Date Joined: 11/02/05
Pros: Consistent light, low energy usage, no flicker, seem much brighter than advertised
Cons: very cold (in appearance) white light
Overall Review: If you want no flicker, low cost, long lasting bulbs in a location where the color temperature doesn't matter much - these are a good choice. But I wouldn't use these in a reading lamp or in any situation where the stark white light will distract you.
Inside a sconce or a lampshade would work well, since those are generally going to affect the color somewhat.
Pros: We purchased this model when the sale price dropped to within 50-60 dollars of the 2D-only 47LV5500. We don't really care about 3D, but the contrast ratios are higher for this model (thanks to local dimming) and the HD picture quality is simply superb. This smart television comes with a USB wifi dongle, but it also has a built-in Cat 5 ethernet port for a wired connection if you're so inclined (as I am).
We've only taken advantage of a couple of the built-in smart apps; but the Netflix app's interface is as good as any I've seen (probably "better than any" would be more accurate), and the Plex client works very well if you have your own streaming video library - you just need to download the free Plex Media Server and install it on the computer that holds your videos/music.
Cons: This TV's picture is so much better than other television I've seen that I can't stand to watch anything on another television - I'm too spoiled. Also, it's too thin to put a Wii sensor bar on top - you'll need to set it at the bottom of the television.
Actually, to be serious - when you first power on the television the built-in apps can take 5-10 seconds to initially load. This can be a minor annoyance if you're turning it on to watch a Netflix movie. After the initial delay in loading, though, everything works great.
Overall Review: This is a superb HD television even if you never plan to watch anything in 3D. It comes with four pairs of 3D glasses; it comes with a wifi adapter; it's ridiculously thin and light.
Pros: Inexpensive DOCSIS 3.0 modem
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: With Comcast charging $7 per month to rent their low-end modem, it makes financial sense to buy your own. I'm not on one of Comcast's high-end tiers; but even so have seen significant boosts (50% or higher, both up and down) boosts in my speed test results over what I used to get with the old Comcast Surfboard modem. You can buy DOCSIS 2 modems for about half this price; but DOCSIS 3 is backwards compatible so there's no harm in buying against the future with this modem.
I've only been using the Zoom 5341 for a couple weeks, so I can't speak to its reliability.
Pros: Drive seems quiet; was plug and play on the Mac (which should be the norm anyway but isn't always due to manufacturer silliness)
Cons: I recommended this to my mom for use as a backup disk with her iMac. The drive died after about six months. While it would be under warranty, mom can't find the receipt or order info - so I can't speak to the quality of Western Digital's repair/warranty service. Incidentally this is why I'm giving this two stars instead of one, since it's possible WD has stellar repair service.
Overall Review: Since she's out the money anyway, I'm recommending she replace this with a LaCie external disk. I've owned a half dozen of those over the past few years, and have never had a problem.
Pros: Good price, sharp and bright, higher resolution than many other 19" monitors, seems responsive, attractive
Cons: Very non-intuitive controls that are badly designed, no printed manual, sits quite low with no ability to raise/lower it (you can tilt it though)
Overall Review: The price is really why I gave this a "4 egg" rating. Frankly the controls are - by far - the worst I've ever seen on an LCD monitor. Normally I wouldn't care less about the lack of a printed manual; but for the first time in my life I found it necessary to look up how to use a monitor's controls.
Pros: Works well, cable and connectors seem well made.
Cons: Cable is a touch stiffer than I'd like
Overall Review: My external SATA drive enclosure has a SATA L-shaped connector, while my computer's ExpressCard 34 adapter requires a flat eSATA connector. I bought this cable to connect the two, since the drive enclosure only came with a SATA to SATA cable + an awkward adapter.
Pros: Fast, quiet, lots of storage for a low price
Overall Review: Time will tell, but this seems like a great drive. This is my first SATA drive, and I'm impressed with the connector design (meaning SATA in general) - simple and well thought out.
Pros: SATA inside and out, with USB 2 available as a fallback. Comes with SATA and USB cables. Very sleek enclosure at a decent price.
Cons: Provided SATA to SATA cable with eSATA adapter - would prefer a SATA to eSATA cable.
Overall Review: I bought this and a Seagate Barracuda SATA drive at the same time. Installation is a snap - LOVE the SATA cable (as opposed to IDE). I've bought MacAlly enclosures before, and they are consistently good quality.
Pros: Works cross-platform
Cons: Gets very hot (not obvious until you eject the card); not low profile
Overall Review: I bought this to connect an external SATA drive enclosure. It seems to work well, and speeds appear to be good. Documentation is sparse, but adequate. This device requires driver installation prior to use (CD is provided, but I recommend you go to the website).
Pros: Reliable, quiet, looks good, USB and Firewire
Cons: Awkward access to power switch,
Overall Review: We purchased about six of these at work. They are easy to use, and we've had no problems with any of them.
Having both types of external interfaces is nice - I use a Mac and so have Firewire available, but my Windows-using office mates need the USB access.
On more than one occasion I've needed to pull data off an inaccessible (to Windows) drive. This used to mean opening up my Linux box and installing the drive - this is much easier.