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David S.

David S.

Joined on 05/05/04

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Interesting.

Thermaltake Riing 14 Series High Static Pressure 140mm Circular Red LED Ring Case/Radiator Fan CL-F039-PL14RE-A
Thermaltake Riing 14 Series High Static Pressure 140mm Circular Red LED Ring Case/Radiator Fan CL-F039-PL14RE-A

Pros: Seems well made; solid, sturdy. The sound at full RPM is a pleasant rush of air, not at all harsh.

Cons: Considering that this model boasts "high static pressure", I wish that the fans fit snugly together instead of having those decorative cut-outs along the flat sides. The whole point of HSP is to push air through something that is difficult to push through (like radiator fins). Air will take the path of least resistance and gaps are not helpful. Though the gaps aren't huge, they are more pronounced in multi-fan arrays. It's not a big deal, but I look at such things from a functional design standpoint and wonder why. The illuminated ring (riing) is intriguing, but it looks better on film than in person. The LEDs only exist in one corner. The light propagates around the ring similar to fiber optics. The LEDs are bright enough to shine through the plastic and onto the fan blades in that one corner, but only in that corner. It tweaks my OCD. I chose to re-orient the fans in my system, 1.) so that the bright LEDs were pointing away from my desk (and my eyes) and 2.) to place the LEDs of each fan to the same corner so that they were esthetically balanced. You can't mirror-image them because the light reflecting on the blades follows the curve of the blade, therefore giving the appearance of angling away from the LED source rather than straight across the fan toward the motor. I don't have a better description for this, but it just looked wrong when I tried. I wish the fans had an LED in each corner instead of just one.

Overall Review: There aren't many other choices for HSP at 140mm. As fans go, this is a fan. I don't mind that it's a 3pin.

Most Critical Review
ViewSonic V3D231 Black 23" 2ms HDMI Widescreen LED 3D Monitor 250 cd/m2 20M:1 DCR w/3D glasses and Speakers
ViewSonic V3D231 Black 23" 2ms HDMI Widescreen LED 3D Monitor 250 cd/m2 20M:1 DCR w/3D glasses and Speakers

Pros: Bright crisp, colorful image as a regular monitor. Factory color/gamma/contrast were pretty close out of the box. This was my first taste of 3D for games. The images were softer (less sharp), but fairly bright with decent color, as compared to an active 3D set (see below)

Cons: Cheapest stand I've seen; just a snap-in foot; no adjustment except very slight tilt. Plugs point straight out the back, so no flush wall mount. The OSM indicates which buttons to press as: "1:Exit Select:2", suggesting that button 1 is left, 2 right. Nope, just the opposite. It's an annoying mismatch. If you purchase this as a 3D gamer, I think you will be disappointed. The technology has potential, but the implimentation is just not ripe. The 2d menus, buttons and pointer react strangely with the 3D world presented beyond them. It is visually fatiguing to have to look at both at the same time, and you always do while you play. Part of the issue is that when the 2D object blocks only one eye's portion of a 3D object, your eyes don't know how to resolve the half-image. I suspect that it's a software issue, and one that TriDef (required for 3D) struggles with. Otherwise, the 3D imagery is okay, but not great.

Overall Review: I bought this monitor after viewing two 55" 3d TVs, side-by-side, one passive, one active. I was so impressed with the passive technology for movies, I thought it might also be good for gaming. It isn't, or at least not in this particular software/hardware package. Two days after this one arrived, I passed it off to my daughter and ordered a 120HZ monitor and the Vision 2 active glasses (fm Newegg). Now I have both systems and can compare them directly. The 120HZ mon. is not the latest "lightboost" tech version, and I wish it was. The image is intolerably dark and the colors suffer. Now I have two 3D monitor choices and neither one is really playable or enjoyable. Call me disappointed. Also to NEWEGG: This monitor bounced around for 3 days in the UPS truck in it's retail packaging until they found me at home. It would be okay if you charged me a couple extra bucks and put it in a box.

12/31/2011

wrong color

The Pearl Outlet FNCR8AAP-YG 14K 18" AAA Cranberry Red Freshwater Pearl Necklace
The Pearl Outlet FNCR8AAP-YG 14K 18" AAA Cranberry Red Freshwater Pearl Necklace

Pros: It's a necklace.

Cons: The color of the pearls that I received was (were) very different from the photo presented. Using, of all things, a lipstick color chart, I can say that they most closely matched "Coral Pink."

Overall Review: Some people would like Coral Pink pearls, I'm sure, but this ad showed Cranberry pearls and I made the purchase because of the color. Here's the real poke in the eye: return shipping cost was THIRTY DOLLARS via UPS ground (far east coast to far west coast). I just threw thirty dollars in the trash because this "marketplace" company misrepresented their product. This makes me angry. The seller should have listed the pink ones separately.

New Favorite

LG 34UM95-P Black 34" Class QHD UltraWide LED Backlight LCD Monitor IPS Panel 320 cd/m2 DFC 5,000,000:1(1000:1), Dual HDMI / Dual ThunderBolt ports
LG 34UM95-P Black 34" Class QHD UltraWide LED Backlight LCD Monitor IPS Panel 320 cd/m2 DFC 5,000,000:1(1000:1), Dual HDMI / Dual ThunderBolt ports

Pros: Size and ratio. I'm a fan of large monitors, but recent experience with a 28" 4k left me wanting a larger screen with less pixel density. This monitor's size is wonderful. It's as if it were a 37" monitor, only letter-boxed. I have it paired with a 27" 1440 in portrait orientation and it's really nice to drag items between the two and not have to re-size due to resolution differences.

Cons: Cable connections point out the back instead of down. This means that a wall mount has to hold it away from the wall if you choose to mount it that way. 3440 seems an odd crop if I am working with images. For image work though, I'd really like a 38" or 40" 4K, and I don't see that happening yet. The stand is a legitimate complaint. This monitor looks best when set to eye-height. Vertical viewing angle does affect image quality. Fortunately I already own a third-party stand, but I wouldn't want this big boy squatting down on the table.

Overall Review: I just changed my desktop to solid black to get a fresh impression of backlight bleed. It is barely noticeable in the lower corners and even for that I have to move in closer which increases the angle. Consider this: I'm sitting with my eyes almost a meter away from the screen, but even this far back, I'm 35 degrees off square when I look to each corner. It's a WIDE panel. IPS panels do look much better than TN when off-center, but they aren't perfect. I look forward to panels that don't require backlight. BTW, the visible dimensions of the screen are 800mm x 335mm. To my fellow Americans, that's 4.5 hands wide by 2 hands tall.

Good, not great

EVGA 100-FS-C201-KR 120mm Long Life Bearing ACX Active Cooling Extreme CPU Cooler, Direct Touch 5x8mm Heat Pipe
EVGA 100-FS-C201-KR 120mm Long Life Bearing ACX Active Cooling Extreme CPU Cooler, Direct Touch 5x8mm Heat Pipe

Pros: Attractive glossy black finish. EVGA logo is present, but not overstated. Seems an effective cooler, once installed.

Cons: The fan covers the CPU mounting screws, so you have to slide the fan into place after mounting the unit. I say slide, but it's really hard to get the rubber isolators to move smoothly down the slots provided in the cooling fin stack. They snag and roll and stick. The shape of the isolators is strange and difficult to describe. I doubt I'll find replacements elsewhere if I break one. No spares were provided. In the product images on this page you can make out something of the isolator shape in one of the photos. Notice that it's not fully inserted either. Once in place, they work fine, but getting them in and out is a hassle.

Overall Review: Some of the black has chipped away (or was never there) on mine and the chrome-like metal below shines through. Just a small bit, but I see it. Also, I don't care for the clear-plastic fan. I think this unit would look better with black or dark smoke translucent. I don't mind the red LEDs, just that the clear shell looks cheesy.

my "open box" was dead

A4Tech V7MA Bloody Ultra Gaming Gear Wired 8-Button Gaming Mouse
A4Tech V7MA Bloody Ultra Gaming Gear Wired 8-Button Gaming Mouse

Pros: n/a

Cons: I purchased an "open box" at nearly full price and it had a dead laser on arrival. The box was stamped "RESELL", presumably by A4Tech or their service contractor. Clearly it had NOT been tested. I had to ship it back to Newegg at my own expense ($12 for UPS) in order to get a refund.

Overall Review: I have so many choices when it comes to peripherals, there is no reason for me to retry a failed brand. Funny, I had no interest in the software functions of this mouse; I just liked the way it looked.