Professional quality for low price

Product: Steam cleaner Karcher SC 1.020 Category: Steam Cleaners Author: Boyman Author´s opinion:
I have bought this steam cleaner recently for $150. It is a real Karcher from official dealer. Well, I had a quest to clean all mixer taps, which become covered with calcareous coating every month. Yes, we have so earthy water. I also had to clean the whole kitchen from old layer of fat left by last owners of the flat. The oven, the kitchen extractor fan and all furniture were covered with such a great fat layer that I thought ex-owners used to fry pork with fat every day. And, of course, black mold in bathroom, which likes to spread on the edge and settle in the anti-slipping rug laid in the bath. Let’s begin from the ...

Good in everything except its weight

Product: Fontignac cast iron round casserole Category: Dishes Author: Rochelle7656 Author´s opinion:
I bought this saucepan with a big (60%) discount. Just the price made me buy a cast-iron saucepan – though I wanted cast-iron thing for my household for long time, but I didn’t like a common cast because of its bad cleaning while enameled was simply expensive. And here it turned out to be rather reasonable as for the price – 43$ for a saucepan with 3.6 liters volume. I didn’t hear about Fontignac Company before, but have seen an advertising share I read a little about it in the Internet. In general, reviews were positive, so just before the New Year I came back home with a heavy box. I didn’t take picture of the package from ...

The overpayment for a little timing rate doesn’t worth it

Product: RAM Kingston Hyper X 16GB Memory Kit Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
When I was assembling a mini-ITX computer for work, I wanted all work applications to open and run very fast. Having a fast chip and SSD is not enough, you also need fast RAM. However my motherboard could support only standard frequencies of DDR3 1600. So, after a short cogitative pause I decided to look for differences between different RAMs of equal frequency rates. Some companies ask to pay more than their competitors for some RAMs. It turned out that the lower timing rate the higher price, so I had chosen RAM with the lowest timing rate CL9, two bars of 8 GB each, working in pair. We have been using them in the second ...

It hasn’t lived up to my expectations fully

Product: Hard Drive SSD Kingston SSDNOW 300V Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
I was assembling a mini-ITX computer for work and had a strong decision that even if the system is low-cost, I cannot do without SSD drive: I think the times of HDD are gone. I think that SDD drive has to run at least as a system drive. I have a SSD drive from Vertex on my main computer for work; it is really fast, I enjoyed the drive and the company. And for the second computer I’d decided to buy something simpler, I’d chosen a Kingston drive; it was 10-15% cheaper, even with same features as Vertex drive. The setting up hadn’t had any problems; everything had found its position. During the working process I had noticed by ...

The best power supply in its price brackets

Product: Power Supply Corsair HX650 Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
When I was assembling a mini-ITX computer for work, I had to choose as small power box as it was possible; however I still wanted it to be powerful enough. I didn’t have many options to choose, maximum length of the block was 5,9 inches because of size and specs of the casing. The smallest boxes were of 300-350 watts, so I decided to search for 5,9-inched power boxes. The choice wasn’t great, but good enough. As the computer had to be low-cost, so I paid attention to the price too, and I wanted to buy a box of a famous producer, not any infamous Chinese thing. Of course, I wanted a quiet box. I had chosen a box of approximately 650 ...

European vision of mini-ITX casing. It is good enough at all.

Product: Computer Casing Fractal Design Node 304 Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
One time I had an urge to gather a mini-ITX computer; it is a very compact size, about two times smaller and neater that ATX. The selection of mini-ITX casings of good quality isn’t as wide as one of ATX, but it is possible to find something. Specifically this casing is Swedish. They tried to think over everything, but there are still some disadvantages. The casing is not very heavy; I can say it is even light. Its first problem is connected with its weight – the casing is quite noisy, the walls are too thin, so it can’t insulate noise perfectly. At least I’ve solved the problem with standard chip coolers by replacing ...

Stable, reliable WI-FI connection

Product: Wireless router Edimax EW-7733UnD Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
As there were no space for standard PCI card in the mini-ITX computer (only PCI socket was occupied by graphics card), I decided to buy a USB net adapter. I had chosen the cheapest, the first I had looked at. Later I regretted it; I should think this question out more deeply. The producer says that it is possible to work with 2,4 and 5 GHz with speed rate to 450 MB, in real life it works with 75 MB speed rate. The antenna is telescopic, however if it is pushed inside, the signal does not change. The assembly or it is better to say constitution of the device looks very fragile, the details move after a slight pushing and squeak. ...

The best hard drive among classic variants

Product: Hard Drive Western Digital 1TB Black Series Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
When I was assembling a mini-ITX computer, I was going to set up two hard drives, one SSD for the operating system and one classical HDD for storing work data and other information. If I had an option, I would buy only one SSD, but they are too expensive, so I had to buy one SSD of little capacity and classical HDD of 1TB. I already had Western Digital production, I have been using it for many years, and however I was not very amazed with it. Nevertheless there were no problems with their production. I would describe them as slow but reliable hard drives. I wanted to buy something more modern, so I searched for the newest ...

If quality is same, why do I have to pay more?

Product: Motherboard ASRock FM2A85X-ITX Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
When I was assembling a mini-ITX computer for work I was faced with the choice what motherboard I should set up. It is the most necessary part of the computer, in my opinion, so I should make a choice carefully. Moreover a motherboard is liable to different glitches connected with the amount of part set up on it in opposite to processor. In other words, if you use cheap details with your motherboard, the probability of glitches and defects is very high. So I chose from expensive motherboards, however the selection of motherboards for mini-ITX computers was not wide enough, especially of those which are capable for ...

The best Bluetooth Headset, but the price is a little bit high

Product: Bluetooth headset Jawbone Era Category: PC Headsets Author: Albert Author´s opinion:
I bought this headset a long time ago, but today it is still quite expensive, about $110 - $125. It is really expensive, in my opinion; however, I really think this thing is good. First of all, the package looks very bright and serious; everything is great and nice to touch. There is a manual, charger, adapters and many different mouthpieces inside. The headset itself seems to be of very high quality, there are no plays of pieces and squeaks. The headset is solid to touch and to look at. An ear feels comfortable, nothing disturbs and chafes. Well, this headset is so expensive because it uses a bone sound transfer ...
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