Date Joined: 07/13/05
Pros: This is a dirt-cheap USB headset that works flawlessly and has better cables than headsets that cost five times as much.
I get eight hours of use on the average day, every day.
Cons: It starts out way too small for my elephant ears. But a few adjustments and it is comfortable.
Pros: This is a mostly mechanical Keyboard with good Cherry-MX Red switches. It features backlighting and programmable macro keys with boatloads of options.
Cons: The keys are actually pretty loud. Cherry MX Reds are not known for making a clicking sound, but each mechanical key *DOES* make a click when pressed.
The macro keys are annoying when you need to hit escape in a hurry. I reach for the upper left and hit what I think is the escape key and nothing happens. I think I will just program G1 as escape.
The cord is painfully thick. It has the USB port bundled with the keyboard USB cable and it is too cumbersome.
The software is pretty awful. If you make a macro and want to delete it, you have boatloads of work to do unless you remake a one character macro so you only have to delete a few commands.
Overall Review: It is a good keyboard. Not a perfect keyboard. But I am happy and I believe most others will be too.
Pros: Great MMORPG game with no kill stealing or resource stealing.
You can play the same race and class multiple times through without ever having the same story. Events are instanced, so you do not have to share in all cases.
Cons: Scummy password stealers and gold sellers exist. PICK A STRONG AND VERY LONG PASSWORD!
Read that line above again. Now do it a third time. Got it? Good. You should have no problem unless you are dumb enough to use easy passwords or the same one in multiple games/sites.
Overall Review: Just do not use a weak password and you will love the game.
Pros: Works as described.
Cons: Not free and refuses to clean dishes.
Overall Review: It is a hub. What more can be said?
Pros: It works out of the box with most all games made these days.
In fact, you can switch between keyboard and mouse/trackball without having to do anything besides pick up the controller and turn it on.
Cons: It cannot be turned off manually without removing the batteries.
It also is a single controller. You cannot buy a controller like this but with a trackball in place of each analog stick. (I would give a limb for that device.)
Overall Review: As I said in the cons, it cannot have a trackball in place of the analog sticks. That is stupid. A trackball would give me the ability to turn around entirely with the flick of a finger. The analog sticks take a second or more to do the same in games.
Microsoft and other game controller makers, please make a modified controller with trackballs in place of the sticks.
Game makers, please make your games work with BOTH a controller and a pointing device and a keyboard at the same time. In Deus Ex Human Revolutions if you touch the mouse/trackball then the controls switch to keyboard and mouse/trackball until you again mess with the controller. And the opposite is true too.
I sometimes want to be able to use my trackball for fine aiming without having to switch to fully using the keyboard and mouse/trackball. I could live with using the left analog for movement and my trackball for aiming.
Vote this up if you like the idea! Gamers unite for better controllers!
Pros: I have always used Trackman Wired Trackballs. This is a great device. It seems to have higher precision though. I have yet to find anything that interferes with the signal.
Cons: Like all Logitech Trackballs, it does not function too well if you have it leaning slightly in any direction.
Overall Review: I wish there was a wired version to replace my last one.
Pros: Works perfectly and is cheap.
Cons: Does not fit exactly. Requires a bit of manipulation to get it installed right.
Overall Review: All in all, this is well worth the price. Thank you Newegg and Rosewill.
Pros: Intel supports these devices and actually has a worthwhile warranty.
Cons: It is still expensive. Oh well. You would not be looking at this review if this was simply too expensive.
Overall Review: How fast is it? It is like a RAID of several normal hard drives. Yet it is cheaper and requires no knowledge to setup. It has latencies of a tenth of a millisecond. It can manage 30K IOPS. Nothing else you can buy can do that.
Pros: This is the best card on the market for the price. It is blazing fast and runs cool as well.
This is a very solid card. It is sturdy and comes with plastic covers over every slot on the card. I leave the cover over the crossfire slots and the second DVI-I port since I will not use them.
Yes. It has DVI-I ports. Not the DVI-D ports. That is unimportant for most, but it should be advertised for those who need it.
The card itself is very heavy. But it is not quite as big as some seem to think. It fits well in my Mid-ATX case without even touching the hard drive mounted across the case from it.
Cons: None at all.
Makes me wish I had a bigger case for future crossfire capability.
I may add a review later if I remember anything good to know about this card.
Overall Review: I never overclock anything. There is no point risking good hardware for no more than 20 % benefits over stable and safe values.
This GPU underclocks itself to save power and run cooler when it is not being utilized fully.
I replaced my 4670 with this. The difference is amazing. Even more than I thought possible. Games with the same exact settings actually look better. I do not understand how or why.
Do not delete all ati*.* files from your system to avoid driver conflicts. Search for them and copy every last one to a backup location because there is no way to restore them short of a reinstall if you should make that mistake.
A patched XP SP3 installs the 10.2 Catalyst suite without any problems.
Pros: Excellent consistency and good thermal bonding.
Cons: Not Arctic Silver 5?
Overall Review: Do not say this is garbage because it does not cool as well as you think it should. Thermal compounds do NOT cool anything.
If your system is running hot, the odds are this will make zero difference. Buy a better cooling device like a heatsink and fan. This is useful only WITH a good cooling device.
I will repeat myself. Thermal compounds do NOT cool anything by themselves. Not even a little.
Pros: Good monitor, Clear picture once tuned.
Can be tuned for extreme brightness or even to very dark yet still uniform lighting. Most LCDs can not be tuned dark without more spotty lighting.
It is much larger than I thought it would be. The difference between this and my 1280*1024 nineteen inch is amazing.
If having a thin and lightweight monitor is important to you, then you will love this monitor.
Zero back-light bleeding whatsoever. I really tried to see some. It simply is not present.
LEDs should make this monitor last decades. I guess we will see.
Cons: Very time consuming to calibrate and tune. The buttons are all too close together and some are sensitive, while others require you to really push hard.
The stand is a bit weak, but it can easily hold the monitor at any angle you incline it.
The "three year warranty" is a joke for the last two years of it. The first year you are only responsible for shipping it to them, and they pay parts, labor, and shipping back.
The next year they do not cover labor or shipping and the parts they still cover does not include those that actually make it work.
The third year they just offer to *Expletive Deleted*... Just kidding. But the third year is completely worthless.
They also require prof of purchase to do the warranty stuff, but Newegg does not give us receipts. I have no idea how that would work.
Do not buy it for the warranty.
Try as I might, I was unable to calibrate this to properly show some shades of beige. I have test images I use for color calibration. It still looks
Overall Review: For some reason Newegg seems to have lost my previous review. If there is a very similar one here then I suppose they found it. (It has been four days)
It really takes no less than a few hours to get good tuned colors and brightness and contrast. I aimed for gamma 1.9 or so. Google will tell you what that really means.
Here are the settings that I actually used.
It looks very nice like this. I confirmed the gamma is about right by playing AvP. That is a nice dark game with lots of good lighting.
I checked the included transformer block, and it outputs 12.24 volts. That is just about right. I always check those first to make sure I do not damage hardware with the wrong voltage.
Thank you Newegg. You shipped it very quick and I still love you forever for being so cool. :)
Pros: Nice LED backlit LCD monitor.
Despite what others say, I think the stand is quite strong. If it seems weak then I must presume you are using it on a desk or table that wobbles.
It stays exactly as I put it.
Cons: The buttons to control this monitor are small and too close together. They are a real pain to use.
If you believe the stand is weak, please explain what you mean. What is it doing that makes you say this? Is it on a stable surface?
Overall Review: It took an hour or two to get the settings as I like.
I calibrated it to a gamma of around 1.9 or so.
My settings are as follows:
Pros: These are quality speakers with no noticeable distortion and a quality construction. The Matrix mode is useful for stereo effects as it will make them play on all the speakers.
They are certainly loud enough for anything I could want to do with them.
Cons: I can think of nothing at all to complain about.
Overall Review: The rear surround speakers were a pain to position correctly. This is not because of the speakers, but rather because I have my PC setup on a tabletop next to my bed, so the rear surround speakers had nothing to sit on or mount to.
I used two screws and some wire to hang them from the ceiling and then used wire and electrical tape to rig them into staying pointed in the correct direction.
A piece of electrical tape on each of the two LEDs on the wired remote gets rid of the annoying glare.
Pros: Nice idea for a game.
Cons: Terrible controls and music is the control you use for all the voice acting.
That means that if you disable the music then you will not hear the voice acting.
I uninstalled the game after playing it a few hours. It feels like a terrible console port.
Overall Review: Capcom pull your head out of the snow and realize that PC users are not console users. We do not want a garbage console port that barely runs and has horrible controls.
Pros: This printer is great. It prints perfectly in windows and works in Ubuntu Linux without any additional driver installation.
Cons: It fails utterly at making breakfast. And it is not good in bed either...
Overall Review: Buy this printer. It is perfect if you are wanting cheap black and white or grayscale prints.
Pros: The backlighting is perfect for someone who wants a keyboard toe with no lights on while playing games.
The keys have a nice feel.
Cons: It requires an adaptor to use as a ps2 keyboard. It really should come with one.
I have a spare from a mouse I bought years ago.
Overall Review: I bought this for the backlighting. I would prefer a full layout with all the space between the keys, but this is half the price of the bigger backlit keyboards.
I would prefer full n-key rollover, but this is good enough for my uses and my wallet.
Pros: Excellent quality and inexpensive.
Pros: Excellent quality and inexpensive.
What more could you want?
Pros: Awesome router.
It works flawlessly. It handles everything you can throw at it and never drops packets or connections.
You can flash the firmware with third party versions that offer features not found on routers three times as expensive.
It is based on the WRT54G from years ago, before they nerfed them all with proprietary junk that ruins a great router.
Cons: It does not come with a printed manual, it only has the manual in PDF format on the "install" disc.
IGNORE the disc. You do NOT need it. The instructions say to install the disc first. There is NOTHING on the disc that is needed.
Overall Review: Linksys was a great and trustworthy company until Cisco bought them. Now they bundle a stupid "Install disc" with the router and have instruction and stickers on the router saying to install that garbage first.
I suspect it is not malware, but not far from being malware since it is useless.
What is next? Will the next router I buy want to install Securom and phone home daily?
I removed the antennas first and flashed the firmware with the latest from the Linksys site, then disabled the wireless altogether.
Why is there no such thing as a decent wired router anymore? To get a good router for my wired network I have to buy a wireless router and disable the wireless access.
I will wait a year before I install a third party firmware. The reason is that my warranty on this router is one year.
Pros: Works at 1333.
Cons: Does not work at any higher speed reliably.
Overall Review: Overclocking the FSB is only useful for older AMD and some intel chipsets.
I certainly do not know all there is to know about overclocking, but in this case I am certain that this RAM will not operate at higher than 1333 speed.
I can set it to 1600 in my bios and even if I set the timings manually to 10-10-10-29 it will still fail in Memtest86.
On my system, I have an AMD Phenom II x4 955. It is an AM3 processor. It has the memory controller on the chip itself.
The FSB effects many things on the motherboard, but in my case it does not directly effect the speed that the memory operates at.
I have given up on getting anything higher than 1333 on my setup. I can not afford to replace it if I mess up something and burn it out.
Thanks to "Nice and Easy" for the advice. If I was willing to experiment with it further your advice would give me a good baseline to attempt to replicate.
Cons: Does not work at any speed higher than 1333 at any timings.
Overall Review: Sorry about my lack of details. The motherboard is an ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO. Here it is.
Then I have this ram, and a Phenom 955 x4 and I doubt the video card and drives matter for this.
Pros: Awesome drive. Can be flashed for DVD-ROM booktype and to disable or auto-reset the region code.
Overall Review: Search for "Liggy's and Dee's modified NEC and Optiarc firmwares" to find the firmware needed to change the booktype and remove the region code or auto reset the code so you are never stuck with a region.
Pros: It sometimes works at 1333 speed with 9-9-9-24 timings
Cons: Kingston does not guarantee this or any other set of memory. This will not work at 1800, or even 1600. It works at 1333 with worse timings than advertised with 1800 speed.
Overall Review: Shame on ASUS as well. The list Kingston as compatible with the motherboard.
I will never again buy Kingston memory.
After I purchased this I learned that Kingston does not actually manufacture memory. Kingston only buys and sells it.
It does not seem to matter what you set the voltage to. It is simply going to disappoint you.
I will save my money and buy some ECC ram
Pros: Single rail of sixty amperes of 12 volt current.
Tier two supply.
Quiet fan, cools well too.
Cons: Not cheap.
Overall Review: This supply is worth the money.
Do not use those garbage supplies that offer more than one rail of 12 volt current. Having more than one means it will not last as long and can have much more wear powering the system.
Pros: It does everything it advertises perfectly.
Cons: No crossfire capabilities at all despite advertising that on the box and on Newegg.
Sapphire should be ashamed for that.
Overall Review: On my system I get 37 fps in GTA4 at 1280 x 1024 with all settings high.
Phenom II x4 955 3.2 Ghz.
Kingston HyperX 1800 PC3 14400 DDR3