Date Joined: 08/06/03
Pros: At the ($43.99) sale price it can't be beat
Full color display
Freeze frame function
OBD code database built in
Hit and miss on compatibility beyond basic OBDII
Overall Review: If you purchase this with realistic expectations you won't be disappointed. I took advantage of a $43.99 sale price and at that price it is the best available. The full color display is small but sharp and legible. It has some limited OE specific capabilities and will stream data and allow for freeze frame. My car (Lexus) was not compatible with O2 sensor testing and some of the other additional functions and that was a bit disappointing considering the popularity of Toyota products. This is not a professional tool and it isn't built like one so you won't be dropping this or slamming it around like you can a factory scantool. It does not appear to be sealed against liquids either. It is a bit on the slow side but it's not awful at all. At the $99 normal price it's a good value, at the $43.99 sale price it is untouchable. If you need more than a basic scantool I recommend you consider this one, especially if it is on sale.
Pros: Exceedingly Fast
insane performance for the price ($35 shipped)
Quiet of course
Vendor did ship quite fast
Cons: Poorly packaged (shipped in a padded envelope!)
Overall Review: Great way to speed up a laptop. Mine uses DDR2 which has become far too expensive to upgrade without a good reason - I have 4GB so it would cost me $140 at minimum to double it while total cost of a storage upgrade was $100 which netted me a considerable speed increase and 290GB of additional storage space.
Pros: Tremendous performance to cost ratio. Lots of bloatware... yeah I know but bloatware is what made the relatively low cost possible. I consider it a pro because it lowered my cost of purchase and I can still nuke it with a little time investment and ccleaner. It's pretty fast even with all the bloatware and considerably faster without it. The display is crisp and bright. While I would not classify this a gamers rig, it is plenty fast for a modestly priced laptop. The HD4200 chip is pretty good for an integrated chip. It will easily handle older games. Nice having a 10-key on relatively small laptop.
Cons: No recovery discs. I know this keeps costs down too and you have one-key recovery but if the drive dies you are in trouble, even with warranty you will be without your machine for weeks. If it's out of warranty you are stuck purchasing OS software even though technically you already paid for it. While it has a reasonable amount of typical ports it lacks an HDMI or even a S-Video port.
Overall Review: A bargain, especially at the sale price. You can complain about the bloatware but just remember it lowers your purchase price and only costs some time to remove. I would buy it again in a second, worth every penny I paid for it.
Pros: Nice integrated graphics if you go that route. Stable board, worked well out of the box. Can use AM2+ and AM3 CPUs. Compatible with 1066 ram. Have not utilized the home theatre features but understand they are very good. Website support seems good.
Cons: Not good for overclocking even after bios update. Mediocre onboard sound. Instruction manual leaves much to be desired, it is both incomplete and confusing.
Overall Review: A good board for a low-cost, general purpose system. Not good for overclocking.
Pros: It works fine at the rated speed. Dropped right in without a hitch.
Cons: At this price? None whatsoever.
Pros: Still the best. I used the last of the mascool compound I had. With a big aftermarket Rosewill cooler, a x2 7750 overclocked to 3.2Ghz my idle temp was 26c, load 39c. Cleaned it up and applied the Arctic Silver. Idle temp now at 19c, load 32c.
Overall Review: Only use a small amount (1-2 grains of rice in size) in the middle of the cpu, a couple of small twists on the cooler and it's good to go. Too much is not a good thing.
Pros: Fast although nowhere near the fastest, it took 7-7-7-20 timing for stable operation on my motherboard. Cranked voltage to 2.15 volts. Any other settings and the machine would not boot. Reasonably priced.
Cons: Very finicky ram. Should have come with full directions in the package rather than having to wade through a website to search out the info you need.
Pros: Incredible price! Fast, quiet. Worked fine for me right out of the static bag!
Cons: None at this price.
Overall Review: Only had this a few days so longevity is the only real question. Otherwise this drive is a tremendous bargain at $39.99 and free shipping.
Pros: Keeps my overclocked 7750 BE idling at 19 degrees! Currently running at 3.2Ghz. I could go higher but my motherboard has now become the limiting factor. This fan is quiet and very effective. Easily worth twice the price.
Cons: Flimsy mounting clip and no way to optimize fan direction. The mount twists and buckles when installing so you have to be careful. The fan can blow up or down but not to the rear which is probably the best direction in most cases.
Overall Review: My system: ECS A780GM-A motherboard, AMD x2 7750 BE CPU, MSI HD4830 OC Video Card, 4Gb OCZ Fatality 1066 Ram, WD 250Gb HD
Pros: Easy overclocking due to the unlocked multiplier. Faster clock for clock to K8 Chips. Runs nice and cool, overclocked to 3.0Ghz and runs as cool as the x2 4000 it replaced. Coupled with good 1066 RAM this thing flies.
Cons: Factory fan is worthless.
Overall Review: Not even close to state of the art but easily one of, if not the best, bang for the buck CPU currently out there. I have an aftermarket cooler coming and hopefully will get this thing to 3.4 to 3.5Ghz. It's already way faster than my old chip.
Pros: Very fast. I recieved the overclocked version which uses higher grade memory. Overclocking it further is easy. Mine is running at 700Mhz Core and 2.2Ghz memory. At that speed it can hold it's own with the 4850 despite 160 fewer stream processors. Runs cool even at this speed.
Cons: If it's not on sale the price is close enough that you might want to consider the 4850 instead. It's a little longer than I thought, very close to my drive trays.
Overall Review: Overclocked this thing flies. It seems to run cooler than the 4850 even at this speed, and it's even cooler than my old 3850 thanks to the custom fan. Keep in mind you can get a 4850 now for around $120 so don't pay over $90 or so for this card... unless your power supply is marginal.
Pros: Works now in a lesser machine although it should not have had a problem with mine.
Cons: Would not work in it's intended machine. Bought a Rosewill 600 watt power supply and it runs my machine without a hiccup.
Overall Review: It was purchased for the following: Athlon x2 4000+, 2Gb 800Mhz Patriot Ram, LG 16x DVD+/-R/RW, HD3850 256Mb, 160Gb WD SATA drive, 80Gb Maxtor SATA drive. Wouldn't power it reliably. Now in this system: Athlon x2 3600+, 2Gb Corsair 667Mhz Ram, 80Gb Samsung E-IDE drive, LG 16x DVD+/- R/RW drive, X1900GT Rev. 2. Seems to handle this one okay... go figure.
Pros: Nice looking, sleeved cables, lots of connectors including both 4-pin and 8-pin 12v m/b connectors. Very quiet. Has been up and running since I got it. While weight is a superficial quality, this one is nice and heavy. I lack the equipment to test it but all the reviews have been positive for this unit. A bargain at $68 shipped.
Cons: None really. I suppose modular cabling would've been nice but a bit much to expect at this price point. I could live without the LED fan but not a big deal I guess.
Overall Review: My system is modest: Athlon 64 x2 4000+ oc to 2.53 Ghz, 2Gb Patriot 800Mhz RAM, HIS HD3850 256Mb oc to 800Mhz Core, 950Mhz (1.9Ghz) RAM, 160Gb WD SATA HD, LG DVD+/- R/RW. The Apevia 500w power supply I bought prior to this Rosewill failed to power this setup.
Pros: Very sturdy, does not feel flimsy like many inexpensive cases. Pull out drive bays are nice as well as the completely tool-less setup. All edges are rounded and it has a power supply lip as well.
Cons: None really at this price. Would've been really great to have a removeable motherboard tray.
Overall Review: Can't think of a single case that can compete at anywhere near this price. The free shipping made it an even better bargain.
Pros: Rock reliable. Low cost, quiet. I highly doubt it puts out a consistent 400 watts but it powers my system better than the Apevia 500 watt power supply that was supposed to replace it. Only rated at 16 amps on the 12v rail but seems to work fine. I have an Athlon x2 4000+, HD3850 256Mb card, 2 Hard drives, 2 optical drives and 2 case fans.
Cons: At this price none really.
Overall Review: Could not ask for more at this price. It's very plain jane other than the illuminated fan. For a basic system I think this will get the job done for anyone.
Pros: Nice looking. Good number of connectors and they are all wrapped to keep routing easy and neat.
Cons: Not reliable as near as I can tell. I had hoped that Apevia had started to turn out better products... no such luck. While I don't care about the blue led fan the fact that the led has never worked is not a good thing. Over the past 3 days it has failed to power up on 4 different occasions.
Overall Review: Spend the extra money to get a product with a better reputation.
Comments: Very quiet, much quieter even than the Mitsumi 52x it replaced. Works flawlessly, can't ask for much more, especially at such an excellent price. Newegg does it again.
Comments: Nice card but not as overclockable as other 9600 Pro cards. Their is no bundle so there really is no advantage to purchasing the retail version of this card though. It's reliable and the fan is quiet.
Comments: Very quiet, can't be heard over the case fan. Very fast especially for the price. I love this drive, hard to argue for the price. I wanted the 8Mb buffer model but am glad I opted for this one instead. Great drive.
Comments: Looks more understated than you might think based on the picture. No sharp edges and everything fits together well which is not always a given. Plenty of room to work and the ducting for the CPU is a nice touch. I love this case.