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ERIC C.

ERIC C.

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Most Favorable Review

Acer B296 21:9 Ultrawide

Acer B6 B296CLbmiidprz Black 29" HDMI UltraWide (21:9) LED Backlight LCD Monitor IPS 300 cd/m2 100,000,000:1 (1,000:1) Built-in Speakers
Acer B6 B296CLbmiidprz Black 29" HDMI UltraWide (21:9) LED Backlight LCD Monitor IPS 300 cd/m2 100,000,000:1 (1,000:1) Built-in Speakers

Pros: Plug and play via HDMI under Windows, read Other thoughts if you are using a Mac. Clear picture and text, no problem whatsoever.

Cons: Not all games support this display. However, not a problem to me.

Overall Review: I am using Macbook Pro 13 Retina with bootcamp. Windows supports this resolution naturally via HDMI, but not OS X. Since Windows supports this resolution via HDMI, why not OS X, this is a software issue apparently. I did a search and found when you connect MBP to this monitor, OS X thinks this is a TV monitor so picture is great, not text. You need to overwrite OS X display settings. By searching patch-edid.rb on Google and follow the instruction to patch, then you get a beautiful display. I love this monitor, hope the price drops again, I will get a second one!

11/26/2014
Most Critical Review

Intel NUC

Intel BOXDN2820FYKH0 Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Intel BOXDN2820FYKH0 Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: Small form factor and run all 1080p videos no problem at all. Great for XBMC/MCE. It uses 2.5" SSD/HDD, cheaper storage solution than mSATA Intel NUC. No overheat issue to me.

Cons: Problem with Windows installation. Instruction on Intel website does not work. Problem with system time and system won't turn off on OpenELEC, it just hangs. Read other thoughts.

Overall Review: All my hardware have no problem but I had a bunch of BSOD while installing Windows 7/8 on this NUC. I am tired of trying, luckily I happened to have a spare SSD with Win7 on it, I just plugged it in, then it loaded no problem and I have been using this little thing to watch streaming videos, no problem so far. However, this PC seems no battery onboard so once you turn it off completely, you need to adjust clock next time you turn it back on. Not a problem to me since I don't really care as long as I can watch videos. I have 2 more i3 NUC, this is by far the cheapest and most difficult thing to work with, I am pretty sure I won't buy a second unit. Hope Intel can release another cheap and improved NUC.

11/26/2014

Good drive but...

WD 4TB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBBKD0040BBK-NESN
WD 4TB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBBKD0040BBK-NESN

Pros: Fast, Plug and Play, no problem at all.

Cons: See other.

Overall Review: I am using this drive with MacBook Pro Mid 2015 with macOS Sierra. The drive does not "wake up" from sleep. I do see the drive on the desktop but when I double click on it, it's blank. I need to reconnect the drive to see everything. It does not matter if I connect it to a USB 3.0 hub or directly to the USB port. I also have 2TB My Passport Ultra Metal, it does not have this problem.

11/27/2016

Good for PC, not Mac

TP-LINK UH700 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub, 5Gbps Transfer Rate with 12V/2.5A Power Adapter, 1-Meter USB 3.0 Cable, Plug and Play
TP-LINK UH700 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub, 5Gbps Transfer Rate with 12V/2.5A Power Adapter, 1-Meter USB 3.0 Cable, Plug and Play

Pros: Looks nice and flat, just like what I want. It works with PC no problem at all, also a ON and OFF button.

Cons: It DOES NOT work with my MacBook Pro 15, keyboard, mouse and printer are working no problem but when I plug in any HDD to this hub, it does not show up.

Overall Review: If you buying this for a PC, it is good, not for MacBook. I still keep this since I own both PC and Mac.

MSI GS60 Ghost

MSI - 15.6" - Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4700HQ (2.40GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M - 12 GB DDR3L - 1TB HDD 128 GB M.2SATA SSD - Windows 8.1 64-Bit Multi-language - Gaming Laptop (GS60 Ghost-470 )
MSI - 15.6" - Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4700HQ (2.40GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M - 12 GB DDR3L - 1TB HDD 128 GB M.2SATA SSD - Windows 8.1 64-Bit Multi-language - Gaming Laptop (GS60 Ghost-470 )

Pros: Lightweight, good keyboard with LED, fast processing speed (i7-4710HQ), good case design, a nearly perfect laptop for game and work.

Cons: fan noise is loud and minor screen bleeding

Overall Review: I needed a laptop that I could play game and work, and this suits me pretty well. The same laptop with 970m is nice but costs more so I decided to get this one instead. I replaced the memory to HyperX CL9 and 1TB 7200RPM to Mushkin 1TB SSD and it does help to gain extra performance. 2 fans are loud when I play games like Dragon Age Inquisition and Assassin's Creed Unity. MMORPG like Neverwinter is good at highest settings. DAI at high setting is acceptable, and I have no complaint but ACU I need to tweak the setting a bit so the game runs smoothly. Overall I like this laptop, the best laptop I have ever had next to Macbook Pro.

Silicon Power 120GB

Silicon Power Slim S60 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SP120GBSS3S60S25
Silicon Power Slim S60 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SP120GBSS3S60S25

Pros: Fast, it's even faster than my Adata SP900 512GB SSD. Low price and no problem at all.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Hope it won't die after I post this review. :P

11/26/2014