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James P.

James P.

Joined on 01/13/04

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Most Favorable Review

Good Display for Aging Eyes

ViewSonic VX2770SMH-LED Black 27" Black IPS Panel Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor 250cd/m2, 30,000,000:1, Built-In Speakers, Ultra-Slim Bezel
ViewSonic VX2770SMH-LED Black 27" Black IPS Panel Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor 250cd/m2, 30,000,000:1, Built-In Speakers, Ultra-Slim Bezel

Pros: Good display quality. Matte finish. No dead pixels. DVI Input.

Cons: No height adjustment. Stand is a bit wobbly. Controls are badly placed. Sound from built-in speakers is really poor.

Overall Review: I really wanted a 27" or 30" monitor with higher resolution but my 40-something eyes can no longer handle the dot-pitch on those monitors. I would have liked the HP Envy 27" 1080p with its superior sound but the glossy finish on it was a deal-breaker. So it was between the ASUS MX279H and this and I couldn't justify the $100 higher price for the ASUS. I'm happy with the Viewsonic for the price.

Most Critical Review

Poor Q/C, Doesn't Sit Level

Microsoft BX1-00005 Silver/Black 105 Normal Keys 22  + 1 Zoom Slider Function Keys USB or PS/2 Wired Standard Digital Media Pro Keyboard
Microsoft BX1-00005 Silver/Black 105 Normal Keys 22 + 1 Zoom Slider Function Keys USB or PS/2 Wired Standard Digital Media Pro Keyboard

Pros: Nice layout, nice feel to keys, inexpensive.

Cons: Didn't sit level (on a perfectly level desk.) I sort of fixed it by bending the keyboard as hard as I could without breaking it.

Overall Review: With Q/C this poor I don't expect it to last long. This is my 2nd bad experience in a row with Microsoft keyboards, I will go Logitech next time.

Worked Perfectly and Easily

USB 2.0 to Serial DB9 Adapter
USB 2.0 to Serial DB9 Adapter

Pros: Plug and play on an HP desktop running Win 7 64 Home Premium. Windows detected the adapter on plug-in and downloaded the necessary drivers automatically. No manual configuration whatsoever.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Bought this for my good old Garmin eTrex that only has a serial cable. Worked perfectly and cheaper than buying a new eTrex.

Excellent Value

COMPAQ Desktop PC Presario CQ5320F(AY030AA#ABA) Athlon II X2 240 (2.80GHz) 3GB DDR3 500GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
COMPAQ Desktop PC Presario CQ5320F(AY030AA#ABA) Athlon II X2 240 (2.80GHz) 3GB DDR3 500GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Pros: Plenty fast for non-gaming use. Roomy 500GB hard drive. 3GB RAM is plenty for most uses. Very quiet operation. Attractive industrial design.

Cons: Only four USB ports on the back and two are used by the mouse and keyboard. 250W power supply means a video card upgrade will mean a power-supply upgrade as well. Obviously not a gaming machine with the on-board video but fine for everything else.

Overall Review: I was concerned about using VGA instead of DVI but after calibration I found it made no difference in image quality. I can have multiple browser windows open as well as multiple Office 2007 documents and the computer is still snappy. The low-end has come a long way. If you don't game or edit video this may be all the computer you need. If you can find this on sale it's almost a steal. I used to build my own computers but it just doesn't make sense anymore.

High Style and High Price

ALTEC LANSING FX6021 75W 2.1 Speaker
ALTEC LANSING FX6021 75W 2.1 Speaker

Pros: Good sound, excellent build quality, very long speaker cables with extra extension cables in the box, beautiful styling, lightweight and easily wall mounted with keyhole slots. Wireless remote is handy to turn them on and off.

Cons: Four egg rating instead of five only because of their high price compared to the competition.

Overall Review: I bought these to use with a Toshiba wall mounted LCD TV/DVD combo. They were easy to wall mount, look fantastic and sound great. However if you don't need the style and form factor you can probably get equal sound for less money. For my application they were nearly perfect and I'm very pleased.

ABIT NF7 462(A) NVIDIA nForce2 SPP ATX AMD Motherboard
ABIT NF7 462(A) NVIDIA nForce2 SPP ATX AMD Motherboard

Comments: Put together two of NF7 boards together over the weekend to replacing aging BH6 and BP6 boards. Glad I went Abit again, no problems, good documentation, no issues. I was a little concerned about the sound quality, but I used the latest drivers from the Abit site and the sound is fine; as good or better than my old Soundblaster live. I have Klipsch 2.1 speakers, and don't want or need 5.1 sound like the NF7-S offers. First order from Newegg.com, but it won't be the last. Nice to see that an Internet vendor can offer both rock-bottom pricing AND good service.