Date Joined: 04/22/03
Pros: Easy setup
Cons: Just doesn't "extend " much
Overall Review: My barn is 100' from my wifi router (out of box Viasat satellite ISP). I ran an extension cord from the barn to the farthest point that I could still connect, approximately 125'. (Gotta admit I was a bit surprised I could connect from that distance).
Once connected I could only get 25'-30' farther away before losing connection. I expected better.
Pros: I've got to ammend my earlier review with the same title (the first review for this product) from 5 eggs to 3 eggs...
All the pros I mentioned before still stand.
Cons: After having this monitor for awhile I found there is problem with it waking from sleep state. Intermittently when my computer wakes up the monitor does not wake up as fast as the computer and the computer sets the resolution to the safe default of 640x480.
If I disable sleep mode on the monitor this does not occur.
It never happens on a cold boot or reboot - only from sleep mode.
I can reset the resolution by power cycling the monitor.
Went through HP for a replacement. The second monitor does the same thing. This is clearly a design issue not a manufacturing defect.
Note that my computer is an Intel I7 CPU with a SSD boot drive so it wakes up REALLY fast - I'm guessing more conventional setups don't experience this issue.
Overall Review: Mixed feelings about HP service...
1. Forget trying to use the web site and just call them. The product isn't registered properly so you can't create a ticket.
2. Note that if you do call this is considered a 'Commercial' monitor. Call the Commercial support line.
3. The service tech was great. Asked some obvious questions but ultimately with one phone call promised a replacement would be received in 24 to 48 business hours.
4. A week later, no monitor. Called again and the customer service rep acknowledged a hiccup in the ordering process - told me to call back Mon-Fri because she couldn't fix it. (Frankly, this is what irratated me and is costing them 1 egg. I had to take responsibility now for a glitch in their ordering system and follow up personally).
5. Once I called back they did overnight a new monitor which as stated above had the same problem. Total time to get the replacement - 16 days.
6. Within 3 day of having received the monitor I received 2 phone calls and an email warning that I hadn't returned the old monitor and they were going to have to charge me.
Pros: I realize no one really buys a CPU for its graphics capabilities but beyond the speed of this CPU I must say I'm impressed with the embedded graphics. It registers a WEI 6.7 for Aero experience. Since my primary use is to compile code and SQL Server these graphics more than meet my needs and saved me the cost of a graphics card.
Overall Review: I wish Intel did a better job of letting you know that the CPU fan has thermal lube on it already. I had to check the web site to confirm that's what those blobs of stuff were.
Pros: I specifically wanted a case with easy access to the hard drive bays and this case certainly delivers that. Toolless access and I like how the drive bays slide out the front once released.
The construction of the case is very solid.
All in all I'd buy this case again for the price.
Cons: I'm deducting 1 egg not for construction but more for design factors. None of these are particularly significant but in total they are an eggs worth.
1. Wires could be more clearly marked as to +/-.
2. Front panel has the Power and Reset buttons right next to the USB ports. It is very easy to accidently reset the machine when reaching for a thumbdrive.
Overall Review: Not so much a CON as a product suggestion but it would be much nicer if instead of using 4 small philips head flathead screws on the sides to secure the top slider, use 2 thumb screws on the back to make access much easier.
Pros: The power supply works fine and is truly very quiet.
I like the modular approach and extra rubber shroud used to absorb vibration when mounting (assuming there is vibration which I've never detected).
Cons: I'm taking one egg off because the some of the SATA cables are really not sized properly. The first one I tried I found I was putting WAY more pressure on my new SSD than I was confortable with and I still could not get that sucker to go on. I picked a different cable and it was noticibly easier.
I wonder if Cooler Master will replace those faulty cables?
Pros: Easily installed and recogized by the BIOS. Absolutely no issues getting up and running.
With an Intel I7 CPU I boot from power off to functional Start button in 11 seconds. Waking from sleep mode reading swap file to restore state is faster than my NEC monitor can wake up.
Cons: None so far.
Pros: Plugged it in and it works. (kind of expected quality but hey, it's just RAM)
Cons: none so far
Pros: Great bracket. Straight-forward installation and it comes with everything you might possibly need and them some. It comes with 4 full sets of bolts in various lengths and sizes to attach to the TV. I used it for a 60' LCD.
Cons: None that I found.
Pros: I said 3 eggs because really it would be either 5 eggs or 1 egg depending on your situation.
First the pros:
I was initially quite impressed with product. I installed the software first and when I connected my Dell XPS laptop it 'just worked'. Printer, scanner, keyboard, mouse, web cam... everything was recognized and drivers loaded. I was even directed to the a link to get an updated scanner driver.
Cons: The problem is that my XPS laptop was ordered with the GeForce 1GB video card. As it turns out the video signal that goes to the docking station via the single USB connection is not capable of leveraging the hardware acceleration graphics capabilities. Therefore applications that require hardware acceleration - even games like Solitaire and ironically the Dell Support application - simply do not render on the secondary monitor. For example, I could place the card game window half on the laptop and half on the secondary monitor. The game would function but only the half on the laptop showed any cards. Note that other applications like web browser, MS Word, Office, etc worked great. Note also that connecting the laptop to the secondary monitor via HDMI cable worked fine.
For the record, Dell technical support is who ultimately confirmed for me that a solution was not technically possible.
Overall Review: So I guess the bottom line is if your laptop doesn't support accelerated graphics this could be a GREAT product but if it does the video will just not work for you.
Pros: Does what I need.
Probably overkill for an HTPC but that's not the chips fault and I'd rather error on the side of overkill.
Pros: It just works. It can't get any quieter and at 2.5w peak that's as "green" as it gets.
Cons: Still needs work on the cost per MB but you know that going in.
Overall Review: I haven't run any formal benchmarks but I did stop-watch clock Windows 7 reboots which take 35 seconds from "restart click" to desktop displayed and ready.
Also I found the support web site quite helpful with pointers to utilities and some optimization information relevant to SSDs.
Pros: It appears to be as advertised. I'm using it for HTPC with everything provided on the MB (except the 30GB SSD) this filled the bill for me.
Also, their support web site responded to an inquiry of mine in less than a day. Big points in my book.
Cons: I'm deducting an egg for the WiFi because of the performance (I'm using a wired LAN connection but still, if you sell it it should work) . I used the latest drivers but for some reason a transfer would start fast then gradually slow down from 3MB per second to 10KB per second. Meanwhile, my laptop using the same wireless router would be consistent at 3MB per second.
Looks like other reviewers have had issues with the WiFi also.
Overall Review: I'll consider Zotac for my next MB purchase.
Wish it would have provided an S-Video output (I know... you would think that HDMI, DVI and VGA would be sufficient but my 'ancient' Harmon Kardon circa 2004 only supports S-Video, Component and Composite inputs) so I had to use the expansion slot for a GPU.
Pros: It works for me. Price was right.
Overall Review: It's just memory.
Pros: Works great. I use it as a boot device formatted as NTFS. I haven't measured it with a benchmark tool but it is fast enough I haven't needed to.
Pros: I love it when what you buy just works. This just works.
Pros: Exactly as advertised. Works on ever machine I've plugged in to.
Cons: None that I know of.
Overall Review: I've used both the Sata II and USB interface on XP x86, Vista x86 and Windows 7 x64 (in fact I used it as the boot device to install Win7 on my x64 machine). No issues anywhere... it just worked.
USB is obviously slower than Sata II (I 'm not sure why I felt compelled to mention that other than the fact that others seemed to be surprised by this).
Pros: After days of tweaking and fiddling I did get it to work.
Cons: I give it 2 eggs instead of 1 ONLY because I didn't end up using the RMA that I requested. I had this packed up and ready to ship back because of the problems I had using it.
I tried it on 3 machines running XP x86, Vista x86 and Windows 7 x64. What I got out-of-box didn't work for any of them.
The CyberLink software is garbage. My ancient VHS home movies (the reason I bought the thing) gave copy-protection errors. I tried using Sony's Vegas Video V4.0 but it wouldn't recognize the device. I downloaded their V8.0 trial with the same problem.
Like mentioned above, at this point I requested an RMA from NewEgg but before I mailed it back I re-read the reviews and based on bunc5224's comments, I tried downloading the Debut Video Capture freeware. That allowed me to get it working.
BTW - the website is useless. They referred me to Cyberlink to fix my problems (but I don't recall having done any business with Cyberlink to begin with).
Overall Review: Read the reviews from the following folks. I found them all to be true and helpful...
* skoville (exactly my experience - he didn't get a lemon)
* bunc5224 (took the words right out of my mouth)
Pros: Works great. I bought it for its 22w power consumption rating and it is fanless.
Overall Review: Not sure why it was bundled with a low-profile kit since this comes with a low-profile bracket.
Pros: This case is well made and solidly built. I like the toolless snapin HDD approach. I haven't built a lot of systems - maybe 5 or 6 - but I really like how well this case is put together. Even for a mini-ITX this was simpler to assemble and, dare I say roomier, than the 4 rack space case I have which uses a full size MB.
I'd mention the looks of this case but you either like the looks or you hate it. I couldn't resist.
Cons: No cons really other than what comes naturally from a really, really small case. I can't fault Antec for this because it is exactly what was advertized.
Overall Review: Beware of the 90w power brick. No fault of Antec because that is well documented but be sure that is adequate for you.
I use a Zotac GF9300 which has video outputs for HDMI, DMI and VGA. In my case, my Harmon Kardon home theater system provides video inputs for S-Video, Component and Composite video. Unfortunately none of these worked with the MB capabilities which forced me to purchase a video card with S-Video. The NewEgg forums saved me by providing info on power consumption of various graphics cards an pointed me to the ATI Radeon 4350 which consumes 22w.
Figuring a 65w Dual Core processor, 2.5w OCZ SSD 32MB HDD, 20w for the MB and 22w GPU you can see that you could exceed the case's power supply under heavy load. I'm just using it as an HTPC and haven't experienced any problems.
Get a low-profile card for whatever MB you get if you want it to fit. Like you should expect, things are tight space-wise.
Pros: The range is the best I've found. (see remarks below)
I like that there's an on/off switch
Cons: None to speak of.
Overall Review: I got the tape measure out to test what I was experiencing. My first purchase for a wireless keyboard (msft 3000) was returned for this reason. With this Logitech I used the mouse at a distance os 16 feet with complete accuracy. As I move farther away the signal got sporatic.
I did the same thing with the keyboard and was able to get 34 feet away with total responsiveness. Then I thought, I'm holding this keyboard in the air so maybe that isn't real-world usage. Sure enough, when I set it down on the piano at the same range it didn't work. But even sitting on a solid object I get great response at 16 feet.
One thing I'll note is that when I installed it in my living room where the KB/mouse is only 10 feet away I had problems until I just moved the receptor around slightly. It appears to be sensitive in that way but all in all this is a great product up to 15 feet away.
Pros: Intallation went just as you would like with no surprises. I set up a RAID01 with 2 of these 750GB drives. Benchmark tests show this mirrored setup performs 4-6 times faster than my other WD 120GB EIDE drive on the same computer. I think the drives are very quiet also.
Overall Review: Only time will tell about dependablity. But my previous experience with Western Digital for a 2 1/2 year old drive that failed consisted of a single email after which they sent the a replacement drive and a box to return the old. I will always buy WD.
Pros: I'd never purchased Rosewill brand before but will again. The controller has a nice manual that explains RAID installations very well. Intallation went just as you would like with no surprises. I set up a RAID01 with 2 WD 750GB drives. Benchmark tests show this mirrored setup performs 4-6 times faster than my other WD 120GB EIDE drive on the same computer. Having all the SATA cables included was plus.
Cons: The power cables weren't the highest quality. One drive didn't power up on the first attempt because one of the pins pushed out of the case. Easy to fix and not a big deal.
Does actually transmit on 88.7 (sort of)
Cons: Worthless. Audio is inaudible at a normal level. Crank the volume to 3 times what you would use on any other station and you can hear faint resemblence of the song playing. Power wires disupt play like an AM station.
Overall Review: Donate your ten bucks to charity. You won't hear your PDA on your car radio either but at least you'll feel better about it.
Comments: The thin frame is slick and the display is great. I liked my first one enough to buy a second for my dual monitor setup.
Comments: Bought it for a music studio computer. Very quiet. I'm quite satisfied.