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This review is from: SoNNeT Tempo E2P PCIe SATA Card with 2 Extended eSATA Ports Model TSATAII-E2P
Pros: It is an ESATA card. I plugged it in, it works. My external hard drives run like internal hard drives.
Cons: There is a cd. You would think it was a driver disk. Instead its a pdf of a tiny manual. Rather bewildering but inconsequential.
Other Thoughts: If you need one, get this one.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Probably the best looking Dell I've ever seen. Lights are a minimum, the lines are pleasing, almost silent operation, and the over all construction is top notch. The system performs near the level of top end gaming pcs without the ugly case nor the ridiculousness prices. I replaced the AMD 7770 to an EVGA 660 GTX but even with the AMD 7770 video card, games ran great. There is a 32 gig ssd in the system but it isn't being used the way you would expect. Some systems based on H77 intel chip sets can use an SSD as cache to speed up your most used files. After a few days of use, the hard drive will start performing within 80% of a true SSD. It is the best of both worlds. I'm really happy with this system.
Cons: I'm taking one star off for something that has a solution but it was an annoying thing to diagnosis. As shipped, the pcie 1x slots don't work. When ever I get a new computer, the first thing I do is upgrade all drivers, bios, and firmware to the latest revision. On Dell's support web site is said I had the latest bios, A06. After a couple of days trying to get my Esata cards working, Dell support told me that there is another more uptodate bios, the A09. It isn't linked anywhere on Dell's xps 8500 site. However I did upgrade the bios and then all my pcie 1x slots started working. For myself, this is a non-issue. There was an issue, there is a fix, everything is good. I can see how others would get very frustrated and think the system is broken.
Other minor issues. The optical drive is rather noisy and feels cheap but I doubt I will ever use the drive beyond creating and using recovery disks.
Also the keyboard is very cheap in look and feel but once again, I probably will never use it. The mouse on the other hand is decent.
Last thing, and I don't feel its a con: The case will not take super huge video cards. The 660 GTX is 9.5 inches long and it was a tight fit. I doubt you could fit in a 10 inch 670 gtx. Im totally ok with this. I rather have a case with a smaller foot print and a great video card than a monster case with a monster video card.
Other Thoughts: A rarity these days. A computer that is attractive, fast, and reasonable priced. Almost the anti-Alienware. I would recommend this system to any one getting a computer for gaming.
It is a good work computer as well but I think there are better deals than this one if you aren't a gamer.
This review is from: Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System
Pros: Looks attractive, sounds really good, comes with all the cables, small size, and a decent price
Cons: The on off switch broken in the on position after a week of use, The volume control doesn't work with headphones plugged in, and the sub woofer connect caved in and its hard to make a connection.
Other Thoughts: Can't argue about the price and they do sound good but I've only owned this set for a month and two things are broken. I will not buy another set in the future.READ FULL REVIEW