Date Joined: 08/06/04
Pros: Solid response through out range. Great value for the price.
Overall Review: I recently trashed the Logitech Z313 2.1 system that I purchased for my office so I feel obligated to redeem them in this review. Considering the fact that I paid less that twenty dollars more for these speakers the difference is like night and day. Ideally this system would be perfect for a small room or home office (there's no way I could use them at work unless I wanted to share my tunes with everyone on the 3rd floor). I use them in the kitchen with my Ipod and they fill up the room quite nicely at less than half volume. Of course, they're not going to compete with high end speakers but they have decent range and excellent base response even with the subwoofer off of the floor. A solid purchase.
Pros: I haven't decided yet
Cons: Satellites sound tinny. Subwoofer is almost pointless. No Aux port.
Overall Review: First of all let me preface this by saying I'm a huge fan of logitech products. I have a Z2300 2.1 speaker system in my home office that I've used for over five years and still sounds amazing. But I have to say that I'm dissapointed with the Z313 system. I purchased these speakers to use at work. I was replacing a really cheap AR system whose speakers were actually blown out by my laptop audio output. I didn't want to purchase a powerful system for use in a shared office so I thought these would fit the bill. The AR system (while lacking in performance) had a few convenient features that I had come to appreciate. The volume control came with an auxiliary jack which allowed me to simultaneously use the speakers with my laptop and my desktop computers. The controller also came with a control for the sub-woofer which allowed me to increase (or decrease) the bass response as needed. The Logitech system comes with neither of these features. I was willing to overlook these short comings until I actually heard the speakers. The satellite speakers sound as if the treble is cranked to the max while the bass response was almost non-existent. I though maybe the problem could be corrected by adjusting the EQ settings on my computer but connecting my iPod yielded the same results. It was so bad that I eventually replaced the Logitech sub-woofer with the old AR unit creating sort of a AR/Logitech Frankensystem. Very disappointing.
Pros: Great looking, reliable.
Cons: Not crazy about USB 3.0 interface.
Overall Review: I have four of them which I've been using for about a year with no problems whatsoever. Not crazy about the micro USB 3 interfaces (sneeze and they disconnect) but it's and industry standard so I can hardly blame Seagate. Great value at a relatively low price.
Pros: Works great. Tracks on almost any surface.
Cons: Good luck keeping track of the transceiver.
Overall Review: This is a nice concept. Unfortunately the tiny transceiver that comes with it is very easy to lose. Once it's gone, you'll have to contact microsoft hardware support (just imagine).
Pros: High capacity in a relatively compact package.
Cons: Constantly wigs out. Not recognized by non-pc devices.
Overall Review: For some reason this thing goes thru occaisional fits where windows won't recognize it. I've had several file transfers stop midstream with the message "Can't access file". I've run chkdsk along with the Western Digital Utilities. Each time the drive passes. Another drawback is that my bluray player doesn't recognize it. I have several external USB 3.0 drives and this one is the only one it doesn't see. I think something may be wrong with the interface. I'm sending it back.
Pros: Give me a minute
Cons: Like putting your phone in a soap dish.
Overall Review: I don't know what I possibly could have been expecting for this price. The belt clip actually goes in the front, over the screen. To answer your phone you need to pry the cover slightly upwards then slide off the front case/clip. You can then talk while either holding the case in your other hand or (recommended) throwing it in the nearest trash receptacle. What's worse the case makes it difficult to use the charging connector and the power button. Wow!
Pros: Slick desktop interface. Programs do seem to run faster.
Cons: Not crazy about the ofthacked hotmail account link up. No safemode to help troubleshoot problems.
Overall Review: I decided to bite the bullet and try Windows 8 on my new rig. I also loaded a copy on a 5 year old XPS laptop. I'd venture to say that the improved performance coincides with the newer faster processor since my XPS still bogs down under heavy memory load. I didn't have as much luck with my new dell I7 laptop. Somehow after loading virus software, I lost all administrator priviledges including the one that allows me to boot into safe mode (F8 no longer works during boot up). I'm not sure this is a Microsoft issue though so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. Still if your a PC tinkerer like I am I have a feeling your life is about to become difficult. I'm thinking of wiping the Dell configuration and purchasing the professional edition. Of course this voids my warranty (fracking Dell) but hey, in for a penny....
Pros: It kind of grows on you.
Cons: Old PCs need not apply.
Overall Review: All you need to know about this operating system can be deduced from the promos which exclusively feature touch pads. Microsoft is clearly trying to wean us off of the desktop. Unfortunately I'm not ready to leave. I have no problem with MS trying to create an OS for touchpads but kluging it with the PC OS was ill advised. Why not make two? I do like the interactive desktop.
Pros: Works great
Cons: Like to shoot the guy who came up with the sata port placements. No cable for USB 3.0 20 pin front panel ports.
Overall Review: SATA ports are horizontal to the board making for some very difficult drive connections. At least give us the courtesy of providing 45 degree connectors (2 provided).
Pros: Easy to work with. Looks great. Love the drive bay placement.
Cons: I bit flimsy (almost broke the drive bay enclosure).
Overall Review: The drive enclosure locking mechanism is trickier than it should be (feels kind of cheap. Haven't tried hot swapping a drive yet. Every past experience tells me this is a bad idea. Purchased an extra case fan that glows green. With the blue drive bay lights my desktop resembles a Christmas tree.
Pros: Lightning fast. Quiet. Low power consumption
Cons: Any real storage capacity will cost you.
Overall Review: Windows 8 (yeah I know) starts up in the blink of an eye. I can't say allot about the transfer speeds since the drives it's transfering to are all eSATA drives. Limited storage capacity has forced me to store everything but the OS on other drives. The solution? Bite the bullet and buy a 512. I'm currently squirreling away my nuts.
Pros: None so far but.....
Cons: No Windows 8 compatible driver. Windows 7 driver fails (no digital signature information).
Overall Review: I have an old HP inkjet that I'm still trying to milk. It uses an LPT interface so..... I'm waiting for a response from the manufacturer before returning. I must say I'm not optimistic.
Pros: Rugged, reasonably fast
Cons: Windows 7 constantly wants to scan for errors. Manufacturer not all that forthcoming with specs.
Overall Review: I don't buy portable drives for blazing speed and I don't have a USB 3.0 interface to really test performance. But my 500G Western Digital was making awful knocking sounds after spending the last 2 years at the bottom of my Laptop case. If these drives can stand up to the pounding they'll be worth their weight.
Pros: Inexpensive. Free shipping
Cons: Apparently it doesn't work
Overall Review: I was all ready to purchase this item even though I had no way of judging it's effectiveness. I figured 12 bucks what could I possibly lose. Then I googled the item. 100% of the reviews were negative (rare for any product). I immediately canceled my order. I can't personally vouch for this product (or denegrate) but I strongly recommend doing some research before purchasing.
Pros: Works fine on our crash carts.
Cons: Slightly uncomfortable typing position.
Overall Review: I work in a data center. We needed a small all in one keyboard for our crash carts. It's perfect for the limited function that we use it for which is basically connecting to server banks during outages. I don't know if I'd want spend an entire day typing on one. The keys seem a little crowded compared to most laptop keyboards. I have been asked to purchase more which I'm taking as a testimonial.
Pros: Lightweight and portable.
Cons: Hunts like a maniac.
Overall Review: I purchased my Asus over a year ago when my laptop DVD writer became more and more conspicuous. This thing is much more reliable than most laptop drives. Having said that I am starting to notice incredibly long seek times. Media Monkey takes almost 10 minutes to list the songs on a dvd disk. I'll admit a there is a substantial difference between a DVD and a CD but come on. Cleaning the drive results in no measurable improvement.
Pros: Works fine. Free map updates. Option to add safety camera locations.
Cons: No bluetooth (doh!)
Overall Review: I was on the fence about buying this unit. I already owned a Garmin nüvi 765T that worked perfectly...but Garmin wanted $89.00 for lifetime map updates. When I saw this little number marked down I figured "hey for another 40 bucks I can get an updated unit with free map updates. What's to lose? Well bluetooth that's what. Check the specs right next to bluetooth is the word NO. No bluetooth. No caller ID pop ups on the map for incoming phone calls. To make it worse there's a limited return policy associated with the product so I can only return it for a replacement. I have no one to blame but myself.
Pros: Quiet. More than enough connections. Ample power for storage server.
Cons: Connections not modular which means plenty of excess cables.
Overall Review: I upgraded my server with 4 2TB Hard Drives. This put an unanticipated strain on my 700W power supply. Eventually it gave out thus the purchase of the TX850. This monster doesn't blink under the load and is ultra quiet. I've had it less than a week so obviously I can't vouch for longevity. I do find myself with several additional cables that I have to "account for" in the case which prevents me from giving it a perfect 5. Kudos to New Egg for lightning fast delivery.
Pros: Storage capacity. Reliability.
Cons: Not the fastest drives on earth. What's up with the price?
Overall Review: Maybe I'm just lucky but I've never had a problem with a Western Digital Drive. When my Samsung HD died 18 months ago I bought 4 Caviar Greens and installed them in an Athlon Box that I use for media storage. The unit has been on 24/7 for 18 months. I've never had an issue. I have a few other models that are over 5 years old and still going strong. I've heard other people complain about WD drives but I swear by them. My only complaint is that the price of these drives seem to be going up over time which is strange.
Pros: Simple and effective.
Cons: Not enough isolation between computers.
Overall Review: I used mine at work to switch between my personal laptop and the company desktop. After a few months the thing just stopped working. No video from either port. I shelved the thing for a few months. Recently the company upgraded my desktop so I decided to give it another go. Violla! It started working flawlessly again....for about two months. Last night I noticed these weird scan lines scrolling across the monitor when switched to the laptop. Switching to the desktop resulted in no video. Further investigation revealed the desktop had somehow changed resolution settings beyond the capability of the monitor. This caused the monitor to flicker when switched to the laptop. Even after changing the desktop resolution these lines continued to scroll down the screen when switched to the laptop. In order to use the laptop I had to power down the desktop. Of course for 30 bucks (I paid 20) I can't complain too much but clearly I need better solution.
Pros: DVI port works fine.
Cons: HDMI port doesn't.
Overall Review: I purchased this card specifically for connecting my desktop to my Olevia flat screen via HDMI. No gaming, strictly video. On initial installation a small window appeared on the screen with a reddish hue. "No problem, once the drivers are installed everything would be fine." Loading the drivers changed nothing. The card would not recognize the TV thru the HDMI port. When I connected via the DVI port Windows recognized the monitor immediately. Unfortunately the DVI port doesn't support the native resolution of the monitor. My old card did. Tech support was worthless (remove and reinstall the drivers). This purchase was a complete waste. I'll think long and hard before purchasing another HIS product.
Pros: Massive storage.
Cons: Not the fastest drive you'll ever own.
Overall Review: I've purchased 4 of these over the last few years and have had no problems. Western Digital makes the most reliable drives in my opinion which makes them infinitely more valuable, especially after recently losing everything on my Samsung drive. It's not the fastest drive you'll ever own but I wanted storage capacity and reliability. Add the low price and you can't beat it.
Pros: Secure comfortable fit.
Cons: No low end.
Overall Review: These phones are great for jogging or the gym but I was surprised at the lack of low end frequency response. I mean I'm not a person that likes a lot of base in his music but it's very noticeable. What makes it worse is that the high frequencies come across loud and clear completely drowning out what little bass there is. A huge drawback in my opinion.
Pros: Light weight. Comfortable Good sound quality. Volume adjust.
Cons: Not much.
Overall Review: I've owned better sounding headphones but not at this price. Surprisingly lightweight and comfortable. I don't game online so the clip on mic is useless to me but If I did I'd probably prefer it be attached to the headset. Good value.
Pros: Works fine.
Cons: Mini CD a pain for people with slotted CD inputs.
Overall Review: The driver really isn't necessary for Windows 7 users. However configuration can be tricky if you need a specific com port. To access the users manual I had to find a PC with a CD tray (my laptop has a CD slot). A minor issue but a pet peeve of mine. Some adapters require running proprietary software for setup. This once can be configured via the device manager.