Date Joined: 12/07/01
Pros: Rock solid and stable.
Reasonably small size for the power.
Cons: Cable sleeving is kind of cheap - still better than a lot of the stuff out there, though.
Overall Review: Though I haven't come close to taxing this PSU, I've toyed with overclocking my CPU and GPU at different times, and it never missed a beat.
Pros: Price. Simple to use
Cons: Laser very poorly aligned.
Overall Review: I had always wanted an infrared thermometer, so when this one went on sale, I bought one. It appears to work fine up to 10-12 inches. Beyond that, the reading fluctuates around 5% every additional foot.
Also, the laser is *way* off. At 10" distance, the laser points a good 1.5" low and .5" to the left.
If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't buy this one.
Pros: I don't own this particular drive (yet), but I felt compelled to throw my two cents' worth in regarding the 'Raptor series drives. I purchased the 74GB Raptor (SATA 1) in February 2004. Up until about a year and a half ago, it served as my OS drive in every machine I built.
Now, due solely to the fact that it can't compete with SSD's of similar capacity, I use it for infrequent data transfers. The thing is, it is still going strong. That's 9-years, folks - most of which was under heavy usage.
I haven't bought a mechanical HDD in a while, now, but for desktop use where greater-than-SSD capacities are needed, I highly recommend the Raptor line if at all possible, if your budget allows. You won't regret it.
Overall Review: I'm planning to order this drive. Just watching for it to go on sale.
Pros: The packaging was excellent and the bag for the cables was a nice touch. I love the mic jack style cable connectors. Much powah! (way more than I need TBH :p )
Cons: One too many cables were hard-wired for my rig. It would have been nice if they just hard-wired the 24-pin, one 8-pin CPU and perhaps one 6/8-pin VGA cable. Also, the power connectors on the SATA cable are a bit too far apart for my liking. It's a little on the pricey side, but not much compared to other PSU's in it's class. It was worth it to me for the stylish (and secure) modular cable connectors. All of this may be worth half an egg ding, if that.
Overall Review: If, like me, you prefer something nicer than the included rubber caps for unused connection ports, do a quick web search for SO239 rain cap - very nice chrome screw-on caps.
Cons: Transfer speeds are a bit slow compared to other similar-sized drives I own.
Overall Review: It does the job. That's about it. Had I known what the performance was going to be like, I probably would have just gone with a faster, more expensive option.
Pros: - Really adds life to PC games. 3D Vision Ready games look absolutely fantastic.
- Excellent integration into nVidia's standard display drivers, so setup was somewhat painless (see con below)
- Actually more comfortable with my headphones on (JVC HA-RX900) than without.
Cons: - The included documentation is some of the worst I've ever seen. You know how sometimes instructions will just be simple pictures with no text? Well, this was that same approach, except with text and very few pictures. Seriously, it was like a booklet of subtitles in several languages. As such, it's only useful, when it gets to the part where it says, "Ug...run 3D Vision Setup in display driver...ug". The setup wizard in the nVidia Control Panel does most of the work for you.
- They're not as comfortable as you might expect, but they're not bad. You might want to smooth out the edges on the legs where the rest on your ears, as it feels a little sharp.
Overall Review: I was really excited to jump into 3D PC gaming, and I would say it's lived up to my expectations. Like I said, games listed as 3D Vision Ready in the game compatibility list look fantastic, as well as the few I've played that were listed as Excellent. Some require a little tweaking to look great. For example, the MMORPG, Rift (which is actually listed as Not Recommended), looked really bad at first, but there is an easy but strange fix: Google "Rift 3D Vision" and follow the directions to modify the application configuration and name of the executable, then switch to the low quality renderer in the game's display options and restart the game. Now it looks absolutely stunning.
One more thing, I've been known to get a little nauseous just watching hi-def television at ultra high refresh rates in a department store display, so I was a little concerned how this would work out for me. I've played for a couple hours at a time, now, and I've noticed no negative side effects. It really has added another dimension to my gaming experience. ;)
Pros: Meh. It's a flash drive. In that respect they're all pretty much the same (with a very small number of exceptions, of course).
Cons: Slow. I mean very slow. Since most flash drives are more or less created equal (they all allow you to store files), where I feel a rating is warranted is on the transfer speed. In that respect, this drive is terrible.
This being the case, I don't understand why the average rating for this item is so high. If you're gonna buy a flash drive, you may as well buy one that offers reasonably good performance, and this one isn't it.
Pros: Good speed: 19MB Read, 9MB Write. Nice, spartan style. Aluminum casing.
Cons: Removable cap does not snap on the other end for safe-keeping. That should be a standard feature for all thumb drives.
Overall Review: I've not had it long enough to speak to its reliability, but so far so good.
Pros: Haven't found a disc (blu-ray or otherwise) that this wouldn't read.
Cons: I put this in a new HTPC machine with an AMD 3.0GHz quad-core processor and 8GB DDR3, and it takes around twice as long to rip DVD's as my Intel 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo machine with 4GB DDR2. I believe it's the drive, because when ripping from my Pioneer DVD burner, the activity light stays on the entire time (indicating the data stream is constant), while on the LG, it flashes the entire time, making me think it's only reading data in chunks.
Overall Review: The read speed issue could be from some difference between the two motherboards, I suppose, but they are both top quality boards (the Asus being over three years old, the Gigabyte brand new). Aside from that the only difference is that the Pioneer drive is on an IDE channel, while the LG is set up as a SATA device. /shrug
Pros: Inexpensive. About as good as anything on the market. Someone in another review said it's good for 5+ uses. I have to say you will get much more than that out of one tube. You only need to use an amount about equal in size to a grain of rice. That should give you *way* more than 5 uses. More like 10+ easy. Also, I don't think this stuff has a shelf life. I've been using the same tube for over 5 years. Several applications (more than 5), and I still have about half a tube left.
Cons: None that I have encountered.
Pros: Functions as both a media player and a portable storage device.
Cons: Whereas I don't recall ever having trouble listening to music in MP3 format, my particular model (e280R - looks nearly identical to this model) proved very poor for listening to podcasts or ebooks. Auto-shut off would cause it to forget where it was in a track and start back at the beginning when you picked it back up and tried picking up where you left off, requiring you to manually shut it down when you needed to pause for anything more than a minute or so. Also, it lacks compatibility with some of the more prevalent media apps (iTunes, etc.). There are better options out there at much lower costs.
Pros: Quiet. Stable. Single rail. Long cables. Great price.
Cons: Not really a con, but if you have a small or heavily populated case, be prepared to get creative in stashing all the excess cabling.
Pros: Performs very well. There are plenty of tweaking options in the BIOS. Drivers installed from the CD in Windows XP (SP2) without a hitch.
Cons: This is by far the most difficult board I have ever set up. Maybe it's just me, but I've never assembled a new PC and had it refuse to boot with fail safe BIOS default settings. After hours of trial and error and research online, I finally figured out that the RAM voltage was set too low. I bumped it up from 1.85 to 1.95, and it's been smooth sailing ever since. It also didn't auto detect my RAM speed/timings correctly, but it was no trouble to set those manually. Would have also liked to see on-board video as offered on other even less expensive budget boards. Also, as another reviewer mentioned, using USB peripherals/FDD during bootup is problematic.
Overall Review: Performance-wise this is a pretty good board for the price, provided you're aware of it's quirks going in and are prepared to work around them.
Pros: The image quality is absolutely top-notch. There were no dead pixels, and the display is quite bright.
Cons: People buying this should note that it is DVI-D compatible only, not both DVI-D and DVI-I, as many monitors are. As a result, I have been unable to get it to work correctly when attached to the DVI-I port on my nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB video card. I RMA'd the video card, thinking that was the problem, as the 8800 series had just come out at the time. That said, it works great on the analog port. Also, I can live with the flimsy base, but I really don't understand why they didn't make it adjustable.
Overall Review: I almost rated this monitor a four, and wouldn't argue with anyone who would find it deserving, but for me, the compatibility issue, no HDMI ports and cheap base make it a nice product, but nothing great. If those negative points don't bother you, then I would highly recommend this product.
Pros: Very easy setup, which is consistent with my experiences with past LinkSys products.
Cons: Poor quality.
Overall Review: I purchased one of these during Christmas 2004 for my sons' XBox, and it went bad within six months. Add to this the wireless USB network adapter I also purchased for their PC at the same time that *also* went bad, and I won't be purchasing LinkSys products in the future.