Date Joined: 07/07/10
Pros: Holds two 2.5" SSD/HDD. I didn't even see that at first, so I was pleasantly surprised. Came with two bags of screws, plenty to put in both drives if needed.
Cons: So I have a screwless case (CoolerMaster 430). You would think that the holes would be just the same. Well, it didn't match up, couldn't use the screwless clips to secure this mounting kit. At first, putting the kit in the correct way so the edge of my SSD was right at the end for easy access of the cables, my front fan was in the way. So I had to flip my SSD around, now the cables connect a little further in. No, the holes still didn't match up. Luckily I had a bunch of other screws from a previous build and mounted this kit in with screws. Doesn't match the rest, but I'm just happy my SSD has somewhere to sit.
Overall Review: I probably could drill the holes out just a fraction of an inch, and it might work with the screwless design of my case. Too lazy.
Pros: I never thought I would need more USB ports, but I started plugging in all kinds of stuff, so I needed this card.
Cons: There is a USB slot for inside your case, I plugged in a thumb drive because I didn't want it just hanging out the back....well after 2 days, it quit reading the thumb drive. I removed it, plugged back in....nothing. So I put it in the back and it's worked fine ever since.
Overall Review: I guess I'll plug in a USB light or something for the inside, just to use it.
Pros: USB plug and play, and it works in my Toshiba Thrive tablet too. Now I can play my emulators on my computer.
Cons: So I try my N64 emulator, configure the controller.....the D-pad and the left stick are the same buttons. I think to myself "Duh, I should press the Mode button to turn it to analog!"
Well the Mode button just disables the D-pad.
Now you're probably thinking I'm just dumb and don't know what I'm doing.....well the right stick, guess what it controls? Buttons 1, 2, 3, and 4 on the right side! If that isn't the 2nd worst idea ever, I don't know what would top it.
This thing has a rumble function? Could have fooled me!
Overall Review: I'm just going to get an Xbox 360 wired controller.....anybody who wants this controller can have mine.
Pros: 2.5" HDD fits well, used a piece of the box to keep the drive from rattling, has a little green light to let you know it has power.
Came with a little screwdriver so you can put the screws in.
Cons: Doesn't work! I've tried with 1 USB and Both, HDD just makes a very faint click every second. Tried rebooting, didn't work. Did some research, apparently this happens with some of them.
Screws are super tiny, don't lose them!
Overall Review: Looks like I'll be returning this one.
My Apricorn ASW-USB-25 adapter works perfectly fine for this HDD, I just wanted some sort of enclosure to protect it.
Pros: Works amazingly, super quiet, looks awesome in my case! Came with an extra cable to make it quieter...but you really don't need it. Came with a tube of thermal paste too!
Brought my idle temps on my Phenom IIx4 965 down to 30 C, full load on Prime95 it didn't get over 50 C....and it was still super quiet at full speed.
Cons: So it came with a long and skinny allen wrench to put the screws in, so I thought "maybe I don't have to take out the MoBoard."
Biggest pain ever trying to get this installed. The brackets for AMD you have to bend down quite a bit to get the screws to reach. I did this with some needlenose pliers.
Then I try to put screws in, the backplate fell off. I pick that up, the heatsink starts sliding....needed some extra hands.
Overall Review: It is crazy huge, remember that. Make sure your case is at least 7.5 inches wide. I used the Cooler Master Elite 430, fit pretty well.
Pros: The cables plug in and it fits in my case as it should. No physical damage.
Makes a great paperweight.
Cons: Plugged it in, started computer, Windows 7 recognized the device and tried installing. Meanwhile I hear slight clicking noises from the disc trying to spin.
"Error - I/O connection failure"
I shut down the computer, switch my SATA cable, restart.....same thing.
I shut down again, switch SATA cable and SATA input on MoBoard....same thing.
Also, during the restarts my system slowed down tremendously, I have an SSD for boot so it was very noticible.
I tried accessing the drive thru Diskpart and Computer Manager, couldn't do anything with it, but it also showed this drive as being 128GB. Strange.
Overall Review: This kind of stuff happens when things are mass produced on an assembly line. There are 8 other reviews that give this hard drive great ratings, so it more than likely is good, just hope that you get a working one!
Pros: 6 SATA connectors, which I really only needed 4....but now I'm getting another hard drive soon, so it did come in handy to have the extras anyway. Dual PCI Express 6-pin connectors for those of you that do the Crossfire stuff. Very little noise comes out of this bad boy, so what are you waiting for?
Cons: None. But the Intel ATX threw me off, I only run AMD/ATI.
And the Floppy connector is useless, can we just quit putting those on the PSUs?
Overall Review: So here's a fun fact, I bought this, sold my old one to a friend. I try to take the old 430W out, and put this 500W in the same direction....but the holes don't line up!!! Oh noes, what have I done?!?
Luckily, I had to just turn it over and the holes matched up just fine.
Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower
BioStar A960A3+ AM3+ Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz
Zalman 9900 Max 135mm CPU Cooler
GSkill Ripjaws 12GB 1333Mhz
OCZ SSD 120 GB
Western Digital 500 GB
Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 Internal Card Reader
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1 GB
Cooler Master 500W
Pros: Lightweight, charges quick, battery life is quite impressive, boots up super fast! My wife upgraded to this from a Gateway Netbook and she is super happy, the Wifi works soooo much better with longer range.
Cons: So this is by far the strangest thing I have experienced this first hand.
-Wife complains "The mouse isn't working right, fix it!"
-I take Chromebook, unplug from cord as it wouldn't reach me.
-I try, and reply "Works just fine for me"
Apparently the touchpad is jittery/choppy when plugged into certain outlets, something to do with interference from the AC outlet. Yes it was plugged into a surge protector at the time.
Oh and Skype does not work with Chromium.
Overall Review: All in all, it's kinda weird not using Windows and there is no right mouse button. Took us a while to realize that the touchpad actually clicks down, so you can click and drag....strange. I think it was still a good investment.
Pros: The instructions are clearly labeled on how to set this up, shows pictures of what to do, where to find the camera's MAC address etc.
The one-touch WPS button works like a charm.
It is accessible anywhere, I tried it on my computer, my wife's netbook and even my cell phone! It's got night vision, pan & tilt, zoom, audio and even a motion detection function. I like that it's wireless so I can put it anywhere in my house, I couldn't decide if I wanted it to be a baby monitor or a security camera in my main living room.
Also came with a mounting bracket and screws.
Cons: However there are some comments that aren't too great about the camera.
- Power cord is only 5' long, needs an extension cord for where I want to put it up on the wall to get a good view.
- The lowest zoom (1x) is too much, I put the camera in my nursery 8' away from the crib. Couldn't see much in the 5' field of vision.
- Kept getting security warnings with Java asking if I want to run the specific program "cvcs", and how it contains a "combination of signed and unsigned components" and that this is unusual for the manufacturer to do this.
- Enabled the Motion Detection, didn't work at all. I tried quite a bit, massive arm-swing....didn't get followed.
Overall Review: - Frame rate was slightly sluggish, but it's also transmitting to a secure webpage; not a hardwired security system. Seems to be worse with night vision and on cellphone (while connected to Wifi).
- The front LED's were super bright, but there is an option to turn them off!! Stealth mode.
I put this camera in my bedroom and told my dog to get in bed (across the house), watched her jump up and lay down. Moved the camera to see her better, zoomed in, she could hear it moving.
I also think the controls would be better if they weren't click and move a little, instead hold the button and have it continuously pan/tilt. There is an option of how far it pan/tilts per click, but too high of a setting and you skip over what you're trying to look at.
I honestly think my mom could set this up without having to call me and ask questions.
Pros: Like the title says, huge storage. This would be the last hard drive you would ever need.
Super fast transfer speeds, much better than my 7200 Rpm WD with a 16 MB Cache. I transferred a little over 80GB of documents, movies, music and pictures....less than 15 minutes. Crazy!
I was able to replace 2 hard drives with this one.
Cons: No Cons, works perfectly.
Overall Review: Only 3725.9GB of storage...but can you really complain?
-Make sure you format as a GPT, MBR only goes up to 2TB, and you don't want to waste any of that space.
Pros: Looks cool with the heat spreaders. And it came with a STICKER!!!
Cons: Wasn't much of an upgrade, sure it had a lower latency, but my system didn't really speed up much. WEI rating stayed same as before. Going from 8Gb of Kingston ValuRAM (4x2Gb).
Overall Review: So I took some of my old 1333 memory and now I'm up to 12 GB....pretty good.
Pros: Has a "Pick-a-Plug" LED that shows what outlet would give you a better connection. Gave my wife's netbook an awesome connection across our house, was able to get 31 Mbps....and I only have 20Mbps service. LOL. This had a better connection than the other powerline adapter I was using for a while. Quick and easy setup, plug them both in, hold the button on one for less than 5 seconds, hold the other one for the same....done!
Cons: Unfortunately, with all powerline adapters you're limited to which outlets would work best. Not this product's fault though.
Overall Review: So I hooked this up for my wife because the wireless on her netbook has not been the greatest, it keeps dropping signal. But of course, after having this readily available for her to use....she never did.
Definitely would recommend this product if you are in the market for one, Very Good!!
Pros: Great range, no drop in speeds, lots of different options for security and firewalls.
Cons: Could not get Xbox Live to connect! Severely frustrating! It would connect to the router, and connect to the internet but as soon as it tried XBL...it would fail every time!
I tried numerous ways of trying to fix this, opening the specified ports, putting my Xbox in the DMZ, disabling the firewall....Nothing worked, and I have been researching this for 2 days in the D-Link forums, apparently this is also a problem with GameFuel.
However, if I took the router out and went straight out of the modem, XBL would connect.
Overall Review: It's a nice router, all 6 of my devices would connect easily and all could run at the same time on the wireless, just could not get Xbox Live working.
I went back to my Rosewill RNX-Easy N4, XBL is back online.
I think I'm going to try and turn this D-Link into a repeater.
Overall it is a great product, if you're not using XBL or GameFuel.
Pros: Quad core, works great. Have read that it is great for overclocking, I would need a better cooler if I wanted to do that....and some upgraded memory.
Cons: No extra cores to unlock.
Overall Review: Bought this as an upgrade to my Phenom II x3 740BE, slightly quicker, but overall good quality. AMD!!
Pros: Still functions as advertised, sends the signal through my home wiring at 15-20Mbps.
Cons: Usually about ever 10-15 minutes, we lose internet. Still have a wireless signal, but the powerline adapter is not transmitting through my home's power outlets. I have moved into 3 spots total, nothing seems to make it any better. Really makes my wife mad.
Overall Review: The soda can satellites work well for boosting range. Not sure if I'm going to keep these powerline adapters for much longer.
Pros: Looks better than my Apex PC-389-C, that's for sure. Came with a 120mm fan installed, with plenty of places to put more fans. LED's are super bright when I turn it on in the middle of the night.
Cons: Can't really think of any
Overall Review: First time with a bottom mounted PSU case, not yet sure if I like it or not. My PS doesn't have very long cables, so it's kind of stretching the 24-pin cable around my vid card. Worries me a little.
Pros: It takes pictures, it's 16MP and a touch screen. Pictures and video are pretty clear.
Cons: I'm not a big fan of the battery pack that it uses, I would be more happy using the Lithium AA's.
Flash is extremely bright, my wife reflects said light, crazy.
Overall Review: For the price we paid, I say it was a good investment.
I would barter 8 lbs of bacon for it.
Pros: Came with all the parts in the box, worked right away.
Cons: None that I can think of....no free bacon?
Overall Review: Thought it was pretty funny when I pulled it out of the box, showed the wife and she got upset....she thought I bought another A770E3! Hahaha, so far I'm pretty happy with my investment, just need new memory and an SSD. My birthday is coming up soon, hmmmm.
Pros: 2 antennae, PCI Express and comes with low-pro bracket (not that I needed it)
Cons: For the past few days I've been having trouble with staying connected to the internet. I would stay connected to my home network, but internet would just drop. My Xbox, Tablet and wife's Netbook would be fine though. Quite literally I would have connectivity for 5 seconds and it would lose IPv4 for 25 seconds and start again.
Overall Review: I just reinstalled, hoping that will clear this up. Might be a return soon.
-My Mediocre Rig-
APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
BioStar A770E3 AM3 Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz
Kingston ValueRAM 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin
Western Digital 7200 Rpm 500 GB
Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 Internal Card Reader
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1 GB
Antec Basiq BP430 430W Continuous Power
Pros: The wife loved it, hangs on the wall straight, not broken
Cons: Wish it weren't plastic, metal would have been better.
The plastic sign kinda looks a bit cheap honestly.
Overall Review: I would trade this for 2 lbs. of thick cut maple bacon.
Pros: Helped my mom's "newer" laptop run multiple programs
Cons: I didn't have a promo code for discounted memory
Overall Review: Can't cook bacon with it.
Pros: It wasn't dried out.
Cons: It is a bit difficult to squeeze out evenly.
Overall Review: It's cheap, but doesn't taste like bacon.
Pros: Bought it Open Box, it was functional. No visible damage. BIOS updated without problems, works with my Phenom II X3 740.
Cons: Was missing drivers disc and 2 SATA cables.
The Bio-unlocKING function does not work at all, keeps crashing when I try. Still trying to find something to remedy this.
Overall Review: Could have used an extra PCI Express 2.0 x16...but I didn't have an extra video card anyway.
Pros: It wasn't broken and it fit well
Cons: It really didn't make my wife's netbook any faster...at least it still works
Overall Review: I hate using a netbook, my hands are way too big for it
Pros: It DOES play Angry Birds, you can download the Kindle app and read, it connects to the internet and it plays videos. There are TONS of apps to download in the "King Kong Market" Quite literally, it would take you a few days to look through all the apps...there is no search for the listing of apps.
Cons: It doesn't have a camera, I thought it did when I saw that it supports Skype.....well, I was wrong. My bad.
It's only got 256Mb of RAM, if you're super impatient and you complained how long it took you to read my Comments...you don't want it.
Overall Review: It wasn't a bad deal, if you want a tablet for a low price. Honestly, I should have just waited to buy a larger and faster tablet.