Date Joined: 01/09/04
Pros: -Amazing packaging out of the box!
-Easy setup and not a ton of bloatware
-Great specs and features!
-Good for gaming and great for streaming (using OBS at 60fps, best at 30fps)
Cons: -Heats up pretty quickly: fan is pretty loud even with a laptop cooler under it
-Nearly impossible to upgrade hardware: the bezel is harder than ever to perform upgrades on and you WILL damage the side covers trying to slide them off. I wanted to add an additional 1TB M.2 SSD plus up the RAM to 32GB, but could not.
Overall Review: Prior to this I owned an ASUS gaming laptop that had an 11th gen i7 but only at 4 cores. It was not enough to stream and play games let alone browse at the same time without the entire unit freezing up. On this ACER Predator Helios 300, with 6 cores on a 10th gen i7, not only can you comfortably stream while playing games but you can also simultaneously browse on an additional monitor without issue (unless you're sensitive to noise). The fans will begin kicking in shortly after starting up any game and will stay that way even with a laptop cooling pad. There's not much material available online or youtube in regards to servicing this laptop. I had issues attempting to upgrade the hardware specs and stopped when I was unable to pry apart the bottom cover and side bezels. Overall I'm happy with the performance as I usually bring my laptop with me on the road for work.
Pros: If you have an ASUS router, this range extender works exactly as intended. It will increase coverage throughout your property or house. or strengthen your coverage if it is spotty in certain locations. My issues were that my iPhone would drop coverage in certain areas, even though my Mac and PC wireless signals were strong. Thanks to the EA-N66R, I won't miss that opportunistic Badoo message from some local ho. Password is ADMIN for username ADMIN.
Cons: It's pretty small and flimsy and this refurb comes with no setup sheets, manuals or warranty information. You have to go onto ASUS's website to get this info.
Overall Review: Setup on this device was very simple. Just turn off all of your internet connections, plug this thing in via CAT5, go www.asusrouter.com, and easily configure it to what settings you intend (be it USB wireless mode, access point mode, or the other one).
Others have reported issues with this thing, and it may be throttling intended by ASUS to force the consumer to buy their products. My coverage has improved significantly but only because I have an ASUS router. I also have a dLink and Linksys router in my junk pile (that I could also use as a wireless access point), but decided to stay homogeneously and stick with an ASUS product.
This product DOES have a screw slot to hang on a wall (I wasn't sure of it before purchasing and the pictures do not clearly indicate this). I basically stuck a push pin into the wall and hung this EA-N66R off of it (yes it's that light).
Pros: Works great and quickly in cameras like a Canon 110 ELPH, GoPro 2 and 3, and Canon T4i. When dumping onto a mac, the videos and pictures look just fine.
Overall Review: You can pay 50% more for a name brand, or you can stick to these guys and get just as good quality.
Pros: Nice, small and thin. Slightly smaller than other 2.5" hard drive, which I installed in a Mac Mini 2011 model. Installed Mountain Lion onto this harddrive after using disk utility to format the drive.
Cons: Runs hot. You will most likely need some kind of cooling device to keep your mac mini from overheating.
Overall Review: Somewhat of a trick to snap into place. But that's how it goes when you are installing into a mac mini!
Pros: Easy to install, good capacity, and fairly cheap in price. Mac Mini booted up and recognized it immediately.
Cons: none, other than that it is the release and snap style SO-DIMM form factor, where the RAM goes in parallel to the logic/motherboard. But this is not the a fault of the manufacturer. Aside from laptops and mini PCs/Macs, older 960 boards or Z style processors use this style. Yes, young man, the snap and lay memory is a retro design.
Overall Review: Those not versed in installing this type of memory be it on a laptop, mini PC/Mac, or logic board may be a bit confused on how to apply it. If this is the case, beware, and be ready to snap it in a couple times before getting the hang of it.
Pros: Cheap wireless solution for mac without the need for bluetooth. Works well after slightly confusing set up on Mac.
Cons: This was not a plug in play set up like on a Windows device. Because of the confusion of it (see below for details), I thought the mouse would need an RMA
Overall Review: Handy little mouse arrives and the USB receiver is under the battery panel. Once you install the mouse as this is a refurb, the search for the drivers becomes a hunt on google. You are forced to install the Logitech Control Center, restart, and the mouse will still not perform. So you need to hang on to your USB wired mouse, then enter the Logitech Control Center. At this point, it becomes confusing. You then turn off, then turn on the m510 mouse and the Logitech Control Center will see it. Once this mouse becomes available in the configuration menu, you are all set. But getting to this point required some troubleshooting skills.
Pros: It's a relatively cheap expense if you want to back up hard drive space, or perform any other kind of backup to an available hard drive. I can go between my PC and MAC on this unit and it is relatively easy to use.
Cons: Don't forget to turn the power switch on and off. Also, the provided mini USB cable was rather short so I had to connect it to the USB hub to get any distance with it (since everything is on my desk, otherwise it must sit on the tower).
Overall Review: I'm happy with it. It gets the job done and I highly recommend it to everybody.
Pros: I bought two pair a few years ago for my initial Q6600 build, and when I rebuilt my Q6600 for a Hackintosh, I bought two more! This is great memory and does exactly what it's supposed to do. Everyone rates it highly because of this FACT
Cons: non whatsoever!
Overall Review: Not sure what the life is on PC6400 memory, but I hope that it doesn't go away any time soon which can indirectly cause the price of these modules to rise :(
Pros: Will certainly read high capacity and higher quality Compact Flash which I needed for as use from my GoPro 2 HD and Canon 7D/5Dmk2.
Cons: I will give this item a 5 star rating, but I wish that it came with a mounting bracket so I can mount it in the A drive/Floppy drive. Even if it cost extra, I'd be willing to pay the difference to be able to mount it.
Overall Review: This thing is built tough and for the road if need be. I brought it with me during a documentary film shoot and it stood up to the bumps and bruises that go along with that sort of thing.
Pros: It's small and lightweight and comes with a mounting bracket to fit your harddrive slot. Very quick hard drive that I threw into my hackintosh build that is running Lion 10.7.4
Cons: it heats up quite quickly but as long as you have a reasonable cooling system you should be fine. If using for a Hackintosh, keep in mind that you have to install only core install files onto this drive, and all the miscellaneous stuff onto a backup hard drive either external or in my case, a 1TB WD backup.
Overall Review: I would certainly buy one of these guys again for my Windows tower
Pros: It's cheap
Cons: Mine did not come with a base stand support so it can't be put on my desk. When I called customer support, first of all - the model for this LCD was NOT found on the search site. I had to find another 32" 1080p model to find the same customer support hotline number. I spoke to Alex in customer support and made it VERY CLEAR that the base stand to stand the television on was missing. He said it would be delivered in 3 days and to call back in a week if I had not received my item. It's been a week and this morning I spoke with Denae in customer support and she stated that the 'mounting bracket had to be purchased separately." I told her "I DON'T WANT A MOUNTING BRACKET! I want the base stand which I told Alex was MISSING from the refurbished packaging! I can't even stand the TV on my desk right now!" She understood my issue and will be expediting the part out to me. But I am expecting that once again Element will NOT be sending me the missing item. They claimed they called me but nope!
Overall Review: The quality of the 1080p on this television is poor at best. I hooked it up to two separate towers (one Windows 7 with an NVidia 9800GTX+ and the other a Mac Pro) and tried viewing 1080p Vimeo videos for which the quality was less than that of a 720p Dynex Best Buy LCD. For $50 more you can buy an Insignia brand LCD TV from Best Buy which not only looks better, but will include a base stand support. Also keep in mind that there is a red LED panel on the front as part of the design. Even with the television turned off, this LED panel light does not turn off. For some this might be an issue. You can either disable the distracting light altogether (and void your warranty) or simply put black tape over it unless you are willing to just deal with it. For $200 it's something to give to a child but not something to allow as a distraction in your life.
Pros: I got this thing nearly 2 years ago on sale.
Cons: Solid connection for nearly 2 years now. Only dropped wireless once in two years.
Overall Review: I don't know about all of the complaints about this unit, but I bought a first generation (serial begins with F3B) router that's been solid this entire time. I've never had to update the firmware (even though it was recommended) and have never had problems. It's literally been on for two years straight and has only dropped signal once. Incredibly fast on my Windows 7 PC which has a D LINK wireless N USB connector.
Pros: Very nice, slick and way faster than the phenom!
Cons: The fan is embarassingly tough to pin into the motherboard with these 775 socket processors. When you position the lever into place, you can't help but feel like you are damaging the pins. Also, you can only do this about twice on these processors before real damage sets in.
Overall Review: Dont know if the motherboard or the processor is the blame but the fan would not start up and I smelt something burning on my 2nd DOA'd/RMA'd motherboard. You should SERIOUSLY consider the two year extended warranty plan to protect your time and investment. In my case it would have DEFINITELY been worth it.
Pros: It's red
Cons: I've had to RMA this product twice now. First one came DOA and second one wouldnt power processor fan. Am waiting on third board =(
Overall Review: You all should SERIOUSLY consider getting the extended warranty coverage from newegg. It's not that expensive and you will save money and time when this board DOES fail on you. You'll be glad you did!
Pros: Good case ... easy to build ... I have reviewed this case before and given it 5 stars
Cons: I was skeptical about the power supply. Everyone was saying to get rid of the PSU, but since I have built using this case for over a dozen clients, I felt I didn't need to be aware of the PSU. Just today it started smoking, and after personally owning it for 4 months, the reality came true - the power supply bit the big one!
Overall Review: I replaced this power supply with one I bought from a local retailer a few months ago as a spare. The new PSU runs quiet and has more connections than the one that came with this computer. This was a bad experience and I dont recommend anybody getting this case without a spare on hand.
Pros: Nice compact LCD, cool color and easy to set up
Cons: LCD had one minor burn in the center region
Overall Review: For the price of this LCD and its ease of use, I gave it 4 stars.
Pros: Works as reported. This is an excellent piece of dual Ram at a great price. My system runs fast and efficiently with this dual channel system.
Cons: None Whatsoever.
Pros: Incredible deal on this 19" LCD! There were absolutely no burned pixels whatsoever upon powering on. No dead pixels yet. Clear picture and works well with my system. Very lightweight yet sturdy.
Cons: None whatsoever.
Overall Review: The reality is, the human eye will not be able to tell the difference between 20ms, 12ms, or even 8ms, so don't let the speed of the LCD fool you. Also, since I have my own 2.1 system, I did not need to use the speakers that are built into this monitor.
Pros: I've built five computers for five different clients (including myself) using this case and it has been the absolute easiest case and quickest to install enclosure I've worked with. The handle bar is great for lugging the PC around and the power supply is plenty for most systems.
Cons: The front grill is cheesy looking, and the wires for the front audio options weren't readily available for my M/B. Also, the power switch being on top caused many accidental power turn ons that nearly fried some cards or other power components that were not completely plugged into the power.
Overall Review: The front lights are blue (big) and red (small). The side fan light is red. PowMax has been making some modifications to this case since I began using it nearly two years ago. Since then, the motherboard output jack plate has been modified to be able to take out using a philips. Other small enhancements have been made to make the computer builder's life easier.
Pros: Very awesome card! Plays BF2 on my system all on max with quick load up times (I have a Newcastle 3000+ Athlon 64, 2 GB Cas Latency 2 extreme ram, and Maxtor SATA150 hard drive). Awesome card for its price, and best of all, it was a gift!
Cons: This card requires an additional power plug which is awkward to get to when your power is usually plugged into IDE devices. You may need an additional y plug to distribute more extensions of power.
Overall Review: Awesome card at an incredble deal!
Pros: Good board for price. Great if you want to keep the same system and not look forward so much to upgrading in the future. Nice and slim.
Cons: Terrible SOUND! Upon install, the windows start up sound was cracking and cutting out. Noticed that the inconsistencies in sound had nothing to do with processor, and everything to do with the bad sound drivers and onboard sound.
Overall Review: I installed my own sound card to take care of the sound problem. I record music so sound is definitely a necessity on any system. I gave it a 3 stars to offset the five stars others are giving this board. Otherwise, all other components are working GREAT!
Pros: It's an All-In-One and it's cheap.
Cons: FIRST OF ALL..I didn't buy this printer at newegg, I got it from Staples. But mainly, the first printer had a PAPER LOADING problem. I went back to the store and got a new one. The NEXT one had a printer cartridge ERROR that would not go away. I finally got a third one, and it worked just fine.
Overall Review: I owned the HP AIO PSC1210, which is one of the FINEST and BEST HP AIO's in this series. Not one problem - perfect scans and perfect prints (even had a draft mode to save ink). The 1410, though supposed to be better than the 1210, performs dramatically worse, with no draft mode print out, and louder and more excessive problems!
Comments: In terms of value, this is the BEST Fan you can get in this price range. Surprisingly this fan is extremely quiet and very easy to hook up. Used this on a 2600+ Barton Athlon XP. Not OC'ed, but runs in a good temperature range. My client is extremely happy with his computer and both of us were blown away by how quiet the fan is.