Date Joined: 03/26/06
Pros: Great deal on a great TV. Optical out can passthrough for all sources, not just cable.
Mounts well on a stand
Cons: Optical output passthough is STEREO ONLY, surround gets downmixed. Even if you use a programmable remote to access the hidden service menu, the option that would enable surround passthrough does nothing on this model, even with updated firmware.
You must select game mode to get rid of the lag.
There is no s-video.
Pros: This speaker system is a great bridging solution between computer and home theater speakers. Specifically, if you have a HTPC but no stereo reciever then these are the speakers for you. It has lots of inputs representing both PC and HT worlds.
Cons: Volume control is in steps instead of continuous but the steps are small enough its not a huge deal
Pros: Decent key layout. No real reason it had to be laptop sized but at least it has full size backslash and backspace keys.
Cons: Barely works at all. Seems to require a manual re-sync every time you turn it on. Trackball has a grinding feel. Transmitter bad at getting a signal through objects such as my legs -- not very useful for HTPC.
Eventually stopped working completely, but I was glad to have a reason to get rid of it.
Pros: The best monitor available for PC gaming. The color quality of the IPS panel is at a level usually reserved for imaging professionals. IPS is usually known for lag, but this monitor has low lag suitable for gaming because it has no OSD. You instead have separate hardware buttons for input selection, brightness, and power. Fine by me, it makes things simpler and anything else can be controlled by the video card anyway.
Has a very matte display. Aggressive anti glare coating means you can still see when your room is bright and your game environment is dark. The wide color gamut helps here too.
Has all the other features you might want: built in powered USB hub, VESA mount, no power brick, reasonably sized bezel.
Cons: Aggressive anti glare coating also means you get a bit of confetti effect in certain situations like looking into a bright sky in a game. Still worth it IMO but if you have doubts it's worth browsing montiors in person to see if you are more bothered by this effect, or by glare. You're going to have one or the other.
The bezel meets the screen in a very concave fashion and they are not "sealed" against each other -- any liquids splashed on the screen will actually drain INTO the case of the monitor.
Overall Review: If you're dropping this much cash on a monitor then you should probably get a simple calibrator to get the most out of the high color accuracy.
Pros: Nice strong enclosure to protect your gear in non-datacenter environments. Can be completely disassembled to move it in parts, although it ships fully assembled. Panels are quick release for easily installing new gear. Has both wheels and feet, you can switch between the two by simply extending the feet beyond the wheels, no need to add or remove parts. Good cable management features. Ability to ground the whole enclosure including the doors. Comes with a floor mounting bracket initially used to bolt it to the shipping pallet. Front and back of the actual rack posts are fully adjustable within the enclosure. Grille style doors don't impede airflow.
Each unit has 3 mounting holes and is numbered for easy reference.
Cons: Nearly the same price as a rack twice its size but that doesn't matter when you don't have the clearance to fit a full size rack.
Overall Review: Install your 1U slide-out console in the top unit and it is a comfortable height for use while standing.
One of the rear doors is shorter than the other, leaving a gap at the bottom, which I assume is to allow room for something cabling or cooling related but it is also big enough for animals like cats or raccoons to get in but that's probably not an issue in most applications
Pros: Heavy duty construction, silent, has been the main swtich for the building for over a year with no issues.
Cons: none yet
Pros: Mainly good because it fits perfectly in the special PDU mounts in APC racks, and because you can only use an APC PDU if you want to be covered by the equipment protection policy of your APC UPS.
Cons: If you're not using an APC rack or UPS then you should probably get something cheaper. It will work just as well.
Pros: Excellent all-in-one console for controlling everything in your rack on the rare occasion you need to attend to one of the machines physically.
Extremely sturdy mounting system. Nice compact 1U size.
Cons: Seems to be 3 times the price it should be, regardless of where you get it.
Pros: So cheap for a rackmount case big enough to use regular desktop pc components. Efficient HDD bay placement means you can use all the sata ports on any server motherboard and have space left over. Lots of fans yet not too loud (by datacenter standards, anyway)
Cons: The handles stick out farther than usual for rackmount cases -- if you have an enclosure with a door, you will want the front of the actual rack to be moved inward about an inch so you can close the door with this case installed.
Some of the case structure gets in the way of the HDD bays so, while building isn't that hard, replacing a drive would be frustrating.
Pros: Has run my minecraft/web server for over a year with no big issues
Cons: Only a few of the SATA ports are provided by the main controller - the rest are on an Intel C606 SAS controller which is hard to get working in Linux. I got it working but it gives me more difficulty at every kernel upgrade. The ports are also physically grouped in a misleading way -- better pay attention to the little markings on the mobo.
Overall Review: I never tried the raid feature becuase I use software raid
Pros: Excellent power supply for a gaming machine
Cons: At first I tried to use it in a server with lots of hard drives and the single rail didn't have enough dynamic performance to keep up despite everything being within the amp and watt limits. Moved it to a new gaming rig with just 3 drives and no problems since.
Pros: Worked fine in my minecraft/web server using a supermicro mobo
Cons: None that I can see although I haven't done any real objective benchmarking
Pros: Low profile design great if you're trying to fit "regular" type high end pc components in a cramped rackmount case. Good for HTPC and other tight cases too. Quiet.
Better performance and more versatility than anything else of its size.
Cons: Not as powerful as Noctua's tower coolers, of course. Don't try to overclock.
Pros: Great card that beats the Radeon HD 7970. Has a lot of vram so it can handle any gaming related special use cases that eat up more than the usual vram.
Pretty quiet and has a good array of outputs.
New enough to support nvidia's new stuff like Shadowplay and G-Sync
Cons: It's huge! Much larger than its replacement (the 780Ti) and its competitor (the 7970). I had to remove the quick latch module that my case provided for the expansion slots, and use regular screws instead. It is bigger in all 3 dimensions and if you're doing SLI you will want a mobo that provides a slot of empty space between the cards so they don't get choked out.
Pros: Effective compact way to add drives to your rack. No funky features to get in your way like port multiplexing or RAID -- just 4 drives per SAS cable getting you a separate full performance link to the system for each drive.
Seems to have a regular seasonic ATX power supply in it.
Cons: Super loud. Easily the loudest computer equipment I've ever owned. There is no fan control, they all run at 100% all the time no matter how many drives are installed.
The drive trays seem to have sort of a nice hot swap style to them but still require screws between the drive and "handle" so if you actually need to replace a drive you're getting out the screwdriver anyway. You could move the drives to different bays really quickly though.
There is no easy way to tell which ports are for which bays.
Pros: Works great with Gentoo Linux. Lets you add the drives in a SAS enclosure to your system each with a separate full-performance link. No RAID settings to mess with which is a bit more convenient if you were just going to use software RAID anyway.
Cons: Expensive. There seem to be cheaper controllers out there that actually provide RAID but I wasn't sure if I could find linux drivers for them so I got this one instead.
Pros: Has every feature you'd want in a headset. Wireless, and has programmable buttons so you can hit Vent PTT while AFK! Durable mic boom even has a light to tell you when the mic is muted. Also one of the few real circumaural headsets on Newegg, good for comfort and isolation. Wireless range is good, no interference and I can go anywhere in the (rather large) house except the garage.
USB "pod" lets you locate the dongle in a high location and extend a charging cable via the same usb port.
The audio quality is surprisingly good. Not as good as studio equipment but both the headphones and mic stand out among gaming gear.
Cons: Died after about a year of moderate use. Not long enough to be worth the money imo.
The worst accessory software ever written. All of my settings get "reset" every time I turn it on or step out of range. This includes immediately unmuting the mic if it was muted, and turning the sidetone back on. The sidetone has an annoying hiss associated with it that other headsets don't -- at least it goes away when sidetone is off.
If the wireless connection gets shaky you get totally cut off for about 4 seconds while it reconnects.
When turning the headset on, there's a high chance some features like volume control won't work at all until you force quit the software and restart it.
The driver sometimes eats tons of CPU for no apparent reason.
Overall Review: Given the problems I've had, I'd love to tell you to avoid it at all costs, but the truth is there are very few wireless headsets with a comparable feature set and they all have their own issues so in comparison it is still a useful product
Pros: Perfect, stylish, thin filter. Great if you cut your own fan hole in a case and need something to cover the outside. The dust it stops builds up on the surface and you can just blow it away to clean it without dismantling anything.
Overall Review: I wish there was a 140mm version.
Pros: Nice quality case for a small home server type machine
Cons: You won't fit a modern high end GPU in this thing
Pros: Great concept. Get the "landline experience" with a cheap skype subscription. The device itself real cheap too.
Cons: Total nightmare to get working. Getting the programs, drivers, and firmware working together is harder than any other device I've seen and apparently will never work with anything newer than XP.
Once everything is set up right it only actually works a fraction of the time. Unreliable and random especailly for incoming calls.
And it still needs your computer. Might have been more viable as a stand alone device..
Overall Review: You could probably build a superior alternative with a raspberry pi
Pros: Super rugged. Make two short cables into a longer one.
Overall Review: If you're setting up any kind of permanent wiring, keep in mind they make much smaller versions of this purpose-built to go in wall plates like a phone jack, don't do a hack job with this item.
Pros: Great value for a surround system
Feet can be removed, revealing a standard screw mount
Both PC and RCA inputs, good for if you have consoles at your desk.
I love the separate volume knob that goes on your desk, it even has its own headset jacks and a set of lights showing the volume level.
Cons: Quality, while on par for gaming speakers really isn't that great. In particular, the subwoofer seems too play too much of the frequency range. If you play Oblivion every NPC's voice sounds like it's playing more than 50% from the subwoofer which is funny but annoying. That's probably the most critical example, most things sound okay.
No Optical input.
Volume knob has notches instead of being continuous.
Pros: The real American N95, works with ATT 3G. The camera still outperforms some modern phones.
If you want a classic symbian phone for whatever reason, this is a good one to get. I like the double slider, can expose only the keypad or the media player buttons and it provides an easy way to control screen orientation.
Good if you're on the edge of signal range. Many phones in that situation will go crazy and eat up the battery trying to reacquire signal but this one doesn't.
Cons: You need to set up the 3G parameters yourself since ATT won't support it. I think they never actually sold this phone in the US.
Symbian is dead. Nowadays if you just want a phone to use everyday then go with android or iphone.
Pros: Basically the same as what came with my mobo, but all black
Cons: I guess round cables would have been better but you won't find them for this price
Pros: Good performance and value, tasteful low profile heatsink
Cons: The listed speed is just a "rated" speed, my mobo detects it as slower and I have to manually set it to what was advertised and I had to manually increase the voltage for it to be stable.
First set was DOA but I had a good RMA experience and the replacement set worked fine.