Date Joined: 02/02/06
Pros: Excellent business grade laptop. The one I got had the HD+ screen, 1600x900! I was ready to buy and swap one in of these... I swapped the slow 250GB HD for a Crucial MX100 512GB SSD, and this lappie is /zippie/. Backlit keyboard is a nice bonus.
Cons: It's a bit heavier than 14" consumer class laptops, but its metal, and made to last.
Pros: I ordered this keyboard from newegg via fleabay, where it DID have the full part number, G80-3850LXBEU-2 ... The listing here on Newegg's site only says MX Board 3.0 3850, but theres 4 different versions of the G80-3850, with 4 different types of MX keys, red (short throw linear), brown (soft tactile), blue (clicky tactile) and black (high force linear). This IS the brown key version, which for this old touch typer has the perfect feel. FAST typing, very positive. Classic 104 key layout. you can disable the Windows keys if, like me, you find them an annoyance.
Cons: the keys are a little noiser than I would have liked when I bottom them out, so I've ordered a bag of the red o-ring silencers for them. I wish they'd just sell the keyboard with them preinstalled.
Pros: this one seems to work OK. I've only tested usb sticks and SD cards in it, but the similar usb3 all-in-1 I got a year ago never worked right.
Cons: it would be very cool if there was a soft amber or green led inside this so the slots were backlit so I can tell where to plug stuff in my black case under my desk when the room lights are low. I'm thinking of modding mine.
Pros: inexpensive lower-mid range Geforce card.
dual DVI is exactly what I needed to run my dual monitors
GT640 doesn't require any aux power connections.
plenty fast for google earth, stellarium, and simple 3D modeling software.
Cons: just OK for basic gaming at moderate resolutions. thats OK, I don't game.
Overall Review: this is at least twice as fast as the onboard HD4000 on my Core i5-3570K, but more important, turning off the HD4000 speeds up my CPU. With it off, my CPU is rock stable at 4.2Ghz, so using this board is a win-win.
Cons: really cheap.
I was sort of hoping 2013 China could make a lens as good as 1966 Japan. Dream on.
wide open this lens is total mush with ghosting. you need to stop down about 2 stops before the blur gets even remotely OK.
ugly bokeh. one of the reasons for a fast portait lens is to achieve shallow depth of field.
the focus is far rougher than my 1960s pentax thread-on M42 lenses. the iris only has whole stops, and not even ones, f/ 1.8, 2.5, 3.2, 4, 5, 7, 11, 22. the iris is rough to turn too. the exterior finish of the metal is pebbly rather than satin. the lens hood is an integral part of the lens, the lenscap fits on the hood not the lens. I'm not sure you can use a filter with this.
there is a fair amount of purple ghosts on contrasty edges off center... this is chromatic abberation, far more than I'd expect on an APS-C camera with a 85mm lens.
Overall Review: I got this lens to do wide field astrophotography, and still lifes. I haven't tried it yet on the night sky, the full moon had too much glare last night
Pros: it worked for a few weeks
Cons: got flakey, then stopped working entirely, tested in several devices.
Overall Review: meh. sticking with SanDisk Ultra from now on. not worth the hassle of dealing with flakey flash. I got this for my daughter's android phone, and she lost all the pictures she'd put on it, and now it won't even format or mount, its dead.
Pros: I put 8gb ram and 4x3TB drives in this, and FreeNAS on a USB key in the internal USB port. it just worked, without any hassles.
I'm getting 800Mbit/sec on SMB file copies, color me happy.
nice little touches, like all the screws for the disk trays are stashed on the back of the front door.
was quite simple to slide the main board out to plug in the memory, just remove the color coded connectors as you start to slide it out...
Cons: be nice if there was 2 ethernet ports, but could always plug one into a low profile pci-express card.
be nice if there were a couple eSATA ports, but ditto
Pros: Great DVD burner, burns consistently reliable disks with never a coaster. So good that when I inadvertently tore the door off my first one after a year, I replaced it with the exact same model. This drive also seems to load new disks faster, and recognize them quicker. I've burned 100s of data and video disks on my first one and it was still working great when I broke it (physically).
Cons: none really. don't forget your burning program left the black door open on your black computer when you sit down on your big plush black executive chair and spin around in your dark office. or you'll be buying another one. like I did.
Overall Review: I've had 4-5 DVD burners, LGE, LiteOn, Sony, Pioneer. this one works the best, and burns disks with the best compatability.
When I'm making DVD's for playing in video players, I do try and burn at 8X (CLV mode) as I have had some players glitch at the end of full 16X burned disk from any of the drives Ive had.
Pros: cheap ($42) for a 4GB player, works natively with Windows Media Player or as a USB storage device. user interface is decent, albeit not ipod sleek. sounds quite good with my die-cast in-ear monitors. has FM too, and claims to be able to record (haven't tried)
Cons: Doesn't support microSDHD so you're stuck with a 2GB add-on card?!? I wanted to use an 8GB SanDisk card I have.
The unit I recieved is 'V2' so I can't use rockbox on it either (rockbox is opensource firmware for various mp3 players that supports microsdhd cards up to 8gb on some sansas)
Overall Review: this $42 version came with no disk, no manual, just the player, phones, usb cable and strap in a white box.
Pros: great overall video card. absolutely quiet (although you'll need external airflow to keep it cool)
Cons: does NOT FIT in a LianLi case that has the aux cardbay fan tray assembly AND a tower CPU cooler like the Zalman 9500.
Overall Review: if you're going to use a lianli case w/ the aux fan tray and a 'tower' cooler, then get the regular non-silent 8600GTS.
Pros: These just work. and work. and work. its the right toner for the printer. our HP 1300 is just about done with its 4th 13X cart since we bought it 5 years ago, and its printed 12500 pages total.
Cons: my printer says the current cart has printed 3145 pages and has 1% left. HP claims 4000 pages. close enough for jazz, thats $0.027 per page.
Overall Review: best results with this cart and printer if you use decent quality multipurpose paper and not the really cheap noname stuff, as that leaves the printer dusty inside.