Date Joined: 04/06/09
Pros: Worked out of the box - threw a slight OC on it (3333).
Ran Memtest overnight - no issues.
Can't beat the price to performance ratio.
Cons: When I say slight OC, because anything else will blue screen - so not meant for really over clocking, but works out of the box at stated speeds.
No heatspreaders, just stickers. Don't think that'll be an issue with video editing and a cool case anyway.
Overall Review: Converted an older gaming rig to a work station for video editing (after building a new gaming rig).
MSI X370 Carbon Pro (with latest BIOS update), Ryzen 7 1700X w/ stock AMD Wraith Spire cooler, MSI Armor Pro GTX 1060 6GB, 500GB SSD, 4TB HDD, plenty of cooling. Previously had 4x8GB G.Skill Flare X 2400 - OC'ed to the max. Just 2 sticks of the new Aegis outperformed the previous RAM and scored higher on the selected benchmarks I used. Seriously considering building a new work-based computer and buying two more sticks to have 64GB RAM total on a R7 3700x or 3900X - but waiting on new gen of AMD GPU's - 5900XT? Who knows, but the RAM works great for the machine it's in now.
Pros: When connected, it works great. Plenty of speed with plenty of signal strength well away from the wireless router provided by AT&T. The small form factor isn't the issue in this case, it's the chipset. Other brands in the mini form factor work great.
Cons: I though it was simply dropping the connection; nope, it was as if it shut down loosing all wireless networks in range, then it'll pick up a few obscure ones but not yours, which is usually the strongest. Hence, unplug and plug - then viola - it finds your network and automatically connects to it. It's pretty frustrating when you're wondering why it's taking so long to load a page when you find that the connection had just vanished. I can't imagine a customer's computer I upgraded with this wireless device...yes I can - because they called me at one in the morning. I told them to unplug it, then plug it back in - viola. Then I told him to bring it to me in the morning so I can give them a different one.
Overall Review: After reading other reviews, I realized this is a common problem for these Rosewill items. I have a few others like Airlink and some other off brand that are in the same mini form factor and they work perfect, never loosing a connection. Unfortunately, I cannot use this Rosewill when setting up a customer's computer, too unreliable. I can barely tolerate it myself let alone a non-computer crazed person who expects it to just work, then calls you in the middle of the night saying their Internet's broken. I was skeptical of the small form factor, so I purchased a lot of Airlink mini adapters. I was impressed. So when I saw these on sale I assumed they simply used the same chip set. If they do, they're deffective. I forgive Rosewill since this is the first time their product has let me down, they generally have really good stuff at reasonable prices. But if you're looking for a mini form factor, get an Airlink - they are flawless.
Pros: Cheap, sound is ok. 3 eggs because they were inexpensive, space saving and have good magnetic shielding.
Cons: Exposed cones on the satellites and exposed subwoofer speaker on bottom of the sub. Distorts at high volume, mids and highs lack range and not very loud as you have to crank the volume to max on MP3 players and computers.
Overall Review: I was disappointed by the sound quality after rocking the Logitech S-220 for so long. These are now in my bathroom.
Honestly, for the same amount of money, purchase the Logitech S-220 as they sound much better, crisper mids and highs, deeper bass, louder with no distortion, closed speaker cones, smaller and stronger sub-woofer module.
Pros: I use BD Rebuilder to shrink commercial blu-rays to fit onto single layer BD-R and DVDs. The process is processor intensive and can take a while. It takes an Intel Pentium D 3.4 GHz with 4GB of RAM about 8 hours, my AMD Athlon X2 Quad Core rig mentioned below takes about 4 to 4 and a half hours, my new rig with the 8 core takes about 3 and a half to 3 hours and 45 min. So going from quad core to octa core and with double the RAM only gave me about a 35% improvement. That’s better than nothing, but was hoping for times to be cut in half like when I went from dual core to quad core. It does everything else about 35% faster too, like DVD encoding, etc.
Cons: The Octa core has been OC’ed since I have the liquid cooling to a stable 4.1GHz, anything higher and I got BSOD when using BD-Rebuilder or PCMark. Runs 45C at full load over 6 hours of compression work and running PCMark, idles at around the same temps or just a little lower when web surfing or doing anything small; seems like the temps never really change.
I had hoped for bigger performance gains over the quad core, but considering the price difference between this and an Intel i7 rig, I’m ok with it and so is my wallet. It allowed me xtra $ to build another AMD set-up with a 3.4GHz Phenom quad core set up in a MAC G4 case(sacrilege). However, I still want an i7 rig as most bechmarks have it consistently outperforming AMD, just don’t know if the price difference is worth the performance difference. The cost of building my quad core over a year ago was about the same as my octa core, so AMD is definitely a budget friendly build.
Overall Review: Set up is an unlocked AMD FX-8120 8 core processor, ASUS m5a78l-m lx mobo, 8 GB DDR3 1600 RAM, WD Raptor HD (had Patriot 64GB SSD – but needed more HD space), Corsair H60 liquid cooling with additional push fan, cheap 1GB ATI Radeon 5450, Samsung BD-R/DVD-RW, LG N821E BD-RW, Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit stuffed in a Cooler Master CMP 350 mid tower case.
I built this rig specifically for blue ray duties and matched up against my old ripping rig that has an AMD Athlon X2 Quad Core in a Biostar TA880GS+ with 4GB DDR3 RAM and stock cooler, ASUS BD-RW, xternal Samsung BD-RW, xternal Samsung DVD-RW X3.
Definitely recommended for budget builders, but if you have money to burn, build an i7 rig.
Pros: Slim, quiet, no coasters, USB powered.
Overall Review: It hasn't created one coaster, all perfect burns. I use NERO 10 and ImgBurn. To Play Blu-Ray movies, I use VLC to drag and drop the disc. On computers without Blu-Ray movie ripper software, I use Power DVD 10 (not the one it came with). Discs I've burned to; Optical Quantum, Vinpower Digital, Memorex. All perfect burns - no coasters.....yet (knock on wood).
Pros: Really easy to control. Unlike some of my other mini-coptors and the AirHog I returned to Target. They only have the simple 4-channel controller like for cars where you add power and simply go left or right. As soon as you take off you're moving forward. And as soon as you freak out or accidentally let the left power stick go it immediately falls to earth.
When you let go of the power applicator for this RC, it stays there and hovers. AWESOME! You can rotate left or right and move forward or backwards with the right control stick. Go diagonal in any direction and it'll do a sweeping turn.
It has tons of lights so flying this thing at night is really cool. Oh, and it does fly outside with VERY slight wind pretty nicely.
One of the nicest features is the USB charging cable. I simply plug the USB cable into an extra charging dock for my xBOX controllers and the light indicator on the cable tells me when it's done.
It also comes with extra blades - really nice since.
Cons: none, best mini helicopter I have ever flown.
Overall Review: These things have come a long way. It was between this model or the very popular Syma models. I have heard they are excellent too and will purchase one to compare. I might even venture into getting a bigger model for more outside stability.
But there is no comparison when I compare it to my older foam-body mini coptors - none at all. That old-school mini-coptor can still be found in all the popular retailers under Air Hogs, etc - just get one of these or a Syma instead. It's way more fun when you have more control over your RC.
Pros: It charges fairly quickly, durable, and can withstand a cat's wrath.
It has lights and is fairly quick on a full charge.
Unlike other cars this small, I liked that all the user-supplied batteries went into the controller and the car had it's own. Maybe that can be a con too since cars this size that have user supplied batteries are faster and last longer.
Cons: It might charge quickly, but it also dies quickly. You'll get some enjoyment out of it though before having to recharge it. I have mini-helicopters that last 4 times longer than this car.
Also, don't let it out of your sight as the controller is line-of-sight infrared. Sometimes the controller has a little trouble communicating with the car.
It's not the fastest thing in the world, but fast enough to chase around the cats for a few minutes at full speed to get them flustered.
After running it on the carpet, darn if it took forever pulling out all the hair from the axles. On other models it's a little easier to clear that stuff out.
Overall Review: Overall, it's a fun little car. I've had cars this small before that took conventional batteries and they lasted much longer and were much faster, but this was much cheaper and just right for the little one to terrorize the cats with. Just don't expect them too have too much fun before having to recharge it.
Pros: No coasters, inexpensive, reliable
Cons: Doesn't burn at 8X - Darn.
Overall Review: Using ASUS Blu-Ray burner on XPSP3 and Win7 using NERO10 and ImgBurn. Exclusively used for movies, no coasters and works flawless in set-top Blu-Ray players. I also utilize the Optical Quantum BD-RE with no problems.
Pros: No coasters so far - on my ASUS BW-12B1LT Blu-ray burner. Haven't tested them on my Lite-on iHBS212 yet.
Overall Review: I usually use Memorex but was running out. These were a cheaper alternative. Burnt a Blu-ray movie - popped it to my set-top Blu-ray player and watched it. No problems. There's a disclaimer that these do not work on a particular Lite-on drive - so after I test in my Lite-on drive, I'll re post.
Pros: Super comfortable and lightweight.
Cons: Missing the deep bass and clear highs of the next model up - HD 202/203s. They also do not get very loud.
Overall Review: These things are a great buy if you're looking for something comfortable, but for a few bucks more you might as well go with the HD 202/203s. I conducted a side-by-side comparison and the HD 201s are weak in deep bass response and in the clarity of highs, but a little more comfortable than the HD 202 and HD 203. All Sennheiser headphones do not get super loud, but these don't go loud at all. I would pass on these unless you simply needed a back-up pair or something comfy.
Pros: Good sound, helps drown out the bad so-called music they play in the gym over the loudspeakers. The earfins actually work great; never had them fall out when performing aerobic activity like other ear buds do. These do what they are supposed to, save me from having to use my CX-300s in the gym.
Cons: Wish I had gotten the sound isolating version, but these were on sale and fit the bill.
Overall Review: I destroy ear-buds because I use them in the gym. Over time, the rubber on the chord turns hard and brittle due to the constant sweating and exposure to elements. These do not have that problem. After months of use, the chord is as flexible as ever and shows no signs of deterioration. These also help to preserve my CX-300s earbuds for non work-out use, and surprisingly the earfins work very well and make the entirety of the earbuds comfortable to wear without fear of them falling out.
Pros: Lightweight, easy to store, great bass response, accurate mid range and highs
Cons: Originally bought them for my HTC Evo, duh, I should have paid closer attention to compatibility. Will work with i-Phones though. So more my fault than anything.
Overall Review: As far as open-eared headphones go, these are great. They are not as good as the HD 202/203 due to those being enclosed, and not as much bass as the CX-300 earbuds. But these are very comparable to the excellent Koss Port-Pro and Koss Pro 25-35 series. Since I had no use for them as I had purchased for my HTC, I gave them to my daughter to replace a cheap set of COBYs. She was ecstatic.
For the price, the Koss models I mentioned above sound exactly the same for much less money. But if you're an i-Phone owner looking for excellent sounding full-range bass driven headphones with a mic, these will work for you.
Pros: This thing is better than over-the-ear headphones at it's original price point. Great bass, accurate mid-range and highs. Very good at ambient noise blocking. Comfortable for me as I can wear them all day long.
Overall Review: I bought a pair for my wife because she had just broken her latest pair of Koss phones. I was so impressed that I had to get my own pair. At this price they're a steal. I like my tunes, but not willing to pay $80 to $200. So I had spent around $60 and various pairs including some Koss and Sony, and I can say that these not only compare, but blow them away with the sound production and bass response.
At this price, buy them. You will not be disappointed and you're wallet will love you.
Pros: Comfortable, good reproduction of highs, deep bass, no distortion at high volume, did I mention they were comfortable.
Cons: Chord design a little weird; the right side is on such a longer chord, wish both sides were just simply equal length.
Overall Review: I needed something to replace my i-Pod ear buds. They have good sound but kill my ears after a little while. After multiple earbuds by various manufacturers, I came across a set of these. They blew everything else away. I was finally able to crank up the bass on the mp3 player without any distortion and the reproduction of highs is excellent. I can have them in for as long as I want without any discomfort. I have other similar style earbuds, but for some reason, just not as comfortable.
I highly recommend these for someone looking for quality sound reproduction and deep bass.
Pros: I forgot to add - minimum power requirements for this card is only 300W, as compared to 400W for most ATI cards. I'll tell you why in my other thoughts. High Speed HMDI 1.3a Standard.
Cons: Not Direct X11 - Oh well, not a big deal.
Overall Review: This is a plus when you're upgrading a slimline CPU like a Dell that has proprietary small form factor PSUs locked in at 280W. Many of the small form factor barbones sold here have paltry PSUs, but this card is perfect for that situation. Not to mention that it utilizes the high speed HDMI 1.3a standard - meaning it just might be ok for those 3D Blu-ray movies after all.
If you're simply upgrading an older computer (especially smaller form factors), and do not/can not upgrade the PSU due to availability/price - I totally recommend this card.
Pros: HDMI function worked out of the box. The picture is great and voice over HDMI works flawless. CUDA co-processing is a plus, I still have yet to test Media Coder NT CUDA on this card. Perfect for HTPC on a 120Hz or above large screen HDTV and perfect with Blu-Ray. The on-board fan is super quiet.
Cons: Hardcore gaming need not apply. Good for up-converting DVD and playing Blu-ray. Does not have 3D playback capabilities.
Overall Review: For the price, I can't complain. I'm building HTPC computers for customers and took a chance. I've had good luck with Nvidia products and had just recently purchased an expensive gaming card with CUDA and 3D capabilities for my personal pc. The builds only have regular Blu-ray players and not too many folks have a 3D capable HDTV anyway, so these video cards are perfect for what I need. Plus, I needed a low-profile card.
Get this card if you're building an HTPC that will be used on an HDTV/HD Monitor, but you'll get your moneys' worth when you use it on a 120Hz or above machine (it looks amazing - no skips,lines,or sync errors). It upconverts regular DVDs to amazing quality; even my copied movies that have been compressed look amazing, as does Net Flix. Low profile is a plus and you can't hear the fan, Look elsewhere if you're a hardcore gamer, however, this thing handles light gaming like Chicken Invaders and such pretty well.
Pros: Well built, really small, quiet, cheap (especially with included 2GB RAM that came with the deal), easy to set up, only took a few minutes, then about another 45 min for the OS (Win XP Media 2005).
Cons: Can't upgrade video - no slot. Only VGA monitors apply - so forget about future plans of DVI or HDMI (unless through USB). Max 2GB RAM and only one RAM slot on-board. Not really that quick, slower dual cores not an advantage over faster single core P4 or AMD Athlon.
Overall Review: Installed 1TB 7200RPM Hitachi, 2GB Patriot RAM, ASUS DVD burner and XP Media Center 2005. Good basic beginner computer for someone who doesn't need massive computing requirements (built 2 for customer wanting small basic computers for kids), but perfect for listening to music in the background while surfing the net and working on a spreadsheet or paper. I can compare the speed to a Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 2GHz processors with 2GB of DDR RAM. I wouldn't buy for myself unless I just used it for a file server since it runs cool and quiet and takes hardly any space. I would invest in a more expensive model that supports the faster Intel dual cores if buying one for myself. But it was good for the price and quick enough to do most things. You can still run photoshop and conduct video rendering, it just takes a little longer.
Pros: Of many years of using various 1TB external and internal drives, Hitachi has been the best priced of the 7200rpm drives and no failures to date. These are drives that I run 24/7 over a period of at least 6 months each (archived after they are full).
Cons: Bulky plug, takes up too much space on a surge protector. I guess most externals that need to be plugged in do.
Overall Review: I have had good luck with pretty much all my external and internal 1TB hard drives, Western Digital seems a little slow (5400rpm), and Samsung is more expensive for the same speed. I have yet to have a 1TB external fail, however, I think my Samsung is going to die as it clicks every so often.
Pros: Cheap, for the sale price of the motherboard right now, I was able to get it bundled with an AMD X2 240 around the holidays. So I naturally got two. You can run just about any AMD processor, it has HDMI, DVI, VGA, e-SATA all on-board. I was giddy when My Asus had on-board DVI, this thing has lots more to offer and it was cheaper. Ran dual screen-extended desktop with on-board VGA & DVI no problem. If I wanted, I could have installed an ATI Radeon Pci-e card for crossfire duties with the on-board video (but I used it in another build).
I also like that it has 4 memory slots as opposed to only two in many budget boards.
Cons: A little tricky if your upgrading from a totally old set-up that had multiple IDE optical and hard drives. Only two PCI slots, so don't plan on many additions (which I didn't). Curse the 8-pin, so a few extra bucks for a Molex to 8-pin was necessary.
There's really nothing wrong with the board as it fit my needs perfectly.
Overall Review: I had to rebuild a couple of computers that got fried and crushed (long story). It was around the holidays and this crazy sale for this MoBo and the AMD X2 for around $80 prompted my to buy my first Gigabyte products. Now I curse myself for not buying up to the limit.
A few negative reviews touched on its' unpredictability with ATA hard drives. It's true, this thing does not like them unless it's for an optical drive. So both MoBos run only SATA hard drives with IDE optical drives. After building a computer, I usually do a 1 week burn-in. I run multiple programs at once, rip movies, copy streaming music, unplug and take it for a trip in the car (seriously) and leave it on the whole entire time. Before I ship a built computer out, I'll use it like it was mine. They worked flawlessly. And since dual-screen was a requirement it's nice that it was capable of doing it with the on-board VGA and DVI.
Pros: I bought it on sale, was about half the price. I never use the WiFi utilities with cheaper adapters, always use the standard Windows wireless network connection. Flawless. Never dropped and connects at full 54g.
Cons: None, except it's big and you'll need to use the included USB extender cable if you intend on using the USB slot left or right of the adapter.
Overall Review: I bought something like 5 or more of these. They all work flawlessly. I use them on computer refurb jobs to include low-cost wireless capabilities for clients.
Windows XP SP2 / Windows 2000 and 2003 Corp
Dell Optiplex XG260/270 & 280 and all other Dells
Every old Dell, HP, and Compaq laptop that didn't have internal wireless
Pros: I bought this thing in a clearance isle at a local shop. Installed it and worked great. Went back to get the rest and I curse myself to this day because they were all gone at $2.99. I've had net gear, linksys and other brand USB internet dongles and all eventually heat up and start dropping connections or completely fail. I've had this thing for years now, and it still works strong and transfer speeds are faster on this than any other of my wireless computers and to boot, it's clear across on the opposite side of the house from where the modem is located. I surf the net while streaming audio all day and night. The dongle gets warm but never gets hot. It's connected 24/7 for years with constant heavy FTP traffic.
Cons: The design of the USB cover stinks. I broke it off because it covers any open USB ports above and interferes with cables if on the top USB slot. Ind it's a little fat so you may not be able to use an open USB slot beside it.
Overall Review: Simple solution, get a small 6 inch USB extender and you're gold. I have one that's bendable so I have it sticking up like an antennae. By the way, I run AT&T 2WIRE set-up for U-Verse.
Pros: I've written an initial review of this drive praising it and I still stand by it. I've purchased many for Dell refurbs and they've worked great, no problems except one.
Cons: 1 out of 10 (or so) stinks, but not too bad of odds. Too bad I didn't install and test them all earlier or I could have sent that 1 back for a new one.
Overall Review: They were cheap, and at the time, free shipping. Best deal on a DVD burner any where. That 1 that stinks, I can't really say it's not working, because it still works, just really slow. It has some issues with reading DVDs; it's pretty slow watching a movie because of slow loads leading to skips or slow encoding of a DVD - taking 3 to 4 times longer than it's brothers in the same CPU; and that's on ultra DMA - not paltry PIO.
Past the time for a return. Can't win 'em all I guess. I would still recommend it though.
Pros: Works in everything I've thrown it in. I do ton's of refurbs on Dell GX260 and 270 and they work perfect. Absolutely the best DDR 1 RAM I have gotten.
Overall Review: I think I already reviewed these things.
Pros: These are similar to the 1TB models that ship with the Xigmatek eSATA HD cradles. They are basically being used in external hot-swap fashion. So far they have been great. I've been ripping my DVD collection on them to go DVD free. Absolutely no problems formatting and no problems with recognition in XP SP2 on an ASUS main board. So that means I'll be buying more pretty soon.
Overall Review: I've had many different HDs in many different sizes in my time, but the only drives to fail me are Samsungs and Western Digitals. My all my Hitachi HDs still work, even a paltry 5 GB from eons ago.
Pros: Couldn't pass up free shipping on an already low priced DVD burner. I've burned out HP, NEC, SONY Optiarc, and crushed about 6 Toshiba Samsung (TSST) drives over the years. These have been pretty solid along with Memorex DVD burners. We'll see after a year.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Going to try the SATA version.