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john H.

john H.

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Most Favorable Review

After living with it 2 months

EVGA GeForce 8800 GS 384MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 384-P3-N851-AR
EVGA GeForce 8800 GS 384MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 384-P3-N851-AR

Pros: Everything. My Games: COD2, COD4, FEAR, FEAR XP, Condemned, Bioshock, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Painkiller 2, NFS Pro Street, Far Cry, DOOM3, Turok, HL2, HL2 Episode 1, Gears Of War....all max settings with some AA, 1440X900 res, very good, smooth frame rates. fraps crashes on my computer so i can't be exact, but it is for the most part a stutter and lag free gaming experience. Crysis and Lost Planet are both exceptions to the "maxed out" rule, as Lost Planet chugs when "Shadow Resolution" is set above the default setting. same with Crysis, depending on your set up. this card will run it all high with frame rates in the low to mid 30's along with a decent processor. but that is for 1280X1024, give or take. don't expect to run it all high settings at 1680X1050 like a GT might do with the same results. at that resolution this card and Crysis depart ways. but 1280X1024 or 1440X900 is playable. if you want better frame rates then the mid to high 30's adjust a setting or two or spend more money.

Cons: none if you game at modest resolutions. can't beat this card. it will game at 1680X1050, too. but with a few more demanding games you may have to sacrifice AA. thats it, really. maybe turn down an "eye candy" setting. the only game this card struggles with at times at my native 1440X900 screen res is Crysis. and that is par for the course with any card. if this card doesn't play upcoming games well enough for those of us who use modest resolutions, nor will a more "powerful" card of the same generation. this card does well with any and all games out right now. no cons, really. you can't judge ANY card by the ridiculous standards of one game (Crysis). if more "Crysis" come along you may want to upgrade to one of the just released "Next Generation" cards nvidia and ATI have just put out. if you don't, why bother spending over $500 or $600 when this is under $100 and plays any game out? only thing budget about this card for me and my set up is the price. until i need more this is perfect

Overall Review: have mine OC'd to 680/1700/1900...same general specs as the "Superclocked" evga model. evga even have their own utility at its website you can do it with. its fun and easy and gets this card to within 10% of a stock 8800GT for our "gaming at modest resolution" purposes. i have this running on a 300w PS in a Dell Ispiron 531. i had to convert two of the SATA power connectors to molex to plug the card in with the help of another item found here at newegg. its working well, although with my stock Ispiron PS i have no more power connectors left for a second HD or DVD drive. anyway, if you're like me and want great gaming for under $100, grab this card fast. evga quality, quiet, refined, good all around performer, easy overclocker, G92 chipset performance. this card really is a steal if its perfect for you like it is for me. its not like an 8600GT or GTS. good for "older games," not as good for newer. no...this is a top notch video card that plays ALL games well. under $100. no brainer

Most Critical Review

Samsung RAM?

Kingston 1GB DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory Model KVR667D2N5/1G
Kingston 1GB DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory Model KVR667D2N5/1G

Pros: popped it in and it worked. went from 2.5 gigs operating in single channel mode to 3 gigs operating in dual channel. small, cheap upgrade just to optimize my stock machine. plus i game some and wanted a little higher memory ceiling. went from a 5.0 on the Vista memory rating to a full 5.9

Cons: well, my rating of 3 eggs rather than the usual 5 for kingston RAM is because after running cpu-z and an online RAM scan it turns out both diagnostic programs read the new RAM as samsung, not kingston. i have no problem mixing brands of RAM running stock in each bank (my 2 512mb sticks are made by hyundai electronics) but would feel better if they were matched in each bank, at least. i bought kingston RAM because my other gig stick is kingston, and is read as such under diagnostics. if i wanted samsung RAM i would have chosen it.

Overall Review: well its all working fine in my new dell ispiron. however why kingston would sell samsung RAM with their name on it is beyond me. unless its all the same and samsung / kingston has been doing this for awhile? specs are the same, all seems good, and my 3 star rating is meant as more of a heads up for potential buyers. i'm just wondering why one stick of RAM says kingston while the other says kingston on the label but seems is samsung in reality? even the chips look different. hmm....

5 Star Value

HP Laptop ProBook Intel Core i3 2nd Gen 2310M (2.10GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 3000 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 4530s (XU015UT#ABA)
HP Laptop ProBook Intel Core i3 2nd Gen 2310M (2.10GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 3000 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 4530s (XU015UT#ABA)

Pros: Outstanding laptop for anywhere under $500. High points are in no particular order: - Attractive brushed aluminum case which polishes to a deep luster and does not pick up fingerprints, smudges, or dust. - What are you kidding me? Latest intel cpu technology with "on chip" graphics! They say this second gen 2.1 ghz i3 is faster then some first gen i3 and i5 chips clocked higher thanks to relieving the graphics load with it's new features and architecture. It's peppy and fast and plays any Source game on max settings, is all I know - No Heat! Laptop stays cool even under extended load. Moves a lot of air out the side of the case with a nice, quiet enough fan - Speaking of the case, the back pops right off via the battery release for easy access to the HD, RAM, WLAN card, and a couple of other upgrade components. Very DIY friendly laptop - Built like a brick house. No flexing, creaking, or squeaking in it's chassis no matter how and where you hold it from - Hp Quickwe

Cons: Cons? Well, the display is very average. Not the one to pick for any sort of pro work that requires authentic color reproduction. It lacks in luminance and contrast ratio and seems a bit too dull even at 100 brightness. It's ok for movies and games and vids if not too fussy, and it isn't awful. But it is this notebooks most glaring short coming - Bloatware? Not a problem, really. Uninstall what I don't want, clean registry, wash, rinse, repeat. And some of the programs are indeed useful. Like Quickweb! - I honestly can't think of anymore cons for the money. Could have a bigger HD? Yeah well I could have spent more for one in a laptop not nearly this handsome and feature packed. Did I mention it's readily upgradable? I think I did :) -

Overall Review: Other thoughts? This thing ROCKS! It's solidly built, no nonsense in looks, pleasing in it's aesthetics, and has been a real pleasure to use over the past month or so. Great for office work, school (I do a bit of both), internet, watching movies and vids, has a good webcam, and plays some games well, others I wouldn't know about? Things like L4D and L4D2 or no problem, however. Not bad for a laptop Last mention....Quickweb! Up in the morning, roll out of bed, push a button, and I am on the web in 10 seconds flat! Great feature. It also has an Express34 slot so if you want you can buy a compatible TV Tuner here at newegg and slide it in and forget about it, as they fit flush. It's almost like having an internal tuner, and you can watch and record and store and save hi def TV. Nice :)

10/24/2011

WORKS!

Connectland CL-CAM63003 1.3 M Effective Pixels USB WebCam with Built-in Microphone
Connectland CL-CAM63003 1.3 M Effective Pixels USB WebCam with Built-in Microphone

Pros: Nice bendable arm, attractive style and shape. Good, clear picture quality under various light conditions. Nice fluid video quality (30fps according to settings). Mic did work when I tried it. Haven't used or tried it since.

Cons: Well that nice bendable arm isn't always so nice to work with. But because of it you can usually find a good spot for the cam. Its sort of a "wrap around" stand. Best i can describe it. However if you want it to stand flat and stationary at all times, tape of some sort would be recommended. The camera hangs over the edge of my Dell monitor fine. I can slide it along the top to whatever position I like. Works great.

Overall Review: This is my very first webcam and I am very pleased with it. I even like the blue power light which rings the front. And it has a nifty "snapshot" button on the side. I haven't any experience with cameras whatsoever but this one works for me under WinVista32. Here is what I did: Unpacked the cam > plugged in the cam > loaded the software > turned on the cam > saw my big face on the monitor. Then I made some video image adjustments (of which their are many), set my preferences, and that was it. The camera is stylish and works great imo. I don't know much about these things as this is myvery first one, but for what I paid I am impressed. Very easy and simple to use, good picture and video quality . Thats what I was looking for.

Best Tiny Player

SanDisk Sansa Clip 1.0" Silver 4GB MP3 Player
SanDisk Sansa Clip 1.0" Silver 4GB MP3 Player

Pros: Can't say enough about this thing. The silver faceplate is very attractive with a smoked mirror finish. Its well put together, the switches feel good. Can be charged with a generic mini USB / wall charger. Of my 3 other mp3 players, including an itouch, this is the best sounding. Long battery life, comes with decent "get started" ear buds. Drag and drop music in usb MSC mode....just like a flash drive. Simple Organizes and puts music and audiobooks where they are supposed to go on the player menu. And it "auto bookmarks" audiobooks, always returning to where you left off under normal operation. Also, if you're a fan of Rockbox firmware and the Clip is a v.1, it may be applicable soon.

Cons: Volume rocker switch right under the headphone jack. The headphone plug often gets in the way when turning the volume up. An L shaped plug may help this annoyance. And I would recommend a different set of headphones for this unit, anyway. It has a 5 band custom EQ and has sound worthy of the best mp3 players on the market. So, pick up another pair and be amazed. No more cons at all. It's a complete player. Just doesn't show pics and vids, is all. Although the screen is colorful, bright, easy to read, and shows all the info you could ever need.

Overall Review: I have three Clips, one is the 4 gig silver. I got it from another retailer at the same deal price as of 7/7 here at newegg. Its sold out there, but here it is...so I am reviewing it for newegg. I use it for the gym and it stays "clip'd" on me no matter what. And its good for physical activities in general. The silver one (i also have blk and blu and had a red one) looks the best. Classy even....and it "blings" in the sun or under bright lights. Thats cool. I have 415 songs on the player and 1.6 gigs of space left . So lots of room for more. Get this and you won't be disappointed!

Great!

SanDisk 1.8" Black 4GB MP3 Player Sansa e260
SanDisk 1.8" Black 4GB MP3 Player Sansa e260

Pros: Small, well built, nice looking, sounds very good with my Sony earphones. Nice clear screen, easy to navigate menus, simple and clean interface. My refurb looks new and works the same, as well.

Cons: A bit heavy, a bit thick, scroll wheel a bit clunky. Had to drive nine miles to pick it up, as the UPS driver couldn't find my hideout. Which is in plain sight! But thats not neweggs fault. Or the player's. Otherwise newegg would have gotten it here in under 36 hours. Now thats what i call service!

Overall Review: This is an outstanding value as of 6/25. With free shipping and a free case / belt clip which is actually very useful. I installed Rockbox easy as pie, and it just takes the player to an all new level. Talk about adding in some fun! And color, themes, fonts, games, and all kinds of things. Please do use Rockbox firmware! Its my first time experiencing it and it is awesome. This would seem a nice player, and the battery is replaceable. So thats good for as long as the player lasts. Haven't tried video yet, photos look good, music sounds great, Rockbox (for V1 players) adds a lot of features and functions. Go for it!