Date Joined: 12/12/02
Pros: The design is nice and visually appealing. I like the fact that it has two USB ports so that you don't have to sacrifice a USB port on a laptop in order to use it to cool your laptop computer. It fits perfectly under my new 15.6" Dell Inspiron 15 laptop and help keep the Intel Core I7 (7th generation) processor in it cool. The fans are quiet, but effective.
Cons: For having four fans in it, the cooling seems to be a bit underwhelming as it only keep the processor in the laptop only four to five degrees cooler during testing with memTest86, but it does keep it running cooler during use everywhere else, so no eggs taken away since it does what it says it does.
Overall Review: The overall look and feel of this cooler are excellent and I highly recommend it to anyone that has a laptop that needs active cooling.
Pros: Windows 10 Professional 64-bit runs very well on this laptop as it has eight gigabytes of memory installed by default. The battery life is estimated at between six and eight hours when new and fully charged. The keyboard is quiet but is also very comfortable to use. Touchpad can be disabled via Dell software in Windows 10 (definitely a plus since touchpads are pesky when you are typing). The screen is bright and its colors are vivid. This laptop is by far the thinnest and lightest I have ever owned and the charger is sturdy and well-made.
Cons: Despite the great aesthetics of this laptop, it tend to run warm during use and needs to have a laptop cooler underneath it in order to keep it cool.
Overall Review: The processor in this laptop is actually a quad-core processor, but only two of the cores are active and this appears to be a BIOS limitation. There were a BIOS update and a hard drive firmware update available for this laptop available from the Dell website by the time I ordered and received the laptop and both were easy to perform.
Pros: This is the largest of all of my USB 3.0 flash drives! It's fast, durable, and has plenty of room for backing up just about anything that I need to backup before reinstalling Windows on any system! I have had this drive for about three years and have yet to have it fail on me. By both name and design, it has no cap to lose--definitely a plus! It also has a beautiful blue light on one end that flashes to let you know when it is being written to or being read and written from. For those individuals that like to use lanyards, there is a place for that as well. Best of all, it's manufactured by one of the best names in the business!
Cons: I have no cons to report after having owned this drive for about three years (I bought it back in 2014).
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this drive to anyone who wants a reliable and well-designed USB 3.0 flash drive with plenty of storage space. It's fast and I bought it from NewEgg for $47.99 (a great deal at that time--I have no idea if it is currently cheaper or not) and I do not regret purchasing it.
Pros: Construction of this flash drive is solid. The drive is capless and has a place for attaching a lanyard so you can hang it around your neck or attach it to a set of keys.
Cons: This drive seems a little slow for making a bootable Windows 7 SP1 installation drive, but that could be due to the size of the drive as opposed to the size of the .iso file being written to it (4.01 GB). It also doesn't appear to have any lights on it to determine if there is any activity going on with the drive. Neither of these issues is worth deducting a point, though, as the drive appears to be solid and well-designed.
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking to get an inexpensive USB 3.0 flash drive. The cost of these drives has come down significantly in recent years and were a great purchase for me at this price point. I will be testing this drive a bit more in the immediate future and will report on my findings as to its true read/write speed.
Pros: I bought this item for $17.99 and free shipping and it was a great way to add USB 3.0 ports to a ten-year-old small form factor computer as it came with a low-profile bracket. Also, it requires no additional power from a 4-pin Molex power connector or SATA power connector as it derives all of its power from a PCIe slot on the motherboard.
Cons: Installation disk was a little less than intuitive to use, but it worked nonetheless for installing the drivers for the card. The Adobe documents were a little strange as the instruction manuals for installation of the product's drivers did not exactly apply to this particular disk (i.e., it referenced NEC drivers as opposed to Renases drivers, which are used by this particular card).
Overall Review: I would highly recommend this product to other customers, particularly to those looking to add USB 3.0 connectivity to a small form factor computer. I checked NewEgg for other USB 3.0 add-in cards from manufacturers that I was already familiar with, but they either required additional power from a SATA or 4-pin Molex connector in a very inconvenient spot on the card, or they did not include a low-profile bracket for installing the card in the computer that I was upgrading. Since the computer I installed this on did not have a front USB 3.0 port on it, I also did not need a 19-pin female connector on the card for connecting a USB 3.0 cable to said port.
Pros: This drive was simple to install and works very well. Since I have installed this on a Windows 7 computer, any software that would have come with a retail version of this drive would have been overkill as the only software that I would have required is already native to the OS or downloadable from the manufacturer's website.
Cons: None thus far. Works just as it should with no surprises whatsoever.
Overall Review: I purchased this to replace a failed original optical drive in a computer for a couple of friends of mine. The price was nice and it was a very suitable replacement for the failed optical drive. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who uses or still needs a SATA optical drive for their system as my personal experience with Lite-On has always been good. I know that optical drives are considered to be outdated these days, but I still use them and I know many other people who still do.
Pros: Solid performing drive from Western Digital! Easy to install and was the perfect upgrade for a ten-year old small form factor PC that had been upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit by its previous owner. Price was only $24.95 at the time I ordered it, so the cost per gigabyte was better than most other options in this class of hard drives. The 16 MB cache is also a nice touch for speeding up an older system where you are replacing an older and smaller hard drive that has no cache at all.
Cons: This product allegedly comes with only a two-year manufacturer's warranty--most products from WD used to come with at least a three-year warranty not too long ago. When I went to register the drive with Western Digital, I found that, because this is an OEM drive, there is actually NO WARRANTY whatsoever for this product from Western Digital. However,, when I bought this drive, there was an option to purchase a three -year extended replacement warranty for the price of a two-year extended replacement warranty for only seven bucks!
Overall Review: I would recommend this product to anyone that needs to replace a hard drive on an older system that is used for basic emal and web-surfing, particularly if they have a smaller and older hard drive that is needing to be relegated to backup storage. This drive was the perfect choice for upgrading an older system that had a Hitachi Deskstar 80 GB hard drive that was 85% full. I would definitely buy this drive again for a similar situation.
Pros: This cable has locking latches that make for a more secure connection to both the drive and the motherboard! Length was more than enough for the small form factor PC that I upgraded for a couple of friends Cable feels sturdy and durable! Price was only $2.99 when I purchased it and was just right
Cons: Only one-it doesn't have right-angled connectors for use in front-facing SATA connectors on certain motherboards. However, this was not an issue for me, so I didn't feel the need to deduct an egg in the rating. Just something to consider if your situation (case and motherboard) make right-angled SATA connectors a must.
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this cable to anyone needing a replacement SATA cable or to anyone adding a new hard drive to their current system. Definitely worth the price and better than most other SATA cables out there. Will definitely be buying this type of cable again in the future if the need arises.
Pros: Price--I bought this product on sale from NewEgg for $39.99. While I purchased it primarily for the security features, I now find the Norton Utilities that are included with this software to be a remarkable and useful addition to the security software as well. I have used Norton in one form or another for the past seventeen years and have had few (if any issues) with their products (CrashGuard, notwithstanding, of course!). Installation of the Norton Utilities program from the CD proved to be a bit of a problem (see "Other Thoughts" below), but a quick chat support session with a helpful and knowledgeable support technician resolved the issue quickly and professionally.
Cons: Installation of the Norton Utilities software was a bit of a problem, but was most likely due to the presence of another program on my laptop that was running in the background. See "Other Thoughts" below.
Overall Review: As mentioned above, installation proved to be somewhat problematic when it came to installing the Norton Utilities 16.0 software on my laptop. Attempting to install Norton Utilities from the included CD resulted in an error message that left me scratching my head and thinking that the CD was either useless or defective. However, since I had to download the Norton Security software from Norton's web site (the security software does not come on a disc in the package, but instructions for downloading and activating the software from the website are clear, uncomplicated, and easy to follow--especially if you already have a registered Norton account), it was only logical for me to request chat support and get some assistance. The representative (Vikas) was not only helpful, but was efficient in helping to resolve the installation issue that I was experiencing with the Norton Utilities CD. Basically, the support representative asked for the product key for my Norton Utilities program (Note: The product key for Norton Utilities is separate from the product key that is included in the box for Norton Security), established a remote session (with my approval) with my laptop and directed my browser to a Norton site where he proceeded to download the program in my default browser, then he attempted to open the downloaded file. When he encountered the same installation error, he then rebooted my laptop into "Safe Mode with Networking" and opened the downloaded program file and installed Norton Utilities from there. After installing the program in Safe Mode with Networking, and restarting the computer, he was able to activate the product and Norton Utilities was up and running. Problem solved!
I know Norton has a lot of detractors out there, but that has never deterred me from using Norton's security software in the past. While I was surprised to see that there was not an installation disk for the Norton Security software in the package, the increasing number of portable computing devices (tablets, ultrabooks, netbooks, and smart phones) and the lack of optical drives on said devices, this is only a logical and ecological way for Norton to provide its software to its users and I am fine with that. I highly recommend this product.
Pros: Bright blue LED light and quiet fan make this a great upgrade for any computer case that has 92 mm fans!
Cons: None whatsoever!!
Overall Review: I bought this to replace a proprietary Dell fan/shroud combination that would not work with a new (non-Dell) motherboard. The blue LED light on this fan lends a beautiful cosmetic effect to an otherwise dull (at least in appearance) motherboard upgrade. The fan itself moves quite a bit of air and does so in a very quiet manner that is easy on the ears and still manages to keep case temperatures cool!
Pros: Great 750 GB hard drive by Western Digital! Drive spins at 7200 rpm and is an excellent upgrade from the 160 GB drive that came with my Toshiba laptop over seven years ago.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: This review is an update from my previous review where I ran into problems with cloning the drive with the Acronis True Image WD Edition software. The problem was rectified by plugging the power cable into the Apricorn DriveWire device that I had attached between the laptop and this new drive. Once I did that, the OS recognized the drive properly and the Acronis True Image software was able to successfully clone the entire drive to this new drive. After successfully cloning the drive, I shut down the computer, removed the laptop battery, removed the old hard drive, installed the new hard drive and my laptop boots faster and the new drive runs smooth and quiet. One thing that I did notice: When I open my Google Chrome browser, my home page and other pages that were set to open when I fire it up are no longer there. Also, all of my browser extensions in Chrome had to be reinstalled. I don't know what the problem was, but it was easily rectified as well, so I am very happy with this drive and its downloadable software! I highly recommend this drive to anyone looking to upgrade their existing hard drive in a laptop computer! Kudos to both NewEgg and Western Digital!
Pros: This is a refurbished hard drive at a great price (I bought it as a Shell Shocker deal for $18.99) and is currently serving as a backup drive in a friend's computer. I was able to install and format the drive without an issue and it works great!
Cons: None whatsoever.
Overall Review: Western Digital continues its reputation for producing excellent hard drives. They are my first choice when it comes to hard drives and NewEgg is my first choice for a vendor for these hard drives as they have provided excellent service and support in the rare instances when I have received a defective WD hard drive.
Pros: It's a metal (not plastic) 3.5" to 2.5" adapter bracket that turned out to be the perfect solution for installing a Kingston SSDNow! 120 GB SSD into a Dell Dimension 3000 hard drive bracket and upgrading an old Dell Dimension 3000 computer. It came with all of the necessary screws for attaching the SSD to the adapter bracket and for installing the adapter bracket itself into the Dell hard drive bracket. Intuitve enough not to need printed instructions and well worth the price! I would recommend this bracket to anyone looking to properly secure a 2.5" SSD into an existing 3.5" HDD bay.
Overall Review: It might prove to be somewhat tougher installing this bracket into a 3.5" HDD bay that is not removable from the case, but not any tougher than installing an HDD in the same bracket, though.
Pros: This is a 16 GB USB 3.0 flash drive that looks nice, is capless in design (no cap to lose during use) and performs as adverised. I bought this as part of a combo deal at NewEgg (purchased another similar drive made by the same manufacturer, but was black/blue instead of black/yellow in color) for $12.41 total. Great quality at a great price! Unbeatable and highly recommended!
Cons: None whatsoever!
Overall Review: I bought this to add to my existing collection of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 flash drives and have no complaints whatsoever as the drive functions as advertised and looks great as well. I highly recommend it to anyone needing a flash drive for backing up their data or other computer-related uses.
Pros: Capless design! Perfect for me as I have lost the cap to one of my other USB flash drives that I have in my possession (and still have not found it to this day!). Blue color is pleasing to the eye. Best of all, I purchased this flash drive with another similar flash drive (made by the same manufacturer, but is black/yellow instead of black/blue) for a total of $12.41 on a special combo deal at NewEgg---unbeatable quality at an unbeatable price. Oh, I almost forgot--it's USB 3.0 so it's fast as well! Awesome and highly recommended!
Overall Review: I bought this to install a slipstreamed version of Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 on a friend's computer. I will be testing it later on and will update on how it performs in a later review. As will all flash drives, the capacity is somewhat less than advertised (in this case, this drive will show as having a total capacity of 14.4 GB in Windows), but that is no surprise to me as this has always been the case with any flash drive that I have purchased in the past. It should also be no surprise to anyone who has purchased flash drives and who is "in the know" about these things in a technological sense. This is no reason to deduct an egg in the rating of this product.
Pros: A great way to implement USB 3.0 on an older system. Comes with a driver CD. Price when I purchased this product was $14.99.
Cons: Only one port appears to properly recognize any USB 3.0 flash drive when attached to this card. The flash drive lights up (indicating that the port is at least providing power to the drive, but does not allow the drive to be recognized by Windows 7 whatsoever.
Overall Review: In my previous review, I stated (erroneously) that the drivers from the manufacturer's web site do not work. They do work after all, I simply did not extract them properly the first time in order to install them. Now they work just fine.
Pros: It is a 10' HDMI cable that costs only $2.99! Works just as well as more expensive HDMI cables and supports both 3D and 4K monitors. The 10' length was necessary in order to replace an existing 6' VGA cable (which cost $17) that was unable to be routed out of sight between a new 24" LED backlit LCD TV/Monitor and the computer case. Now there are no visible cords between the monitor and the computer case. Also, the video and sound go directly to the monitor from the EVGA videocard that I installed in the computer, so the old Dell speakers are no longer necessary.
Cons: None whatsoever. Great HDMI cable at a great price that does exactly what it is advertised to do. Rosewill and NewEgg rock!!!!!!
Overall Review: I still have a hard time believing that this cable only cost me $2.99. Three to four years ago, a pair of 6" HDMI cables cost between 30 and 40 dollars. What is even more mind-boggling is the price of a VGA cable at a local discount store (17 dollars!) Between cost and capability, this HDMI cable is a no-brainer in comparison to using a VGA cable (if you have an HDMI connection available on both your video card and your monitor, that is). Rosewill scored big with me on this one!!!
Pros: I got this card at a nice price ($10 off regular price) and it added a DVI (dual-link) and an HDMI port to the video connection capability of a friend's computer. This was my first time dealing with upgrading from a VGA connection to an HDMI connection on an LED backlit LCD TV/Monitor, and this card made it a painless upgrade!
Cons: I was looking for a little more ooomph! in adding this card to a computer whose WEI score was 4.2 in Windows 7's Aero graphics and 3.4 in business and gaming graphics capability. This card only raised the machine's Aero score to 4.3, but improved the 3D gaming and business graphics score to 6.2. Overall improvement in WEI went from 3.4 to 4.3! Not bad at all, but I was looking for a little more. My fault, so not worth taking away an egg for (see Other Thoughts). Note that there was no included driver CD that accompanied this card, but for anyone who has even a smidgen of technical know-how, this should not be a problem as you can always download the most current drivers from EVGA's site or simply go to www.nvidia.com and let it scan and detect the videocard and then you simply download and install the latest drivers from there.
Overall Review: This card became an immediate necessity after a complete overhaul of a friend's computer took an unexpected (but ultimately fortuitous) turn. While replacing nearly everything in an old Dell Dimension 3000 computer (with the exception of the two optical drives), and upgrading from Windows XP SP3 to Windows 7 SP1, the old CRT monitor that originally came with the computer finally gave up the ghost in a puff of smoke. My friend then took her grandson out (on Thanksgiving afternoon) to a Black Friday event at the local discount store and scored a beautiful 24" LED backlit LCD TV/Monitor that had a myriad of video and audio connections on it, including (of course) an HDMI connection. One of her old Dell speakers had developed a bothersome crackle in it, so this videocard appeared to be the next logical upgrade that was needed. Once I got the card installed (along with an inexpensive 10' HDMI cable from Rosewill), it was simply a matter of using the monitor's manual to get the HDMI connection to the card properly recognized and the rest was a simple job of installing the proper drivers from the manufacturer's website. The picture and the sound that are sent to the monitor from this card are perfect and crystal-clear. Please note that this card is probably between three and four years old, but it proved to be a great upgrade in this case and was just what the doctor ordered.
Pros: Six hundred watts of tightly-regulated clean power. MODULAR! Includes cable ties for managing cables and improving airflow. Comes with a standard three-year warranty as well. I bought this on sale at $59.99 with an offer for a $20 rebate in the form of a prepaid card!
Cons: It does not come with a quick start guide and while the modular cable outlets are labelled to some degree, it leaves a bit of guesswork to someone like myself who has never worked with a modular power supply before.
Overall Review: Corsair power supplies of this caliber used to have five-year warranties just five years ago. However, nearly all of the name brand PSU manufacturers have gone to three-year warranties nowadays. Also, Corsair used to wrap their PSUs in a velvet drawstring bag, but now it is just wrapped in a light whity foam envelope. Minor changes that are not worth taking an egg away for--just little things that catch my attention and make me wonder a bit.
Pros: Nice simple design with a nano receiver that plugs into any available USB port. Simple to use as well as the Logitech SetPoint software that I already had installed on my Toshiba laptop recognized it right away and correctly identified it as well. Comes with one AA battery installed in it.
Cons: The packaging that it comes in presents an unnecessary challenge as you literally have to use a knife to get to the mouse and nano receiver. The only other irritation is that I have to remember to switch it on, but I was spoiled by a previous Logitech mouse that switched on immediately when I removed its USB receiver from the slide space in the bottom of the mouse.
Overall Review: I bought this to replace a previous Logitech wireless mouse that I could no longer use due to the fact that I lost its wireless receiver. Since this mouse will be used on a laptop computer (touchpads are okay, but they are a PITA when I attempt to compose email!), I was a bit hesitant about buying this mouse because of the nano receiver. However, upon further examination, I found that the nano receiver fits into a convenient spot inside the mouse if you choose not to leave it in a USB port continuously. I am very pleased with the performance and quality of this mouse and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quality wireless mouse.
Pros: Simple to set up and use. Just plug one of the adapters into an electrical outlet near your router and connect it to the router with one of the provided Ethernet cables, then plug the other adapter into an electrical outlet near the computer that you wish to network with and attach it to the computer with the other Ethernet cable, and you're set.
Cons: The "500 Mbps" speed claim seems a bit optimistic to me, but it's not enough to take an Egg away from it, ratings-wise.
Overall Review: This is a great product to use if you wish to eliminate unnecessarily long Ethernet cables between a computer and the router, particularly if they are located in different rooms or on different floors in your house or apartment.
Pros: This kit is not only convenient, but is also easy to use. Simply plug the adapters in to an appropriately located electrical outlet (one near your wired or wireless router and the other near the computer that you wish to network to said router) and link one Ethernet cable to the router and the other Ethernet cable to the aforementioned computer and you are done! You now have your computer connected to your router and you are able to surf!
Cons: None that I can see thus far!
Overall Review: To be fair, I am using this in my two-bedroom apartment with a Linksys WRT54G v. 8.0 wireless-G router and a Toshiba laptop whose wireless networking adapter has finally bitten the dust. This kit afforded me an easy way to allow my laptop to surf the net without having to use a stupid-long Ethernet cord to connect it to my router (which is located in another room). The price for this kit is competitive with what it would cost to purchase a wireless networking adapter (which may or may not work with the laptop) and it provides a reliable and fast connection for the laptop. It also comes with a utility mini-CD for updating the firmware for this kit (if needed). I highly recommend this kit!
Pros: Sturdy design and construction with USB 3.0 compatibility and speed. Although I have no actual testing data to report, I can safely say this is one of the fastest drives I have purchased (I have 14 others) and I have used it to back up data on one of my computers. I bought it with the intended purpose of installing Windows 7 on one of my machines.
Cons: Like others have already noted, there is no LED activity light on this drive, but that is fine as I can see that files are transferring to and from the drive when I am in the Windows OS. Not a big enough deal to take an egg away, so I am giving this product a five-egg rating based on its performance and price ($6.99) when I bought it.
Overall Review: USB 3.0 speeds are now what I look for when I am looking to purchase USB flash drives. This drive has only served to reinforce that, as it has lived up to its advertised speeds. A-DATA is a very reliable and reputable manufacturer of flash drives and are well worth considering.
Pros: Small, compact USB 3.0 flash drive. I like the red activity light on the end of the drive as it is bright enough to be visible, but not so bright as to be annoying.
Cons: It's not capless, but I can deal with that. Actual capacity is 15.5 GB, but that is normal with flash drives of this size and larger, so no problem there, either. Just be aware of this if you purchase it.
Overall Review: I bought this to use as a bootable flash drive for installing Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on my computer. Unfortunately, I will have to reformat it in NTFS format as it is formatted in FAT32. No biggie. I am starting to purchase more USB 3.0 flash drives as they are faster than USB 2.0. I bought this for $9.99 with an eBlast promo code from NewEgg, so I am very pleased with this purchase.
Pros: Plenty of SATA and Molex 4-pin connectors! Five hundred watts of power (more than enough for my e-Machines desktop tower) and sleeved cables for excellent cable management (so the inside of my midtower case doesn't look like its full of spaghetti!). The entire PSU oozes quality and has a single, high-amperage +12v rail.
Cons: The 24-pin main connector was a little tough to get into my computer's motherboard and the PSU had a little problem getting started, so I checked it with a digital PSU tester to determine if it had a problem with the "power good" signal, but it tested out just fine. A second attempt at connecting the PSU connectors to everything in the desktop computer resulted in success, so no worries. All of the rails are putting out their advertised voltages well within stringent parameters and tolerances, so (in my opinion, anyway) the PSU is working as expected.
Overall Review: I have had this problem with a PC Power & Cooling PSU in this computer upon its initial installation, so I think the problem might be with the motherboard that I have in the computer. At any rate, the PSU arrived in working condition and is everything I expected it to be (and more). The price with promotional code and $20 rebate offer brought this gem of a PSU to a total cost of $29.99 for me. I highly recommend this PSU to anyone who is running a modern motherboard with a discrete videocard that requires a 6- or 8-pin PCI-E connector.