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Jason B.

Jason B.

Joined on 03/01/08

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Most Favorable Review

Amazing

MITSUBISHI HC1500 1280 x 720 DLP 720p Home Theater Projector 1600 ANSI Lumens 2500:1
MITSUBISHI HC1500 1280 x 720 DLP 720p Home Theater Projector 1600 ANSI Lumens 2500:1

Pros: Great brightness, anything close to dark and the picture is clear. All the connectors you could possibly want plus a USB connector (I didn't know about it until I got it and I don't think it's listed in the description here) which will be nice for controlling the projector from my PC. Contrast is just gorgeous and 720p is stunning.

Cons: Nothing that isn't part of the beast. Obviously a well lit room will make it difficult to see the projector, although this guy tries hard to overcome even that. My personal placement will make it difficult to take advantage of the USB connector (5 meter range on USB 2.0), not the projectors fault. I'd say the biggest pain is that the lens cap was a pain to pull off.

Overall Review: For the price you can't beat this projector. It offers 720p, which isn't 1080, but Blue ray still hasn't caught on to the point where I would pay the extra $2k for a 1080 projector. It does seem to want a floor or ceiling mount just by how the projector sits. I'm mounting on the ceiling so I've not played with trying to make it throw a counter based picture. I can't say how well Windows can control the projector with the USB connector as I'm using Linux, but no problems yet. Oh, and the lens cap pulls straight off, doesn't screw on or anything. I couldn't find that in the manual and was afraid to break it :)

Most Critical Review

Great Design, Poor workmanship

APEVIA Black / Silver SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-AL/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
APEVIA Black / Silver SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-AL/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Very nice design. Looks are nice and the finish on the case is attractive. Very thrifty use of space in the case, impressive layout for a ATX design.

Cons: Apevia has issues getting their hands on good power supplies apparently. This my 3rd Apevia case in the last 2 months and the power supplies are just dreadful. It's not worth returning because I honestly don't want another one from them (not to mention the inconvenience). This last PSU I took apart and I'm astounded at what I saw. It's apparent they have a talented designer, but the whoever assembled it did a horrid job. There is solder literally everywhere. Short circuits that just had to of destroyed the few IC's and probably most of the transistors in the circuit. Even if you manage to get a working condition PSU, I can attest that Apevia's PSU's are not up to handling a modern setup reliably. I don't risk it with the stock PSU's anymore, it just leads to extrememly hard to track problems. While they are thrifty is space usage and the PSU placement is interesting, it is way too difficult to get the front cover off of this case. Which is necessary to get to the PSU screws.

Overall Review: I wish they would have left the PSU out of the deal, taken $20 off the price of the case and thought the front cover removal process through a little more. It's a nice case otherwise with no foreseeable ventilation issues (unless you're just packing the case full). My suggestion would be to pass up the junk PSU and order another one.

It scares me a little

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDCR240GB
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDCR240GB

Pros: Started off very fast. I never really did a benchmark with the system it's currently in, but on the SATA II it started off in it did fantastic (now it's in a SATA III system).

Cons: I understand these drives slow down a little after a period of use and this one certainly has. I'd still call it worth while if this was the only problem. The drive has also gotten a little unreliable. I'm still using it but it has given some BSOD's and gotten flaky at times. All of my important data stays sync'd on a Google Drive account, so I'm prepared for a crash but it luckily hasn't yet. I'll be surprised if it makes it a year (it's been 4 months so far since I bought it).

Overall Review: This is the lowest rating I've given a product. (that I can remember) If you read enough reviews you'll see that SSD drives seem to be prone to issues like this. I knew it going into it and suspect that if you get a SSD that lasts for a year you're doing pretty ok. Maybe a higher priced unit would be better assembled, I don't know, but I'll probably try that route when this one dies for good. Just make sure you have a really good backup solution!

I love it

RAZER Mamba Black 7 Buttons USB Laser Gaming Mouse - Dual Mode Wired/Wireless Functionality
RAZER Mamba Black 7 Buttons USB Laser Gaming Mouse - Dual Mode Wired/Wireless Functionality

Pros: I bought this mouse Feb 2011 and I have loved it. I originally bought it thinking I just HAD to have the wireless feature, but the optic cable is really light and within the last 6 months I've switched back to using it with the cable. It has been a dream to use in gaming and just everyday computing. That being said, the wireless really was incredibly responsive. I'm not sure I can tell what 1ms vs 10ms is, but I've not had any problems using the wireless.

Cons: Within the last month or so my laptop has started to have trouble initially discovering the mouse. I usually plug and unplug the mouse and it finds it again. I'm not going to ding the rating because it's probably my fault for throwing the mouse and cable in a bag and toting it off to work everyday. I'm thinking the constant pressure on the cable is just too much for the optic cable (maybe I'll try to get another cable from them).

Overall Review: I've been looking at getting a second mouse and Razer is definitely high on my list of choices. I won't be getting the wireless this time around because it really isn't necessary for my situation.

Stable board

Intel BOXDQ45CB LGA 775 Intel Q45 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel BOXDQ45CB LGA 775 Intel Q45 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This mobo has been running without issues for almost 2 years now. I've always had great experiences with Intel's motherboards.

Cons: None that I know of.

Overall Review: The systems I built with Intel boards are usually for business use, so I can't comment on any oc'ing or game performance on them. But if you're looking for a stable system that will run great for years to come, I'd definitely recommend Intel, and specifically, this mobo.