Joined on 02/09/06
Pros: -Dual ATSC tuner allows for multiple sources to be recorded simultaneously. I used primarily in 2 configurations: 2 OTA sources or 1 OTA and 1 cable. -Only requires one input for antenna and one input for OTA and cable and I know OTA can record 2 sources from one OTA input, not sure on 2 cable sources. -Low profile card allows for HTPC installation or better airflow in normal cases like mine
Cons: -Can't tune the new encrypted digital channels... thank you Comcast/Xfinity... NOT
Good AIO liquid CPU cooler
Pros: Kit is complete and is easy to unpack and install. Parts are all very high quality and the fit and finish is top notch. The 140mm fans are smooth and quiet. They also have rubber pads integrated into the housing to lower the likelihood of developing vibrations and squeaks when mounted to the radiator. The system is quiet. The pump head and fans are very quiet. I was not able to hear them at all while they were installed in the computer under the desk in my work shop. Depending on where/how this is installed the default / demo RGB profile may be a bit too much for some, but this is easily reprogrammed with the USB port and the iCUE software. I enjoyed watching it in my workshop while I was testing. Low CPU temps compared to air cooling and easily able to keep up with sustained high temps without breaking a sweat. Kept the CPU just 1-2 degrees above ambient temp at idle. I did not play around with the iCUE software at all, but the general sentiment seems to be that it is good and has a lot of customizability for the 24 total LEDs in the system (16 in the pump head, 4 in each of the fans)
Cons: Expensive, but you get what you pay for LGA775 not supported. I was originally going to test this on an LGA775 system since it can generate a lot of heat, but the old socket is not supported with this kit. Not a huge surprise as an LGA775 system should probably be put out to pasture by now, but worth noting.
Overall Review: Tested on an ASRock H81 mobo with 4GB of RAM and an i3 4340 Ambient temp 23c Idle temp 24c max CPU temp under load 69c max High CPU load generated using Prime95 using the Small FFTs profile. CPU started at 65c a few moments after starting Prime 95, and then maxed out at 69c for the duration of the 12 hour test.
A good large portable hard disk
Pros: The drive feels solidly constructed and the red color is nice, I consider it to be a cardinal red or almost a shade of maroon. Benchmarks look good for a mechanical disk. For standard to large size files, the drive does 100-135 MB/s read and write speeds. Drive temps stayed low while performing benchmarks.
Cons: Not the biggest fan of glossy plastic devices as they show fingerprints and scratches in no time, but I don't see that it will be an issue beyond cosmetic appearance. It is a little physically large for a portable drive, but the 3TB of storage more than makes up for the larger size.
Overall Review: I formatted the drive with exFAT since I have computers that are Windows, Mac and Linux and ran benchmarks using ATTO Disk Benchmark on a Dell Latitude E7440 running Windows 7. The drive will be best used while stationary as it has a strong gyroscopic effect if you pick it up while it is operational, and this affects the read/write speeds. The 2 year warranty is pretty standard for consumer hard disks. Benchmark results SIZE WRITE (MB/s) READ (MB/s) ------------------------------------------------------------- 512B 5.4 6.4 1KB 11.3 12.4 2KB 22.3 23.0 4KB 40.1 43.0 8KB 74.1 74.7 16KB 112.7 109.8 32KB 135.2 134.6 64KB 135.6 134.4 128KB 136.0 134.0 256KB 136.1 135.1 512KB 135.5 134.1 1MB 135.0 134.8
Good Home PC
Pros: The case is nicely styled and has good access to the usb, audio and memory card slot front and center on the case. PC was already running 1709 out of the box, so it was nice to not have to download and wait for that update to install. There was also a notable lack of junkware. Only essential utilities were included by Acer, and unfortunately there is nothing you can do about Microsoft's default installation programs but uninstall them yourself. This PC is certainly prepared for future upgrades. There is an extra 3.5" hard disk bay immediately accessible after removing the side panel. The 8GB of RAM is in a single stick, instead of 2x4GB sticks that could have saved them some money in manufacturing. The M.2 slot is nice to have if you want replace/supplement the hard disk with an SSD. Built in wifi has antennas located outside of the metal case, and has antennas on the front and back of the PC, providing good receive/transmit diversity. The power supply is a commodity/off-the-shelf unit, so if (and in my experience when, nothing against Acer, but power supplies tend to fail on me) the power supply fails, you will be able to quickly track down a replacement at the local store or inexpensively online, rather than having to track down a model- or brand-specific power supply to get you back up and running
Cons: The Toshiba hard disk does appear to make more noise than most Western Digitals that I am used to. May not have been annoyed as much by the drive because I used the computer in my workshop next to the furnace and other computers I have running in the basement.
Overall Review: Unboxed this PC the other day and got up and running and installed all updates in about 30 minutes. I did not have the Windows validation errors that others have reported in these reviews, so it is good to see that Acer has worked that issue out. Overall, for a home computer, this seems like a good option that should be plenty speedy for years to come. I plan on gifting it to my father-in-law to replace an aging Core2 system that he is still running on.
Good basic flash drive
Pros: - As plastic slider USB flash drives go this one is constructed fairly well
Cons: - Lanyard attachment is very small and recessed within the body of the drive - Performance is so so, but is expected for the price point
Overall Review: Write speeds are ok. Depending on file sizes being transferred I saw between 10 and 30 megabytes a second. Read speeds are good. Again, depending on file size, I saw between 30 and 110 megabytes a second. I use flash drives very little these days, but always have a few rattling around in my backpack. This will replace a couple of smaller drives I have had for about 10 years now. I am not sure how these will hold up to daily/regular use, but they are more than up to the task of my occasional use. If you are looking to use this to regularly save/transfer files, I would do so cautiously, and always have another copy... or three or four copies just to be on the safe side.