Date Joined: 03/09/05
Pros: -Great Price
-Great way to back up your computer
-Has saved me a couple of times
Cons: -Purchase is sent in a box with no physical media, only a key code and download instructions.
Overall Review: I have trusted Acronis to back up my computers for several years now. The options are easy to configure. I haven't used the cloud services, or explored them. My main complaint is this: For the life of me, I can't understand why, in 2020, an instant key code to download the software wasn't sent to me. I waited over a week to receive a box with a product box in it. I was wondering if they were sending me a CD to install the software, which is old tech. Nope! I received a box with a piece of paper that told me how to download the software, along with the key code! I'm baffled!
-Able to handle anything with ease
Cons: -Included heatsink/fan fine for normal use, but for overclocking, you'll need an upgrade
-Integrated graphics not included
Overall Review: I've always believed in AMD processors. You get better value with them. I mounted this in an MSI X470 motherboard. This processor has no problem handling anything I throw at it. I'm not an extensive gamer, but I do edit videos. This processor has no problem with that at all! I did bench the processor and got it up to 100% CPU usage while overclocked. I was still streaming audio with no stuttering whatsoever. However, it did get very hot so I backed it down. If you're going to stress this processor, be sure you get an aftermarket cooler. I am still waiting on mine, and taking it easy on the processor in the meantime.
Pros: The Roku 3 is buttery smooth compared to the Roku 2 XD that it replaces. I upgraded because I needed a unit that would use the 5.8 GHz band of my router. There is too much interference on the 2.4 GHz band in my neighborhood. Being able to play different games on the Roku is a plus. Even Netflix is highly upgraded on this, compared to the XD. The remote reaches further, and doesn't have the limited range that the XD remote has. The processor on the Roku 3 is a great upgrade from the Roku XD.
Cons: The first thing I noticed when I fired up my "refurbished" Roku 3 from Newegg, was that it booted up straight to the home screen with channels already populated. Yes, my worst suspicions were confirmed when I navigated to the settings screen and saw someone's e-mail address already in the account name. Obviously, the company did not take the time to actually do a factory reset on the unit before reselling it!<br><br>The one thing I don't like about Roku is that they list some channels as free, but the user finds out later that it is only a free TRIAL for a pay channel. That really irks me!
Overall Review: My old Roku 2 XD never did work right. I was against paying more money to get the Roku 3, but I'm glad I did
Cons: Shuts off abruptly, not reliable
Overall Review: I selected this Rosewill Stallion as a replacement for another Rosewill power supply that developed a loud fan. Fast forward two years later, and this has begun to shut down all of a sudden. I run it in a server that must stay up 24/7, and in that, this one has failed. It is getting adequate cooling, and it is not being drained, yet it will stay up for only up for only about 3-5 days at a time without shutting down. It is powering a basic motherboard with no additional video card or other high drain additions. This has been my last purchase of a Rosewill power supply. Going forward, I will stick with name brands.
Pros: Dual band, great range and speed, can be upgraded to better firmware with improved features, gigabit ethernet, USB 3.0 high speed port
Cons: Not easy to stack with other devices, must remember to eject the hard drive properly if disconnecting
Overall Review: I purchased this router because our previous router was a Western Digital N750. It had problems with streaming video, and we had to power cycle it almost daily. So far, this AC1450 router is far and away, a better one. Our streaming video problems which I thought were caused by Comcast, have practically disappeared. You can hook up 2 USB devices to network (printer, storage). We get great speed and coverage throughout the house, although it's a small two floor house. This is a refurbished router, but aside from the outside packaging and the blanked-out serial number, I can't tell. You can upgrade the firmware so that this router is exactly like an AC1750 (R6300v2). Just search for the procedures on how to do it.
Now for the few negatives:
I had to reset the router back to factory settings after only about 3 weeks of use. Some wireless devices couldn't get an IP address through the router's DHCP server. I suppose that could be due to the different firmware. Also, I forgot to log into the router to properly eject a brand new hard drive, and lost some important files. I guess this isn't really a negative for the router, because you should always properly eject a storage device before removing it. This is just a pointer, more or less. The only way you can control read/write privileges to the hard drive is to give a user the admin password to the router. No thanks! And lastly, because of the design, if you're stacking this router on top of a modem it will obviously have to be on top.
After almost a month, this router has been a joy to own. It has resolved our previous problems!
Pros: More than adequate power, not lacking in connection types
Cons: A little noisier than my last supply; too many unused cables that have to be tied up
Overall Review: I chose this for the price. So far, it hasn't let me down. My system is far overpowered now, but that's OK. It gives me room for future expansion. Install was easy, and it includes enough connections; actually too many.
Pros: Very dependable, no issues
Cons: limited number of SATA connections
Overall Review: For as little as I paid for this, I can't believe it has lasted for over 3-1/2 years with so much as a whimper! The fan is fairly quiet, and it just does its job very well! I've even upgraded to a better video card, and this power supply still handles it very well. I do spray the dust out regularly, so that the internal components don't wear prematurely.
Pros: Nice bass
Cons: Not totally wireless, must be powered by AC, not the easiest to connect through Bluetooth.
Overall Review: For the price, this speaker has excellent sound! The D80 has good bass, especially for the price. It is less expensive than the model named after something you'd put on a sandwich, but sounds much better! Plus, it's stereo. One negative is that it didn't come with any instructions, whatsoever. So, if you don't understand Bluetooth, you're going to have to consult the online resources. Also, it has to be plugged in. Power via batteries is not an option.
Pros: Fairly effective at avoiding different malware
Cons: Taxes the CPU quite a bit
Overall Review: After bad experiences with McAfee several years (and computers) ago, I hesitantly gave it another chance. Upon installation, I was reminded of one of the biggest reasons I quit using their products. I could hardly use the PC, which is a quad-core CPU with 4GB of RAM. I couldn't use my PC for much else until the auto-learning of McAfee was complete. After this process, it seemed to run smoothly for a few weeks. All of a sudden, it became a CPU hog again. I had to remove it. I did watch tests of McAfee's ability to stop viruses and malware. I even threw a few at it myself. It was fairly effective overall, as long as you faithfully use the Site Advisor browser plug-in. However, I will not go back to it because of the CPU hogging problem. I'll give Intel a few more years to refine the product before giving it another try.
Pros: I cannot think of one
Cons: Dead on arrival
Overall Review: I guess cost cutting trumped the sensibility factor when I bought this. As if it weren't bad enough that I had to RMA the first one I bought, the second one was also DOA. What was I thinking when I bought a REFURBISHED hard drive? Well, I guess I didn't want my buddy to spend too much money on his 8 year old PC that he insists on keeping. Well, after this debacle, I gave him one of my old hard drives, and it still works over a year later. Moral of the story: Don't try to save $$ buying a refurbished hard drive.
Pros: Good bass response, very efficient sensitivity/SPL rating, cord take-up included, cord long enough to stretch across room, great value especially on sale
Cons: Bass response overpowers midrange and highs, just a little tight around headband and ears
Overall Review: The Sennheiser HD202s replace my old Sony MDR-V150s, which are very popular. These headphones blow Sony away in volume of sound. With the Sonys I had to turn the volume up almost all the way to get good, loud sound. These Sennheisers produce about the same amount of sound at half the volume. The SPL rating is 115dB, which is quite good for a $20 pair of headphones (on sale). However, the bass is quite accentuated at the expense of highs and midrange. They do take some getting used to. I guess that's probably because I'm used to the wimpy sound of the Sonys.
Overall, the Sennheiser HD202s are well worth what I paid.
Pros: All-in-one card reader also with extra USB port, also accepts microSD
Cons: Quit working, when inserting a microSD card, it's easy to miss the slot, must insert the SD card upside down, annoying blue light stays on all the time.
Overall Review: While it was working, I had some trouble with it. You have to be careful when inserting the microSD card. It's easy to miss the contacts, so your card falls down inside. This happened to me, requiring me to take the whole thing apart to retrieve it. Also, a minor thing to get used to is that SD cards must be inserted upside down to read correctly. Just over a year after I installed, the IC002 quit working. The blue light came on, but when I inserted anything it just wouldn't read. Luckily I happened to read another review where the user plugged it into a different USB header on the motherboard, and it worked. So, I tried it, and it worked again. Not sure why it matters which header it's plugged into, but as long as it works, it doesn't even matter.
Pros: Quiet, good throughput, does not get very hot, I have trusted Seagate for years
Cons: Ummm, can't think of any
Overall Review: I bought this drive to replace a 6 year old Seagate that was almost ready to fail. Well, 6 years of nearly 24/7 usage isn't all that bad. I trust Seagate more than I do that other major brand. This drive nets a 5.9 on the Windows 7 experience rating, the highest of any component it's being used with. I believe it has a 5-year warranty. I most likely won't even need to use that warranty. I've never had a Seagate fail me within that timeframe. But, just in case, I'm going to buy another so I can use it in a RAID 1 backup configuration.
Pros: It works
Cons: Ummm, let me think
Overall Review: I bought this memory at a great price. I've always had good luck with PNY, so I chose them again with this purchase. Fortunately, after only 2 weeks of 24/7 usage, I have not yet experienced any of the BSOD issues due to memory that have been mentioned elsewhere. It just does what it's supposed to do. It nets a 5.5 in the Windows 7 Experience Index.
Pros: More than enough power connectors, very quiet, not DOA
Cons: Minor deal, but cheated out of one screw
Overall Review: I got this on sale, and it's really overkill for what I'm using it for. It's being used with a low-end Biostar motherboard with Athlon 64 x2 processor, on-board video, and one hard drive. This thing has quite a few power connectors, mostly SATA. But, it also has some molex, PCIx, and even a floppy connector. I can use that floppy connector because I actually have a card reader/floppy that uses it. The fan is super quiet! I had to put my hand to the vent to make sure it was running. I think I may actually swap this thing and put it in my better computer with a Phenom quad-core.
The only con I could even come up with is that the bag only included 3 screws when 4 are used to mount the power supply. No prob, because there are a bunch more laying around.
Pros: Versatile, choice of colored faceplates
Cons: Worked for 9 months but not now; MicroSD cards fall down inside the reader if not inserted just right, requiring you do disassemble the reader to retrieve it.
Pros: Very decent onboard video, excellent onboard audio, plenty of USB ports, gigabit ethernet, HDMI and DVI ports,
Cons: Limited IDE ports, allows only up to 125W processors, BIOS update just a little confusing, no built-in COM
Overall Review: This is the first computer I've built in 5 years. I'm glad I chose this motherboard to do it with. Coupled with the Athlon II X2 245, and 2GB of DDR2-800 RAM, it makes for a great system at low cost. Plus, I know there's plenty of allowance for expansion in the future. Great apps available from the ASUS site too, like the Turbo power button, and another that continuously displays your fan speed and processor temp. Plus, I have to say that the onboard audio is phenomenal!! The playback quality is better than any Sound Blaster card I've used. It reveals musical detail that I never knew existed. The ATI onboard video is OK for starters, but probably not for serious gamers. It only nets a 3.5 rating on Windows 7. My intention is for mostly internet, office apps, and light video editing. Best of all, I didn't experience the DOA issues so many other reviewers have.
Pros: Price is right, nice looking, pretty blue power light
Cons: Thin metal bends easily, thumbscrews don't stay attached to side panel, HD audio cable barely long enough, processor duct practically useless
Overall Review: The price was right. I received this Rosewill case as a package deal, free with the purchase of the Asus motherboard. It is a little big for my needs though. The case fan is fairly quiet, which is amazing in a case this size. Somehow during the process of assembling the system, the bottom corner of the case was bent so the side panel would not go back on. No problem though. I was able to bend it back by hand. This is evidently indicative of the soft metal used in the product. And, the HD audio cable didn't didn't reach all the way back to it's connector on the Asus motherboard. I had to creatively re-route this cable in order to increase it's length. Also, the exhaust duct for processor doesn't reach all the way down to to where it needs to go, even when it is extended all the way. Plus, it's slightly off alignment from where the processor is on the board. None of these cons are showstoppers, so I'm happy with the value of this case.
Pros: Fairly quiet, great price, plenty of lead length for a mid-tower case
Cons: Could use an extra SATA connector
Overall Review: Although I've only been using the HP485D for a couple of weeks, I'm very happy with it. It's pretty quiet, but not the quietest that I've heard. For the price, it simply can't be beat! So far there have been no issues with it whatsoever. My needs are pretty basic though. It's being used on an Asus M4A785-M motherboard with an Athlon II X 2 processor, one optical drive, two hard drives, and no external video card. I calculated the needs for my system and found that I would need little more than a 250W power supply for what I have. This should leave plenty of room for expansion. Another person posted that this is really only a 350W power supply. Well, I went to the mfr. site. It is clearly listed as a 485W supply. Perhaps there was a typo on the site that has been corrected. And, 485 watts is probably a peak rating anyway.
Pros: Cheap, lots of storage space, uniform case size allows stacking
Cons: Cheap, you get what you pay for, failure right off the bat
Overall Review: I purchased this drive for a Home Server project I was starting. I needed beaucoup storage space for all my music, pictures, video, and PC backups. Little did I know that the 'power-saving' feature would cause so much hardship. In addition, I was getting write errors with it on Windows Server 2003. I thought it was possibly an OS problem. I then removed the drive from that machine, and plugged it into the XP machine. The same errors occurred. I even tried using a new cable thinking that maybe WD supplied a cheap cable with this drive. Still the same problems. I ran WD's diagnostic program on it. The hard drive failed after 3 weeks. Time to RMA it back to Western Digital. I've always had good luck with WD. This is the first bad drive I've had from them. I hope the next one is better.
Pros: Includes SD adapter and case. Comes with 3-year warranty. Who could ask for a better value?
Cons: Wish I could have purchased more.
Overall Review: A 1 GB card for a heck of a price during Newegg's recent promo makes this the best deal I've seen in a long time!! Even at its regular price it can't be beat!! This enables your phone to hold lots of video, pics, and music. It even includes a 3-year warranty. What could go wrong with it though if you don't abuse it? It will hold AT LEAST 200 average length songs for your mp3 phone.