Date Joined: 11/14/04
Pros: There really aren't any as it does not work. Oh, NewEgg, as usual shipped very fast, and when I had trouble with it outside of the normal refund period, still took care of me. Guess, that qualifies?
Cons: Unlike prior MS Hardware I have owned, this is a piece of junk. The keys have a very rough "touch" and the space key is very loud and does not go down smoothly at all. The "N" key only works about 25 percent of the time. See other reviews as I am not the only one with this problem.
Overall Review: Very disappointed in the quality. I opted for a Logitech Keyboard to replace and it is far superior. MS has some work to do on hardware.
Pros: Great storage space, good price.
Cons: As an OEM product, no software or cables. But, this should be obvious to any buyer as it is OEM.
Overall Review: Most systems--except custom builds--already have cables--so the cons aren't usually an issue. Just make sure that you have all you need before you buy. Also, WDs website walks you through install and format, so the software issue is no biggie is you are somewhat tech savvy. Some folks have said these drives have been DOA or fail early--can't speak to long-term, but so far so good and it is under a warranty. I'd buy again. The price is right.
Pros: It is the best and least expensive way to keep an "aging" system up-to-date.
Overall Review: It is very easy to install and works fine. Good price.
Pros: Provides sufficient power to shut down system safely with a power outage--in fact software does it for you. Am running high-end power monster and it only pulls about 1/3 of rated power for the unit. And, about 20 minutes of battery use.
Overall Review: 36 month warranty. Also, it is best to follow APCs recomendations and only use battery for critical devices--monitor, system and any external drives--so as to have maximum battery life. This is not a device to run you computer during power outages, but to protect system and deal with the occasional power "burp". Price is good for what it does and, with this unit, you have more power than is "needed" and more is always better.
Pros: Well-made, compact and very easy to set up. Works well as a total system backup in Vista OS and is plug and play. Flexible with both SATA and IDE. All needed cases and material come in the box.
Cons: None. A great product from a leader in this field. Very cool enclosure. Just what you'd expect.
Overall Review: Two days after install of this product, I had a OS corruption issue. All other efforts to restore system failed. But, I had used this product and an IDE HD to do a full system backup of the OS. This is a new feature of Vista. I just popped in my DVD of the OS. Told it to go to this drive and restore and in about 30 minutes all (AND I DO MEAN ALL) my system was back up and running as normal. Otherwise, it would have been hours of disk flopping to get back to normal. Well worth the money even if you never have to use. Peace of mind is priceless!
Pros: Small form, good LED display, flexible (SATA and IDE), comes with all cables and even the screwdriver, easy to set up and use with Vista.
Cons: None at all
Overall Review: Good price and, since it will handle all types of drives out there and size (up to 1TB) it should be good for quite awhile. I use it for a "mirror" backup of the entire system from the new Windows Recovery in Vista.
Pros: Very good quality. Nice speed.
Cons: A little small if you are going to use as "Ready Boost" added memory in Windows Vista. For example, you can use 1X to 3X of your RAM in Ready Boost. So, if you have 2GB of RAM, this will only handle the minimum. Wish it was larger, say 4X or 8X for added memory and general storage.
Overall Review: Using only for storage, so OK for my use.
Pros: First, let me say that I have been with this product from the start. I was one of the original beta testers of what was, initially, Windows "Codename Longhorn". This prodcut is far superior to XP in most, if not, all areas. It is NOT simply a glamorized XP. It offers new features, such as better security, file protection, backup options and, my personal favorite, ReadyBoost, that allows you to add more memory to a maxed out system using a USB flash drive. And, quite frankly, the GUI is much more crisp, clean and pleasing on the eye than XP. I recommend it and, as to versions, Ultimate is the way to go if you can afford it.
Cons: As some have said, this product may have been rushed to market. Drivers (beyond the basics such as sound and video) are often a problem. Also, some programs simply don't (and some will not be) work with Vista. However, if you are going to upgrade, this should not be a major issue--given that you want to keep your drivers and other software updated if you need or want the latest OS.
Overall Review: Quite frankly, if your computer is more than a couple of years old (and with lower-end systems that's too long) you would be much better off moneywise to get a new machine with Vista installed. Otherwise, as I did in testing, you will be out money for a new High-End Video Card, memory and, perhaps, other items, to even do the upgrade--and, this will not include programs and the OS. Run the MS "Readiness Tool", which is available on their website, before buying. It will give you a good idea of what is involved and if your computer can even do an upgrade. Do not use any tool provided by a system maker (such as Dell, HP, Gateway, etc.) as they are much more likely to tell you you need a new computer. Go figure? I have done several upgrades on machines that these maker tools said "can't be done" with outstanding success and results. Indeed the computer I am using now, which Dell said could not run Vista, is and with an overall rating of 4.1 on a scale of 5.0.
Pros: Starting using because one of the first to have a Beta for Vista. Liked it so much, bought instead of renew of my other Secuity Suite.
Cons: None at all.
Overall Review: Superior to Norton, McAfee and Microsoft products. Eliminates the need for a secondary spyware program, such as Spysweeper, as it catches and cleans most common spyware problems. Well designed prgram, great updates and works well with XP and Vista.
Pros: Value priced (with rebate) for a 4 GB stick. Also, has a lifetime warranty.
Cons: Some have said it is too fat and that it is ugly. For me, that does not matter. Also, there is the possible problems some have had with the drive quality--not lasting more than a few days. As my title says, so far, so good. I'll update hte review if it fails. also, cables provided by maker solve the fat problem with tight USB connections.
Overall Review: Some have said that it will not support ReadyBoost in Vista OS, Not true and, indeed, if you go to the drive maker's website, you can read an article posted 2/5/07 that state the drive has been Vista Certified. I haven't been able to tell, as yet, that ReadyBoost really helps with my high-end system, but it can't hurt.
Pros: Very nice AGP upgrade. I have been testing Vista on a three year old Dell 8250 and got a system rating of 1 on the RTM (Final)retail version of Ultimate. This card (mine is the OC version) raised it to 4.1 and it handles Vista just fine. Bought elsewhere when a Radeon X1650 Pro from NewEgg became defective and could not wait. Paid too much. Buy this card from NewEgg if it isn't an "emergency". :-)
Cons: No RTM Vista drivers as of yet. Microsoft drivers work fine, though.
Overall Review: Like (haven't had to call) the idea of 24/7 support and the lifetime warranty on the card. May never need it, but more than most other card makers do.
Pros: Well, it allows a three year old Dell 8250 (P4 3.06 HT) to run Windows Vista with ease. Took system "Windows Vista Experience Rating" from 1 to 4.2. Rating only goes to 5 on Vista scale. Can use all Vista enhancements (including Aero and tranparencies) with no problem.
Overall Review: Great solution for video upgrade for an AGP board. In my opinion, ATI cards are the best.
Pros: Super print quality, both color and black & white. Can't go wrong for the money.
Overall Review: NewEgg was about $xxx below my local retailer. Was to go!
Pros: Good AV and nice controls
Cons: Will not work with hardware firewall and turning off, at best, leaves you with an annoying warning of "serious problems" At worst, you can't get online at all.
Overall Review: If you have a VPN or a good hardware firewall in your router or modem, just by a basic AV program. You don't need this! Had to return.
Pros: Price. HP is very proud of their media and it is good. These Memorex disks make just as good a copy (Lightscribe as well as media) at a freely usable price.
Pros: Finally a large trackball mouse that is OPTICAL from Kensington! Worth every dime.
Cons: Takes a little time to break in the ball and scroll (a day or so) as they are "stiff" out of the box for some reason. Not a big deal at all.
Overall Review: I have had the mechanical trackballs from Kensignton in the past. They are OK, but once you get use to optical, you just can't go back. Was not happy with other brands of trackballs due largely to the size of the ball. This one is perfect! Leave it to Kensignton. And, a five year gurantee to boot.
Pros: Super product--works right, the first time (as it should) right out of the box. Belkin makes good stuff. If you are going to open your case, don't go cheap. You'll regret it.
Cons: No Cons--except like all the new stuff the damned plastic is hard to open!
Overall Review: NewEgg is outstanding on getting your stuff to you lighting fast.