Date Joined: 01/08/02
Pros: Fast, stable, secure. Best Microsoft OS yet.
Cons: Memory HOG! Don't even think about doing this OS without 4 GB of memory...yeah, you could do 2 GB or even 1 GB if you really wanted to, but you could also super glue your keys to your hand so you wouldn't lose them...neither makes practical sense.
8GB of memory is a nice sweet spot, but the higher you go the more WIN7 appreciates it. I'm running 12GB, but only because it is a DDR2 system and the memory is expensive. If I was on a DDR3 platform, I would run 16GB since it's relatively cheap. Of course, make sure you get the 64bit version of the OS so that it recognizes the memory above 4GB.
Overall Review: I stayed with Win XP forever, skipping over Vista, it was worth the wait. Unlike XP, where I insisted on the Professional version, I feel comfortable with the Home Premium and the functionality offered with it.
I bought this extra copy since it was on sale (79). I plan on upgrading my entire system and selling my old one in the next couple of months.
Pros: This thing is super fast, quiet and runs cool. Outpaces my Raptor 74 in every benchmark but random access. I bought this to replace my Raptor because 74gig fills up too easy...I am very satisfied with the choice.
Cons: Random access is surprisingly slow (18.0) but the average read (98.3) and burst (239.8) make up for it.
Overall Review: Here's a suggestion for anyone buying a hard drive, go with FedEx, the express saver is the cheapest. I know it cost more than UPS, and Newegg's "free shipping" isn't FedEx, but here's the deal: I have bought over 30 hard drives (Western Digital and Seagate) through Newegg in the past 2 years, 100% of the ones shipped FedEx are still running, 80% of the ones shipped UPS were either DOA or failed within 6 months. UPS beats the He11 out of their shipments, even their website states that every package is "subject to a 6 foot drop." Do the math, free shipping or cheaper UPS shipping isn't free in the long run. I ship my non-fragile items with the free shipping, but I do a separate order and use FedEx for hard drives and Motherboards.
Pros: Very small, great sound, easy to use.
Cons: I don't like the headphone jack on the side, it puts the headphone plug at a right angle. Out of the top would be better...but that is subjective to preference.
Overall Review: I got this for free when I bought my headphones, so I can't argue much. Knowing what I know now, I would probably buy this item for a good jogging/workout/mow the grass mp3 player. 1GB is kinda small these days, but for short use like jogging or the like, it's great. The size may be a con for some people as it's easy to misplace, but it's small size is appreciated once you are using it. My wife jogs and has the Sansa e280 and she wants me to trade with her because the sound quality is just as good or better and it so much smaller.
Pros: Good sound - very clean and even. Comfortable muffs. Fairly solid construction. These are perfect as PROFESSIONAL headphones (see other thoughts).
Cons: Heavy and a little bit of a squeeze to the head. Not for portability, but I knew that going in.
Overall Review: I was a disc jockey for years and still do audio production, these offer studio quality sound. These have a very balanced sound like what you would hear out of studio wall monitors. They will bring out the actual sound of whatever you are listening to. If you have things that are brassy or bassy, it is going to reproduce that sound accurately. If you are wanting something that makes your 128k mp3s sound great, these are NOT for you. Don't get me wrong, they have good bass and treble, but they are set to produce clean full range output...not "turn the treble and bass all the way and take out all the midrange" type sound. If you are an audiophile who likes to listen to lossless codecs, CDs/wavs or high bitrate MP3s in front of your computer or someone who does studio or DJ work, then these are for you. If you are looking for something to plug into your mp3 player and listen to random mp3 at different bitrates, then there are cheaper and more appropriate options.
Pros: Good speed and quiet, runs cool.
Cons: None that I can find so far.
Overall Review: Here's a suggestion for anyone buying a hard drive, go with FedEx, the express saver is the cheapest. I know it cost more than UPS and Newegg's "free shipping" isn't FedEx, but here's the deal: I have bought over 30 hard drives (Western Digital and Seagate) through Newegg in the past 2 years, 100% of the ones shipped FedEx are still running, 80% of the ones shipped UPS were either DOA or failed within 6 months. UPS beats the He11 out of their shipments, even their website states that every package is subject to a 6 foot drop. Do the math, free shipping or cheaper UPS shipping isn't free in the long run. I ship my non-fragile items with the free shipping, but I do a separate order and use FedEx for hard drives and Motherboards.
Pros: I give this 5 stars because of the bang for the buck aspect. For 4-9 bucks there isn't much else on the market even in the price range. It works well and does what it is supposed to do. It plays Divx movies too, so that's nice.
Cons: For the price, I can't expect a lot of extras, but I was a little disappointed in the inputs. The only options are RF and composite video (the single yellow). No component in or even an S-Video in...but again for the price I guess I can't complain.
Overall Review: I bought this to replace an old "Cyberhome" DVD recorder (which had S-Video input), so I am going from one budget brand to another. I have this linked between my Dish DVR and the TV, so I can dump off stuff I want to keep when my DVR fills up...that's the main purpose this thing serves for me outside of playing regular DVDs, so I didn't want to spend a lot.
For me the problem is, with it only having the composite in, it doesn't matter that it has component out; the quality of the video is only as good as the source. So once the signal gets to my TV, it's not as good (although not terrible either). I guess I'll need to try a different setup, live with it or spend more money.
Bottom line, it is worth the forty-nine dollars, just don't expect much more than basic features and you will be happy.
Pros: Gret picture quality, quick shutter, excellent image stabilization at 10X, good low light shots, great battery life, nice LCD, easy to use, AA batteries and uses SD or xD.
Cons: The time stamp thing doesn't bother me, although it may some people.
Overall Review: I was looking for the sweet spot on price to performance and after a lot of digging I bought this...and I am glad I did. The pictures turn out great, the optical zoom and image stabilization are solid, and I love the fact that I have an option on media. Plus no hard to find expensive battery and I don't know if the batteries are special that came with it or this thing just sips energy, but they are going strong after about 175 pictures. Oh one other thing, I took this to a friend's party and a guy there had just dropped $500 a Sony. Although his had 15x zoom, after taking and viewing a few photos with mine, he said he would have bought this had he known about it. Buy it, seriously.
Pros: Works like a charm on my HP DV6000 series laptop. Runs smooth and a little quicker than the 1.256 gig (now up to 2 gig) I had before.
Overall Review: Had replaced one of the 256 hynix (OEM) chips with a Trancend 1gig stick a few months back but they didn't have that in stock when I was ready to buy again. I went with this and replaced the other Hynix chip wit this and it works well with the Trancend to bring me to 2 gig. Good stuff!
Pros: Easy install on my HP 6000DV series laptop. Runs smooth and slightly faster.
Cons: None, it works as expected
Overall Review: When I bought my laptop on it had everything I was looking for except only having 512 of memory. The memory in the laptop was 2- 256 sticks so I bought one stick of this Transcend and kept one stick of the HP (hynix) in with it for a total of 1.256 GB. It runs with no compatibility issues whatsoever. Eventually I will buy another stick of this to bump up to 2GB, but in the meantime I'm happy with the upgrade and performance.