Joined on 06/16/04
Good stuff when cheap
Pros: Easy to work with, does a good job when applied correctly
Overall Review: Premium thermal compounds all have similar performance when applied correctly. What makes stuff like Arctic Silver popular is that you can apply too much of the stuff without seriously compromising thermal performance - that's why you get many n00bs who say "ZOMG, this stuff is better than xxx!!1!". I like the consistency of Tuniq TX-2 for HDT heatsink applications.
OK PSU, lousy service
Pros: Fairly quiet, stable power.
Cons: 2 OCZ PSU's - 2 issues. 1st one developed a loud fan noise after about a month, sent back to mfr for replacement. I had to pay shipping of course, and got a refurbed PSU (with scratch marks) from OCZ. So, I paid extra for an imperfect PSU. 2nd issue - my rebate submission got rejected for being sent in too late, even though it was postmarked within the 13 day submission period. I will not be buying OCZ any more.
Overall Review: There are enough quality brands out there, you don't need to be locked in to one specific company. I wish the whole MIR scam would go away.
Wendy, give me the bat
Pros: Fast, good price, value looks better given the spike in HDD prices
Cons: nothing really, hope SSD prices continue to drop
Overall Review: Wendy, the unformatted capacity of the drive is 180GB, the formatted capacity is 167GB. Losing some space to OS file systems happens with all storage. Someone who rates her "Tech Knowledge" as 5 stars should know this.
Really nice basic monitor
Pros: Lots of real estate for the price. I was able to do some rudimentary calibration on this using the Lagom LCD-test. The results were pretty good, losing some depth in blacks in exchange for more distinction in grays. Gamma is still off by quite a bit, though. Color saturation is good. Surprisingly little backlight bleed - luck of the draw, I guess. The base is sturdy enough. I like having a 3 year warranty, as our last 2 LCD monitors have both died in less than 5 years; some LCD monitors come with only a 1 year warranty.
Cons: The usual TN shortcomings - viewing angles, color accuracy. Way too bright and contrasty OOTB, of course.
Overall Review: My g/f is very happy with the monitor. I had considered one with an LED backlight, but the issue that are sometimes related to the cheap LED-backlit panels - sporadic flickering, color constraints due to the more "blue" LED light, uneven luminosity across the panel - led me back to CCFL.
OK for the $$
Pros: cheap, works, LED lights, easy installation, looks OK
Cons: cheap construction, rails sometimes "catch"
Overall Review: The mesh face looks OK with my Antec 300 case. Construction is cheap and the drawer sometimes catches when trying to close. Scythe should step up and create a metal higher-end version.