Joined on 12/30/04
Better than my prior electric shavers
Pros: Cuts facial hair without nicking, reasonably quickly. Prior shavers often would slightly nick cheek or upper lip occasionally. I can shave closely with this razor without pain.
Cons: Not quite my ideal shaver with clean close shave on a single pass; but, I suspect that may not exist.
Overall Review: First pass with shaver is fairly effective, although a close shave may take several passes in regions with awkward contours. The higher speed likely can partially account for improved cutting. The downside of higher speed can be higher noise, as was the case with an older Panasonic razor I had years ago. This shaver does not produce an unpleasant level of noise, however. I wonder if the Panasonic shavers with higher rpm than this moder might be noisier. I suspect that in this model I found a good balance between cutting capability and decibel level.
Warning re RAID
Pros: not sure, am returning this motherboard
Cons: This motherboard will not configure raid with two identical internal hard drives; I verified this with ASUS tech support. The documentation is deceptive, as it states both that it supports RAID 0,1 and that you must install two identical HDD into the drive bays. In actuality, you must have an internal and an external SATA drives (which I would not have termed "identical". I had purhased two identical internal Seagate HDD, so I am forced to return this MoBo in order to use them in a RAID configuration.
Overall Review: Choose a different motherboard if you intend to use RAID.
Be sure this monitor suits your intended use
Pros: Fast refresh rate using DVI input, and thus low motion blur. Well engineered adjustable stand.
Cons: Poor color rendition. Poor viewing angles.
Overall Review: WARNING: This monitor excels at fast screen refresh, and many feel it is an excellent gaming monitor, but its flaws make it a questionable choice for other tasks. I bought this monitor after seeing a multitude of rave reviews. At first I was impressed, and initially wrote a review praising it (which I am unable to edit). My initial favorable impressions were based on use in gaming, and that is the forte of this monitor. However, I intended it to be an all around desktop monitor. I discovered that the graphics displayed when surfing websites, viewing videos, or just looking at my computer desktop would have oversaturated and inaccurate colors, despite optimization using the recommended procedures with ICC color profiles found within other reviews here. Compounding the problem was the fact that the color intensity and hue varied noticeably from top to bottom of the screen without my head moving, while looking straight on. I found out that these flaws are characteristic of VN panels. I finally returned the monitor and selected a different model.
I enjoy this lamp
Pros: Useful brightness of illumination, nice white light, easily turned on and off, extremely low power consumption.
Overall Review: The lamp sits beside my computer and is all the light I need at night if I need to see paperwork while working at the computer. It nicely illuminates about half of the desk. The extension arm holds firmly enough, as long as you do tighten the screw mechanism at the two flexible joints; a quarter coin fits the slot, if I recall correctly from when I set it up many months ago.