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Craig W.

Craig W.

Joined on 09/21/09

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Most Favorable Review

BEST BANG-FOR-THE-BUCK IN AN ULTRA-WIDE...

GIGABYTE G34WQC A-SA 34" 144Hz Curved Gaming Monitor, 3440 x 1440 VA 1500R Display, 1ms (MPRT), 90% DCI-P3, VESA Display HDR400, FreeSync Premium, 2x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0
GIGABYTE G34WQC A-SA 34" 144Hz Curved Gaming Monitor, 3440 x 1440 VA 1500R Display, 1ms (MPRT), 90% DCI-P3, VESA Display HDR400, FreeSync Premium, 2x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0

Pros: Great image with no bad pixels. The 21:9 screen ratio is ooh-soo-good. All screens should be ultra-wides (including TVs). Some have mentioned the screen as not being bright enough. I do a lot of critical PhotoShop processing and the screen brightness seems perfect to me no matter if the photos I'm working on are high or low contrast, color or B&W, bright, dim, or dark astrophotos. Small text looks sharp and is readable down to the smallest size (about 3-point). I barely even notice the perspective-warped shape to desktop windows (inherent in all curved-screen monitors). I thought this perspective distortion might affect my PhotoShop work but it hasn't been a problem. The curved screen should mean less eye fatigue for gaming but I can't really tell for sure.

Cons: Would be nice if the base could extend another inch or two higher. I have a super-sturdy desk so the 34" stays rock solid for me but the base probably isn't sturdy enough to cope with a shaky desk. The 2-pixel thick line across the bottom of the screen's live area is odd and, far as I can tell, there's no way to adjust it out (fix it Gigabyte!). The line does vanish whenever I'm displaying a full-screen photo or YouTube video. The background lighting is a bit uneven but not noticeable, even with my black internet windows background preference setting. I never noticed this at all until I made a solid black background as part of my testing for bad pixels. 144Hz is still not smooth enough for my liking (yes, I'm using Display Port and am actually at 144Hz). It's a step up from 60Hz but, in my opinion, you might need double 144Hz for real, legitimate smoothness.

Overall Review: The crazy-good price I got on this monitor means I'm probably not being my usual super-critical, overly-harsh self...just backing down to normal levels for this review. Oddly, the G34WQC A-SA doesn't seem 'huge', just a very natural size. That said, when I occasionally go back to my old 24-inch monitor on the other PC, I do immediately notice how 'tiny' that old screen seems. The extra screen acreage of the 34" is definitely welcome for productivity but the ultra-wide screen with its larger vertical size is most noticed and appreciated in games and simulations. Bottom line is that I love this monitor and its ultra-wide format. Even at it's current sale price, it's still the best value out there with almost no compromises!

Most Critical Review

Touch Typists Beware

Logitech Classic Keyboard 200 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard
Logitech Classic Keyboard 200 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard

Pros: Full size layout. Regular old 'IBM electric typewriter-style' keys rather than the flattened, chicklet-style keys found on laptops and other keyboards. Wide Enter key. Decent feel.

Cons: No little bumps on certain keys to let you locate your fingers in the proper position when you start typing so you have to actually look to see where your fingers are before you begin. I often end up starting to touch type with my fingers shifted one key to the left or right of where they should be. Only an issue for touch typists.

Overall Review: I need a full-size keyboard and I need all the desk top real estate I can get for working area. The Logitech keyboard is simply bigger than it needs to be (who's the idiot who thinks that bigger is better?). I'm finally frustrated enough to try one of Dell's cheap keyboards with no extra border area around the outside of the keys.

I Love It

GOgroove FlexSMART X2 Bluetooth In-Car FM Transmitter with USB Charging, Multipoint Pairing & Hands-Free Calling - Works with Apple, Samsung, LG & More Smartphones, Tablets, MP3 Players
GOgroove FlexSMART X2 Bluetooth In-Car FM Transmitter with USB Charging, Multipoint Pairing & Hands-Free Calling - Works with Apple, Samsung, LG & More Smartphones, Tablets, MP3 Players

Pros: This unit replaced a Scoche wired unit and the sound quality is infinitely better. Bluetooth works as advertised and makes the connection quickly and easily. The FlexSMART X2 stays plugged in tight...too tight in one of our cars...I almost couldn't get it unplugged last time (probably not the unit's fault). The flex arm is a useful feature. Incoming calls are handled beautifully and the FlexSMART's microphone is very clear for the person on the other end.

Cons: As far as auto-seek goes, you can pretty much forget about using that...at least while you're driving. So for extended trips where you may need to change the radio frequency a few times, I recommend that you be parked or have someone else doing that while you drive. I'm so pleased with the unit overall that I'm not going to deduct an egg for the awkward auto-seek feature.

Overall Review: It's great being able to control EVERYTHING but changing song libraries from the FlexSMART rather than my phone. Amazing little piece of kit.

Faster than a speeding bullet...

Tek Republic TUC-300  USB 3.0 Supports SD, SDHC, SDXC, Micro SD (t-Flash), MS, MS Pro, MS Duo, MS Pro Duo, and MSXC. 12-in-1 Card Reader
Tek Republic TUC-300 USB 3.0 Supports SD, SDHC, SDXC, Micro SD (t-Flash), MS, MS Pro, MS Duo, MS Pro Duo, and MSXC. 12-in-1 Card Reader

Pros: Dirt cheap way to really boost the speed of uploading pics from your digital camera, etc. My camera (24 Mpix) creates large JPG files so it took around 22 minutes to upload to upload 500 pics...now it only takes 2-1/2 to 3 minutes!!! The card reader stays plugged into my PC all the time. While the card reader will work with a USB 2.0 port, you must use it on a USB 3.0 port to get the added transfer speeds.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I love this stupid little thing!

10/23/2013

I Totally Love My Sansa Fuze

SanDisk Sansa Fuze 1.9" Black 4GB MP3 / MP4 Player
SanDisk Sansa Fuze 1.9" Black 4GB MP3 / MP4 Player

Pros: I have the 2GB version and purchased it as a refurbished unit from Newegg. The Sansa Fuze lets me load my music as ordinary file folders, keeping things organized and separate, the way I like it. Long battery life between charges.

Cons: The user interface could be better. It's a bit awkward to learn but works fine once you get used to it. The supplied headphones give very average sound and they don't stay in place well. I wish the battery was user replaceable (I'm hoping it'll be good for 3, maybe 4 years).

Overall Review: The jog/shuttle wheel is a quick, easy navigational tool. The Music EQ presets are garbage so for the best sound, configure the "Custom" setting to your liking. I've read complaints about the headphone input jack (on the player) being weak. I was "sure" mine was plugged in all the way when it wasn't. I used it like this for 2 weeks and I kept getting occasional sound cut outs - dumb me! So when you plug your headphones in, use some force to make sure the jack is fully seated and everything will be fine.

12/10/2010

Great Little Device

Rosewill RCW-608 USB Type C to SATA Adapter Cable for 2.5" SATA SSD HDD, Support SATA III / II / I and UASP
Rosewill RCW-608 USB Type C to SATA Adapter Cable for 2.5" SATA SSD HDD, Support SATA III / II / I and UASP

Pros: Simple, gets the job done as advertised. The in-line on/off switch is a nice touch as are the included protective rubber HD encasements. I haven't installed their software yet and really have no need to.

Cons: You MUST initialize/format your SATA hard drive before it can be used as an external USB drive.

Overall Review: My PC has a faulty floppy disk controller chip and, with XP, you can only initialize/format a SATA drive through the floppy port. So, I had to plug my HD into a friend's PC before I could use it as a USB device. This is an odd problem that's only related to my particular system. Overall, I'm happy and so far so good with the Rosewill adapter.

11/16/2010
seller reviews
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100% Positive, 0% Negative, Great Seller!

...but, it will be nice when inventories can return to normal. Factories are now open but shipping is bottlenecked. I still have the other half of an order hanging out there waiting to be fulfilled. Covid-19 to blame, not the seller.

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Excellent!

Would definitely recommend purchasing from Lian Li's store/marketplace on New Egg. Hopefully, after the Covid-19 situation ends, Lian Li will find it easier to keep their many excellent products in stock.

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