Date Joined: 04/12/06
Pros: Comfy on big ears, sturdy, flashy lights, USB, LOUD, & Win 7 64 Bit drivers (via download).
Cons: On the heavy side, flashy lights, cord not the longest, tin-y sound.
Overall Review: I'm not a gamer so this is all about music listening. These headsets get heavy after a while but they are VERY LOUD! The drivers do come with EQ settings but it's difficult to get the high end right. But with the feedback, listening to music is a whole new experience when the headset vibrates to the bass notes (force feedback). And boy, do these headsets give you bass notes! There are red LED lights on the earpieces that move to the music. Interesting but I wish they weren't there. All in all, nice sounding headsets with some annoying quirks that can be overlooked. One egg loss for weight and tin-y sound.
Pros: Large screen, sensitive touchscreen, lots of one-tough programmable buttons, nice mounting option. Picks up satellites really fast compared to other units I've owned. The updated firmware really adds and fixes a lot of things, making it a super-fine GPS.
Cons: Sometimes the back-button can get a bit sticky (have to press it a few times until it get's a clue, thus minus an egg), usual GPS common sense regarding routing applies. Not a lot of cases made for this size unit.
Overall Review: This unit is a solid GPS that works very well. There's been a lot of talk about the mounting and non-qwerty keyboard. However, update the firmware to the latest 2.22 and you get more user programmable buttons and the keyboard was switched to qwerty. As for the suction mount, it's a slot & key type deal that, after you suction it to the windshield, makes it really easy to slide on and off the unit (for those of us who have had our other GPS's stolen before). It also is no longer in the way of the power cord. The one-touch programmable buttons are very, very handy for those locations you go to the most, or for planning a trip. The larger screen is a HUGE plus. It may be a 4.7" screen, but it's noticeably larger than the 4.3" screens. All-in-all, this unit is a great bargain for the price.
Pros: All metal, no plastic.
Cons: A bit tricky to get the drive bolted in.
Overall Review: Not a whole lot to say here other than it's works. It has room enough for two drives. It's stamped metal so don't expect the prettiest drive adapter but if you're like me and abhor those windowed cases, then it's no problem. Just make sure you have a magnetic head screw driver for the bolts.
Pros: Basic laptop that does not have a bunch of buttons to break, Win7-64Bit, Fast, Pro business stuff (face recognition, webcam, etc), and feels a lot more solid than those other HP laptops.
Cons: Not a con for me, but it's technically not a media laptop. I don't need one, I don't like them, so I like this one very much. But could use more USB ports and a button to turn off the touch pad when using the keyboard. The number pad is scrunched. The touch pad needs a firm touch to work.
Overall Review: I bought this laptop to use as a portable test bed and computer for when I go fix other computers and networks. The wireless works great. Having the number pad is a bonus, but it's squeezed in there so fat-finger syndrome is common. The keyboard feels solid and nice for typing.
Pros: Bought it to mount a SSD in my new build. I was expecting bent sheet metal but very gratified on how solid it is (no sheet metal, solid aluminum). It also has mounts for two drives. It also lets enough of the drive to overhang to make the connections really easy.
Cons: It has some kind of pad to help dissipate heat. Not sure if you need it for an SSD, but it can be a pain to mount a drive without it curling up (just take it out, it's not glued down). Also, to mount the bottom drive, there are extra long bolts that takes a little bit of concentration to screw them into the drive.
Overall Review: I really like this unit. It's black, it's solid aluminum and it's very effective at mounting 2.5" drives. I'm a bit nervous about Rosewill products, not having used to many of them, but this one is excellent for what it does.
Pros: Lot's of buttons and tiny receiver.
Cons: Came with broken buttons and outdated software. At times the mouse went all squirmy, especially the wheel.
Overall Review: At least I can return it for a refund.
Pros: Inexpensive way to reclaim more room on your desktop. Also, very adjustable and has a nice amount of weight on the base for stability. It holds my two 23" monitors very nicely. Nice ring that tightens on the post to add more protection from dropping arms.
Cons: Kind-of feels like the bolts will strip if you tighten it to much (of which I have a bad habit of doing). Doesn't need much, but be aware. Also, a little difficult to line up the monitors perfectly.
Overall Review: This is just the ticket for a dual monitor set up. One piece of advice is to make sure that the monitors you buy have the ability to easily take off the WHOLE stand. My Acer's have the uprights that don't come off so I'm left with them hanging in the air. I'm sure there's a way to do it, but I don't feel like possibly breaking something.
Pros: Nice range and able to flash firmware.
Cons: Buffalo firmware is absolute GARBAGE!
Overall Review: I bought this for my work since Cisco routers are out of our budget.
The firmware that came with the router is the worst I've run into. It wouldn't save my settings, I had to go through hoops to enter in the static WAN address and it's close to impossible to program anything of any consequence (static address, port forwarding, etc.). However, it's easily flashed with Tomato firmware (thus flashing the warranty into oblivion). With Tomato, it's runs like a champ! Easy to program and, in my opinion, much better than DD-WRT. If you're looking for a router that works out of the box, pass on this. If you're OK with, and/or plan on flashing the firmware, go for it.
Pros: Full upgrade memory in one package at a good price plus gold always looks good in a computer.
Cons: Not a whole lot here.
Overall Review: I had a stick go bad after a couple of weeks but newegg came through with a new set. Since then it's been running like a champ. The gold actually does something because these things get WARM while running. I usually buy computers then upgrade them to where I want them. This time around I upgraded an HP a6700y pc. The memory made a HUGE difference in how fast it ran. Please note that if you are running a 32bit OS like XP or Vista, this would be overkill since they do not use anything more than a hair over 3GB of memory. If you have Vista 64 or XP 64 (I think) then go for it. I have yet to max out my memory usage after installing these.
Pros: Good size, inexpensive and plenty bright.
Cons: Not always consistent.
Overall Review: I bought two for a dual monitor setup. There is a noticeable difference between the two so I would suggest getting a monitor calibrator if you're doing the same and into graphic artsy type stuff. Otherwise, they're wonderful monitors that kick the pants off the 19"ers that I had before.
Pros: Nice screen and features.
Cons: Recert items is like turning the roulette wheel.
Overall Review: I like Navigon products. so I decided I wanted to upgrade to a GPS with more features. Unfortunately, the recertified products are a hit and miss. First it would take forever to boot, then freeze up when I put in an address into the favorites. Worse of all, it would reboot while it was navigating. Good luck in getting one that works right.
Pros: Easy install, fast, and reliable.
Cons: Lack of markings on the front.
Overall Review: It could identify more of what it can do on the front of the drawer (like other burners). Besides that, it burns DVDs fast and reliably. I have yet to make any coasters with it. Bottom line, it just plain works.