Joined on 03/08/06
Best deal in SD
Pros: Bought 3, results are consistent to 2%: From SATA3SSD: 9.89 MB/s sustained write on single/large files 4.39 MB/s sustained write on thousands of tiny files Switching from a class 4 made my camcorder stop crashing at 3 minutes of video recorded. Very pleased.
Cons: shotgun/acid/chainsaw proof retail packaging
Overall Review: Shipped two days from NJ to OH on free eggsaver. Gotta love newegg.
Square compat only?
Pros: Ball bearings will likely support the rated load, well machined so as to not cut off my fingers while handling. Good turnaround on support request from Norco email.
Cons: Does not fit my threaded rack. I have bought this "exact" item twice before in the past and it had L brackets for "inside mounting" to the side holes, and it worked well. Well, now they ship without the L brackets, they mount to the front lip of the rack instead of the side lip, and they simply don't come close to fitting threaded systems. Consider this for square hole racks only.
Overall Review: Support request to Norco was answered almost immediately with pictures of the rails mounted to a square hole rack, as if to prove to me that they are not totally worthless. He confirmed "we redesigned it" and this is not simply a matter of missing parts in my shipment. When you redesign a product in a way that it affects compatibility, you should change the model number, so people don't reorder it expecting the same thing. shame shame.
Updated review by fultzjap
Pros: Monitor continues to prove itself worthy against any other non-touch monitor. Picture quality is better than 5 other LCDs in the house.
Cons: This capacitor whine noise is really getting aggravating. You ever have a monitor that squeals when the picture changes fast, such as scrolling or full screen video? It's not loud enough to overpower the speakers or anything, but when there are no sounds in the room it's like listening to an orchestra of insects inside the monitor. It's NOT my tower, b/c turning off the monitor or UAC popup (which blacks out the screen) makes the sound go away completely. So it's a noisy CFL inverter in the backlight maybe? Either way, I'm debating exchanging it.
Overall Review: It's so awesome that this horribly aggravating Con didn't even knock an egg off.
Best. Gadget. Evar.
Pros: Picture quality is on par with any non-touch monitor under the same price category - contrast and brightness are plenty high for indoor use. Plug and play compatibility with my Windows 7 64Ult box, didn't even need the driver cd. There's some unadvertised weight in the back, keeping it from falling forward. I think it was a byproduct of having the touch controls, but I like that it isn't all light and flimsy like my other two (non touch) 23" monitors.
Cons: It's only been a couple hours here - so don't take this too seriously, but I couldn't get the HDMI connection to display at full frame. I had to switch to a DVI interface to get the screen to show full size. It could have just been a video card setting that eluded me. ATI Radeon 5700 series card.
Overall Review: this is the best 30th birthday present ever. Soooo many educational opportunities for our baby, and I'm going nutso over eJukebox too. U can't get a lot of features in the all-in-one PC's yet, like a VESA mount, HDMI interface, or upgradability. So I got this and plan to acquire a tinytower for the same price. I shall call it "all in two".
Best isnt good enough
Pros: Fits snug, good quality of materials. Doesn't do that horrible thing where all the drive letters are there when the cards arent mounted. I hated that about my last card PC's card reader. Letters appear only as cards are inserted. Works on Win7/64/ult and traveled to my 32 bit virtual machines nicely too.
Cons: One egg off because I had to insert the cards 1 to 10 times to get the card recognized. I'm not impatient, I gave it 60 seconds per attempt. Cards fit squarely, firmly, so crooked insertion not to blame. One more egg off because it is slow. The same microSD card was tested alone, with and without SD shell, and in my laptop. 4.5MB/s read/copy in the micro slot, 4.6MB/s read/copy in the SD slot, and the same card did 15.8MB/s on my laptop's Sonnet Expresscard 34 SD reader.
Overall Review: Speed may have been partially due to the extension cable I had to buy because the cord did not reach my MB's USB header, but whether that is the case or not, the egg still comes off, whether its for the short cord or for the slow speed. It's possible I have acquired the best USB reader offered by newegg, but it still isn't performing the way it should.
Made like Norco used to make
Pros: Fits like a glove. Good bearings and latching mechanisms. Somewhat easy installation if you've overcome the initial "no directions" annoyance. I own 3 at 1 week, 1 year, and 3 years old - no signs of wear or rust.
Cons: As previously mentioned, the instructions were written by Helen Keller.
Overall Review: I bought the Norco RL20 rails in the past, but Norco recently redesigned it (without changing their model number, shady) and left me with no choice but to seek alternative. THIS is the alternative that most closely resembles what they used to sell, I will resume buying this from now on.