Joined on 11/19/02
They seem to have gotten better since my last review
Pros: High reliability, high compatibility across several brands of DVD burners I've tried them with. Readable in newer stand-alone DVD players that I've used. Durable--disks burned two years ago still work.
Cons: The obvious one. The cost of dual layer DVDs (DVD-9) has not come down anywhere near as much as it did with single layer DVDs (DVD-5). This has limited the number of DL disks I have burned. I don't think much about the cost of media when burning a DVD-5. I have to give it a *little* thought when burning a DVD-9.
Overall Review: About a year and a half ago I gave Verbatim DL disks a "three egg" rating because I got two coasters in a single box of ten. Since then, I have burned 60 or 70 more with this same media without a single coaster due to faulty media. Either I had a run of bad luck before or Verbatim QC has gotten better.
bogus rebate/driver installation hassle
Pros: Low price, decent feature set.
Cons: Driver installation was a major headache, taking the better part of an hour. I thought I would get ahead of the game by running the driver installation program from the driver disk. However, I was repeatedly unable to get anything more than VGA resolution (640 x 480). Finally tried letting Windows find the driver and install it. This finally worked. One egg deducted for driver installation issues The rebate that was offered when I purchased mine seems to be nothing more than a simple "bait and switch". I followed the rebate submission procedure to the letter. Nonetheless, today I received a postcard claiming I was ineligible due to "invalid UPC number". I sent the UPC that was on the box. What other UPC could there possibly be? One egg deducted for sham rebate.
Overall Review: Manufacturers that play games with rebates should not expect high levels of customer loyalty
Vendor sent WRONG ITEM. Has ignored 2 RMA requests (thus far)!!!
Pros: None. Wrong Item. I ordered a unit with a Micro USB plug for Android and received a unit with a cable for charging IPhone/IPad. Very different item. Warehouse "pickers" either blind, illiterate or stoned.
Cons: Vendor has no interest in customer service.
Overall Review: I will be looking elsewhere next time. Bye!
Quiet, efficient, reliable
Pros: Quiet, if not completely silent. Very efficient--low heat output from case even under load. Lots of connectors. Slick sleeved cabling. Great build quality--my kids might inherit the thing.
Cons: Had to use the included adapter cable for the floppy drive (yeah, I still have one), consuming one molex connector.
Overall Review: This is my second Seasonic P/S. I have a 330W S12 (a now discontinued model) which has been running almost continuously for nearly 3 years and shows no signs of failure. My SS-380 has been in service for about 6 months, so I expect that it will be providing good service for a long time to come. I only buy power supplies now with the big 120mm fans mounted on the underside of the unit. The 80mm fans mounted on the sides of many cheap power supplies have to turn more than TWICE AS FAST (given the same depth and blade pitch) to move the same volume of air. Faster rotation means more noise and in all likelihood, shorter bearing life, leading to fan failure and P/S failure soon after.
Died at 16 months
Pros: Worked great--until it died. Unit was in service between 80-90% of the time from March 2007 until early today (07/22/08).
Cons: Unit died quietly--no sparks, flames or damage to other components, fortunately. I previously reviewed the unit favorably in March, 2007. I would have given the unit another 5 egg review--until today. Only a 1 year warranty on this model, so I won't be buying another.
Overall Review: I have been using computers for 25 years and I have learned that ALL components will eventually fail. Nonetheless, 16 months is an unacceptably short service life. I have a 330 W S**S*n*c PSU in a very similar system that has been in service at a 99% duty cycle for 2.5 years. It still works great. Maybe you can guess what I will buy to replace my failed unit.
Good mATX/SFX power supply
Pros: mATX form factor, surprisingly quiet fan, adequate power and cable lengths for most mATX systems. Reliable, so far. Hey, it even comes in a sturdy retail box.
Cons: Really should come with a 20+4 connector rather than a 20 pin connector. Had to purchase an adapter cable (also made by Rosewill) to make it fit my mobo. Other than that, no cons really, but compromises--due to the low cost. Such as: modest efficiency--65%, single 12V rail, no power factor correction, and no sleeving on the cables. These compromises are not found in high end mATX power supplies, but they also cost much more.
Overall Review: I needed a new mATX PSU for a system I was building in an old Compaq Presario case. I looked at dozens of other power supplies in Newegg's mATX category. The reviews of some were downright scary while nearly all the others were too costly and offered way more output power than I needed. After looking at the Rosewill and concluding, based on the measurements, that it REALLY was an mATX PSU mistakenly labeled as SFX, I decided to buy this one. And you know what? It REALLY is an mATX power supply, after all. Newegg is losing sales because people looking to buy an mATX power supply pass on this because it's labeled as SFX.