Date Joined: 01/21/07
Pros: Pops in nice and easily, new drivers and firmware installed practically automatically. SPEED!!! Unobtrusive design. Comes with cable for additional power, if necessary.
Cons: On my laptop (Dell Studio XPS 1340) it doesn't sit totally flush and sticks out slightly.
Overall Review: Does what it's supposed to do! Pops in easily, adds USB 3.0 to your older laptop, and could easily help you delay buying a new one. My 500 GB Western Digital Caviar Black drive showed it was on its last legs, so I replaced that with a 256 GB Crucial SSD, and grabbed a 1 TB Western Digital 2.5" external USB 3.0 hard drive for my stuff. Thanks to the SSD, my laptop is faster than ever, and because the drive runs on USB 3.0, it feels just as fast as if it were an internal hard drive when I need it!
Pros: It's a nice finish and it's highly adjustable. LED's can be turned on or off as you please.
Cons: Not dependable. Depending on the mouse, you'll either run into click issues or else the mouse will fail to track properly because of a cable problem. My particular mouse has had an issue with skipping that makes it IMPOSSIBLE to click and drag. For what was supposed to be such a great mouse, I've been highly disappointed seeing as it's failed with so little use.
Overall Review: I HATE THIS MOUSE!
Pros: Very fast. Puts the speed I have in my RAID 0 array to shame with VERY quick seek times. Comes complete with everything you need to get up and running.
Cons: Data transfer kit worked, but could have benefited from different software. I ended up redeeming my rights to use Acronis True Image Western Digital edition, which worked great with the drive. Still, the kit will come in handy again and again.
Needs an option for the data transfer kit with a 3½" plate for desktop users.
Overall Review: As fast as this is, I'm still currently running on a SATA-II system and getting around 220 MB/s all day and all night. Faster hard drive controller would basically double this.
Pros: Easy way to add bluetooth connections to any PC.
Unobtrusive size even on laptops
Cons: No knurled edge to make removal easier, super bright blue LED blinks constantly.
Overall Review: Nice little adapter allows me to use my bluetooth headset to listen to music and TV without disturbing others, and connects easily to my Android phones.
Pros: Keeps you from burning up RAM, keeps memory very cool, easy to install, decently quiet, affordable. Plenty of cooling headroom.
Cons: You may want a controller to slow down high speed fans. They have a lot of cooling headroom available, and if it's overkill, you could easily bring the noise down with a fan controller, for good cooling, and silence together in one elegant package.
Requires maintenance. These fans are lubed straight out of the package, but are prone to going dry. A little sewing machine oil on the sleeve bearings will solve this.
Pros: Great range, many inputs, sounds great with any type of music (you name it, I listen to it from country, to acoustic, metal, rap, electronic) :)
Output is fantastic on this thing. It never sounds dull or lifeless.
Cons: Controls could be mounted in a more convenient spot? I'm reaching here.
Overall Review: I was considering far bigger speakers (full size, traditional speakers with 10-12" woofers) but I found that these combined with my Monitor 30's are just right.
Lighter acoustic music sounds mellow the way it should, and hard pounding dubstep will shake the life out of you!
Pros: Cool running, very quiet, and pleasantly fast.
Cons: No cables in package.
Overall Review: WD Drives are amazing for low noise. The desktop drives I own are quieter than the Seagate in my laptop!
Pros: Works great, US made RAM. Perfect for a general purpose mainstream machine.
Overall Review: Used for adding some extra longevity to my old Pentium D based machine for my father. With a total of 3 GB of RAM, he loves it.
Pros: They do exactly what they're intended to do.
Cons: Can't think of any.
Overall Review: I have a video card (Gigabyte GTS 250) that has a two slot cooler, but there's no second slot with airflow as part of the card, so I added these little things to my case to increase my ventilation. Sure enough, they do the job. My video card is officially a few degrees cooler with these than my original non-vented slot covers. They look kinda cool, too.
Pros: My very hot RAM is now lukewarm under a full load. Looks great, stays attached to my RAM slots nicely.
Cons: 2 of 3 fans have exhibited noise problems of some kind. Top fan has a constant whir, middle fan rattles when starting but goes away after a couple minutes. This has slightly diminished in the past week or so, but it still has some noise.
Overall Review: Doesn't seem like it should be like this since the bottom fan is basically silent. Should I attempt to lube the others?
Pros: It works, and it works well. Bought this for my father's Acer 5520 laptop (cheapie, 2-1/2 year old machine). Went from 1 GB of memory to 4 GB, and now this machine actually shows some teeth!
Overall Review: My father's first reaction... "I don't know what the *blank* you did to this thing but it *blank*-ing FLIES!"
Pros: This case is just what I was looking for to house a build I did last year. It's big enough to hold everything you'd need to have installed, nicely ventilated with a speed controlled 12cm fan in the back, room for an additional 8cm fan in the front, comes with a halfway decent if not totally capable 380w 80+ power supply, tears down easily and reassembles easily for simple upgrading. Oh yeah, this thing's also got rubber grommets in the hard drive bays for great noise insulation, which only helps to make this thing even quieter. Side air duct channels intake air straight to where it's needed the most on the processor.
Cons: I wouldn't try to build an ultra high end gaming rig with the power supply in this thing, and the length might be a bit short for long VGA cards, but you could still build an entry level gamer out of this. Another thing is that installing hard drives in this thing can be tricky, but the easy removal second side panel helps make this slightly easier.
Overall Review: Very good general purpose case. My first build with this case uses a Gigabyte Micro ATX motherboard, Celeron Dual Core E1200, 2 GB of DDR2 RAM, Radeon X550 graphics card, optical drive, FDD, 160 GB hard drive. With the back fan on low, the processor idles at around ambient temperature. I like using this case enough that I plan on getting a second one and using it to build a living room media PC. Even in a silent room, it's difficult to tell it's on, save for the blue LED.
Pros: Triple interface, extra firewire port is useful, great speed, power saving features are great.
Cons: Doesn't pack in an eSATA cable
Overall Review: I use this as my "My Documents" drive, record TV to it, use it for music, pictures, sandboxing (installing an operating system to test it out) cloning drives, you name it. This thing gets constant use from me and never fails to perform. Setting up eSATA initially was a little tricky, but once I had it, everything was golden. eSATA has been by far the best interface, but the others work just fine if need be.
Pros: Very powerful; runs cool, as in around 100°F at idle, not much higher at full bore; decently efficient for a card this powerful; needs only one 6-pin connector; Zalman cooler is audible, but still very quiet; shorter card than other manufacturer's designs makes it an easy fit. Variety of connectors means less need for adapters.
Cons: Memory clock is slightly lower than competitors. Haven't attempted an overclock to correct this yet, but might be feasible. No 3-way SLI available. (I'm not using a SLI mobo, so this is irrelevant for me)
Overall Review: Upgraded to this card from a Gigabyte GeForce 8600GT. Performance is very good, with a 3D Mark Vantage score of P7737 when paired up with a Core2 Duo E8400, 4 GB of DDR2-800 (4-4-4-12) RAM on a Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R. Card runs perfectly even with a fully loaded system (2 optical drives, 2 hard drives, fans, cold cathodes, etc.) using a power supply that passes minimum muster by a mere 10w. Gotta hand it to em on this one.