Date Joined: 11/22/05
Pros: The BIOS is amazing. Perfect interface, and infinite optionality.
Cons: Default settings for memory are too slow. Or perhaps the motherboard does not pick up that the memory modules require a higher voltage. My Corsair memory did not wake up from standby due to insufficient voltage to the modules. Needed to look it up and raise the voltage manually. I have CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2Z3600C18
Overall Review: This is my 6th mobo from Asus, in 26 years. Used other brands twice, and always came back to Asus. Great support, generally excellent out-of-the-box performance.
Pros: Extremely fast, and stays cool under pressure.
Comes with an RGB fan! Honestly not something I was looking for, but man is it cool.
Overall Review: Fantastic processor. At this price point, the processing power is astounding, and the power consumption is shockingly low.
Pros: Really great style. Photos don't do it justice, but these are really nice-looking speakers. They also sound really good, and despite their relatively low power rating, produce nice, realistic base.
Cons: Would be nice if it were possible to designate which speaker is left and which is right. The main power cable comes out of the right speaker, which also has the volume knob. Since my computer is on the left side of the desk, the audio and power cables have to cross all the way to the left, connect to the computer, and then the left speaker connects to the right. But of course this is an issue with all speakers that connect this way. Like I said - it just would be nice...
Overall Review: Terrific value.
Pros: Energy efficient. Lots of capacity for the buck when it was purchased over 5 years ago.
Cons: Slowwwwwwwwww. This drive slows down my whole computer. Tremendously. Its energy-saving function means the thing shuts down whenever it feels like it. When I open a directory placed on the drive, I can actually hear a "click" when the drive comes on, then wait until it actually pulls the data up. It may take over a minute just for the directory contents to appear.
Overall Review: I'll never buy a Samsung drive again. The low price made me try a brand I didn't know for hard drives, and I was proven that when it comes to computer hardware, brand names do matter. Solid-state drive - sure, Samsung is there, but don't get anything that spins from these guys.
Pros: Great price, great performance, fast shipping
Pros: Works splendidly with an ATI graphics card. Good picture, great HDTV quality even with over-the-airways broadcasts. The included antena is a great feature.
Cons: Refuses to work with my NVIDIA chipset video card. I have two computers, and the one with an ATI card has no trouble with this tuner. The one with NVIDIA will not work. The TV screen is just blank.
Overall Review: I should have just bought an ATI All-in-Wonder right off instead of messing around with an add-on tuner card. I really wanted the HDTV that doesn't come with the regular AIW. Next time, I'll read the reviews more carefully. Others have already mentioned incompatibility issues.
Pros: Quiet. Really made my whole system quieter. Also, unlike some other PSs, this one has a connector for the fan, so if your motherboard has a PS fan connector, you can hook it up and then the MB will control fan speed, reducing it when the temp allows, making this unit even quieter. It has lots of connectors for everything, including SLI video cards.
Cons: Just after I bought it the 550W unit went down in price. Oh well - it's still a good value.
Overall Review: The quality of this unit is outstanding. For the first time I didn't feel like the Power Supply was the piece of junk metal I put as an afterthought into my system.
Cons: shipping cost
Pros: No coasters. This is my second pack, as I was satisfied with the first.
Cons: Can't they make DL disks cheaper? This was relatively cheap, but still, almost $3 a pop.
Pros: The picture is just amazing! I don't know what the pixel pitch is on this monitor, but it's gotta be good, because all I see is pixels, and very little of the matrix. It's bright, the viewing angle is great, and the contrast is fantastic.
Cons: Yes, I know it's a widescreen, but it's still a bit pricey. Also, the resolution is a little unusual (for the time being - more monitors are coming out with 1050x1680), so it's hard to configure the video card.
Overall Review: If Viewsonic had a list of video cards on their site that support this monitor it would be nice. I had to download a special piece of software to force my card to produce the required resolution, and obtained it in analog mode only. Too bad - I am sure with DVI I would get an even better quality of picture than I have now.
Pros: Cheap, works great, and burns DL disks. I've used every media with this drive, and it burns it all. No compatibility problems.
Cons: Roxio)does not support this drive out-of-the-box. You have to go to their website to get the patch.
Overall Review: Perhaps it's a Roxio-only problem. Nero knew what to do with this drive from the beginning.
Pros: Moving the mouse from across the room and switching tranck on the Media Player - cool. Buttons can be reprogrammed, and new patches are coming out for other media software, so yuo're not just stuck using ATI programs.
Cons: Bulky. I got a Remote Wonder Plus for my other system with the AIW X1800XL, and it's half the weight, half the heft, and uses half the batteries. Also, the RF actually interfered with my Logitech Wireless Desktop. Lucky with the Logitech device you can switch frequencies. Most of all, it's old school. Why is NewEgg selling the "original", when it's fast becoming a collector's item. Where's the Remote Wonder Plus or II?
Overall Review: Perhaps I should have waited for the newer models to become available. This one looks out of date right out of the box.
Pros: Looks really nice. The outside finish is of high quality, it has vents and fans in all the right places (the airflow inside the case hits all the right spots), and there are more than enough power connectors for anything you could squeeze into this case.
Cons: There is functionally only one place you could mount a 3.5 HD - directly under the floppy (or in my case a flash media reader), which means poor heat discipation. The second mounting spot is vertical, near the edge of the case. I got 5.25 to 3.5 adaptor brackets, and have my HD under the DVD burner for extra airflow. Also, while all the fans provide lots of air, they are NOISY. I saw some people complain about the bright LED's. Honestly, if you're sleeping with this case in your room the noise would bother you much more than the lights. My case fits in nicely with the component stereo in the living room, so most of the day it's not noticable.
Overall Review: The proprietary power supply has its pluses and minuses. On the plus side it helps keep the profile of the case lower - not too low for most video cards, but low enough to shave off a half an inch or so. On the other hand it means you're stuck with it. I had a problem with the MB connector not fitting due to its large clip. Also, I would prefer to have the case fans with 3 pin power plugs (and perhaps optional adapters), so I could plug them into my MB. As it is, not even the PS fan is plugged into the MB, so I have no way of monitoring their performance.
Pros: Who can beat this deal? Free. Portable. Stamped with the AMD logo. This thing boots up in no time flat, the display is crisp, and the temerature dispaly is switchable between Farenheit and Celcius.
Cons: No backlight. A little heavy to be ultra-portable, and while it could be said to be laptop size, it certainly won't double as a pocket protector. The leather feels a little cheap.
Overall Review: It's free! Perfect for re-gifting. If it came in pink I'd give it for mother's day.
Pros: 2-in-1, and both the VCR and the DVD are fully-functional and fully-featured, so no compromise here.
Cons: A little big. Some of the combos these days have a profile almost half of this one. But then I guess they only have half of the features too.
Overall Review: It's a Toshiba, come on. For the price I paid I wouldn't even consider buying any other brand. As always shipping was right on.
Pros: It is very functional, with the LPT and USB ports you could theoratically control 3 printers wirelessly.
Cons: Did not work with my KonicaMinolta magicolor 2400W. Believe me, I tried.
Pros: This printer does a fantastic job printing in color and b/w. It's fast and efficient, and not all that hard to install.
Cons: Makes clunky noises when setting up to print. Then, when printing, the noises stop. Big minus: this printer cannot be networked with a print server. I had an Epson Stylus Photo 960 shared, then added this printer. Tried to work out the bugs for hours, even called D-Link. Still, no matter what I did, the printer would always show up as off-line. I'm still waiting for Minolta to get back to me.