Joined on 10/07/04
Good System for the price
Pros: Fairly good specs. Runs Vista Home great. Includes a webcam and all of the external connections are on the sides. Bright screen, light weight. Comes with MS Works and a DVD Multi drive. Built in speakers are above average.
Cons: Processor only has 1MB cache... system slows down if you do any heavy processing. A lot of demo ware is pre installed
Overall Review: My parents wanted an inexpensive laptop for my sister. I wanted to get a Macbook, but it was too much money and my sister is the poster child for "non tech". I settled on the Aspire because it has good specs for the money and the design fits a college aged girl. There were other options that had better specs but they were housed in "business" laptop shells. This one includes a webcam, good speakers, and a dvd multi drive. All things I know she'd want. As long as you aren't expecting a power system this one is great for a student that just wants to surf the web, watch dvds, do homework, etc. It's light and the battery life is about 3 hours surfing the net in "balanced" mode. Unit seems solid but I got the extended warranty anyway.
I wouldn't buy this again
Pros: PCI-E and AGP, well laid out and inexpensive
Cons: Poor onboard video and sub par performance. A little flaky.
Overall Review: I bought this board because it was cheap and had integrated video. The Sis video is only good for the most basic user. It can't handle resolutions above 1024X768 in 32bit color (lots of flickering at high resolutions). Completely unacceptable for an htpc. It is a decent board as long as you don't need more than basic web browsing and such. I'd get an Nvida based board if I had it to do over.
Good DD-WRT router
Pros: Runs the full version of DD-WRT, has a fast processor and plenty of memory.
Cons: It wasn't the easiest router I've ever flashed to DD-WRT, the Asus Flash utility does not like for you to have two network interfaces. Make sure to disable the one you aren't using for flashing.
Overall Review: I bought it just for DD-WRT and I am not disappointed. Runs the VPN version flawlessly and it's fast.
It has it's quirks but it's outstanding for the price
Pros: Excellent picture quality, many inputs. Good tuner.
Cons: Cycling through all those inputs, long startup time, power light on when the TV is off, popping from speakers. Weird menu interface
Overall Review: This TV definitely has it's quirks (see the cons). The long startup time really doesn't bother me too bad and the BRIGHT blue power light being on when the TV is off just seems backwards. The occasional loud pop from the speakers and having to cycle through EVERY input to get the one I want are annoying. The picture quality is simply outstanding. I have a Panasonic plasma in my living room that cost twice as much and the picture looks the same on both TVs. The menu interface and input selection process on the Panasonic is much more intuative. I got this TV for under $700 and it's a good budget TV. If you just care about a good picture this is a great TV. Sound is good but I can't figure out why I have the occasional pop.
HD works great with BeyondTV
Pros: I have the full version of BeyondTV and this card was plug and play with that (it comes with the SE version,which I hear sucks). HDTV is crystal clear and records flawlessly as long as I have a good signal. Analog tuner does not have a hardware encoder so it relies on the system CPU but the quality is better than my All-In-Wonder software tuner was.
Cons: Cheesy, proprietary remote. Still waiting for my rebate. I've read not to get my hopes up on many sites
Overall Review: It's a good card for the money IF (Big IF) you get the rebate. Otherwise it's too close to what better cards cost. If you plan to record just Digital with it it's great, if you'll be recording analog look for something with a hardware encoder for analog (TV Wonder 650)
Best MB I've ever owned
Pros: Lots of features that I've never had on any board before. On board power and reset, fan control, overclocking options, it even comes with an overclocking guide. Onboard video is very good (for non gamers).
Cons: I wish they made it with a 6150/430 chipset. Shared video memory. They really need someone to proof read the english translations in the manual and on the website. You can figure it out.
Overall Review: I originally got a PCChips board but the onboard Sis video isn't even in the same league as the GeForce 6100. This board is fast and the cpu fan controls actually work. The fan barely spins at idle, making this a really quiet solution. It would make a great HTPC board, I've even played HD content on the onboard video.