webcam. Seriously? It also arrived with the wireless adapter MIA...

Overall Review: If aggravation is what you're looking for this is perfect for you!

SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual HDHR3-US HD Digital Network Attached TV Tuner Device
SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual HDHR3-US HD Digital Network Attached TV Tuner Device

Pros: The unit itself works as advertised

Cons: Took an egg off for the lack of tech support. The Tech support is "e-mail only" and describing it as slow would be kind. QuickTV software is useless... it crashes every time I tried to run it. Has a cheap, light weight feel. It's so light I had to double stick tape it down. Wherever the coax goes, so does the unit...

Overall Review: I bought this unit for a PVR/HTPC proof of concept build. The idea was to try the Homerun and if everything worked out as expected, then upgrade to a CC6. The build went well, but I'm now looking into other tuner options. The lack of responsiveness from tech support sure didn't give a warm fuzzy when dropping a C note for the Homerun, much less even considering $500 for a CC6.