Date Joined: 10/18/11
Pros: Machine came quickly and included a few pleasant surprises.
-It was in new condition, almost perfect. No signs of any previous usage. The power brick did look slightly used, however.
- Came with a 180 gb Intel SSD. I was expecting a 128 gb SSD. Big smile on my face.
- Came with a 1600 x 900 display. I was expecting 1366 X 768. Another big smile on my face.
- Came with NVIDIA graphics. I was expecting only Intel integrated. Big grin on my ugly mug.
- Came with a DVD RW drive. I was expecting only DVD playback. Big *eatin' grin on my ugly mug.
- Came with the oversize 9-cell battery. I was expecting the standard size. I'm totally blown away.
- 8 gb of ram running in dual channel mode.
-As I said, new condition. Not a smudge or scratch. Keyboard in perfect condition. The USB ports had never had anything inserted in them. Tight and new. Hinges tight and new. DVD tray tight and new. Battery appears to be new. SSD has very little usage, just enough for OS installation.
Cons: Windows 10 pro was installed, but couldn't be activated. Not an issue for me because I bought this laptop for running Linux operating systems. Had no intention of using Windows even if it had been successfully activated. My only real con is that the speakers could be louder and of higher quality. Also, it didn't have the optional backlit keyboard but it does have the little Thinlight shining down from above... can be toggled on and off. It's almost as good as a lighted keyboard.
Overall Review: I'm expecting delivery of a new 120 gb mSATA SSD in a few days for extra storage capacity and distro hopping different Linux OS's while keeping the primary OS on the 2.5" Intel main drive (dual booting).
Initially, I installed Linux Mint 19 but soon discovered that sleep/suspend would fail if the NVIDIA proprietary graphics driver was installed. There is no problem if the open source driver is used. Rather than use the open source driver, I opted to install the previous version of Mint 18.3 which works flawlessly with sleep/suspend and makes it easy to switch back and forth between the Intel graphics (power saving mode) and NVIDIA proprietary graphics (hi-performance for games and such).
To conclude, I am absolutely delighted with this laptop. Even though it was built five years ago (BIOS from 2013), it is still a fabulous and durable machine with excellent performance. Maybe a little heavier than the new generation of laptops, but for this price it is a total winner. My thanks to Newegg for fast shipping and providing a very pleasant buying experience.
Pros: Worked ok for a short while. Fair price for two TB.
Cons: Less than two months of use as media storage only. Makes grinding sound at startup.... sometimes continually, sometimes for a few moments. Very light usage and it is failing already??? power-ons 40, hours-spinning 265. Unbelievable.
Overall Review: I read the reviews before purchase, so I knew it was a gamble. I lost.
Pros: Works as expected.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Got this to replace the dead power adapter for an ASUS N65U router. Higher amps available than the original adapter, stays cool... should last forever.
Pros: Very attractive design w/glass front. Best screen setup interface of any I have used. Tiny and unobtrusive LED on/off light. Beautiful colors, movies never looked so good. VESA mounting option. Solid feeling stand, no wobble. Good input options. Great bang for the buck.
Cons: No height adjustment. Inputs, outputs, USB ports in the back are facing down and hidden by the stand; very awkward. Glare from the glass front when the room gets bright. Great for casual gaming but too much ghosting for hard-core gamers (distracting but not awful).
Overall Review: Although the resolution is 1080, this monitor is a fabulous upgrade from the ASUS 24 inch monitor that I have been using (and loved). For me the optimal viewing distance is 3 to 4 feet away. At that distance the individual pixels disappear and the picture becomes sharp and beautiful. If it still works this nicely after two years, I'll jive with joy.
Pros: Great colors, contrast and brightness. Thin and lightweight. Wife loves it. Full HD resolution in a smaller screen makes for high quality image at typical office viewing distance (less than 3 foot from screen to eye).
Cons: The blue power light is too bright and blinks forever when the monitor is asleep.
Overall Review: Maybe will get another for dual monitor setup. Two will still fit on a small desk. Very happy with this monitor.
Pros: Attractive. Nice weight. Feels well-made. Love the red backlit keys and textured palm rest. Just the right amount of key pressure, click sound and key spacing.
Overall Review: Haven't tried the macros for gaming yet, but expect them to work properly because everything else is working the way it should. I really like this keyboard.
Pros: Good read/write speeds. Running smoothly and quietly (much more so that the Hitachi Deskstar drive it replaced). No problems to report.
Overall Review: First week in use and happy so far.
Pros: Aluminum heatsink is attractive and adds a sturdy feel to the stick. Works as expected. Fair price.
Overall Review: Properly detected in ASRock FM1 motherboard with an AMD A4 3400 processor. Very pleased with my first Kingston purchase.
Pros: Arrived intact and well packaged (kudos to NewEgg). They do work.
Cons: For PS3 users, only the chat works. No audio from games, movies or music collection. Same for Linux users. Unfixable.
For Windows users; in order to hear anything besides chat you need to set the headset as default system audio device. Sound quality for chat is good, but for all other audio the sound is muddy and almost completely unpleasant. They are also sweaty and uncomfortable.
Overall Review: This headset just reaffirms that M$ remains true to their ideals (i.e. Only M$ is important, all others don't exist in OUR eyes). I don't recommend this headset for anyone except M$ executives. Eight months as a NewEgg customer, and this is my only purchase from NewEgg that I truly regret.
Not gonna return them. Will keep them as a reminder of how M$ feels about their customers.
Pros: Appears to be high-quality build. Braided cable, plenty long. Nice red glow to the scrollwheel and slowly pulsating logo. Glare-free industrial rubber coating on upper-half. Adjustable weight and pixel. Large (the picture makes it appear small). Looks good, feels good, works well.
Cons: The scroll wheel feels a bit "gritty" at first, but is becoming smoother with use. Only three buttons... but that is what I wanted. Slightly expensive.
Overall Review: If this mouse is still working this nicely after two years, then I'll be absolutely elated. Highly recommended (based upon only 3 days of ownership).
Pros: Good sound for low price. The little desktop control pod is cool and handy. Crisp and clear sound with enough bass to keep me satisfied. Small and attractive. Good, heavy-duty wires.
Cons: Some people might want deeper, heavier bass than this set can produce... it's plenty for my needs though. Control pod looks a bit fragile. Headphone output on the control pod would benefit from a small amount of amplification (only provides line-level when plugged into PC rear audio jack).
Overall Review: I'm pleased with these speakers. Great sound for the price. I highly recommend these for the average PC user who wants good audio. Of course, audiophiles should choose a more expensive option.
Pros: Comfort = Great if less than 3 hours, after that produce some discomfort (I wear glasses). Airy enough to prevent ear moisture. Headband is good. Lightweight phones. Ear cups are large enough.
Sound = Great when plugged into PC front headphone jack, strong bass and crisp highs, plenty of volume. Sound is thin when plugged into rear PC line-out jack, weak volume.
Cord is long enough, not too long or short.
Cons: Took a few hours of loud music to "break them in", after which the response, clarity and volume became excellent.
Overall Review: When you consider that these phones may be the most inexpensive set made by AKG you might expect a cheap and inferior product. That is not the case however. These are a good value and highly recommended by me.
Pros: Good looking case. Arrived in good condition. Nice fit and finish.
Cons: Note: updating this post as a re-evaluation. See "Other Thoughts".
Overall Review: After submitting my previous review below, I was contacted by Newegg via email and advised to contact Rosewill customer support. What a pleasant surprise! Rosewill immediately set in motion to send me a replacement front panel input array, and Newegg sent me the notification of shipment within an hour. Now, THAT IS the kind of Customer Support every company should provide... but is rare in this world today.
My most sincere appreciation go out to Rosewill and Newegg and leave me convinced that BOTH entities deserve your consideration before any others. They are fabulous.
Pros: Nice detail, connector options and design. No dead pixels.
Cons: A little too much blue hue on default settings... but not bad.
Overall Review: Only had it a few days, but very nice so far.
Pros: Working well, so far. Good price.
Cons: No cons at this time
Pros: Good, affordable choice for home theater and light duty work. Low temperatures even under load. Surprisingly snappy feel within it's limitations.
Cons: Wish it had the higher tier graphics included.
Overall Review: Happy so far.
Pros: If it worked, would be good value.
Cons: Second ram slot is dead. Board thickness is too thin. Board width is too narrow... so can't use any standoffs below the outer edge where physical support is needed.
Overall Review: This is the second defective board from ASRock I've bought in the past six months. Not gonna return it, but not gonna buy ASRock ever again.
Pros: Works as expected. Have two of these; the older one still working like new... the new one working just as well as the older one.
Cons: Drop the price by $5 and you'll sell twice as many, NewEgg.
Overall Review: Hope they're still working four years from now.
Pros: It is working well, so far. Looks good, no noise, sleeving on the cables. It's an Antec with some good reviews on other tech websites. Good price.
Cons: None at this time.
Overall Review: Only had it running a few days, but happy with it.
Pros: Arrived in good condition inside sealed electrostatic bag. Working smoothly and quietly and problem free.
Cons: For the price it should have been 500 gb rather than 320.
Overall Review: Have been using it only for a few days, but it performs as well as a new drive. Hope it keeps working like this for years to come. After it arrived, I immediately added a MSDOS partition table and divided it into four partitions 2-ntfs for Windows and shared storage and 1-ext4 for Linux and 1-Linux swap. Installed Xubuntu... next month will install Win7.
Pros: 1. Price 2. Features 3. Attractive 4. Worked on first boot without tweaking 5. One click overclock is good 5. CMOS reset button on back panel 6. BIOS is attractive and well organized.
Cons: Users manual text is too small to read, not enough information for noob's. First ram slot too close to CPU... gotta use low-profile ram if installing large cpu cooler.
Overall Review: Ram (1600) is only run at 1333 with default settings, but after you use the Turbo 50 (one click overclock) it runs at correct freq. OC'd to 4.8ghz instantly. I don't trust the BIOS temperature readouts when overclocked... large discrepency between temps shown in BIOS and temps shown in Linux sensor readings.
i5 2500k OC'd to 4.8 ghz (auto OC)
Corsair Vengeance 1600 lo-profile ram 8gb (2x4gb) DDR3
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus cpu cooler
Corsair GS700 psu
WD Caviar Black 750gb HDD (sata2, recertified)
Intel onboard graphics (only 'til I get new gpu... probably GTX 570)
Cooler Master Elite 310 case
Xubuntu 11.10 (HDD partitioned w/MBR rather than UEFI/gpt)
Plenty quick but still may get SSD and Win7 64bit for gaming