Date Joined: 11/06/01
Pros: It's super easy to put together. Just twist on the threaded legs; no tools are required. It's a well-built, all-metal design, not cheap plastic. The height is easily adjustable using the ball plungers on the legs. The mesh design allows for good cooling and air-flow.
Cons: One small cosmetic issue is that the ball plungers on the legs are not all in the same orientation when the unit is assembled and the legs are fully threaded on the base. This is because the threads on the legs don't start at exactly the same point relative to the inserts used at the attachment point for the legs. But if this really bothers you, you've got issues, and this is not the stand for you. You could loosen one or more of the legs to orient them the same way, but then they wouldn't be full seated. Oh, the dilemma! First world problems.
Overall Review: I think this is a great product at a very fair price. Just bear in mind that it is on the small side, just large enough to hold the base of a standard monitor and maybe a small switch, SFF computer, and things like that. I would actually prefer one about twice as wide for all my gadgets, but most people probably don't need that.
Pros: Works great electrically. My small business network is fast and responsive.
Cons: The fan is extremely loud. This unit should only be used in a server room where noise is expected.
Pros: I got this because it's the exact model that was pre-installed in the HP Windows Home Server box that I bought. I now have 2TB of storage on the machine. I was able to drop two of these in, and they were instantly detected with no issues.
Overall Review: I've used hundreds of drives over the years, and the Seagates have proven to be the most reliable by far. They have a great return policy for the rare case that you do have a problem.
Pros: Fast. I can run Slingbox, surf the Net, watch Youtube videos, check email, do CAD work, and run my TV tuner all at the same time without any slowdown. This processor almost maxes out the Windows Vista Experience rating. I got this one because of the relatively low power consumption.
Pros: Great idea for supernerds.
Cons: Mine was DOA. I stuck it in my USB port, and it heated up to the temperature of the surface of the sun. I'm surprised it didn't melt my USB port. Can you get an RMA on a free gift?
Overall Review: It would be better if you could use it as a watchband so it would be less conspicuous and therefore less nerdy.
Pros: This is by far the best case I've ever used. It's quiet and has great airflow. I can actually leave my computer on without the noise bothering me at night.
The air flows into the case from the bottom, preventing a lot of dust buildup inside, especially with the washable filters.
Cons: It doesn't come with a fan for the hard drive rack. Because of the great airflow in the case, it doesn't seem to matter. I added my own fan to the hard drive rack, but I took it back out because of the increased noise.
Pros: Awesome motherboard. It has everything you could want built-in unless you're a hard-core gamer, in which case you can easily upgrade the video if you want.
Cons: I could always use more SATA and USB connectors, but this has more than any other motherboard I've used.
Pros: Powerful and quiet. Does everything you need from a basic power supply.
Cons: The modular cables have multiple power connectors on them. I'd rather have a single connector on each modular cable so that each component has its own dedicated line to the power supply. Since you end up using all the cables for a basic system, the modular cables are almost pointless.
Pros: I have an older laptop, a Panasonic Toughbook CF-71 laptop. The PCMCIA/Cardbus slots don't provide enough current for newer cards. This card is the only one that provided Wireless-G capability using less than 450mA of current. Any other card I used would lock up my laptop.
Cons: The range doesn't seem to be quite that of some of the name brand cards, but the difference is subtle at best.
Overall Review: Great for older laptops.
Pros: Fast, stable, quiet. Seagate always honors their warranty, which makes purchasing this drive a no-brainer.
Cons: I don't know how the benchmarks on this drive compare to Western Digital, Samsung, and other drives, but I don't care. The warranty alone makes it worth it.
Overall Review: Buy this. It's a tremendous value. Using two of these in a RAID configuration is unbelievably fast.
Pros: I have purchased a number of these memory kits from Corsair. The memory has always been stable and fast, without a problem. On the rare occasion that there has been a problem, Corsair has always honored their lifetime warranty.
Cons: No fancy heat sinks or LEDs, if you're into that sort of thing.
Overall Review: I have also had great luck with Kingston's memory kits. They are also good about honoring their warranties.
Pros: If you don't need dual cores, this is a very fast processor.
Overall Review: Great value.
Pros: Very stable and fast, this motherboard booted right away. It has both coaxial and optical digital audio outputs, making it useful for media center PC applications.
Pros: This case has a very clean-looking front panel layout that integrates perfectly with any high-end A/V system. The included power supply and remote will save you a lot of money. The case is surprisingly quiet considering the two 60mm fans. The remote works great with the latest Windows Media Player.
Cons: The build quality is a little suspect. My unit wouldn't power on at first. I had to disassemble the duct for the power supply exhaust and plug the power cord in tighter. One of the screws that holds the cover on was threaded slightly crooked. The front door wouldn't open and close properly at first until some burrs were removed. The cables for the drives are too close to the motherboard edge, making it difficult to wire. Only one spot for a hard drive unless you don't want to use the 3.5" bay, which will yield two spots.
Overall Review: Despite some of the cons, this is a great value. I recommend it to anyone looking to build a nice-looking media center PC on a budget. One thing hard to tell from the pictures is that the power supply is near the front. There is a large duct that goes down the side of the case for the power supply exhaust. The front panel display is awesome. All kinds of downloads are available that allow it to display song names, movie titles, the weather, or whatever you want. By default, you can display the CPU speed, time, date, etc.