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      09.06.2001 18:58

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      I have found that the Diamond range of internal Modems are a breeze to install and they come with software drivers which actually work for a change. Believe it or not but the manual is almost error free and not just a piece of paper thrown in as an afterthought. I had to set up several machines with a robust modem and after several trips to PC World came to the conclusion that this is the best solution. Price wise this is an excellent package. It can be pot luck choosing a modem so play it safe by choosing this model. I hav ebought both internal and external models and both are easy to set up. Diagnosis software is included if you have a problem to check if the modem card is damaged. All in all a very good package

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      26.04.2001 07:10
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      Like many, I was stuck with a horrible software modem for a long time - I blamed my phoneline, my settings - everything, never considering that my modem could be to blame. Needless to say, once 'softmodems' started getting mainstream attention, I decided I needed a new modem. I did a little research, and found that the general consensus amongst online gamers was that this was the best modem on the market. I wasn't disappointed. I've seen download speeds in the region of 5.8-6.0k/sec on my cable line, and occasional sub-100ms pings with minimal packetloss during online gameplay. Anybody who is disgruntled with their internal software modem, I highly recommend you consider purchasing this modem - while not particularly cheap, you won't regret the purchase. Online gamers especially take note!

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        04.02.2001 07:02
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        The title is the only way to describe this modem. Quite simply it is the best modem that money can buy. It is a sad fact that modems are a dying technology, but the supra express 56e is one of the few modems that stands out in this day of broadband. I myself am a heavy online gamer, so I have a rather good knowledge of ping times. Ping times are the time it takes for your modem to contact the server. Or if you dont want this modem for gaming, then it would reflect the time it takes to contact the server holding your requested web page. The supraexpress 56e can give you around 110 ping. which in ping terms is a little over one tenth of a second. And for a modem, that is quite frankly astounding. Of course for that kind of performance you will need to find yourself a good server, but thats another matter entirely. But I recommend the wireplay dialup(www.wireplay.co.uk ) for british users which is offered for free. The 56e was one of the best purchases I ever made, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who isnt joining the broadband revolution.

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        01.12.2000 03:52

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        After putting up with a cheap internal 56k v90 software modem for the last couple of years I decided to splash out and get a proper hardware modem. I only wish I`d done it sooner. This modem is a must buy for anyone who uses the internet often. It`s an absolute doddle to install and set up, I was up and running in under 10 minutes. The last modem was a nightmare constantly losing the connection sometimes not even staying connected for 10 minutes at a time. I am really impressed with this modem, it even looks groovy in a nice blue arched case with rubber feet that really hold the modem in place to stop it sliding around. The modem has a flash Rom so it can be updated by downloading files from diamonds excellent web site which has loads of helpfull FAQ`s to remedy any common problems or questions. The lead that connects the modem is of a decent length to allow you to site the modem in a convenient position. The only real downside is lack of 25 to 9 pin adapter if you want to plug it into a 25 pin serial port.

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        23.11.2000 05:52
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        Had a 56e PRO for 2 or 3 years, in 2 systems much fiddled with. Never fails, speeds always good (friends have thier ups and downs with other modems, very easy to install, useful having the LEDs on the front, not a bad price. And no, I don't work for Diamond! Had a 56e PRO for 2 or 3 years, in 2 systems much fiddled with. Never fails, speeds always good (friends have thier ups and downs with other modems, very easy to install, useful having the LEDs on the front, not a bad price. And no, I don't work for Diamond!

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        13.11.2000 17:16
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        In my opinion and in a few of my friends opinions, you really cannot beat this modem. Diamond are recognised as the worlds leading modem manufacturers, that's why they sell more modems than any other company. This is the pinnacle of their modems though. Personally I use the internal varieties of the Diamond range because they are cheaper and they are really good, but this modem is absolutely brilliant. There are no random disconnections, very high connection speeds and in fact I would go as far as to say that this is the most reliable and stable modem that I have ever used. Admittedly you will pay more for an external modem than an internal and you will pay more for a Diamond modem than a cheaper brand one, but the extra expense is definitely worth it. Another reason to buy a Diamond is because they have very stable and good working drivers with their products and will release updated drivers every couple of months for download from their website. Overall I would strongly suggest you bought a Diamond modem of some description be it internal or external, however if you can afford the extra expense then go for the external because you'll never want another type of modem after you've used this one.

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        10.11.2000 02:14

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        The Supraexpress from Diamond Multimedia is an excellent modem. Offering speeds of up to 56K over a variety of line conditions this is a worthy addition to the modem ranks. The Supraexpress comes configured for voicemail, fax and internet connection and with a CD packed with software which can be used to enhance your communications experience. I always found that I received a good connection speed using my Supraexpress, which is incidentally designed specifically for Macintosh users(apparently) which is something of a novelty in today''s PC dominated world. The modem itself is black and has a hard sturdy feeling plastic outercasing which should (and has) withstand some quite rough abuse. Connection signals are loud and audible(whisch some might find annoying but I find useful as my ISP is a bit dodgy when it comes to connecting. Overall a good mid-priced modem, probably one of the better ones on the market, which offers fast connectionand downloads.

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        05.11.2000 20:18
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        Installing the diamond 56e was very simple with an menu wich anyone could use with ease its speed is fast it connects always at least at 48,000 bps wich is fast it has always been reliable and i have tried it on many machine and have found it to be very compatible with other hardware.it is very durable as i have dropped it several times and it still works as perfect as when i first bought it i would recommend this modem to anyone as it has always worked and it always maintains a decent speed.

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        16.09.2000 22:43
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        If like me you know nothing about computers,modems and have only just got a PC,welcome to my world.I have just found the internet about 3mths ago and having an internal(inside the pc)modem, it wasnt quite good enough.It was a little too slow for our internet server,which is freeserve and we were always getting cut off then our modem wouldnt respond.A pain or what. So I decided to go and buy an external modem to see if that would work.I went to Pc world and offered me the usual sale antics and eventually told me that Diamond Supra was the one for me.Well these things are not cheap so its was mid range,small, so I took it home. After trying to convince hubby to install it I decided to do it myself.You have a instruction book,telephone cabal,power pack,installation disk and internet access it you needed it. I was easy to install and was done in a minute or so.The modem I keep next to my scanner out of the way on the middle shelf of Pc desk. I am really pleased with it.The only time I get cut off is when my 2hrs is up and is easy to reconnect.The net downloads fast and no more unresponding modem!! So if your modem needs updating because its too slow-this is the one!

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        04.09.2000 03:58
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        Many people think that there is hardly any difference between any of the 56k modems. I used to feel the same way myself. Some months ago I had a 56k software modem (HSP it was), it was ok for surfing, emails, etc., but online gaming was virtually impossible. So finally I decided to upgrade, and I wanted an external modem, something pretty that sits beside my monitor just to make my pc look that bit more sophicticated. My know-it-all friend thought I was crazy, he told me it wasn't a very good idea to spend £60 on something I already had, I assured him that it would be much faster and because it was a hardware modem, it wouldn't slow everything else down as much (he too had an HSP modem). And sure enough, the SupraExpress delivered those files much quicker than my old modem. And for online gaming it was fantastic, the old HSP is now sealed inside a cardboard box in the attic - never to see daylight again. My friend was so impressed he went out and bought one himself the next day! I'd say it is definitely worth the extra £20-or-so to get a diamond modem rather than a generic one. The price pays for both quality and performance. And apparently, with the new shotgun software (available at CNET downloads: www.downloads.com) it is possible to bond two ordinary phone lines and get twice the speed. You will need another modem (any modem will do) and an extra phone line, although I have never tried this.

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        15.08.2000 20:30

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        I have this modem! I also had windows 98! The modem worked fine on this! I then upgraded to windows 2000 and this was the biggested disaaster ever :( I tried downloading the drivers for Win2k! They are only in BETA testing (since feb) so i downloaded them! Installed! Great i thought it works. But after about 5 minutes the computer crashed and did a physical memory dump! This is a Driver problem! (because i know win 2k) And i would advise any one else not to download these drivers! Diamond tech support was great though and they refunded the cost o the modem and even let me keep the thing! WoW! Still steer clear!

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        07.08.2000 05:04

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        Personally I think that a 56 k modem whoever it is manufactured by is the same as any other 56k modem. Sure on some you get extra functions, but a modem is meant for internet. This modem can download at a steady 5kb/ per second compared to my non branded modem that downloads at 5.1kb/ per sec. Despite what the critics may say there is no difference between branded and non branded modems. You could buy this for the satisfaction of brand, but is it really worth it. Only you can answer that one.

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        01.08.2000 08:38

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        a 56k voice fax modem made by WebExcel. Totally no frills and all etc, but it does what its suppose to do very well. Its fast and very realiable with very quick download speeds which are consistent and good value for money. It has no extra features but are you really going to use these featues? like answer machines on the more flash but expenise ones? you probably like me have an answer machine at home but never use that either. It works and works good. Its a modem and gets you on the net for what you what to do, simple. its not a big brand name one but it works and its external an no useless software modem. Its a very cheap looking finish bur you are't bothered, well i'm not, i'm just paying to use it, not to look and admire it. Its finish in a champagne gold finish and is like a one inch hardback book.

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        14.07.2000 16:08
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        My Diamond SupraExpress 56 modem has served me well over the past years. The one i have is different visually, it's a lot uglier than the one pictured, but the internals are the same. I often get download speeds of 4 to 5.5 k, and my connections are almost always 48,000 bps but that is more down to my ISP than anything else. It excels for games, recently i've been getting amazing pings of 140 and with a full server i get just below 200. I've downloaded thousands of megabytes using this modem and not once have i had to get it repaired. The features on it are minimal, in fact, there are none! Oddly, the power cable is not disconnectable from the modem itself. It's very light, almost too light, and it feels very cheap and plasticy but it's what's inside that counts... I recommend this modem, especially for gamers.

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          02.07.2000 23:10
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          It was back in the days before I had my cable modem that I got a rockwell modem that started me off on the internet. I thought this was brilliant until I started playing Online Multiplayer games such as Counter Strike and I realised that my modem was not good as I had previously thought it was. So I looked around and I found out that external modems were much better becuase they dont use up the motherboards resources such as RAM or Processor. So i purchased the Supra Express 56e from Dabs (www.dabs.com) and it was delivered in two days and all I can say is WOW!!!! This thing increased my download speed to 6k a second from a previous 4k and my ping went from 200 to 130!!! All i can say is thank you Diamond, I LOVE YOUR PRODUCTS. This is a must for ANY mulitplayer gamer on the net or for anyone downloading BIG files.

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