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Carl M.

Carl M.

Joined on 10/11/07

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Most Favorable Review

Quite Impressed

Rosewill Shine-View - RDCB-12001 - Black Backpack for DSLR Camera, Lens and 17.30" Notebook - Holds 5 Extra Lenses, Flash, Battery and Charger - Convenient Side Access Doors
Rosewill Shine-View - RDCB-12001 - Black Backpack for DSLR Camera, Lens and 17.30" Notebook - Holds 5 Extra Lenses, Flash, Battery and Charger - Convenient Side Access Doors

Pros: Nice and large Can hold a lot of gear Comfy when worn Built in 3.5 mm cord extension from top compartment to shoulder strap (super handy for listening to music on the go) Straps designed perfectly for carrying a tripod (buckle for top and pull out leg pouch (no, it's not a water bottle holder) so the tripod doesn't slowly scoot down as you walk Rain cover included Did I mention lots of room?!

Cons: Not completely water resistant like some high end DSLR bags, but then again for the price it's pretty good Maybe too large for some

Overall Review: This is an excellent bag. Considering the price, it's an extremely excellent bag. As others have said here, it's not the absolute best, but then again you're looking at dropping a couple hundred for one of those top-end bags. This bag will pair great with my Pelican case for travel, and I definitely see myself taking it on hiking trips where I want a good amount of gear with me. The side pockets make it easy to take a camera out while wearing, but they won't let you access EVERYTHING. I'm of the opinion though that you should only be able to access what you can hold with two hands...if you need more there's this thing called the ground that you can set it down on. One reviewer said the top compartment was really funky and hard to fit a camera in (especially a Canon 1-series), but I honestly don't think the top compartment is designed for a camera, so he might have been using the bag wrong. To me, the top compartment seemed designed for snacks/food, a book, or other tid-bits. Overall, I'd recommend this bag.

12/22/2014
Most Critical Review

Didn't work at all for me

Koutech IO-PSA420 32-bit PCI SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Koutech IO-PSA420 32-bit PCI SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: 4-slots....if they worked

Cons: Bought this card simply for the extra SATA slots. Didn't even mess with RAID and it destabilized my whole system. 80% of the time it would lock everything up during the windows load screen (I'm using 7 64bit) and it would just stay there. The few times the OS decided to load there were "E"s everywhere on the screen...literally the letter E...everywhere. Weird stuff. The few times I made it to the desktop it didn't perform any better. Once i started copying to/from a drive it would take about 60 seconds before a system message would appear saying the drive was no longer available.

Overall Review: I stayed up until dawn trying to figure this one out. Installed both new and old drivers, flashed newest RAID bios, everything. The thing works fine if you unplug all connections, but if any drives are plugged in (i.e. you're actually using the card) everything goes down the drain quick.

What I've been waiting for

GIGABYTE - 14.0" - Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4700HQ (2.40GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M - 8 GB DDR3 - 1TB HDD 128 GB SSD - Windows 8 - Gaming Laptop (P34G-CF1 )
GIGABYTE - 14.0" - Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4700HQ (2.40GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M - 8 GB DDR3 - 1TB HDD 128 GB SSD - Windows 8 - Gaming Laptop (P34G-CF1 )

Pros: Great build quality Brushed metal Slim design Very nice & responsive keyboard (yes there is some flex, but it's insignificant) Best laptop processor currently on the market Really nice 14" display (matte, no glare etc.). SSD & Generous 1tb HDD For what you get at the price point it's hard to beat.

Cons: Windows 8 Battery life

Overall Review: I have very specific needs as a video editor and this is the laptop i'be been waiting for. I needed the best processor for my portable editing station (for encoding reasons) but since I'm also a student I wanted something slim and not too heavy. AND I didn't want to have to pay the Apple premium. Basically I wanted to eat my cake and have it, too. Well, Gigabyte delivered with this! I've reverted to Windows 7 and now the only con is the battery life, which is definitely not stellar (3-4 hours). However, with the way things are going outlets are only going to be more numerous. Newly built coffee shops have them every 6 inches, and the same thing goes for classrooms these days. This was an easy purchase for me, and could not be happier with it.

10/23/2013