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Joshua W.

Joshua W.

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Most Favorable Review

Perfect for me.

WD My Cloud EX2 4TB Personal Cloud Storage - NAS (WDBVKW0040JCH-NESN)
WD My Cloud EX2 4TB Personal Cloud Storage - NAS (WDBVKW0040JCH-NESN)

Pros: -Easy setup -Easy-to-use software -Nice design (sleek and nice appearance) -Compact -Compatible with multiple OS (I have tested with Android, iOS, Windows 7, and Windows 8) -Great read speeds -Good Write speeds -Great media server -Comes with 2 2TB WD Red Drives -Included HDDs come set up in RAID 1 -Has 2 USB 3.0 ports for further expansion -A lot of online explanations of what to do if you get stuck -There are several free apps to use on it -Allows for multiple users with different levels of access -Very easy to get to and replace hard drives This device is exactly what I have been looking for. Not only does it do an amazing job keeping a backup of all of the important files for work/school (and allow us to access them anywhere on the cloud), but it is great for allowing us to access our entire media library from anywhere over the cloud. The desktop and the mobile apps seem pretty good, has a built in media player in the mobile app for streaming music and has a pretty simple file navigation system. You can also download any files or music from the cloud to your device if you need to do more than just view or listen to them. During setup, I did get stuck a time or two, but luckily there were a lot of online tutorials on the WD website for setting everything up. I am also happy that I can setup a group for my wife and I to have access with full access to everything on it, I can set up a group for friends that I want to share files with that only have access to that, and I could even set up another group for our children with access to just the media. The groups and users seem very easy to set up and manage. There is even a whole range of Apps that you can download and install for free that would add to the functionality of the My Cloud EX2. Just a quick look shows apps for P2P file sharing, multimedia streaming, CMS and web design, forum software, a BitTorrent client, and several other things.

Cons: -Can be complicated to setup -Backing up from a computer to the My Cloud requires separate software from the WD My Cloud. (WD SmartWare) During setup, I got stuck several times. First was when I was trying to setup and automatic backup from my computer to the My Cloud device. I couldn’t find anything in the WD My Cloud software… and it turned out to be because it wasn’t there. I ended up looking on the WD website and found that it requires different software to set that up. I needed to download WD SmartWare. Once I had that is was very easy to get going and pretty self-explanatory.

Overall Review: I have never had a NAS system with this many features. Which did lead to some slight complications and confusion for me during setup, but they were easily resolved by looking on the WD website, it is very easy to look for solutions if you happen to get stuck. I am very impressed with the number of things I can do with this system. This is exactly what I have been looking for. It is great for backing up important business files for my wife’s small business, making files available anywhere on our own personal cloud, and can easily store all of our music (and even stream it straight to itunes on computers/phones). The case is even immune to my cat! After inspecting the new device on my desk he decided it was too amazing to even try attacking it. Simply incredible.

Most Critical Review

Its alright.

SYBA SY-SWI31028 3 x 1 Compact High Performance HDMI Switch Supports 1080p Display and Dolby Audio
SYBA SY-SWI31028 3 x 1 Compact High Performance HDMI Switch Supports 1080p Display and Dolby Audio

Pros: Its nice to be able to combine 3 HDMI ports into one on my tv that only has 2 ports. Small design. Easy to use button on the device when you need to manually switch between ports.

Cons: Will randomly switch from one device to another when it shouldn't. It only seems to do this with my PS3, the Wii U does not seem to have the same problem. My PS3 is moving rooms in a few months, so it is something I will just live with I suppose, but I wish it just worked. Having the HDMI ports on 4 different sides of the device makes it a bit awkward. If I use all ports, then there is a wire coming out of every side of the device and can make it hard to manage wires.

Quick Setup, Good Product

devolo Magic 2 WiFi next Whole Home Wi-Fi Kit
devolo Magic 2 WiFi next Whole Home Wi-Fi Kit

Pros: - Good speeds for a Powerline. I got between 91 and 98 Mbps everywhere I tried in my house. - Works everywhere in my house, even my outside shed which was added on recently. - Has a passthrough plug! - Very easy setup

Cons: - While I consider the speeds good for what this device is, it is a small fraction of what is stated for the device. - Careful about what you have plugged in. I have a humidifier in my home that will completely stop this from working if its plugged in. Likely, the humidifier is not grounded properly, but still something to consider. - They are big. - A bit pricier than I would like to see.

Overall Review: Overall, this is a great product. Probably the best powerline that I have ever used. If you need a good powerline, I would highly recommend this one. That said, it is good to understand the limitations of powerline devices. Their speeds will not compare to something directly wired into your router, they do add some minor latency too. It is not typically very bad though, it is just something to be aware of. Set up is extremely easy. Anyone should be able to do it by following the directions that are given. For me, this product is great. I am able to get a more reliable connection in my outside shed. This makes it much better for streaming video and music while working out there. Additionally it helps to strengthen the WiFi in the back corner of my house where it has always been a little weaker than I preferred.

Great PSU

Rosewill PMG Series, PMG750, 750W Fully Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Low Noise, Single +12V Rail, SLI & CrossFire Ready, Black
Rosewill PMG Series, PMG750, 750W Fully Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Low Noise, Single +12V Rail, SLI & CrossFire Ready, Black

Pros: Fully Modular Gold Certified Quiet

Cons: Cables a little on the short side Short warranty for a PSU at 5 years

Overall Review: Overall, I am very satisfied with this power supply. In terms of design, it is exactly what I would expect. Black with black cables. The main cable to the motherboard is braided, the rest are not. All cables are black. It is worth noting that the cables were not long enough to be routed behind the motherboard in a full ATX case. That said, they are fine in my normal midsize cases (yes, I tested in multiple cases). Provides the correct voltages according to my PSU tester. Note that this is just a fairly cheap tester and I did not do a full tear down to test this. Overall, the quality of the power looks to be good from the testing I could do. 5 years is a fairly short warranty compared to most other 80 Plus Gold power supplies that I have used, but not so short that I am worried about it. Finally, I would gladly recommend this product. It offers a lot for the price.

Soft & Squishy

VIGOR WR01 Wrist Rest
VIGOR WR01 Wrist Rest

Pros: -Comfortable for my wrists -Feels like quality construction. -Very subtle dragon logo

Overall Review: It is comfortable! That is pretty much what we are going for here and all that really matters. This pad just feels nice. Even the parts I do not rest my wrists on look and feel well-made. It is worth noting that the dragon logo is a bit less visible than the pictures suggest, which I consider a major plus. I like it, but do not want it to be the focal point of my desk. Not a lot else to say about a wrist rest? It is great.

Magnificent Motherboard: Makes Me Merry

MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE WIFI Gaming Motherboard AMD AM4 SATA 6Gb/s M.2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 HDMI ATX
MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE WIFI Gaming Motherboard AMD AM4 SATA 6Gb/s M.2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 HDMI ATX

Pros: -Easy to flash BIOS even without an older Ryzen CPU (just need the file on a USB) -Mystic Light seems to do fine if you are into RGB -Tested some very minor OC when I first got it, worked great -Using with a small undervolt on my 5800x, handles it very well

Cons: -Chipset fan was extremely loud by default. -Wi-fi was disappointing. -Why are there no screws for the M.2?! -No USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C connector (but I knew that before buying) -Dragon Center

Overall Review: A bit more detail about the pros of my experience: I really like this motherboard. It holds all my components and lets them all work together... like it should. The USB BIOS flash is a great addition to a motherboard that supports multiple generations of CPUs (which was great since I did not want to dismantle my old build before I had this one done). The RGB controls work fine from what I messed with, but I am not super big into RGB. Handled a minor OC on a 5800x no issue (stress tested it, then decided I was not a fan of the temperatures). I ended up undervolting the CPU to keep it away from the thermal ceiling - this was easy on this motherboard and everything is working great. Performance actually increased with the undervolt since it didn't have to throttle. The issues I ran into: So, I knew as I came in that it did not have the new USB C header, I bought an adapter and everything works fine. I was not aware of the lack of M.2 screws. Luckily I had some extras (well, after taking one from a different computer); would it really be that hard to include screws for both M.2 slots? Wow, that chipset fan was loud by default. I had to go into the settings in BIOS and change it to silent mode. Temperatures still seem perfectly fine and it was a simple fix. I used the Wi-fi for initial setup and was that it dropped signal more than once in the few hours I was using it; speeds were fine though. Dragoncenter software on a desktop is... rough; I avoid using it except for the initial Mystic Lights setup. This motherboard is fantastic. It does absolutely everything I want. While I am not a big fan of RGB lights everywhere, I did embrace it on this built and synced up everything with Mystic Light software (sadly located in the Dragon Center software), I was able to set everything up to slowly go from white lights to red lights as the CPU temp rises (took like 5 minutes). It has been 100% stable for the time I have been using it (a little over a month). All of my cons are minor and my pros/overall experience are major wins. I would highly recommend this motherboard based on my experience so far!

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My first order was RMA'd without any notification to me

The first time I ordered something from this seller it was RMA'd instead of being sent to me. This was done without any sort of notification to me at all. So clearly, this seller has horrible communication. Which would lead me to believe that their customer service probably isn't the best either. They managed to get an egg back by actually sending my order to me when I gave them a second chance. The product was good, and shipping was fairly fast.

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11/26/2012