Date Joined: 09/21/04
Pros: Got this and set up an Eyefinity 3 monitor that works just great. Asus M5V97 board running W7 x64.
Cons: Fan is a bit loud under load.
Overall Review: I did have an initial set-up problem with Eyefinity where I kept getting a black screen of death on W7 login. Solved it by unplugging all other monitors and booting primary to the adapter. Apparently it needed initialization; after that, W7 came up normally, I hooked everything back in, and Bob's your uncle it was all good to go.
Pros: Worked just fine for my Sapphire 6770 Eyefinity set-up.
Cons: None I've noticed.
Overall Review: I did have an initial set-up problem where I kept getting a black screen of death on W7 login. Solved it by unplugging all other monitors and booting primary to the adapter. Apparently it needed initialization; after that, W7 came up normally, I hooked everything back in, and Bob's your uncle it was all good to go.
Pros: It does actually tune some channels. You can use this to view cable TV. It does tune some unencrypted QAM.
Cons: The first clue on this piece of hardware should be looking at the manufacturer's site. You can barely find any information on the device, let alone FAQs or software download support. Then, Totalmedia 3 - horrible, horrible software. Any of you who have experience with Snapstream, Sage, or GB-PVR will wonder why this bundle was ever written, let alone selected. Incredibly poor - Snapstream *used* to support this hardware, doesn't anymore, and I can see why. The BDA filters have to be coaxed to even work - and as mentioned in some other reviews, switching between analog and digital is exceedingly painful. The Hauppauge 1600 tuned in more OTA channels with the same antenna. A shame as the Philips chip in here should be capable of more than what's being provided with this card. Couldn't find any other software other than TM3 to control this card. Comcast Atlanta tuning failed miserably on this unit. To say the documentation is poor would be, frankly, an understatement.
Overall Review: I have experience with a number of tuners and pvr packages - I bought this to try unencrypted QAM, and while it does work (sometimes), this card's deficiencies far outweigh its capabilities. One word. AVOID. Don't waste your money. Find something else. I've used Diamond, ATI, and Hauppauge (my current preference) and have them all running still. I pulled this card and stuck it in my closet. Enough said.
Pros: Works totally as advertised. It will fit an Inspiron 6000 laptop, Have it running with Nero and several other burner programs on DVD+R. Have not burned DVD+R DL yet. Appears to burn near speeds advertised on my notebook.
Cons: Doesn't exactly fit flush to the Dell bezel (I consider this Dell's fault, not NEC's). The NEC's front plate will sink in about a 1/4 of an inch into the laptop from the original drive.
Overall Review: I'd buy it again if I had the need for another.
Pros: Been a workhorse for me since April of 2006. I move a lot of data between several machines on a regular basis and I have yet to encounter a compatibility issue. Thought I might have a problem with losing or breaking the cap, but the cap is much more sturdy than I expected. My lettering hasn't worn off like other users, and I've given it a resonable amount of physical abuse.
Cons: The activity LED is poorly placed and hard to see, but not that I care that much. Certainly not a blazingly fast drive.
Pros: Works great in my Motorola V360, read it with my Dell PDA and Inspiron 6000 just fine. No compatibility problems with any reader I've used so far.
Pros: Replaced an old PCChips mobo, moved from an AMD 2000+ to and AMD Ath 64 3400+ Venice processor. Been working solid in near 7x24 operation (I use this as a PVR machine). Cheap alternative to a complete rebuild for very old AMD machines. Was able to use as an WinXP in-place rebuild (no reloading of OS). Running an FX5700 Nvidia in it just fine.
Cons: It's old tech now.
Pros: Built a small external disk I could carry around using a Vantec NexStar3 case. Works just fine, plenty fast, and will work with just the double USB power plug.
Cons: None so far.
Pros: Got 805D down about 15C under idle.
Cons: A bit of a pain to put on but I have yet to find one that's easy to put on :).
Pros: Works. Solid case construction. Indicators work fine.
Cons: Did I say it ran hot? Yes, I did. It runs really hot. It's been running really hot for more than a year. I've been thinking about using it as a space heater on my porch during the winter.
Overall Review: It runs so hot, I'm kinda surprised it's still running. But I've resisted the urge to replace it - and it's still running. Wow.
Pros: Booted up first time with a 3.0E prescott. Used PQI memory and it fired up like a charm. Solid board. Solid budget board.
Cons: Not really a board for overclockers.
Overall Review: ECS surprised me with this board - I ended up buying other ECS board for budget projects. My motherboard has USB2.
Pros: Very little degradation, solid contruction. Works as advertised!
Overall Review: Too bad I'm switching to DVI...this was a cheap and solid product!
Pros: Dunno about comments about 5GB max. I've transferred 10GB+ files with DLink, Intel, and other off brand GigE NICs. LEDs are bright and clear and indicate link and traffic well. I got my rebate from Netgear (guess the angels were singing that day). Doesn't run NEARLY as warm as my older GigE switch (my office micro space heater :-p).
Cons: I don't like the white box as other reviewers said, it's really white. The brick's kinda of a pain.
Overall Review: The vertical stand is handy, but you have to fiddle with the cables to keep the unit from tipping over backwards. I like it! It works!
Pros: Straightforward drop into Dell PowerEdge 400SC. Worked with very little manual intervention. Heat dissipation seems reasonable. System is still pretty darn quiet (That's probably the 400SC case design though).
Cons: None that I can see (well, except I already need another one!). Still running solid four months after install.
Overall Review: Would buy again, if the sizes weren't getting obsoleted so quickly ;-).
Pros: It works. On sale, it's not a bad deal. I like the LED display. Does appear to dissipate heat efficiently through the housing.
Cons: Kinda feels...flimsy. Don't like the brick supply (yeah, I know, they almost all come with them, but I still don't like carrying that in my backpack, eh?).
Overall Review: I own three different expansion boxes. I bought this cos it was cheap. It works, but I still trust the boxes that have a fan in them more. I was surprised at the better than I expected heat transfer.
Pros: Nice to have 2 GB at this price point. I like the fact that the cap snaps onto the unit. Works in everything I've tried except for a WinXP system with a very suspicious OS load image. I like the clear blue.
Cons: Not the fastest drive. Kinda easy to lose the cap, and then us OCD people get all annoyed looking at the connector (phew, found the cap a week later). It is NOT easy to see the activity LED while using it.
Overall Review: 2GB, low price, would buy again (well when the 4GB/8GB come out and are affordable!)
Pros: Works in my Dell Axim X30i, with the adapter. Works in my Motorola v360 like a champ.
Cons: Not the fastest card.
Pros: No Dead Pixels. From a looks standpoint, having the controls on the side is a pro. The refresh rate appears to be as advertised. Price/performance is VERY hard to beat. I normally view this monitor 30 deg off center and mine has very little horizontal angular degradation until 45+ degrees out.
Cons: The stand could use some rethinking (at least give some side-to-side rotation!). Vertical angular degradation is much more pronounced than my 2005FPW.
Overall Review: For the price, compared to other widescreens I own, it's hard to complain about the flaws. If you're really into color fidelity and lack of distortion this is probably not the monitor for you. If you want a solid general purpose display, you should definitely take a solid look at this one!
Comments: Installed in a Toshiba 3000-S353. This drive is *incredibly* quiet in comparison to the stock drive. Newegg as usual got it to me very fast. Resurrected my old laptop - now I can wait another year before getting a new one!