Date Joined: 03/13/07
Pros: Low price, effective. Keeping my C2D E7400 at 30C idle and mid to high 30s under a load.
Cons: Only a 3 wire connector so no PWM (fan speed control) which means it isn't the quietest cooler ever.
Overall Review: Since Intel says my CPU will stay healthy up to 74C, I would prefer to let it get a little warmer and keep the noise down by being able to lower the fan speed, but, for the price, there's really nothing to complain about with this cooler.
Pros: Huge capacity, fast for a mechanical drive, single platter (less to go wrong), quiet, runs super cool.
Cons: Only a 2 year warranty, not intended for RAID setups (which doesn't affect me in this application), 1TB of data is a lot to loose if you don't have redundancy.
Overall Review: This was an absolute steal on Black Friday. If you have a bunch of music and movies and pictures, just make sure you also have them backed up on another drive. Drives do and will fail! It is just the nature of things.
Pros: Good sound reproduction, great bass, comfortable, inexpensive
Cons: Probably not for true audiophiles, but good for those of us with average hearing capabilities.
Overall Review: So cheap with the Black Friday deal... I should have bought another pair.
Pros: It is amazing how inexpensive a 16GB flash drive is these days! Nice design. Functions exactly as stated on the package. See other thoughts.
Cons: None at this price point.
Overall Review: Write speeds are only rated at 5MB/s. If you expect more than that, you bought the wrong product and your mistake is not a con about the product. In my application, I actually achieved close to 10MB/s writes on large files, which is at least double what you should expect. If you are transferring a bunch of small files and folders, expect the write speed to be way slower... just like transferring small files and folders to any other media.
Pros: Based on Windows 7, which is excellent. Great for tablets.
Cons: Lousy for productivity PC use.
Overall Review: What I want to know is, why can't we use Windows 8 with the good 'ol Aero interface (or something like it) if we choose? The metro interface is optimized for use on tablets and phones. MS is buying into the idea that PC sales will continue to drop and no one will be using PCs - they'll be using portable devices. Remember when nettops and netbooks were "the way of the future"? Aero or something equivalent should be available - at least on the Professional version which is supposedly for use in a business environment where no one wants a learning curve to continue carrying on business! I hope MS reads these reviews and starts working something out for the inevitable SP1.
Pros: Fast, Quiet, 5 year warranty. Single platter. Currently getting 126 MB/s avg. reads over SATA 150!
Cons: None so far. If this drive lives as long as it's predecessor has, there will be no cons!
Overall Review: Cloned my old WD2500JD over to this drive without a hitch. The old drive is still going strong, but it's 7 years old and used every day! It made sense to pro-actively replace it before it went belly up.
I have always had excellent results with Western Digital drives and have no reason to believe this one will be anything but awesome.
Pros: Solid construction, attractive, easy to work with (ok, it's small on purpose) and dead reliable since 2009!
Cons: Only 2 x 3.5" drive bays - I wish it had more.
Overall Review: The PSU has been quiet and has worked flawlessly. The piano black finish looks great. I'm about ready to retire the guts I installed in 2009 but I will be reusing this case for my next ITX build!
Pros: It works in old motherboards and it's inexpensive... until you pay the electric bill.
Cons: Super hot running and sucks down a lot of juice. Does NOT support 64 bit functionality (most Prescott 1M cores run in 32 bit mode only).
Overall Review: Get a Prescott 2M or Cedar Mill for 64 bit functionality if your motherboard will support them... or a Pentium D. In the rig I was working with, this processor idled in the mid 50s Celsius and hit the high 70s under a moderate load.
Pros: Relatively quiet. Sufficient cooling ability for most applications.
Cons: I wouldn't recommend for very hot running processors.
Overall Review: Works well enough to keep a P4 550J (130W) in the mid 50'sC at idle even with the stock heatsink paste, but it lets it get into the 70's under a load. A little AS 5 might help that a bit but, as sold, this cooler doesn't quite do the job as well as I would like.
Pros: Does just what it is supposed to do. Nice, thick gauge steel. Includes everything you need to put 2 laptop hard drives where one desktop drive used to be.
Overall Review: With hard drive prices at ludicrous levels, this little baby might let you get away with using a laptop drive for a while until the hard drive manufacturers get back up and running.
Pros: Fits in my old ThinkPad R52 and gives me a total of 1.5GB RAM.
Cons: Don't buy it if you need PC2-6400 RAM...
Overall Review: Bought the slower RAM just to be extra sure that there wouldn't be any compatibility problems... probably could have bought the faster stuff with no issues. I have used the fastest RAM available in almost every case in the past and have never encountered an issue with running the fast RAM at a slower speed.
Pros: Good ergonomic design decreases wrist strain and helped with carpel tunnel syndrome symptoms. Precise.
Cons: A little cheap and plasticky feeling. Loud clicky mouse buttons.
Overall Review: Overall a good buy and a good product. It feels a little cheap, but it's been holding up to pretty heavy use for a while now and hasn't developed any issues.
Pros: Worked in place of the finicky onboard sound in my Linux box. Sound quality is crisp and clear using ALSA drivers.
Cons: Can't comment on reliability yet... we'll see...
Overall Review: Bought as an open-box item for the price of dirt so, I'm happy.
Pros: Plugged it in and it works... Windows 98SE on a 1GB CF card in an old 800MHz Celeron unit for a basic jukebox setup... sweet!
Cons: For the price, I can't see any.
Overall Review: Had the ribbon-cable attached version already and it worked flawlessly. Switched to this because I wanted to keep everything in my case neat and tidy. I prefer the direct-insertion mode model for appliances (NAS, Router, Firewall, etc.)
Pros: Works great. Much better than a roller mouse and works on systems with legacy PS/2 ports so you don't have to use up a USB port.
Overall Review: I bought a few of these when they were something ridiculous like $2.99 each... super steal at that time!
Pros: It moves air at least as well as it's predecessor.
Cons: It is not any quieter than it's predecessor.
Overall Review: I bought this at the same time that I bought my Intel Atom D945GCLF-2 board because everyone was complaining about how the stock fan was loud and didn't last long. I used the board for about 10 months with the stock fan, despite the fact that it was loud, before I decided to switch it out. This fan can only easily be mounted to suck air from the heatsink (the original blew air down onto it) and it is equally loud. The good news is that it also cools the chipset equally well... but not any better.
Pros: Comfortable to wear and won't fall out of your ears.
Cons: If you're used to earbuds that crank the sound right down your ear canals, it takes a little adjustment to get used to the way these deliver sound. At first they seem really quiet and the sound reproduction is different.
Pros: Inexpensive, decent sound quality for what it is.
Cons: Build quality. The control pod is such light, cheap plastic that I can't imagine it's going to last long. It's hard to believe that the same company made my excellent X-540 speaker system.
Overall Review: I bought these on sale and they're doing what I wanted them to do, so, I can't really complain.
Pros: Despite what some reviews suggest, this unit definitely moves some serious air around. It lowered my case temperatures by a few degrees, which is what I needed for my system's health. Good deal for the price.
Cons: I thought a 2000 rpm fan would be a lot quieter than it is...
Overall Review: I'm going to add a resistor and lower the speed of this thing and see if it still lowers my temps enough and stops sounding like a jet engine...
Pros: This had the easiest set up of any piece of networking equipment I have ever used. Does exactly what it is intended to do, connects 8 other networked devices. Due to the lengths of cable I had available, I was forced to use an inferior CAT5 cable for my connection to my router (I usually use CAT6 for Gb) but it didn't matter, it is working at Gb speeds anyway.
Cons: None if you know what you're getting and don't want to configure anything.
Overall Review: No configuration required means just that! Plug your cables in and go.
Pros: Plays DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs and streams Netflix brilliantly. The feature that automatically shuts the unit down if there hasn't been any activity for 30 minutes saves power and wear on the unit should you happen to fall asleep while watching a movie, for instance.
Cons: The automatic shut down feature doesn't seem to work when you are playing a disc, only when streaming. There is no settable sleep timer.
Overall Review: Bought this one for the bedroom when it was on sale for under $100! I already own an identical unit that is set up in my living room.
Pros: Seems very fast - I believe other reviewers high benchmark scores based on what I have seen. Doubled the memory capacity in my D*LL Mini 9 and improved it's speed!
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I offloaded all my data (including "My Documents") to this card from the SSD in my Mini 9 and added a pagefile to it as well. Boot-up times decreased by about 20 seconds and everything seems to load off this little SD card just as quickly as it did from the SSD. It's too early to tell what the durability will be given the multiple writes and rewrites required by the pagefile.sys, but it is likely that both this little SD card and the original SSD will outlast the usefulness of the device.
Pros: Works! Holds over 1000 pictures at 12MP in my Canon PowerShot A3100IS.
Overall Review: I have never encountered an issue with a Kingston flash memory product.
Pros: Reasonably quick transfer rates, 4GB, Cheap!
Overall Review: I have had excellent results with Kingston flash memory of all types.
Pros: What can be said? Inexpensive card that works perfectly.