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Kevin T.

Kevin T.

Joined on 06/29/04

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Most Favorable Review

Good cable, better price

Rosewill RCW-905R Lightning Splitter Adapter, Splitter Dual Lightning Ports, iPhone Audio and Power Lighting Cable, Lightning Audio + Charge Adapter for iPhone X iPhone 8 iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 7 iOS 10 & iOS11
Rosewill RCW-905R Lightning Splitter Adapter, Splitter Dual Lightning Ports, iPhone Audio and Power Lighting Cable, Lightning Audio + Charge Adapter for iPhone X iPhone 8 iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 7 iOS 10 & iOS11

Pros: Not sure how you judge a cable. Good looking cable. Feels good too. No problems with picture using the cable. Nice price.

Cons: Shipping on these things is insane.

Overall Review: I just don't understand why the shipping is so high, but it's still WAY cheaper than buying a cable at the local store.

Most Critical Review

Works, but you have to play with it

MSI K9MM-V AM2 VIA K8M800 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI K9MM-V AM2 VIA K8M800 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: It works. Does everything it claims to do, and the price is right.

Cons: It works, as long as you have to fortitude and know how to bebug the thing. First problem, memory was inserted, memory clips where clipped and in place, no RAM detected. Tried different brand of memory, same thing. Eventually, I pushed down REALLY hard on the memory, and I guess it went down a little further (although I can't tell). Now, it detects the memory. If the memory clips are in place, it should be down far enough to detect the memory. Also, you shouldn't have to press down that hard. Second problem, memory test on boot up freezes computer. Can't get into BIOS. Unplug USB mouse, and it boots up fine. Talked to MSI. Unplug USB devices, go into BIOS, and turn off USB Emulation. Any other setting causes it to freeze on boot up with a USB mouse (and possibly any other device) plugged in. Finally, I have an older Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 plugged into one of the PCI slots. It gets detected, but it can't install it. Downloaded drivers from Sound Blaster's website, and it can't find it.

Overall Review: Shoulnd't have to work this hard to get something to work, but there aren't a lot of options, and at least it does eventually work.

Can't complain

Canon CanoScan LIDE90 2400 x 4800dpi 48bit USB Interface Flatbed Scanner
Canon CanoScan LIDE90 2400 x 4800dpi 48bit USB Interface Flatbed Scanner

Pros: It's hard to complain about something that's relatively cheap, easy to set up, and scans good enough to make a picky wife happy.

Cons: Had some white particles show up in a couple of pictures. Not sure why. We couldn't see anything in the picture or on the scanner glass that might cause this. But it's only in two pictures out of a bunch, so I don't think there's a need to raise the red flag over it.

Overall Review: Completely satisfied with my purchase, and I don't say that often. I marked it down a star because of the white particles in those two pictures, but I really don't think you'll find better for the money (not even close).

Bad Experience #3

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ

Pros: Nice price, but anything is too much for something that doesn't work.

Cons: Wouldn't post at all with both sticks in. Got the motherboard beep indicating a RAM problem. Would post half the time with 1 stick in, but then would get hung on the memory test. Seems like this board doesn't like GSkill memory. It's an MSI.

Overall Review: I want 2 Gigs of memory that'll work with any brand of motherboard that takes DDR2, and GSkill memory obviously doesn't do that. This is my third attempt at usinng GSkill. Bought some DDR memory that failed after three months. RMA'd replaced never worked at all. Finally, they sent me completely different memory with lower timings than what I paid for, but at least it's stable (for now). Will never buy GSkill memory again, no matter how good the price is.

DOA

ECS P4M800PRO-M478 (1.0) Socket 478 VIA P4M800 PRO Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ECS P4M800PRO-M478 (1.0) Socket 478 VIA P4M800 PRO Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Shipping was great.

Cons: Hooked it up, hit the power button, everything powered up, and wouldn't POST. No monitor output at all. Put my old motherboard back in, and it works fine. I've only done a dozen or so builds, but this is the first time I've failed to even get a build to post. Didn't care for the motherboard manual. Would have liked more details in certain areas.

Overall Review: I just wished it had worked. Anyone else tried this with a Northwood 478? I have other theories about why it wouldn't POST, but anything I have to play with to get it to work they way it's supposed to isn't something I want in my computer. Maybe it was just a bad board, but I'm not big on second chances these days. Not thrilled about having to pay shipping and a restocking fee for something that fails to work as advertised.

Pretty Good

ViewSonic X Series VX922 19" SXGA 1280 x 1024 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor
ViewSonic X Series VX922 19" SXGA 1280 x 1024 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor

Pros: No dead pixels on arrival. World of Warcraft, Everquest 1 and 2, Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2, and Battlefield 2 all look great. No ghosting that I've noticed. If it does ghost at all, it's so little that I'm not noticing.

Cons: On a REALLY dark or completely black screen, you'll see a light border around all 4 edges. However, it has to be almost dead black for it to show up. On the second day, I started up Battlefield 2, and in the start up screen (where it flashes from one screen to the next), one pixel got stuck on green. I just rubbed at it and it went away. A week later, when loading Battlefield 2 again, same thing happened. Rubbed it and it went away. Had it for 2 months now, and it's never happened again. Light border (bleeding) and the weirdness with the stuck green pixel are the reasons for 4 instead of 5 stars.

Overall Review: Nearly perfect gaming monitor. Don't know if it's good for anything else because I don't really use it for anything else. If not for the couple of small annoyances mentioned in the Cons, would have easily been a 5 star product. This is my second LCD monitor counting the one I got my wife a couple years ago, and there's no comparison. This one looks much better, and it's huge. First thing my wife said when she saw this new monitor, "I didn't know you were going to get a bigger one than mine!" I believe a second one is in my near future. Will never go back to CTR again.