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Ryan P.

Ryan P.

Joined on 11/23/04

Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Surpassed the original!

Cooler Master Cosmos II - Ultra Tower Computer Case with Metal Body and Hinged Side Panels
Cooler Master Cosmos II - Ultra Tower Computer Case with Metal Body and Hinged Side Panels

Pros: What can i say, build quality is PHENOMENAL! Built in fan controls in the top panel, with everything nicely covered by a sliding panel to hide the controls and also all the LED's. Easy swing-open side panels with plenty of room for routing cables, and just about any heatsink you could think of. Integrated hot-swap hard drive bays. plenty of cooling upgrade options, ESPECIALLY for water cooling. Even on air, with 3 more fans than my original Cosmos 1000 had, it's SIGNIFICANTLY quieter.

Cons: Only two: 1) HEAVY... but still totally worth it 2) Hot Swap Bay technicality.... see other thoughts

Overall Review: Ok... something that should have been thought over by the folks at Cooler Master. If you happen to have a hard drive that doesn't have a perfectly rectangular top... like how some have more contoured lids with rounded edges and rounded indents where the screws hold the lid onto the base of the hard drive, be careful if you put it into the hot swap bay. If you plan on doing so, i suggest first, before even installing anything in the case, remove the hot swap bays from the case by removing the 8 screws holding it in place (4 on each side). Upon doing so, you'll see little metal guides along the sides that keep the hard drive in place. Remove the front two, otherwise they WILL get stuck. Rectangular topped hard drives work perfectly fine though.

Most Critical Review
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: worked quite well..... while it worked.

Cons: Had the drive for just over a month, and it died. and i'm not saying that over the course of a week or something it was unusable..... i mean it DIED. perfectly usable one night.... nowhere close to usable the next day. through the course of it's death... even WoW wouldn't run correctly, freezing for maybe 1-2 seconds at 5 second intervals. Tried rebooting, and it didn't boot. Windows loading screen for a few minutes, then BSOD. couldn't even hook the drive up as a secondary drive to get the data off of it, because every time i tried to boot into a working install of Vista with this drive connected as a secondary drive, the working Vista install would hang just as it got past the welcome screen. explorer.exe wouldn't run, and if i ran it manually, the taskbar would appear and then hang, and desktop icons wouldn't show up. disconnect the drive, and it runs fine again.

Overall Review: Thankfully the helpful support here at Newegg took the drive back. I'm not saying Seagate is bad.... i'd just avoid at LEAST this drive.

Worked for 2 months

Nippon Labs HDMI-HS-15 15 ft. HDMI 2.0 Male to Male High Speed Cable with Ethernet Channel, Black
Nippon Labs HDMI-HS-15 15 ft. HDMI 2.0 Male to Male High Speed Cable with Ethernet Channel, Black

Pros: Cheap, long HDMI cable

Cons: Unfortunately, no matter what i do, my computer won't seem to detect the TV that it is connected to via this HDMI cable. TV says receiving data, then just no signal.

Fantastic monitor

ASUS VE278Q 27" Full HD 1920 x 1080 HDMI VGA DisplayPort DVI-D Built-in Speakers HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor
ASUS VE278Q 27" Full HD 1920 x 1080 HDMI VGA DisplayPort DVI-D Built-in Speakers HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor

Pros: Great size... not too big but not too small. Excellent picture quality. Build quality of the monitor does not feel as cheap as some i've seen.... but still not as great as my old Gateway FHD2400.

Cons: Can't really think of any. Bezel is a fingerprint magnet?

Overall Review: Love this monitor.... although i'm kinda wishing i didn't buy it simply because of the GTX 680 being out now. :(

Fantastic!

Ergotron 45-241-026 LX Desk Monitor Arm and Mount
Ergotron 45-241-026 LX Desk Monitor Arm and Mount

Pros: Absolutely beautiful looking arm... even though you almost never see it. Works great.... holds my Gateway FHD2400 24" LCD nicely. Fluid movement.

Cons: Uuh.... only con i can think of isn't about the arm, but about my desk. Long story short... i need a thicker one. Short story long.... It would be nice to be able to have the arm fully extended without being able to actually SEE the part of my desk where the arm is clamped to starting to flex. Guess that's kinda to be expected when it's just one of those semi-cheapy 1/2" particle board Best Buy computer desks....

Decent card... not for HD

RiDATA Lightning Series 16GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model RDSDHC16G-LIG10
RiDATA Lightning Series 16GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model RDSDHC16G-LIG10

Pros: Nice storage space.... pretty fast transfer speed

Cons: As far as i'm aware.... not necessarily a Class 10 card. Might not even be quite up to spec with Class 6..... which is what my Canon Digital Rebel T2i is said to require for 1080p @ 30fps recording.... but depending on the situation in which recording a video, the buffer seems to fill up relatively quick with this card in the camera.

Overall Review: Not a bad card overall.... but if your intention is to use it for a camera that's HD-capable.... i'd steer clear. Honestly wish i had stuck with a more well known brand card.