Date Joined: 03/29/04
Pros: - Works perfect
Cons: - None
Overall Review: - Cyber Power's OR series are the best line of consumer grade UPS's on the market.
- I prefer to run mine (I have several OR models) below 35% capacity and I plan my UPS purchases accordingly. From my observations, UPS's that don't have a huge % load, last much longer.
- This unit supports a UniFi gateway pro 4, UniFi 24 port switch, UniFi AP Pro, Fiber Modem, Vonage Device, a 1U i3 9000 series Ubuntu server and some light weight rack fans. All components combined use roughly 17% to 19% of the 300 watt capacity - about 51 to 57 watts total.
Pros: - compact
- plug n play
- 1080 resolution is very good (no noticeable difference in video quality)
- sound is very good
- mouse and keyboard are seamless and smooth.
- works perfect
- 5* for the remote switch button. That feature opens up the ability to conceal this device completely leaving only the none-intrusive KVM switch button. Perfect in concept and practice.
Cons: - not going to knock and egg off for this, but the cables are on the short side. They could be about 1ft longer. (1/3 of a meter for the metric people)
Overall Review: I needed something like this to switch between a desktop win 10 PC and an Ubuntu UniFi Controller server. Plug n play on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS - Perfect!
For my particular use, I'll need to buy an HDMI extender, 2x USB and 2x Audio extenders to reach the Ubuntu server. I have the Ubuntu server rack sitting out of place for the time being. With that said, I'm very pleased with this KVM switch.
IO Gear did a great job on this one. I would definitely recommend this product.
Pros: - inexpensive
Overall Review: I used 1TB WD blue drives on a basic B365m ITX board in a 1U rack case. Loaded Ubuntu 18.04 for a UniFi host controller bare bones server. They're not the fastest drives in the west, but essentially inaudible and run cool, even in a 1U case. Great drives for what they are and should last for a long time in a constant light weight IO environment.
Pros: - I'm annoyed and disappointed right now. However, I'm going to be objective as possible. See cons and other thoughts below. I didn't spend almost $500 on 2x enterprise drives to have 1 of them begin to fail after 30 days.
Cons: - After some time of running 2 drives in RAID 1 and, then rebuilding the rig in RAID 0, the first drive I purchased exhibited a "clunking" noise from the onset. My PC sits next to me on a stand and it's become so noticeable that I'm wondering how much longer before the drive fails on me?
- Now that it's after newegg's 30 day replace policy, I will have to hassle with the manufacturer to get a replacement.
- These drives are too expensive to have issues like this. 50% defective rate? Really?
Overall Review: - I bought two drives roughly 2 1/2 weeks apart. The first was purchased March 18th, the second on April 8. The first drive, I noticed as soon as I installed it (as a backup drive at first), it was making odd "clunking" noises, but sluffed it off to HD activity. Despite the noises not syncing with the HD activity light, I gave it the benefit of the doubt.
- After installing the 2nd drive a couple of weeks later and configuring the two drives in RAID, the first drive's noise became apparent and more pronounced as the second drive was whisper quiet. The first drives noise can be felt through the case, it literally vibrates the case. When I open the side of the case where the drive is exposed, and put a finger on drive, it feels as if one or more of the swing arms is defective and pops around.
It makes noise in when I'm in the bios as well. No reason for it to make noise when in the bios whatsoever.
Now the first drive, currently in RAID 0 has began to make much more "clunking" noise. I'm very concerned about imminent failure at this point.
What ever happen to Hitatchi drive quality? I bought nothing but Hitatchi drives and never had a problem. 10 years ago, I bought 4 Hitatchi drives and put them in RAID 0, never had a problem with them at all. Rock solid drives back then.
Now? I can't be sure at this point if the second drive isn't going to begin to break soon. Wow, what an epic let down. What ever happen to quality? It's just about mass production these days.
Pros: -4 eggs because of some airflow issues that could only be resolved by adding in a 200mm fan. (see cons).
First of all, this case has plenty of room. I used SILVERSTONE RL-TD02-SLIM Water Cooler and it fits like a glove. A full 240mm radiator CPU cooler mind you with 8mm clearance between the exhaust fans and the MB. Phanteks PH-F200SP_BK 200mm fan is mounted on the front of the case as well. Both of these fit in the case with room to spare.
-Cable routing is easier via the ample zip-tie anchors that are throughout the belly of the case. This is a very nice touch for tucking down unruly cables. For most ITX builds, the cable routing shouldn't be a problem.
-The hard drive bay can hold 2x platters and 2x SSDs, for a total of 4 drives. This could be an issue because of the above mentioned air flow problem. I opted to go with 2x HGST Ultrastar 7K6000 platter drives over the SSDs. Why? because they are rock solid and will last the duration of the PC's life. With the Phantek 200mm fan in the front of the case, I can feel cool air blowing out from the hard drive bay as well as the rear 80mm fan ports. Corsair's stock 140mm fan did not do this and the drives were noticeably warm. The 200mm fan gives the case a very nice positive air flow. Keeps the whole case cool as well as keeping it less dusty. Corsair should have mounted a 200mm fan as a stock feature.
-The power supply is mounted so the intake fan draws air from the bottom of the case and expels it out the back. Nice in theory, however, this means the heat producing rails sit right underneath the MB. Which again, airflow is a problem with the stock 140mm fan. Fortunately, I used the Corsair 850 rmi PS which has the Corsair link so I could manually set the PS fan to keep the heat down. With the PS fan set to 40%, the PS stays roughly 26c, basically at ambient room temp. Without the fan on in "silent mode" the PS heats up fast under load and eventually heats up the MB and the CPU. BE WARNED! when using a MB that has a M.2 mount on the underside of the MB. This will be a problem if the PS, lack of air flow from the stock front fan and a GPU all combine to throw out excessive heat and cause issues with a M.2 SSD.
-I even put an optical blue-ray drive. Ironically, this aided the 200mm to better direct airflow over the MB and hard drive.
-As far as the GPU is concerned. HMM, well, I put the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 6GB in there. A large GPU can, in theory, fit. However, the "wiggle" room for actually getting the card to seat in the PCI-E slot it very small. What I mean by that, the rear bracket that keeps the card locked is less than an easy fit. Don't get me wrong here, once the GPU is seated and locked in, it's very secure and doesn't move at all. Just be aware that a larger GPU could pose a problem of actually getting it seated. Additionally, a larger GPU could affect the cable routing as well. As the back of the GPU would hang over the Power Supply's power ports. Good on Corsair for the filter vent where the GPU intake fans are located. This is a MUST! See potential cons below.
-Mounting the MB is probably the easiest aspect of building a rig in this case. As the top and both sides are removable leaving the entire internals exposed. The MB simply slides into place. No hassles at all whatsoever.
Cons: - Corsair should include a 200mm front fan. It's really not optional once all the components heat up under load. A positive airflow in the case is a must.
-Silent Power Supplies (fan only runs when they get to say 50c) sitting directly under the MB will heat your MB up; unless the PS fan is turned on to vent the heat out. Keep this in mind.
-GPUs need to be fanned as well. Silent mode in a GPU dumps copious amounts of heat on the MB. Again, think fans here. This case needs air moving, it's just that simple.
-MB sits on top of the PS unit. Again, if airflow in all of the other components are an after-thought, your rig will likely get hot when under loads. This could be improved by providing and extra 2-3mms of clearance from the PS to the MB for better airflow under the MB.
-Front access door of the case, when close, impedes the intake fan from blowing air effectively over the internals. I keep mine open. I shouldn't have to do this. This could be improved as well. More intake space for incoming air would make a world of difference.
-Hard drive bay does get hot with the stock 140mm front fan. Again, a 200mm fan takes care of that problem. Even still, if 4 drives are tucked in the drive bay, I could still see heat building up under certain conditions. There needs to be some kind of fan option for the drive bay. Or, at the very least, some kind of wind channel that aids the airflow through this area.
-I used a all-in-one CPU water cooler. Which transports the CPU's heat out of the case very effectively. Be warned, an air cooler on the CPU WILL exasperate the heat build up of a poorly planned system that opts for "silence" rather than good air flow. Keep the air moving and the heat going out of this case.
Overall Review: -Overall, this case is really good. Could it be improved, yes.
-Just keep in mind, when using this case, to think through every component and how it handles airflow. Especially the PS, GPU and CPU cooler.
-Plan on getting a 200mm fan for the front.
Pros: The fan is almost inaudible. I have mine in a Corsair Obsidian 250D case for a mini ITX build and it fits! Blows volumes of air over the hard drives and MB. I bought it boost the positive airflow into the case. Corsair did this ITX case right by accommodating a large 200mm intake fan.
It comes with a standard length 3 pin cable but also comes with an extension for a longer cable route.
On my ASROCK Fatality z270 ITX MB, the fan turns at an average of 740 rpms. Keeps the MB sensor temps 31-35c (room ambient temp 25.5c) The temps are consistent while applications are open and playing PoE. I have 2x HGST Ultrastar 7K6000 Enterprise HDs in RAID 1 and they stay around 38-39c while the system is under a load. When the PC is idle, these temps drop off a few degrees.
Overall Review: I highly recommend this fan.
It's thick! so be careful with your case specs.
This fan even fits in the 250D case along side SILVERSTONE RL-TD02-SLIM Water Cooler. I'm going to write a review on this case as well. It's been an amazing build experience using this case.
Pros: Fits perfect in a Corsair 250D mini-ITX case. I put a ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 GAMING-ITX into this build with a Kaby Lake i7 7700 (65 watt tdp) and this cooler fits like a glove. There is roughly 8mm of space between the cooler fans the MB. This gives ample room for cable management and routing.
The bracket looks to be some type of tougher, nylon- like, plastic that is adequate for secure mounting. The mounting system has spring backed screws that tighten to a snug fit, but stop so over tightening doesn't occur. It's really simple for Intel builds.
Arctic Silver 5 pea drop grease method was applied. Kaby Lake i7 7700 (65 watt tdp) idles at 26c-28c room temperature (23c). So only a couple of degrees above ambient room temperature. I haven't tested this under load, but I fully expect the CPU to be kept cool. I'll try to add another review once I get this new build permanently situated and can spend some time running it with various applications and games.
Currently I have the fans set to quiet mode and the build is almost silent. Very low noise thus far. I really don't foresee the fans having to be tuned to more RPMs for most situations. Maybe for extreme high demand applications. But for every day use, not really going to be needed.
The pump is completely silent. Upon first few posts of the system, there was a slight audible sound that was noticed, but quickly subsided once the radiator fluid circulated for a min or two. It's now completely silent upon boot-up.
The box it came was in very good condition. Wasn't banged up from shipping as it was packaged in a slightly larger box to prevent damage.
Cons: None yet
Overall Review: This is a great all-in-one water cooler for limited space mini-ITX builds.
Just be aware that the hoses are stiff and could the main limiting factor for very small cases.
Just how long with this cooler pump last? I'm always nervous when it comes to anything with a mechanical "pump". If I had an extra $90 to burn, I'd buy one just to see how the actual pump is designed. It could be some type of turbine that may last for years to come. From the very low sound that it produces, this very well could be the case.
Pros: Runs cool - but I recommend using Precision X GPU fan controller.
Fan speed Profile: 40% @ idle - 50% @ 50c - 60% @ 60c, etc.
Ambient room temp: 73-74f
Idle GPU temp: 31-33c
Load GPU temp: 55-60c
I got it primarily for Path of Exile and Diablo III and I'm very happy with the results thus far.
Very smooth card when connected to its native PCI-E 2.0 bus.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: This is a great card for aging 2.0 PCI-E bus systems. I highly recommend researching video cards and coresponding bus speeds before randomly buying a card and expecting it to work in any system.
I tried a 3.0 PCI-X card on my 2.0 PCI-X system and it was nothing but problems from day 1.
This is the 3rd card in my system and its wonderful. No complaints so far.
Pros: Very heavy duty wall mount. Very clean looking once installed. Perfect for heavier plasma TVs. It is by far one of the more adjustable and stable wall mounts I've owned. If needed, the mount extends about 12 inches from the wall all the while maintaining its ability to pivot and swing.
Comes with plenty of screws and installation gear to meet virtually any condition, including cement/block walls.
All in all, very nice product.
Cons: Not really a con but...
The back plate that attaches the mount to the wall is meant for exactly 16" on center studs or solid surfaces like cement. While 16" on center spacing is typical in most situations, it would have been nice to have a back plate with a little wiggle room.
Overall Review: For those just wanting to mount a light weight LCD, this is probably over kill. This is really meant for heavy plasma sets.
I have a 55" LCD attached to this mount. You get the feeling that the wall itself would have to be ripped down before this mount would fail or loosen.
Pros: This board has the better, hence price, 1156 socket. The CPU pins have 300% more gold - meaning that they will have better power delivery - the primary reason for buying this MB. EVGA F-T-W boards use the cheaper sockets, so beware of this if you plan on over clocking.
The switchable 3x BIOS is nice, but I rarely - if ever - use it. It's meant for over clockers - which I don't do. I prefer to run the voltages at their default state, this ensures your CPU temps stay nice and cool, thereby allowing for a longer life span of your rig.
So far, its been nothing but stable using an i5 750. I put a Noctua LGA 1156 after market cooler on this and idle temps run around 27c-28c with an ambient room temp of about 24c. Load temps range from (Adobe CS5) 32c to around 45c (spikes) running a big game. But they usually average around 38c under heavy load.
Cons: As others have stated, the voltage display doesn't work - at least on mine it only shows the CPU core 2 temp. But then I haven't needed to use this, so I could have overlooked something in the BIOS that would properly display this? No matter, it's not a big deal.
One thing that I discovered was if the quick boot is "ENABLED" expect the possibility to have SATA port errors. Once I disabled this, it takes a few more seconds for the BIOS to initiate, everything is seen and Windows 7 64bit runs smooth as silk.
Overall Review: Whatever you do with this board, just remember to disable the quick boot in the BIOS.
After I upgraded the hard drive to a Corsair P128 CMFSSD-128GBG2D 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive, this board really slides through Win 7 64bit with little effort.
From the reviews I've read here on newegg about the memory slots failing, I have to think, how far have these individuals pushed the over clocking? While the i5 CPUs can be over clocked to the extreme, if you build your rig correctly, there really isn't any need to do so.
One of the biggest performance improvements can be had by getting a quality SSD and enabling the TRIM feature in Win 7.
Overall, I'm very pleased with this board.
If you are using Win 7, I would suggest letting Windows Update install the sound drivers. I have re-installed the OS 3 times using different hardware configurations and each time I installed the EVGA sound drivers, it seemed to make the sound distorted.
Pros: 6-8 second boot up in Windows 7 to log-on screen. Adobe CS5 starts up in about 2 seconds! and have a WACOM Intuos 4 PTK640 8.8" x 5.5" Active Area USB Professional Pen Tablet. Other programs like explorer, pop up instant! Much, much smoother than spinning drives, its something you must experience to believe.
Make sure to set your BIOS on your MB to AHCI for this drive to really sing. Additionally, you must manually activate Windows 7 TRIM feature by either going to Corsair's website or start the command prompt in Administrator mode and type in the following (With no quotes ofc) "fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 0" - and then enjoy.
Works well in a hot-swap environment. But take note, the TRIM feature will not work when these drives are used in RAID mode. You won't need RAID, this drive blows my 2nd gen Raptors striped in RAID 0 away, period.
Very light and cool running.
I Use this system for: Nikon D90 Black 12.3 MP 3.0" 920K LCD Digital SLR Camera w/ AF-S DX NIKKOR
Cons: None so far, but I'm waiting to see the longevity of this product. Even the price is tolerable for what you're getting.
Overall Review: My system: All bought from Newegg ofc.
1 x Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
1 x EVGA 160-LF-E659-KR LGA 1156 Intel P55 Classified 200 SLI Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
1 x PNY VCQFX1800-PCIE-PB Quadro FX 1800 768MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card
1 x CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
1 x Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
2 x Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (I use these as back up now)
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Full
1 x Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
1 x PLEXTOR Black BD Combo SATA Model PX-B
Pros: Built my system around Win 7 64bit using a EVGA 160-LF-E659-KR LGA 1156 Intel P55 Classified 200 SLI Extended ATX Intel Motherboard with an after market cooler - Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler. Artic Silver 5 for the CPU grease and the Corsair 800D case.
After making a top plate for the case, to create a positive air-flow, the CPU runs very cool. Ambient air temp is typically 25c and the cores run idle between 26c and 30c. Load temps are between 34c and will occasionally spike to around 48c (Turbo kicks in). But the spikes don't last much longer than a second or two (Usually when running games).
Runs Adobe CS5 at around 35c with large raw files open. Can't complain about that at all.
Cons: None so far. Built this rig in May 2010 and its very stable.
Overall Review: For those running this chip and getting hot temps. I suggest reading up on proper air-flow. Creating a slight positive air-flow balances everything very nicely.
Pros: This is my third IPS based panel and I must say, this is by far the best in overall clarity. Sharp crisp colors with an absolutely smooth back light. There are no bright spots when the monitor is turned black. The contrast is superb and meets my particular requirements for digital photography. I've seen other more expensive IPS panels pale in comparison.
I'd put cash down on the table that $ for $, this panel is by and far the best IPS based monitor you can get without spending a small fortune. The gama and contrast are similar to high end mac panels, yes, its that good.
Text is very sharp and easy to read. It's just a mind blowing monitor to put it bluntly. Reviews all over the Internet say as much.
Cons: One small flaw that ViewSonic could have taken into account. The power blue LED light sits right in the middle at the bottom of the panel and is a bit bright when its dark in the room. It would be better placed to the side or on edge. But I'm not complaining given the price of this beauty, just something that could be improved upon on an already great panel.
Overall Review: I put this monitor on a Chief desktop swing arm. Its foot print is small and sleek. No bells and whistles, just a very high quality IPS monitor. And I do mean high quality - it blew my Dell 22" IPS panel away - hands down, there was no comparing the two.
The monitor came in perfect condition with no dead pixels. I'm completely happy with this puppy. Given the price and quality, its a steal. I've already spent a small fortune on a new comp and Nikon D90 camera, and this panel literally put the red granite cap on the pyramid - so to speak.
If you're looking for a really nice IPS based panel, buy this one. It's worth the money. If I had more cash to burn, I'd buy one more and setup a dual monitor with 2x of these. Yep.
ViewSonic, build on this panel. I'll recommend this quality monitor to anyone who wants a superb IPS panel. Thank you for this monitor and Newegg for a speedy delivery.
Just have to say WOW! on this one.
Pros: Fully functional duplex network all-in-one unit. This is a true network device. There are too many "pros" to list, so I'll try to get to the meat of what many people may be interested in knowing.
I installed the software suite (control center 3) on a virtual PC to test how much it would impact a windows XP system. To my surprise, its very light on the OS and has a very snappy response.
Once inside the software suite, you will be happy to find a simple but powerful range of tools to operate your printer over the network - "scan, custom scan, copy, pc-fax and device settings" - each with easily-to-understand sub-menu icons. There are some basic setup menus as well.
Additionally, there are installation options for drivers only, a basic admin panel and an admin light panel. Exquisite software.
The main console interface on the front of the unit is very intuitive, from first contact to wading through the advanced features.
Take your time with first contact. Read the quick st
Cons: No cons to list really, so I'll explain a few things to be aware of when considering this printer.
This isn't really a con if you know what you're purchasing but be aware that this unit is somewhat large. You should plan on allocating some space before you purchase this thing.
Could have come with a dust cover? I ordered a custom washable cloth cover from "Digital Deck Covers" - was well worth the extra few dollars to keep this unit from becoming a dust magnet. They didn't have this particular model on their list of printer covers at first. I ended up filling out their request form, and to my surprise, they quickly added the MFC-8480dn to their sales list in a few short hours.
There isn't enough room on this review to explain all the positive things I could say about this printer. I'm very impressed "Brother". :-) Newegg must have me on their VIP list! Ordered standard shipping and UPS knocked on my door day 2 after purchasing on the website.
Overall Review: The unit itself is very well made. $ for $, I feel like the money paid for this unit was well spent. It's has the quality, functionality and smoothness of much more expensive units. This thing is in a class of its own in my opinion.
Fully loaded fax center. Accepts distinct ring - wow, that is nice. Don't worry if you need to use a phone on the same line, this unit has pass through phone answering when the fax is set to TAD mode. Has a built in fax transmission report.
Multiple scan settings, from images to OCR to email. And did I mention the software comes with PaperPort 11 for document scanning?
Printing is fast and quiet. Print quality seems very good so far but I'm still in the beginning stages of learning its full capability.
I primarily bought this unit to consolidate a scanner, fax and printer scattered around the house. And am I a happy camper now? you betcha!
It's a top of the line home/home office all-in-one machine.
You get what you pay for.
Pros: It should be noted, after some experimenting on 2 separate systems, this monitor works best using the analog output. DVI reduces the color gamut and is quite noticeable. I suspect this is why they do not include a DVI cable?
Good response time for gaming. For those looking for a budget gaming monitor, this is a good choice, but note the Cons* if you're planning on using VESA mounting system.
VESA mounting is always a plus BUT!. (main reason for buying)
Cons: VESA stand WARNING!
If you decide to remove the stock stand to put any type of VESA mounting system, LOL, Hanns G put a sticker on one of the stand screws stating: "warranty void if broken seal". What a load of B! S! Removing the stand in no way intrudes on the inner hardware. WOW Hanns G, you lost me on this one. Won't be buying a Hanns G monitor again. I'll put this monitor, just for this reason alone, in the 1 egg basket.
That's just tacky and cheesy business.
The included software is only for Vista. No XP support other than basic plug n play - disappointing.
If using XP, don't expect to calibrate this monitor beyond the very basic OSD controls.
Noticeable light bleed from the top and bottom - especially with full screen movies or games where darks will be seen frequently.
Overall Review: While the HB-191DPB is a decent inexpensive monitor, voiding the warranty for taking off the stock stand is a shrill. Out of principle, I won't be buying another Hanns G product.
There is a reason why Hanns G monitors are so cheap. If it sounds too good to be true, take notice. With cheap products, hidden shrills are bound to be found sooner or later.
Its a good thing I didn't buy this monitor as my main display. I bought this one as a sacrificial lamb for experimentation for a monitor accessory I'm making.