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Danny B.

Danny B.

Joined on 07/12/09

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Most Favorable Review

Best for $189.99

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) W/Speakers

Pros: Big, without any dead or bright pixels. Speakers sound okay, but with little bass response. Clear at 1920 X 1080. Splendid button is a neat little feature, but it will probably go unused by most.

Cons: No shipped with an HDMI cord (I didn't need one anyway.) Most video cards or TVs probably come with these.

Overall Review: I did my research and read about most of the competition. This is by far the cheapest 24" (23.6") monitor you can find. Another thing. The highest refresh rate I can select is 60Hz. This is at 1920 X 1080 on an XFX GeForce 9800 GTX+ through DVI and Windows 7. It's annoying, as the specifications state it is rated higher.

Most Critical Review

First Backlit Keyboard

Saitek PZ30AUR 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Eclipse Red Backlit Keyboard
Saitek PZ30AUR 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Eclipse Red Backlit Keyboard

Pros: Silent typing* Backlight Price - $24.99 (Shell Shocker) High/low backlight Volume keys Included wrist pad *see cons

Cons: *Soft, mushy keys - It's a trade-off Cheap/tacky looking silver paint (I thought it was going to be gray) I got used to the sleep/hibernate button; no sign of one here Backlighting is pretty dim and uneven

Overall Review: I hope I get used to these keys. They're quiet but it barely feels like you're pressing anything.

Works.

BELKIN F5D8013 N Wireless Notebook Card
BELKIN F5D8013 N Wireless Notebook Card

Pros: Works. Driver disk worked with a laptop running XP. The speed it noticeably faster than a similar laptop running on board wireless.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: It protrudes out of the slot about 1 1/2". This is to be expected with any wireless card.

Well, sure!

Nippon Labs HDMI-HS-6 6 ft. HDMI 2.0 Male to Male High Speed Cable with Ethernet Channel, Black
Nippon Labs HDMI-HS-6 6 ft. HDMI 2.0 Male to Male High Speed Cable with Ethernet Channel, Black

Pros: Works as expected. Clear audio and flawless video.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I bought this "Premium High Performance" cable because of various bad reviews on the cheaper one. Figured, "it's a few bucks, it's worth it." I am using this to run my Xbox 360 to my LCD computer monitor.

Amperage

PC Power & Cooling ModXStream Pro Series 600 Watt 80+ Semi-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ600MXSP)
PC Power & Cooling ModXStream Pro Series 600 Watt 80+ Semi-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ600MXSP)

Pros: 600 watts with 25 amps on the 12 volt rail. It's also SLI and Core i7 compatible. Modular with no LEDs. Well packaged and very sleek looking. $25 mail in rebate. 3 year warranty.

Cons: Even though this is a modular power supply, airflow is immensely restricted. The main cables that plug into the unit are gigantic, stiff, and each is covered in this unnecessary plastic mesh.

Overall Review: Perhaps with a larger case or a little more motivation I could find some way to force these cables into submission, but for now nothing.

Green vs Blue vs Black

Western Digital Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Western Digital. Quiet. Big. 5 year warranty. 3rd Western Digital drive, no problems so far.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I notice almost no difference between the 1TB Caviar Green, 200GB Blue, or 1TB Black. Data transfer benchmark ratings increased slightly.