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Eric L.

Eric L.

Joined on 05/24/06

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Most Favorable Review

Good Monitor

Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms  Widescreen LCD HDMI Monitor 500 cd/m2 800:1 Built-in Speakers
Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms Widescreen LCD HDMI Monitor 500 cd/m2 800:1 Built-in Speakers

Pros: Large screen. Better for gaming vs. the 30" monitors in my opinion since you don't need to crank the resolution up so high and I don't notice any ghosting at all (I do on the 30" dell). Phenomenal on the eyes as you can sit further back and read/work/play with ease. I've noticed I'm capable of working a lot longer without eye strain because of this. No dead pixels (though I kind of regard this as a standard these days). Good power efficiency for monitor of this size.

Cons: No higher resolution options than 1920x1200. My videocard/motherboard doesn't recognize the monitor until windows loads (x850xt/p5w dh deluxe), not sure what's going on here. I think it has something to do with the HDMI>DVI cable and/or the age of the card. Regardless my secondary monitor works fine still for bios and OS selection screens. Black levels/contrast ratio could be a little better (when only using the 28" I don't notice it but when i turn on my secondary monitor with 1200:1 ratio I can tell the difference with them side-by-side). The plastic used around the screen seems a little flimsy (not terrible really, I'm just nitpicking here to be thorough).

Overall Review: For the price I suppose this monitor deserves 5 eggs as it's a terrific price:performance ratio, but I'm of the mindset that something needs to be flawless to have 5/5, and there are a few things with this monitor that could be a bit better. The price will probably go down significantly in a year or so given the way the LCD market has been going lately. This is true for any hardware really though... You just need to live in the now. The viewing angles aren't as terrible as some people are making them out to be in my opinion on this particular LCD. I'm going to use this for all my computing needs and my DLP for all my TV needs probably until TVs/Monitors become multi-purpose displays, so in a few years I'll splurge and pick up something new. Until then, this monitor is great. I have no regrets with this purchase.

Most Critical Review

Honest Review. I'm not very impressed but it isn't terrible.

nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 6000B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 6000B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: 1. No sharp edges anywhere. 2. Good quality steel. 3. Good layout internally with fan locations. 4. The drive tray for DVD drives + Hard Drives functions beautifully and is of decent quality with HD softeners to deaden vibration noise. 4. Built in card-reader is good in concept. 5. Visually the case looks very sharp. Fits in RIGHT at home next to my Marantz receiver. Visually looks like it belongs with top quality gear like that. 6. Enough room to fit a monolithic CPU Cooler such as a Scythe Ninja that I'm using. Helps a lot with HTPC's IMO because they can run the CPU at OC'd frequencies and voltages without needing much cooling if any. Have my 2.5ghz intel C2D at 3.7 with no fan and it doesn't get very hot at extended full load. Awesome.

Cons: 1. Despite visually looking great, most the case is very cheap quality, especially on the outside. 2. The hinge for the front bottom-panel drop down is extremely flimsy, will break easily, and feels VERY cheap. Also note: hinge -- No plural. One hinge for the entire bottom panel. I get better quality from 25$ cases here. 3. The drive tray gets in the way of even Mid-Size GPU's. DO NOT try to put a large graphics card in here. It will not fit by default. You can take a dremel and drill half the drive tray off removing the two HD slots on the right (Not a big deal if you're using less than two hard drives since it fits Four) and you'll be OK w/ your monolithic GPU's. 3. Three. Yes Three of the gold screws you screw into the case to hold the Mobo BROKE OFF while screwing the MOBO in. They broke so I couldn't remove the insides. Never had this happen once in 20+ PC builds. I had to hack fix it w/ rubber + Solder. 4. Fans have no mobo fan adapters, only Molex. CHEAP.

Overall Review: It's not a terrible case. If you're willing to replace the 120mm side fans and the two back fans with better quality ones, be VERY careful when screwing your mobo in, are willing to dremel away your HD brackets for large GPU's -- You'll have a VERY NICE case internally. Still doesn't solve the cheapness and flimsiness of the outside of the case though. Power button is cheap as hell and the hinge of the bottom bracket is just pathetic and embarrassing almost.

Excellent product, Bulk-size

ARCTIC MX-2 (30g) Carbon-Based Thermal Compound, Non-Electricity Conductive, Non-Capacitive
ARCTIC MX-2 (30g) Carbon-Based Thermal Compound, Non-Electricity Conductive, Non-Capacitive

Pros: Best ceramic paste I've used. Similar to Arctic Silver Ceramique in application thus my preference for this one over the MX3.

Cons: None so far for the actual product. Would be nice if we could get a normal sized tube and not only the giant one as only the huge tube is available at time of writing.

Terrible Controller

HORI PS3 Wireless Turbo Controller Red
HORI PS3 Wireless Turbo Controller Red

Pros: It functions wirelessly

Cons: All the buttons are extremely small. The D-Pad is terrible. The triggers don't have the same degrees of sensitivity as the Sony. It requires a USB dongle connected to the PS3 to work. It's worthless to try to aim with this in FPS games. The dongle ALWAYS takes over Controller 1 on the PS3 -- Even when the PS3 is turned on with a Sony Controller -- ANNOYING after a while.

Overall Review: There will be epic battles in your living room! No one will want to be the one having to use this controller. Excitement guaranteed!

Excellent Drive, Have multiple.

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Excellent performance and compatibility for the price. Runs at a moderate temperature. Fairly quiet. Excellent speed considering price. No failures in any of the drives I've purchased. All work flawless on multiple different SATA controllers. I even have one in an External SATA Enclosure hooked up to an Xbox360 now -- No problems at all. Seagate has excellent customer service as well in my history.

Cons: It's pretty average when it comes to heat. It's not a cool drive but I wouldn't consider it a hot drive.

Overall Review: I accidentally broke the SATA connector off the back of one. I called Seagate and they RMA'd it no problem over the phone. I was on hold for maybe 5 minutes before an American answered the phone and completely took care of my issue (No outsourced calls to people who can't really help you). He gave me the numbers. I mailed the drive and THE DAY THEY RECEIVED IT they mailed me a brand new one. Excellent customer service in my opinion. I've been a loyal Seagate customer and will continue to be because of times like these.

Tested for a month

CORSAIR Survivor 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model CMFUSBSRVR-8GB
CORSAIR Survivor 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model CMFUSBSRVR-8GB

Pros: Alright, I've had this thing for a month and I must say I'm impressed with it. I have a problem with breaking things. I put this on my keychain, it gets banged around everywhere and smashed all over the place. It functions flawlessly and like-new. The rubber gasket on the inside is excellent quality and seals the USB stick VERY well. Got it in water already, no problem. Had the base of a 100+lbs Christmas Tree fall on it while selling them over the winter, some scratches but no dents and no problems.

Cons: Seems slow. I wish it were a wee bit faster to be honest. It can be a bit bulky at times but not an issue to me.