Date Joined: 03/28/05
Pros: Although the configuration procedure was VERY poorly documented (most features were not completely described), I managed to get it to do what I wanted (most key backlight groups ON continually, one group OFF).
Cons: Keyboard reverted to default backlighting without user command. This seemed to happen randomly. Key feel was not what I hoped for, but this is subjective.
Overall Review: I don't know if I got a defective unit, but it loses its configuration. The default is flashy, but not particularly usable.
Pros: Runs most applications without Windows crashes.
Cons: Still crashes out SageTV on occasion, but getting better. Not quite up to Windows 7 yet. Even with much faster computers, performance seems a bit slow. Some updates take control of the machine, disallowing applications from launching, or taking 'focus' without user permission. Need messaging between network-connected computers such that a pending failure on a remote machine can be brought to the attention of an office machine.
Overall Review: Windows made amazing progress until '10' came out. Shouldn't have thrown out the baby with the bathwater.
Pros: Prompts for information. Performs calculations. Fills out forms
Cons: Obscure terminology is not defined or explained. Need to backtrack often when you figure out you have entered something in the wrong form. Many things are not explained.
Overall Review: Have use this for years, very few improvements over time. Basically walks you through the tax forms and does the calculations for you.
Pros: High efficiency and low standby power consumption; will pay for itself vs. am ElCheapo power supply for high duty applications, after a number of years. Fan shutdown reduces lint and dirt buildup in computer case. I have never had a Seasonic power supply fail.
Cons: Several times the price of ElCheapo power supplies. Heavy (I use Aluminum Lian Li cases to get the weight down, and these are some of the heaviest of power supplies).
Manual contains no illustrations, or connector pinouts. That could easily be corrected with no additional cost.
Overall Review: Seasonic has been making reliable personal computer power supplies for many years. There is no excitement here.
Pros: Works well, no drivers required for I7-7700 and Z170X-Gamiming 7. Boots in just a few seconds (takes longer to get through BIOS than to load Windows 10).
Cons: Wrote a long review on this, Newegg didn't post it.
Overall Review: More write endurance than other SSD (MLC,"TLC" which is really 8-level cell)
I see that there may be negative reviews on the M.2 version not supporting PC booting. I am using the AIC (Add-In-Card), PCIe version of this item. I have no experience trying to get a computer to boot from M.2, perhaps this is related. The following Wikipedia page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.2) explains some of the Features of M.2, perhaps there's a configuration option in BIOS to force booting through PCIe on M.2 rather than defaulting to SATA?
I have never seen a manual for a motherboard which clearly defined all the BIOS functions and features, and have spent HOURS fiddling and poking with settings, in order to get a system booting reliably. I even had a motherboard that advertised support for Kaby Lake, but you needed to boot Skylake in order to flash to a new BIOS before Kaby Lake would boot (thanks a lot, G***byte)! I feel sorry for folks who didn't know that, or didn't have an old processor kicking around the junk bin *end of rant*.
Pros: Light patterns are mesmerizing and numerous, controllable right out of the box with no driver required. Wrist 'flap' removable with (included) Phillips screwdriver. Includes extra keys for volume up/dn/mute, launch-calculator, again working right out of the box (Microsoft Windows 10/Video LAN Controller media player (VLC)). Beeps when CAPS LOCK button is pressed. May be many more nice features, haven't found them all yet. Keys have good feel, I am not an expert on this.
Cons: Surface is plastic, edges are very sharp but not dangerous.
Overall Review: It's been quite a while since a product exceeded my expectations. This is one.
Pros: Haven't used it
Cons: Needed a keyboard to slide under my monitor stand. Called Logitech, said it was 42-43 mm. In actual fact, it stands right at 2 inches (50 mm). If they don't know, why can't they admit it?
Cons: The color, looks like it's from the '50s, but no matter...
Overall Review: Comes with a speed attenuator, but will go to 0 RPM with just BIOS settings, so not needed.
Pros: still none
Cons: During Full Computer Scan, threw an error box: AVG Diagnostics. Following AVG processes failed: avguix.exe. Would you like to send the report to AVG for analysis?
Note, the full computer scan continued to run.
Edit 4-29-17: AVG wanted more money to get it working. Apparently it changes some network permission settings which prevent it from fully installing. After re-enabling access, finally got it to install. Now, daily advertisements pop up to ask you to purchase additional products from this company. AVG should focus more on providing good products, less on extorting money from customers.
Overall Review: Already have a couple hours invested in this product (including waiting for them to answer the phone). I am sticking to the free stuff from now on.
Pros: HDMI 2.0 (the reason I bought one)
Cons: Iffy support for Kaby Lake (the reason I am not buying more)
Overall Review: For my Skylake (I7-6700) build, worked great. I needed to make a few more systems, and I wanted the better video performance Kaby Lake (I7-7700) provides. The boards (might) ship with a BIOS that WILL NOT BOOT Kaby Lake, but will boot Skylake. If you can't boot, you can't update the BIOS, unless you have an older generation processor to temporarily install. It might be that some are now shipping with the new BIOS, but there is no way to know (even Newegg can't tell you). Some motherboard manufacturers can tell you if their product supports Kaby Lake, but there is no way to know with these guys.
Cons: Only lasted 3 years and 3 months. Original ELK battery lasted twice as long.
Pros: MLC which is more reliable than TLC (which is really 8LC)
Cons: Every so often (hour or so), locks up my computer for a couple of minutes, the mouse moves, but applications will not launch. Installed it on a machine I have been using for years, and problems surfaced. Replace it with spinning storage, problems went away. Won't be using it.
Cons: Sometimes printed skewed. Now no printing at all. Paper jam error, but no paper jam. Had it 2-1/2 months
Pros: Beats my Samsung EVO drive according to HD Tach, even after the infamous Samsung firmware patch. WIth power loss protection (i.e. finishes writes even if power fails), and the reliability of MLC Flash, plus Intel's reputation for quality and reliability, I don't think you can miss with this product. Plus, 5 year warranty. This thing easily beats my non-EVO Samsung for speed, and doesn't have major speed dropouts as the Samsung. I know Intel can do reliability predictions, not so sure now about Samsung.
Cons: No adapter for 3.5 inch installation
Overall Review: Seems all the reviewers stress high throughput for heavy server workloads when they grade SSDs. For me, reliability is king. I will trade a few percent of throughput for a well-designed SSD (Samsung clearly has issues). Hoping the Intel SSD gives me many years of reliable performance.
Pros: Great idea, seemed to work, prior to computer re-boot
Cons: Once you reboot your computer, it is not accessible to other machines.
Overall Review: I can't return this because I already sent in the rebate, so I'm out sales tax. Took me a while to figure out that this was the problem, but after multiple install/deinstalls, clearly this is the problem. It probably will be fine if (1) you only have a single device, or (2) you never reboot your computer (or lose power). Otherwise, this product is useless. Once, it even failed to install (though I had it working, but no dice). Wasted several hours of my time. Really frustrated with this company.
Pros: 4 TB capacity
Cons: Reliability only 2400 hours. The ST4000VN000 is rated for 1M hours MTBF. Also, the latter has a 3 year warranty vs. 2 years for this (should have read the data sheet before I purchased). Well worth the extra $10 I could have spent.
Overall Review: Some reports that Seagate isn't as reliable as others. I have had many die in the past. Wish me luck!
Pros: Seem to work fine
Cons: My son finds them uncomfortable, the pad on the headband is too small and presses down, and I find the clamping force a little high, but I prefer circumaural headphones.
Overall Review: Make sure the mic is plugged in FULLY. For a while it looked like it didn'tw work.
Pros: Good for an HTPC
Cons: 1) Will not work with a PS/2 mouse. When in BIOS and you move/click the mouse, a random menu comes up. Will not work with Windows 7. Works OK with a PS/2 keyboard. Had troubles with another Gigabyte motherboard, were some of the USB ports wouldn't work with a mouse, either.
2) Support website not reachable
Overall Review: Why doesn't Gigabyte test their products before they ship? Really not that difficult, especially for a mouse.
Pros: It's a Gigabyte - they seem to build them better
Cons: If you follow the sticker on the motherboard "USB (Mouse Graphic/Keyboard Graphic) HERE", above the PS/2 keyboard connectr, and plug a USB mouse into it, when you go to install Windows, the mouse will stop functioning (works in BIOS). You need to plug the mouse into one of the ports labelled 'h' on page 21 (I was even using a Microsoft mouse). Also, I found the best performance happened if I ignored the advice on page 22 for Blu-Ray, and just left GFX to AUTO (requires half the CPU cycles when playing a Blu-ray H.264).
Went with Gigabyte product because another vendor's motherboard instructions were so completely wrong about setting up RAID (plus, they sent me a defective board).
Overall Review: Why is it so hard for motherboard manufacturers to write a usable manual? Don't they want their customers to be successful? Note to vendors - TRY IT OUT FIRST!
Pros: Not many
Cons: Instructions are seriously incorrect
MSI website habitually unaccessable
Tech Support nearly worthless
No warranty support
Overall Review: Manual is wrong. Need to use Legacy BIOS for RAID to work (spent hours finding this out).
Appears only a couple of the USB ports usable to load RAID drivers (no instructions telling you that) - discovered this after a few more hours.
Updating the BIOS reverts settings so RAID no longer works (causing Windows to try and fix itself, forcing you to start from scratch). Don't follow the instructions on the MSI website. Getting more experience in loading Windows, drivers, downloading apps, installing, etc.
Audio failed during Windows Update; 3-year warranty consists of Tech Support telling you to install latest drivers (Duh). Requested further assistance - no response in three days.
Never actually succeeded in getting it to work.
I probably have 40+ hours invested in this motherboard, and I have no idea what to do with it. MSI says to contact Newegg, Newegg says it is out of the 90 day grace period and to contact MSI.
Guess how many MSI products I am going to purchase in the future.
Pros: Nominal fit-and-finish quite good. One of the better cases I have seen.
Cons: Still missing a couple screws
Overall Review: Note previous review - discovered broken front panel mounting pin. Even though box showed no damage and the mounting foam was not compressed, CONSIDERABLE force must have somehow been applied to the front of first unit (or, it was built wrong). Regardless, replacement unit looks fine. Newegg service continues to be top notch!
Pros: Might be fun?
Cons: System requirements are not shown, but it looks like it needs Steam to run.
Pros: Plays Blu-rays perfectly with LAV filters (need to enable DXVA2 in the video decoder configuration). No video card required! At idle, system draws 29 watts at the wall (MSI mITX mobd), playing video, 33 watts (80+ gold power spply). CPU runs about 25-35% playing blu-ray. Way cheaper than the Intel offering.
Cons: Newegg won't price match brick-and-mortar stores.
Pros: Before you buy, note this is a 5V fan. Most fans are 12 volts. That will make it run much faster than it is designed for, and also may reduce the lifespan.
Pros: Seems to work OK
Cons: Rebate instructions don't ask for the Customer Number. When you get around to submitting, the rebate form states the Customer Number must be on the receipt (it isn't). Nobody at Newegg to assist (submitting...submitting...submitting...).
Overall Review: Going to write my customer number on the form. Hope it works. First bad experience I have had with Newegg customer service.