Date Joined: 12/11/03
Pros: I expected a dim light that would require darkness, but it shows if the toilet bowl is clean with the room lights on. Interesting how some plastic, paper, and cloth glow brilliantly under this light, and of course the less desirable things you might be looking for.
Cons: I'm happy with it just the way it is, nothing negative stands out.
Overall Review: If I break or lose it, I'd buy another one.
Pros: Good doorbell, can see people pretty good standing 3-4 ft in front of it. Phone feature works fine with doorbell, motion detection, only occasionally warns me even with sensitivity at maximum.
Cons: Angle is way too wide, identification of someone you know gets difficult over 6' away. Might be 720 resolution, but the effective picture width is so wide the resolution appears much lower. Motion detection really varies, sometimes as little as 8 ft for a person, sometimes 30-40 ft. It's picked up a car on the street (rarely), but doesn't get the garbage truck pulling up to the curb. Even when it does warn me someone's coming to the house, they've dropped a package off and back out to the street before I can get it on speaker.
Overall Review: I'm giving this a 3 egg only because the doorbell works well when someone figures out you touch the circle under the lens, not the camera lens - it isn't a button but a touch sensitive spot. Setting up the interior chime unit requires pressing a button on the chime unit and then the doorbell within 10 seconds. I can't get between the two in 10 seconds, but that's my fault, didn't read the chime instructions till the outside unit was installed, need to do that plugged in next to the chime first. I was going to get two more of these if I liked the way it worked, one for the back of the house, one for the garage, but don't think it's nearly reliable or good enough for a security camera, will replace this and get something better. It's not a bad price if you just want a video doorbell, fine for that, but if you want a security camera, I've give it two eggs at best for that. This one is going to be a nice gift for someone that just wants the doorbell feature.
Pros: Does what it's supposed to, as fast or faster than the 3 round blade shavers I've had before, charges in about an hour, and I like that the charging cord plugs into it, don't care for the sometimes bulky stands some brands have. Neat adjustable length attachment for trimming, if you're careful can touch up and taper around ears and back of the neck. It's still a fairly basic shaver by today's standards, but I don't need the expensive extras when this does what I need.
Cons: For me, so far, none.
Overall Review: I got this on a Newegg flash sale, and at that price beats anything else I've seen, what I'd call a real bargain.
Pros: keeps my grandson occupied
Cons: Compared to an older Nintendo console I have, this is slow till a game finally starts, and all games require internet to install and play; I expected the old put in a disk and play. Installing one game took almost two hours. It seems designed to make you spend more money, too. I haven't found any of their "free" games that don't require buying something to make them work. I hate this thing, but I got it for my 8 year grandson and he likes it, the game graphics are really good, so I'll go 3 stars for making babysitting easier. Yes, I'm a grumpy old man and I probably would have loved this 60 years ago. Ok, 4 stars...
Pros: Easy setup on PC, Mac laptop picked it right up - and gets full data rate, that doesn't happen on some brands - and it's working with an iPhone, iPad, and an Android phone, too. I have another brand that works fine, but only with the PC and Android phone, so I'm really happy with this router. Good Netflix streaming, too.
Cons: It took a long time (a few minutes on some steps) to complete the setup steps; easy enough to follow the setup instructions, just really slow doing it. I had one that did the setup steps quite fast, but failed several setups before it succeeded; at least this one worked the first try. Once the setup is done, works as fast as any I've used. The wifi comes back on in seconds if you've turned it off with the switch. Once setup, I have no complaints about it.
Overall Review: It has an off switch for wifi; don't know if that makes a big difference, but haven't seen that on a router before. Supposed to save energy; so I shut it off when I'm finished for the day. I can still stream Netflix on direct wire while wifi is off.
The router this one replaces needed a manual reset just about every day, sometimes 2 or 3 times; this one hasn't gone offline yet, and I'm hoping it never will. It shows 65 mb/sec and rates the signal excellent, something I never saw with previous routers. I suspect that's the best I'm going to get with the equipment it's working with. Nothing slows down while streaming Netflix in HD on a TV and on a laptop, while downloading large files on a PC; for a home unit, I feel that's doing very well.
Cons: muffled sound, can get decent bass, but not the rest
Overall Review: Tried these when my Sennheisers quit. Some of the music actually seems to be missing with these, compared to the much better buds I had before. Ok for a spare set, but when/if the Sennheiser's go on sale again I'll grab them. I expected more out of JVC, have had several of their products before and thought highly of all of them. But then, these are entry level price...
Pros: Tiny size, good sound, and it's still working after a year and a half, and still puts out a few hours between charges,.
Cons: none for me
Overall Review: Earphones make a huge difference. I got a pair of Sennheiser CX200 earbuds, and it was just great, deep bass, crisp everything else. It lasted longer than the Sennheisers, and I got some JBC earbuds that sound muffled by comparison. Moral of the story - don't put down the source till you've tried it with quality speakers/earbuds. Now if the Egg would just have those Sennheisers on sale again...
Pros: As long as I don't try to write at max speed with a bunch of other processor intensive applications running, I never have a coaster. By itself, max speed (16x on my Sony burner) always works.
Cons: None, but would be great to get printables at this price. The silver finish isn't bad for writing on with markers, though.
Overall Review: I might just be lucky, but I've never had anything broken from Newegg, and that includes several 100 disk packs . And as long as they keep working well, I don't care who actually manufactures Sony's disks; it's the reliability that matters to me.
Pros: It does everything as advertised. It fits in a pocket, mine barely gets warm so far, construction and finish seem very good, and I can see where at times it could be handy to work between Macs and PCs.
Cons: Since this is disclosed up front, I don't know that it's really a con, but it does need the software indicated in the instructions for a Windows PC to read it, even though it showed up as an empty disk in file manager without the software. I'm not going to detract any points for the short cord since you can use a mini usb in it, and those are available in about any length you'd want.
Overall Review: I used this with Windows XP Pro, USB 2, and setup and operation are painless and work well. I liked that it didn't try to sneak any software surprises on the computer; I've had other things do that with very unpleasant results. I didn't run speed tests on it, others have already done that, but it's noticeably faster than my 16 GB USB memory sticks. I tried it with a different cord with just a standard mini-usb jack on the drive end, and it worked fine. I reformatted it with Windows Format, but that didn't change anything; any PC you hook it up to will need the software patch. It didn't work on my Sony Blu-Ray player or Onkyo receiver, but my Roku 3 uses it just like any other USB drive. The Roku won't read VOB dvd files or flv files, so I converted some tv shows and other videos to MP4, and was able to watch them on my big screen TV just fine. Between that and having large enough portable storage to transfer large data and picture backups between my internet computer and one that never ever goes online, it's a very handy little device for me. If you know you'll never hook it up to a Mac, I suppose getting the PC only version would be even more convenient. This has impressed me enough that I'd like to get a 1T PC version, since between videos and photos, I can already push the size limit on this one. As far as I'm concerned, the older style "portable" drives with their separate power supplies have been rendered obsolete by these newer pocket drives.
Pros: It works, like the layout, has all I need... but - see cons.
2 stars because it works - after I fixed it.
Cons: processor retaining clip doesn't fit.
Overall Review: A little tool work and it fits, but I'm sure if something else goes wrong, I've invalidated the warranty. Pretty poor quality control. It wasn't the processor or fan; they fit fine on another board (not Intel). They fit fine on this board too - without the top part of the retaining clip, just the fan holding the cpu on; I doubt that would a good long term solution, and I thought fixing it myself would be cheaper and faster than an rma. Have another puter with a Biostar mobo - that clip is far better looking than the Intel one, and it's a cheaper board. This was my first Intel board, probably my last, too.
Pros: Very quiet, long cables (this may not be a pro for small cases), have had good luck with Corsair before.
Cons: Found out it was too quiet - fan isn't running. Should have checked when I first turned it on. Now I get to find out how good Corsair's warranty service is.
Overall Review: Bought two of these for two builds; the other one is working fine, as is an older 400W Corsair I'm using from another puter I'm going to upgrade; will still need another new one. Corsairs are a tight fit, too, don't slip in as easily as an old Antec I have, but maybe that's a plus; they're not going to rattle if a screw gets a little loose.
Pros: Light weight, throws farther than I expected. This isn't an endorsement, read cons.
Cons: Very noisy, didn't expect that with an electric, no noise advantage over my gas powered.
First use, 1 to2" of light powder snow, died before it got to the end of the driveway. Really strong burnt plastic smell about that time, motor burnt up. Now I have to go through the hassle of seeing how the manufacturer honors their warranty, and if I have to pay any shipping costs, will write it off as junk.
Overall Review: Incredibly cheap price for any kind of blower, incredibly expensive for the use I got out of it. Guess I could save some of the hardware for other uses...
Pros: Worked fine first try, good instructions, easy setup. Using for a mostly internet puter, on board video seems adequate for what it's doing.
Overall Review: First Biostar; another big brand name I used to use seems to be going downhill, need a dependable replacement. Fingers crossed...
Pros: It works... but - see below
Overall Review: A little bending and a dremel tool fixes it, but I'm sure if something else goes wrong, I've invalidated the warranty. Pretty poor quality control. It wasn't the processor or fan; they fit fine on another board (not Intel). They fit fine on this board too - without the top part of the retaining clip, just the fan holding the cpu on; I doubt that's a good long term solution.
Pros: Big, somehow bigger than I expected, lots of room inside to route everything.
Overall Review: I gave it 5 stars for being an excellent basic case. It does not have some of the fancier things like quick removal rails for hard drives, but I don't think that's an egg detraction for a no frills case. It does have front usb ports, all I need.
Pros: Very impressive, can't find anything wrong with it. Matches the excellent display on the 26" Asus on my other computer, so images look the same on both (colors, contrast, etc).
Cons: Haven't found one yet.
Overall Review: I tried it with a Blu-ray player and a Blu-ray disk, and it looks as good or better as any tv this size I've seen, just costs less. But it's most impressive with a computer, largest screen I've ever used.
Pros: Pretty on the wall.
Cons: Most poorly fitting wrenches I've ever used (retired mechanic...used a few). One of the small ones fits a 10mm tightly, and that's the only size I could find that did.
Overall Review: Great for making hex heads round. I don't think I've ever given anything from Newegg a one egg before, but I don't blame Newegg. Not trying to return them, will enjoy abusing them when there's an opportunity (where's my hammer...here's something that will work).
Pros: Works fine once I figured out how to install it. Worth the cost, maybe not the frustration.
Cons: Like many others posted, this didn't work out of the box. 3 stars instead of 4 because of the problematic installation.
Overall Review: On XP Pro SP3: After a lot of headache, installed it with the included software, but selected Windows operation, not the Asus control program, and it worked fine. I tried just directing Windows to the software disk on another computer, but it wouldn't work that way, had to use the Asus installer to load the drivers. If you select Asus control and it doesn't work, you'll have to uninstall the Asus software and start over. Just remember that when the installation asks if you want to use Asus management or Windows, just select Windows.
Pros: My second Transcend card reader (first has usb cord, bulkier), and works as well as the first, which is excellent. Fast, simple, no software needed (using XP).
Overall Review: Only the two card slots - make sure they are all the card sizes you will use. I like the fact I don't have a multitude of slots to pick from; I only use SD cards and this simplifies operation for me.
Pros: Real easy install, doesn't even need software. I like having two more USB sockets in the front of the computer. Seems sturdy enough, and the sata drive drawers slide in and out easily.
Overall Review: It comes with 2 older style ide power plug to sata power plug adapters; that was fortunate, I've maxed out my sata power connectors from my power supply, but all the other style were unused. Nice bonus.
Pros: Compact, very bright, lasts a long time on a charge with Ni-mh batteries. The short length makes it easy to get in tight spots; I like it the best of any flashlight I've used.
Cons: I didn't get 3 or 4 of them when they were on sale for 9.99 with shipping included.
Overall Review: The stiff button on the back end of the flashlight might take some getting used to; all the other flashlights I've used have buttons on the side, but it's still easy to use one handed, and you don't have to worry about bumping it off.
Pros: Cheap but works good, easy installation, no issues.
Cons: none - but I didn't try the built in graphics, started out with a decent video card.
Overall Review: Replacement for the second Asus board that quickly died in my internet computer (to give Asus credit, used over a dozen before without problems). This one is holding up ok, and was a great replacement since I could use the previous DDR2 1066 memory, no other new components needed, just a straight mobo swap. Not a game or video computer, so no performance issues.
Pros: Works fine in my Panasonic Lumix camera.
Overall Review: I've used other Transcend products, company seems to make good stuff.
Pros: Burn fine at 16x, no coasters, received with no damage, inexpensive with Newegg sale.
Cons: As someone else pointed out, they have a strange odor, but I can only smell it if I hold the disk close - and why do that?
Overall Review: Two tone silver finish, better than most colors to write on, but I prefer white finish printables, and still use those for stuff I want to keep, even if a little higher price, just look better to me. But for quick data backup and giving photos to people, these Verbatims are just fine at a lower cost.
Pros: Never had a problem with HP disks - see "other thoughts"
Cons: Wish blank dvd's would all have blank tops
Overall Review: Getting coasters? New burners are as cheap as disk 100 packs; get a new one, cheaper than tossing a lot of coasters, and way less frustrating. I have a pair of SATA Sony's, and an IDE LG in an older computer, and all burn these brands flawlessly: HP, TDK, Memorex, Verbatim, and Imation, using Win XP Pro with SP3. I use Nero 6 exclusively for burning movies (why update software that works?), have tried a variety of other software for data, and all worked fine. The reason for the SATA Sony's? The previous one was burning occasional coasters...