Date Joined: 11/30/03
Pros: It comes with two USB cables.
It doesn't have more buttons than needed.
It comes with replacement switches, which is why I bought it.
Cons: Oh, where do I begin? Oh, build quality is a good start. Or lack thereof.
The sliding soles had been haphazardly stuck on, missing the cut-out for them, so the sole edges actually stick up and snags the mouse pad. It comes with extras, but if I use them now, I won't be able to change the switches in the future, because the soles have to be removed to do that.
The shorter of the USB cables is way too stiff for mouse use - the zig-zag pattern due to folding persists, and the cable kinks WILL catch on anything.
The plastic squeaks when using it. I guess live mice squeak, but computer mice shouldn't.
Overall Review: The mouse is not usable for full hand use as advertised, unless you're a child. The switches are so light that the resting weight of adult male fingers will click them. And the back button is too far back to reach with adult hands.
The advertised feature of the settings being stored in the mouse itself is misleading at best. The DPI switch appears to have no effect unless you use the mouse on a system with ROG Armoury installed. I had hoped that like my old Microsoft mouse (which isn't made anymore), the settings would REALLY be handled by the mouse, so the DPI switch would work in Linux or other computers without the ASUS software installed. Not so.
This probably won't be a problem for most, but it also draws 150 mA, which is 50 more than delivered by old USB (1.0/1.1) ports. If you plan to use it on an older computer, or one where the ports don't deliver more than 100 mA while still in BIOS mode before the OS starts, you may need a powered hub.
I'm also unsure about the DPI accuracy - this mouse moves less at 2400 DPI than my old did at 1600.
There are no ferrite cores on either on the USB cables, which I'd expect for expensive mice. It means that if you also use your computer for audio work, you may want to unplug and use a different mouse while not gaming.
Pros: Cheap. Black.
Cons: The cable is so thin and low quality that it's really unusable for its intended purpose: audio signals. The attenuation is really high, and the lack of shielding means it picks up noise.
Overall Review: It's too cheap to return. In reality, I bought a 25 foot string. I'm sure I can use it to tie something with.
Pros: Advanced steering wheel.
Partially leather clad.
Cons: Obviously lower quality than the former MOMO wheel Logitech had. More buttons, but less weight and solid feel.
Sharp edges on the aluminum paddles required filing down because they were sharp enough to cut fingers.
The aluminum shield on the button panel is flapping because it's so loose - there's no way to fasten it; it's just bad tolerance values.
The pedal set slides on smooth floors. The small rubber pads don't provide nearly enough traction, so unless you have a carpet and can use the carpet hooks, you need to place something behind the pedals to prevent them from sliding.
Overall Review: The bean counters have had a field day with this product. I really wish quality would improve with new models, not go down. I would gladly trade all the extra features like extra buttons and HUD switches for something simpler with higher quality.
It's still one of the better wheels you can get, and the price is good for the tech you get, just not for the quality.
Pros: This watch is just stunning. It has the classic look of expensive Swiss watches from the 60s, including a domed crystal, but a high quality modern quartz movement.
Cons: They don't sell the matching bracelet for this watch, nor spare wrist bands.
Overall Review: This is not a large watch - it's the same size as men's watches were in the 50s and 60s. That doesn't mean "boy's watch" - it means it's classy, not gaudy.
Not too large.
Cons: Cap can easily get lost.
Overall Review: Many thumb drives are marked as USB 3.0, but some of them are no faster than USB 2.0 or 1.1 High Speed ones.
This is the real deal, with very fast write speeds, and not just for sequential data, but also for random data.
Pros: Small and good looking.
No cap to lose.
Cons: Very slow, even for a USB 2.0 drive.
Whoever invented blister packs surely has a hell reserved for him or her.
Overall Review: Depending on what you use it for, the slowness might not matter - it's plenty of fast enough for an MP3 collection, for example.
and did I mention huge?
You also cannot see the controls while you use it, so you need to memorize the buttons and their position.
Overall Review: Because it is so huge and powerful, the problem is that you soon need massage of the hand and arm that holds it.
But if you really want something that reaches your feet without bending, or can whack you between the shoulderblades like a 300 lb Bulgarian wrestler, this is it. But it's a bit like holding a jackhammer one-handed.
Pros: It still runs after a day.
Cons: Very cheaply made. Even worse packaged, in a box that doesn't fit this watch, and instructions for a different no-name diver's watch, badly folded, or should I say crumbled and jammed into the box. Yes, the instructions are for a different watch, and are wrong for this watch!
A Shark "seal" was tossed in, not even attached to the watch.
The bezel ring does not rotate, and is apparently glued on, making the compass markings unusable except at exactly noon in the Southern hemisphere.
Overall Review: The box was just dropped into a thin and unpadded plastic envelope. So the box was crushed when it arrived. Also, not sent by a company, but a private Chinese seller(!).
At 30% off, I feel I overpaid for this. Based on the way it was packaged, I am also not convinced it's genuine.
Pros: 8 ports 10/100/1000
Cons: No uplink port - you need a crossover cable with this one to connect it to a router or similar device with a built-in switch. $$
The bundled AC adapter is of the wall wart type that has the plug in the adapter going sideways, and takes up multiple slots in a UPS or power strip. Add a squid. $$
No speed indicator on the LEDs.
Overall Review: No mention of jumbo frame support.
No PoE support - must be powered with the wall wart.
The somewhat small 512 kB store-and-forward should be enough as long as you run all 8 ports at the same speed, full duplex. With mixes of 10/100/1000 and heavy large packet UDP use, expect drops.
The LEDs are either bright green, which means "link up and idle", or a less bright green which either means "link up and traffic", or "link down but bleed-through from the adjacent ports' LEDs" - because there's no separator between the LEDs, and GbE packets fly too fast for you to see a flicker, just a dimming, you cannot tell. A tiny piece of plastic between each LED would have helped a lot.
Would I buy again? No, probably not. This is too cheap, even though the aluminum case is nice.
Pros: Cheap (on sale).
Around 50% bigger than most small RC helicopters.
Single main rotor, for extra challenge flying. (Yes, it is more difficult to fly than double rotor planes, but more realistic too.)
Spare parts can be obtained.
Cons: Badly assembled. I had to unscrew and reposition the power receptacle because the plug would not fit; the fuselage plate was blocking parts of the socket hole.
When ToyWorld says "ready to fly", it's not 100% true. It requires eight(!) AA batteries for the controller, not included, and not listed on the product page. Beware of this if you want to gift this.
Also, some assembly required, but no more than a 14+ can do.
Overall Review: The packaging and instructions are Google Translate quality, and good for a giggle:
- "Do not leave the battery in the fire in consideration of safety"
Oh, I'll just put it in the fire, not leave it there.
- "Do not leave the battery together with tiny medal parts"
No, I'll tie a string around it to keep it together. I'm a bit short on medal parts anyhow.
- "Do not fly with broken or damage or toy(S)"
I never fly with broken. Nor with damage. They're so boring to fly with. I do expect to fly with the toy, though.
Cons: These do not charge to 1000 mAh. None of them did better than 900 mAh when analyzed with a Maha 9000 charger, and a couple were well under 800 mAh.
No set of four of them could drive a HP-71, which cuts off at less than 5.4V (or 1.35V per battery). Don't expect much more than the rechargable "standard" 1.2V.
Overall Review: Product did not match picture. Not only is the pack different, but the batteries are too. It came as an 8-pack with two extra "free" batteries.
Accepts Xeon and ECC RAM.
Dual Intel LAN ports, which means it's actually usable for Linux, unlike earlier models with RealTek LAN where only the first port would work.
Cons: Comes with a severely outdated BIOS, which has to be updated twice to be able to use newer CPUs. To do this, you need another computer, an USB memory stick, and a monitor that can switch to non-VGA-standard display sizes, which the EZ-Flash2 program in the BIOS requires. I.e. this is not doable on a server KVM, which is strange when sold as a server. You have to drag out a bigger monitor.
The ATA CD/DVD drive does not work for boot due the bundled LSI soft-raid controller taking over all ATA ports. This means you have to install from USB or PXE. And can't even boot the bundled Auto Installation DVD. This is documented in an errata on the ASUS site, but may be a real showstopper for many.
Overall Review: Broken on arrival. It will not POST with RAM in slots A1 or A2. Tried with four sticks of Kingston RAM approved for this motherboard, and any combination with memory in slots A1 or A2 would cause a four-beep POST code, both before and after BIOS updates. All four modules work when used in slots B1, B2 or both.
I will have to RMA this.
Pros: Cheap break-out cable for RAID cards that works.
Cons: Not the sturdiest clip in the world, but this isn't supposed to be moved around once connected.
Overall Review: To prospective purchasers: This will not fit any common motherboard; only RAID cards with the special SFF-8087 connector that puts multiple (4 or 8) SATA/SAS lanes in the same socket.
I wish someone made these with two short and two long SATA cables. Some of the drives are invariably going to be further away than others.
Pros: Cheap. Sturdy.
Slightly smaller than earlier Xporters.
Cons: Slow. Compared to other USB 3.0 fobs, testing with HDTach, bonnie++ and palimpsest, this one is slower than usual. Don't expect much more than USB 2.0 speeds, and for random writes, not even that. Not well suited for ReadyBoost.
The capacity is 14.7 GB, or around 0.2 GB less than their red USB 2.0 model.
The cap is very prone to falling off. You may want to use a rubber band to keep it in place.
Overall Review: Earlier Xporter products came with a cap with a much tighter fit. About two years ago, something changed, and the caps now fall off quite easily.
The Xporters also aren't like they once were. Earlier, they were SLC, and came with both an extension cable and a lanyard. First, they became MLC (slower writes, less longevity than SLC), then the lanyard went, then the extension cable and leaflet - now you get nothing except a blister pack.
Pros: You get a lot of watch for the money. Literally.
It does look stylish too.
Shipping was fast, and Ashford packaged it extremely well, including extras like a tote bag.
Cons: It's HUGE. The picture doesn't show the true scale of this thing.
Overall Review: Even if high quality, the sheer size of the face means you have to be careful with it.
The bottom is also chromed, which may be an issue for those with nickel allergies - a standard allergy watch patch won't fit it because of the size.
Pros: Ultra-cool looking. Headlights, even!
Just slightly larger than Matchbox/Hotwheels cars.
Drives well, and just plain fun.
Cons: Infrared (IR), not Radio Control (RC). This makes the control range rather short.
No way to switch channels. If you buy more than one, you can only use one at the time.
Expensive batteries (3 x LR44 in the car, 2 x LR44 in the remote)
Overall Review: The page said "assorted" for colours, so I ordered two, hoping for two different ones with non-clashing signals. No such luck.
At the price when on sale with free shipping, you might want to buy them just for the batteries - you can't get 5 x LR44 this cheap!
Pros: Weller makes quality. For the price, this is the best you can get. Temperature doesn't fluctuate much.
Cons: The details state "Includes 4 free wire solder (2661-2903)"
If this sounds too good to be true for the price, it's because it isn't true. It doesn't include ANY free solder. It comes in a blister pack with no room for extras.
If it wasn't for this misrepresentation, I would give it five stars.
Overall Review: Make sure you heat it up completely before you use it, and never rapid-cool it, and it should last for months of daily use or years of sporadic use. This is good.
The cord is somewhat short, but if you have an outlet on your workbench, this should be no issue.
Pros: Sound quality.
These are the best ear buds I have tried, and that includes ones costing four times as much!
Only in-ear-canal phones and high end open earphones can match how precise these are, across the spectrum.
And these are comfortable too. Like Grados, you won't win a fashion contest wearing them, but the sound quality rocks, and you can wear them for hours.
Cons: This is nitpicking, but you need 20/20 vision and a magnifying glass to read which one is left and which one is right. Better learn which one is which by feel.
Oh, and the factory packaging sucks. It was really hard getting one of the buds out of the molded plastic without using force. But again, nitpicking.
Overall Review: After putting on, they need a push to seal well against the ear canal opening. If you don't do that, you won't get bass.
Also, an old trick: if you loop the cord over your ear, you won't get a stethoscope effect from the wire.
Worth noting is that they're slightly heavier driven than most ear buds. Unless you use a headphone amp or pre-amp, you'll get less volume than typical buds, but oh so much better sound. This might in part be because of the volume control's inherent attenuation - the 475s without a volume control might be louder. This isn't a negative, just worth noting. Use a cheap C-Moy amp or boostaroo if your portable player can't drive them as loud as you like.
Pros: Cheap, HEPA, small and easy to place.
And yes, it does its job.
Cons: You can't buy replacement filters for it. The manual tells you to vacuum the paper filter. Say what?
Overall Review: Also, it is rather loud. At the lowest setting, it prevents me from sleep two rooms away, so daytime use only, at least for me.
Pros: With a combination of both a sale and a coupon, it amounted to 55% off the full price.
Cons: The sound quality is atrocious. It's like having a 50s transistor radio in your ear, or listening to a pair of good headphones through a sheet of paper.
Overall Review: These are not earcanal headphones. They are earbuds with soft padding. This becomes apparent when you read the instruction sheet, and discover that they lack instructions for how to insert them into the ear canals, but a warning to not play loud due to them leaking sound.
If you have experience with ear canal headphones and try to put these upside down and then twist them to get them into the ear canal proper, you'll only hurt yourself, and the sound becomes even worse.
Pros: Nice retro style quality watch at a low price.
Relatively long battery life.
Cons: No backlight - you can not read this watch in the dark.
Only one alarm, and that one is repeating daily only.
Overall Review: This is the water resistant (0 bar) version, not the 5 bar version you can actually swim with.
Also beware that the calculator buttons are very small and made from rubber, so you can't use a pen or something similar to manipulate them. You have to be patient to use them. This makes the stopwatch function pretty useless.
Pros: Good sound quality for an AV system. Precise enough to use for DTS Neo 6 Music.
Quite powerful subwoofer.
Cons: Center speaker has a very high cutoff frequency; much higher than the satellites. You'll have to set the sub to a uncommonly high low pass filter frequency (130 Hz or higher, or a little PAST the "recommended" section on the dial) not to lose deep voice dialogue, and then parts of the dialogue will be off-center.
Factory packaging is inadequate - the first set was damaged in shipping (heat sink smashed). Second set survived shipping.
No signal cable for the woofer - I didn't expect speaker cables, but I did expect a signal cable. No brackets either, and the manual refers to the martin logan website, which doesn't have brackets either. Despite stickers for standard ball joint speaker mounts, these just cover a hole, not an actual ball joint mount.
Overall Review: Due to the center speaker's high cutoff frequency, I recommend getting a better center speaker and not using this one, or using it as a rear surround in a 6.1 system, for which it is more than adequate.
Subwoofer is really more of a woofer than a subwoofer at 37-200 Hz, where you want 20-80 Hz for a THX subwoofer.
It is, however, quite powerful, so unless you play Tchaikovsky or other audio that really goes down to subsonic frequencies you can't hear, only feel, don't worry too much about it.
Oh, and don't expect the Martin Logan sound. It's Martin Logan branded, but has nothing in common with their pro audio handmade speakers, which you can tell by the price and country of origin. Still excellent value at the sale price.
Two LED front lights and a blinking multi-colored LED tail light.
USB charger included.
Cons: The LED controller has a VERY limited range. Like 12 ft on fresh (6xAA) batteries.
And the controls are not precise and responsive enough to keep it within that range and walk behind it (range is better from behind) - it WILL get out of range, cut power, and fall down.
You need a precision screwdriver to change batteries.
Overall Review: The USB charger is not mentioned in the instructions, which appear to be for a slightly different model that can only be charged from the controller. They're also so horribly translated that they are fun to read:
- Please do not operate the helicopter in forbidden zone
(The emperor doesn't like it?)
- Please do not operate the helicopter in the gale.
(Indeed. Nor in the tornado, I'm sure.)
- Do not put the toy in the mouth to prevent choking hazard
(It's 23 cm * 18.5 cm * 9 cm -- "the mouth" must refer to someone I'd rather not meet.)
Pros: Unlike others, these cards just work, no matter what your OS is or your other hardware is.
Cons: Packaging by Newegg warehouses used to be great, but is a hit and miss these days. This time, it was a miss, with two cards tossed into a soft envelope. You can do this for retail cards, which come in a box, but not for OEM cards, which are in an unsealed plastic tray prone to opening itself during transport. One of the cards had fallen out of its tray, and I'm just glad none of the components had broken off.
Overall Review: It's OEM, so no extras (not even a driver CD).
Pros: Has extra features that few panels do, like a a full sized 1394A port, ESATA and CF card slot.
Ample cable lengths, and connectors.
Not a bad price for what you get.
Cons: You can only use one SD/MS/XC type card at a time, because it's a single multi-use slot.
Trying to insert and remove MS-DUO cards into this one is an exercise in patience. You have to jiggle it until it exactly hits the right pins, because there is no guide. Removal is difficult without tweezers, because almost nothing sticks out, and there's no push-to-remove.
The light for the SD/MS slot can only be seen if you remove the panel - apparently the OEM who manufactured this for Silverstone forgot to drill a hole for the LED.
Overall Review: That this panel comes with a silver front panel was a major purchasing decision factor here.
Newegg: why don't you have a SINGLE dvd/blueray drive with anything but black panels? Sure, they may sell better, but you may lose a few sales too.
The CF card reader uses USB instead of SATA, so it's rather slow. It also can't read the serial number off a CF card (this shouldn't matter for most users, but if you depend on it for e.g. backups, it won't work).