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Philip K.

Philip K.

Joined on 05/04/06

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Most Favorable Review
LITE-ON Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with Replaceable White Front Panel
LITE-ON Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with Replaceable White Front Panel

Pros: Works wonderfully. It is bootable. Burns DVD's very well.

Cons: No cables included. It's a retail drive it should come with a SATA cable.

Overall Review: I read reviews about it these SATA interface DVD drives not being bootable. I have 2 other optical drives ATA dtives so if it wasn't bootable then it wasn't a problem for me. I figured that it not being bootable for otehrs is probably due to the chipset or the BIOS version on the motherboard. However the first thing i test when I got it was to see if it was bootable. It was bootable for me with no problem. My motherboard is a Foxconn C51XEM2AA.

Most Critical Review

Bad color gradients

NEC Display Solutions ASLCD24WMCX-BK Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 1000:1 Built in Speakers w/ Component connector
NEC Display Solutions ASLCD24WMCX-BK Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 1000:1 Built in Speakers w/ Component connector

Pros: Lots of inputs 1:1 pixel mapping allows a you to display 1080p and not suffer from stretch images Also allows scaling of images to fit screen while keeping aspect ratio These are the only reasons why it even has 2 eggs. Nice looking panel Tech support is helpful and trained. Best experience I've had when dealing with multiple techs over multiple sessions.

Cons: All eggs were lost because it has the worst color gradients I've seen on a monitor. I've had really REALLY cheap no-name brand monitors that reproduced colors better than this. I've seen better gradients on 16bit monitors. At least they dither the image. I'm not the only person who thinks so http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/nec_24wmcx

Overall Review: If you care at ALL about games looking good or movies or really anything looking good, don't get this monitor. If you just want a CHEAP solution so you can hook you PS3 up to your computer monitor, then it's an ok monitor. Settings are a hassle. Input switching is SLOW and a hassle. If you connect 2 computers, 1 D-Sub (a.k.a. VGA) and 1 DVI, you have to go through menus to get to the DVI, it defaults to D-Sub and the source button just cycles between PC-mode (DVI or VGA), component and HDMI. HDMI input is fuzzy. I did not put this in the con section because it may be that mine has a bad HDMI port. The red signal is also not aligned properly.

Installation without breaking the thermal seal is nigh impossible

Cooler Master MasterAir MA612 Stealth CPU Air Cooler, 6 Heat Pipes, Nickel Plated Base, Aluminum Black Fins, Push-Pull, Dual SickleFlow Fans for AMD Ryzen/Intel 1200/1151 LGA 1700 Compatible
Cooler Master MasterAir MA612 Stealth CPU Air Cooler, 6 Heat Pipes, Nickel Plated Base, Aluminum Black Fins, Push-Pull, Dual SickleFlow Fans for AMD Ryzen/Intel 1200/1151 LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: - Many heat pipes - Seems to cool well even a ton of air bubbles trapped in thermal paste - push/pull dual fans - Offset to make headroom for RAM

Cons: Extremely difficult to get the screws that mount the actual heatsink (not the base parts) The base hardware is loose on motherboard: Asus Rog Strix X570-E Gaming

Overall Review: Seems like if you can get this thin installed without intrducing airbubbles then it would be fantastic. But that is nigh on impossible, because the heatsink itself attaches to the base with 2 screws that are just a tad too short to make it easy to feel out the holes on the base brackets, and you have to blindly line them up, while not pushing too hard (causing deflection and possible stripping the screws) Seriously Just make the heatsink attachment screw like 2 or 3 threads longer and I think this would be an easy install. But they are custom so I can't just get a couple at the hardware store

10/28/2021

Fantastic once Cyanogenmod is installed

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Unlocked Smart Phone, 5.5" Silver, 32GB Storage 3GB RAM, US Warranty
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Unlocked Smart Phone, 5.5" Silver, 32GB Storage 3GB RAM, US Warranty

Pros: Great hardware specs for the price Switching to Cyanogenmod is very easy Replaceable battery MicroSD card slot Not carrier branded

Cons: I must preface thes by saying that all software related cons are with the stock android ROM. If you are willing to switch it over to Cyanogenmod, they become moot. Software: - Bluetooth audio stutters when memory low - Asus branded apps are of little use and ask to be rated - Low speaker volume Hardware: - Soft plastic damages easily (be sure to get a good case)

Overall Review: I purchased this phone for 4 main reasons: not carrier branded, replaceable battery, microSD card slot, price. Sadly corporatitis has kept Asus from releasing this phone's full potential. They keep a slew of Asus branded apps which are of little use. The only useful apps were the Camera and the "Autostart Manager" which enable blocking various apps from starting themselves. However, Asus released a tool to unlock the bootloader, which made installing Cyanogenmod extremely easy. Since installing CM13, a bunch of issues have been fixed, and it's been the smoothest most consistent experience I've had with any smartphone handset. Though that's not saying much as I it's only my 3rd smartphone (try to hold onto each as long as I can) Thankfully, Asus puts this phone's Camera app on the Play Store, so that you can still make use of the laser focus feature. That wasn't a selling point for me, but it turns out to be very useful when trying to get a quick snapshot without a tripod. I highly recommend this phone if you don't have qualms about installing a custom ROM. My only caution would be to get a good case since the plastic shell is soft and takes dents very easy. But with a good case, it has survived several drops quite well. I give it 5 stars with CM13. If that weren't an option it would still get 4 stars.

Addendum to my previewous review

KDS K-24MDWB Black 24" 2ms(GtoG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support 400 cd/m2 900:1 Built in Speakers
KDS K-24MDWB Black 24" 2ms(GtoG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support 400 cd/m2 900:1 Built in Speakers

Pros: see previous review by me

Cons: see previous review by me

Overall Review: Forgot to mention that even though it can't sync to 1920x1080 on the VGA inputs it can display 1920x1200 just fine when sent over the VGA inputs.

Great...but....

KDS K-24MDWB Black 24" 2ms(GtoG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support 400 cd/m2 900:1 Built in Speakers
KDS K-24MDWB Black 24" 2ms(GtoG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support 400 cd/m2 900:1 Built in Speakers

Pros: Great image. No Ghosting what so ever. Works well

Cons: on the Digital (DVI) input, it scales 1920x1080 (a.k.a. 1080p) upto 1920x1200. It scales it so that it will fill the screen. This stretches images and does not look good. When using it with my PS3 (this applies to the XBox 360 as well) and sending 1080p the images will be stretched because of this. it CANNOT sync to 1920x1080 on either of the analog (VGA) inputs. It will automatically display at 1680x1050 and crop off the parts of the image that go beyond the bounds of 1680x1050. Sadly this makes it so that HDFury cannot be used on the analog inputs when outputting 1080p from an HDMI source

Overall Review: Small amount of backlight bleeding. But, trust me, you are not going to notice it except when displaying dark images. Such as when playing F.E.A.R., the stuff at the top of the screen will have the LCD effect noticed when looking at an older LCD at about 30 degrees off of optimum viewing angle. I'd have preferred a different method of switching between inputs. I'd have preferred a one button input switch, but instead you have to navigate a menu...takes about 5 seconds...but still i'd reather have a single button dedicated to changing the input. Not a con, just a personal preferrence