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Erik W.

Erik W.

Joined on 08/28/02

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Most Favorable Review

Some people should not select Tech level 5

Seagate STBD4000400 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit
Seagate STBD4000400 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit

Pros: Cheap for the size, when they work they're great.

Cons: High failure rate in my experience of the higher capacity drives. Feels like half the drives I get fail or have problems. NAS, Enterprise, and even Retail sometimes work out better than Bare drives, and usually better warranties, but are usually more expensive. New tech too often have bugs and issues that need to be worked out.

Overall Review: Some of those who rated themselves as a 4 or 5 under Tech Knowledge shouldn't have. The entire 4TB can be enabled in most modern OSes, but if you need the software it's easily found on Seagate's site or other software download sites. If you were sent a Bare drive when you ordered Retail, contact wherever you bought it from to get what you ordered and/or a partial refund. If you have problems or questions outside of the 30-90 day warranties Newegg gives, it's still under warranty through the manufacturer. If the link to the manufacturers' sites are broken, report it and go directly to the sites themselves. Do a search if you have to. And yes, it's 5900 RPM. I've not been careful and bought a 5400 or "variable" rate hdd before without looking hard enough, sometimes it's not even clear or doesn't say anywhere and you have to hunt the info down, but don't assume it's 7200 RPM or higher even and then get mad when it isn't. Especially when it clearly states it. That's on you. Just rate the drive as is, and note your issues or praise with it so the rest of us can make informed decisions. Some of the negatives just make YOU look bad, not the drive or where you bought it from.

Most Critical Review

Does say recertified

iPod touch 8GB - Black (4th generation)
iPod touch 8GB - Black (4th generation)

Pros: To the previous reviewer, it does say Recertified pretty clearly, which is pretty much the same as refurbished (which is not new).

Cons: Recertified and refurbished stuff is hit and miss. Sometimes it's really good, better even than new (because it's been looked over). Sometimes it isn't. Scratches, stuff missing, still has issues (usually why it's refurbished in the first place).

Overall Review: Read before you buy, there's a reason why it's cheaper than new.

Got a defective one apparently

NETGEAR (16x4) DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem, Max download speeds of 686Mbps, Certified for Xfinity from Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, Cablevision & more (CM500)
NETGEAR (16x4) DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem, Max download speeds of 686Mbps, Certified for Xfinity from Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, Cablevision & more (CM500)

Pros: Fast... when it works.

Cons: Constantly disconnects, lights turn red, got really hot and rebooted itself. Tried swapping out my modem, cables, splitters. Still wasn't working right. Plugged my old modem back in, works fine with the same setup. Albeit slower (which is why I "upgraded"). So far Netgear's RMA process is more painful than it should be, and Newegg has been no help.

Overall Review: I probably just got a bad one, but still, this has been more trouble than it's worth. Wish I'd gotten a different modem. From somewhere else. Very disappointed.

Screwdrivers didn't fit

Replacement Touch Screen Digitizer Glass& 7Pcs Repair Tools For iPhone 5/5s
Replacement Touch Screen Digitizer Glass& 7Pcs Repair Tools For iPhone 5/5s

Pros: Screen looks fine, no cracks or anything, just wondering if it works.

Cons: Couldn't use either screwdriver, the main reason I bought this. These iPhones have very specific screws, which this claims to be designed to fit. Maybe they sent the wrong ones, maybe you just get what you pay for. Least it was only five bucks.

Overall Review: When I have more time, I'll just go into a store and get the right kind, if I can find them. Kind of hesitant to buy them online now, even the ones that are more specific and give their exact measurements, which this did not. Should have been a red flag. Caveat emptor kids.

Seems ok for the price

BenQ BL3200PT Black 32" 4ms (GTG) HDMI WQHD Widescreen LCD/LED Monitor, 300 cd/m2 DCR 20,000,000:1 (3000:1), CAD/CAM Mode, Animation Mode, Built-in Speakers, VESA Mountable, Height Adjustment, USB Hub
BenQ BL3200PT Black 32" 4ms (GTG) HDMI WQHD Widescreen LCD/LED Monitor, 300 cd/m2 DCR 20,000,000:1 (3000:1), CAD/CAM Mode, Animation Mode, Built-in Speakers, VESA Mountable, Height Adjustment, USB Hub

Pros: I've only had it for a few days, but so far so good. Price wasn't bad. Picture quality is good. Not perfect, but good. I didn't see any ghosting or flickering on anything I tried it on. Plenty of ways to connect it. Using dual DVI now, but tested on HDMI and mini-displayport to HDMI. Displayport and VGA are handy, though I don't know if I'd bother with VGA. Works ok at reduced resolutions (I have it at 1360x768 at 60 hertz, probably too low but clearer than others with that as their default resolution). Thin (though oddly heavy), doesn't use a lot of power, decent looking base. For the price I paid (on sale via NewEggFlash) it was probably worth it. There are cheaper monitors that can also be used as TVs, and vice-versa, but it's nice to be able to switch back to a spare display when I need it and still be able to clearly read the text. A lot of these that are TVs first are terrible monitors. Can't find any dead pixels, that's a plus.

Cons: Blue. Very blue. Very, very, very blue. I cannot begin to describe to you how blue the screen looked on first connection until I calibrated it. I actually thought something might be wrong with it or the cable, though I tried the old cable that worked on my last monitor and it did the same thing. Calibration tools that came with it aren't great, so I used the app built in to OS X and it worked fine. I thought it would be nice to have that little OSD controller since so many new monitors make it difficult or impossible to change settings, but it was unwieldy and wound up being useless to me anyway. As I said, text is legible at low resolutions and is better than most cheap TVs, but it doesn't scale perfectly. Some monitors are better at this than others (the newer HP and Dell 30" monitors are good for that but more expensive, the later Apple Cinema Displays sometimes too). Note that it's a 32" 2560x1440 monitor, not a 30" 2560x1600. I didn't think about that, so the resolutions don't match what I currently have when I scale. I thought I could adjust it more, but you don't want to. Not a big deal for my purposes, but a heads up to those who it might affect. Seriously, blue.

Overall Review: There are cheaper monitors that aren't as nice, but there are more expensive monitors that also aren't as nice. I have an older HP 30" that still demands a pretty penny, and this is probably better. No flicker at higher resolutions and text is definitely better until you put the resolution too low. Easily rivals the old Samsung I had. The newer 30" monitors like the HPs and Dells I've seen are better, but more expensive by a few hundred dollars. Most with less connectivity. There are some out there that are much better, but much more expensive. Some of the NECs come to mind, but unless you have money to burn or use it in a hospital for imaging, not worth it IMO. I prefer this over the similarly priced larger monitors and smaller TVs, and a few of the ones I've used in the past, so I'm fine with my purchase. It works for what I need it to. If you have the extra money to spend and don't need the extra connectivity, the HP ZR30w is pretty good in my experience, the newer one supposedly even better. If you want to go cheaper, or comparable pricing, for 2560x1600 30" monitors, there are some other well reviewed ones here and elsewhere. Seems to be hit and miss as to what you get with those though. True most of them use the same or similar panels, but there's more to a monitor than just the panel. I probably could have saved money and gotten the similar 27" Benq, has great reviews, but I'm glad I splurged. I could have splurged more, but cost is a factor for me. Though not so much that I wanted to go too cheap. So it's a nice middleground I guess.

Gets loud over time

CORSAIR CMXAF1 Fans
CORSAIR CMXAF1 Fans

Pros: Works for awhile, long warranty.

Cons: One of the fans started to get loud, then died so it got quieter. Now another is going.

Overall Review: Tried to RMA, but the process is much more painful than it should be. Not happy.