Date Joined: 09/05/11
Pros: Used this in an office setting with 6 employees sharing this printer via Ethernet. Fax and pretty much everything else is very easy to use. Havent done the cost per page calculation but its been cheaper than replacing ink cartridges. Unlike the other poster, I havent had ANY issues with standby mode.
Cons: Havent had any woth the printer itself but HP's software is always clunky. It doesnt detract from the printer though. Once its setup youre good to go.
Pros: -Its fan and fin layout makes good use of the very little space it takes up. The fact that it also is a low-height also helps with the airflow to the rest of the case.
-Has a copper core.
-4-pin PWM so its fan speed can be controlled by your motherboard.
-Looks better then the stock Intel fan.
-The cable is sleeved.
-Comes in minimal and hassle-free packaging.
Cons: It's designed for processors with a TDP of 65W or less. If you need anything higher than that, then you're looking in the wrong place to begin with. Not worth taking off an egg for that.
Overall Review: There is nothing bad I have to say about this fan. I bought this to replace a stock Intel fan that died on a Celeron G530 on a LGA1155 board. It gets used as an HTPC and it's not audible from about 10 feet away on our couch. It is doing a great job of cooling an already low-powered and cool-running CPU.
Pros: -Handles two monitors without a hitch.
-Newest drivers installed without any issues.
-Takes up only one slot in your case.
-If you're looking for performance, it scores between a 6.7-6.8 in WIndows 7 for both graphics "benchmarks" depending on your setup.
Cons: The fan started making noises after about 4 months of use. I air-dusted it out and the noise persisted and now a second video card (same model) is starting to have the same issue. Knocked off an egg for an otherwise great video card.
Overall Review: I have used 4 of these in different systems. All are used in conjunction with the on-chip Intel HD4600 graphics for a 3-monitor setup. It's not the ideal setup but it works when you are on a budget and you only work with documents and spreadsheets all day. Drivers were not an issue and I didn't bother with the drivers from the disc, as the newest NVIDIA drivers will be your best bet.
I think the fan noise we are experiencing on 2 of the same cards is due to a design flaw of the fan as we are not in a dusty environment and it is not under any stress (they're not used for gaming).
Pros: -Comfortable to type especially with the built-in wristpad.
-Quiet as you are typing.
-USB cable is long (roughly 6 ft)
-Keyboard software is not a resource hog and very minimal.
Cons: Some labels on the most used keys are starting to wear out, after about 4 months of use. This is because the characters are printed on, instead of being engraved.
Also, the "quietness" of the keys seem to wear out also, depending on how hard you press on the keys. Your mileage will vary.
Overall Review: I replaced the standard keyboard that came with 8 different Dell workstations at our data-entry-heavy business and everyone has been happy so far with them. It takes a little getting used to the layout but once you do, your wrists will thank you. If it weren't for the cons listed, then it would have been a perfect 5 eggs.
Pros: -It has enough connectors for your most low to midrange configurations plus a 6+2-pin for your video card.
-Its fan is very quiet, roughly on par with my other 19dB 120mm case fans. I have never heard it spin up under load. The fan is supposed to be thermally controlled.
-It runs very cool, even under a full load.
-All of the cables are sleeved very nicely.
-The screwholes are there if your case allows you to mount it with the fan facing in your case or towards the outside.
-PFC, 80 PLUS Bronze, and 3 year warranty top off the cake.
Cons: Not modular. If you absolutely need something modular, look somewhere else. Definitely not worth taking off an egg as the pros outweigh the cons by a mile.
Overall Review: This power supply says "quality" especially at this price point and the power level advertised. I have used this on 4 different PCs, some for work and some for personal use but all within the specifications and they have not had any issues with power. You would have to really try to make one of these fail. If you keep having to replace power supplies, you may have to look into your electric company.
Pros: -The cable has a good quality feel to it.
-The connectors fit right in without having to push too hard...and they are gold-plated.
-It has ferrite cores on both ends of the cables.
-Will fit if you use them side by side on your video card.
Cons: None. The thickness of the cable itself may put off some people but it's not worth taking off any eggs, it comes down to preference at that point.
Overall Review: I used 3 of these in a triple-monitor setup and they all worked great without any issues. The cables are thicker, roughly about the diameter of your average surge protector so keep it in mind if you want to do some cable management.
Pros: It just works. Surface and SMART tested the drive before installing the Playstation3 software and it worked out ok. The drive is essentially inaudible and cool, so noise or heat is not something to worry about. Plenty of room for all my DLC, games, movies, music and other random stuff. The fact that it's 7mm thin will allow it to fit in almost any device you can think of, including ultrabooks. It's also Advanced Format.
Cons: Other than the fact that's it's 5400RPM...no cons. The sequential read/writes are better than most 7200RPM drives but access times will suffer...in the order of 15-20ms average seek times. Here, you're buying storage for cheap, not speed. Look at hybrid or 7200RPM drives if you need to.
Overall Review: The PS3 doesn't take advantage of the Advanced Format but it's not an issue at all since can run as 512e anyway. Also, keep in mind that the PS3 system software also isn't designed to maximize the use of a hybrid drive. Heat shouldn't be an issue...if it is, then you have other components to look at, as it is likely not to be your HDD.
Pros: WD built these like a tank. I specifically bought two for reliability on my work file server that runs 24/7. I wasn't so concerned about speed but I was able to get 140MB/s read and 130MB/s writes on a RAID1. I ran a surface test and SMART test on both before even thinking of installing Windows and they passed without a problem. Even after hours of heavy use, they run at about 40C. The price difference to me is totally worth the 5-year warranty.
Cons: None at all. I will point out that it is an OEM drive and will not come with cables, screws, etc., but I knew that going in and was already prepared. Nothing else to complain about to knock off any eggs.
Overall Review: This drive weighs probably twice as much as a normal desktop drive and with good reason. No need to cheap out on an enterprise-class HDD. If you're building a server or even a NAS, this is the way to go. I particularly didn't like the IntelliPower in the Red-series HDDs. Those will work but they're not for servers or even desktops. Newegg did an "ok" job packaging. They packaged both drives separately in about 1" of big-bubble wrap inside a peanut-filled box among other things I ordered. They arrived in one piece but I expected more care with the packaging on something so fragile.
Pros: They come in very minimal packaging so you won't have to rip your hair out. I bought these to go along with an i5-3470 on an ASrock H77 motherboard running at 1600MHz. Memtest passed several times flawlessly. System is Prime95 stable. Scores a 7.9 in the Windows Experience Score in Win7. Both run very cool to the touch. RAM is likely the least of your worries in an-Intel based system unless you're absolutely concerned about memory bandwidth. AMD systems are more susceptible to RAM speed and timings, so you may have to look somewhere else, especially if you use their APUs or if you overclock. They are covered with a lifetime warranty.
Cons: None that are important. Height won't be an issue for most people.
Overall Review: I didn't overclock the RAM or CPU but if you want to, that's up to you. Just test and then test again. I wanted stability and I got it with this set. I received my set with black-colored heatsinks, so I'm not sure if they have other colors. If you're shopping by color, you are picky or you have no idea what you're doing. Remember to check your settings on your motherboards as some will automatically default to 1333 or something lower than it's intended frequency. If all else fails, read the manual.
Pros: The fan inside is so quiet it's almost inaudible.
I ran Prime95 on my i5-3450 & Furmark on my HD6850 at the same time & this power supply handled it. Never broke a sweat, it stayed cool to the touch during the tests.
It's 80 PLUS Bronze certified.
Cons: None. If this is used in the right applications, you shouldn't have any problems whatsoever. The only thing that comes to mind is the discussion about using uninterruptible power supplies with PSUs that have active PFC. Seeing how I can't test that, I can't say if it'll affect everyone. So research your UPSes before you buy.
Overall Review: I've had it running almost continuously since the day it arrived over a month ago. I've played games, left it running, etc without a hiccup or any funny smells. The thing weighed more than my friends 750W PSU he replaced. So it means CoolerMaster didn't cheap out on this. It was a new product on Newegg when I first bought it and words can't describe how pleased I am with it. I can totally trust it with my gaming rig.
Pros: The case is very roomy for a mATX case. It'll allow for almost any video card length, up to 14 inches.
You can have up to 5 120mm fans inside the case. It comes with 2 120mm 3-pin fans pre-installed and they're very quiet at 19dBA.
The construction of the case is great because it's not flimsy by any means. The paint is a matte black and seems to be a powder-coat type paint, so it won't scratch easily.
The power supply is bottom-mounted & can be mounted face-down or face-up if you're worried about airflow. The power supply area and front grille has mesh to filter out larger dust particles. The power supply filter is removable.
It has one USB3.0 connector & 2 USB2.0 connectors below the power & reset buttons.
All hardware is included and it's nice that they included silicone grommets for 2.5" drives (which can be mounted horizontally out of the way but near the motherboard.)
Backside of motherboard area is open, allowing you to replace some CPU heatsinks without having to remove the entire motherboard.
Cons: It's only a micro-ATX case. The cable management wasn't the best. Hooks and zip-ties are provided to tie cables behind the motherboard but there isn't much room, especially if you don't have a modular PSU.
Overall Review: The buttons and HDD status LEDs light up white.
The removable HDD cage at the bottom is an added touch if you don't multiple HDDs.
I only knocked off an egg due to subpar cable management. There is very little room to work with in that regard. The tiny mesh on the front and underneath the case are nice if you have a lot of dust bunnies flying around. The case has amazing airflow for a case of this form factor.
It's a basic but simple and clean looking case. If you don't need a full or midsize case, this is the way to go. Would recommend to gamers or someone who wants a simple looking system.
Pros: They're very quiet. At 19dBA, it'll be one of the more quieter fans out there without sacrificing too much on airflow. These are designed to be case fans, not push/pull fans for radiators/heatsinks, so keep that in mind. I used up all 4 fans in a CoolerMaster N200 case and they are all very quiet whether they're placed vertically or horizontally. They don't have LEDs which in my opinion reflects on a better build quality for the rest of the components.
Cons: Not very much to complain about these. If you want LEDs, heatsink fans, or something fancy looking, look somewhere else but it's not worth taking off an egg for that. The fans are 3-pin so it's up to a fan controller to dictate the voltage/RPMs these are running at. Even a full speed, the noise generated is minimal.
Overall Review: At this price, you'd have to be extremely picky about these fans to give them a low score. Sleeve bearing fans don't do too well in horizontal configurations but it's not something to worry about in a $4 fan. All 4 fans came with their own set of case screws. They aren't PWM fans and you shouldn't expect it from cheap fans anyway. They will do just fine for most applications, especially if you're on a budget or if you just plain don't want LED overkill inside your case. Definitely worth replacing older or noisy case fans with these.
Pros: It's very efficient. It manages to keep my XFX HD6850 cooler and quieter than the stock fan it came with at full load. The 5 heatpipes combined with the 120mm fan make for an excellent cooler. Although it is a variable-speed PWM fan, it comes with a 4-pin Molex/LP4 connector to run it at either 7V or 12V. At full speed its at 23dba but the fan is barely louder than my Antec TrueQuiet120 at 19dBA. Even with Furmark running, most cards won't reach anyhere near their max temps. The included chip heatsinks are a nice touch but not required as the airflow points towards the board and the surrounding area anyway.
Cons: This cooler is big and it may not fit in all cases, especially smaller MicroATX cases. It barely fit in my Cooler Master N200 case. I had to take the side panel fan off from because it wouldn't fit with the cooler in-place. It also takes up 3 slots so you may have to look for a different cooler or remove an add-in card. The fan is a 4-pin, so on some cards you may be forced to use the Molex connector.
Overall Review: It probably took a whole 10 minutes to install from start to finish. Be aware that you are likely voiding the warranty on your card if that matters to you. The main trade-offs on this cooler are the size and cooling capacity. It's designed for cards up to a HD7870 or GTX 670. I purchased it to replace the tiny and extremely noisy XFX fan on my HD6850. Temps dropped a full 20degF in a 78deg room at full load in Furmark with no overclock. I ended up not using the included heatsinks because I didn't want to deal with a sticky mess and permanently installed heatsinks. The airflow is more than enough for that. Definitely worth it if you appreciate a quiet, powerful GPU.
Pros: USB 3.0. LED doesn't turn on when there's no drive inserted. Simple packaging & instructions. Plug & Play and hotswap actually do work> just remember to leave the power switch on. Glossy finish.
Cons: Not really a con but you can tell they used they same plastic design for a model that seats two HDDs, meaning they could have made it a bit smaller.
Overall Review: Tested it with a brand new WD Blue 3.5" 1TB and the transfer speeds were at a VERY acceptable (approximately) 80-125MB/s write and 150MB/s read. Your mileage will vary with different HDDs, obviously. I use it to do backups, virus scans for other PCs using my main machine. For $25, it's well worth the cost. It does come with a wall wart but you'll like it overall & probably won't unplug it until it breaks. Source: I'm a bench tech.
Pros: It just works. Allowed me to connect my rear PWM fan to a distant connector on the motherboard.
Cons: Not sleeved but I didn't care.
Overall Review: Nothing wrong with this cable. I used this because I didn't want my fan running at full speed & didn't want to use the Molex connector.
Pros: -Keeps my Core i5-3450 @ 55C full load max in Prime95.
-Idles at about 38C in 80F room temps.
-120mm fan can move alot of air under 20dB
-Wayyy better than the stock Intel cooler.
-CPU Surface is machined well; it's seems very flat.
Cons: -Difficult to keep Intel mobo clips in-place when installing.
-Might have to install with motherboard outside case due to its size.
-Thermal pad included is very thin & cheapy. It rubbed off in shipment.
Overall Review: I had to take my motherboard out because I didn't have room for my hands to push the clips down. It's definitely better than any stock cooler which makes it that much better especially at $19. It'll be one of the quietest fans in your case & looks awesome. Very well worth the time & money I spent on it.
Pros: -Awesome price/performance ratio.
-Runs cool at idle.
-Takes advantage of my 8GB DDR1600 RAM. (7.9WEI in Win7).
-Performance is worth purchasing over a SandyBridge.
-Quadcore but not HyperThreaded. (Still awesome).
Cons: -No cons other than the included cooler has copper base but it's still very basic and cheapy.
-No overclocking but I didn't plan on OCing anyway.
-Runs hot at about 65C with all cores going in Prime95 in 78F room temps. (on the stock cooler of course).
Overall Review: Works just fine for a mid-range gaming rig. Paired with a HD6850 and this beast will run any game on High. Windows rates it at a 7.5 WEI. Spend the extra money on an aftermarket cooler. Make sure your board can take an IvyBridge CPU and/or has an updated BIOS.
Pros: -PWM control.
-Moves up to 55 CFM at full speed=should be more than enough for most people.
-Replaced a louder "90mm" rear case fan & it fit right in.
-PWM signal & power travel on one 4-pin connection.
-Molex(LP4) adapter included. Defeats the purpose of PWM though.
Cons: -Loud at full speed. About 32dB is pretty accurate.
-Power cable is very short...like 4-5" in length.
Overall Review: Only took off an egg because I thought the power cable would be longer. I'm using the CPU fan header instead & the CPU fan is always at 100%=works just fine. Case temps won't go over 100F @ 80F ambient temps. Running HD6850, i5 3450(no OC), and 2 WD 7200RPM HDDs. Cheers!
Pros: -All you need to do is plug in a cable & screw it in.
-USB port works.
-Drivers installed right away in Win7 64bit.
-Transfer speeds are normal for all my devices (over 22MB/sec)
Cons: -None other than that the metal casing may come apart but it's just held on by clips. No need to take off an egg.
Overall Review: I just use it for my SD cards because it's ALOT more convenient than plugging my camera in & leaving a cable plugged in for it.
Pros: -Most graphics settings can be turned to maximum now.
-Cools & quiets down quickly after gaming session done.
-Awesome price/performance ratio.
-More than enough outputs :)
Cons: -Requires 2 6-pin connections. Reference design calls for just one.
-Can get loud while gaming but no problem if you have a headset.
-Not too many overclocking options but I don't need to anyway.
-Can get toasty at full load. 75C under FurMark.
Overall Review: I started building a budget gaming PC with an i5 3450 & 8GB RAM. So far no hiccups or errors. Always remember to use the latest drivers!
Pros: -Higher wattage for cheap :)
-2 12v rails.
-Has four 6-pin connections.
-8-pin motherboard connector can split into 4+4.
-Quiet fan. I would say its at about 25dB or less.
-Doesn't feel cheap & has some weight to it.
-Hasn't failed :)
Cons: -None. Purchased it at $39. Can't complain.
Overall Review: Keep in mind you want more capacity than you need. You don't want to go overboard or come close to overloading it either. Currently using with XFX HD6850, Core i5 IB 3550(no OC), 8GB, WD 500GB, DVD-RW. Stress tested with FurMark & Prime95 running at same time for a couple hours. No funny smells & I trust it.
Pros: -Works just fine if you have DVI analog.
-No real visible loss of picture quality.
-Screws allow it to stay in place.
Cons: -Somewhat long. Its about 2.5" long.
-No other cons.
Overall Review: Make sure your DVI-out has the 24+5 pins otherwise you will not be able to use it if it's only the 24+1(flat) pin connection. It's long enough that it might be in the way behind your tower touching a wall but worked for me.
Pros: -Compatible with Ivy Bridge with a BIOS update.
-4 SATA ports. (3.0Gbps only)
-BIOS is UEFI = easy to use & plenty of options(clock,timings,etc).
-Outputs are more than enough for most people.
-Driver CD doesn't load junk unless YOU do it.
Cons: -SATA is only 3Gbps if that's important to you.
Overall Review: Used this in a basic-use/HTPC build paired with a Celeron. Actually holds up pretty good. Using the Celeron as an in-between until I gather money to get a new IvyBridge CPU. Pretty nice knowing that this board has some life ahead of it. Definitely get 2 sticks of RAM to enable DualChannel, it helps alot no matter what programs you're using(I'm using 2x4GB sticks).
Pros: -Relatively quiet to most case fans.
-Keeps cool. Stays under 70C when using FurMark tests.
-3 ports. VGA/HDMI/DVI.
-Works awesome as a HTPC card.
-Handles some games but obviously its not for gaming.
Overall Review: I'm using this for a low-end HTPC & it does the job just fine. Don't expect this card to run the latest games at highest settings because it wont. Seems stable so far when overclocked to 725MHz GPU & 900MHz on RAM (highest possible with current AMD drivers).
Pros: -Relatively quiet.
-Reads discs almost immediately on insert.
Cons: -None, really.
Overall Review: Got this for $13. Thanks Newegg. Yeah alot of things are going digital but we definitely still need disc drives. Would've gone for a Blu-ray drive but not watching any on my low end PC.