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Ronan A.

Ronan A.

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Most Favorable Review

Runs at rated speed from the start

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ

Pros: Upon first boot I see that the motherboard (680i E VGA) has detected the RAM as DDR2 800. 5-5-5-15, but had set it at 1.85v. I jumped into bios, set it to 4-4-4-12 at 2.0v and the system has been running with NO crashes for 4 weeks now. I've tested in other well known ways, and the memory just couldnt be more perfect. D9's, both arrived working - what more is there to say? Forget everyone ranting and raving over Cor.sair etc. This memory looks sharp and performs well. if you read some of the reviews on this, they were able to pump it to 1066 with no problems. GREAT memory!

Cons: Absolutely none, I researched RAM for a looong time before going with G.skill, and im glad I did. Some of the more popular ram has been arriving with 1 stick of the 2 dead. When its every 3rd review, you tend to stay away from that OTHER brand

Overall Review: Buy it.. buy it now

Most Critical Review

Save your money

D-Link DAP-2553 Wireless Access Point Selectable Dual Band AirPremier PoE IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz up to 300Mbps/ Multiple SSID, 802.1Q VLAN
D-Link DAP-2553 Wireless Access Point Selectable Dual Band AirPremier PoE IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz up to 300Mbps/ Multiple SSID, 802.1Q VLAN

Pros: I cannot really think of any, at least not when compared to other networking devices available at nearly half the price. I wanted to set this up for my basement "man cave". Smart TV, PS3, computer, Laser printer. I bought a Trendnet switch (which is wonderful).

Cons: - drops connection frequently. I stopped this by removing my computer from it. Now it's just my printer, ps3 and tv. - After removing my computer from it, it had a few days of uptime before I tried printing to my network printer, only to find out that the printer wasn't visible, had to power cycle the thing again. - Support is not really there. They have no answer for the continual drops. Check the D-Link forums and you will see what I mean. - High price: You can buy a Trendnet or TPLink router and have it serve as a wireless bridge. For far less than the cost of this. - Enterprise level? I wouldn't trust this thing for home use, much less Enterprise level. I've seen enough posts on the Dlink forums from businesses who invested in dozens of these, only to return the majority of them. - Set up: Setting this up is not for the newbie. If you want something that is just going to work with a toggle, this is not for you. If you know what you are doing, it's not that hard; but if not, you're going to need help.

Overall Review: D-link does not belong in the enterprise level, at least not after this offering.

AVOID SAPPHIRE

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity 100311SR
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity 100311SR

Pros: I can't honestly think of any. I'll put a few relevant cons up here just so I can let you in on how horrifying Sapphire is. -Card fried within a month. An audible POP noise and then no post. Read below for the real reason you want to avoid Sapphire.

Cons: RMA's happen, I wasn't super upset about it. I write a lengthy email for RMA support. Heres what you may be facing: -You pay return shipping (california if lucky, China if not) -You can be charged a fee for RMA -You can be charged a fee if the card was modified in any way (like adding a water block, even if you put the shroud back on) -They are painfully slow: It took them 2 weeks to get my card back to me -They reuse your card. Not a new or certified refurb, they actually try to fix yours. So I get my card back, wrapped in bubble wrap in a plain brown box. I put it in and BAM artifacts all over my screen. This card is now in need of a second RMA, and I could be looking at another RMA fee plus paying my own shipping. It's also only 2 years. If you want AMD as opposed to Nvidia, go with ASUS or XFX (I don't normally buy AMD) Check the warranty, search for stories on RMA's etc. Do yourself a favor.

Overall Review: I bought a GTX 570 from EVGA. All of my video / motherboard products have been EVGA and I'm sorry I strayed from it. Lesson learned eh? I've had to RMA twice with EVGA, and in both cases I was given a shipping label in email, and I had my card that week. They offered me a special program when I bought the card, which allows a new card to be sent before they even receive mine. I'm taking a huge loss to sell this card, and the warranty will not transfer. Again, if you're going AMD !AVOID SAPPHIRE!

PROBLEMS

OCZ Agility Series 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1AGT60G
OCZ Agility Series 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1AGT60G

Pros: It's fast enough for anyone who isn't monitoring the drive performance and sweatting read/write numbers. I can open any Adobe CS5 program in what feels like 1 second. Keep in mind, however, that I'm running an i7 at 4.0Ghz. Has TRIM support

Cons: Keep reading to the end to get the worst. First thing to know is that you must have all USB devices unplugged before installing windows 7, or you'll never figure out why Win7 wont let you install on it. Second, my computer is still considered top of the line, and a week after I installed this drive, the computer started freezing up while playing games. I did so much troubleshooting, that expert forums like Tom's Hardware, EVGA, and Expert's Exchange were out of suggestions. There is seriously not one other thing I could have done. Just to give you a very small bit of what I did: new motherboard exhange, swapped video card, new higher rated 1000 watt power supply, reinstalled windows on a normal hard drive, and only put games on this drive. The list could fill up 5 of these reviews. Only reinstalling windows again would fix it. It happened several times, much to my dismay, the drive COMPLETELY DIED today. It's not in BIOS, I switched SATA channels, SATA cable ... its dead

Overall Review: A lot of drives are now down in price, and more accessible. Do yourself a favor and look at other brands.

Fabulous

Logitech diNovo Edge 2-Tone 84 Normal Keys 9 Function Keys Bluetooth Wireless Mini Keyboard
Logitech diNovo Edge 2-Tone 84 Normal Keys 9 Function Keys Bluetooth Wireless Mini Keyboard

Pros: -Battery life (I play games and it will last for two weeks) -Response Time is good, I don't notice any input lag at all. -Very light and well constructed (nothing cheap feeling) -Responsive keys: they are silent but firm, and the keys ARE full sized but they do not stick up like a normal keyboard. I like this actually, and its like typing on a full sized laptop keyboard. -Range: I can use this 2 floors down from my basement, typing things on the screen. -Not wireless - no interference whatsoever -Touch pad is very responsive -Connection uptime is high, despite what people here say. !!!!!Read my con's on how to fix the problem with connectivity!!!!

Cons: -Volume control is intuitive but doesn't respond at all times, you have to move the mousepad first to get it to "wake up" -The black "Samsung-esque" finish is beautiful, but it's going to look like a touchscreen phone (you know, with all that face oil on it). Get used to it -Software !!! DO NOT INSTALL THE SOFTWARE!!!! this is the #1 reason for disconnects. I used to get disconnected all the time with my logitech mouse. Every few seconds it would stop responding and then respond again. The keyboard would also stop working for about 10 seconds. I found out that the software will switch your mouse to Logitech DiNovo Keyboard if you use the touchpad, thus screwing your mouse. I solved all problems by removing the software and letting vista/7 install the device. My mouse NEVER disconnects now. The keyboard will freeze up once in a blue moon, it comes back after a few sec, it's never that big of a deal as it doesn't last long. It's just the connection, it can't be 100%, nothin

Overall Review: Anyone who has seen or used my keyboard absolutely loves it. They all want one until I quote the price, and then they all make the same face. o_O If you're thinking about getting a bluetooth keyboard, look no further. I top FPS scores, Raid dps (in WoW) and I have no problems in pvp. When I use the function keys it responds as it should. Logitech customer support is fabulous also. I had a problem with my mouse and they sent me a new one, and let me keep the battery packs from the old one. When and if you call though, tell them you are using the newest version of software (even if you arent) Also, the diagnostic utilities really work. The connection utility had me do something crazy with my mouse when windows lost it and bam it worked again. Definitely worth it.

11/28/2009

Quick and Dirty pros/cons

Logitech diNovo Edge 2-Tone 84 Normal Keys 9 Function Keys Bluetooth Wireless Mini Keyboard
Logitech diNovo Edge 2-Tone 84 Normal Keys 9 Function Keys Bluetooth Wireless Mini Keyboard

Pros: -Battery lasts and insane amount of time and I am a gamer (3 weeks easily on 1 overnight charge, and I game daily) -Range is incredible, I can type from my basement 2 floors down -silent typing, similar to typing on a notebook -programmable Fn keys with SetPoint -Volume slider is great (very star trek) -touch pad is nice if you aren't near the mouse, say lying in bed or whatnot. -charge time is short, you can get hours out of a 15 min charge, and its Li-Ion meaning you dont have to fully discharge and fully recharge every cycle -NEVER loses connection, this is an amazing keyboard -performs well even in games (i play Left 4 Dead and I never have a problem pouncing from high, hitting with the smoker or shooting a moving target with a sniper rifle) -matches Samsung TV piano black, tis beautiful -very light and very thin but well made and durable

Cons: -the volume slider often doesnt respond unless you wiggle your finger around on the touchpad first (not a big deal and this only happens in a fullscreen game I find) -no numpad, but given they layout its fine. Its not actually a gamer keyboard

Overall Review: You really get what you pay for here. I forget it has internal batteries because I never change a pack or put AA's in it. It keeps a charge for such a long time that when I do see the red battery light it shocks me. You can use it for half a day even with the red battery light on. You won't regret buying this. This will work without software in windows vista / windows 7, even the special buttons work (mute, windows explorer, zoom etc), but its worth installing setpoint to be able to program buttons to open webpages and programs.