Date Joined: 10/12/03
Pros: None because it doesn't start up.
Cons: Put it on a system with a new Win7 (x64) install. Activated it. Clicked the PowerDVD icon........NOTHING!!! Checked Task Manager to see if it was hanging. No process for PowerDVD. Clicked the icon with Task Manager still open; PowerDVD shows up for a split second and disappears. Worthless like an AOL disc....less actually because I paid for it. Checking on refund possibilities...going with Total Media Theatre. Costs more but works perfect on my identical system in the bedroom. Burned trying a new option!
Overall Review: Yes, I know it says Win8 Edition. But that means the version on the disc supports Win8 along with Win7, Vista, and XP.
Pros: Small, compact, powerful. Comes with 2 batteries, so you can charge one while you work with the other. Fast charging. Reconditioned but looks like new. Comes with a soft case that has straps to hold everything down while moving it.
Cons: None that I can tell.
Overall Review: Only snag was that UPS dropped at my neighbors house and put it behind her AC unit. Took 2 days for her to find it and get it to me. Thanks Gladys!
Pros: Small, portable but....
Cons: Stopping connecting after a few weeks. Power light came but no (I tried 4 different) computer(s) would connect to it. I ended up taking it apart and using the raw drive in a cheap dock I bought recently. I got a screaming deal (40 smackers w/ free shipping from NE) so it was still a good deal. I may put it in my mom's laptop as it's faster than her current one. I have not had any luck with single-plug USB powered drives...ah well
Overall Review: The drive inside is a 2.5" WD Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT (Recertified). Standard SATA power+data connectors. Works in my Thermaltake BlackX Dual-Drive Dock at up to 60MB/s connected with eSATA.
Pros: "Cheap" price, bright screen
Cons: This is the second Hanns-G monitor to die on me in the last 2 months. The last one lasted a little over a year before it black-screened. This one died after 3 months and I've decided that Warranty work is not worth the hassle. This one gave off a weird smell and then went to a white screen. I've read reviews about bad power boards in these monitors which would correspond with my problems.
Overall Review: I've done my time with this company. I suggest a very skeptical "caveat emptor" with this brand of monitors. I'll list these as "if it looks to good to be true, it probably is"...
Pros: No-slip rubber, cut-out for the headphones, fit my 2nd Gen iPod Touch perfectly. Had high hopes but...
Cons: Worked only 3 or 4 times before it stopping charging. Left it charged for 12 hours and it showed no charge to the Touch. Bought it cheap somewhere else so I got "lucky". Full price would be a bigger mistake. I'm just recycling the thing...
Pros: Great to add 2 extra monitors to my system. PCI-e x1 perfect,as my system doesn't have 2 PCI-e 16x slots. Have a HD 5770 (running three 24" 1080p monitors) and wanted to use Eye-Finity for games while using this card for 32" Vizio flatscreen for Media Center and vids.
Cons: Videos play a blackscreen with audio in Windows Media Center 7. The menus and controls show just fine but no video. No solution online...haven't heard back from ATI. Using Cat 10.6! Problem is only with WMC. VLC & PowerDVD play videos just fine! WMC works fine on the 5770 monitors!
Overall Review: Using a cheap workaround by switching cables for gaming and back when using the Media Center.
Pros: Booted right up. Multi-Boot WinXP Pro/Vista 64-bit Home Premium/Win 7/Ubuntu all installed with little to no problems. Firewire/USB/e-SATA plentiful, so all my toys have a place to plug-in. HIS Radeon 4850 IceQ TurboX vid-card. Fits the Arctic Cooling 7 cooler with more than enough room. Core2 E8500/4GB G.Skill DDR2 1000 (at 1066). GREAT Value!!
Cons: None so far...
Overall Review: Not really a problem, but if you are using an IDE DVD burner, don't install the Gigabyte raid driver. It's only used for the Gigabyte raid chip not the Intel raid. It totally hoses any IDE DVD drive (still burns discs but much slower---will not read DVD's) No raid driver, No problemo!
Pros: Never a coaster---they even play in my OLD Toshiba 2nd Generation DVD player that doesn't always play pressed discs!! Print great in my Epson CD printer!
Cons: Would like 100 packs...Wish Verbatim made hub-printable DL discs...
Overall Review: The best choice for burnable DVD's
Pros: Compact...removable antenna (I put a high-gain antenna on it)...decent documentation...GREAT price!
Cons: Only con is that it doesn't show up as 4-5 bars on my laptop. The speed is 5-bar speed but it shows 2 bars of reception---strange!
Overall Review: Good enough to extend my wireless across my whole backyard. My neighbor now "borrows" my wireless (he asked) for his own laptop backyard-surfing!!!