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This review is from: Movado Juro Men's Quartz Watch 0605030
Pros: I got this watch at a jewelry store my sister used to work at for a great discount. I remember visiting NYC over a decade ago and seeing a Movado for the first time in the Rockefeller Center at some jewelry store. I was mesmerized by its style and aesthetics, with the sleek black and minimalist style.
The Juro in my opinion is a classic style Movado with the right balance of colors and minimalist design. It's very dressy, and looks sharp. I've been rough with it for about 6 years, but it still has held up excellent, with only 1 battery and gasket change.
Cons: Pricey, although cheap compared to countless ultra high-end watches (try 10K - 50K+). This watch retails for $800 at any retail jewelry store. The current newegg price is excellent.
Other Thoughts: I don't wear any jewelry other than a watch, which is at least a functional item. I appreciate good craftsmanship and design, and wanted this watch because it looked so cool, not because of the price tag. There are other watches, including many Movados that are FAR more expensive than this. If you're in business, want to make a silent status statement to a client, and look good doing it, a Movado is a great choice that expresses style and taste, without being absurdly pretentious like a Rolex.
For any new Movado owner, make sure you ALWAYS bring them to authorized Movado repair jewelry stores. They are very tricky to service compared to other watches. Your watch WILL be damaged if you let a non-certified Movado tech service it. It cost me around $25 for a battery change, gaskets, and a few days at a Reis Nichols. TOTALLY worth it, and should be expected if you plan to enter the watch market of this caliber. You wouldn't take an Aston Martin to Walmart for an oil change would you?
This review is from: LaCie Porsche Design P'9230 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive 302002
Pros: I've messed with Lacie drives before, but this is by far the most aesthetically pleasing drive they make, if not the best for any external HDD casing. The dark aluminum is beautiful, heavy, and very durable. It has a nice weight to it, and the white slit for the LED is not overbearing. It's also insanely quiet.
Cons: None so far. Hopefully the drive is just as reliable. Firewire would've been nice for Macs, but it's Apple's fault for not supporting USB 3.0 yet. It beats everything but Thunderbolt, and those drives are crazy expensive. Also, hopefully the Porsche branding isn't adding too much fluff to the price, which still isn't bad.
Other Thoughts: I build PC's, and own Macs. This is currently used as a video storage drive for an HVX200. I've used and seen a lot of external HDD's, and this just nails it home with quality and performance.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Well what can I say? Coming from a 5770, this is a massive upgrade. I can't get over how quiet this thing is. Games like BF3, and Desert Strike (Starcraft 2) run beautifully, liquid smooth, maxed out at 1920x1200. I haven't even started overclocking the card, so it's running at the stock O.C. of 900mhz. I have two 24" 1920x1200 monitors running through Display Port, and there's no slow down in any games when one is idle.
Cons: Let's face it, the card is expensive, way more than I'd care to spend, but I did it anyway. I plan to have this card for 2-3 years, so I see it as a reasonable purchasing decision. My last splurge on a high-end card was a Nvidia 7800GT, and had that for almost 4 years.
Other Thoughts: My system it's plugged into:
Core i7 920 @ 3.6ghz
ASUS P6T X58
12GB DDR3 1600
4 HDD / 1 SSD / 1 ODD
SeaSonic X650 PSU
2 add-on cards on my mobo (PCIe and PCI)
Fractal Design R3 Case
I've had no trouble with random restarts or power issues. The power efficiency of this card is unbelievable (roughly 3-6 watts on idle). If you go crossfire, I'd absolutely recommend NO LESS than a strong high quality 850W PSU (preferably 1000W).
Out of all the 7950's I've seen in reviews, this Sapphire OC has scored higher marks than any, mainly due to its excellent cooling, low noise, and will overclock well. I almost bought the XFX version, but glad I didn't. It tested much louder, a bit hotter, and didn't have as high of an OC ceiling. Only thing I like about the XFX over the Sapphire is it looks cooler. (not a good buying factor).
THIS IS THE 7950 TO GET. Pay the extra $30 for this magnificent cooler, which is ooooh so quiet. :D