Joined on 11/12/08
Bang for the buck
Pros: I've only had this speaker for a short while, but the second I hooked this up to my computer's 5.1 surround, I noticed an instant wow factor. I do not have it connected to a fancy A/V receiver just yet, but even at lower power connected to a budget 5.1 setup, this does not disappoint. Voices are clear and crisp -- without overly sharp spikes in highs I have noticed with other speakers. Even though center channels don't typically produce chest thumping bass, I noticed a depth of mild bass that gives a much deeper presence.
Cons: The gorgeous shiny finish does tend to smudge Makes me want go buy more polk
Overall Review: If you are looking to fill a large room with vibrant sound, I am nearly certain this is not for you. However, if you're like me and are close quarters to your tv or computer and need an accurate center channel, this budget speaker fit my bill perfectly.
A Proper "Review"
Pros: Alrighty, I thought it was about time some did a concise reaction to this gaming pad. Pros: Large surface -- just right for my desktop Slick surface -- allows for my Ikari and G9 to glide Accurate tracking -- enough said Does not slide all over the place (the pad on the desktop that is) *Neat design on the bottom corner, just my opinion, some may see it as a con
Cons: To the Cons... Where to begin? Flimsy Sharp Edges Feels slightly cheap Glossy finish (some my see this a pro) Thick, spongey rubber under coat -- I find my mouse "sinking" into the pad causing friction and a scraping noise that cannot be good for either the mouse or the pad. I feel slightly mislead from all the descriptions. There are no real reviews anywhere online, furthermore, Xigmatek's website reflects only on it's special "macroscopic-textured" surface. Though they denote a three layer system: "Super Slippery PP Layer" "Metal Coating Layer" "Non-slip Rubber Layer" http://www.xigmatek.com/console/uploadfiles/Image/product/GMP-403002/gmp403002-fp2s.jpg I feel that the "Metal Coating Layer" must either be invisible or so insignificant that it should not be listed. And as for the rubber undercoat, for such a thin plastic surface material, the rubber layer needs to be cut in half, or another method of non-slip should have been implemented.
Overall Review: All-in-all this is far from a terrible product. I just warn anyone going into it, if you are expecting the build quality of some of the more mainstream brands, take this pad with a grain of salt, as wall as an extreme discount. It is definitely worth $15 for it's size and tracking. That being said, I do not think I would by another one, unless they implemented changes to make it a much more adequate pad. IF you are looking for a hard plastic surface with the feel of a squishy cloth pad, this might be the economy pad just perfect for you needs. For me I will continue to look for an oversized true hard plastic gaming pad/mat **Oh yes, I forgot to mention.. as with all non-cloth pads: A little pledge or similar dust spray makes for great lubrication to make a great mouse float on the surface!
Pros: Worked well for the price I paid at the time. When purchased, this was the only active DP>DVI adapter that did NOT require a usb plug for power. Also it was the only sub-$100 DP>DVI active adapter.
Cons: The adapter died after roughly 9 months of use. It worked perfect for my eyefi. needs until I stopped using it. The adapter was sitting on my desk for about one month while I had a pair of gtx 260s in SLI in my computer. As soon as I put a pair of 5850s in my case, the adapter decided to die on me. I troubleshot everything, and it is NOT the DP slots on either 5850 as a passive DP adapter works just fine.
Overall Review: Because of the 90 Day warranty, I will need to buy a new adapter. I will be purchasing the PowerColor version for it's 2 year warranty -- I would advise the same for anyone else as the adapters seem identical. *The adapter that failed on me is the first revision (the one shown on the Sapphire box in the Newegg product pictures). I only hope if the adapter dies on anyone else, it is within the 90 Day warranty period. Purchased September 2010 -- Died July 2011
Not too shabby
Pros: Looks shmexy Stays cool with those giant Pipes It's OCZ! I don't know why I ever switched from OCZ. I got all three sticks up to 1900mhz stable 5 hour memetest run with 9-10-9-22 timings.
Cons: I haven't found the right timings to get the ram past 1950mhz without crashing. Though I haven't given it more than 1.64v (gigabyte boards stick with even numbers for ram voltage)
Overall Review: The timings aren't the quickest, but overall this is one of the best buys for ram imo. For this price, OCZ performs up to expectations with out having to drop extra money on a rma from another brand. CPU>> i7 930 @ 4.18Ghz RAM>> OCZ Reaper 1900mhz MB >> GA-x58a-ud5 PSU>> XFX 850W CASE>> TT Mozart TX (aka mini fridge) COOLER>> H50 (push pull - 38C/55C)
Countertop Clean up
Pros: I sat down after loading the software thinking programing the remote was going to be a huge pain; it turned out the UI was simple and straight forward. I loaded 7 different items via device model number.. Logitech recognized all of them immediately. Got this for the parents -- cut the remote count down from 5 (not including the HDMI switch) down to one... though it took me a couple of minutes to find the the HDMI switch label for programing.. turns out they list switches under AV Units. Needless to say, this was worth the $55 just for the sheer convince and ease of setup.. and to de-cluttafy the area (yes i just made up my own word!) The macro features make it so easy for non-techy people
Cons: My ONE major con is when using the remote with a cable box the "Page Up" and "Page Down" keys are reversed from standard remotes.. i.e. instead of one on top of the other the "Page Down" is directly to the left of the "Page Up" key -- I'm sure with time it would no longer be noticeable.. As with all recert. products there is the risk the product you have isn't the luck of the draw and physically brand new.. in my case it has very minor blemishes on the gloss black top. Luckily my parents are old an need STRONG reading glasses so they do not notice the flaw.
Overall Review: So far I'm very impressed with the unit.. I am curious to see how long the batteries hold up. On a side note I did not set up this device to be used by the remote; however, the Logitech Harmony recognized my remote light fixture.. very impressive. The possibilities are endless with that one (anyone need mood lighting???)
Pros: Light weight Looks neat-o Minimal Heat Coaster?
Cons: What a doozy.. I didn't realize when I purchase this 32Gb ssd that I would only get 100mb workable space, and by workable I mean partitioned space that is visible but not accessible. What it comes down to is I have a wicked looking SSD that will not format past 100mb, additionally will not let me reformat, repartition, delete, modify, move, or really do anything of use.
Overall Review: Imation's website is all but useful; their support page swings you around in circles until your neck is sore and then you realize you're back at the main page, no closer to solving the problem. Finally after finding the tech support email address, I wait patiently for a reply. If anything happens I will make an new review.. only if I get a working SSD. (I should have listened to the good advice.. wait a year or so when the SSD have the kinks all out and have a much lager capacity.)