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BIOSTAR G31-M4 478 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Nice board 04/17/2011

This review is from: BIOSTAR G31-M4 478 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Works great. Used my existing P4 processor, gained a pci-e slot so I was able to upgrade to a current video card (GTX 460). I had to put in DDR2 RAM since my old P4 board used DDR. But DDR2 is cheap now. This board works great so far and revived an old system to fantastic performance.

Cons: I can't think of any. You can't ding a board for specs, particulaly one designed to keep older components in play. Installed quickly, no issues at all.

Other Thoughts: Automatic driver installation on the CD was a nice touch. I am thinking of buying another one of these for another P4 system I have that would benefit from pci-e graphics and 2 more SATA ports.

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Sony 3D WiFi Built-in Blu-ray Player BDP-S570
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Works very well, great player 03/04/2011

This review is from: Sony 3D WiFi Built-in Blu-ray Player BDP-S570

Pros: Unit works very well. Starts up quickly, discs (BR and DVD) both look amazing as expected. Netflix HD streaming works *perfectly* with my Netgear WNDR3700 on the 5Ghz band; BR player is inside a cabinet about 20 feet away behind a couple of walls. I streamed an entire HD movie last night without a hiccup. I am very happy with this player. It is very thin (height) and fits into my existing entertainment setup easily. Also, since the front panel buttons are pushed down (rather than "in" toward the back) the device doesn't move if you use the buttons instead of the remote.

Cons: This unit doesn't come with an HDMI cable; it comes with a composite cable. Would be better to just include HDMI; how many people buy BR players for use with TVs that don't have HDMI anymore. What would be the point? Sony has added to my massive collection of unused composite cables in my garage.

Other Thoughts: I connected to the internet the moment I got it and upgraded to the latest firmware. Didn't even try streaming until I did that, so maybe I have a more recent firmware that makes the streaming work so well. Not sure why so many people have networking problems, but I am not one of them.

NewEgg gets a big fat ZERO for shipping (does not contribute to product rating). They slapped a shipping label on the product box and handed it to UPS. UPS tossed it around in their trucks and onto my front porch like a toy. Electronics should be double boxed with padding. Most of my stuff from NewEgg is shipped that way; this one was not, and of course UPS left it in plain sight where anyone could have walked away with it knowing exactly what it was. Yes, I blame NewEgg for this, as they are responsible for getting it to me in one piece. UPS handles all packages roughly and without care. The shipper needs to take steps to work around that. The unit worked when I unboxed it, but I wonder for how long?

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Jawbone Icon The Thinker Bluetooth Headset Bulk Package
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great headset 08/09/2010

This review is from: Jawbone Icon The Thinker Bluetooth Headset Bulk Package

Pros: The Icon is the best BT headset I have ever used. Small size, light weight, perfect sound. It's the only headset I have been willing to use for business calls other than the long-boom types (Voyager Pro, which hurt my ear and SonyEricsson HBH-300).

The previous reviewer pointed out that the OEM version doesn't contain any ear loops. You can get a "fit pack" from Jawbone for $10, so even if you order that you're still getting an awesome deal on a great headset. The fit pack actually has a new style of teacup earbud that didn't come with my original retail Icon. Check the Jawbone site for details and their forums for user opinions of the fit pack.

Cons: The fit isn't perfect for me. I've tried every combination in the retail box, and there are a couple of options that are about 90% right, but none of them work as well as my original Jawbone. Still, I can wear this for 1-2 hours at a time and it's OK. Also it's a little hard to plug in the charger cable.

Other Thoughts: There's a company that makes custom ear pieces for this headset which are probably awesome, but they are very expensive ($80). I'd do it if the price were $40, since I love the Icon and after at least 10 headsets I think this is the best one ever.

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Greg H.'s Profile

Display Name: Greg H.

Date Joined: 09/30/05

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 08/02/07
  • Last Review: 04/17/11
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