Not bad for price12/23/2011 4:33:48 PM

Pros: Cheap, decent color/contrast for a TN panel (after adjustments), nice high gloss appearance

Cons: TN panel yields inaccurate colors, poor contrast. Huge blue LED is distracting.

Overall Review: After returning two similarly priced TN panels (all with 77%+ five star ratings on Newegg), I tried this model. It took about 45 minutes of tweaking to get an acceptable image. It had a very, very slightly bluish tinge that was difficult to eliminate. If we didn't already own awesome LCDs, I wouldn't have known what I was missing. It's decent. And if all you've ever seen are TN panels, this monitor is a good value. BUT, color accuracy and contrast capability of this screen--like all TN panels--leaves much to be desired. Colors are either dull, or washed out. There's no in-between. Blacks are gray. Reds are on the verge of pink. Greens are *nearly* green. Whites and yellows are painful. Yay, TN panel :-( I returned this LCD and went with a more expensive IPS panel. Much happier now.

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Awesome IPS Screen12/23/2011 4:18:22 PM

Pros: IPS panel: Absolutely stunning contrast and extremely vivid color. Blows away every TN panel I've tried. Compares easily to those high-end 4pple cinema displays. Nice swivel stand with height adjustment. Assembly was even easier than other LCDs. Built in USB! Power LED is dim; not blinding like other products.

Cons: Not a Newegg "top rated" product. I didn't find this beauty until I'd returned three "top rated" TN panels. Wish I'd bought this first!

Overall Review: I used CRTs from 1995-2004, then switched to a 17" TN panel CD in 2005, and upgraded to a larger dual screen setup in 2008. Colors and contrast of the commonplace LCDs were never as great as an Aperture Grill CRT. Last week I ordered two different brands of extremely popular LED monitors here at Newegg. Ugh. To my great surprise, each of them presented colors more dull than my three year old setup! No amount of tweaking could yielded worthwhile image on either (though one was decent). So, I gave in and shelled out the extra cash for this IPS based screen. The difference is night and day. Blacks are actually black, even at 100% brightness. And unlike a TN panel, color and contrast were perfect out of the box. This monitor should be a top seller. It may cost more, but it's well worth the cash. I just ordered a second.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Excellent2/3/2010 3:42:04 PM

Pros: Brilliant sound quality. Any audiophile knows that discrete circuitry is where it's at, and that's how Onkyo rolls. I've tried other receivers twice this price from other brands, and they do not compete.

Cons: As someone else has mentioned, it does produce ground hum through my subwoofer *if* I do not use the coaxial digital input. This isn't really a problem since my PC is plugged in digitally.

Overall Review: I build amplifiers for a living. Despite the flaw, I cannot give this receiver less than five stars. It's a great sounding unit.

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Works great for me10/17/2009 11:32:36 AM

Pros: Thick, heavy cable, nice 3.5mm connectors. I build headphone amplifiers and have used this cable for two years to test almost 2000 amplifiers. It's subject to constant plugging and unplugging, and has even help up to a "shake" test I perform on each amplifier. Absolutely perfect. Highly recommended.

Cons: Until I saw the horrible reviews here, I didn't think there were any cons.

Overall Review: Maybe I got lucky, but this is the only 3.5mm cable that I have NOT had durability problems with. I speak from experience: All 3.5mm cables will eventually fail due to normal use. Most are manufactured with cheap, thin internal wires that get worn out from constant bending. A cheap cable will generally last me less than 1 month. Based on the other comments here, construction quality may be inconsistent with this brand. But, I still recommend it. No, it will not work with first generation iPhones. It works fine my 3G iPhone (3GS will also be compatible). This isn't the cable's fault; Apple was to blame for their ridiculous proprietary headphone jack shape on the first iPhone. That's why they fixed it in the 2nd and 3rd generations...

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Excellent Office Printer6/5/2009 7:50:01 PM

Pros: Very high quality printouts for both color and B&W jobs, fantastic networking and web interface, low cost of operation, manual feed works well. Toner life is excellent with the high yield toners. Print jobs look sharp and professional.

Cons: All the negative comments about the 4040/4070 series are absolutely true. Pages come out much more curved than other laser printers do. The rollers leave very subtle indentations on the paper, but with decent paper, the problem is too minor to notice. Envelopes come out wrinkled, but usable. SLOW to print the first page (over 40 seconds from standby, see video). Once the first page is out, it's quick. Color printouts only look good when set to 'Vivid' mode (not really a problem, just set that as the default). Resolution must be increased to the maximum for high image quality (also hardly a problem, though it does take longer for the printjob to spool). Draws a LOT of power. At peak, I've measured over 1150W. With the printer on the same breaker, the lights dim and my UPS trips each time I hit print. You will need to put the printer on its own breaker if possible, or invest in power conditioning hardware. I purchased an APC 1200VA voltage regulator to fix the problem

Overall Review: I am self employed and have been using this printer for about three months to print hundreds of customer invoices, shipping labels, and product manuals. Duplexing is great, but slows the printer down by a factor of 3x, not 2x. Despite the numerous flaws, I would definitely buy the printer again. It can't be beat for the price. I requested print samples from Xerox and HP while shopping for printers. Brother's print quality outmatches everything in the price range.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Has problems!5/28/2009 9:18:44 PM

Pros: Great BIOS, nice layout, excellent price.

Cons: Despite being otherwise stable, it often boots up with an incredibly fast clock (1 actual second is equal to about 1-2 minutes in the OS). This makes the computer useless. Search Google and you'll see this isn't just me; this is definite issue with the board.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Unreliable3/28/2009 10:26:39 PM

Pros: Fast and cheap, but...

Cons: About half way into a vacation in Florida, my camera declared a memory card error. I tried the card in my laptop's SD slot; Windows thought said it was not formatted. I was able to recover about half of the pictures using a data recovery utility, but the rest are lost forever. I then formatted the card and it still works. Of course, I no longer trust it, so it's going into the garbage.

Overall Review: For the price, it's not worth RMA'ing. Do not buy.

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Extremely Slow3/20/2009 10:37:43 PM

Pros: Cheap. Excellent warranty service from Corsair.

Cons: This flash drive is SLOW. I have a five year old 512MB USB stick that demolishes this product. I've been copying a 723MB folder for over half an hour now, and it's not even close to being done. Vista shows a transfer rate of slightly more than 290KB/s. That's slower than download speeds over a mere 3mb cable connection!

Overall Review: I originally owned a Corsair Flash Voyager 4GB, purchased in 2008. It died last month and Corsair sent me this newer 8GB model. The older 4GB version was much faster. I am not impressed.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
8/24/2008 7:37:48 PM

Pros: Excellent picture quality, vibrant colors, well organized input/output jacks, simple interface and remote, acceptable sound quality

Cons: Speakers are not loud enough!

Overall Review: I purchased this TV after comparing it in person at retail stores. Its picture stood as more colorful and vibrant than other sets. Brightness is not extraordinary, but it's plenty adequate. We bought this TV for our apartment's living room, which is shared by our kitchen and laundry closet. When any of the appliances are running (dishwasher, sink, washer, dryer), the TV is difficult to hear even at full volume. However, the audio quality is perfectly clear at 100%. I've connected an old set of Logitech Z-640 computer speakers for now--much better. Overall, we're very happy with the TV. I'd purchase it again.

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2/29/2008 6:48:38 PM

Pros: Stable, incredible performance, relatively low cost

Cons: Wireless drivers for Vista 64-bit are spotty (they *do* work), double-boots like most P35 boards (this may already have been fixed in a BIOS update), layout could be better as others have already said

Overall Review: I've been using this motherboard for over 2 months now. Despite the cold boot issues others are reporting, mine resumes from standby every morning with no trouble. It failed to POST once the first week, but I enabled the re-POST PCI-E card option in the BIOS and that seems to have fixed it. When you hit the power button to cold boot the system or save changes to the BIOS, the entire computer turns on for a couple seconds, then off for a couple more seconds (fans and everything), and THEN it starts. I don't really care, but it's something new to me and worth mentioning. From what I've read, most P35 boards from all brands do the same thing. The SATA ports are indeed inconveniently located, but I'm still able to run one optical SATA drive and 3 SATA hard drives even with a Radeon X1950 XT. As an engineer, I know how difficult it is to make a perfect PCB layout. Indeed, the P5K's layout is not perfect, but who cares? My hd's are plugged in and won't be touched for a year or more...

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1/13/2007 4:46:18 PM

Pros: Extremely quiet (both idling and seeking), runs cool, low cost per GB, quick continuous transfer rates

Cons: Slow random seeks, making it sluggish for use as anything but a storage-only drive

Overall Review: My first one clicked a few times about 40% of the way through its format and XP's System Event Viewer showed bad blocks. Oh well, the 2nd drive has been running fine for 2-3 weeks. I have a 74GB Raptor for my OS and apps and am using this drive for storage, a fabulous duo. HDTach3 results: 230.7MB/s burst speed, 70.0MB/s average, ~88MB/s at beginning of platters and 42MB/s at the end, 18.0ms random access time, 4% CPU utilization (A64 3200+).

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1/12/2007 11:07:06 PM

Pros: Low cost, good image/text quality, reliable, quick to print first page, will last years if it's anything like its predecessor.

Cons: Noticeably slower than the discontinued HP 1012; they also dropped the paper tray dust cover and the resume button. I'm also not as fond of the color.

Overall Review: I've VERY happy with the printer. We've been using an HP 1012 at home for about 3 or 4 years; I bought the 1018 for my dorm. The 1018 has an almost identical design (same toner cartridge, even). The price is great, so of course HP had to cut some corners to get there. Too bad the 1012 is ~4ppm faster and seems print sharper. For the price, though, you can't beat this!

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6/29/2005 11:39:34 PM

Comments: I first bought this PSU to power a system I built for someone else. I was about to rebuild my own computer, and for the new build I wanted an extremely quiet system. I'd expected to get a Seasonic, but after using this power supply, I bought one for my own system. It's very heavy and well-built. As the previous reviewer pointed out, it's not silent. However, it's so quiet that I can't hear it, and my new computer is as quiet as a xxxx The adjustable fan knob doesn't seem to make it any louder or quieter. I had the fan monitoring cable hooked up in the first computer and found that the knob does work though. It increases the rpm from about 1100-1200rpm to about 1500-1600rpm. The cables are extra long, as I've come to expect from using Enermax PSUs for the past three years, so it should work well in the new Antec P180. If this PSU is anything like the other Enermax power supplies I've used over the years, it'll power anything and never give me a bit of trouble. I've only been using this model for 2-3 weeks, but it's showing the same great reliability. The new ATX 2.0 standard increased the expectations for PSU efficiency. Enermax definitely went above and beyond these new guidelines. It runs much cooler than any PSU I've ever owned. The exhaust air is hardly any warmer than the intake air from inside the case. The xxxxx reviews indicate that these new Noisetakers put out about 80-82% efficiency. That's fantastic. As always, Enermax built this model to deliver extremely accurate rails. You won't find another PSU this accurate. It even tops my old EG465P-VE (ATX 1.2), which I'd thought was unbeatable. Check out these numbers, taken from my computer as I write this: +12V: 12.03V +5V: 5.03V +5V Standby: 5.03V It's less than once percent from the target values, and it doesn't fluctuate more than 0.5%! For comparison, my xxxxxxx PSUs can be as far off as 3-4% on the rails and fluctuate 1-2%. I highly recommend this PSU. It's quiet enough to reside in a "silent" PC, it runs cool, the rails are right on, and I have no doubt that it'll prove to be reliable. Full system specifications: Asus A8N-E w/Zalman NB47J Athlon 64 3200+ Venice Thermalright XP-90 w/Panaflo L1BX @ 1000rpm Corsair 2x1GB TWINX2048-3200C2PT BBA Radeon X800 XL 256MB w/Zalman VF700-AlCu Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Western Digital 74gb Raptor Black NEC 3520A 16x DVD+/-RW Black Lite-On 52x32x52x16 Combo Drive Antec Sonata II Enermax 485W Noisetaker ATX 2.0

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6/29/2005 11:21:14 PM

Comments: I bought two of these in June. These are the coolest running CPUs I've had in years. Even in a 75F+ room, they idle at 35-38C and only get up to 43-45C during full load. The stock hsf isn't bad. It's effective and not too noisy. However, I wanted a very quiet computer this time, and it’s not silent. So, when I built my own 3200+ Venice system, I bought this retail package along with a Thermalright XP-90 and a quiet fan running at about 1000rpm. That’s silent, and the CPU puts out so little heat that the XP-90 almost feels cool to the touch. The CPU performs amazingly! It's extremely fast. My Athlon XP 2500+ had been a huge bottleneck in games, especially UT2k4. With this 3200+ and a new video card, my framerates doubled. Nothing slows it down (yet)! I almost bought the 3500+, but do the math. The 3200+ offers incredible bang for your buck.

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6/22/2005 12:42:17 AM

Comments: Newegg says not to write about defective products, but I think this note will actually help sales, so here goes... My first APC 725VA UPS arrived and made a loud buzzing noise. I called APC and they replaced it with the model that's about to replace the BE725BB. In fact, it's not even for sale yet. APC even paid for me to ship the noisy unit back to them AFTER I'd received the replacement. That's deserving of more than 5 stars in my opinion. You really can't go wrong with such a helpful company! The new UPS is great. XP says it has about 15 minutes of battery time when I tested it by pulling the plug from the wall on my computer (monitor included): Abit NF7-S 2.0 Athlon XP 2500+ w/Retail hsf Kingston 2x512mb HyperX PC3200 @ 2-2-2-11 ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128mb Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Western Digital 74gb Raptor Black NEC 3500A 16x DVD+/-RW Black Lite-On 52x32x52x16 Combo Drive Black Aluminum Chieftec Dragon Server Tower w/window Blue 6" Cold Cathode Black Rounded IDE Cables Logitech Elite keyboard Logitech MX500 w/modded blue LED Enermax 460W Blue dual fan power supply The new unit is silent. I didn't bother installing the provided software because Windows XP detected it and installed it automatically, and there's already advanced power support for shutting down the computer built into the operating system. This is a great product, and APC provides VERY fast, helpful support!

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6/22/2005 12:40:31 AM

Comments: Newegg did an excellent job as usual; this was a huge order, and everything came well packed and even arrived a day early! The motherboard booted right up with an Athlon 64 3200+ Venice, despite having the old F2 BIOS, which lacks support for Venice cores. I flashed it to BIOS F3 anyway. I'd been a bit weary of the passive heatsink on the board, but it passed 45 minutes of memtest86. The heatsink was very hot and I could barely hold my finger on it. So, I voided my warranty and installed an active northbridge cooler. No more heat problems, but a bit more noise. The nF4 chipset provides native SATA support, so installing Windows XP on the SATA hard drive was just as easy as on a PATA drive! The installation went very smoothly from there. Since I've built so many computers, I didn't bother reading the manual at first. However, this was the first Gigabyte board I've used. A HIGHLY important note: Press Ctrl+F1 when in the BIOS to access the "advanced settings". By advanced, they mean memory timings, clock speed, and voltage options. I was awestruck prior to reading the manual; I couldn't believe that Gigabyte had omitted such essential BIOS options. Finally, the temperature and voltage monitoring features on this board are designed for basic users. In fact, the BIOS simply reports the +12V, +5V, +3.3V, and CPU core voltage as "OK" (or, "NOT OK" if there's a problem, I'd assume). In Windows, I'm baffled by the voltages. None of the sensors are very accurate, and there's one sensor that's stuck at 71C (sometimes 70C). I've noticed that everyone with these boards have noticed the same odd sensor...ignore it. I ran Prime95's Torture Test for over 24 hours straight followed by 7 straight hours of the computer hosting and viewing a 32 bot UT2k4 match. It passed both tests perfectly. In conclusion, the motherboard is rock solid and I recommend it. I either recommend you run the system in standard room temperature in a case with good airflow, or you install an active northbridge cooler. Other than that, it's great! System specs: Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-9 AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Retail Corsair 2x512 MB Value Select PC3200 MSI GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB Sound Blaster Live! Value Samsung 120gb 7200rpm 8mb cache SATA hd Black Lite-On 52x32x52x16x combo drive painted silver Silver NEC 3520A 16x DVD+RW/-RW v.92 56k PCI modem Enermax 485W PSU Antec Super Lanboy case

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6/18/2005 3:38:51 AM

Comments: I've ordered at Newegg many times, but this order stood out among the others. I've been waiting for this case for six months and I ordered it the moment I saw it on Newegg at about 5PM CST on a Friday. Somehow, Newegg shipped it the same day and it arrived at my house on Monday even though I live in Missouri and a package shipped from Newegg on a Friday normally doesn't arrive until Tuesday or Wednesday! The Sonata II is the quietest case I've ever owned. The included rear TriCool fan operates nearly silently at Low speed. I've even installed a front Antec 1200rpm 120mm fan and a 74 GB Raptor, and the case is still quiet. The Raptor's seeking is much less annoying in the Sonata II than it was in my old Chieftec/Antec style aluminum tower. The paint job is AWESOME. As you can see in the pictures Newegg has provided, it's very shiny and smooth. I can see a fuzzy reflection of the image on my monitor or even myself when looking at the side panel. You won't find a better paint job on any other case on the market. Because it's designed to be small and quiet, building a computer in a Sonata II is a bit difficult. There's not much space to work with, but rails are on every single drive bay, so that makes things easier. Also, only one side panel is removable, and there is no motherboard tray. Thus, building in the Sonata II isn’t easy, but this design eliminates possible locations for noise to escape or vibrations to occur. Those are the tradeoffs for a quiet, compact case. I didn't use the included PSU. As a warning, if you want to use a different PSU, either seat the PSU first, or expect to remove your CPU's heatsink. I removed the included PSU befor installing the other components because I usually mount the PSU last. You can't do that in this case unless you have a very short CPU hsf. I'm using a Thermalright XP-90, which is quite tall. The only way to insert the PSU is to push it through the motherboard area up into the power supply location. Hence, a tall CPU hsf becomes an obstruction. Again, that's no big deal. I hope it saves some of you some time. The provided thermal duct is incompatible with my Thermalright XP-90 because it doesn't move to the right far enough. Once again, the XP-90 served as an obstruction. You wouldn't have these problems with a stock heatsink. Even if you can install the duct, it restricts the rear 120mm fan's ability to exhaust hot air from the system. I'm not using the duct at all. I used the original Sonata in a friend's machine. From my observations, the Sonata II has much larger opening in the front panel to allow for better airflow. In fact, I don't see a need for the duct. My A64 3200+ is currently running at 36C, my Asus A8N-E is at 30C, and my 74GB Raptor is at 36C. The room temperature is above 72F. So, not only is this the quietest case I've owned, but it also runs fairly cool! However, my Raptor does run about 3-4C hotter in the Sonata II than it did in my Chieftec case, while all of the other devices are the same temperatures or better. I think that's due to the Chieftec tower not using rubber grommets. That allowed the hard drive to use the drive bay as a sort of heatsink. The Sonata II sets the hard drives on rubber grommets for noise reduction, but that eliminates all contact with metal. Thus, the hard drive has less of a way to dissipate its heat. This is one of the best cases I've owned. It’s classy, which I’m glad to see after looking at my flashy Chieftec case with a window and blue cold cathode. Most importantly, it’s about four times as quiet. I can now sleep with my computer turned on!

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6/14/2005 7:57:30 PM

Comments: Newegg did an excellent job as usual; this was a huge order, and everything came well packed and even arrived a day early! The motherboard booted right up with an Athlon 64 3200+ Venice, despite having the old F2 BIOS, which lacks support for Venice cores. I flashed it to BIOS F3 anyway. I'd been a bit weary of the passive heatsink on the board. It seemed too good to be true. It passed 45 minutes of memtest86, but the heatsink was so hot that I could barely hold my finger on it. So, I voided my warranty and installed an active northbridge cooler. No more heat problems, but a bit more noise. The nF4 chipset provided native SATA support, so installing Windows XP on the SATA hard drive was just as easy as on a PATA drive! The installation went very smoothly from there. Since I've built so many computers, I didn't bother reading the manual at first. However, this was the first Gigabyte board I've used. A HIGHLY important note: Press Ctrl+F1 when in the BIOS to access the "advanced settings". By advanced, they mean memory timings, clock speed, and voltage options. I was awestruck prior to reading the manual--I couldn't believe that Gigabyte had omitted such essential BIOS options. Finally, the temperature and voltage monitoring abilities aren't perfect. In fact, the BIOS merely reports the +12V, +5V, +3.3V, and CPU core voltage as "OK" (or, "NOT OK" if there's a problem, I'd assume). In Windows, I'm baffled by the voltages. None of the sensors are very accurate, and there's one sensor that's stuck at 71C (sometimes 70C). I've noticed that everyone with these boards have noticed the same odd sensor...ignore it. I ran Prime95's Torture Test for over 24 hours straight followed by 7 straight hours of the computer hosting and viewing a 32 bot UT2k4 match. It passed both tests perfectly. In conclusion, the motherboard is rock solid and I recommend it. I either recommend you run the system in a cool room in a case with good airflow, or you install an active northbridge cooler. Other than that, it's great! System specs: Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-9 AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Retail Corsair 2x512 MB Value Select PC3200 MSI GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB Sound Blaster Live! Value Samsung 120gb 7200rpm 8mb cache SATA hd Black Lite-On 52x32x52x16x combo drive painted silver Silver NEC 3520A 16x DVD+RW/-RW v.92 56k PCI modem Enermax 485W PSU Antec Super Lanboy case

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1/5/2005 3:12:27 PM

Comments: First off, these are the BEST computer speakers I've ever owned, hands down. The subwoofer box is massive. The online pictures are very deceiving. However, bigger sub boxes generally sound better in my opinion, so that's definitely a plus! Just wait until you get your set<font>-</font>-you'll be surprised at how much larger it appears in real life. I'm an audiophile on a budget. I have an Audigy 2 ZS often paired with my Sennheiser HD-280 Pro headphones, and I've invested a lot more money than I should have on other sound systems before. Therefore, I'm going to be fairly critical of the output. With that in mind, please continue. My initial impression, the standard Windows XP startup sound, scared me. Right off the bat, I noticed a lack of highs. I started playing some music and confirmed my first thoughts. This set feels like mostly anything beyond 5000-6000 hz is missing. I know it's there, but it's not the crystal clear, precise treble sound I'm accustomed to hearing from a set of nice components. The Z-2300s do NOT have dedicated tweeters, thus, I can't be too far off the mark here. The 2.5-3&quot; drivers in the satellites do pump out plenty of sound, though. I'll rate the high-end response of this set at 3/5 stars. Midrange and bass frequencies are exceptionally powerful for a $110 set of speakers. I've not yet turned the speakers beyond about 55% volume, but the subwoofer is able to shake the house. The bass is very tight and responsible, and most importantly, the bass is definite. I've heard too many sets of speakers that simply make NOISE. The Z-2300's subwoofer doesn't make muffled, boomy noise; it makes clean bass, as I expect. 5/5 stars for the low end :-) Next, the SNR is could be better. I expected much more from a SNR of &quot;&gt;100db&quot;. When the speakers are on, I can't hear anything unless I put my ear up against a satellite. However, if I plug my Sennheisers into the headphone jack on the Z-2300's remote control, I can hear faint amplifier noise even with the Z-2300s turned off. With my headphones plugged directly into my Audigy 2 ZS, the signal noise is too quiet for my ears to detect thanks to the card's 108db SNR. I'm guessing that Logitech's claim of &quot;&gt;100db&quot; is correct, and that I'm used to the clean 108db SNR of a direct connection to the sound card. So, 4/5 stars for the SNR. Don't worry too much about this; search for Sennheiser HD-280 Pros, and you'll understand why I'm able to notice the noise (closed cups). I didn't even hear anything from the Z-2300's satellites until I listened for noise after hearing it from my headphones. One final thing: cable length. I wanted to put the beast of a subwoofer in the corner of the room, which is only about 8-10 feet from my computer's tower. However, the fixed cables on the satellites are far too short at about 5-6ft in length. That limitation prevented me from placing the subwoofer where I wanted it. The good news: they're standard RCA plugs, so you can buy extension cables from Radio Shack if you want :-) I'll give Logitech 4/5 stars here for not using standard speaker cable clips and speaker cables like Klipsch. Enough with the critiquing... Music sounds very, very good for this price range. After about 12 hours of Half-Life 2, I must say I'm highly impressed. The Z-2300s really add depth to the game play. Vehicles and weapons sound powerful and realistic now, and the subwoofer creates force feedback not just for me, the gamer, but for my entire family :-D When the adrenaline-intensive music in HL2 kicks in, the Z-2300s make the scenes twice as exciting as my Sennheiser headphones could do. I've heard the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 set as well, and as Dan said, the Z-2300s own them. Go with the Logitechs. Overall, I'd like to give this set 4.5/5 stars, but I decided to round down because of the short cables. For the price, the Logitech Z-2300s are an astounding value. Unless you'd like to spend $300+, get this set!

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11/19/2004 8:30:30 PM

Comments: I unplugged my old router and put this MR814 in its place, turned everything on, and set it up in under 3 minutes. The setup was that easy. I didn't bother with the CD. The router is great! My old router was a Netgear RT314, which I'd had for almost 4 years now, and it was getting outdated. It had basically no features. With the new MR814 I can filter sites and manage my network connection much better. I tested out the wireless connection with my laptop and it worked great in every single room in my house, both upstairs and downstairs. I have a 110 year old house with large rooms, including 10ft ceilings on the lower level, and I even tried it next to our 50 gallon aquarium and by a few windows since Netgear's connection tips said that would degrade the signal. It still worked fine. I will note one thing: The latest model does NOT look like the pictures here. Go to Netgear's site. I recieved v3, which is the new model, and it has a slightly different case<font>-</font>-a WHITE case. I don't really care what it looks like as long as it works great (and it does), but I know some people will mind. I like the looks of the v2 model better, but oh well. The router works great, and I'm completely satisfied :-) Connection Info: -SBC 1500/256kbps ADSL using a Speedstream 5360 modem -Four desktops hooked up to the wired ports -One laptop with a D-Link DWL-120 802.11b USB card I'll transition one more system to wireless. I don't really need it, but it's nice to have. I mainly bought this router because my old RT314 was so outdated and the MR814 was only ten dollars after the rebates.

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11/19/2004 8:29:35 PM

Comments: Great burner! Super fast, excellent media compatibility, and cheap. It only takes 2 minutes to burn a full 700mb CD-R. Sure, it's loud, but I don't care<font>-</font>-it's kinda cool to have a jet-engine sound while burning a CD :-) I use my NEC 3500A when I want silence. This Lite-On drive can read and write CDs and read DVDs faster than the NEC, sometimes by up to 45-60 seconds quicker. It's the best drive I've had, sans DVD burning support.

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9/11/2004 9:23:36 PM

Comments: I got this free with my NEC 3500A. This was my first DVD burner, and thus the first time I'd burned a DVD-R. The color was surpising <font>-</font>- the media is dark purple! I've burned two of them so far at 4x and had no trouble. Thanks Newegg!

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9/11/2004 9:20:15 PM

Comments: I finally decided it was time to upgrade to a DVD burner since DVD burning won't get any faster than 16x...this drive shouldn't become out-of-date too quickly. It's VERY quiet! At lower speeds (4x DVD's), it's inaudible. At higher speeds, such as reading/writing at 8-16x for DVD's or 48x for CD-R's, it can be heard, but it has a nice smooth sound and is still much quieter than my Lite-On drives. It opens and closes smoothly too. I've successfully burned 2 out of 2 DVD's so far, but the only media I had was the 5 free Newegg 4x DVD-R's (relabled 4x Ritek's), meaning I was limited to burning at 4x. I would have tried 8x or 16x, but one reviewer of the free media said it didn't work well at 8x. The drive performs alright, but my Lite-On CD-RW drive was able to read an entire 586mb CD-R about 30 seconds quicker than the NEC. That's alright though; it's quick enough, and DVD burning is great!

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7/25/2004 5:07:23 PM

Comments: I built the following machine for a friend: Asus K8V SE Deluxe AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Kingston 1gb HyperX PC3200 RAM ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128mb retail Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Samsung 120gb 8mb cache SATA hard drive Lite-On 52x32x52x CD-RW drive NEC 8x DVD+RW/-RW drive The computer turned out VERY nicely. It scored about 19,275 in 3DMark 01 stock, and it's perfectly stable. There were two minor problems: 1) It wouldn't load my memtest 86 boot CD-R...I never did figure that out. It passed 16 hours of Prime 95 + Winamp in a large playlist, and 8 hours of 3DMark 2001, and it had no problems. It's stable, but for some reason it would reboot upon trying to run memtest 86. Since all games worked fine and I had no trouble with anything else, I think that was just a 64bit bug or something. 2) The hard drive LED on the case doesn't work with the SATA hd (installed on the first VIA SATA controller). Instead, the hd LED lights up during activity on the primary master IDE channel, which happens to be the DVD burner :P Oh well, not a biggie.

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4/8/2004 9:19:19 PM

Comments: I replaced my home network's laser printer (a Brother HL-1440) with this HP 1012 around 6 months ago. Since then I've printed between 1000-1500 pages, and it's still going strong! I have four computers on my network: Three are upstairs and one is downstairs. The computer downstairs is a simple nForce 2 IGP machine, and it serves as the print server and an e-mail/internet/word processing node. When I had the junky Brother HL-1440, if I clicked the print button on a document upstairs, the printer *might* have been done warming up. With the HP 1012, it's done printing before I can even run to the top of my stairway! Not only does it print almost instant printing and have amazing print speeds, but the print quality is also superb. Text is sharp, and images are clear. Also, we replaced the Brother HL-1440 because its drum began failing after only ~750pgs, and by the time we got to 2000pgs, each paper was covered with dark lines. Cleaning didn't help. It's a known problem with that model. I'm glad to say that the HP 1012 has maintained its perfect output even after ~1500pgs, and it still has plenty left in it. Plus, the replacement costs of the toner are cheaper, AND the replacement toner includes a new drum. That will really keep maintenance costs down. I'm very happy with this printer. It serves us very well. BTW, 2/4 members of my family are high school students and are often printing papers for school. One family member prints documents for work, and the last person is a college English professor and college student (simultaneously) who often musty print 10-50pg documents, edit the document, print a new copy, revise it again, print again, revise, print...

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