Joined on 01/03/08
Pros: It's definitely a more solid alternative to the LGA 775 push-pins if you move your case around a lot and/or get nervous about that kind of thing. There's a nice plastic pad between the metal and the PCB that prevents shorting.
Cons: It's a one time installation. The adhesive is excessively sticky; it's like super glue. Do NOT use this unless you know for an absolute fact that you'll never want to use anything other than a Xigmatech cooler on the motherboard you're installing it on.
Overall Review: I ended up doing a motherboard swap post installation. Removing the back plate was not pretty, it took the better part of a day and is effectively destroyed. The adhesive is still stubbornly attached to the motherboard (which is in the family computer now), but it's not hurting anything. I also chipped some of the PCB off one of the mounting holes, but thankfully that did no (functional) damage either. My Xigmatech cooler is now installed with the push pins, which is how I'll be leaving it for a while. I blame this on my own indecisiveness, not Xigmatech. I just want to stress that this thing is quite permanent.
Pros: None (see cons).
Cons: It doesn't physically fit into a computer case. It's too short - the PCIe adapter and the back panel are too close together. I've used other devices in the same PCIe slot so I know it's not a case or motherboard problem. I even unscrewed the motherboard and tried to move it as close as possible to the back of the case. There is simply no way to both secure the screw in the back panel and have the PCIe adapter completely flush in the slot.
Overall Review: When I was shopping for a wireless NIC, this one caught my eye quickly because of its low price and large quantity of positive reviews. I dismissed the negative reviews as the frustrated rants of technically challenged folk (as is so often the case). I even read the reviews complaining about the card not fitting into cases and ignored them. I was wrong. I also tried the card in my friend's case (she, too, is looking for a good wireless NIC) and it didn't fit. I'm sure some people must be receiving cards that fit into their cases, or there wouldn't be so many positive reviews. Mine, however, certainly does not, and I'm not the only one. Beware.
Pros: -Low power -High resolution for the price -LED lighting means no fluorescent mercury bulbs -External power brick means no whine when you turn the brightness down -No backlight bleeding -Good colors, deep blacks, no ghosting
Cons: It's a pretty high resolution for its physical size, which means that everything, including text, will be smaller than it may be on another monitor (sort of like using a laptop). My stand was uneven. The entire monitor was visible rotated - the right side hanging lower than the left. By 'stand' I mean the part built into the back of the monitor. Nothing I could do about it, short of sticking a coaster under the right side, so I sent it back for a replacement.
Overall Review: Why are LG and other manufacturers not including the universal mounts on the back of monitors any more? If they had, this would have been a non-issue, as I have a universal stand and could have just mounted it to that. How hard is it to include 4 screw holes on the back panel in order to comply with universal standards? I guess the back of the monitor looking 'sleek' was more important than functionality.
Pros: Sold aluminum construction, quality screws, non-proprietary 12V power supply/adapter, compact, looks nice.
Cons: There's a reason people comment about the fan not moving much air: whoever engineered this device is inept. The fan is an exhaust, intended to pull air away from the drive and out of the case. The problem is, the fan is entirely covered on the other side, where it's meant to be pulling air from, by the hard drive. The fan therefore has no air supply and indeed moves no air at all. It'd be like placing a regular case fan on the floor airflow side up and expecting it to blow air up at you. Of course it won't. The fan moves a decent amount of air with no hard drive in the case. Good job, Rosewill.
Overall Review: My drive gradually heated up to 50C while idling in the enclosure. Not an overheat, but that's what it'd achieve in any passive enclosure. The price Newegg is asking for this is appalling. RMA'd.
Pros: Nice solid feel, all of the buttons and the scroll wheel are firm, but not prohibitively so. The receiver is the size of a small USB flash drive with an optional extension cable, so it's suitable for either laptops or desktops. The OEM package is a small white box with just the mouse and receiver inside, so you feel like you're paying for a product and not for a sales pitch. The box has links for drivers on it, but I didn't need them. On XP Pro 32-bit SP3 I just plugged the receiver into a USB hub I already had, let it install its drivers, pushed the connect button on the bottom of the mouse and it was working perfectly. The box even included a pair of AA batteries.
Cons: No off button on the mouse, which would be nice to conserve batteries. A charging USB charging station would have been even nicer. I believe the mouse shuts itself off after not detecting movement for a certain period of time, though. Tracking isn't as good as a wired mouse, but that's a fault of wireless mice entirely, not this one. For the price of this mouse, however, it meets or exceeds all expectations one could have for a wireless mouse.
Overall Review: Of the two poor reviews here, one guy put oil in his mouse and was surprised when it stopped working, and the other sounds like he rushed through installation and missed something, perhaps the connect button on the mouse, got mad and returned it.
Pros: Absolutely the best readily available power supply for average computers. 80+ power supplies have to reach 80+ efficiency at 20% load to be certified; they normally do not reach that efficiency at lower loads. For this unit, a mere 60W, which is still more than most computers need. My computer, for example, is an average, modern daily use computer with onboard video - during normal usage it uses 35W with this PSU. If we assume the PSU has reached 80% efficiency, then my components are using 28W of DC power. Power requirements are WAY overestimated today; I have over 250W of headroom on just the 12V rail.
Overall Review: Replaced a 350W unit, not 80+, but not terribly inefficient either. Power usage used to be 50W. This series of units is the OEM for the EarthWatt series, the casing and internals are identical. Powering a G31 board, Pentium Dual Core, 3.5" drive, DVD burner, 1GB DDR2 667.