Joined on 12/08/03
Nice upgrade on a budget
Pros: It runs very cool and quiet and you can tell why when you see the fans, heat pipes, and heat sinks on the thing. It's definitely above what most other cards come with stock. I've been able to max out all the settings in Borderlands 2 and Guild Wars 2 and not drop below 50-60 fps. This is stock speeds and running a resolution of 1920x1200 and v-sync off. I haven't tried overclocking yet because I haven't needed to but based on how cool it runs stock I'm sure it could go far.
Cons: None yet.
Overall Review: At the time it was the best card I could get for the money and I think I made the right choice. You shouldn't be disappointed with this card.
Pros: This is a very well made mouse pad, it will likely last a long time. It's smooth on top and rubber on the bottom so it doesn't slide around on the desk.
Cons: It rates at 50% data loss using the Mionix NAOS 8200 surface analyzer. I get the same thing on a piece of wood. Ironically I get only 10% loss on the rubber backing. I actually found it frustrating to use it with this mouse so I'm going to replace it. The data loss I experience makes it somewhat unpredictable and not good for gaming.
Overall Review: I was mostly interested due to the build quality and wasn't disappointed however the performance is another matter. It may work better with mice using different sensors.
Pros: Very fast with nearly instant boot time (literally 6 seconds).<br>Some of the best hardware you can get in a laptop for the money.<br>The screen is very bright with vivid colors.<br>Has a button to turn fans to 100% when gaming. When disabled you can barely hear the fans.<br>Good full sound from the speakers.<br>Keyboard is one of the better ones I've used.<br>It has decent battery life for what it is, around 2 hours gaming or 3+ hours when the graphics card isn't needed.
Cons: It's big, heavy, and loud when the fans are at full but I expected this.<br>Can only set the colors of sections on the keyboard rather than individual keys.<br>The killer network drivers are junk, if you mess with them you will have a bad time. I removed the killer network software and it took many tries to get the drivers to work properly.<br>Lots of software bloat to remove like most laptops.<br>A little light bleeds from the top of the LCD screen, only noticeable when completely black. This is a common issue with almost all LED displays and it's minor compared to others I've seen.
Overall Review: For many months I've looked for a portable to replace the gaming PCs I usually build. I'm replacing a PC with the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition CPU, Nvidia 660TI 2GB GPU, and 8 gigs of memory. As I expected it surpassed the PCs performance in every way. I've been using this laptop for coding, video editing, graphics design, and gaming. I've been playing GTA V, Fallout 4, and Assassin's Creed Syndicate (free w/ the laptop). It's able to run all these games with the highest settings and AA and it never drops below 40 fps.
Pros: Nice air flow for a personal fan, works nice at my office desk. It clips on strong and can be adjusted to just about any direction. The price is cheap but it seems to be made of very strong plastic.
Cons: The power cord is a little short.
Overall Review: If you need a personal fan to clip on a table or monitor or something this is perfect and you won't regret it.
It's so loud!
Pros: I needed a headphone amp because my built in sound on my netbook was horribly weak. I did some research and this seemed to be the best one. This thing is CRAZY powerful. Just at 10% volume and my ears are buzzing. Some of the best sound I've heard from my headphones. Just plugged it in and it worked just fine under windows 7 without installing anything. It's very small and fits in my ear buds pouch.
Cons: Has a somewhat annoying bright blue light on it, could always paint over it. It's also too loud (yes this is a con) seeing as I won't be ever going over 10% volume on my large Audio Technica ATH-AD700 and this is still louder than any internal sound card I've ever used. At full it could blow out your ears or maybe damage your headphones.
Overall Review: I'd defiantly recommend this if you're looking for a headphone amp, esp ones with high powered drivers. I still haven't tried the optical out.
Nice netbook for HD and a little gaming
Pros: Keyboard is really nice and easy to type on. Screen is very sharp. Runs 1080p perfectly smooth. It's a very nice looking and thin device. Multi-tasks very well. It's also very sturdy and well built.
Cons: Lots of junkware. Uninstalling it all and stopping some unneeded services made it run much faster. It only has windows 7 32bit installed instead of 64bit. USB port isn't as easy to plug into for some reason but has no issues otherwise. The audio out jack uses the same enchantments that the speakers use (SRS) instead of separate settings making it somewhat annoying to change settings every time I plug in headphones because the audio will sound bad otherwise (more of a driver issue.) Battery not as long as many netbooks (around 5 hours.) It's also a dust and fingerprint magnet.
Overall Review: It has issues running processor intensive games like Team Fortress 2 or Left 4 Dead. It runs Bio Shock on max settings however at 20+ fps at native resolution. It's definably worth the price.