Date Joined: 03/15/05
Pros: Excellent phone for developers looking to code against the majority of OS versions in the wild (currently 2.1 or 2.2 - July 2011). Lightweight, crisp display, fast processor, runs WAY smoother than any of the 1st gen phones (Moment, Hero, Eris, etc.). Haven't used it hard enough yet to test true battery life, but haven't seen any issues yet, either.
Cons: Doesn't include a memory card. If this is your first device, you'll need to buy a Micro SD card separately.
Also, Newegg lists this as having OS version 2.1, but it shipped with 2.2. Not a terrible thing, but I did buy the phone with the intention of testing on 2.1.
Overall Review: Newegg needs to adjust the OS version on their product listing, and they could probably add a bolder note that mentions this doesn't ship with a memory card. But, as always, they make up for it by shipping it in 2 days when it was estimated to be 5.
Pros: Solid, stable
Impressive noise cancellation for the price
Earpiece enters ear canal *slightly* to allow for clearer sound
Cons: Rocker switch that combines volume control is clunky.
Would like to see some custom smartphone button commands.
Overall Review: Bought this to use with my new iPhone 3G S. The other headsets out there are crazy expensive! This one has a nice basic feature set and steps up one notch with some pretty good noise cancellation. Definitely better than the $20 guy I owned previously (which also wasn't terribly bad).
It paired up like a charm and has been stable for 2 months now.
The only thing that bugs me (4 stars instead of 5) is that the rocker switch that combines volume control isn't really that great. I'd rather have separate buttons for volume. (I just reach down blindly for the phone volume buttons -- no big deal.)
Also, would be nice to see some custom programming for smartphones (e.g. double-tap for voice control on iPhone, etc.).
Don't worry about the earpiece -- it doesn't fully enter the ear canal.
Highly recommended for casual phone users and new smartphone owners. Not recommended for uber geeks who need a rugged earpiece with military-grade noise cancellation. ;)
Pros: Solid, reliable.
Full feature set for all kinds of users.
Cons: Rubber feet on bottom only, but I have mine standing vertically. (Very minor, but just calling it out.)
Overall Review: I chose this router after years of getting the rebate deals from various stores. I always bought new (never refurbished) so it's not that those routers were bad -- just that one died quicker than usual, one didn't allow for static IP addressing, etc.
After doing some research, I found many reviews saying to first upgrade the provided firmware (buggy) and then keep the newer Linksys firmware or go with firmware of your choice. I went with the overwhelming recommendation for Tomato and, after immediately upgrading the Linksys firmware, I installed Tomato 1.25. Not only is the router flexible enough to handle the many extra options Tomato has to offer, but the entire process was a breeze (even though I still held my breath with nervousness that I'd brick my new $50 router).
Bottom line: Highly recommended even with just Linksys firmware update. Tomato is also recommended, but definitely read the website documentation thoroughly and carefully before installing!
Pros: Fast, quiet and reliable.
Overall Review: Installed this brand new into a QNAP TS-109 Pro II NAS. They're a good pair, those two. ;)
Pros: Great network drive for casual use.
Hardware setup is very easy.
Cons: File transfers are a bit slower than advertised, but not a show-stopper for casual use.
Software setup is a bit clunky, but software itself is stable.
Overall Review: I use this primarily as a network drive so I no longer have to boot up my ancient PC to centralize my files for archival. Copying the files from my desktop to the NAS was definitely slower than in the past when I've copied from desktop to laptop (LAN, not wireless) but only slightly. I got up to do other tasks anyway so it's not like I was sitting around all day waiting for the operation to complete.
I haven't yet played with the other features (USB external drive, print server, media server) but I intend to shortly. Wanted to make sure the NAS was stable before moving on and, after 2 weeks of solid daily use with no crashes, slowdowns due to memory leaks, random reboots, etc.... I'm pretty confident to take those next steps. Even if (worst case scenario) they bring this box to a crawl, I'll still have a solid NAS I can tap into anywhere in the house (it's linked directly to my wireless router).
Recommended with the footnote that something better may come along in the short t
Pros: Small, compact design. 4 GB of quick storage in your pocket!
Cons: No cap or shutter, so USB connector is exposed all the time.
Overall Review: I was worried that the slider part might deteriorate over time. I pictured it sliding in and out on its own one day, but then I discovered that it has a locking mechanism of some sort. You have to push IN before pushing left or right, kind of like pushing on a child safety cap for medicine.
Pros: multiple connection types from old to new.
Cons: adapter ends should be arranged better. for instance, instead of 2 cables, 2x sata and 2x molex, i'd prefer 1x sata and 1x molex on each. assuming all sata devices will always be near each other is not the best design.
Overall Review: modular would be nice so we could remove unnecessary cables, but that wasn't factored into my rating score. overall, a good psu. recommended.
Pros: semi-sleek design, small vertical footprint, vents everywhere, quiet fans galore, just enough bays, mostly thumb-screw capable, takes full atx-sized power supply, strongest handle you'll ever find on a case.
Cons: front bays, non-detachable sides.
Overall Review: bought this for a mid-range custom build for a family member. wanted it to last several years while not needing to be top-notch (no gaming or high-end apps). so far, it's doing just that. however, the two large bay bezels need to be redesigned or retrofitted. both appear to be 7" on the outside, but the bottom bay is actually 5.25" covered by a 7" bezel. i don't need the case maker to define my faceplate for me. do what the other guys do -- make it standard and let me replace it with a standard replacement plate. same goes with coverting from 5.25" to 3.5" (which i also did for an old zip drive i transferred from the old computer). removed cd door to access drive behind it. it works, but doesn't look as nice as it could. only reason for 4 out of 5 rating. otherwise, recommended for experienced system builders. (not the best case for beginners.)
advice: take psu chamber out and install last. it will make installation a breeze.
Pros: Whisper quiet, very fast
Overall Review: This is one of multiple Western Digital drives I've owned over the years. I'd recommend them to anyone.
Pros: Cools well, quiet
Overall Review: Replaced a very loud ThermalTake Spark 7+ HSF with this one. Don't get me wrong, the TT heatsink was great! But the fan sounded like a jet engine. This one is *much* quieter and cools a few more degrees C than the TT. Didn't buy it for the blue LED, but it's soft anyway. Not a harsh neon glow. However, this sucker is heavy! It's twice Intel's recommended weight for CPUs. I didn't have a problem installing it (moderate installation) and, as recommended, I won't be moving the machine around a lot. I don't anyway. Not sure what to tell people who do.
Brought my temps down
Pros: Large enough to easily screw/unscrew, small enough to not get in the way. Screwdriver slots allow easier removal of tight screws over the years.
Overall Review: Some spaces are just too small for these guys, but you can replace most of the screws in your case with these.