Date Joined: 01/05/08
Pros: This receiver functionally has everything I would want. A plethora of HDMI inputs, and a wide range of audio encoders.
Cons: Boy, where to begin? The receiver loses audio signal after half a second of no activity, and then takes a couple of seconds for the audio to come back on. So what this means is, if I'm watching TV and a commercial finishes playing, there will be a three second pause before the audio for my program starts back up. But it does it during gaming too, if there's a pause for a save or load screen. This makes immersively watching or playing something almost impossible, because you are reminded of how terrible this receiver is every couple of minutes. Also, the manual for this thing is a joke. It only covers things that a toddler should know, like "The HDMI port is where you plug in an HDMI cable." Thanks, HK. It doesn't cover things like, encoder options, accepted video codecs for network play, or even how to set the remote up with all of your devices.
And then there is the Harman Kardon customer support team. Whoa boy. I called them after all of these issues started arising, and at first they seemed pretty helpful. A man, who was incredibly difficult to understand, told me that they would send me a replacement unit. Cool. But that was the last I heard from him, and it's been almost a month. I have emailed him back several times to no response. Terrible, terrible, terrible.
Really, this whole product screams of a rush job. The poorness of the build seeps from every hole of this thing.
Overall Review: Don't buy this. Don't buy Harmon Kardon. There are several other options available that should work that are similarly priced and featured.
Pros: Price/Capacity ratio. 75 bucks for a 640 GB SATA 3 Gb/s drive? Count me in. The 16MB cache is great too. My Vista rating of it is a 5.9, which I wasn't expecting and I can't hear it access information at all (although my case fans are a little loud so it might be overshadowed).
Overall Review: It's OEM, so you better have the cables for it, but that's why the price is so low. It's a great drive with a huge capacity so what are you waiting for?
Pros: It works.
Cons: It doesn't not work.
Oh, and 7 dollar shipping for a 2 dollar object when it's all being shipped in the same box? Seriously NewEgg?
Overall Review: What else is there? It gets the job done, and you get to live all your childhood doctor fantasies while applying the paste. :)
Pros: This case is huge. Big enough to hold anything I may ever want to throw at it for the next five years. The fans are incredible. They move so much air it feels like an AC vent on the back side of the case. The LEDs are sweet and I haven't had the problem with the glue on the fan wires melting like some users have, so that's a plus. Screwless drives are a godsend. Handy storage compartment in the case for everything you didn't need on initial install but want to keep for later.
Cons: The fans are a little on the loud side. Turning them all the way down helps, but if you overclock your CPU/RAM you may want them on full speed. I don't OC anything, so it's not a big deal to me, but with both fans on high it can get noisy. The manual is no help at all. Having never worked with a screwless case before I had no idea how to manipulate the drives to slide in properly. Turns out the 5.25'' drives are front-loading, and the HDDs are mounted the perpendicular direction. Not at all hard to slide in, just to figure out where they go.
Overall Review: The side facing HDD looks funny, but if you are constantly upgrading are swapping drives it's a plus because you don't have to deal with cables strewn everywhere. Also the CPU cooling fan wire was making contact with the rear exhaust fan, causing a horrible sound. The case comes with zip ties, but there's no where to attach that wire so that it won't make contact, you just have to keep it suspended in the right spot and hope it doesn't move.
It's a great case, especially for gamers or video editors with lots of internal hardware. Buy it!
Pros: Price. Even if you miss this deal on this, the card is still cheap considering what you get. My Vista rating for my graphics card and 3D Aero capabilities are both 5.9. Haven't put it through the paces of any taxing games yet, but for all you video editors out there this card is fantastic. Handles preview video on full resolution and the render times are insanely fast. Run it in Crossfire and you'll be in heaven. Also it's thin enough to not take up too much space.
Cons: A little on the long side. Luckily I have a monster of a case so it was no problem, but if you're looking to put this in a ATX-Mid case or something equivalent you may be surprised. Doesn't hurt the score, though.
Overall Review: Pick it up. I've only owned ATI products and have never been disappointed. Make sure to download the latest drivers to ensure compatibility but other than that enjoy the card.
Pros: It's got a huge game library with a bunch of AAA titles coming out towards the end of 2008. Xbox Live is, hands-down, the best online gaming service out there with video and voice chat, easy party invites, and a lot more if you're into tweaking your profile. Great controller. The integration into everything is very nice as well. 20 GB HDD is fine unless you download a ton of media (demos, tv shows, etc). I have a bunch of Rock Band DLC and still have half of my total space available.
Cons: Red rings of death. For some reason Microsoft still cannot fix their hardware problems, and most people have had to go through multiple consoles. Some will work for years, others for months before they die. Luckily Microsoft is being pretty good about warranties.
Overall Review: If you have a high speed connection and are looking for a good multiplayer experience, this is the console for you. Unparralled online features and quality exclusive titles make this a great choice for someone looking for a next-generation jump. Also note that the Xbox 360 has pretty much hit its potential, while the PS3 continues to advance in game development due to superior hardware.