Joined on 10/05/05
Pros: Bright, clear, adjustable picture. Light, yet well made - not flimsy. Excellent color performance. Lots of input options, usb feature, and optical audio out. Great name brand, so buy with confidence.
Cons: As with all LCD's (CFL or LED backlit) blacks are not deep, deep, black as with a plasma or $15K projector. In a dark room, with dark or black letterbox content, you can see a little bleed-through around the edges, but I have never seen an LCD that didn't have this universal flaw - it's characteristic of the technology. As others have said, the pre-loaded "energy-saver" mode is best left off. Heck, the set only draws 80 watts or so as it is - not sure why it was necessary to design this feature into the product. I had very good results by using the picture adjustment wizard, yet I did end up using it a second time because my blues were a little strong. Second round made a huge difference. There are many variables in this "advanced" tweaking mode, so be careful to not fall into the infinite adjustment trap.
Overall Review: The TV is a huge bang for the buck. I am still pinching myself after getting this on a weekend 72hr guerrilla deal here on the egg. I pounced, three days later I was mounting this puppy on my wall. To celebrate, I pulled out my blu-ray copy of Kubrick's 2001- I was in 1080P sci-fi heaven. This is a great deal - hard to find better quality for such a low price.
Pros: 1TB per platter. 64MB cache. Seagate name. Great deal.
Cons: Click of death 7-1/2 months into ownership. I have always appreciated Seagate's quality, but evidently I got a lemon, or their QC standards have spiraled downward like their competition. Major hassle to push an RMA through, and the Seagate website leaves something to be desired if you are looking to return one of their drives under warranty (eventually had to submit directly via email form). But alas, this is not my first rodeo. They will replace, and I will be listening ever so closely for the click of death with the replacement.
Overall Review: Before you chortle "you get what you pay for" think about the current HDD market, and think about how many users out there buy gargantuan-capacity drives. Spinners will be here for some time to come, and manufacturers owe it to their customers to produce some quality products. We're not talking about experimental science here.
Great NAS for Home Office
Pros: Durable and aesthetic enclosure, terrific interface, obvious quality. Lots of app options, streaming media player, etc.
Cons: Somewhat steep learning curve for novice network engineers
Overall Review: Worth the extra money, easy to set up, use, and maintain. Don't bother wasting more money on external drive enclosures that will fail. Buy this unit, buy a couple 8 or 10 TB drives, install and set up RAID 1 and you have a solid and reliable backup system, as well as the perfect network repository for streaming all of your audio and video.
Awesome Cooler - Socket 1150 Will Make you Grit Your Teeth
Pros: - Devils Canyon 4790 4.0 ghz never gets over 36 C with Far Cry 4 maxed out - Quiet
Cons: Installation is not for the squeamish, especially if the squeamish own a socket 1150 because the installation hardware backplate is not designed specifically for the 1150. The item is marketed as an 1150 solution, but there is no way to successfully install the backplate with out distorting the thing to the point of putting stress on the mobo (mine: asus Z97-A). The backup bracket is actually stamped on the holes for 775, 1156 and 1366 - but not 1150. That should be a clue to you if you own an 1150, you will likely have difficulty. On the topside, the bracket lines up OK since the holes are in rotating fittings that allow the hold-down screws to better approximate alignment with the 1150 hole pattern.
Overall Review: In spite of the terrible installation experience, I still love the cooler. It cools down a typically hot processor quietly and efficiently.
Proven ZyXEL Quality
Pros: USB 3.0, strong radio, compact for what it does, cool running. Excellent throughput for wireless - almost as good as hard wire.
Cons: Antenna is slightly flimsy. Needs powered USB 3.0, Windows-provided drivers may result in buggy performance, depending on mothertboard.
Overall Review: I bought one of these adapters for a permanent solution on an older MoBo Windows 7 media rig to stream content from my gigabit connection and Technicolor C2100T wireless router. After testing flawlessly on that machine, I went to buy another AC240/AC1200 and was overjoyed to see NewEgg had the item drastically reduced in price - so I bought three more. One of my Windows 10 boxes with an Asus ROG Maximus MoBo had issues with the drivers that auto-download from Windows Update - it would sometimes bluescreen, or sometimes disconnect randomly with those drivers installed. I downloaded the latest ZyXEL Windows 8 drivers from the support page of the ZyXEL website, and turned off Windows auto-install to prevent the microsoft-written drivers from loading during the ZyXEL installation process. The installer loaded the ZyXEL drivers, and all was well with that machine. I have no problems with any of my other Windows 10 or 7 boxes. In my case, using a dual-band router, I needed to select one or the other bands (standard or 5G) for connecting, otherwise I would get random drops. Windows 10 will try to connect to both, which I believe is possible, but my results were better when selecting just one of the bands (5G) and I get about 105 MB/s (approx 840 Mbps) average throughput when 20 feet from the router. For me, that is ample bandwidth, but I imagine tweaking config settings will likely yield more for purists. I should also mention that these adapters are power-hungry, and it is probably a good idea to ensure that the voltage provided to the USB port is sufficient to power the massive bandwidth the radio affords. In my case, I used PCI-E add-on USB 3.0 cards, which are powered by a 5v molex directly from the PS. This adapter is an excellent portable or permanent solution. For desktops, it is a good idea to put the unit in one of the back USB 3.0 ports as the typical front case ports will sometimes not have adequate power, or will at best be vulnerable to bumping or snagging since the adapter is so large. The little extension cable provided could be useful, but not needed in any of my cases. ZyXEL has never let me down after 10 years of using several of their other products. Strongly recommended.