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James M.

James M.

Joined on 09/29/05

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Most Favorable Review

Great Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 01G-P3-1465-AR
EVGA GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 01G-P3-1465-AR

Pros: - Performance between ATI HD5830 and HD5850 - The $250 price makes it a perfect price to performance ratio - High to Very High settings in most games - Lifetime warranty (the Newegg info is wrong, always check the manufacturer's website) - DirectX 11 support

Cons: - The dual slot cooler is a little bulky, it didn't allow my rear panel latch to close all the way - Takes two power connectors, but that's to be expected

Overall Review: - If you want a moderately priced Nvidia card with DirectX 11, this is the card for you!

Most Critical Review

1 year then dead

Western Digital Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: None

Cons: Dead. DOA would be better then dead after 1 year (to the week). Started acting erratic. Now won't even format.

Overall Review: Running out of brands I can trust.

Quality issues

Cooler Master HAF X - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0 Ports
Cooler Master HAF X - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0 Ports

Pros: Hot swappable drives. Really quiet if you don't have a defective fan/sidepanel.

Cons: Side fan making noise. Sounds like its rubbing but could be a defective fan. I fought with Coolmaster Support about having them send me a new side panel but they won't. They are sending me a fan. I have to repair their defective product if I can. Need really long power supply cables to be able to use the shroud. I had to leave it out or cables won't reach. Good luck turning the cover thumbscrews. The holes are so small and misaligned I can barely put them on with a screw driver. They give you nice drawers for the hard drives but you have to take the other side off to plug/unplug them unless you have really long cables.

Overall Review: CoolMaster Support sucks. I wrote a request for a replacement part because they left me waiting for a support person for 10 minutes without any idea on how much longer it would be. They didn't reply within one day so I ended up on chat anyhow. I've been in Quality Assurance for 40 years and this isn't a quality product. It's a pretty nice design but poor execution.

Hangs my PC at boot up

Blue 2.0 - 2.9 MP 15X Optical Zoom Waterproof 24mm Wide Angle Point & Shoot
Blue 2.0 - 2.9 MP 15X Optical Zoom Waterproof 24mm Wide Angle Point & Shoot

Pros: Just what I wanted to secure some backups on site.

Cons: My PC hangs during boot up posting with this device on. BIOS and settings have all been updated and verified. Support will send me a replacement after I ship it back to them which means I have to somehow get more backups in place to send it out.

Overall Review: As an IT Professional I really thought these units were affordable and just what was needed if you don't have backups off site. Now I have reservations about recommending them although no one else seems to have this issue. Maybe I got the only bad one.

Uses too much ink

Canon PIXMA MP560 3747B002 9.2 ipm Black Print Speed 9600 x 2400 dpi Color Print Quality Wireless InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer
Canon PIXMA MP560 3747B002 9.2 ipm Black Print Speed 9600 x 2400 dpi Color Print Quality Wireless InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer

Pros: Works fine.

Cons: Slow to start a print job. It takes about a minute to start printing when it's been inactive for a day or so. We do almost all black printing yet my color tanks are almost empty after 6 months. I'll bet we didn't print more than 10 color pages. I can see the tanks getting lower every month and it hardly gets used.

Overall Review: They need to start rating printers on how much ink they use when inactive. Kodak tries to sell their printers based on low ink costs but many reviews say the same think......they use ink just sitting there. I passed on Kodak for that reason but got the same deal from Canon.

Can't see the keys

Saitek PZ30AU 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Eclipse Blue Backlit Keyboard
Saitek PZ30AU 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Eclipse Blue Backlit Keyboard

Pros: It's well built and the Keys feel and work well.

Cons: The backlighting is useless. Like most people I put the keyboard in front of my monitor. With the light of the monitor on the silver keys it doesn't matter if the backlight is on or off. Visibility is very poor with room lights on or off. White letters on black keys are much better. I had to replace it. My son tried it and went back to his old $5 keyboard.

Overall Review: If you are like me and have to see the keys do not buy this keyboard. I can't believe with all these reviews it is so highly rated.