Date Joined: 04/09/01
Pros: Display is nice and shows battery level and output usage, voltage
Worked fine until one day it didn't
Cons: 2.5 years in and now at the slightest power fluctuation it just shuts off power to everything plugged into the "battery backup" outlets. No warning, no safe shutdown. "Surge" outlets stay on. Happened to me twice in a week, nothing but monitor and pc plugged in. It's still in warranty, I submitted a trouble ticket to Cyberpower. Battery still shows 100% but clearly something isn't working.
Overall Review: I have had good luck in the past with Cyberpower UPS, have used several and recommended them to others. But batteries (if this is a battery problem) usually last longer than 2.5 years. We'll see what Cyberpower says/does about the problem.
Pros: 4K is great for having a bunch of windows open at same time. You'll never look at giant spreadsheets the same again.
Vesa mount is nice to get it off of desk.
Cons: Turn off "Autosource" in menu or you will have all kinds of problems connecting to devices that go to sleep on their own. Like your laptop.
Trying to change inputs sometimes won't see other devices unless I power the monitor off and on again.
Menu "joystick" on back of monitor is not awesome and frustrating to use
The VESA mounting holes are at the very top of the monitor, not centered. This makes for unexpected low monitor placement/height when you mount it. Had to readjust my mount for maximum height to compensate.
Built in speakers are terrible, if you use HDMI you will want to disable the monitor as a sound device in windows.
Overall Review: This is likely one of the best bang for the buck 4K monitors. It's limited to 60hz in all resolutions, so maybe not the best "gaming" monitor.
The issue with the inputs sometimes not selecting input and not waking up from sleep are annoying but not dealbreakers.
The bizarre VESA mount made me re-engineer my monitor mount to make it higher. The holes are on the top part of the backside instead of centered. Makes the monitor sit much lower than you would expect. Such a bizarre design choice.
So if you can deal with some minor headaches, this one is still a great 4k work monitor.
Pros: Looks neat, backlighting is fairly subtle and not too bright. Lots of USB ports
Cons: My Logitech unified USB dongle only works properly in some of the ports, others it doesn't track right. Hard to explain.
Did not like my USB thumb drives, data transfers caused the hub to disconnect/reconnect (even using additional power supply). Cannot recommend to use on USB thumb drives or hard drives
Overall Review: It's fine for mouse (if you get the unifying receiver in the right port, that is) keyboard, and xbox receiver. Sadly it did not work properly with my USB drives, I still have to crawl under my desk to plug those in.
Pros: Quiet. Fast (for a mechanical). Inexpensive. What's not to love?
Cons: Some seek noise, but I barely hear it... then again I have a quiet case Antec P100
Overall Review: I use this drive to store downloads, ISOs, VMs, backups, and most importantly... my Steam library. Games are so massive now that even a 1tb ssd fills up fast. This is great for that.
Pros: Inexpensive when on sale. Works.
Good read speeds.
Cons: Cheap, flimsy plastic case. The "locking" slide mechanism is loose and doesn't instill confidence.
Write speed is bad. On USB 3 port I never saw it get over 30mb during file transfer. I have other USB sticks that are much faster.
Overall Review: I got this on sale for $10 and it's not worth more than that. The write speed are lousy, half speed of some of my other (kingston, samsung, patriot) USB sticks.
The plastic housing is super cheap and doesn't feel solid at all. The slide mechanism is also really sub par.
But it works, it's a decent size, and pick it up on sale if you need some cheap USB storage,
Pros: Cheap and long HDMI cord, works fine
Cons: None so far
Pros: Looks great, works fine no hassles. Picked up my Teamgroup DDR4-3000 right away on XMP profile (but at 2933, no complaints)
Picked up my M.2 SSD fine and included the proper screw!
Lots of fan headers for a "bargain" motherboard
On sale and rebate, very affordable.
Cons: Don't push too hard on the overclock or your system gets unstable. But OTOH it's not realistic to expect a ton from an inexpensive board like this.
Overall Review: Great motherboard if you're not looking to push hard overclocking. Fantastic budget board.
Pros: Got it on sale, great price, so I got 2! 32gb of DDR4 3000mhz. Picked up XMP profile right away on Asrock AB350 Pro4 motherboard. The black/grey colors match the motherboard perfectly.
Cons: Not really a con, but BIOS won't do 3000, you get either 2933 or 3066. I used 2933 and will play with higher speeds later. 3200 caused a reboot during a handbrake job. Might just need more voltage, not sure yet.
The heatsinks are a super tight fit under a Hyper 212+, I had to raise the fan a couple mm so it wouldn't rub. They probably can be removed if needed.
Overall Review: So far so good, had less than a week. No troubles.
Pros: Good price for decent workstation / mom / grandma computer
Very good condition for a used/refurb. Mom says it looked new
Fresh Win 10 install, with some installers for Libre office and Chrome loaded. No other bloatware.
Cons: for the price? None
Overall Review: My mother bricked her desktop, tried to fix it over the phone but just made it worse. This refurbished PC is faster than the old one she was using, and shipped directly to her hours wound up being so much easier than having her ship the old one to me, and me having to ship it back (that would have cost $50+ just in shipping).
Pros: 1x PCI-E connector, I always have unused 1x slots
Boots fast, doesn't take a long time to do drive discovery, unlike some other cards
Cons: If you build a Windows OS using this hooked to your boot drive, you'll never be able to get it to boot in another computer (unless you have another ASM 106x chipset). This isn't really a problem, until it is. Solution - buy more than one. When they are on sale for super cheap consider picking up a spare.
Basic SATA card, no RAID options. A mirror option would have been nice, but it's not a must have for this price.
Overall Review: These are great when on sale for cheap if you need more SATA ports or faster ones. I had an old motherboard that only did SATA 1 & 2, this worked great for that.
Also if you're doing RAID on your motherboard, sometimes it's helpful to separate a single drives (or even an optical drive) , with a card like this so it doesn't interfere with RAID operations. I've had issues on AMD boards like that, this was a cheap fix.
Pros: -Moderately comfortable unless you have a big head
-Sound quality isn't bad
-microphone mutes by tilting it up out of the way, a nice feature don't have to hunt for mute button
Cons: -not comfortable to wear with glasses
-range isn't great - 20 feet and 1 wall is ok, 20+ feet or 2 walls and it starts cutting out badly
Overall Review: These were a great deal, and I reflect that value with the price I paid. No way these are worth more than $25.
Plugged into my PC I could freely roam the room, and exit the room and go to the next. But what I really wanted these for is to be able to Skype chat and be able to move around, like to my kitchen to get a cup of coffee. Only 25 feet, but 2 walls instead of one. No dice. As soon as I passed the second wall into my kitchen it started cutting out badly. I wasn't expecting full house roaming, especially not at this price, but was hoping. Oh well. I'll keep them to play games in my living room wirelessly I guess.
Note - these are fairly tight, and I have medium size head. When I put my glasses on, I hated these very quickly. They jammed the stems into the side of my head.
Sound quality is decent. I've used worse that cost more.
Pros: Nice looking, doesn't look cheap
All black painted interior
Comes with 3 fans and 3 dust filters
Nice cable management features
Easy access USB ports and headphone jacks on the top/front of the case
Cons: Flimsy thin metal, doesn't feel very solid
Fan filters are very thin and feel very fragile
Overall Review: The hard drives all mount from the the left side, which is usually a side that goes unused (except maybe for cable management). I stared at the thing for a good 5 minutes wondering where to put hard drives.
When it goes on sale with a rebate, it's not a bad deal if you're on a budget. But no way I would spend more than $40 on this. It just "feels" thin, light and cheap. It does look good, but all you have to do open the case and feel the thing wobble, and the illusion is busted.
This is no Antec or Corsair case (primarily the 2 I use the most). It lacks the sturdiness and build quality. I think if only Rosewill had spent another $5 worth of metal to make it feel solid, this could be a winner. As it is, it's not horrible, but it's not great either. I've built systems with worse.
Pros: Good deal on a refurbished Roku. Looks brand new and works fine. Remote looks new as well and works fine.
*UPDATE* works fine until it doesn't
Cons: A little slow to boot up. The Netflix app is an older version and not very fancy to look at, but it works.
*UPDATE* - less than a month after I hooked this up for my Mom, she calls crying that it doesn't work anymore. Will show the Roku screen on bootup but shortly after starts flickering in and out or no signal. Tried another HDMI cable, no luck. Not worth the effort to return, trashed.
Overall Review: Got for my technophobe senior mom to stream Netflix. Works just fine for that, and the remote is unique enough that it doesn't get lost in her big bowl of remote controls.
*UPDATE* - this is the last time I'll buy refurb products for others, even if they are a good deal. It's dead and in the trash now, so not such a good deal after all.
Pros: Silent. Fast. Whats not to love? Great deal when they were on sale. Retail box drives, air packing in box, you could drop these from 10 feet and the drive would be fine. Which is good because.... see cons below...
Cons: Lucky the drives are retail and packed really well, because Newegg tossed 2 of these in a good size box with a couple of those plastic air-pillow bubble things. They could move rattle around in the bigger box easily. Come on Newegg, it's 2016... spend a little more on bubble wrap or something. But the drives were intact and work fine, so no Eggs lost.
Overall Review: If these had been OEM/Loose drives without the retail packing, no way these would have survived packed like that. Which is part of the reason I don't buy OEM drives online.
Pros: Amazing sound clarity. Pretty great bass from a "small" speaker.
Cons: A little big and heavy for a "bookshelf" speaker, but I made it work. NOTE the port on the back pushes a lot of air, if you put these in a bookshelf make sure there is room for air movement or be prepared to cut a hold in the back of your bookshelf (which is what I did).
Overall Review: I got these and the matching center channel with the 8" sub for my living room. I have actually disconnected the sub and just use these speakers, they put out plenty bass for me all by themselves except for low rumbling movies. I have them "hidden in plain sight" in bookshelves next to my TV, they take up a whole shelf by themselves. And I had to cut a hole in the back of the bookshelves to allow for air movement, the rear port on these speakers really moves a lot of air. Except for really deep bass these sound better than my old tower speakers, without taking up the space.
Match the rest of your speakers with similar Polk and you'll have an awesome sounding experience.
Pros: Lots of outlets and USB ports.
Cons: Bigger than what I would like. I wanted to put it in my laptop bag... it's too big for that. But I'll just use it around the house or stick in my suitcase if I go on a trip.
Pros: So fast for USB. Hooked up to USB3 I threw 2TB of movies at it and it never, ever dipped below 120mbs on the copy. And it's silent and a great size. Got a little warm but not hot.
Cons: I wish the cord was longer. Seriously, 18" is barely enough to get to the back of my case and put the drive on top, it's a stretch.
The drive is too tall for a PS4 if you're thinking about that. Stick to the 2TB one.
Overall Review: A great deal when it was on sale. If I ever fill this up with backups I will certainly buy another.
Pros: Nice construction. Keys feel great and have a satisfying click to them. Nice backlighting, not too bright. Rolling volume control wheel is great. Take the wrist rest off and you have a pretty low profile package! Braided USB cable.
Cons: I wish it got brighter, but not really a con.
I also wish there were other LED color options, but not really a con.
Overall Review: I bought this elsewhere but only because I had credit to burn there, otherwise would have purchased it here @ Newegg.
It's like the Corsair K70 but only in light blue backlighting, but it's half the price. I love it so far. It's a joy to type on. I haven't really gamed much on it yet, I bought it for typing!!!
Get one, you won't regret it.
Pros: The outside looks OK.
Comes with 3 120mm fans, will take 5, has a fan controller.
USB 3 "front" jacks.
Bottom mount power supply.
Dust filters screens for the front and power supply.
All black interior.
Has motherboard cutout for rear heatsink plate access for big heatsinks (Like the Coolermaster Hyper series).
Mostly not sharp edges but there are a couple bad spots.
Cons: Flimsy, cheap, lightweight. Metal is super thin, lots of plastic
All the "front" jacks (USB/Audio/power buttons) are on TOP not front.
Included fans are really cheap for Antec, how long will they last?
Funky hard drive mounting rails, no screws.
Cable management NIGHTMARE
Overall Review: #1) This thing is not worth a penny over $35. That's what I paid at a local shop, and Newegg should have it this price or with a rebate.
#2) If you REALLY NEED a MODULAR POWER SUPPLY or get ready for some UGLY cable mgmt.
It looks OK but once you open it up you know you're in trouble.
The back side panel (behind the motherboard) does come off, and you have a cutout to get to the back of the motherboard so you could change out a big heatsink backplate without pulling the motherboard which is cool. Once the back panel is off, you are presented with a ton of wires from the TOP port panel and from the fan controller. With some work you can tie these up into a semi manageable situation. But there is no room for anything else or the panel won't fit back on without bulging/bending. This becomes an immediate problem when you put in your power supply. There is NOWHERE for the wires to go. So if you're buying new, GO MODULAR! I already had a power supply, so I did the best I could but still wound up with a giant bundle of cables sitting at the bottom of the case, there is no where for them to go.
The case looks bigger than it is... with a microATX board I did OK with all the cabling. But just forget about trying to wedge a full size ATX in there, you'll lose your mind and some blood.
Top mount USB ports and power buttons. Under my desk, which it barely fits under, this sucks since I can't see the buttons. If I want to use a USB port I'm going to have to pull it out a little.
In the end it looks OK and seems fairly quiet for now, but Antec included some of the cheapest looking fans I've ever seen. Will probably have to replace them at some point.
The dust screens are a nice touch, but the front panel is kind of a chore to get on and off, which you have to do to access the screen. Not hinged like the 300, has rubber posts that "pop" in the holes. How long will those last?
In the end I got a $35 Antec case. I wish I had spent $20 more on a 300. Those are infinitely easier to work with.
Pros: Great screen, very clear. Nice size, lightweight. Has MicroSD and MiniHDMI ports!
Cons: Battery life is Meh.
Included AC adapter is a universal plug type and had issues with it (intermittent and slow charging). But I have tons of Micro USB chargers, you probably do too.
Had all kinds of app problems (apps wouldn't install right, would go into loops and LA-LA land, apps crashing, etc) until I updated to the newest Android update / Kitkat. See below.
Overall Review: First thing out of the box, charge it up (mine came with a totally dead battery). The included AC adapter is kind of flaky, I used my phone charger.
Once charged up a bit, do this android update FIRST! Follow the instructions.
Once I updated android, all my app problems went away. Good thing too, this puppy almost got returned for refund.
Pros: Great price when on sale (plus a rebate). Keyboard lights up pretty brightly in a deep blue. The mouse has some blue LED lighting too. Keys don't feel too bad for a cheaper keyboard, and it has some heft/weight to it so it's not going to slide around everywhere.
Cons: Not dimmable. LED lights are either on or off (via the Scroll Lock key, which may or may not be a big deal for you). The letters on the keys are labeled so thinly it's actually hard to see the letters when the backlight is off. When it's on, it's a big blue blur, the blue LEDs are diffused through some kind of plastic under the keyboard. This caused the key letters to blend in with the blue backlight unless I really focused on them (to my eyes anyway). This gets old REALLY QUICK unless you are a spot on touch typer, which I am. BUT if you are touch typist, you will instantly notice the "home keys" F and J and just BARELY marked with an indent, you almost can't feel them. Add this into the hard to see blurry keys issue and it throws off my typing. This thing IS NOT A JOY TO TYPE ON. Keys are raised pretty high which is also off putting. I'll take a $10 Logitech keyboard ANY day over this thing if you are going to be typing a lot.
And the mouse... well if you're 12 and into Transformers or robot looking stuff you might like it. It lights up blue too. But it sucks if you are used to using a decent mouse. If you're used to $5 mice then I guess you won't have issues with it, except it's ugly.
Overall Review: Want a bright blue keyboard and mouse for cheap for gaming or what not? Here you go. Are you a budding novelist, or need a keyboard/mouse for office work? Keep on looking.
Fast shipping as always and everything was packed well.
Pros: Inexpensive. Nice SATA to USB 3.0 cable adapter. Only needs AC power adapter for 3.5" desktop drives. Overall fairly small (my other SATA to USB adapter is HUGE in comparison with a much bigger AC adapter)
Cons: The cable could be longer? It's like 3 feet.
The real CON is the stupid BOX. The description makes this sound like a removable standalone hard drive caddy... eh, no. It's a PLASTIC BOX that you sit the hard drive in (no screws), and the cable plugs in the back. It is the stupidest thing I have seen, and it will hit the trash very soon.
Overall Review: I thought I was buying an external hard drive SATA to USB 3.0 enclosure with a detachable cable. What I got was a SATA to USB 3.0 cable with a cheap thin plastic box. Box is useless, AND it's baby blue. Why not pink or yellow, if we're going to throw it away anyway?
Pros: Great deal for WQHD / 1440p when on sale. Lots of inputs: DP 1.2 in/out (supports daisy chaining monitors), DVI-D, 2 HDMI 1.4. Nice matte / anti-glare screen that does not reduce quality. Lightweight and standard VESA mount holes.
Cons: No audio output? Built in speaker is not great (if anyone cares about that). The stand is not great, kind of flimsy, and not very adjustable... which did not matter to me at all as I mounted them on a dual monitor mount. I left the stands in the box.
Overall Review: Newegg rocks! Got these on a Shell Shocker sale for an awesome price. Free shipping got to me in TX in 2 DAYS. Zero box damage, monitors are 100% awesome. I do wish Newegg would have double boxed them instead of shipping them UPS in the skimpy OEM boxes, but I didn't have any damage, so no harm no foul.
Pros: Breathes new life into older systems. Impossible to beat for the price.
Cons: 50gb is enough for an OS but not much else. You will need another hard drive for data. Took me multiple tries to get it to boot properly, had to keep trying different SATA ports (pretty sure this is my motherboard's problem)
Overall Review: I bought a refurb 60GB Vertex 2 a year ago for my HTPC and it has been great. Picked up 2 of these 50GB's for some other systems. One was an easy upgrade, the other I had to reinstall Windows just could not make the thing boot properly from a cloned image. Afternoon wasted, but that's ok, fresh install probably preferrable anyway.
Pros: Lets you mount 2 x 2.5" SSD's in a single 3.5" bay. Comes with screws. Cheaper than what I paid! (5.99 each from my local large big box electronic store)
Cons: Plastic, but should be ok. A little tricky to use with drive bays in my Antec Sonata series cases but I found a way (details below).
Overall Review: So I have two Antec Sonata cases... the original Sonata 1 and a new Sonata Proto. They both use the same kind of removable hard drive bays. It's a little tricky to use these adapters because the bottom screw holes are not threaded, they just give you some screws and you force them in. The screws provided are smaller than the holes on the Sonata drive bay. First, remove the rubber grommits on the drive bay, SSDs don't vibrate so no concern there. Then I used the included screws to thread the holes, then switched to a larger screw with a much larger head to mount to the bay. You could also use washers if you have some handy. Or I suppose you could use double sided tape to secure the adapter to the drive bay too, I didn't think of that until after the fact.