Joined on 07/20/06
Perfect home or small office switch
Pros: I bought to replace a 15yr+ old switch in the middle of the pandemic. With 4 people home full time, 2 working through VPN and 2 students I found old switch was limiting bandwidth. Drop in replacement, completely silent, and produces virtually no heat. I had my switch in a closet and had to keep door cracked open. I was considering having to add a vent and fan to keep closet cool, not anymore.
Cons: Plug is a brick that blocks several plugs. I would like to see a standard plug and do transformer inline (like most monitors). Not a huge deal, but annoying. Could be a pro or a con, no layer 2 management options. I had considered creating a VLAN to separate computers from everything else on the network to improve security, but for home network I found that too problematic since everything needs to talk to everything. I have a good router with advanced firewall and network monitoring so I decided this was an unnecessary feature. A managed switch at least doubles or triples the cost. You should consider whether that functionality is really needed and worthwhile before spending the extra money, and with the difference in cost you could instead purchase a new router which will have security features far beyond what is found in most managed switches.
Overall Review: Great switch, quality gear from NetGear. You get exactly what is written, 24 port, unmanaged Gigabit switch. No setup, plugged in, connected computers and went to town. Longest part of setup was attaching brackets to mount in rack (which it fits perfectly in rack). Even if I upgrade to a managed switch later, I wouldn't regret this purchase and would still use underneath the managed switch.
Sweet, comparable to Samsung
Pros: Got for a dual monitor setup with ATI HD5770. Works great, beatiuful picture. Had to turn the brightness down because I was blinded at first. Plan on getting another cable box so I can dual purpose for as monitor and bedroom TV.
Cons: I don't have a set of these at work. Audio is a bit weak, would work if you sitting directly in front of them at a desk, but you couldn't watch TV/Hulu/whatever from the other side of the room comfortably.
Overall Review: Was initially going to go with Samsung or a comparable high end model, because I wanted stellar picture. Saw these on sale at $180 and had to go with them. Not regretting that decision at all. Did have the black bars everyone is mentioning until I installed my video card drivers and problem resolved.
Better than expected
Pros: I have been an avid PS gamer for 10+ years, so as I'm transitioning to PC gaming I just can't grasp a keyboard and mouse for FPS. Got this for an attempt of seeing if there was a decent way to game before I forego controllers and learn the dark arts of 'traditional' pc gaming. Overall I'm extremely impressed. Quality controller, and a definite plus is on Saitek's website they have a customizable profiler to allow reprogramming your controller to standard keyboard and mouse functions and switching between different profiles with two mouse clicks. Yes that means not having to spend hours trying to re-configure all your games to recognize the controller, and since the profiler can be configured so the system can't tell the difference between the controller and keyboard or mouse all your favorite legacy apps run without a hitch. (I have it setup to run ORIGINAL Quake!!!) Or you could use it to browse the web, if you have nothing better to do. Plus you get two more buttons!!
Cons: Slightly larger and shifted button placement from a PS remote. I'm sure they had to do this because of copyright/patent jazz. Not going to be too hard to adjust but just to note, it is bigger than a PS remote. The analog sticks do have a different feel, seem every bit as responsive but not as springy so you can easily overwork the analog until you get used to having less resitance. I didn't knock an egg because I'm still impressed but just noting for everyone else that it is different.
Overall Review: For $20 a worthwhile buy, I may at some point figure out how to connect a PS3 remote, but at this time it seems sketchy how to get that working and I didn't feel like dropping that kinda of money until I get into PC gaming more. But right now I'm so happy I'm just going to leave well enough alone.