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mauro f.

mauro f.

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Most Favorable Review

Man-Grade Fan

Vantec Tornado 80mm Double Ball Bearing High Air Flow Case Fan - Model TD8038H
Vantec Tornado 80mm Double Ball Bearing High Air Flow Case Fan - Model TD8038H

Pros: Finally, a fan made for real men! This fan is loud, and sucks air out like no other. You can feel thrust if you turn them on and hold them in your hand. The air is not even hot because it doesn't have time to get hot! Worth buying if you got rackmounted equipment and you need to get that heat out FAST.

Cons: Beware, these things are L-O-U-D. Her a hair dryer, turn it on where you intend to install these bad boys. If you can't stand the hair dryer noise, don't buy these fans.

Overall Review: None. they rock, price is incredible. A must have for any 24/7 build.

Most Critical Review

last resort

StarTech.com USB32DVIEH USB 3.0 to DVI External Video Card Multi Monitor Adapter with 1-Port USB Hub - 1920 x 1200
StarTech.com USB32DVIEH USB 3.0 to DVI External Video Card Multi Monitor Adapter with 1-Port USB Hub - 1920 x 1200

Pros: gives you an extra monitor

Cons: High cpu / ram usage, more expensive than a real video card. Slows down your pc, it's unstable even with latest drivers. Software will make other applications crash when the right keys are pressed (i.e. #2 key). Recommends a high speed usb port for decent performance. You will lose the monitor once in a while.

Overall Review: I only got this because the got micro towers at work, so adding a card was not possible. Use this adapter as your last resort.

12/29/2013

horrible

iStarUSA TC-RPSL20 20" Sliding Rail Kit for Most Rackmount Chassis
iStarUSA TC-RPSL20 20" Sliding Rail Kit for Most Rackmount Chassis

Pros: cheap

Cons: fragile design. design is threaded, not cage-nut friendly. very fragile screws holding the entire rail system. extremely long install time when compared to other rail systems like d3ll ready rails. you can tell rails were made by one company and the brackets made by another. wouldn't put anything expensive on them.

Overall Review: 15yrs i.t. experience and even i had to look at the instructions. terrible, inefficient design.

No real PoE

Ubiquiti UAP – UniFi-US Indoor Wireless N300 Access Point/Bridge
Ubiquiti UAP – UniFi-US Indoor Wireless N300 Access Point/Bridge

Pros: Reliable, solid construction, software based controller. A $140 Ubiquity setup equivalent to a $4,000 ruckus setup. I setup 2 AP's and the controller in 30 mins, drilling and everything (cables pre-run).

Cons: This could be a 5 egg product if it wasn;t for the fact that for some crazy reason Ubiquity doesn't make 802.3af complaint equipment. What does this mean? It means your expensive, top-of-the-line Cisco/HP/Dell/Etc PoE switch will not be able to power these things. It is unacceptable. You have to either 1) use their injectors, 2) Use their "Instant 802.3af" adapters, or 3) Use their proprietary "ToughSwitch". Not only will you look stupid wondering why they won't light up when you deploy them and connect them to your enterprise PoE switches, you will mess up your cable management at your rack, unless you buy their rackmoutn toughswitch, which is over $1,000, a completely unnecessary expense. Wake up Ubiquty, get in the 802.3af wagon by default, don't make us research stuff we already take for granted. Make ALL (yes, ALL!) your equipment 802.3af compatible. Even your power injectors, they are not standard, my Linkrunner AT will not recognize PoE from your injectors because they are not standard. Stop using passive PoE.

Overall Review: What a shame, this is really a 5 egg product if it wasn't for that fatal pitfall of not using 802.3af without addons. Hell, I;ve had $30 AP's that use 802.3af without a problem.

Poor Tracking

Mad Catz R.A.T.7 Gaming Mouse for PC and Mac
Mad Catz R.A.T.7 Gaming Mouse for PC and Mac

Pros: Beautiful, heavy.

Cons: Completely useless. Poor, incredibly POOR tracking. Google "rat 7 poor tracking". It doesn;t matter which surface you use (Icemat, wood, paper, fabric pads, gaming pads, etc) the tracking is extremely poor. After a year of putting up with it, I just replaced it with a generic $5 mouse I got from new egg, and I can already feel it outperform the RAT7.

Overall Review: I cannot emphasize how bad this mouse is. Please, please, DO NOT buy this mouse. I know the holidays are about to come and you might have been waiting all year to gift it to yourself. Or maybe you want it as a gift for your BF/Husband, etc. Please, do not buy, you have been warned. Save that money and buy a $50 mouse from any company besides Cyborg / MadCatz.

11/27/2013

Wort mouse I've ever purchased

Mad Catz R.A.T.7 Gaming Mouse for PC and Mac - Gloss Black
Mad Catz R.A.T.7 Gaming Mouse for PC and Mac - Gloss Black

Pros: Very good looking mouse. Looks like all budget went to make it look good instead of making it work good. The weights make it feel like a "quality" mouse, but it's just an illusion, see cons.

Cons: 2 words: Horrible tracking. You will hear tales about "oh, it's because you are not using the right surface noob". That's a lie. The mouse will randomly fail to track. I've tried an icemat, fabric pads, a piece of wood, and all kinds of surfaces, colors, etc. The mouse randomly does it. Don;t be fooled by "dual tracking sensors" lie. I've honestly had $10 mice that are still working and outperfom this mouse in every way.

Overall Review: Stay away from this mouse and any R.A.T. model. This company offers no support, very vague answers in their faq, and have done NOTHING to solve the poor tracking issues. Please do yourself a favor and order from another brand. Google "rat 7 poor tracking" and you will see there are plenty of people out there witht he same problem, and the company doesn't care as long as people buy this mouse because it looks realyl good.