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James J.

James J.

Joined on 10/27/04

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Most Favorable Review

Nice mobo

ASUS A8N5X 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS A8N5X 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Has everything I need and room to add a few updates. This is my second Asus board, and I expect this one to be as reliable as the last one. Still playing around with some of the bonus features. Has most of the features of a top end board without the full top end price. Vid compression runs the CPU at max for hours, and this board has never blinked.

Cons: The built in quiet fan sometimes runs my stock AMD fan a few RPM below minimum during startup and beeps an error. Happened twice, so I now use an OS based control. Fan is always up to speed by then. Never caused a heat issue. Maybe I should take a hint and buy a nice CPU cooler. Not much of a con really.

11/29/2005
Most Critical Review

Dead

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 1.5TB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive STAC1500100 Black
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 1.5TB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive STAC1500100 Black

Pros: Great space for the price

Cons: Dead in 1 year and 4 months.

Overall Review: Cyclic redundancy check fail. Managed to pull a few files, then Windows told me I needed to format the drive.

Could have been...

Seagate GoFlex Satellite 500GB Mobile Wireless Storage (Black)
Seagate GoFlex Satellite 500GB Mobile Wireless Storage (Black)

Pros: Massive storage for my smartphone.

Cons: Could have been so easily made without proprietary cables. Fail.

Overall Review: I have a strict personal policy about proprietary accessories. I'll not be buying one of these until they take care of that. Searching for the one matching cable that I've misplaced makes this massively inconvenient, if I'm honest and realistic.

Dissapointed

memorex 8.5GB 2.4X to 8X Write Speed DVD+R DL 25 Packs Spindle Disc Model 05712
memorex 8.5GB 2.4X to 8X Write Speed DVD+R DL 25 Packs Spindle Disc Model 05712

Pros: Taught me a lesson.

Cons: 50 disks, 3 successful burns. Those 3 aren't recognized in some other drives of course. Was ready to replace the drive thinking it failed. Newegg had a sale on Verb---- disks, and I thought I'd stock up for the next drive. Surprise! They burn perfectly! It wasn't my drive, it was these cheap disks...

Overall Review: Will never ever buy this brand again. I expect a small failure rate, but this? Only my penny pinching stubbornness enabled me to try all 50 disks. Pioneer burner, your mileage may vary.

12/28/2009

4+ years with a gyro

Gyration GYM1100CKNA 2.4GHz RF Air Mouse GO Plus w/MotionSense and Compact Keyboard Suite
Gyration GYM1100CKNA 2.4GHz RF Air Mouse GO Plus w/MotionSense and Compact Keyboard Suite

Pros: Owned this keyboard and mouse set, and the previous version of mouse and keyboard. The keyboard rocks, as does the old mouse, but this newer style mouse is inferior. (probably because of the new RF transmitter dongle) After a torn rotator cuff, using a mouse for long was agony. With this mouse, I can rest my entire arm on the arm of the chair, and just use my wrist. It takes some use to get the muscle memory, (remember your first mouse or trackball?) but I can manipulate the cursor as fast as with any other input device. I still have the original model mouse they sold, which only broke yesterday when I dropped it for the thousandth time...

Cons: Both styles of dongle are sensitive to interference based on where you place them. In a crowded media center this can be a problem. The old style is on a long cord, so you can find a good place. The new dongle is not, and that could be a problem for you like it was for me. It would intermittently skip the cursor around, just like when the old style transmitter was poorly placed, so I knew what it was. I finally lost it, and threw the mouse. A week later it dawned on me that a USB extension cord would have let me reposition the new style dongle, and probably would have solved all my problems. Live and learn.

Overall Review: Both sets worked perfectly when used with a simple desktop setup. No interference from big screen, surround sound, sub amp, big stereo, etc. One day using a regular mouse and I'm looking for a new gyro mouse. Compared to surfing the website of an off-brand motherboard, Gyration's website is easy to navigate. Compared to surfing Newegg, it's less intuitive. (maybe that just reflects all the hours I spend on newegg...) If you have problems with skipping, try moving the RF transmitter around on a USB extension cord. If the keyboard skips letters, it's due for fresh batteries. Watching your friends trying to operate it with full arm movements instead of wrist angle movements is great for laughs.

10/28/2009

Great PSU

Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 550 W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Power Supply
Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 550 W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Power Supply

Pros: This thing is almost creepy silent. I leave the monitor off while it compresses vid, and I keep checking the LED's to assure myself it's still running. My old rig is 10 feet away and drowns it out. Had a Trupower 430 for years and it was rock stable, I expect the same again.

Cons: Costs more than the unreliable system crashing PSU I had at first. Not much of a con really.

11/29/2005