Date Joined: 06/05/04
Pros: Room for (5) 3.5" drives or more if you use the 5.25" bays. Excellent cooling. Front washable air filters. Appearance and build quality are excellent. Backside cable routing. Overall very quiet.
Cons: Larger than you would expect for a micro ATX case. It was exactly what I was looking for though. The top 5.25" bay doesn't allow enough clearance for longer DVD drives since there is the large top fan.
Overall Review: I have this case loaded with an Intel micro ATX board, Intel E8400, Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro, 4GB RAM, XFX Geforce 9800GT, (1) WD 150GB Raptor, (3) WD 250GB in RAID5, Pioneer DVD-RW, and an Antec NeoHE 550 and everything looks great. I can still access all the cables and power connectors. Overall, I love this case and would buy it again.
Pros: The overall build quality is very good. I believe the original and possibly the current price reflects this. You are more paying for the quality of the stand and build than the quality of the LCD panel it self (see below). That being said the stand is very nice. The pivot and height adjustments are great. The stability is perfect and the cable management is a nice touch. Also, I haven't found any dead or stuck pixels and there is very little back light bleed.
Cons: The LCD panel is of average quality at best. It is a typical TN panel with the typical over saturated colors and brightness. There is also the standard color/brightness shifting as you move around the monitor. Out of the box the monitor was washed out and way too bright. I have to say this was when connected to my laptop via the VGA input. When connected to my desktop via the DVI input things looked a little better, but still not acceptable. Now that I have spent 3 or 4 hours adjusting it with the monitor controls and software it looks fine, but still not what I was hoping for based on other reviews.
Overall Review: Would I buy this monitor again? No. In fact if I wouldn't loose $50 between return shipping and a restocking fee I would return it today.
I still can't figure out why monitor manufactures brag about and jack up the brightness and contrast ratio of their cheap monitors when you are forced to turn down the brightness and contrast just to get a decent viewable image.
Just a note: I received both a DVI cable and a VGA cable in the box.
Pros: Very fast transfer speeds.
Cons: None except for eighty dollars more you can get twice the capacity.
Overall Review: What's with the price hike? This was twenty dollars cheaper. I guess it's the current economic trend to jack the price on anything that is popular to try and make an extra buck or two. I guess Newegg is no different than any other corporate retailer.
Pros: Nice interface.
Cons: It's cheaper to buy 3 individual licenses than it is to buy a three pack. That doesn't make any sense at all. It's Vista.
Overall Review: I have a love/hate relationship with Vista. I love the interface, but hate the performance lag even on my newer laptop and desktop. It seems I'm always waiting for Vista to index something.
Pros: Excellent layout and documentation. Had no problems what so ever. There were a few new features in the BIOS that I hadn't seen before and the manual was very helpful. Detected my new E8400 on the first boot using the stock F1 BIOS.
Cons: None. This is my first build with a Gigabyte board and I am very satisfied.
Overall Review: Used in my new rebuild consisting of C2Duo E8400 and 4GB (4x1GB) DDR2-800. Used all SATA drives (DVD-ROM, DVD-RW, 150GB Raptor, 160 WD).
Pros: Worked out of the box. It's a nice bonus that it came with a half height bracket to mount in my micro ATX case. The included drivers work perfect.
Cons: None. Overall very satisfied.
Pros: Well built. Worked out of the box. I love the speed boost I got from going to this switch from an old 100Mb Netgear. File transfers are very fast.
Cons: It's a little on the small side.
Pros: It works and is black so it matches the rest of my equipment.
Cons: I was expecting a lot more based on what I have heard about these keyboards and the price. Overall, there is nothing special about this keyboard that I can see or feel. I feel like I wasted my money on this purchase.
Pros: It works well and installation was simple. The overall build quality once the unit is put together is very good.
Cons: The unit gets very warm. There is no cooling fan and the included vents do just about nothing. Even though the pictures show the unit having a power button, the one on the enclosure that I received is just a dummy button. It does nothing. Just a solid piece of plastic.
Pros: CPU-z reports the clock speed as 2.3GHz because of the Intel Speed Step technology which lowers the clock frequency during periods of low demand in order to keep temps. down and use less power. Load a CPU intensive application and you will see the clock speed jump to 3GHz.
Cons: You say your technical understanding is high yet you don't actually understand the product. Don't worry this happens regularly in the reviews.
Overall Review: I don't own this CPU and to tell you the truth, I would never pay this much for a CPU.
Pros: This is a follow up to my previous review.
Cons: Something I didn't notice and I took for granted is that the board does not come with gigabit LAN. Only 10/100 LAN. Not a deal breaker, but just about every on board LAN these days is 1000Mb/s capable.
Pros: Quiet. Plenty fast enough for my needs. I like the half size HS/F when compared to a Core 2 HS/f. Cheap.
Pros: Installation was clear and easy. Booted without issue and is working perfectly.
Overall Review: Not a barn burner, but I didn't buy this board for speed. I wanted a small, reliable and stable board to build a media server and so far it's exactly what I was looking for.
Pros: This case is perfect for building a small general purpose computer or in my case an energy efficient media server. According to my UPS it only draws 53 watts with the monitor off. Overall the case is tight, but this is to be expected with the overall size of the case. Make sure you use a SATA hard drive to make installation easier. Comes with feet so the case can stand vertically which saves a lot of desk space. This was the perfect case for this project and the price was right.
Cons: NONE THAT I HAVE FOUND. I did my homework and bought the right parts and knew that the power supply could not support numerous devices. My build consists of a Celeron 420 Conroe CPU, Intel 945GC Micro ATX MB, 1 GB RAM, IDE DVD-ROM and a Seagate 500GB SATA HD. As always, everything came from Newegg and the service was great.
Overall Review: For the reviewer that stated his technical understanding was somewhat high, but at the same time states he install 512KB (maybe he's still running DOS)of RAM, you have to get a clue. You don't buy a micro ATX case and try to install a power hungry AMD CPU and a AGP graphics card. If your understanding was truly somewhat high, you would know that you CPU requires at least a 350 watt ATX power supply. I am so tired of reading reviews posted by people that really have no idea what they are buying or doing. Do your research and buy what you need. Don't buy something and then complain that it didn't meet your needs when the product clearly would not based on the information available prior to purchasing.
Pros: Had everything we thought we needed.
Cons: This board is marketed as a retail board, but is more of an OEM board. The board requires a proprietary plug for the front panel connections and there is no diagram to configure the connections otherwise. A search of Intel's web site reveals very little information on the board. The are no manuals included in the packaging and there are none to be downloaded. I got the impression that this board is part of a "server in a box" kit that is meant to be sold to either OEM's or through Intel retail channels that offer the necessary hardware to go with it. It also requires an 8 pin power connector which is not necessary for a single processor motherboard.
Pros: Works perfect.
Overall Review: I've used this device on two different computers. One is a Lenovo Thinkpad and the other is my Intel/nVidia gaming machine and it worked perfectly on both. connected it to a Western Digital 160GB SATA drive.
Pros: The build quality seems to be top notch. There is very little flex when it is picked up. The screen is bright and very sharp. Just about everything works very well (see below) including the fingerprint reader. The notebook has everything that I could need. Wireless reception is very good. The UltraNav pointing device is a nice change to the typical touchpad only options out there.
Cons: Some of the ThinkVantage software is unneeded and only takes up RAM. The included WinDVD software would lockup and crash the entire machine. I'm not a fan of Sonic CD/DVD utilities.
Overall Review: I performed a clean install using the downloadable drivers and software from Lenovo's web site and am using PowerDVD and Nero in place of the above software and everything works perfectly. I couldn't be happier with this purchase.
Pros: This is a follow up to my previous review
Cons: After sending in all the required rebate materials, Samsung has refused my rebate stating they did not receive a valid UPC. Of course I sent them the UPC. This is not my first rebate submission. Save all your packaging if you plan on getting the rebate and double check your submission before sending it in. I, of course, have thrown away everything already.
Overall Review: It's only $20, but still. I probably will pass on future Samsung purchases.
Pros: This monitor does the job, but only has average image quality. For my purposes, it works fine. If you are hoping to do video or photo editing, you may want to look for a monitor with better image quality and color reproduction.
Cons: The monitor seems to be brighter on the left than the right. Also, the colors seem to be off. I have tried adjusting everything (monitor and display properties) with little improvement. There is also significant back light bleed when viewing dark images or movies. The brightness/contrast seemed to be over the top. I had to turn them both down quite a bit. The included image profiles for movies, sport, games, etc set the monitor up to look terrible. I'm not sure what they were thinking there. I probably would not buy this monitor again and would have returned if it wasn't for the restocking fee and return shipping charges.
Overall Review: Overall it's an ok monitor for the price. I use it for a secondary desktop PC and it works fine.
Pros: Moves a lot of air. Very cool looking. Good price. Quiet when the speed control worked.
Cons: The speed control has gone out on one of the two fans that I bought. It has only been installed for less than a day. I had it connected directly to the motherboard. Yes, I removed the jumper and installed it properly. The fan control wire should be shorter and the power wires should be longer. The power wires for the front fan would not reach the motherboard fan header.
Overall Review: I don't think it is a good idea to hook the fan up to the fan header on the motherboard in hind sight.
Pros: Great keyboard. Very nice key response. Nice slim, small footprint. Very sturdy feel.
Cons: Keys are a little close together at times. It is very similar to a laptop keyboard. Only with a better feel. Newegg didn't have the cheapest price at the time.
Overall Review: I actually love everything about this keyboard and I can be difficult to please at times.
Pros: I got this card when there was a sizable rebate which made it a great value at the time. Having said that, if I had paid full price, I would have still considered it a great value. The sound quality is excellent and the software is actually very good. I like the Media Center like interface which is controlled by the included remote. The sound quality with both games and music is top notch. I am however using this card under Windows XP. I have not experimented with this card under Vista yet and I doubt I will since Vista is junk anyway and is bound to cause problems. I would recommend this card to anyone looking for great sound in gaming, as well as, movies and music.
Cons: I upgraded from the XFI Extreme Audio card and the difference is remarkable. I don't think the Extreme Music is actually an XFI based card, the difference was that dramatic. Also, if you're a UT 2004 player, there is an XFI patch that makes the sound effects very cool.
Overall Review: With the include software there is no reason to upgrade to Vista Premium since the card comes with very good Media Center software.
Pros: Very fast. Can play any game with max settings. I get an avg. frame rate of 75fps in the Company Of Heroes performance test with everything set to high, AA on, and 1650X1080 resolution.
Cons: Very large. Draws 170 watts idle.
Overall Review: Factory overclocked is nice. Still some issues in Vista even with the latest drivers from nVidia.
Pros: Very fast for the money in Windows XP.
Cons: Does not work under Windows Vista. Causes black screen and system reboot when attempting to launch a 3D game. This is a significant problem affecting every one using this card under Vista. The box states it is compatible with Vista. It is unless you intend to play games under Vista. They don't even have a solution at this time.
Overall Review: Do a search for radeon x1950xt on ati.com under the knowledge base and you will see what I am talking about.
Pros: Good tech. support.
Cons: DOA. RMA in progress. Will probably try another brand.
Overall Review: This card is extremely large. Unless you see it in person, you don't relize how big it really is. I have an Antec SOHO full tower server case and I had to move one of my hard drives to install it.