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brian l.

brian l.

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Most Favorable Review
Asus VW226T-TAA 22" 1680x1050 WideScreen LCD Monitor Built-in Speakers 50000 :1 250 cd/m2
Asus VW226T-TAA 22" 1680x1050 WideScreen LCD Monitor Built-in Speakers 50000 :1 250 cd/m2

Pros: Price, I picked it up for ~$170 thinner than my previous 22" Asus VESA mount good quality image in my opinion

Cons: nothing I wasn't aware of when purchasing. would've been nice to get HDMI or DisplayPort input on this other reviews have said it, the speakers aren't great (I didn't buy this for the speakers I don't intend to ever use them.) it's not worth docking any eggs over the speakers because it's here for my eyes not my ears

Overall Review: I haven't even had this monitor one full day yet, so I can't much speak to the longevity of the display. I do however have a similar model, same size, same company, but three or four years old. That one still works great, so I see no reason not to expect the same of this, like I do from every Asus product I buy.

10/26/2012
Most Critical Review

Caveat Emptor

ORICO Transparent M.2 NVME NGFF SATA SSD Enclosure Support Dual Protocol M.2 NVME+NGFF SATA SSD Disk For USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C PCIE M Key B+M Key USB C 10Gbps Transfer Rate Solid Drive Enclosure
ORICO Transparent M.2 NVME NGFF SATA SSD Enclosure Support Dual Protocol M.2 NVME+NGFF SATA SSD Disk For USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C PCIE M Key B+M Key USB C 10Gbps Transfer Rate Solid Drive Enclosure

Pros: Lightweight

Cons: Wildly unstable. I don't trust Realtek LAN chips in my motherboards, not sure why I thought they could handle this.

Overall Review: I took a working SSD out of another enclosure and put it in this one. Using the USB A to USB C cable, hooked it up to my desktop. Computer said I needed to reformat the drive. I put the drive back in the old enclosure, and it worked fine. I backed up the data, put the drive back in the Orico, connected with A to C cable, reformatted, restored data. Seemed fine. Disconnected drive from main PC, connected to laptop with A to C cable, got message that I needed to reformat. Whatever, reformatted on the laptop, seemed okay, took back to desktop, seemed okay, restored data again. Disconnected from desktop and connected to laptop using USB C to C cable, again, need to reformat. Up to this point I had been using a SATA m.2 drive, so I swapped in an NVMe drive. All the same issues, Windows just doesn't like to recognize that the drive already has a partition table. Device won't even recognize at all on a Chromebook. The only thing that happens on a Chromebook is that after I unplug it, I get a notification that there was a problem with the device. I figured, maybe I can use it for certain file transfers with USB passthrough to a virtual machine. Passed through fine, less than an hour later it just crapped out. Had to disconnect it from the VM and reconnect, a while later it happened again. I can't get it to stay functioning with that virtual machine for longer than 2 hours, meanwhile my USB hard drive stays connected and handles the same workload just fine. It works a little better for that with a USB 2.0 cable in the mix, but that's not a real fix. I thought, maybe there's a driver or firmware update that I'm missing. Tracked down the product page on Orico's website https://www.orico.cc/us/product/detail/7143.html and it's got a link right on it for "Related Download". Great, I figured maybe there's firmware or drivers, but that's at least going to have a PDF of the manual right? Nope, click it and it does nothing. The address changes to https://www.orico.cc/us/product/detail/7143.html#link3 but nothing on the page actually updates. At this point, I give up and write this.

works

BYTECC DPDVI-06 6 ft. Black Display Port to DVI Cable Male to Male
BYTECC DPDVI-06 6 ft. Black Display Port to DVI Cable Male to Male

Pros: works, DisplayPort snaps in, decent length

Cons: none

Overall Review: I was a bit nervous about this purchase because of the different versions of DVI and DisplayPort, I wasn't sure it would be universally compatible, but it's been driving my 22 inch 168X1050 monitor flawlessly

12/12/2012

No Regrets

IOGEAR GKM561R Black 2.4GHz Wireless HTPC Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel
IOGEAR GKM561R Black 2.4GHz Wireless HTPC Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel

Pros: range, ergonomics, functionality, battery life, on/off switch, I prefer the trackball to a touch pad, DPI adjustment for the trackball is handy,

Cons: on/off switch is on the bottom in a less than easy to reach place, trackball is a bit loose which can cause jumpy mouse motion (I just keep a little bit of pressure on it with my thumb and it's stable), previous similar models from the same company had a USB port and came with rechargeable batteries which would have been nice (but I'm still on the original batteries so that's probably not a big deal), no number pad, sometimes when I set it down too roughly the batteries come out (helps keep me from being too rough with it)

Overall Review: I bought this after my roommate's drunk friends broke my previous wireless keyboard and mouse, using it with a media center PC. The range was astoundingly better than my previous keyboard, quality seems fine, I haven't noticed any problems with dust in the track ball as some other reviews but it's only been 2~3 months.

NAS

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: 80 Plus Bronze

Cons: not free

Overall Review: I purchased one of these about a year ago for my home FreeNAS server. I don't remember much about how it is to build with it or cable management, it's not flimsy though. Mostly I'm just putting in this review to contribute my experience that it's been on and reliable for a year.

12/31/2011

Exactly What I Needed

GIGABYTE GA-D525TUD Intel Atom D525@ 1.8GHz 1M L2 cache BGA559 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo
GIGABYTE GA-D525TUD Intel Atom D525@ 1.8GHz 1M L2 cache BGA559 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: Dual Core Atom at 1.8 GHz DDR3 memory thing is tiny

Cons: the D525 has the highest power draw of the Atom line No USB3 No SATA 3 (6.0Gb/s) has a fan only one expansion slot

Overall Review: I've got more con's than pro's listed, but I have no regrets in buying this board, I've used it in a FreeNAS build for my home network. The only problem I had with the system was caused by a hard drive, the board has been solid and can easily handle everything I've thrown at it. However, FreeNAS (based on FreeBSD) does not have driver support for the network port on this one, so the PCI slot gets taken up by a NIC, unfortunate but if I wasn't lazy I'd write a driver for it.