Date Joined: 03/30/05
Pros: Good antivirus overall, not a resource hog like its competitors. They have always made a respectable product.
Cons: Slow and unreliable rebate processor. Was denied rebate 40464 because they claim it was postmarked after the promotion period. It was purchased 11/30 and postmarked before 1/30. 3 stars removed for being cheated out of $25.
Overall Review: From January until now. 3 months. That's how long it takes their payment processor to mail out checks, or in my case, a denied notice.
Pros: -Soft touch screen.
-Quiet fan, even under heavy load.
-Matte finish everywhere except screen bezel and around keys, so no more nasty fingerprints.
-The design looks a lot better than the T91MT.
-Chiclet keyboard is nice.
Cons: -There is NO Bluetooth (may sites are getting this wrong).
-Windows 7 Starter means no tablet support and no multitouch support. ASUS had to use a bunch of bloated utilities to overcome the Starter editions tablet weaknesses.
-Screen is very grainy.
-Screen has white horizontal lines (probably touch layer).
-Touchscreen suffers from lag, not very good to write with.
-There's a FN key to the right of the right shift key.
-Only 1 RAM slot is open (maximum 2GB RAM). No access to hard drive without complete disassembly.
-Hinge is not strong enough. Screen can flop back if set down.
Overall Review: When I unboxed the T101MT, it looked like a great tablet. But it took only a few minutes with it powered on for me to change my mind. Overall, I'm fairly disappointed with the T101MT. It's going back due to the lack of Bluetooth, but even if it did have Bluetooth, I would probably not want to keep it. The T91MT (the T101MT's predecessor) may be slower and have less storage capacity, but it's a quality product. The T101MT (at least this version of it) is not.
Pros: Antec did a great job with sound dampening this case. The drive suspension system is awesome. If you don't go with the suspension system, the rubber mounts also work very nicely to reduce vibration noises from traveling to the case. The finish is excellent. Awesome customer service. Cable management is also nice.
Cons: The front bezel quality is below Antec standards. My first bezels power buttons failed to line up perfectly with the actual switches on the chassis. The reset button didn't work and the power button required a very deep push to get it to recognize. I contacted Antec, and they shipped me a new cover, no questions asked. The new cover fixed the problem. But now a few months later, I go to push the reset button, and the button completely collapsed. It's now sitting inside the bezel. For a button that I so rarely push, I wouldn't have expected it to fail like this. So now I'll be contacting Antec to see if I can get a 3rd front cover.
Overall Review: It's truly the best designed case I've ever owned, but the quality of a few tiny pieces of plastic make it difficult to recommend.
Pros: -You have to listen to the bass on this.
-Works very well and has excellent range.
-Easy to use buttons on the right speaker.
-Excellent battery life.
I'm very happy with my purchase.
Cons: Tight fit (not so much the arch as others are complaining about, but the ear hooks on mine make my ears hurt). After an hour or so of wearing the headset, my ears have had enough. But I suppose that's true of most headsets/headphones. The only comfortable headphones I've had are huge ones that go over the ear lobe and rest on my skull rather than on my ear.
Also not good for laying in bed and listening, unless you are face down. On the side and the set presses into your ears, on your back and the over-the-neck arch gets in the way.
During charging, the AC adapter makes an annoying high-pitched resonance noise. I have another Samsung headset (mono) that uses the same adapter, and it makes the same noise when plugged into this device.
You also can't use the headset while it's charging.
I also wish it didn't use a proprietary power connector. Mini-USB would have been better.
Overall Review: There is some slight background noise and high-pitched anomalies while listening to high notes (like flutes), but I haven't been able to determine if it's from my phone or the headset. Even if it's from the headset, it's not very annoying, but some audiophiles might disagree with me.
My phone (Touch Pro) will recognize it as both a headset and wireless stereo. When in a call or using voice command, the speakers switch to mono and quality goes down to typical mono bluetooth levels (not so great). When using it to listen to music, the quality goes back to stereo (does a good, but not perfect job).
I haven't used it on my Windows PC, so I can't comment on how well it works there. Others have suggested it can't pipe in stereo while using the mic. That would be what I have observed on my phone. Gamers may have to look elsewhere if they want an all-on-one solution.
Pros: It's memory. It works. It's class 4 (meaning a transfer speed of 4MB/s, which is enough for just about anything). Haven't had a problem with it in my HTC Touch Pro or my Garmin Nuvi 885T. It's mostly being used to hold music and cab files.
Cons: It doesn't have a Hemi.
Overall Review: "E-Tail clamshell" is sort of equivalent to "OEM" (not retail) in that it just comes in a cheap, clear, average clamshell case and doesn't have any fancy retail boxing. Less weight, less trash, it's all good to me.
Pros: Using dual SSD controllers was a simple, quick, and effective fix for some of the single JMicron related studdering issues that plagued consumer SSDs in the past. Works well in Windows 7, boots in 16 seconds (welcome screen) to 22 seconds (to desktop) total.
Transfer speed on SATA 300 tops out at around 150MB/s write, 200MB/s read. On SATA 150, it bottlenecks the drive down to around 130MB/s read and write, but let's face it, who would use this in an older system.
Cons: Drive still studders on XP (for about 20 seconds after XP boots, all non-MS applications or services were disabled during troubleshooting, and all SSD XP tweaks were applied), but not so bad in Windows 7.
You really can't expect much out of this SSD in either operating system as far as I/O performance is concerned. On even cheap low-end hard drives, you can still access data on the drive under heavy read and writes, but on the Titan, the SSD simply does not tolerate multatasking. Try installing large software suites (like Office 2007 or Adobe CS4) and access files or launch other software at the same time, and you will feel it (not the CPU).
Overall Review: I wouldn't recommend this until G.Skill fixes the I/O performance issues or reduces the cost substantially. Many reviews have said this would be the perfect SSD if it only had a larger cache. Transfer speeds are great (better write speed than the more expensive models from a certain CPU maker), but it's poor I/O performance is disappointing, and can't really be used in any other environment than a light-use laptop.
Pros: Fast for a 5400RPM, lots of storage space, competitive price, quieter spin and seek than competition.
Cons: Didn't receive my rebate check. It's been well over 2 months.
Overall Review: I eventually put it in a cheap $5 enclosure and it makes for a nice portable USB drive.
Pros: -Fan is whisper quiet (compared to noisy fan on 701). At 30%, you can't hear it over the slight whirl of the hard drive. And stock settings do an OK job keeping the fan at a low speed. I tested fan speeds with EeeCTL, and anything above 50% is too loud. Running fanless at 800MHz and 1.013V just typing this review in a cool room keeps the CPU at 57C. Both the bottom and keyboard stay only warm to the touch. Big improvement over the 701.
-8.9" LCD at 1024x600 on the 900HA makes a world of difference over the 7" LCD at 800x480 on the 701.
-Small form factor beats pretty much all other 8.9" competition. There is a "buldge" on the bottom due to the HDD, but in person, it's not really an issue.
-Much better performance overall. Faster read/write, faster processor, slightly improved graphics.
-Battery easily gets me over 3 hours with full brightness and WiFi on. With the right settings, I'm sure I can squeeze 4+ hours of web browsing out of this thing.
Cons: -Anti-glare matte finish on LCD is grainy, but to be expected. Pretty much the same quality as the 701 and almost identical pixel density.
-The hard drive does contribute to some slightly annoying noise when seeking. But when idle, the hard drive spinning (5400RPM) is a very soft and non-intrusive noise.
-At stock, the backlight is only at around 50% brightness maximum. EeeCTL can unlock it to 100%.
-Hard drive is split into 4 partitions. Deleting the 2 hidden partitions will kill the boot booster feature as well as the backup image.
-Speakers are on the bottom. They sound good for laptop speakers when pointing at you (no bass of course), but they are somewhat muffled on a hard flat surface, very muffled on a bed.
-Keyboard feels nice, but spacebar is too short. If you find that you often press on the right side of the spacebar when typing, it will take you a while to get used to the spacebar on the 900HA, because you will strike the right ALT key instead.
Overall Review: Continuation of Cons...
-Trackpad leaves much to be desired. It's larger, but it's not quite as responsive as the 701. It does have some multi-touch features. The utility to control settings really needs more options.
This review is focused on differences between the 701 and 900HA, so take my pros/cons in the context of that comparison, not to other notebooks.
For those that have used EeeCTL (a must have utility on the 701), it does not work well with the 900HA. As long as you don't make any voltage/frequency changes (and don't load any when it starts), both the fan speed and backlight brightness settings work very well still. But if you make speed changes, your system will crash and the screen will go all crazy.
As far as value, even at MSRP, it's a great deal. When choosing between the 901 and 900HA, I figured that internal bluetooth, 802.11N, new looks, bigger battery and SSD weren't worth the price premium.
The 900HA is the leader in value.
Pros: It works. Solid build quality. Card reader supports SDHC. 8MB/s read speed minimum on class 6 SDHC card. 16MB/s on my 1GB and 2GB cards. Also comes with a white plate.
The best part, though, is that the LED only turns on when theres a card inserted. I've had other card readers that keep the light on continually with or without a card. So this is good for those of us that keep our PCs on in our room overnight.
Cons: I almost returned this product because it does not permit mounting on the bottom screw holes (holes on bottom aren't threaded and couldn't be force-threaded to any standard computer screw size). To further complicate the problem, the screw holes on the side (the 'standard' way of mounting) didn't line up with my Antec Solo case's 5.25" to 3.5" bay converter mounting points. Meaning there was no correct way to mount it in my case without perhaps buying another bay converter that had more screw holes. I had to resort to using tape to install it (and surprisingly, it's working quite well).
In addition to the installation problems (which may not be entirely Koutech's fault), the card reader and USB pass through really should have been a 10-pin plug. Instead, they uses 2x 5-pin plugs.
USB wires were almost too short. Another inch shorter, and they wouldn't have stretched to my motherboard USB pins. So this card reader might not work well in tall cases.
Overall Review: If you have an Antec case without a dedicated 2.5" external bay (floppy bay), think twice before purchasing this. Stock Antec bay converters will *not* house this card reader.
Also, the card reader keeps a hard grip on SD cards. You kind of have to give them a little push to get them to go in. It's not really a con yet, because it doesn't appear to be doing any damage to my cards.
The card reader comes with instructions on CD-only in PDF format. They are somewhat 'Engrish', but readable, and include plenty of pictures and screenshots.
Wasn't a problem for me, but the card reader sits loose inside the retail box with nothing keeping it from slamming around during shipping. This isn't a fault with NewEgg packaging, but rather, with the manufacturer.
Pros: Class 6, so it's speedy. High capacity. Worked well in my EeePC 701 and my Pentax K100D Super DSLR camera.
Cons: Failed after a few weeks of use in my EeePC 701. Windows disk management says "unreadable" and my Pentax says "memory card error".
Overall Review: Make sure you keep a backup of your data elsewhere. RMA process went nicely, NewEgg really shines there. Just remember to keep your packaging. Shipping the card back to NewEgg was just over 2 dollars.
If this card fails again, I'm going to try another brand. What good is a data storage device if you can't trust it to store data.
Pros: Fast and easy installation. Networkable. Excellent quality, sharp text printing even at 300dpi and toner saver enabled. Fast resume from sleep. Small and light, but solid. Light drivers. Speedy printing. Web-based preferences. Low cost to operate. Bought this when it was below ninety bucks- excellent deal.
Cons: Very power hungry, causes power sags (lights flicker) when in Print or Standby modes which can be annoying (see Other Thoughts below) and can potentially damage power supplies and cause instability. No problems yet though. Also, I have Sleep mode timeout set to 1 minute, but it takes about 5 to 10 minutes to enter Sleep.
Overall Review: This printer has three power modes: Print, Standby, and Sleep. Print mode is noisy and fan is set to high, and causes power sags throughout the printing process. This causes the lights to flicker and can be annoying. If you have a UPS nearby this may trip it. Standby mode turns the fan speed to low, and power sags still occur every few minutes. If no activity is detected, the printer will enter Sleep mode, and the fan is turned off, with no power sags. Brother claims Print = 450W, Standby = 70W, Sleep = 7W. I believe those figures are average, as it spikes much higher during printing.
Pros: Gets me where I'm going. Supports Map Share, which allows users to make and share minor map changes. Also features a "Help Me" safety feature. More accurate maps than previous editions. Battery life is surprisingly long.
Cons: NewEggs specs are incorrect. Lacks several important features of previous TomTom ONE editions such as SD card support (for expandable memory for waypoints), bluetooth (for hands-free calling), and itinerary planning (for multi-stop routes). Windshield mount is simple and effective, but difficult to remove at times. Power connector mounts on bottom and extends down, making it difficult to mount the unit close to the dashboard.
Overall Review: I was rather disappointed that TomTom chose to remove features rather than add new ones when they decided to make the new TomTom ONE. After reading many reviews of the TomTom ONE (most were 1st Edition reviews), I made the mistake of assuming all ONE editions carried the same basic features. They don't. However, even with stripped down features, at the price, it's a good deal.
Pros: Image stabilization (Pentax calls it Shake Reduction) built into camera, and it works quite well. Also features dust removal. Overall, the most durable and feature packed dSLR for the price.
Cons: Poor continuous shooting buffer. Minor vignetting on kit lens.
Overall Review: This camera does come with a lens hood along with batteries and various cables. NewEgg needs to update their photos so people know what the kit includes. There is also a rebate available through Pentax on this kit ($100) from October 18, 2007 through January 31, 2008. This makes this an even better deal.
Pros: Looks purty. AI is a bit less stupid than expected.
Cons: Horrible game. Short. Handling and physics feel 'off balance'. This was my first disappointing NewEgg purchase. Spend your money on another, better game.
Overall Review: Camel milk does not curdle.
Pros: Great value for a Seasonic built PSU. Antec has a great warranty and stands by its products 100%.
Cons: Doesn't look as pretty as Seasonic branded 430W but performs roughly the same. Isn't modular. 12v rail is a little low, at 11.39v, which is out of ATX specs.
Overall Review: No PSU is perfect, but I think Antec made a good choice choosing Seasonic as its manufacturer for this line.
Pros: Very nice layout. No issues whatsoever. Stable. Fast. AM2+ compatible.
Cons: Make sure you remove any PATA hard drives before doing an install, otherwise Windows XP setup will recognize the PATA as C:\ instead of SATA.
Overall Review: Excellent choice for a budget AM2+ compatible motherboard. I love it when hardware just works like it should!
Pros: Currently, AMD offers the best price/performance, which was my reason for buying. I also wanted something energy efficient and cool, so I picked up the fastest Brisbane available- the X2 5000+. It runs amazingly fast and cool (under 30C most of the time).
Cons: Clock for clock, AMD loses when it comes to performance. Also, newer Brisbane chips have higher L2 cache latency.
Overall Review: Overall, this chip was the best bang for my buck. I'm very satisfied with this purchase.
Pros: Quiet, fast, and plenty of space. It's a hard drive... what more can I say?
Cons: Runs a bit warm, and isn't silent, but quiet enough for my tastes.
Pros: Very effective, silent VGA cooling. Installation was fairly simple, and the end result is very satisfying.
Cons: Adhesive on ram heatsinks is thermally activated. So they don't stick very well until they heat up. This caused problems during installation (they just wouldn't stick on). Another problem is the size.
Overall Review: With this installed, your video card will take up 3 expansion slots worth of space. 1 for the card, 1 for the cooler, and at least 1 for breathing room.
Pros: Keeps my X2 5000+ EE below 33C even at full load with minimal case cooling.
Cons: It's louder than my Arctic Cooling Copper Silent 2M. The heatsink is large, so there may also be spacing issues on some systems.
Overall Review: I have come to rely on Artic Cooling for silent computing for years, and have been absolutely pleased with all of their products (fans, heatsinks, vga coolers) until now. Unfortunately, the Alpine64 doesn't meet my expectations when it comes to noise.
Pros: Nice clear, bright, wide picture. Good response time (no ghosting). Pleasant blue LED. Convenient buttons with nice menu features. Looks clean and sharp.
Cons: Box arrived on my porch beat up in retail box, no signature confirmation. Stuck green pixel, remedies unsuccessful. Bleeds light along top middle edge. Wobbly stand, no height/pivot adjustments. Engrish instructions and CD guide. Samsung site doesn't even list the 941BW, so you can only get to product info through direct URL. Windows XP Pro SP2 didn't detect the monitor. I had to dual-monitor to install the driver and finally get the screen to activate.
Overall Review: I consider light leakage and wobbly stands engineering problems. I consider dead/stuck pixels defects. How hard is it to QC LCDs before they are shipped from the factory? Any device that is defective should not reach the consumer. Overall, I'm neither satisfied nor dissatisfied with my purchase. I just feel luke-warm and my wallet is empty.
Pros: Attached easily to my PNY 6800 (APG). Quality 3M thermal pads for memory. Includes reverse-side memory heatspreader for non-reference based cards. I picked mine up as an open-box item and got lucky. +10C from ambient. Silent.
Cons: Instructions could use refinement. Package should come with rubbing alcohol packets to clean the core and memory chips with. Price seems high, but well worth it for all us silence junkies.
Overall Review: I don't know why video card manufacturers have to put these hurricane-sounding fans on their products when they could put these on there. Near silent, high cooling performance, 5 year warranty. Try to find a stock fan with any of those 3 characteristics.
Pros: Very quiet. Padded, thick panels are great for reducing noise. Thick, strong chassis with no flex. Nice drive mount options. Comprehensive manual. Plenty of screws. Looks fantastic. Front USB, audio, firewire.
Cons: Power and reset buttons hard to push. Finish attracts fingerprints. Suspension system needs more development to prevent drive damage from impact during movement. Non-removable rail prevents PSU installation when heatsink is installed. Expensive.
Overall Review: Buttons aren't aligned correctly and require a bit of force to get them to click. Reset button is the worst. I predict they will break in a few months, but 3-year warranty is nice. Sad that such a splendid case would suffer from such a basic flaw.
Pros: Nice, clear sound. Loud, adjustable bass. Sounds great. Reasonably priced. Very nice looking. Easy access to volume, power and headphone plug.
Cons: Satellites are permanently connected to each other. L-shaped plug can interfere with other plugs depending on setup. $13 shipping.
Overall Review: The biggest problem is that the left and right speakers are permanently connected to each other. So on top of being awkward to setup, it also means I couldn't feed the wires through the back of my desk. Also, the wire connecting the two are too short to allow for placement anywhere else except right next to my monitor. Surprisingly, it wasn't a huge upgrade from my 10+ year old 2.1 setup. But overall, I'm pleased with my purchase.
Pros: This is the best price-to-performance upgrade for a laptop that you can get. Lifetime warranty too.
Cons: RAM arrived in a desktop-memory-size box which allowed the memory to slide around, instead of being tightly secured in a properly sized box. Luckily there was no damage. But I knew this making the purchase after seeing the photos.
Overall Review: I removed the battery and power adapter, removed the RAM cover, popped in the 512MB stick, put back on the cover, plugged in the battery and booted. My Compaq Presario V2000Z was like a whole new computer. I went from 256MB to 768MB. I was also able to bump my shared x300 graphics from 32MB to 128MB which made a significant difference in gaming performance. Overall, a smart buy. Thanks NewEgg!