Date Joined: 07/26/08
Pros: This cable seems to carry network signals from one end to the other. Using this cable, a router can communicate successfully with a computer's network interface card. The red color is pretty.
The no-snag covers at the ends are effective for preventing damage to the plugs while the cable is handled or hauled through small openings.
Cons: A few days time were required for the coils to relax; very spring when new out of the bag.
Overall Review: This is a perfectly fine cable. I appreciate the choices of color, whether for decor or for organizing cabling.
Pros: I find the headset very comfortable; smooth-surface ear pads are better than foam for me.
The microphone boom works left side or right and its shape is adjustable to put it where you prefer alongside your face.
Controls on an inline gadget on the cord are handy: mute, volume, on/off.
Cons: None, so far.
Overall Review: I appreciated the easy installation: plug it in and it works. (On a Windows 7 Dell laptop docking station.)
Pros: Very light and compact--convenient to carry and use.
The display is sharp and has a wide range of brightness.
Minimal vendor-ware littering the system.
The adjustable-brightness (including off) back-lit keyboard is a good feature.
I think the sound is quite good for a laptop.
Cons: The keyboard is unwieldy for an experienced touch typist like me. Without the shaping that keys have had since about 1960 (ya think maybe they knew something about keyboard design?) there are minimal tactile cues to orient your fingers by feel. This results in lots of errors and mysterious unwanted jumps around the screen as keys like Page Up get nicked and send the cursor flying while in the middle of a sentence.
The plain, flat, rectangular keys so ubiquitous today are NOT a step forward in computer design. This shortcoming is the reason for not rating this fine, little machine with 4 or 5 eggs.
Overall Review: The klutzy keyboard caused me to spend about 40% more time writing this review than I would have on a keyboard with ergonomically shaped keys. Extreme thinness is not worth the reduction in usability.
Windows 8 seems harmless enough--it's been minimally inconvenient. Looking forward to using desktop mode by default in 8.1.
Pros: Good-looking display; inexpensive.
Cons: Died after 3 years, 8 months and 19 days of use.
Control buttons virtually impossible to see.
Overall Review: This monitor worked quite well for too short a time.
Pros: I found this very easy to work with, as my first build from a bare case. The sides and front come off in a straightforward way; no sharp edges; room to stow cables out of the way.
The bottom-mount power supply position seems logical to me.
Construction is sturdy. Fit and finish are excellent: all pieces fit together just right.
The filter for the front fan intakes looks promising for a cat-hair environmnent like I have.
Overall Review: This case is just right for moderate needs; probably not the case for a serious high-end gamer. I have an EVGA GTX 275 GPU (on an ASUS P7P55D) and it fits fine, but with about a centimeter of clearance from the drive bays. My two hard drives and optical drive fill it up pretty well. More components would make for challenging cable management.