Date Joined: 10/08/04
Pros: Had it for 2.5 months, been using it almost every day. No problems as of yet.
-Exceptional 1920x1080 gaming performance (Doom runs beautifully maxed out, Witcher 3 runs very well with Hairworks off, BF1 maxed without issue, etc). Also used it off and on for CAD in Rhino3D, no problems there either.
-Keyboard is fantastic, easily one of the best laptop keyboards I've typed on barring those with integrated mechanical switches (and the backlighting is excellent)
-Ton of ports on this thing (5 USB ports?!), more than I've seen on most laptops in the 15" domain.
-Big fan of the power connector and the one USB port on the back. Always annoyed me to have those cables getting in the way of my mouse.
-Relative wealth of display output options, handles multiple screens no problem.
-Screen is quite good, some backlight bleed in the bottom corners but only noticeable on a dark/black screen. Out of the box colors are serviceable, but after some time with my Spyder4 Pro this display looks very good indeed. On par with my desktop's U2412M displays. Text is easily readable even without DPI scaling.
-Left Ctrl key is all the way out in the corner rather than swapped with the Fn key (I will never understand why this is such a rarity)
-Touchpad with real buttons rather than one of those abominable clickpads
-Interior is easily accessible and easy to work in, rather than being the laptop equivalent of a Matroska doll
-Surface generally stays pretty cool while gaming, mostly heat is exhausted out the back and left side (possibly a concern for left-handed users?)
-Optical audio out
-The build quality overall is very good. This thing is built like a brick and I appreciate the understated aesthetic (as opposed to every other manufacturer, loud colors and LEDs all over every surface of the device). I can bring this thing to work and not get incredulous raised eyebrows.
-Near vanilla Windows install, very limited amount of pre-installed software and none of it is obnoxious/performance-impacting.
Cons: -SSD is nothing to write home about (see "Other") though it is still an SSD for all of that.
-Software for managing clocks, keyboard illumination, etc can be a little wonky on occasion.
-Speakers are average for a laptop, get some decent headphones or speakers
-Windows 10 Home instead of Pro (I had a license on hand so I installed Pro on it anyway)
-Power button requires a deliberate push to actuate, sometimes I go to turn it on and have to try twice. Granted, it's a power button, so I'm not sure it should be easy to depress. Toss up?
-The power button LED is statically blue, does not change with the keyboard. (This is probably my only real complaint.)
-Touchpad gestures (i.e. pinch to zoom) can be a little jumpy/hard to use, otherwise it tracks fine
-Pretty much all surfaces on the device show fingerprints readily, to the point where I wound up stashing a microfiber cloth in my laptop bag to wipe it down.
-Comes with a driver DVD, has no disc drive. I found this amusing, given 4GB thumbdrives are practically free these days.
Honestly I feel like I'm nitpicking here.
Overall Review: Can't comment on the fingerprint scanner, I have no intention of using it.
Power brick is sizable (6-5/8" x 3-1/4" x 1-5/8"), so plan accordingly if you're buying a bag for the laptop. On the upside it uses a standard C13 power cable from the wall to the PSU, instead of some esoteric proprietary thing. I have a boatload of those cables, so I just leave them plugged in at the places I use this machine. Makes setup/packing up somewhat faster and allows for better cable management. The PSU itself is a 200W model, 85 bucks for another one per Eluktronics' site.
Mine had dual 4GB SODIMMs, in case anyone was wondering.
SSD is an m.2 SATA drive, the HDD is regular 2.5" SATA and takes up one of the two slots in the removable drive tray. There's an open PCIE m.2 slot and a second SATA plugin as well. (There's actually two PCIE m.2 slots, but one is taken by the WiFi adapter.)
Wasn't sure what to expect from the SSD in this thing and after playing around with it I swapped it out for a 500GB 850 EVO. Stock SSD isn't terrible, definitely better than a hybrid drive or booting from a regular HDD, but it was discernibly slower than what I'm used to on my desktop. Also, 500GB vs 128GB.
Stock SSD CrystalDiskMark results for the curious:
(Tested three times, results were similar to below through all runs)
CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 x64 (C) 2007-2016 hiyohiyo
* MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
* KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 332.068 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 166.415 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 84.745 MB/s [ 20689.7 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 147.785 MB/s [ 36080.3 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 334.726 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 166.330 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 15.700 MB/s [ 3833.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 92.803 MB/s [ 22657.0 IOPS]
Test : 1024 MiB [C: 64.1% (76.1/118.7 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec]
Date : 2016/09/15 6:46:39
OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 10586] (x64)
Pros: -Great viewing angles
-Pretty decent picture (particularly for the price)
-Matte finish (definite pro for me, YMMV)
Cons: -No VESA mount
-No vertical or rotational adjustments
It didn't claim to have either, so no need to dock stars.
Overall Review: I bought four of these for an office environment, all four have been running happily with no issues for four months and change while seeing 24/7 use. No backlight problems, no stuck or dead pixels. They may not be UltraSharps, but for bargain IPS screens they do an excellent job.
Felt compelled to leave a review after seeing people leaving such terrible feedback based upon things that are patently obvious in the description, images, and product page on Dell's site. No, there is no VESA mount. It also does not claim anywhere that there is a VESA mount. Likewise, the refresh rate is readily apparent. It's completely asinine to leave such low reviews for this display because you couldn't be bothered to take five minutes and do a little research. So tired of people taking their idiocy out on the product rating.
Pros: Literally installed the drivers and plugged it in, worked first try with no further configuration. Have had no issues since I started using it to drive two 1920x1080 displays.
Cons: Would be nice if it came with some kind of mounting bracket or adhesive pad, but not really a con.
I also wish it had come with another HDMI port or a DisplayPort instead of DVI, but again, not really a con.
Overall Review: I was actually shocked at how painless this was to set up and how well it worked. I bought this half-expecting it wouldn't work at all, I've had pretty bad luck with USB-driven display hardware in the past. The only reason I tried it is because of past dealings with EVGA and the great support they've offered.
It's currently attached to a Pentium-based NUC running Windows 10 Pro, still going strong.
Pros: USB3 hub, works as well as you could hope. Build quality is solid, and there's no difference in speed between plugging into the hub and plugging straight into the motherboard. Admittedly, I'm not plugging a bunch of external SSDs to do a real stress test, but I have a USB3 4TB WD external drive and several USB3 thumb drives, and saw no speed degredation simultaneously dumping a 4GB file to all of them.
Cons: The included cables are unfortunately short. I actually had to use an extension cord with the power adapter, as by itself it wasn't long enough to run back down behind my desk to the surge protector.
Pros: -Thin Screen
-Colors aren't half bad after calibration with a Spyder4 Pro
-First screen I've had with touch controls that aren't horrifyingly bad
-Viewing angles are predictably excellent
-The speakers are decent for a monitor (first among losers, as it were)
-No detectable ghosting issues watching fast-paced movies, haven't gamed on it
Cons: -There is no black on this screen. The best you're going to get is a dark grey.
-Extremely limited input options. (You should know that going in already, but it bears mentioning)
Overall Review: Paid $139.99 for the display on sale. I wouldn't pay $200 for it. It's not remotely close to being in the same league as the UltraSharp displays that I have, but for a general purpose screen that doesn't need overly accurate colors it's definitely a viable option.
Also, I would strongly recommend against using this in a bright environment. In a room that's generally pretty dark the reflections aren't noticeable, but with the ceiling lights on they can be annoying.
Pros: First boot with no issues, been running rock solid with an i5 2500k at 4.4Ghz pretty much 24/7 for over a week.
Also, not necessarily motherboard specific but the integrated graphics chip on the 2500k does a pretty impressive job driving dual 1920x1080 monitors (HDMI and DVI). I was forced to use it for a while due to a DOA graphics board, and so long as you're not doing any 3D work it more than gets the job done.
Cons: For whatever reason the BIOS won't allow a current limit above 120W, so change the other settings as I might the board just won't boot with a 45x multiplier or higher. I wasn't planning on taking it much beyond 4.4 anyway so it's not a huge deal to me.
Also, depending on what HSF you wind up using you might have issues with the placement of the PCIE x16 slot, it's fairly close to the CPU socket. I have maybe 1cm of clearance between my heatsink (Thermaltake Venemous-X) and the back of my GPU.
Overall Review: This isn't the first Biostar board I've used for a build, and every single time I have had no issues whatsoever. They just work (and keep working, I have one currently in an HTPC that has been pretty much on constantly for three years now).
Pros: I've purchased several of these in various colors, they're awesome cases. It's about as easy to work in as it gets for a mid-tower, and the case looks classy. It fits in anywhere, from an office to a dorm room.
Cons: I have not had one single issue with any of the dozen or so I've worked in, apart from one that had a bend in the metal courtesy of UPS's careful and courteous handling.
It might be nice to have a little more in the way of cable management options, but if you're careful and you've got some tape and zip ties lying around it's not a problem.
Overall Review: These cases probably aren't something I'd go with for a gaming/high end machine since the air flow isn't spectacular (read: get a full tower), but that's a total non-issue for work PCs and similar other builds, and these Centurions work wonders for those kinds of systems.
Pros: Cheap, works well
Cons: Doesn't make food, grant wishes, etc.
Overall Review: If you need a solid optical drive, look no further
Pros: Tons of room, great cable management features, excellent airflow (dropped 8 celsius or more off every temp in the case compared to the Coolermaster Ammo)
The hole in the motherboard tray behind the CPU socket makes installing aftermarket heatsinks a walk in the park; there's plenty of room for brackets back there, no need to take the mobo out.
The screwless mount system for add-in cards in the back works exceptionally well, first one I've encountered that worked to my satisfaction with a dual slot GPU.
Cons: The screwless mounts for the 5.25" bays could be more stable, I put a screw in for each drive on the far side just to be safe.
I could also wish there was a little more red LED action inside the case, instead of just on the front fan.
Overall Review: Overall I'm pretty impressed with this thing, I'll probably be buying it again when I have need for another full tower.
Note that it might take a while to get everything in the case and set up to your satisfaction... This thing's capacity for cable management is mind boggling; I spent two hours installing the components in it to make it look just right.
Pros: Don't let the 550 watt rating fool you, this thing has two +12v rails with 25 amps each, more than enough power to run just about any single GPU set up you can throw at it (possibly excepting an extremely OC'd Fermi).
I've got it running a Core 2 Duo e6600 (2.4GHz OC'd to 3.4)
and a heavily overclocked 5870, four SATA HDDs, an XFI card w/5.25" module, a DVD-RW and a BluRay drive along with several case fans and it hasn't given me a single problem. The system's been on since I installed this unit fifteen days ago, with a few reboots for updates.
This thing also has great packaging, and the included bag for extra unused cables is pretty handy.
Cons: The only issue here is that it has both 2x2 and 2x4 CPU power cables, and they're hardwired to the PSU. Nobody's going to need both; they should have made that modular. It's not a huge deal, just tie it and stash it somewhere.
(The main 24 pin is also hardwired, but you're going to need that anyway so it's hardly a con)
Overall Review: This was replacing an old 600W Corsair unit (higher overall rating, fewer amps on the +12v) that gave out on me, also from NewEgg. That was a great unit as well.
Pros: Extremely cheap (especially since I got it on sale)
Comes with CyberLink PowerDVD 8 which works fine on Windows 7 x64 after you install and update it completely. I've watched several movies with this drive and experienced no issues with any of them.
Cons: Not a con so much as an FYI:
The drive is just under an inch longer than the various DVD burners I already had in my desktop, so it could be an issue if you're trying to fit it in a really (REALLY) small space.
No actual cons with the drive so far
Overall Review: THIS IS NOT A BURNER OF ANY KIND
If you're buying this somehow expecting that it can burn ANYTHING, please go back and re-read the specs
The software works in tandem with NVidia's PureVideo HD decoder, so the CPU usage is minimal while watching movies. I assume it works with ATI's Avivo as well, but I can't say 100% since I don't have an ATI card to test it with.
Fantastic shipping as always
Pros: -Tracks well on every surface I've tried, including table tops, cloth and hard mouse pads
-Buttons are well placed and responsive
-Software is intuitive, and for the most part after you've set it up initially you won't have to bother with it again (it stores your settings on the mouse itself; you won't even have to install setpoint again if you format your PC unless you want to)
-Toggle easily between smooth- and click-scrolling with the mouse wheel on the fly (no having to turn it over to switch as with the G9)
-That third thumb button doesn't take long to get used to (or at least it didn't for me) and is incredibly handy in games
Cons: -The "ticking" of the ratchet on the scroll wheel is relatively weak when it's engaged
-The aforementioned third thumb button between the forward and back buttons has no default binding in Windows, and so to use it in games I was forced to make it a duplicate of a keyboard key (I used "End", since it's something I never bind in games), but it didn't impact performance at all. It's not really a con so much as an FYI, but I suppose it could be a con for some people.
Overall Review: The polling rate is adjustable up to 1000MHz; some people won't care, some people will buy it solely on that merit. I personally run it at 1000MHz toggling between 2400 and 1200 DPI depending on what I'm doing (sometimes lower in photo editing situations) and I'm extremely pleased with the mouse's performance.
I bought it to replace the CoolerMaster Sentinel, which performed very well also, but was uncomfortable to use due to its elongated shape (does NOT work well with a claw grip). I'm using a Logitech G9 on my desktop machine, and in the past I've used the old single thumb button G5 and the SideWinder x5, and out of all of those I'd say I like this one the most. The G9 is close in behind it, but I like the G500's form factor better.
Shipping was timely, as always with NewEgg
Pros: The enclosure does its job admirably; the installation process takes maybe five minutes if you've done this kind of thing before, and the device is immediately recognized and available for use under Windows 7 using the esata connection. Transfer speeds are generally high using a WD 1TB Green drive as well. I've never seen it below 60MB/s, and typically it hovers in the 80-90 range. I can't speak for the USB connection as I have no intention of using it.
Also, the drive also stays extremely cool, even under heavy use. It's been on 12+ hours a day since I received it, and generally I spend several hours recording 1920x1080 video to it via FRAPS; it honestly hasn't even gotten particularly warm under such intensive use, let alone hot. This is precisely why I wanted an actively cooled enclosure, and my needs were met more than adequately. Incidentally, the fan can be turned off with minimal gain in temperature when the drive isn't being heavily used.
Cons: The SATA cable provided is a bit pathetic in length, and I can certainly see it being a problem for some people. For me it isn't an issue, and to be honest SATA cables are hardly expensive, so this isn't a major issue by any stretch.
It should also be noted that the blue lights on the drive are extremely bright. Again, I don't care at all, as with several monitors, two back-lit keyboards and myriad other light sources I don't really notice it at all, BUT if you're planning on running it in the same room while sleeping, it could potentially be an issue.
If you've an irrational hatred of moderate fan noise, you might want to look elsewhere. Most people won't be bothered by this unit however; just realize that the unit is not in fact dead silent.
Overall Review: All in all this thing is a great little device, certainly worth your money if you're in need of an actively cooled drive enclosure. Be certain that you DO need it though, since a great many people would probably see little difference either way. I myself would have gone passive if I didn't record high resolution video to it constantly.
On a side note, the device comes with a esata adapter for desktop computers: it takes up one of the expansion slots and plugs into a SATA port on the motherboard, making that port accessible from the outside of the case. The cable attached to that bracket is relatively long and should work for everyone that needs it.
Pros: Solid video performance, works well in Vista
Cons: none really
Overall Review: If you're looking at buying a card for gaming, you're looking in the wrong place; this card isn't designed for that kind of use. At best, you'd be able to open most games, but DO NOT expect them to be playable. I wouldn't have thought this would need to be said, but the amount of technical naiveté I saw in the other reviews made it seem necessary. I say again: GAMERS DO NOT BUY THIS! Unless of course you're playing Doom95 or Wolfenstein3D... And don't rate it down because it failed to meet your absurdly high expectations when your PC blows up trying to run COD4 or Crysis.
Pros: This thing is amazing. I upgraded from a 7600GT because I needed something that could run my new monitor (SyncMaster 216BW - Great monitor, incidentally) and also because I wanted a DX10 card, and I have to say that this thing spits out anything I throw at it, generally in excess of 100FPS. A little background info: I'm running a Core2Duo e6600, 2GB of Corsair XMS DDR2 800, and this card all on an EVGA 680i motherboard. Half-Life 2: Episode One runs maxed at 1680x1050 with fps hovering between 150 and 200, same settings in NWN2 pushing 100 fps, and Far Cry runs in excess of 200 fps. Keep in mind that the card is not yet overclocked, and all of those results were achieved while driving a second monitor (1280x1024). Also, none of those games are set up to use multiple CPU cores so I'm looking forward to seeing what can be done with multithreaded games.
Cons: The card really is long, amazingly so; ten inches long to be exact. Make sure you've got the room for it. I have it in a CoolerMaster Ammo case and it fits fine. Also, it does run a lot warmer than my old card at around 65 celsius under load, 53 idle. I still can't figure out how people are getting 80 degree temps; my case only has two 120mm fans... Maybe they overclocked their cards all to hell... Either that, or they're trying to run it in some old Compaq case they had lying around.
Overall Review: Yeah, this card is a little spendy for some, but it really is 100% worth it. I can't wait to see what it can pull when it's being pushed past stock speeds. Also, EVGA support really is excellent. I went out of my way to buy an EVGA 8800GTS because of the fantastic help I received from them with my motherboard (680i). NewEgg was fantastic as always.
Pros: It stores data like a savage beast! ;) In all seriousness, it has a great price-performance ratio and is very responsive. I haven't had any problems with it; it stays cool and is very quiet. I'm going to get another for RAID 0 imminently.
Cons: Nadda. None. Zero. 00000000.
Overall Review: This HDD is tough to beat, as you can tell by the amount of reviews it has received (over 1500 at the time of this review!) and gets the job done.
Pros: These speakers sound excellent and are a breeze to set up. I waited several months to review these because I had read some horror stories of speakers fizzling out, etc. but it appears that those were isolated incidents, because these have been up and running for upwards of 5 months with no problems. Also, the "matrix" button that upscales the sound from stereo to 5.1 works very well with my iPod and 360 (it's not needed with my PC). BONUS: Can and probably will knock stuff over at max volume though it occasionally crackles at such a high setting, but if you're using it at max you'll be losing your hearing at an amazing rate anyway, so the point is moot.
Cons: There isn't a digital input. Also, for some the cords for the back speakers may be a little short. I have them set up on my L-shaped desk so they worked fine for me, but hey, just FYI. Bass can be slightly boomy, so just turn down the woofer via the remote.
Overall Review: These things work great, esp. for the money. I am an active musician (drums, guitar) and use my PC frequently for composition in addition to my daily dose of gaming, and these fulfill my needs on both fronts. Bottom Line: If you need speakers that sound great and can make your head explode, these'll definitely work, though you'll be out of luck if you need a digital input.
Pros: The card performs fairly well with older games (e.g., Doom 3, Half-Life 2, etc.) at lower resolutions like 1280x1024, 1024x768 if you don't get too greedy with stuff like AA and AF. Also, if you're careful you can eek out quite a bit of extra clock speed from both the RAM and GPU; I was running it at 480/890 totally stable, though it should be noted that my case is very well ventilated and has 4 120mm fans. It works fine with Vista Aero as well.
Cons: Running any games that are actually new kinda lay the card low. It struggles with Command and Conquer 3 at 1280 with high details, etc. and when you turn on the AA past 2x it really slows down. If you want everything on full blast be prepared to turn the res down.
Overall Review: A few final notes: I was running this card with Corsair XMS DDR2 and an overclocked Core 2 Duo e6600, so there were definitely no bottlenecks when I was using it. I bought this as a sort of placeholder card because at the time of my build, I didn't have enough cash for an 8800 series card, now I'm going to sell this to a buddy for $40 (nothing's wrong with the card, I just feel that what retailers are charging is too much for the performance) and I'm going to snap up an 8800GTS from EVGA. All things considered, if you're pressed for cash but need a good card, maybe check out the 8600 models; they're cheap and offer good performance, significantly more so than this card, and support DX10 as well, making it a far superior idea to running two of these in SLI. I guess the bottom line is, if you're sticking to older games and just need something to replace your 9600 Pro or w/e (or run Aero), this'll work. If not, not.