Joined on 12/25/05
Pros: To everyone who is afraid of buying this monitor I will tell you right now that you shouldn't be. This is a great monitor and will get the job done. The response time and contrast ratio is great.... you won't find anything better in this price range.
Cons: A lot of people want to complain about the viewing angle for this monitor. And it seems that because of these complaints a lot of ppl are staying away from this monitor. I would have to agree that if you sit away from the monitor while watching a movie you will have a problem with being able to see. But there is a way around this. Before I explain this trick I would like to add that if you are sitting right in front of the monitor you won't have any problems with the viewing angle. And also.... most monitors do have viewing angle problems.
Overall Review: This is how I dealt with my viewing angle problem.... The tilt on the monitor may be able to help with your viewing angle problem when you are trying to lay down on your bed and possibly watch a movie or netflix or something. Depending how high or low your desk is you will have a problem because the monitor doesn't tilt that low. But if your desk is too low the monitor does higher up then it does low. The side viewing angles are actually very good. The problem most people are having is the height. One trick I learned was to tilt my monitor downwards and to put my wallet under it. The monitor is actually very stable and won't fall over because the front stand legs hug to your desk. If you are having problems then try my wallet trick and see how it helps!
Pros: I love G.Skill memory. They always seem to work for me.
Overall Review: I have been buying the Ripjaw series for years now and haven't had any problems and my clients haven't had any problems with them as well. These things are reliable. And thank you to Newegg for always being one of the best places to buy computer gear.
Works Great Using Vista x64
Pros: I really don't understand why people are having so much problems installing this thing. It works great without any problems. I use my xbox 360 controller to control the channels. Ill watch tv while playing games like crysis at the same time. Some guys said they couldn't get all their channels. I don't see why they cant. Using Windows Media Center I get over 800 channels. The quality looks better then my TV. Some guys say they cant get it fool screen. I got mine full screen on my 22 inch LCD monitor so I don't see how that could be a problem there?
Cons: Sucks for the people who cant get it to work.
Overall Review: Here is how I got mine to work in Vista x64. Hope this helps. Don't install the drivers that come with the cd at all. Check to see if your graphic card if up to date. If your graphic card is not up to date then go ahead and update it. After you update your graphic card then go to ATIs website and download/install the ATI TV Tuner Pro 550 X64 drivers. Dont restart your pc after you install ur drivers. open up windows media center. Have it set up the channels then it will ask you to reboot your pc. Ounce you restart your pc then everything should be working fine.
MEM Prices have gone up.
Pros: I have no idea what is going on but memory prices have gone up on every single website. Although Newegg still has them the cheapest. DDR 2 1066 ram in particular has gone uo drastically. Im not talking about 5 to 6 bucks. Were talking about a 10 to 20 dollars change. Newegg/G.skill why is it that these prices are going up so drastically? Does it have to do anything with the cost/production ratio? Because I notice everything else (graphic cards, hard-drives,and cpus are just getting cheaper over time.
Cons: Prices have gone up.
Overall Review: Being in a recession sucks.
Pros: From my previous review I was talking about how cheap I got it for! 55 bucks doesn't sound to bad! This HD is very quiet. Much quieter then my M HD . It runs very fast.
Cons: The price went up.
Overall Review: Yes this is an OEM HD but please make sure you have the cables or this thing will not run.