Date Joined: 12/09/07
Pros: Large screen, 120hz refresh rate, 1080p, smart TV capabilities, reasonably priced.
Cons: Refurbished? The stand that it came with belonged to a different model and was heavily scratched. The TV has issues. It powers off when you play youtube videos that are longer than a few minutes. The inputs randomly stop working. It's like they took a broken unit and threw it in a box with whatever parts happened to be laying around and called it refurbished.
Overall Review: The price of this refurbished model wasn't tremendously less than the price of a new model. I was expecting some kind of quality standard for refurbished items, but apparently there isn't one.
Pros: Lightning fast speeds, Prices of SSDs are very reasonable these days.
Overall Review: This SSD is flawless. It's exactly what I was looking for and I'm very happy with it. However, Newegg's shipping practices could use some work. I purchased this SSD along with a motherboard and both items were placed in a large box together with absolutely NO packaging material. By the time the box arrived at my home, one of the sides had partially torn away, leaving a hole large enough for the SSD to slip out of with just a gently shake. Miraculously, the contents of the box were intact, but really, what kind of company ships expensive electronics this way?
Pros: Everything worked fine right out of the box. I replaced an ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 that arrived DOA with this board and I'm glad I did. The placement of the SATA ports is very nice. The RAM slots are far enough away from the CPU that my memory fan doesn't hit the CPU fan. The BIOS is easy to adjust and overclock. I really can't think of a problem with this board.
Cons: I didn't chose Gigabyte before wasting my time and money with ASUS. It cost me $26 to return my other mobo that arrived DOA back to newegg because of a "restocking fee". So if you happen to be in the market for an ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 and get an "open box" deal from newegg, it might just be my old board! Hey, at least it will be marked down by around $26.
Overall Review: My setup:
GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H Motherboard
Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms LED/LCD Monitor X3
Sentey Black Box Series BX2-4284 Mid Tower
Kingston SSDNow V+100 SVP100S2B/128GR 2.5" 128GB SATA II SSD master HD
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s slave HD
CORSAIR Gaming Series GS800 800W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PSU
HIS H695F2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 X2 in Crossfire
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz CPU
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 RAM @ 7-7-7-21
Drinkrite HD dual case mounted cup holders
Pros: First off, I'd like to say that I put A LOT of research into buying a mouse pad. I searched online reviews for weeks, asked questions in hardware forums, and (most importantly) went into every electronics store I could find and tested the pads they had. Of all of the pads I've tested (well over 1000) I can honestly say this is THE BEST. It's soft enough that your hand feels slightly cushioned, yet firm enough that your mouse knows it means business. Testing with an optical mouse, I find that the surface has a very fine texture that keeps your optical mouse in check. It keeps your input very precise and sharp. Results with a mechanical mouse were similar. The texture has just enough grit to keep the ball rolling, but not enough to cause chafing on your hands. The rubber grip on the bottom of this pad is also textured to prevent slipping, but slippage may still occur, depending on your enthusiasm when mousing. The cup holders were also a nice addition.
Cons: The packaging. It is very boring. I would have liked to have seen more color, and perhaps some exciting images. If I were to redesign the package, I would have included an image of a jet airplane. Jet's are fast and sleek, and that's the feeling I'd want customers to have when they were contemplating buying this mouse pad. "With this mouse pad, your computing will be fast and sleek!". I think that maybe a jet, and then also have the letters in italics, like they're leaning over because the jet is so powerful that it's causing them to tilt. "Fast, Sleek, Powerful. The new Kensington 56001". That's what I'd have done.
Overall Review: My mouse is black, and with this mouse pad also being black, sometimes I miss it when I take my hand off of the mouse and reach for it again. I hope that someday a company makes mouse pads with LED lights in them. If companies can justify putting LEDs in fans, motherboards, video cards, USB adapters, mice, etc. then surely there is a place for them in our mouse pads. KENSINGTON, MAKE IT HAPPEN.
Pros: This has a wide variety of bits. They are all clearly marked and easy to take out and put back. The driver has a swivel base. The cup holders were a nice addition.
Cons: The case and driver feel like something you'd find at a dollar store. The bits don't fit into the extension piece very securely and they are constantly falling out.
Overall Review: Honesty, if you saw this at a dollar store with a generic "Precision screwdriver set" label, it would not seem out of place, as the "Rosewill" brand name doesn't appear on the case or product.
Pros: I bought 3 of these monitors to use in an Eyefinity setup and none of them have a tint, dead pixels, or any other flaw. I have them mounted on a triple-monitor stand, so I have never had to deal with the display stand that came with them. For my purposes, I couldn't have asked for more. The cup holders were also a nice addition.
Cons: The bright blue power LED is annoying. I wish the DVI cable that was included was longer. My tower sets under my desk and the cables barely reach.
Overall Review: These monitors include a VGA, DVI, and HDMI cable. I was going to go with a 26" monitor, but after seeing one in person, I went with the 23" because it's still very large, but not big enough to cause you neck strain.
Pros: It does what it's supposed to do. I bought three of these to add to the other 4 120mm fans in my case and with 7 fans it moves about as much air as a jet engine. Even with all of them running, I can barely hear any noise from them. The drink holders are a nice touch.
Cons: My case is black and the screws included with this fan are not, so they stand out on my case. It's not a big deal, though. IMO it just makes the case look tougher.
Overall Review: These are cheap, and will probably do just as good of a job as any other 120mm fan. If you don't care or don't want LEDs on your fans, then I would highly recommend this.
Pros: It feels like it could take a beating. When I took this out of the shipping box I thought it felt a bit heavy, but with everything in it, it weighs a ton. Everything on this case can be installed/removed without tools (minus the PSU) which is very nice. I happen to like the glossy black finish. Everything is matte these days, so it's nice to see something stand out with a glossy finish. It looks like a new Corvette next to my monitor.
Cons: While there is room for 7 10mm case fans, I found that with the bottom fan installed, my PSU would no longer fit. Even if it had, the wires from it would sit directly on the fan and it would be a miracle if they didn't rub the blades from time to time. I have 2 6950 video cards in this case that slightly sag due to the weird screw-less card mounts. Honestly, though, they probably would have sagged with screws anyway. Instructions could be a little more clear. I still have no idea what a couple of these wires go to.
Overall Review: Overall, I would recommend this case. For the price, it is very, very good. If you don't plan on putting 7 fans into it, and you don't have video cards the size of Florida, you probably won't have any issues at all.
Pros: This PSU is so quiet that I have to double check to make sure that it's on. The LEDs aren't too bright. They provide a delicate glow, and the color is selectable between red, white, and blue (you can also turn them off! +!). There are 4 6/8 pin PCI-E outlets, one 8-pin CPU that you can split into 4-pin, and a ton of molex sata plugs. Everything is sheathed so it looks somewhat contained. The logo on the side of the unit is a nice touch.
Cons: WIRES! I knew this wasn't a modular PSU, but good lord what am I going to do with these wires? They're very thick and there are TONS of them everywhere. If you have a mid-sized case, you will have to be very creative in stashing them away. Even with all of the extras bundled with zip ties, I still have a problem getting them all to fit without hitting any fans.
Overall Review: I'm not deducting a point over the wires, because I knew what I was getting into, but it's still pretty difficult to deal with. As far as performance goes, this is powering 2 ATI 6950 cards as well as 7 case fans and a 6 core cpu, and it's doing just fine. I bought this because it was listed as one of the few reasonably priced PSUs that can power my video cards without problems, and it certainly hasn't let me down.
Pros: I bought this to replace the 2GB stick that came with my Fujitsu Lifebook T730. After installing it (which took a whole 90 seconds) I immediately noticed a huge difference, as was expected. What else? It's memory from a reputable company at a great price.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: My laptop has an 8GB limit, but I can't imagine needing more than that. Editing 300+MB PSD files in photoshop doesn't even slow it down at all. I guess if I was doing really massive video editing I might have a use for more, but for anything short of that, 8GB is plenty.
Pros: I bought this card from newegg and a Transcend 16GB Class 10 SDHC card from another online retailer around the same time. The speed difference on the cards is not even noticeable. I've put this card through a lot in the last few months, and it still performs as if it were brand new. I'm not exaggerating at all, either. As a photography student in Oregon, I am out in the rain A LOT and this card is constantly getting yanked out of my camera and shoved in whatever pocket is available, usually in freezing wet weather, and this card just takes the abuse and politely says "THANK YOU SIR, MAY I HAVE ANOTHER?"
Cons: You can find it cheaper if you look around for 10 seconds, but the USB reader is nice if you don't already have 15 of them.
Overall Review: I now own 3 of these cards and I think of them as my own little army of Terminators. They can't be bargained with. They can't be reasoned with. They don't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop, ever.
Pros: I'm a graphic design student and I needed a laptop that would fit my needs. This completely blew me away. The touch screen + stylus make editing in photoshop incredibly fast and easy. The processor is surprisingly fast. The unit doesn't get too hot, even when it's sitting on my lap. The pad conversion is simple and makes taking notes a breeze. Just flip the screen and you have a digital pad with an optional on-screen keyboard.
Cons: Battery life is short. On a full load I can squeeze out maybe 6 hours if I have the brightness set lower than normal. There is a problem with the stylus sometimes. When you flip the screen to pad mode, the axis gets reversed (so up is left and right is down). The only way I've been able to fix this is to reinstall the drivers for the pen, which is a nuisance.
Overall Review: I swapped the Hard Drive out with a 128 Kingston SSD, upgraded the RAM to 8GB, and installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 x64. With those additions, this thing is just about as good as I could have wished for. The pen problem mentioned above is the only real drawback, and after scoping youtube, I see it's a common problem, and for that I can't really give this a perfect score.
Pros: It's a Mortal Kombat game with DC characters in it. If you're a big fan of either franchise you should be happy about that. The price on this game has dropped tremendously.
Cons: Arcade mode is garbage with typical Mortal Kombat AI. Super easy for the first few stages, then impossible for the next ones. They started this with MKII and haven't changed it since. The game basically becomes you running from the computer player and getting countered every time you push a button. 2 player mode is OK, but even then it's not comparable to other fighting games that are out there right now. The graphics on this game are mediocre at best. All of the faces look like mongoloids and the bodies are horribly mis-proportioned. The fatalities look like they are half finished. Load time is a nightmare. Be prepared to wait 30 seconds for anything you do, usually with a bland picture of a Mortal Kombat character staring at a DC character who looks equally confused. There are a lot of good characters missing from the roster. Honestly, the longer you play, the worse it gets. I don't know how they managed that, but they did it well.
Overall Review: When this game was new, it was $59.99. If I had paid that much for it, I'd want to fatality myself. However, now that the price has come down to a comical level, it's not as bad. Especially since you can get some trade in value when you've played the game and seen how underwhelming it really is, and the magic is over.
Pros: I bought this drive to replace the standard 5400RPM drive that came with my Fujitsu Lifebook T730. Swapping them was a piece of cake, as this drive has the exact same dimensions. I put a fresh install of Windows 7 on it and it took around 20 minutes from start to finish. When I open Photoshop CS5, it's like it was already running in the background. Very impressive.
Cons: Price is still kinda high for SSD, but they're coming down a little bit more each day.
Overall Review: I was going to go with a WD Velociraptor, but apparently they are just a tiny bit too thick to fit into most laptops.
Pros: Inexpensive. Seems sturdy. Small and very portable. Excellent as a web browser or to perform tasks that don't require a ton of resources.
Cons: I installed Windows 7 home edition, since it comes with Windows 7 "starter" which is very limited. The next day the screen went blank and never came back on. After trying to restore it for a week, I RMA'd it to newegg. They "fixed" it by putting Windows 7 starter back on it. So keep in mind that if you want to upgrade to a real version of Windows, you may run into some trouble.
Overall Review: This will play DVD movies converted to AVI from a SD card, and it plays them very well. It runs Open Office just as well as my desktop PC. Windows 7 Starter isn't very good, but you can get around some of it's limitations if you're clever enough. If my OS swap wouldn't have caused the screen to malfunction, this would have been perfect.
Pros: Amazing image quality. I'm very impressed at how well this functions with very little light. The LCD screen is very impressive. Button layout is simple at takes about 30 seconds to get used to. Quick and easy to adjust ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and any other adjustments you want to make in manual mode. I have medium sized hands and this camera fits them perfectly. Full HD video @ 30fps looks amazing, and unlike the rival cameras in this class, it doesn't have a rolling shutter problem when shooting video (which drove me nuts on my Nikon D90!). For the price, you won't easily find a DSLR that compares to this one.
Cons: Image quality is below that of the Nikon D90 (in my opinion). Video recording length is only about 12 minutes long. Continuous shooting speed is 3.7 fps, which isn't the fastest, but really more than enough if you are going for quality over quantity (as you should!). The body isn't weather proofed at all and is mostly plastic, which some could look at as a con, but I don't expect to throw my camera down a cliff into a lake so I'm not concerned with it.
Overall Review: I wish Canon would have called it 550D. It's Rebel T2i in USA, Kiss x4 in Japan, and 550D in Europe. I think 550D makes it sound like less of a toy, but that's just me. When I think of Canon "Rebel" series cameras I don't think of DSLR's of this quality. Oh well, a rose by any other name...
Pros: Well padded. Stylish. It was free with my netbook from newegg.
Cons: It doesn't have a shoulder strap. There's only one very small storage pouch (besides the obvious compartment for your computer) and it has an awkward shape. I'm not sure what it was meant to hold because it's much to small for an AC adapter or even a CD.
Overall Review: It was free, so I don't really have any complaints. If I was going to pay for it I'd say $10 would be a fair price, if you felt that this was something you really needed.
Pros: Amazing image quality. If you consider your photography skills 'average', this lens will give you a quick ego boost because you'll be shooting some outstanding shots right out of the box.
Cons: Slow AF. Focus ring is tiny and awkward. It's made of plastic and very lightweight (which doesn't bother me at all) so take that into consideration. However, for less than $100 you'd really have to be insane to expect a perfect lens.
Overall Review: If you're looking for a great, inexpensive lens to shoot portraits, you've found it here.
Pros: Does what my former (more expensive) video card couldn't. Stays very cool even when playing games that push it to the limit.
Overall Review: I bought this to replace a more expensive Galaxy 9500GT which was nearly twice the price and had twice the video memory. With the Galaxy card I had to turn everything down to a minimum to get a decent frame rate (playing Street Fighter 4 with no backgrounds isn't that great for a 1GB geforce 9500 series card). With this card I can run most games at 1920x1080 with everything ether high or maxed and still average aound 59.90 fps. I've never been more happy with a piece of computer hardware.
Pros: Looks fantastic. Everything is completely black on this case, inside and out. It's not the strongest case, but it's durable enough if you don't plan on juggling with it. Drives mount in very easily and tight with included hardware. Sale price was awesome.
Cons: The i/o panel didn't fit my mobo so I had to use the metallic one that came with it, which is now the only non-black thing on the case. As others have said, the front panel is a bit tricky to remove. The LEDs are obnoxiously bright, which is easily solved by disconnecting them from the mobo. The front USB panel has some kind of fake wood grain that looks a little out of place, but it's black so you hardly notice it.
Overall Review: The fans do a very good job of moving air and I was surprised at how quiet they are. The expansion slots use individual screws, which I prefer, but some people have a problem with. Any kind of black optical drive looks great mounted in it. Overall I'm very happy with this case and of course with newegg's awesome service!