Date Joined: 09/12/02
Pros: I'm writing this review on my new MateBook D 14. I have been looking for a new ultrabook for months and months now and didn't want to break the bank. Well with this laptop it's a win/win. On sale at $529 and even at the $550 price this is a no brainer if you are looking for something for productivity and a little gaming. The Vega Graphics pummel the intel integrated offering and the Ryzen 5, 4 cores and 8 threads even outperform the intel i5 8th gen on some work loads. The M.2 SSD is easily upgraded if needed. The battery life so far has been far more than I expected. The finish and feel of this laptop is solid. And I was shocked to see there is no irritating bloatware installed. The only manufacture application is called the PC Manager and it is actually nice to check for driver updates. Even the SSD partitions are sized to maximize the space on the SSD. No over the top recovery partition that is sized too big which will waste usable space.
The first time startup was clean... I did end up downloading the Windows media creation tool so I would get the latest 1809 built of Windows 10. No issues with the update as expected.
Unless you need the GPU power of an Nvidia MX150, I just can't see paying the extra $$$ for the Intel platform and the Nvidia graphics? Another $200-$300 I think? Not sure if that is an option in this series of laptop.
I'm shocked at how cool this runs too. And for that matter, the screen at 1080p is really nice. At this size of screen, I don't think you get a huge benefit to jump to 2k or 4k for that matter. It's designed for productivity with the opportunity to so some gaming on the side. I'm happy with the 1920x1080 resolution. Oh, and it's touch screen. I forgot about the touch screen until after I had everything setup. I likely won't use the touch screen much, but then again, it's there if you need it.
All in all, I'm still shocked at how nice this laptop presents itself. Down right solid and the finish is beautiful. As I mentioned earlier, you can't go wrong here at the price point.
Cons: Not sure if this is much of a con, but my last laptop had external volume buttons on the edge... I do kind of miss that, but not worries on getting used to the Windows Key + FKey volume up and down combination.
Overall Review: There is a reason that the early reviews of this laptop are a solid stars... they are well deserved!
Pros: I did my research and you can't go wrong with this NAS device. The packaging was enterprise level and top notch. Double boxed by Netgear.
The install of RED Western Digital Drives was straight forward and simple. The firmware upgrade to the latest version was automatic and smooth when logging into the web interface for the first time.
Don't get hung up on the time it takes to sych when first initializing an array with clean drives. It all happens in the background and I don't know why others get hung up on this. It's validating and protecting your data while setting up the RAID and the performance while it's syncing the array is still very, very good. I was seeing over 40 megs per second transfers to the NAS while still synching. (this is over 400Megabits/second / 40% plus use of a gigabit lan connection)
Cons: One minor nit pick might be the drive tray... it was a little tricky sliding the black mounting bracket out of the drive tray. I didn't want to force anything and it only took a minute to figure out how it was intended to work. Looking at the manual before hand would have been easier! It's hardly worth mentioning.
If you understand the Unix/Linux file system, it will be a plus for setting up permissions on your shares etc... It's still very simple and has been abstracted nice in the Netgear web interface for this NAS device however.
Overall Review: I'm an avid newegg buyer and tech geek and I find that all too often that negative reviews are really unfounded in most cases. Lack of understanding and jumping to conclusions should never be a knee jerk reaction to slam a product IMHO. Sit back and take a breath and understand why something works the way it does. Again, this is a fine product and has exceeded my expectations.
Pros: For the price, this gaming laptop memory can't be beat. I have 16 gigs in an ASUS G53SW and CPU-Z is showing the 1600mhz times at 9-9-9-24 timings with a 2T command Rate. The WEI in Windows 7 bumped up to 7.8 as compared to previous 1333mhz ram (16 gigs of the previous brand). I have read that an i7 2630QM doesn't support 1600mhz timings. CPU-Z is showing otherwise and it's clear there was a performance gain. I was expecting to just get better than 9 cas timings at 1333mhz when I bought it, but I'm happing the G53SW is running at the higher rated timings!
Cons: It's out of stock as of the time I wrote this... the price is on the higher side, but for the enhanced timings and speed, it's expected.
Pros: I like the feel of the buttons... and the LED breathing / pulse. I don't see the issues others are reporting in this mouse.
Pros: This is an excellent switch for the money. First off, I like it better than the TEG-S80G (I have one of these too). This version, the DB version doesn't have a wall wart. It has a real power cord and a real power switch on the back. I really like this setup. Less clutter on the power strip / UPS. Other than that difference, I think it's pretty much the same switch and this version is less $$. Go figure.
Now for the other silly reviews... first off, this is a switch, not a router and it wouldn't cause your NAS device to not work. For the most part, either it works or it doesn't. Switches don't care about protocol above the ethernet protocol. Sigh... And the review that said it tripped your breaker? Really? I guess you could get a bad power cord or something, but I find it hard to believe. If their was a short in the switch, it's hard to believe that it would draw enough current to trip your breaker. That would typically fry the insides first on the switch.
Cons: The only con is... is that you have to read the bad reviews. This version should totally out sale the D version IMHO. I like it better and as I said above, I have both versions. for $30 and free shipping??? It's a bargin... metal case, nice and sturdy... jumbo frame support etc.. it's nice.
Pros: For the $$$ it's all pros for me. I looked and looked and looked... they just dropped this another $50 after I bought it last week. Sheesh... for $750 after rebate? It's a sweet deal and it's easy to see why it's out of stock now all the time. I had zero issues... it came flawles neweeg's packaging and UPS handling was great... fired right up with none of the known issues. I started a clean Win7 Pro install using the key on the bottom to register and haven't looked back. Poke around and get the latest nVidia drivers via the minor mod to the inf file. Poke around some more and get all the latest updated drivers.... the usual driver update fest. I love the lighted keyboard and I actually like the power on the right side... having all the stuff on the right side isn't great, but it's not that big of a deal. Make sure and order a $23 Intel 6230 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Bluetooth Combo Card too... replace the Atheros one in the laptop... still waiting for mine to arrive.
Cons: For me... none... including all the complaints about the power supply. Do the reasearch and know what you are getting.
Overall Review: Wondering how low newegg will drop this... I could have saved another $50 if I would have waited a week, but at this point it looks tough to catch them in stock.
Pros: I bought the first drive a couple of weeks ago and I do stand corrected on the warranty... it's 3 years not 5. Glad to see someone checked the facts. ;)
I picked up the second drive for $55 (what a deal!) and setup a RAID 0 with the M4A89GTD PRO with the 890GX AMD chipset with native 6.0Gb SATA ports.
I was getting 155mb/second in HD Tune with a single drive and now with the RAID 0, I'm getting 246 mb/sec average in HD Tune with the default settings using the 64 kb blocks. In HD Tune with 8meg blocks these drives average 256 mb/sec with a max of 297 mb/sec. Around 12-13ms seek times as reported by HD Tune.
For $120 ($64 for one drive and $55 for the second), it's tough to beat this price and performance. I get 3TB of storage for $120. I created 2 LD's, one 1.5TB and obviously 1.5TB for the second. The HD Tune tests were done on the boot LD with Windows 7 Pro 64 bit with 8 gigs of ram on the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO.
The drives are cool and quite as reported by others.
Cons: None... period.
Overall Review: Know what you get with RAID 0 and understand the risks of one drive going bad. (gee, it's just like one drive going bad regardless...) or do a RAID 10 if you are paranoid with 4 drives.
Pros: First of all, why would someone review a product before they buy it and test it out? This never ceases to amaze me. More detailed specs are on the ASUS website including the memory width which is 64 bit: http://usa.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/AMD_Series/EAH5450_SILENTDI1GD3LP/#specifications
This card is just what I was looking for... fanless and I wanted a card to do hybrid crossfirex on an M4A89GTD PRO / 890GX MB.
It's working great and it's what I expected because I did my research before I bought the card. WEI gives it a 5.8 for 3D graphics in windows 7 and that's about what I expected. I like the fact that it is low profile and the bracket is included. If I don't want to run hybrid crossfire I can use it along with the 4290 onboard to drive 4 monitors. I didn't buy this for a killer gaming setup (give me a break), it was $31 after rebate for crying out loud! :)
Cons: About the only con I can come up with is that it runs pretty hot, but that is to be expected for this type of a card. I hate to even mention this, but the heat sink is pretty toasty.
Overall Review: I'm still shaking my head over a non 5 star review by someone who didn't even by the card. I'm of the opinion that newegg shouldn't allow for reviews unless you are a verified owner of the product.
Pros: Upgraded my kids computer with this MB... went low budget with the biggest bang on performance. Spent the afternoon today putting the upgrade together. I bought this with a Phenom II X2 550 and Mushkin Blackline 2x2GB sticks Model 996657 (highly recommended at 7-7-7-20 timings 1600mhz). I put a new Arctic Cooler / Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2 on too. Fired everything up and got Windows 7 running just fine and then started with some mild tweaks. Set the memory voltage at 1.9v and then dropped the timings to the manufactures 7-7-7-20 rated settings. I then got the latest Giga-byte bios for this board... the F5d update and then unlocked the 2 other cores on the Phenom. It's rock'in and no problems at all so far. I have an older 8800 GTX in this system and COD MW 2 is a sold as can be with the minor tweaks above. I haven't started to overclock yet but what a deal with the 4 cores and the cpu and memory. Max bang for the buck if you ask me. Windows 7 CPU Score: 7.3, Memory: 7.5
Cons: None... the pain of doing the rebate is about all I can think of. Giga-byte's website leaves a bit to be desired... my first GB MB.
Pros: Great quite case for the $$$... got it for $50 from newegg... you can't go wrong with this case.
Cons: None really...
Pros: It worked as expected at a great price... works great in a Canon SD1000 PowerShot... my wife can take pictures now until her finger hurts.
Pros: I have had a few of these over the years... it's a great mouse. Best for the $$$.
Cons: This one has a funky wheel... it's kind of hard to roll and it's ratchity, but I think it will break in.
Pros: Good price, dropped into a Toshiba laptop of a friend and brought his system back to life.