Date Joined: 07/20/04
Pros: Low cost, lots of storage capacity, was able to install Windows Storage Server 2012r2 no problems (2 drivers needed to download from HP - HP iLO drivers), nice array controller, extra power supplies easy to find and cheap
Cons: HP Gen1 technology a bit dated
LOUD (think "jet engine", but this is true of most older HP Proliant servers)
doesn't come with array controller battery
Warranty NOT via HP - Can't get Service Pack download without service contract, but you can get all the needed drivers
Overall Review: For the price, this is hard to beat if you need a storage server. I wish I would have got the one with more ECC memory after seeing it listed for only $20 more. The array battery is easy to find, as well as the extra power supplies. Would have given 5 stars if it came with the array battery.
Pros: Looks great. Want to buy, but...
Cons: Can you wallmount this monitor?
Overall Review: If someone who owns this monitor could let me know if there are wall mount holes behind the included stand mount I would app it. HP, NE, product manual, photos here, nor other pre-purchase search (hour on phone with HP) was able to determine if so.
Pros: Great little sound card. See other reviews.
Cons: None. Reviewers talking about having no equilizer should download the driver from mfg site.
Overall Review: Go to mfg. site and download driver for Dolby. This gives you a control panel with EQ even if you don't use digital out and stick with analog.
Pros: Good sound, great for gaming or just listening to music. Ear cushions are comfortable for me.
Cons: Mic switch is reversed. On in off position, off in on position. Don't know if this is a driver issue, or if they were just not wired correctly. I saw another review with same issue.
Overall Review: Took off an egg for the funky mic switch. Otherwise I'm happy with these headphones. I often game on a computer I have set up in my garage, and run a big (loud) fan when it's hot outside. These headphones block out the outside noise very well, so I can hear whats going on in the game.
Pros: Combo pack has all you need to keep phone charged, and connectivity to PC/USB.
Cons: It would have been much simpler to just provide the chargers w/ USB ports, and a data cable rather than the two chargers with their own wired-in cables and a data cable.
Overall Review: I prefer to have chargers that just take a USB cable than wired-in chargers. Makes more sense to me. Having said this, for the money this is a good product just the same. Not the highest of quality for this type product, but adaquate for the job. So, I really just purchased this for the data cable, which I could have gotten for a couple bucks cheaper elsewhere online, however I figured it wouldn't hurt to have the extra chargers anyway.
Pros: As reviewed. Would recommend.
Cons: None I can think of.
Overall Review: This is a great product for the price. Good signal, good quality, nice packaging, and can attach a better antenna if desired. PERFECT.
Pros: Can't say. Does not work with TW.
Cons: Limited ISP Support
Overall Review: Under product features it says "compatible with major cable providers", however this does NOT seem to be the case with TW. Although I was able to get a connect, I could not get better than 1m!!! The MFG site clearly says COMCAST ONLY for this modem. Online Chat w/ them confirmed. No user configurable settings to try to make it work. Returning unit since I have no way to make it work with TW at this time.
Pros: Card does work as port mult with onboard Sil 3132 (not sure about add-in cards, but it should work)
Cons: Tech support was not very helpful when trying to figure out what this card would work with.
Item description does not show that the MOTHERBOARD MUST SUPPORT PORT MULT. Good luck finding out if your MB does in fact support PM.
Should come with the JMicron Utility - do a search for JMB36X_WinDrv_R1.17.63_WHQL.zip to find it. I got it from "Patriot Convoy 425XL support" (it uses the same JMicron chipset)
Overall Review: I got this card to work as a port mult after installing on an old LanParty UT590 board that has onboard Sil 3132. I'm running WS2008r2 Hyper-V with several VMs. Did not want to RAID as yet, or go JBOD. Tried to get it to work with the Syba PEX 40040 card (Asmedia chip) but would not work for port mult. (tech suppoert said it wouldn't, but I'm hard-headed)
Took off an egg due to the hassle I went through to get this card working the way I wanted.
Pros: Works as described, sort of...
Cons: 1. I Have not been able to get the port multiplyer feature working as yet. (better to stick with sil 3132 I think)
2. WON'T FULLY SEAT IN PCI SLOT WITH ATTACHED BRACKET
Overall Review: I was having problems getting the system to see this card when installed only to find out that it wasn't fully seated in slot because of the mounting bracket. Removed the bracket and it seated fine. This is a design flaw, so took off one egg because you really need the bracket to be secured to insert eSATA cables without knocking it loose from the slot. I'm going to try to modify the bracket rather than return the item, but you shouldn't have to have a machine shop to install an add-in card...
Pros: Lots of good features. OK software, (but included softare doesn't seem to work with my other IP cameras). Was acceptible quality all in all for price paid before it failed.
Cons: Not very good color. No green at all. Not very good quality IMHO. The firmware should let you use night vision without turning on the LEDs. Since it is an indoor camera, the LEDs reflect off a window if you are trying to view outdoors at night. It would work better to have a seperate IR emitter (which you can find online). Included softare doesn't seem to work with other brand IP cameras.
Overall Review: Mine failed after 32 days of ordering it. (not even actual service.) So have to RMA via MFG. It suddenly began having VERY poor video quality, with horizontal lines running across the middle 2/3rds of the screen. MFG RMA process is questionable since you have to send a msg and then wait for an RMA. We'll see how this works out...
Pros: Jumbo frame support, full duplex gig, plenty of bandwidth for several concurrent video streams.
Great switch for price.
Overall Review: Wasn't sure if I would like the new case design, but since I wall mount it anyway this is not an issue. One port that I had working with gig on another switch is now auto-neg for 100mb for some reason, but this may be a cable issue and I haven't had time to troubleshoot it yet, so may not be fault of the switch. It is fairly simple to make a wall mount template, so won't gripe about it not being supplied. Just take a piece of paper lay it flat across the back of the unit, and press it into the mounting holes to get the outlines. then mark a center dot for each screw on the paper, tape it on the wall and run your screws through the dots. Pull off the paper, and you have perfectly alligned wall mount.
Pros: Good specs. Stable power when working. Good price point. Good warranty.
Cons: Seems to have a high failure rate.
Overall Review: First unit failed after 6 months. RMAed unit and received a refurb replacement which lasted only 3 weeks. Now have to pay again to ship second unit back. I'm beginning to think that I may have been better off spending a bit more for higher quality unit. I hope the next replacement will last longer. If you get one, be sure you have a backup PS just in case, or your PC will be down for weeks waiting for a RMA & replacement.
Pros: CoH, Unreal3, Grid all run at max settings with just one of these cards. Great Warranty. May not even bother getting a second to SLI.
Overall Review: I purchased this card to replace an out-of-warranty XFX 8600GTS card (I wish that it had LT warranty...) that was paired with another in SLI mode. This single card significantly out-performs my SLIed 8600GTS setup I had.
It does seem to create quite a bit more heat than my old setup did. I probably won't have to run my furnace much in winter...
Pros: Great performance, rock solid for Hyper-V
Overall Review: Running MS Server 2008R2 w/ 4 Hyper-V machines total. 2 Win7Pro, 1 WHSv1, and 1 WHSv2. Gave each WHS 1 core, and 2 cores for the Win7 VMs. Good speed, and very reliable. WHS runs great under Hyper-V. WHS v2 pre-release runs great as well. Should be be easy to migrate over when final release of WHSv2 is out.
Pros: Upgrade and reinstall of Windows 7RC went without a hitch. Drivers loaded no problem. Very easy upgrade.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: This seems to be a great board so far. Running Win7 x64 and Media Center no problem. I would buy again.
Pros: Very stable power supply for the money. Other reviews cover most of the pros quite well.
Cons: OCZ is a bit slow with RMA process. Hopefully this one will last longer than the one I replaced. (600w OCZ GameXtream)
Overall Review: I ordered this 850w OCZ GameXtream supply to replace a 600w GameXtream I had to RMA under warranty after just a little over 2 years of use. RMA process with OCZ is a bit of a pain, and took 3 days to get the RMA number. I shipped ground, and it came back ground, so I would have been without a PS for two weeks if I hadn't just bought a new one.
Pros: Loaded Tomato v1.25 no problem, then went to DD-WRT instead (more familiar interface for me) with no problem. No need to repeat other user comments and reviews.
Cons: 1. I don't know why they made the external antenna jack recessed in case, (or at least they could have made a larger recess) so some antennas (such as D-Link ANT-24-0700) won't install directly on unit and you have to use the extension cable and base. (and loose a couple db for connectors this way)
2. Factory firmware is encrypted.
Overall Review: Despite the minor cons, this is a great G-class router. No need to repeat other user comments and reviews. If not for the two minor cons, which many would not have an issue with, I would have given 5 eggs.
Pros: See other's comments. Maybe once I get it working I'll have more good things to say.
Cons: Am I the only one having problems with the drive mounting screws? Tried to use the drive screws that came with my CoolMaster Centurion 590 (4 of my cases would not work for this product, so bought new case) Mounted drives in trays, and to my surprise, the trays would not slide past each other because the screw heads hit on adjacent drives. Must need very thin flat-head screws to install drives in this unit. Was it supposed to come with drive screws? If so, I didn't get them. The drive screws that came with the CoolMaster 590 are not flat, so I ran into this problem. Hoping I can find some flat screws that will work, or I may have to grind off some of the ones I have.
Overall Review: Clearance between trays is much too close, and not enough to use some drive mounting screws. If special screws are needed, it should come with them. Mfg site is useless, as is "User's Manual". Better be pretty handy and have workshop to install this product.
Pros: It does what I want, (well,sort of). I can watch my stored video on tv now.
Cons: poor range, not great picture quality, stereo only (no surround sound), not great sound quality even in stereo. Expect some interference, and spending some time finding the best channel to use.
Overall Review: Does some strange things with my XP machine. Machine won't boot past BIOS if turned on. Turns itself on all by itself while machine is idle (even when disabled in XP). Always starts in PAL mode, and have to switch to NTSC. Seems to me to be quite over priced for what you get.
Pros: Good price for what you get
Cons: none (except note below)
Overall Review: I got this machine to run Windows Home Server on. My WHS-RC1 license will expire soon, and I had it running on a very old machine. Too bad it doesn't have the option for WHS OS instead of Vista. (HINT TO eMachine)Had to fork out another $xxx for WHS.
Pros: Ditto on all the other comments. Vista64 w/4gb ram running 2 monitors @ 1680x1050 without a hitch. UT 2004 maxed out.
Overall Review: Getting another one of these for my other machine. Highly recommend.