Date Joined: 04/29/07
Pros: I like the positive "click" feel and sound when each switch on this keyboard engages. Very good for low-error typing. Solid, easy-to-use keyboard. I previously had the "brown" version of the same keyboard (which I shorted out by spilling a drink on it), but I like "blue" better.
Cons: Some people might not like the noise of the keys, which comes with the territory. Would not be good for crowded office, where the noise might annoy some people.
The PS/2 connector did not seem to work with my motherboard, even though it has a PS/2 port. But the USB works fine.
Overall Review: Great keyboard for typists who like key engagement feedback and can tolerate some noise.
Pros: Good price for 32GB 3200MHz
Cons: MoBo initially recognized it as 2400MHz, but I've had that issue with other RAM brands too. Manually set it to 3200.
Overall Review: Worked just fine and good value.
Supports PCI 4.
Cons: The included cooler can be a bit noisy.
The thermal paste they supply is kind of adhesive, and it can be hard to take the cooler off if you need to.
Kind of wish they had a version with the same performance plus on-board graphics.
Overall Review: Go-to processor for a basic fast PC these days. Use an PCI gen 4 M.2 drive and you will have a very fast basic PC.
Pros: Seems well made
Platinum efficiency rated
UPDATE -- have used two of them now, both great
Cons: Not a manufacturer I had encountered before for power supplies.
A bit over-packaged.
The cables were annoyingly long for my second micro-ATX build. I'm sure somebody with a huge ATX case would appreciate the long cables, but I found myself wishing they were a bit shorter.
Overall Review: There seems to be shortage of small-to-medium power supplies right now. This is the only unit I could find that fit my criteria of
(2) Under 700W
(3) Good 80 plus rating
(4) BEING IN STOCK
(5) Not having some insanely high price
I have used Fractal Design cases in large workstations that I had built for me, but never heard of them as power supply vendor.
My system is running and so far the PS seems fine.
Pros: Downloaded a tool that set up a USB key to be a boot+install drive. The install went smoothly.
This image is a little too big for a DVD, which is annoying.
Windows 10 is a pretty good as Windows goes.
This version comes with support if you need it.
Cons: It's Windows. It has a registry. It will get slower over time. I would use Linux instead if enough of my apps were compatible.
I would be happier if Microsoft charged 1/2 as much
Overall Review: A decent way to get Windows 10 if you need it.
Pros: NVMe 4.0, so fast
Cons: Heat sink is pretty large (but it still tucked in just fine next to my processor, using a Micro-ATX board)
Comes as two separate pieces you have to assemble (card + heatsink)
The 2TB is decimal. Windows reports it at 1.85 TB. But I think this is a standard ploy of drive manufacturers.
Overall Review: Running very fast in my B550-based AMD system. So far so good. The heat sink is big, so check that nothing is going to overhang it, or you might have a problem. It was OK for me.
Pros: Seems solidly made with very few sharp edges and everything aligning nicely.
Rather wide, so there is a lot of room for a tall CPU cooler.
Includes an built in SD card reader -- a nice touch.
Support responded pretty fast when I had an issue connecting the card reader to my motherboard (I switched to different USB header and it started working).
Cons: Just quiet. Not totally silent.
All the room inside for a big cooler means that it is still pretty big despite being a micro-ATX case.
Overall Review: I'm not an experienced PC builder yet. I helped my son with one build, and then this case was my first solo build. Everything with this case went smoothly, even though I am quite inexperienced, so I think it is a good product.
Pros: The keys are quite positive in their feedback. The keyboard seems pretty solid.
Cons: Feedback is not as satisfying and positive as another mechanical-switch keyboard I own.
Angle adjustment is a bit limited.
Noisy, just like all mechanical keyboards (but not as noisy as some).
Overall Review: Good keyboard but I have seen better.
Pros: Easy to handle with solid wraparound heat sinks.
Cons: My motherboard did not recognize the 3200 frequency and defaulted to 2133, so I had to set the frequency manually in the BIOS. But I think that was the motherboard's fault.
There are sticks on the market with somewhat lower latency, but they are expensive.
Overall Review: Seems to be perfectly good RAM.
Pros: Used in a new build for my son (the first complete build I've participated in). Easy to put in the case, seems to be working fine, and isn't too loud.
Cons: Not modular, but it says that.
Overall Review: In my next build, I will choose a modular PS to avoid the annoying tangle of unused cables. But this seems like a really good budget option if you don't care about the mass of cables or plan to use most of them.
Pros: Works fine, seems quiet and fast, not expensive.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Added it to a 5-year-old Core 2 Duo Dell desktop and upgraded to Windows 7. Works like a charm so far.
Pros: On balance, the "free-wheeling" mode for the mouse wheel is a significant advance -- just spin the mouse and watch your data scroll smoothly by. A regular scroll wheel feels terribly primitive after using this mouse. The unit seems well-built and you can middle-click without inadvertently scrolling, even in free-wheel mode. Has a battery warning light.
Cons: A little larger than I would like. The extra buttons are not always that useful, especially the search button -- it depends on your software. In free-wheel mode, moving the mouse can occasionally cause some scrolling. Rather expensive.
Overall Review: I don't think there's a corded version with the same scroll wheel. That would be nice in applications where you're close to a USB port and don't want to fuss with batteries.
Pros: Inexpensive, has dedicated microSD slot so you don't need an adaptor, and supplies an extra front panel USB port (with horizontal orientation, which I like). Transfer rates seem good.
Cons: Supplied mounting screws are miniscule. No doc or installation instructions of any kind (but what do you expect for $12.99?).
Overall Review: Was hard to mount in my funky Dell drive cage. I had to scavange some screws from an old system to keep it from sliding around -- the screws that come with this drive are too tiny. Part of the problem was Dell's fault for their weird mounting system.
Appears as 5 drives in Windows and gobbles a lot of drive letters. This is nasty, but it seems to be a generic problem with how Windows handles these kinds of devices. The same would happen with competing products, as far as I know.
Pros: Inexpensive, plenty of RAM, quiet, build quality looks good. No problems so far. Allows you to play games that refuse to run with onboard video.
Cons: To my unschooled eye, the frame rates don't look especially impressive. But I am not a gamer, so I can't speak with much authority.
Overall Review: Runs warm (41-51C in normal office app use), but not bad for a fanless card.
The drivers that XP automaticlly installed produced an oscillating, "swimming" picture over the VGA output at higher resolutions. The drivers on the supplied CD fixed the problem, even though XP claimed they were older.
A few days later I started using the DVI output instead of VGA (same monitor, just found the right cable). I could swear that the picture looks slightly *worse* over DVI. Perhaps this is just peculiarity of my monitor (Samsung 931c) or some of the apps I use (the yap previewer for MikTeX, for example).
Pros: Additional point: DVI video output is an unusual bonus in a system this inexpensive.
Cons: None to add to earlier review.
Overall Review: It looks like there were going to include a PCI slot, and then changed their minds at the last minute. There is cutout on the back panel, and you can even see pads exactly where the PCI socket would be soldered to the motherboard. I guess they figured the temptation to overload the small power supply (already great) would be too large if they added PCI.
Pros: Doesn't use much money, power, or space. Well-built considering the price. BIOS recognized my hardware flawlessly, and Ubuntu 8.04 installed with no hitches. Has been running in a 24/7 NAS-like application for several weeks with no problems.
Cons: Very hard to install stock Intel heatsink with its horrible plastic locks (those are not Shuttle's fault, I guess). I jammed it in there, but it still is not really perfectly seated. The ICE Genie "option" is unobtainable so far.
No front USB ports (not a big deal for my application, but potentially annoying).
Overall Review: IDE CD burner and 500GB SATA HD salvaged from other systems. New Celeron 440 and 2x512KB DDR2 667.
Somewhat loud, but I think the main offender is the stock Intel fan.
If the ICE Genie is still unobtainable, I will eventually try an aftermarket screw-in cooler and update. I hope the threads match the ICE genie mounts and I don't have to pull the MoBo.
Air comes in the sides of the case, so don't plan on putting it right next to something.
Comes with power and data cables for one SATA and one IDE drive. If you want to use more than one drive of either type, you will need extra/different cables and a power splitter.
Pros: Seems well-built. Works as advertised with no problems so far. The little remote button is very handy.
Cons: Minor quibbles:
A bit expensive (although the price has dropped since I bought it; unfortunately, cheaper switches don't support both DVI and USB at the moment).
The two little lights on the remote (which indicate which system is connected) are hard to tell apart -- one has a tiny plastic bump next to it, the other has two tiny bumps. However, I didn't even know I was getting indicator lights.
Overall Review: I recommend this product. Notes:
Don't mix up the mouse and keyboard USB ports; they work differently.
When booting a system, make sure the monitor is switched to that system, or you may got the wrong video resolution.
Pros: Decent performance, inexpensive, low power consumption. Performance running Ubuntu 8.04 is very acceptable.
Cons: The included heatsink is loud and hard to mount. Like the other stock Intel fans I've encountered, the fan makes a buzzing sound. The plastic lock retention system is horrible.
Overall Review: I managed to get the system running fine, but could not get all the locks inserted 100% (in a Shuttle K48). Processor performance is absolutely fine considering the price and the power used. But I would recommend swapping out the heatsink and fan for something quieter with a screw mount.
Pros: Seems sturdy, good value, not widescreen, controls reasonably easy to navigate
Cons: Slightly metallic cast to picture, has only VGA input
Overall Review: Got this directly from HP through an employer-sponsored discount program. For the price, I am very happy -- but I have seen panels with better sharpness and colors.
In small- and medium-sized monitors, I prefer non-widescreen models like this one.
Pros: Inexpensive, good picture quality, not widescreen (widescreen is fine for monitors over 24", but not a plus in smaller units).
Cons: Defective unit, confusing controls, pointless manuals
Overall Review: Within an hour of setting up this monitor, a dark spot about 3 pixels square appeared near the lower right corner, with a radiating pattern of hairline cracks and distortions. It looks like somebody shot it with a tiny BB gun, except there is no damage whatsoever to the outer layer of the screen. I am returning it (foolishly, I didn't get it from NewEgg).
The rest of the screen looks good -- as good or better than my Samsung 204b, but still not in the same class as my Samsung 931c. I wish Samsung still made that unit!
The controls take a while to figure out; I tried resorting to the manuals, but found them useless. They are thick because they are in 83 languages; in each language, it just says informative stuff like "use the buttons to adjust the picture".
Pros: Seems to work fine. Very good price.
Overall Review: Using in Verizon/LG cellphones and card reader built into an HP printer -- really beats e-mailing pictures from the phone.
Pros: Works fine. Cheap.
Overall Review: Purchased two kits, one for each of my Dell E520's. They took more force than you might think to insert, but that is probably a property of the motherboard socket, not the memory. Were recognized by the BIOS and OS immediately once they were inserted all the way.
Pros: Cheap, so I didn't waste too much money...
Cons: Manual is ungrammatical and doesn't match the software.
Software is confusing.
Connected to my network, but could not acquire a network address.
Then my machine froze; on reboot, it insisted it had no hard disks.
When I removed the card, it booted again fine.
Pros: Rich colors -- the best I've ever seen on an LCD. As bright as you could ever want it to be. Nice design.
Cons: No height adjustment and only a modest amount of tilt adjustment.
Overall Review: This is the only monitor I've ever had where I haven't used maximum brightness; it's fine at 60%.
Pros: Quite large, with lots of pixels. Attractive. No dead pixels. Fairly bright.
Cons: Monitor has an overall silvery cast. Fine gradations of color hard to see. Adjustments are awkward to make and do not help much. White does not really look white -- it looks more like a pale silver.
Overall Review: 20-inch monitors are all 1600x1200. This sounds good, but is too fine a resolution for standard fonts. Save your money and get a really nice 19-inch monitor like the 931c -- which has far better color rendition.