Date Joined: 04/07/03
Pros: This card is ideal for HTPC:
a) no fan, so no noise
b) supports VDPAU (Nvidia PureVideo third gen)
c) dirt cheap
That would let you transfer any computer, no matter how old, as long as it has PCIe for video, into a perfectly working HTPC with 1080p support
Cons: All third generation PureVideo hardware (G98, MCP77, MCP78, MCP79MX, MCP7A) cannot decode H.264 for the following horizontal resolutions: 769–784, 849–864, 929–944, 1009–1024, 1793–1808, 1873–1888, 1953–1968 and 2033–2048 pixel
Overall Review: this card is probably not too good for anything else, but HTPC. I wouldn't really know that. for that price, what else do you want
Pros: This is one of the items, you don't technically NEED, but once you have it, can't let go. Very good looking package, very nice solid unit. Buttons, wires, even the paint - all great quality, looks anything but cheap. Also, I love that it has pluggable wires, so you if you don't need the IDE connectors, you don't plug them.
Cons: Can't think of any
Pros: Fast connectivity: I have 8 devices plugged in to it and all of them are actually transferring something. Never a problem.
Very reliable switch: never had it hand up on me and require a reboot.
Easy to spot if a computer is connected at 1000Mbps speed or no.
Looks very sturdy too, not like the cheap-looking plastic hubs.
Cons: really, none.
Overall Review: At first I had reservations about this "green" stuff. But after a long usage time, this is one of those pieces of equipment that by far exceeded my expectations.
Pros: Good sturdy looks. Very light. Controls are few and intuitive. Long battery life
Cons: Software it came with is not working well on non-english texts, a lot of manual work needed to read non-english book. Very slow on long texts when you scroll far enough. Awful, shady support
Overall Review: If you are looking for a book which will not aggravate you, don't buy this one. Their website is full of broken links. In order to get a firmware update, you must register, and it will send you a verification link with broken URL. Support does not answer. I couldn't get a firmware update, no matter how hard I tried, so I ended up deciding that for $200-worth device I already wasted too much time and returned it back.