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This review is from: Dell Optiplex GX520 DT Desktop PC - P4, 80GB HD, 2GB RAM DVDR,Windows 7 Home 32 bit
Pros: The system arrived quicker than expected, and was relatively inexpensive...
Cons: System was DOA with an apparent graphics failure. System is clearly USED and NOT refurbished in any way, shape or form. It's beat/scratched all to hell on the outside, more than any system I've ever personally owned in my life. These things were not only NOT refurbished, but they were treated pretty poorly during their lifetime.
Other Thoughts: Refurbished = a used item that was restored to its original condition for resale. These systems are NOT refurbished, they're just flat out just USED, and I do mean used. The systems were likely purchased from a very large corporation in a bulk lot, and were simply re-sold with no refurbishing whatsoever. I would like to think they at least bench tested the hardware for basic functionality, but based on my experience and the reviews from others, they apparently didn't even bother to do that, or whoever did the testing is inept. My system just puts out a nasty noise signal to the monitor, with no graphics or colors displayed at any point. Sounds like the OS is booting up, so there's some degree of functionality to the systems, but obviously that doesn't matter if the on-board graphics are dead. Tested with two monitors and two VGA cables, both of which were actively working on other systems in my house, and the results are the same. I just contacted the seller prior to writing this review, and I'm awaiting a response.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Tons of colors to choose from. The 3M adhesive backing is VERY sticky and will permanently adhere to any surface. Great price. Can apparently be extended by adding another strip, and can be cut down to a shorter length. You can use an alternate RGB controller if you don't like the capabilities of the one that's included. Can be turned up VERY, VERY right.
Cons: The lowest brightness setting for any of the default solid colors is way too bright in my opinion and those of my family members that have seen the product. You can't simply dim the LED strip down to the point where it's barely visible and produces a nice soft glow (though you can produce a dimmer light by using the DIY functions). The strip rather rigid and can't be twisted or turned in any direction, unlike a rope like, so it's really only good for use in a straight line, or a straight line that wraps around gentle corners (not 90 degree angles).
Other Thoughts: I got these to replace the rope lighting that I have along my double staircase, which eventually goes out in sections. The rope lighting produces a very nice soft yellow/white ambiance in my house and along my stairway, allowing for safer use of the stairs at night without having to turn on the lights, and it's barely noticeable when it's not lit. I figured these strips would allow me to do the same thing but would be more discrete, and more importantly, allow me to set it to any color I desired, and perhaps even use a pattern during the holidays.
Laying down the strip was easy enough until I needed to go around the corner at the top of the stairs, when i discovered that the strips were very rigid and didn't bend sideways or slightly twist well at all. Not a huge deal, but unlike the rope lighting which can be bent in any direction (though not at very sharp angles either), it was impossible to have this strip laid down flat facing up as it went around the corner, and it doesn't look clean or professional at those spots.
Another thing I don't like about it is that the strip is covered with what looks like microchips (even though those are actually the LEDs), copper connectors, and solder points (perhaps not actually solder, but again that's just how it appears). Basically it looks like a white strip of computer circuitry, and isn't at all a pleasant appearance when it's not dark out and the LEDs aren't lit up. I got the indoor sets, but I presume the weatherproof ones have some sort of clear plastic sheath over them, and maybe that might not look as bad, though I also imagine it makes it even more rigid and difficult to go around corners.
My primary complaint is that the LED strip can't be dimmed down very low. The lowest brightness setting for any default color, particularly white, is very bright, and the highest brightness setting was literally blinding. From the upper stairway and hall, it lit up my living room, stairway, vaulted ceiling & hall. That's fine that they can go so bright, but very disappointing that they can't be dimmed down to a soft ambient glow. I found that you can create any color you want by using the DIY setting, and if you turn the RGB values all the way down to their lowest setting for each color, it's WAY dimmer than if you just pick one of the solid colors on the remote and turn the brightness all the way down. If not for that, I probably would've had to remove these entirely since they were simply too bright, or find another RGB controller with better dimming functions.
I haven't messed around with attempting to create any fading/dimming/flashing/alternating sequences yet, but the remote has some of that functionality already pre-set, including a white strobe effect and a couple fades and flashes. Overall, I would definitely recommend these to anyone that wants some custom LED lighting, whether it's semi-permanent, or even just a one-time use for a party. At this price you can use it once and
Pros: Small, portable, light, inexpensive, easy to use, rechargeable, can be daisy chained
Cons: Gets extremely distorted at very modest volume levels. Would never indicate that it was fully charged no matter how long I left it on the charger.
Other Thoughts: Bought one of these after buying and being very happy with a virtually identical speaker made by a competitor, and also sold on Newegg, but I'm not allowed to mention the product's name. The two speakers are precisely the same size, with the same core design, just a slightly different design pattern on the outer skin and of course a different product name. The product specs were also identical, except that the X-Mini supposedly had a slightly broader frequency response (100Hz-20KHz, vs 200Hz-16KHz for the competitor). I wasn't super happy with the high frequency response of the competitor's speaker, although I loved everything else about it, so I bought the X-Mini hoping that the supposedly higher frequency response would solve that problem.
The X-mini speaker was in short, garbage. It sounded ok at VERY low volume levels, but if I turned it up to the point that it was even as loud as my pathetic internal speaker on my phone, it got totally distorted. Believe me when I say that I'm not talking about a high volume level at ALL, not even a moderate volume level. By comparison, the identical competitor's identical speaker could be turned up fully, and I could have my phone's audio output ALSO turned up fully, with zero distortion, a thumping little speaker cone, and enough volume to easily fill any room in any house or office. It was so bad that I can only hope that my speaker was just defective, but I wasn't interested in getting a second one to find out.
I bought this from a store in the Newegg marketplace (Newegg didn't sell them directly), so I had to go through a 3rd party return process, but they emailed me directly a couple times and they were very nice about the RMA and refund. They even told me not to bother returning the speaker, which is good since it's more of a headache than it's worth. I'm immediately going to order another one of the competitor's speakers that I originally purchased (and gave away to my daughter). I know I'll be happy with that one, even if it's not completely perfect.