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Edmund B.

Edmund B.

Joined on 09/23/11

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Most Favorable Review

.Excellent monitor

HP 25VX 25" IPS HDMI Widescreen LED Monitor with Ultra-wide 178 Viewing Angle, Full HD 1080p, 8,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, Built-in HDMI, DVI and VGA Ports - Grade A
HP 25VX 25" IPS HDMI Widescreen LED Monitor with Ultra-wide 178 Viewing Angle, Full HD 1080p, 8,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, Built-in HDMI, DVI and VGA Ports - Grade A

Pros: Very good color reproduction.No apparent light bleed.large viewing area. Solid stand, no real wobble to speak of. HDCP with HDMI cable

Cons: text quality; no documentation; very reflective

Overall Review: Other thoughts: I got this as a refurb, and it looks and works like brand new. no dead pixels, and no obvious light bleed at all. It was instantly recognized by Win7, and required no major tweaks on my part. It's quite bright, and I needed to reduce the brightness a bit, as well as the gamma (just a hair, actually). I needed to play with the Clear Type settings, and text is still a bit annoying on many sites; including here. I'm debating reducing font size a bit, to see if that helps, but at 62 years old, I doubt that's wise. :-) I should deduct a half egg for that, and the fact it came with no docs or a disc. (No DVI or HDMI cables, but that was known). I was able to download the info, as well as drivers and an interesting control program (allows for various preset tweaks, depending on current usage.) I'm satisfied enough that I'll only mention it, and not deduct anything; especially given the price. Did I mention it's very reflective? Keep it in mind when placing this. In early morning light I can see my refrigerator in the kitchen. I'm not a gamer, so I have no idea if there will be any ghosting on games or gaming sites, but for movies it's excellent; even web streams. I have no TV, so this substitutes, and i can see clearly from my easy chair a good 7 or 8 feet away. Photos and color reproduction are superb on this. I should give it another half egg on that score. Bottom line, this is an excellent value. I'm happy (as long as I don't read too much.) :-)

12/11/2016
Most Critical Review

not what they used to be

Roxio Creator NXT 2
Roxio Creator NXT 2

Pros: User friendly interface; photo editor works well; rips Cd's/DVD's without issue

Cons: Still will not recognize 24 bit files, sound editor is inferior to earlier versions-auto fade is useless and occasional pops heard between clips. Even microscopic separation between clips causes a pop to be heard on burns.

Overall Review: I own an earlier version of Music Lab 10 (2008) and it is a superior product overall. I bought this mainly for the audio, hoping it read 24 bit FLAC, as on sale it was cheaper than a new version of Music Lab. While neither recognize 24 bit files, Sound Editor in the earlier version allows one to separate clips and still play through the entire mix. The auto fade function works properly, as opposed to dropping volume suddenly and then returning to full volume before the end of the clip(REALLY NOW). The NEXT2 also had a click between tracks when faded to zero manually (this on the burns, not when listening prior to burning). I can't say anything about the video handling because I never tried it, I gave up before then as I was in the middle of a project; reinstalling the older version. I did try the photo editing portion, which is similar to Photoshop, but with a much easier learning curve/interface. I don't believe it's as powerful as PS, but for average use quite nice. I also prefer the Roxio interface over some other programs. Some seem to find it difficult, but I really don't know why. It's very easy to follow and become proficient with. I just wish it worked as well as earlier versions.

11/21/2014

LegionCX Cold 650 watt power supply

Super Flower Legion GX Gold PRO 650W 80+ Gold, 5 Years Warranty, Patent Super Connectors, Ultra Flexible Flat Ribbon Cables, LLC & DC to DC Design, FDB Fan, Semi-Modular Power Supply, SF-650P14XE
Super Flower Legion GX Gold PRO 650W 80+ Gold, 5 Years Warranty, Patent Super Connectors, Ultra Flexible Flat Ribbon Cables, LLC & DC to DC Design, FDB Fan, Semi-Modular Power Supply, SF-650P14XE

Pros: semi-modular design. plenty of connectors. universal plugs for the cables

Cons: SATA power connectors were upside down on the cables

Overall Review: This company is new to me, but I've read that they are a primary manufacturer for others. their site says they were formed in 1991. I have no issues with the power output, and found their universal plug and outlet system for cables interesting. There is no dedicated plug for any of the removable cables, a cable can be plugged into any outlet, and it comes with a non-removable PCI cable. My only complaint is the SATA power cables. You get 2, one has four connectors and the other has 2 connectors. Oddly, they are upside down. I have 2 optical drives, and that wasn't a big problem; but connecting the 3 hard drives was. I had to replace the drives in an upside down position to keep from having to twist the cables into knots. Keep that in mind should you purchase this. I deducted an egg for that. Given the price I paid, I didn't see returning this as being worthwhile. Also, I've never really maxed the load, so I can't say anything about noise levels, other than I've not heard anything. Then again, I need hearing aids, so.... ;-)

10/10/2022

comfortable for a small hand

Logitech Lift Vertical Left Handed Ergonomic Wireless Mouse (Graphite)
Logitech Lift Vertical Left Handed Ergonomic Wireless Mouse (Graphite)

Pros: Comfortable for a smaller hand. Can be switched off to conserve battery life.

Cons: None, really.

Overall Review: I'm about 5'7", with hands to match. (My tenant's 13 year old has longer fingers.) This is built for a smaller hand, and is thus more comfortable for me than the prior vertical mouse I bought. I noticed another review that says it is somewhat too easy to click, but I haven't found it to be so, myself. It does take some getting used to if you are coming from a regular mouse. Too be honest, I'm not sure if it helps with reducing wrist injury; but once acclimated to it, I find it quite comfortable. That they make these for left handers is nice.

just works

Crucial 32GB Kit (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2666 DIMM 288-Pin Memory Kit CT2K16G4DFD8266
Crucial 32GB Kit (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2666 DIMM 288-Pin Memory Kit CT2K16G4DFD8266

Pros: Crucial memory always works (for me, anyway) I have never had a problem with their memory sticks in any build.

Cons: None

Overall Review: This field required, NewEgg says. OK- Crucial has never failed me yet. Happy now, NewEgg? :-)

A reasonably good case for the money

Antec Performance Series P7 Neo, Enhanced Front Air Intakes, 3 x 120mm Fans Included, Sound-Dampening Side Panels, White LED Power Button, E-ATX Mid-Tower Silent Case
Antec Performance Series P7 Neo, Enhanced Front Air Intakes, 3 x 120mm Fans Included, Sound-Dampening Side Panels, White LED Power Button, E-ATX Mid-Tower Silent Case

Pros: It comes with 3 large fans which provide good cooling. Roomy and has a shroud for the power unit. Cable management is decent.

Cons: Shroud for the power unit (see comments),drive bays are a little too deep, and the holders for SSD's can be problematic.

Overall Review: This is a decent, roomy case with the ability to add 4 drives, not including any NVME sticks. You also have a bay for an optical drive. My use case is a a HTPC and backup unit, so I have 2 spinning disks (3TB) and 1 SSD for the OS. The 3 included fans keep things cool, and the side panels are lined with a sound deadening fabric. The shroud for the power unit can be problematic if you, like me, make the mistake of NOT getting a modular unit. Things get very cramped. The problem with the drive bays is they are a bit too deep (the connectors face the right side panel). The wires of the SATA power connectors are bent at (IMO) awful angles. This problem exists for the two vertically hanging holders for SSD's as well. This case is a bit too narrow, in my opinion, for the SATA connectors to be comfortably attached to any of the drives. I went and bought 1 SATA extension for my SSD, and a splitter for the spinners. This provided me with straight in power connectors, which work much better. Use 90 degree connectors for data on the spinners, and a straight one for the hanging SSD holders, and it all fits fairly well. I have an ANTEC 302, which is an old case, but I feel a is a better one. It's also bigger, though. :-) One foot came broken, and there was no spare part available from either Antec or NewEgg. I put a piece of wood under the left side and it keeps everything level. That is NOT why I dropped an egg, BTW. That was because I needed to buy the splitter/extension SATA cables Given the price of this case, I have no real complaints. My cons are more things to keep in mind more than absolute deal breakers. One more thing, though. If you're into seeing all the fancy lights, this case won't allow that.