Date Joined: 11/12/02
Pros: The key layout is almost identical to my original MS Natural (putty colored) that it replaced (I had it 15+ years). The space bar is split, but other than that the key layout (including the Home/End/Delete and arrow keys) and spacing feels exactly the same. The key response is different and it's not as "clicky" sounding as my old keyboard, but having the layout and the pitch be so close is worth everything to me.
Cons: It feels a "little" different, but it's hardly noticeable already. The only odd thing is the Num/Caps/Scroll Lock LEDs are not bright enough to see that they're on until you look directly down on them. Other than that, I really have no complaints.
Pros: Looks very cool and is quite tall. It *just* fits in my mid-tower IN WIN GT1 case with a Z170-AR motherboard.
Cons: The instructions aren't the easiest to follow. Plenty of YouTube Videos on the process.
Overall Review: I mounted it on an ASUS Z170-AR using the 1150 instructions. The *only* issue I had was using the incorrect mounting screws. It is somewhat difficult to differentiate between the two sets based on the pictures and the screws aren't labeled either way. Using the taller set of mounting screws worked perfectly.
Pros: It kinda works.
Cons: Used it to join two 6 foot HDMI cords to make a 12 foot cord. I used electrical tape to lock the joins in place, but when I plugged it in, the sounds was spotty and the video had little spots. I tried putting a little pressure on the joints in different ways and every once in awhile I would get a clear picture, but more often that not I had a bad or non-existent picture. I took the cables apart and tried each individually and it was perfect. I tried joining them again and same bad results.
Overall Review: Consequently, if you can find the perfect spot and *never* move it, you might be able to make this connector work for you.
Pros: Sound is pretty good from what I have used so far. I prefer the vibration to be on because it seems to add just a little something to the bass effect in songs.
Fits my big head (hat size is 7 3/4 or 7 7/8). Very comfortable and even has a slight noise cancelling effect when not playing any sound.
Fold-up mic is great although I haven't really got to use it for much and definitely like the volume wheel.
The appearance is nice and seem sturdy enough. Setup was pretty easy in Windows 7...Just had to set them as the default playback device.
Cons: The only con I can even begin to think of would be the cord is a bright redish pink color. I happen to like it, but I could see someone not liking it.
Pros: It looks to be well made and if it fit in the space I needed it for, it would probably be great.
Cons: The bend is on the crown side. To connect to the TV I have, it needs to be bent towards the long flat side.
Also, expect that it will take awhile to get to you. If you need it this week, look for another option. The two I ordered took 17 days to get to me, but I wasn't in a huge hurry because these were going to be a "nice to have" item.
Pros: I installed an H80i and the temps went *up* about 5 to 10 degrees over the stock Intel CPU cooler (from 30 - 35C to 35 - 45C). Decided the paste must have been bad and used some old Arctic Silver 5 I had laying around and didn't get enough on there for fear of putting too much and it messing up my system, so the temps were again 5-10 degrees higher with much wider fluctuations to the high side. It shot up to over 80C once.
So, I looked around and researched a lot of things and found the GELID GC-Extreme and took a chance. Cleaned it all up again and applied the compound a little thicker than probably necessary, but figured it's not supposed to be conductive, so what the heck.
It immediately dropped the temperatures down to below where the original Intel stock CPU cooler was (29 to 33C). After a little while, I now see temps as low as 25C and almost never above 40C even under load and in the middle of summer in Texas.
Cons: The only con I can find is it's a little odd spreading the paste evenly, but it's not that bad and a little too much in my case hasn't caused any issues in well over a month's worth of use.
Overall Review: Board: ASUS Z87-Pro
CPU: Intel I5-4670k
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i
Pros: It's not what I wanted, but for under $50 it will allow me to wait until 800 Series cards come out early 2015.
It has 2gb, a Display Port, and it installed very easily. Doesn't require a fan or power plug to work. I slapped it into my ASUS Z87 Pro, uninstalled the Intel Onboard Graphics driver and Windows 8.1 pro did the rest.
Cons: * It's not what I *really* wanted, but it didn't cost me $300+ either.
* The DVI-D is *only* digital, so you cannot put a DVI to VGA converter on it
Overall Review: Works like a champ. My CPU isn't running above 55 degrees Celsius anymore (usually more like 35 now) and that was running FIFA 14 with settings on high pushing a 144hz ASUS monitor at it's highest resolution. I don't think I want to run something like Crysis, BF or the new COD coming in November on the highest settings, but it will do for now.
Pros: Been as solid as a rock and is cleaner and brighter than my old AOC 22" (nothing against it, but it's just a 5 year old LCD monitor that's served me well).
Now that I have a DP cable to my MB's DP port, I can run the 144Hz. Can't wait to be able to afford new video card and game to really push it.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Overall Review: Will be picking up another at some point (when the price drops again) to fully retire my old AOC or maybe I will pick up one of the new 4k's when I can afford it.
Pros: Don't know why a M-M display port cable is so hard to find, but this works exactly as I need it to. I am able to run my ASUS monitor at 144hz with no issues.
Pros: Booting is much faster and stability is vastly improved. Comes with a 3.5" adapter bracket. The cloning software license that's included worked seamlessly even in on Win 8.1 pro. Slapped it in my external drive dock, downloaded and installed the software, clicked the option to clone the drive, followed the prompts, it restarted, cloned the drive, and I told the BIOS to use that drive and the rest is history.
Cold boots use to take about 50 seconds with about 15 seconds of that happening during the post before the OS starts loading. Now, it takes about 25 seconds for a cold boot and about 22-23 seconds on a restart.
The data access is phenomenally quick compared to my old SATA II drive.
Cons: About the only con I can find is the length of the license key...It's long and easy to mistype a character. (BTW, I didn't enter any dashes, so it seems that works better)
Overall Review: I was a little concerned with a couple of the recent very negative reviews, but so far not seeing any issues and I'm *very* happy with my purchase.
Pros: Partially Modular
No Issues so far, but I haven't gotten my GPUs to put in SLI to really test it yet.
Lots of cable options to connect in the modular cables.
Has a zip up case that organizes all the modular cable connectors.
Cons: Each modular connector only lights up if you have something connected into it.
Power connector for MB is a little short which will make it difficult when I put in big GPU cards.
Overall Review: Don't know how I would have enough room to connect all those things to the PSU to get all the colors (at least in my mid-tower case).
Feels Solid and heat sinks look good.
Fast memory for a really good price.
Love the fan being directly over the memory to keep it cool.
Cons: The CPU fan is a little confusing at first and depending on your motherboard it can be difficult to find enough space to install it.
Overall Review: With the fan, just realize you're bending the two ends toward the center to create enough tension to stretch them back the other direction over the memory. The bottom of each side slots over each side of memory brackets.
I had problems with a USB 3.0 cable connected to a connector on the MB right next to the memory brackets, so I had to bend the fan bracket a little oddly to make it fit. Mine would be way more sturdy if that wasn't in the way, but it works fine.
Pros: Pushes a lot of air.
Easy to install.
Pros: Push Air well.
Easy to install.
Look Pretty with the LEDs.
Cons: Have one of the two I purchased that makes a sound like a hard drive being constantly accessed.
Overall Review: When it first started clicking, I kept checking to see what program was pounding my hard drive and there was nothing. Put my finger in the middle of the fan to slow it down and the sound went away immediately. It is working, so I really don't want to uninstall my H80i cooler just to switch it out.
Pros: It's a liquid cooler.
It does its job.
Looks cool in my case (looks can be deceiving).
It actually fit in my Mid-Tower case (IN WIN GT One) over my MB (ASUS Z87 Pro).
Cons: Running about 5 to 10 degrees Celsius **Warmer** than the Intel stock cooler I had on it originally.
In a Mid-tower, it's tough to get your fingers in where they need to be for several steps.
Instructions confuse the issue on several things.
Overall Review: Suggest putting bracket on motherboard before installing fans and radiator. The standoffs are a pain to install when the fan is almost hanging over 2 of the post holes. Same problem happens when doing the thumbscrews, but can't do those early.
When the instructions say to install the radiator hose-down, the picture makes it seem like you install it with the hoses oriented down towards the motherboard which will just not fit. It's down towards the bottom of the case.
On my motherboard, Socket 1150, the bracket had play in it *after* installing the standoffs which apparently is intentional, but the instructions make no mention of it, so I spent several minutes checking and re-checking that i had done everything correctly.
Pros: -- Small and easily setup. Works even in Windows 8.1.
-- Software on the Manufacturer site is up to date and is fairly easy to find.
-- With enough horse power it produces a nice experience.
Cons: -- Complete software doesn't install unless you have the serial number
-- One processor is not enough horse power to make this work (Has sat next to my PC for like 4 years because my old machine couldn't run it.)
-- Tries to nickle and dime you for services to be turned on
Overall Review: If you have Windows Media Center and don't have the serial number, just use the TV Center software to install the plugin for Windows Media Center. I was all ready to go buy a new device for my new system and tried this to see if it worked and after I bypassed the Pinnacle TV Center setup and used WMC, it was all good. Saved me $50.
Pros: Love the look and brightness...Had to turn them off after awhile when I was installing because they were hurting my eyes being so close to them. They can create lots of effects. I have them on the inside edge of a lip on my case window (IN WIN GT1, black) and they have a very nice effect on to the window itself because the light partially diffuses into the clear plastic window itself.
Cons: As stated by some, the connector to the power source can be a little loose and or pull on the strip, but I figure I will clean that up with some black electrical tape.
The power source/IR controller is white and doesn't come with any double stick tape to put it anywhere, but that's easy enough to pick up somewhere and I guess you could always paint the controller black if you want it to disappear in a dark case.
The controller does have two small screw holes on the top and bottom edge that I suppose you can use to screw them into something else. Not sure what you screw them into or with what, but I guess that's an option if you find a way to do it.
Overall Review: The only other thing I had was in extending the strip with more 12in extensions (yes, they exist...See Q&A). I connected up 2 more strips and only one of the three produced the color I requested on the control. The other two produced a different color than I requested, but those two did have same color. Tried connecting them different ways, but the true color strip was always correct and the other two were always a different color. Not a huge deal to me because it still looks very cool and if I just chose Red or White, they were all the same.
Pros: Slapped this drive in and partitioned it into 2 drives and it's working just fine. Sound level is acceptable and I haven't noticed any slowness in the drive (then again I had to make a 1.5Gb anyway).
Cons: Only problem I had was not having a small enough jumper to *easily* make it a 1.5Gb drive. Had to put a piece of tape on it to keep it from dropping out, but that seems to have worked well. (Gotta love those HIGH tech solutions!)
Pros: Small and compact and downloads my 4gb Transcend SD card with little trouble...Put SD card in reader, then reader in USB 2.0 port. Fantastic downloads compared to what I did have.
Cons: Cap is goofy...That's about it.
Pros: Large space capacity and very fast to pull data off of it. I was originally pulling data off this SD card using the ports on my HP printer and it literally took 70+ minutes to transfer 4gb. I felt fortunate versus what some have said about this product, but I could store 4gb on my camera, so I really didn't care. I got the Rosewill RSD-CR102 USB 2.0 SD/MMC Card Reader with my second purchase of this same card and wow, what a difference a USB 2.0 device on a USB 2.0 port can do! 5 minutes...that's it. Approximately 13-14mb per second.
Cons: You do have to delete the files while connected to the computer...I never reformat. You do have to put the card in the reader, then put the reader in the USB port. Small price to pay for this flexibility.
Overall Review: It's so big my camera, 7600 Nikon Coolpix, always says it has 1 hour and 20 minutes of recording time, until it is almost finished with the card and you have about 10 minutes of recording time lef.
Pros: Big and the screen was very crisp and clear. Absolutely loved the DVI picture...
Cons: ...Until it died 3 days ago. I had their driver installed from the get-go and used their cable. It was beautiful while it lasted. I have contacted their e-mail support, lets see what happens there.
Overall Review: If you get a good one, I think it's great. Never used the speakers, so I don't even know if they were worth anything.
Pros: Had all the connectors I wanted with plenty of power. No issues whatsoever. Blue light looks great.
Cons: Color of wires aren't all that pleasing, but I'm not really concerned with that since no one really notices the wires with all the other lights in the case.
Overall Review: I have had this for 10 months with no issues. Running half a dozen case fans, extra lighting...Thinking of getting another one for the new computer I'm building.