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BRYAN B.

BRYAN B.

Joined on 09/10/07

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Most Favorable Review

Good Monitor

Hanns·G JW-197DPB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1(DCR 2400:1) Built in Speakers
Hanns·G JW-197DPB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1(DCR 2400:1) Built in Speakers

Pros: Very high quality monitor for the price. You really cannot find any monitors this size for this cheap anywhere else. Crisp picture, great movies and games, etc.

Cons: The only problem that I have with these monitors is the fact that you have to go through the menu and go to inputs and select the input that you want. There is no way to just single button switch inputs, which is irritating to me because i have these things hooked up to my computer and my Xbox 360.

Overall Review: I have three of these floating around my house. One is on my desk running to my computer and Xbox 360. One is in my brother's room running to his computer. The last one is in the study running to my father's computer. All three of them got here in 3-4 days thanks to Newegg. I paid $170 for mine about a year and a half ago, and the price has just kept dropping since then. These are great monitors for the price.

Most Critical Review

Was expecting more

Creative Sound Blaster Zx 116dB PCIe Gaming Sound Card with 600 ohm Headphone Amp and Desktop Audio Control Module
Creative Sound Blaster Zx 116dB PCIe Gaming Sound Card with 600 ohm Headphone Amp and Desktop Audio Control Module

Pros: There is a noticeable improvement in sound quality over the on-board sound on my motherboard.

Cons: The software seems very under-developed. If you watched the interview with the Creative rep on the NeweggTV channel, they made it out to sound like a lot more than it actually is. There is a bug with multi-monitor setups where the sound starts only coming out of one speaker when you drag a sound-producing window from one monitor to another. Toggling from Headphones to Speakers and back (or vica versa) fixes it, but its still very annoying. The sound quality isn't nearly as good as my old ASUS Xonar card. The red LED on the card is BRIGHT and you can't turn it off.

Overall Review: It's not a bad card, but it is not all that they made it out to be either. At this price point on such a new card I was expecting improvements over my old sound card, but I haven't found any.

Beast of a card

EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 02G-P4-3660-KR
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 02G-P4-3660-KR

Pros: Same GPU chip as the flagship 680 for half the price Runs all of my games at the highest settings in 1080p at 100+ fps while still supporting two additional displays.

Cons: Not really sure why DisplayPort is on these cards (not EVGA's fault, Nvidia made the change). Made me get an adapter to use.

Overall Review: Bought one of these to replace my pair of XFX 9600 GSOs. It amazes me how far graphics cards have come in the last three and a half years. Back then there just weren't any cards that supported more than two displays at a time, now they all do. In terms of processors, this card has six times more than both of my old cards put together. I have this thing powering: 2x 19" Hanns G at 1440x900 1x 27" AOC at 1920x1080 1x 37" Toshiba Television at 1920x1080

Great budget 27"

AOC e2752Vh 27" 1920 x 1080 60 Hz D-Sub, DVI, HDMI Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
AOC e2752Vh 27" 1920 x 1080 60 Hz D-Sub, DVI, HDMI Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Pros: Very bright display (configurable) Gorgeous and realistic color depth Lots of screen real estate for your money

Cons: The stand is a flimsy piece of plastic. I know this is commonplace on large, cheap monitors, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. The buttons are stiff and make an annoying clicking noise when depressed. To give an example of how flimsy the stand is, hitting any of the buttons causes the display to sway back and forth profusely.

Overall Review: My first 1080p monitor and I am pretty happy with it. I will probably get a separate stand for this monitor because it sways back and forth every time I barely move my desk.

Best router I have ever bought

ASUS RT-N56U Wireless Router Dual Band N600 Multimedia Ultra Slim Gigabit 802.11a/b/g/n support USB Storage, Print and Media Server
ASUS RT-N56U Wireless Router Dual Band N600 Multimedia Ultra Slim Gigabit 802.11a/b/g/n support USB Storage, Print and Media Server

Pros: These routers are fantastic. The software is incredibly powerful and feature filled (make sure you update to the latest firmware when you get it). It's still not as strong as DD-WRT, but it's leaps and bounds ahead of Linksys, Netgear, and Buffalo software that I have used. It would take three reviews worth of words just to list all of the features of this router. I have my Samsung laser printer and a 500GB WD hard drive plugged into the USB ports. Its really easy to set them up to be shared on the network without having to fool with Windows annoying Homeshare software. I also use the built in VPN and DDNS to host a Minecraft server for my friends. You can list all devices connected to the router, which is great for finding wifi pirates. You can assign static IP addresses based on MAC addresses in the DHCP server settigns (useful for servers). The list goes on and on. Having owned half a dozen cheaper routers from other brands over the last 8 years, I had grown used to having to reset and power cycle routers. I had to get used to not having to with this router. ASUS customer support is fantastic, though the support website is hard to navigate. 8 months into owning this router two of the four ethernet ports on the router stopped working. My guess is because they are dangling from the router which is mounted on the wall. ASUS replaced it with a brand new router and overnighted the replacement back to me.

Cons: If you are trying to set this up as an access point it is quite a pain to get all of the settings right, though I can really only recommend making this your primary router because of how powerful it is.

Great Drives

OCZ Agility 4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT4-25SAT3-128G
OCZ Agility 4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT4-25SAT3-128G

Pros: These drives are very fast, SSDs are great. Neither of mine have given me any trouble.

Cons: The retail price is more than double what I paid for them ;)

Overall Review: I lucked out and grabbed a pair of these on shell shocker for $57 a piece. Was going to put one in my laptop but decided to just leave it in my desktop. Use one for booting W7 and school/work related programs, the other for games. Neither have given me any trouble at all.