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Andrew C.

Andrew C.

Joined on 01/31/08

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Better Than I Imagined

Gateway FHD2400 Black-Silver 24" 3ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ 4-port USB Hub and Height & Pivot Adjustments 400 cd/m2 1000:1
Gateway FHD2400 Black-Silver 24" 3ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ 4-port USB Hub and Height & Pivot Adjustments 400 cd/m2 1000:1

Pros: The stand is really neat (see other thoughts), but the Gateway monitor is amazing, especially with all the added features. (1) The panel is stylized with 3/4 gloss black border and a (real) brushed metal strip along the bottom. (2) The LED power button glows blue, but the entire right border secretly hides touch-sensitive LEDs activated only when needed. (3) The monitor features nice built-in sounds! Plays a few when your it wakes up. (4) Screen clarity is unreal at 1920x1200 and the colors are so vivid.

Cons: None! I'm very impressed with this Gateway product.

Overall Review: Beautiful design details: (1) The metal stand is painted silver and uses a very cool force-controlled spring... The weight of Gateway's LCD screen panel offsets the spring's power perfectly, which lets you move the monitor up and down with ease. (2) The hidden, touch-sensitive LED "buttons" (you can't see) ARE a bit sensitive, but very futuristic in how they only light-up when needed. (3) This LCD really has others beat -- the resolution, refresh rate and detailed finish make me a happy Gateway customer, yet again. Google has stunning 1920x1200 desktop backgrounds too!

Works Fine -- Read My Notes!

SYBA Model SD-USB-P 0 ft. USB to Printer Port Adapter
SYBA Model SD-USB-P 0 ft. USB to Printer Port Adapter

Pros: Affordable, Perfect Length (5'), Quality Construction -- Read my notes* BEFORE buying to semi-guarantee an easy install

Cons: Includes a mini-CD with many, many folders... I found it useless and the file tree was confusing

Overall Review: Windows: 7 (64-bit) Printer: HP 2230 Business InkJet First, if you leave a review for this or other cables, please tell others what your set-up is - I installed it easily ONLY because 1 of 33 reviewers explained how to do so, thankfully! :) Win7-x64 did not find my printer at all, but it knew I plugged the cable in (which verifies the cable works). So... power on your printer and plug the cable from printer to PC: 1) Control Panel --> Devices/Printers --> Add a printer 2) "Add a local printer" 3) "Use an existing port" --> Choose USB001 (Virtual) 4*) Choose your printer brand and model 5) Install and print test page *IMPORTANT: At this point, Windows 7 had my HP printer listed, thank goodness. Before buying this cable, you may want to follow my install sequence to see if Windows 7 has your printer drivers pre-installed. If it does, this cable is much more likely to work for you. I suspect other Windows versions may follow the same logic.

Best. Keyboard. Ever.

Logitech K740 Illuminated USB Keyboard
Logitech K740 Illuminated USB Keyboard

Pros: Nighttime Light (best part is that the light is mostly from within the keys and not all around them), Sleek Design, Low Profile, Quiet and Soft Tactile Keys

Cons: Absolutely None -- Price Went Up (Too Popular? lol)

Overall Review: I am in love with this keyboard and will buy a second one the moment the price drops to match my first purchase. I never realized before owning it how much I squinted just to see keys in my dimly lit, nighttime office atmosphere. Now, I walk in and the keyboard gently glows while allowing me to type quietly. Yes, it's both awesome AND quiet, which is great since it seems my hearing gets much more sensitive at night and loud clicks quickly become annoying. So yeah, I want another one!

Looks Great, Works Great & It's FAST

LaCie 500GB Porsche Design P'9220 External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model LAC301998 Gray
LaCie 500GB Porsche Design P'9220 External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model LAC301998 Gray

Pros: Cool-to-the-touch with a modern, brushed dark-gunmetal finish (it's genuine aluminum) -- White LED activity light looks pretty slick -- Feels very well built -- Stands up on it's own -- Runs quietly -- Files transfer QUICK thanks to USB 3.0 -- Plug-and-play on Windows 7 -- Size of a smartphone, so it's very portable -- No power cord req'd. / Uses only the USB cable

Cons: The USB 3.0 cable! It's 21" long, which if you actually measure that out, means you can't place it far from your PC/Mac should you have that requirement. Of course, many people don't keep these things plugged in all the time, especially if it's just a backup drive, so a short cable won't bother everyone.

Overall Review: I really liked the minimal styling, which is very modern and detailed for what is otherwise just another external hard drive. The aluminum case is laser-etched with "Porsche Design" insignia, which is Porsche's after-market design house, and it really made no impact on my decision to buy this thing; it simply caught my eye, so I knew it would match my silver/black PC environment nicely. HOWEVER. This *hard drive* was shipped in a padded envelope. Is a small, semi-cushioned box too much to ask for when shipping a *hard drive*, which can be sensitive to shocks...?

Works Nicely So Far

BFG Tech GeForce 7600GS 512MB GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card BFGR76512GSOC
BFG Tech GeForce 7600GS 512MB GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card BFGR76512GSOC

Pros: My 5 year-old computer is being upgraded to Windows 7, so I bought this to replace a 256MB GeForce video card (which I needed just to run a larger HD LCD monitor on higher resolutions). The card covered in this review was needed because Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor told me the Aero feature required a better card, so I bought this one (SEE Other Thoughts). It's working well so far and visually, I don't see/feel much difference because I don't play games and the like. I just want to have a better card if I'm upgrading other facets of my PC (I like Gateway's silver/black tower and therefore, I must extend this PC's life, lol).

Cons: With both of the GeForce cards I've upgrade with thus far, my Windows XP desktop freezes every so often and completely locks up. Never happened until I upgraded the video card(s). Doesn't bother me much, but just putting it out there. I tried a few drivers, but to no avail.

Overall Review: Windows 7 Upgrade advisor said I needed a better video card to run Aero, but after the install of this one, it STILL tells me I need a better one. Other reviews state this card DOES allow the Aero function to work, so we'll see soon.

Works Just Fine

Sony Optiarc Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1678A
Sony Optiarc Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1678A

Pros: Very easy to install. It didn't include ANY disks or install instructions, but I literally just switched out my bad DVD drive with this Sony unit and my PC immediately recognized it. It autoplayed the first DVD I tried too, so all is good again. The unit is a perfect "plastic black" color and it runs nice and smooth. It 'whirs' a bit loud when in use, but I only need it to load software, so no biggie there.

Cons: None (yet...)

Overall Review: I couldn't care less for watching DVDs on my PC, but as luck would have it, that darn Windows 7 Upgrade disk is on a DVD, lol! Yeah, so I HAD to fix my DVD player just for that reason alone. Oh well, I got the college student deal, so it all cost much less than buying a new PC when mine is still very sufficient.

10/28/2009