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John H.

John H.

Joined on 01/11/08

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Most Favorable Review

Decent Router with great potential

Linksys AC3200 WRT3200ACM Open Source Ready Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router Supported by DD-WRT, eSATA / USB 3.0
Linksys AC3200 WRT3200ACM Open Source Ready Smart Wi-Fi Gigabit Router Supported by DD-WRT, eSATA / USB 3.0

Pros: - Fully ready for open source firmware which opens up a whole range of other options - Was super easy to setup as just an Access Point in my environment - Maintains typical Linksys styling - eSATA port is a nice feature, too bad I don't have anything that can use it - Great range - Physical power switch makes turning on and off an breeze - Ability to setup a guest network on another VLAN. This makes it super easy to move all your guest traffic off of your main network

Cons: - Stock firmware is nothing special and could use a face lift in my honest opinion - Not seeing True AC performance, of course that could be due to other facters - Short antennas. If they increased these the shape of the broadcast would greatly improve and would probably provide better coverage - Very pricey for the featureset. Though I guess this is offset by the ability to load custom firmware

Overall Review: Having owned this router for the better part of 4 months I can say that I would decide on this router again, if only because I am a fan of DD-WRT. The ability to load open source firmware is about the only thing that saves this router from being massively overpriced for the amount of features. Also beware of the stock firmware, if it is working for you, turn off auto update. Lately I have been having problems where my wifi cuts out for about 10 seconds and then works again, so stay with what works for you. Hopefully linksys puts out a few patches for these problems or I may have to move over and use DD-WRT fairly soon.

Most Critical Review

Value Router/AP

TP-LINK AC750 Dual Band Wireless AC Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 433Mbps, Stand Design, 1 USB Port, IPv6, Guest Network - Archer C20i
TP-LINK AC750 Dual Band Wireless AC Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 433Mbps, Stand Design, 1 USB Port, IPv6, Guest Network - Archer C20i

Pros: This is a nice value router. Decent range for AC/N and of course B/G Easy to setup and has a nice compact design

Cons: No Gig Ethernet. - This really kills the product for me. AC wireless doesn't really boost the speed that much compared to N (tested via local network files transfers) USB port is only USB 2.0 - Not that much of a con considering this is a value router/AP

Overall Review: Overall this is a good entry level router for someone who is only going to be using wireless, if you are going to be doing any advanced networking this router is not for you.

Great AIO cooler

CORSAIR Hydro Series, H115i RGB PLATINUM, 280mm, 2 x ML PRO 140mm RGB PWM Fans, RGB Lighting & Fan Control w/ Software, Liquid CPU Cooler. CW-9060038-WW. Support: Intel 1200, 2066, AMD AM4, TR4.
CORSAIR Hydro Series, H115i RGB PLATINUM, 280mm, 2 x ML PRO 140mm RGB PWM Fans, RGB Lighting & Fan Control w/ Software, Liquid CPU Cooler. CW-9060038-WW. Support: Intel 1200, 2066, AMD AM4, TR4.

Pros: As someone who has watercooled their computer for a long while with a custom loop I was at first apprehensive of using this AIO but my fears were unfounded. The parts are very well made and high quality. It cools extremely well. I am running an AMD FX-6300 series cpu overclocked to 4.2 GHz and it was able to handle full load without issue. Max temp was 52C after a long and taxing gaming session playing Killing Floor 2. I am running older hardware so I wasn't able to test out it's RGB capabilities. The system is extremely quiet. The fans I installed on my case are louder than the pump and fans on this are.

Cons: Expensive for an AIO but you absolutely get what you pay for. Other than that this AIO has no flaws as far as I can tell.

Overall Review: Pay attention when hooking everything up. Installing AIO's can be more tricky than installing a custom loop.

11/28/2018

Good basic machine

Acer Desktop Computer Aspire TC-780-AMZKi5 Intel Core i5 7th Gen 7400 (3.00GHz) 8GB DDR4 2TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 630 Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
Acer Desktop Computer Aspire TC-780-AMZKi5 Intel Core i5 7th Gen 7400 (3.00GHz) 8GB DDR4 2TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 630 Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

Pros: - Intel i5 Quad Core @ 3.00 GHz without hyperthreading (4 cores | 4 threads) - Quick 2TB hard drive running at 7200 RPM - 8 GB of DDR4 - Windows 10 (mine came activated and ready to go despite other reviews) - Built in bluetooth - Built in wifi - No crazy bloatware built in, just start it up and go - Include a mouse and keyboard that will be fine if you aren't the mechanical keyboard type - Nicely built case with a low footprint - Supports M.2 for upgradability - Decent expandability for the size

Cons: Audio quality leaves much to be desired. This could be fixed with an external DAC or a sound card if you are an audiophile.

Overall Review: The CPU that comes with this computer should be fine for the average computer user but can be upgraded to a better one if you want to drop the money on it. This machine could be upgraded to be a beast. For me the only issue is that the CPU that is included doesn't really cut it as I generally run virtual machines for testing code and system setups. Just remember that this machine isn't really meant to run games or anything, it is just a general work machine that can handle every day tasks. Overall a great machine for the price.

Where have these been all my life?!

CORSAIR ML120 PRO RGB, 120mm Premium Magnetic Levitation RGB LED PWM Fan, CO-9050075-WW. Single Pack.
CORSAIR ML120 PRO RGB, 120mm Premium Magnetic Levitation RGB LED PWM Fan, CO-9050075-WW. Single Pack.

Pros: Full color customization Nearly completely silent Push a good volume of air Build quality is top notch

Cons: Somewhat expensive and I am coming from liquid bearing fans as well so that is saying something. Additional Hardware Required For RGB Functionality if you don't have a compatible motherboard

Overall Review: Price could be a bit lower but you can't been the quality of these fans. I'm going to pick up a few more for sure.

Reliable Cable Modems make me happy

Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem
Linksys CM3024 DOCSIS 3.0 (24 x 8) Cable Modem

Pros: - Fast and reliable. Can handle all my ISP can dish out (though being in Chicago with Comcast that isn't saying much) - Doesn't get hot from my testing - Starts up quickly compared to my old SB6121 - Gigabit ethernet port - NO RENTAL FEES - No embedded wifi

Cons: - No web interface for debugging

Overall Review: This is a fantastic upgrade from my old SB6121. 24 down/8 up channels mean that I can take advantage of a lot more channels and therefore have a more stable connection. This modem has been completely rock solid for me and I would purchase this item in a heartbeat if I were in the market for a new cable modem.