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Robert L.

Robert L.

Joined on 06/29/05

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Most Favorable Review

Merc Stealth

Ideazon Merc Stealth Illuminated Gaming Keyboard- ZXP-2000 Black USB Wired Ergonomics
Ideazon Merc Stealth Illuminated Gaming Keyboard- ZXP-2000 Black USB Wired Ergonomics

Pros: Very solid quality built. 3 Color backlight with 3 brightness levels. The game pad is as close to perfect as I can imagine. The media keys work every time and can be used for any of the most popular media players. The 3 program keys can be set to launch any program you want, not just your internet browser and media player. The game pad keys are A-OK for big hands. All of the keys can be popped out for cleaning. The USB hub in the keyboard seems to operate at full speed. I moved a few hundred megs from my thumb drive without issue. Did I mention how solidly this is built? If you sharpened an edge, you could split wood with it.

Cons: As mentioned by other reviewers, combining the nav keys with the numpad makes some common operations awkward, but I'm already getting used to it just after a week or so of ownership, so I don't think it's worth taking away an egg for. I had read about it before I decided to buy one so it wasn't a surprise. Others have mentioned a hum if using the microphone jack. I wouldn't normally use it, but I tested it. At very low volume, I detected a very slight hum. At normal volume with a movie and while playing Crysis, I could not hear the hum. Again, I don't think this is worth deducting an egg.

Overall Review: Some previous reviewers had me concerned that the gamepad keys might be too close together and hard to use. That simply isn't true. My hands are big. I wear XL gloves. The game pad keys are nicely spaced, and though using the game pad requires some adjustment from traditional keyboard WSAD gaming, I'm finding that I'm getting used to it very quickly. in fact, the slight angle of the game pad is much more comfortable and I think that I wouldn't want to go back to a standard keyboard.

Most Critical Review

Looks great! Doesn't Work.

AFT XM5U All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader
AFT XM5U All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader

Pros: It looks great in a black PC case. The extra Front USB might be nice for anyone who doesn't have front USB already.

Cons: The card reader doesn't work. It disconnects and has to be unplugged from the motherboard to be recognised again. Also, even when it shows up in device manager, it won't read any of my SD cards.

Overall Review: The front USB connection works. The card reader does not. It is too inexpensive to send back for a replacement. It's not worth the shipping or the hassle.

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Western Digital Blue WD6400AAKS 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Western Digital Blue WD6400AAKS 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Very fast, high capacity storage at a reasonable price. I move a lot of large image files around, some well over 8Gb and from one drive to another, the speed difference is more than noticable compared to moving the same images between the old IDE 320Gb drives I had before. It is about 50% faster due to their ability to sustain read speed over a long period of time. They don't slow down at all from beginning to end of moving even several large images in one sitting.

Cons: I only wish they had a series of these that undergoes the same testing as the RE2 and RE3 drives and that they could therefore offer a 5 year warranty. Personally, I would pay the same price premium for these 640 Gb drives as I am willing to on the RE3s. The only other con has been neweggs packaging of these drives.

Overall Review: I've ordered several now and newegg has done a poor job packaging every time... but one time was way worse than the others. There was some crumpled up paper and 1 hard drive in a box that was 10 times too big.. No packing material but for the crumpled up brown paper that really didn't even full a corner of the box, let alone have any ability to cushion the drive from any impacts during shipping. Even the static bag was in bad shape by the time it arrived.

As expected for the price

brother HL Series HL-2170W Workgroup Up to 23 ppm Monochrome Wireless Laser Printer
brother HL Series HL-2170W Workgroup Up to 23 ppm Monochrome Wireless Laser Printer

Pros: It prints and has both wired and wireless network cards built in. It was very inexpensive. Print quality is a little bit better than I expected. The wireless controller seems to work better than I thought it would. I never intended to use the wireless but it works well enough that I decided to use it and it gave me the flexibility to move the printer to a different electrical circuit where it wouldn't cause electrical noise for the computers. See cons for more on the electricity.

Cons: It double fed pages out of the box. I had to clean all the rollers and the separator pad with belt cleaner to get it to work. Print quality is OK but don't expect decent contrast unless you use high brightness paper. It pulls more than 20 amps to warm up the fuser. I've had to get a couple of other things off the circuit to avoid blowing a fuse every time I want to print something. The heavy electrical draw would have created a need for power filtering and a couple of new UPS units had I left it on the same circuit with any computers. It draws more amps than a 45 ppm full size copier I have at work.

Overall Review: I'm a little surprised by the rave reviews others have given this unit. I guess that must have something to do with the price tag, though. This does not compare to any HP LJ or any Xerox laser printer I've ever used. It is not of that sort of quality, but the price is much less than any entry level printer from either of those companies, so maybe that explains it.

Works with my HTC Touch Pro

Transcend 8GB microSDHC Flash Card Model TS8GUSDHC6
Transcend 8GB microSDHC Flash Card Model TS8GUSDHC6

Pros: High capacity and relatively fast. Inexpensive. It works in my CDMA HTC Touch Pro.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: My adapter works fine too. My card reader handles microsdhc, so I really didn't need the adpater. But, after reading the complaints about defective and non-compliant adapters, I decided to test mine. It is A-OK.

Good board and Nice price

ZOTAC N73PV-Supreme LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 7100 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ZOTAC N73PV-Supreme LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 7100 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: HDMI with audio works. Supports Duos and Quads. Three separate USB headers on the board so you can hook up front USBs to your case and even install a card reader as well as an extra (included) rear USB port. 1394 on board.

Cons: No 1366X768 over HDMI with current or last drivers, so if you have a 32 inch 720 monitor/TV, you'll need to be creative and use powerstrip or come up with another solution for native resolution. Mine was indeed purchased to run on a 1366X768 display, but I won't take away an egg just because I had to tinker with powerstrip to get the res I wanted to run. I could have used the TV tool built into the nvidia panel to run at 1216X692 or 1236X700 and had an acceptable output.

Overall Review: Well, don't let some of the other reviewers fool you. They don't know what they are doing. The "DOAs" were certainly because those people thought they could plug their PCIe power connector into their boards. One guy even said he discovered the pinout/polarity was wrong. Of coarse it was... They all used the wrong power connector and shouldn't blame their own lack of knowledge on the hardware. Further, those with audio issues are the same. They need to understand they have 2 separate audio devices and that they can switch between them from the sounds and audio devices tool in their control panel. This is a great board for the price and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.