Date Joined: 09/12/07
Pros: I bid farewell to the soft whirring and clicking of the 5400RPM HDD in my aging ASUS ROG laptop and installed this SSD. I performed a clean Windows 10 install without issue. The boost to load times is phenomenal, and the newfound silence is only mildly offputting. The SK Hynix disk utility is awesome! Very clean interface with useful info and tools.
Cons: My only complaint is that it was not recognized by my external enclosure, so I was unable to use the data migration tool, but seeing as it is a 5 year old enclosure I got for $30 I can't entirely blame the SSD.
Overall Review: The packaging for this SSD was actually quite attractive. I felt like I was opening a jewelry box or something.
Pros: -Nice looking display
-Long battery life (for me)
Cons: -Recessed mini-USB port is difficult to access
-Build quality leaves something to be desired
-Low quality cameras (but you know that because you read the specs, right?)
Overall Review: This runs everything in the app store. That stylus is easy to use--not quite as easy as EVGA shows in their videos, but certainly not difficult. I use it often at work for making diagrams and sketches. I love having the ability to take a picture of a piece of equipment, import it into the Write program, and take notes all over it, all in the space of a few minutes without being near a computer. I bought it at $200 about six months ago and still think it's worth that now. For $150 I don't think you can beat it!
Pros: Great performance for a mid-range card; overclocks well; relatively small
Cons: Not the most efficient cooling, so I have to crank the fan up to keep it cool and that can get loud
Overall Review: Use MSI Afterburner to set up fan speed settings and overclocking profiles.
Pros: It works fine; it was the cheapest 4GB set at the time; Mushkin makes good RAM.
Cons: No sticker :(
Overall Review: Used with ASUS M5A97 EVO
Pros: UEFI BIOS is very user-friendly; 6+2 power phase design gives nice stable power for overclocking; support for AM3+; full ATX size means you don't feel like you're cramming components too close together; seems to be good cooling on the board itself
Cons: Using the Auto System Level Up feature consistently fails; I/O shield does not fit properly; the orientation of the CPU socket is such that a wide CPU heatsink will block the nearest RAM socket. This is an inconvenience only if you are using all four RAM slots, since the blocked slot is used for the second set of DIMMs.
Overall Review: While a good board, it doesn't offer much over a lower-priced 800 series board with AM3+ support. For a budget build, I would instead go with an 870 or 880G board with AM3+ support. With a little more cash on hand, I'd hands-down go for a 990X.
Pros: Modular cables make for a tidier case; PSU fan puts out a good amount of airflow; plenty of options for connection types; Antec has a good reputation with PSUs.
Cons: It's more expensive than an unbranded/no-name brand PSU.
Overall Review: I bought this to replace a stock PSU as part of an upgrade to a six year old computer. It's quiet, it adds to case airflow, and it puts out nice clean power.
Pros: Very comfortable, easy to clean, good quality for the price, wired (I HATE replacing batteries!), saves space
Cons: Relatively low sensitivity can make precision work frustrating, lacks extra function buttons
Overall Review: I use this mouse for everyday tasks and games that don't require a high level of sensitivity. When I want to do delicate photo editing or play FPS games I simply switch back to a traditional mouse.
It's great if you get wrist pain from using a normal mouse.
Pros: It's 750W of filtered power, at least 80% efficient, with a single 62A 12V rail, which they say is a good thing. Must be true. I could fill my case with hard drive and still have connectors (and power) left over. Good to Crossfire anything but two 4870X2s, but you know that.
Cons: Not modular; I bumped my 4/3 hard drive cage up one slot from the bottom and shoved all my unused cables underneath it =/ Not the neatest solution, but it keeps them out of the way.
Overall Review: I paid more for this quality PSU knowing that it will last me not only for this build, but for at least one more major overhaul to come. And if it doesn't, Corsair will replace it. Everybody wins.
Pros: It was ten dollars AR, need I say more? OK then, tight timings, nice looking heat spreaders (not sure how they perform, but no problems yet!), very easy to configure, and you get Corsair's lifetime warranty on RAM.
Cons: I really can't complain, IT WAS TEN DOLLARS. I guess the rebate is smaller now?
Overall Review: I wanted 4GB and was just about to pick up a 2x2GB set of DDR1066 for around $40 when I saw this. Too good to pass up. Just click 'Add to Cart', print out the rebate, checkout, and move along...
Set it manually to 4-4-4-12, 800MHz, and 2.1V in the BIOS of my Asus P5Q Pro and it ran without a hitch.
Pros: Crazy fast, on par with the 10K Raptor drives. Great price for the storage you get.
Cons: None to speak of
Overall Review: It IS OEM, so make sure you've got a SATA cable handy.
This thing is great and I can say with absolute certainty that I will be ordering another at some point.
Pros: Keeps my old 65nm CPU at 25C idle, 40C load. Very nice price.
Cons: Taller than it looks, but if you have any decent mid-ATX case you'll be fine.
Overall Review: I did my research on this, and it was hands-down the best cost-performance product and one of the best performers period! The fan is quiet even at max RPM. I have it on an E6750 and it's doing its job nicely. I will definitely be recommending this and using it another build.
Pros: Great sound, SO much better than the cheap department store headphones I've always used. Comfortable fit, except...
Cons: They make my ears itch. Might be something on/in the pads. I won't be concerned until I get a serious allergic reaction and end up in the emergency room.
Overall Review: I bought these instead of buying speakers for a new computer. I am coming off a $20 generic USB headset I used on my laptop and some $70 Logitech speakers on my old desktop, and these put them both to shame. I really can hear the difference, and I say this as someone who openly mocks audiophiles because they're easily provoked. For $25 you can't go wrong.
Pros: These fans are cheap like dirt, but they work like any other fan. They are quiet and they move enough air for me. The tails are long enough to reach the 3 pin connectors on my motherboard, so I have no complaints. No distracting, hideous LEDs. I replaced one of the stock fans in my case because of this.
Overall Review: Most people don't *need* four fans in a case, but it never hurts to have an extra or two.
Pros: Solid construction; bottom-mounted PSU; included 4/3 hard drive cage; toolless design; only $50; simple (professional?) design, not covered with LEDs and windows
Cons: Excessive number of fan grates; the uppermost cable "hole" on the motherboard tray is partially blocked, nothing larger than a SATA connector fits through (i.e. you can't slip the 8-pin CPU power plug around back, it has to go over or around the motherboard)
Overall Review: If LEDs bother you like they do me, you can swap the cage fan and rear fan. Problem solved for $0!
Before slapping a fan to every grate read up on case airflow; you'll find that more doesn't always equal better.
Pros: Excellent sound. Excellent battery life. Touchscreen makes navigating easy (as long as you have time to look at it!). Supports SDHC cards, up to the current max of 32GB. Very easy to skin, and many nice, user-created skins exist online. Supports drag and drop file management (very convenient) without the need for any extra programs or firmware modifications. Extensive support for this player is available in the forums of the iAudiophile fansite--most users post problems/solutions there instead of on Cowon's forums. Cowon Tech Support is top notch. And of course it's a flash player, so if it falls off a table edge while playing it's no big deal.
Cons: The touchscreen can be extremely inconvenient. If you are in the car or on a run, it's probably best to just set it to shuffle. The current D2 firmware allows for "only" 4,000 individual files. POOR playlist support.
Overall Review: The available storage space is more than enough for a casual user, and the capacity can be increased using SD cards for those of us with larger libraries. The file limit of 4,000 makes a 16GB card most practical for music.
If you don't want a touchscreen player, but still want insane battery life and great sound, consider the iAudio 7, also from Cowon (and available on newegg :))
The battery and USB port on my D2 were ruined a few weeks after I bought it due to a faulty USB port on a computer (oops). I emailed Cowon, and three weeks later I had shipped my D2 in and received a brand new one from Cowon. Very responsive tech support, much better than most experiences I've had!
Pros: No more fuzzy edges!
Cons: It's only an 8 foot cable.
Overall Review: Don't bother looking any further.
Pros: Cheap, long, seems to be a high quality product.
Cons: It won't impress girls?
Overall Review: I hooked these up to a DVD player only to find out that it outputs at 420i, so I'm probably not even appreciating these as much as I should be.
Pros: It's fast. Software load times, scan times, boot times are all noticeably shorter than they were with a 5400RPM hdd.
Cons: It's noisier than I'm used to, and of course I hate paying more for tiny laptop parts :)
Overall Review: I don't know if it is normal or not for a laptop hard drive to get hot, but my last one would do that. So far this one hasn't, and I hope it stays that way.
Nothing but praise for fast Newegg shipping, as always.