Date Joined: 07/08/06
Pros: Outlets spread out enough to be able to plug in large brick style (in my case, for NES and SNES) and be able to use the neighboring outlets!
12 outlets is enough to feed my whole entertainment center.
Pros: I bought two of these about four months ago, and just recently bought three more.
Great quality, picture, color, and not much of a footprint.
Overall Review: Why would anyone really need five 24" monitors?
Two gaming desktops, media server, three laptops
Pros: Bought these for a little under-desk lighting, rather than using the ridiculously bright ceiling light; they did not disappoint!
The number of color options is impressive.
If you have epilepsy, definitely do not press the "Flash" button on the remote! I don't so it's pretty entertaining.
Creating/connecting different sections is easy.
Cons: Haven't found anything.
Pros: - Went from four remotes to one! Turning on everything needed for particular activities, to the correct presets/channels is very nice. (i.e.: "Watch TV" - TV on to HDMI 1, DVR on, and A/V Reciever on to HDMI 1; all with the touch of one button, and powering down is just as simple)
- Price is easily justifiable for the value of simplicity.
- Battery lasts many weeks on a single charge.
- "Favorites" channels saved in an easy-to-use menu, comes in very handy.
Cons: Haven't found a single one.
Overall Review: As mentioned above, the price of the remote is justifiable when you look at how much simpler having a single remote.
The software to configure the remote is a little quirky and takes some figuring out, but is pretty easy once you get going.
Pros: I was having issues with USB ports randomly cycling through power (would disconnect all USB devices for 2-3 seconds, then power back up and reconnect everything).
Having something that used external power was a necessity, and this definitely fits the bill. 5/7 ports are being used on this hub and I don't have the power-cycling (or USB overloading) problem that I was having before.
The two charging ports are an added bonus and provide enough juice to charge my phone in less than a hour.
Pros: Using this as a backup solution to my media server.
While I may need to upgrade in the future, this provides the space needed with a little bit of a zone for expansion to back up the entire server.
Pros: Different settings availabale for use of some/all fans.
Has very effectively helped the overheating issue I had before. While gaming, my laptop would reach the point of shutting down. Using the DeepCool cooling pad, the laptop is only slightly warm even after 5-6 hours of gaming.
Cons: Haven't found one
Pros: First one was bought after the old Logitech G5 bit the dust (had it for 6 years), got it for a killer deal over in one of the Arab countries ($45).
Have been very impressed with it, smooth tracking, zero hesitation, comfortable ergonomics.
Cons: The RazerSynapse software updates almost as much as Java or Flash!
Pros: Simple layout, not crowded and cluttered with extra buttons like some keyboards.
Multiple color options for backlit keys keeps things interesting.
Zero issues whatsoever.
Overall Review: Bought this to pair w/ the gaming computer built for my GF, she's mesmerized by the backlight colors and doesn't pay attention to how well the keyboard actually works. But I've put it through it's paces and it looks like it'll hold up to many many hours of button-mashing.
Pros: This is a great addition to Diablo III.
The extra chapter provides a few more gameplay on "normal", and even longer in the higher difficulties.
Higher grade gear drops much more often and makes you want to keep playing to keep going higher.
Pros: While I feel the show hasn't been the same without Andy Whitfield playing the role of Spartacus, each season since the first has been pretty exhilarating.
This season picks up where "Blood and Sand" left off.
Spartacus and his brothers from the House of Batiatus are out with a "vengeance" (no pun intended) to get back at the folks that forced them in to the life of a gladiator (more or less a slave) and Spartacus is on a personal mission to find the person that sold his wife in to slavery.
Cons: Why aren't Blu-Ray movies/TV series cheaper yet?
Pros: Using this for other storage so the SSD doesn't fill up.
Typical ease of formatting, etc.
It's been through a move across the ocean with a terrible moving company and still works like a champ.
Cons: Haven't come across anything.
Overall Review: I literally watched my computer get tossed from the guy on the ground to the guy on the truck. Who knows what else happened in the 2 months that it was in transit. They're lucky I'm a nice guy, and if it had been broken or damaged, I would've claimed it for every single $$ I paid for the computer.
Pros: Installed two of these in my storage server to replace the buzzing oem case fans, powered back on, and I couldn't even tell that the system had come on.
The brand name says it all, they're silent.
Cons: These are just barely, emphasis on barely, larger than a normal 80mm fan, I had to work a little bit and it was a very tight fit to get both to fit side-by-side in the case.
They're crammed in at the back of the case, but that wasn't worth dropping the rating a star over.
Overall Review: These move as much air as a standard 80mm fan, but are dead silent. If you don't want to hear you computer when it's on, these are the real deal.
Pros: Great clarity in the diamonds, nicely set inside what definitely seems to be a quality band.
Szul processed and shipped my order quickly.
My significant other was surprised and she loves to show it off to other people!
Pros: After the primary HDD in my rig went out, I saw it as an excuse to upgrade. I was lucky enough to catch this on sale, and if you can do the same, BUY IT.
I'm one of the many that still run Win 7 x64 and through all of the initial installations and updates, to go from desktop, restart, to desktop would only take ~18sec.
While it's fractions of a second, there is a noticeable difference in load times.
Drive comes with a 3.5" adapter.
Overall Review: Setup:
i5 760 @ 2.8GHz
ASUS P7P55D-E LX mobo
8GB DDR3 1600 Kingston Hyper-X
SLi (2x) EVGA 560 Ti
A-Data 512GB SSD
WD 1TB secondary drive
Pros: I've trusted Arctic Silver with all of my builds for the past 12 years and this purchase was no exception.
AS compound does its job very well, I've never had any of my machines overheat or come close to it.
Overall Review: of the three desktops on my desk, all 3 have AS under the heatsink. Main rig for the CPU, older machine on the north bridge and CPU, and for the CPU in the server.
Pros: If you've read the details, you can definitely see that these fans move a LOT of air, I don't doubt the listed number at all.
I saw reviews from folks saying the plastic was brittle, but did not run in to that issue when installing or removing them.
Cons: I was slightly let down that the fan did not power on when plugged in to the fan connector on the motherboard.
Overall Review: NOTE TO POTENTIAL BUYERS:
Know your decibel levels before you buy these, yes they are loud, much much louder than a normal case fan.
A vaccuum cleaner is approx 68 decibels, these run at 55...let that sink in.
Pros: Working on a budget server build, I went the route of the i3, since it wouldn't actually have to do much processing and it was cheaper.
For a rig that is on 24/7, CPU temps stay reasonably low even with the factory heatsink.
Cons: haven't come across anything
Overall Review: Since the machine this is in doesn't actually get USED, I can't speak much for its real capabilities.
MSi board (couldn't find the model in purchase history)
4x WD Red 2TB
1x WD Red 1TB
Dell PERC H310 RAID contr.
Pros: The pricepoint is nice for what they're trying to accomplish.
Cons: The idea behind the Chromecast is great, but the implementation could be a whole lot better.
Every video I attempted to play had issues with A/V sync. This was tried from multiple devices as well (phone, tablet, laptop).
Why did Google not put a dual band wireless chip in the device? Having this running on the 5Ghz network might have helped a little.
Overall Review: Considering the Chromecast did not live up the hype, looks like I'm sticking with the Apple TV and smart software in the television.
Pros: It seems odd to me that folks are having issues with DOA and failing drives. I have four of these (in Raid 10) and they're all working just fine. My NAS stays on 24/7 too.
Cons: Haven't found any
Overall Review: Server Specs:
Dell PERC H310 Raid Card
1x 1TB WD Red (OS)
4x 2TB WD Red (RAID 10)
x64 Win 7
Pros: It took some BIOS tweaking (and a little guessing to be honest) to get the OS to install on this at first, but not worth dropping the rating down.
As mentioned, this drive is running in my server and holds the OS along with the few other applications that are installed. No problems out of it.
Overall Review: It seems odd to me that folks are having issues with DOA and failing drives. I have this and four 2TB Red drives (2TB's in Raid 10) and they're all working just fine. The server does stay on 24/7 too.
Pros: Friend of mine has this housing his NAS components.
After seeing this, I had to have one to get rid of the bulk mid-tower that was sitting on the desk.
It's built fairly sturdy, compared to others, it's not ridiculously heavy, it's priced right, and one of the front USB ports is a 3.0.
Cons: For motherboards ATX and larger sized, it's a really tight fit inside the case, but not a con worth marking it down for. Just take the HDD tray out (by removing the mounting tabs, faceplate, and screws holding the tray in) and life is a little easier.
Again ^^^ not worth marking down for, still a good case.
Pros: Bought this as replacement storage for the piece of junk 4GB chip that used to be in the 360 (yes, used to be), which means I can actually use the system now.
More than enough storage space and priced much much better than buying the 320GB from Microsoft.
Overall Review: If anyone is having the issue with your 360 freezing 3-5 seconds after loading the dashboard---->
Either have someone or you take the console apart and remove the 1"x1" chip located under the disc drive, this is the 4GB of storage. You WILL need either a replacement chip, or a HDD to take that ones place.
If you had all your games saved on it and not backed up, you'll have to start back over from zero, but this will fix the freezing issue.
Pros: It's still very much the iconic Halo 3 title.
The XBL/Matchmaking play is IMO still one of the best of the Halo series.
Overall Review: Had to re-buy this game (all my others) because my ex-wife sold all of my 360 stuff a couple years ago.
Pros: Crisp, clear, and loud!
Bought 2 sets of these for my 240SX convertible, while all the mounting hardware had to be custom made, it was well worth the time and effort. (ID's are 6.75, original front speakers in 240SX are 4x6, and rear were 5.25")
Everything in the music playing can still be heard at 75mph with the top down.
I'd definitely reccomend running these with an amplifier. Had originally planned on running these off the head unit, but they had little output. At 75w per channel @4ohms from a JL XD400/4 it's unbelievable.
Overall Review: Setup:
2x ID CTX65CS components
JL Audio XD 400x4 amp
2x JL 8w3 subwoofer
JL JX 500/1 amp