Date Joined: 01/26/08
Pros: Works with Windows Vista 64bit.
Cons: Not really.
Overall Review: Throw away the driver CD- download the drivers from ENCORE's website instead.
Pros: Even on the largest resolution monitors, this card will play almost all games at high settings- with the obvious exception being Crysis.
Cons: It makes a constant high pitch noise whenever I am running games or applications that utilize GPU's. The card still seems to work fine, and it is fairly easy to drown out the noise with a game or music.
Overall Review: This isn't really worth complaining about, but the black edition just doesn't look that good when compared to the standard-clocked version. I guess XFX spent their time on things other than aesthetics when designing this card.
Pros: This is the perfect DSLR for beginners looking to upgrade from a point and shoot camera. The Rebel XS is a huge step up from even the priciest point and shoot models. It has great image quality, low noise, and more features than you can count.
Cons: -Continuous shooting in RAW mode or with the flash on is about 1 fps.
-Live view is totally pointless- It eats batteries faster than the built-in flash.
-Unless you disable it in the menu, the camera will strobe the flash three times when focusing in a slightly dark room, irritating its occupants and ruining any chance of a good shot.
Overall Review: I get so tired of point and shoot cameras that try to imitate DSLR's (*cough* SX10 IS) Those models that advertise themselves as "SLR-Like" are total jokes. They have tiny, noisy sensors and their electronic viewfinders are no match whatsoever to the viewfinder of a real SLR camera.
Pros: Great case for the price.
Cons: Some people don't like fluorescent orange.
Overall Review: This case does exactly what it is designed to do- protect its contents. If you adjust the two dividers correctly, then almost any camera-lens combination will be safe and secure.
Pros: -Large amount of space
-Black-Red color scheme matches my 1000D (not that you can ever see it while it's in the camera)
Cons: You might be better off buying two 8gb cards or four 4gb cards. Trust me, trying to look through a full card for a specific picture is a headache.
Overall Review: I bought this card because both the 4gb and 8gb versions were out of stock. I thought 16gb was way more than I would ever need, but it is great to be able to shoot in RAW + JPEG all day without worrying about running out of space at the worst possible moment.
Pros: Very useful at hunting down devices you didn't know used a lot of power
Cons: -No backlight
-Blocks other outlet
Overall Review: Everyone should have one of these
-Great zoom range- especially when paired with a cropped sensor camera like one of the rebels
-The EF lens mount means it will work with every one of Canon's digital SLR's (though I cannot imagine anyone putting one of these on a 5d mark II)
Cons: -No built-in image stabilization
-Relatively poor build quality
-Slow, imprecise auto focus (no USM)
-Front of lens rotates when zooming or focusing- a nightmare if you use circular polarizers.
Overall Review: This lens may not be the best, but it is better to have one of these than to not have a telephoto lens at all. If you can justify the cost, buy the image-stabilized USM version (around $500), or even better, get one of the white L lenses.
Pros: This tripod is lightweight and portable, yet easily supports my DSLR without any fear that it will be knocked over. Fully extended, it reaches much taller than my eye level (over 6ft). Despite most of the critical moving parts being made of plastic, they actually are quite durable and do not seem to show any signs of wearing out after 2 months of ownership. The built-in bubble level is accurate and a big help when on uneven ground.
Cons: As I said earlier, nearly all the critical moving parts on this tripod are made of plastic, so they will wear out faster than an all-metal tripod. This tripod also tends to cause a little bit more camera shake when you press the shutter button than a heavier one made of metal (Not a problem if you use a two second timer). The mechanism that tilts the camera 90 degrees to the left for portrait shooting leaves a lot to be desired- it has a tendency to tilt a few degrees too far. Also, the carrying strap on the bag is not padded or anything, but I guess I'm just nitpicking now...
Overall Review: I'm giving this tripod 5 stars because it is a good value for the money. It may not be as rock-solid as a tripod made entirely of metal, but it also much, much cheaper.
Pros: The speakers work fine, without that annoying tinny sound that most speakers in this price range have.
Cons: The plastic housing for these speakers is much larger than the speakers inside. Seems like a waste of space to me.
Overall Review: There is a button marked "3D" next to the volume knob that supposedly gives these two speakers the illusion of surround sound.
Pros: Headphones were inexpensive and somewhat comfortable. The mic works fine. (for now)
Cons: Cheap construction; Speakers failed after two days.
Overall Review: I should have spent a little bit more $ and bought good quality headphones.