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Nathan S.

Nathan S.

Joined on 01/08/02

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Most Favorable Review

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SCEPTRE X24WG-1080P Black 24" 2ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 4000:1 w/ Built in Speakers & HDCP Support, US Warranty
SCEPTRE X24WG-1080P Black 24" 2ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 4000:1 w/ Built in Speakers & HDCP Support, US Warranty

Pros: Cheap Large display

Cons: Poor viewing angles Does not rotate

Overall Review: Don't let the review fool you, this monitor has a TN panel, which makes it cheap but also makes it have a terrible viewing angle. This can be ok for gaming, but for text or imagery definitely stay away! You will need to shell out some bucks for a monitor with a PVA/MVA panel in those cases.

11/13/2008
Most Critical Review

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Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows
Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows

Pros: Great controllers Wireless

Cons: Draws too much USB power Causes other devices not to work Cannot turn off controllers without unpluggin the receiver or batteries

Overall Review: The receiver will not work on EVGA 680i motherboards and some other hardware. The problem seems to be that it draws too much power and causes other USB devices on the same controller to be unable to function. There is a workaround though that does work. You need to plug the Xbox 360 receiver into a powered USB hub. So take on another few bucks to your purchase of this device. Thanks M$!

11/20/2007

wow, this is bad!

Xbox 360 Game
Xbox 360 Game

Pros: It is pretty.

Cons: Gameplay is totally on rails, they might as well just made the whole game one long movie. Battles are simple and boring. Story is overly complicated and doesn't start at the beginning. Characters aren't interesting/believable/charismatic.

Overall Review: All it is, is pretty! There is no exploration, only walk forward. Every 10 steps is another cinematic to try to explain an overly complicated plot the game drops you into. I'd expect a story to start at the beginning and develop, not start in the middle. The characters start out very powerful with all sorts of secrecy, angles, and hidden agenda that all just comes off cheesy and lame. The setting is high tech and all guns, with magic thrown in. It doesn't mesh. Battles are just pressing the A button, and if you every get low on health, use a potion. You only get to control one character in battle, and if it dies you lose. Sure, it is all very pretty. The environment and character movement is impressive, characters and enemies have actual positioning in battles which affects AOE, etc. But there is absolutely no gameplay here. If I wanted to watch a poorly acted, poorly written story, I could watch a movie and save the wear and tear on my A button.

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addlogix CTK-MNCT-RJT Enhanced Multi-Network Cable Tester with Tone Generator
addlogix CTK-MNCT-RJT Enhanced Multi-Network Cable Tester with Tone Generator

Pros: Easy to use.

Cons: A little expensive IMO, since it really just send s voltage and lights up LEDs. It outputs a tone that can be picked up by other tools, but I don't need that so shouldn't have to pay for it! Still, its the cheapest, good tester I could find.

great monitor stand

Ergotron 45-214-026 MX Desk Mount LCD Arm
Ergotron 45-214-026 MX Desk Mount LCD Arm

Pros: Beautiful. Strong and well made. Cable routing inside arm. Rotates to portrait mode. Adjustable tension.

Cons: Doesn't officially support 30" monitors in portrait rotation, though it can be made to work.

Overall Review: You can use a 30" monitor in portrait mode with this arm, but you have to get clever with the mounting. Instead of just mounting like normal, mount using the included adapter bars so that the arm attaches *below* the monitor's mounting holes. This gives you more space between the highest the arm will go and the desk, enough for a 30" to rotate to portrait and even have ~2" it can be raised. You can still rotate back to landscape, the arm will be attached off center but it holds it just fine. Be sure to adjust the arm tension for the weight of a 30" monitor.

Crashes every day! Waste of time and money!

Hauppauge HD PVR High Definition Personal Video Recorder USB Port
Hauppauge HD PVR High Definition Personal Video Recorder USB Port

Pros: * When it does actually record something, it is a very nice recording.

Cons: * Crashes daily. * Requires unplugging power and replugging to make it work again. A reboot is not enough! This means you can't reset it remotely. * Crashing makes it unreliable, which means half the time whatever you wanted to record is not going to be recorded!

Overall Review: I've been recording analog TV through capture cards and HD from my STB through firewire for years. I purchased two of these HD-PVRs to convert all my recording to HD. What a failure! The device is simply not stable. It ceases to work after some time, requiring the power to be unplugged and plugged back in. This is simply unacceptable! I can't believe they have the audacity to market such a steamy pile. I know it is the only device that records component, but don't waste your time and money because it isn't a reliable solution. FWIW, I used it with SageTV. When it recorded it was great, but more than half the time it would fail.