Joined on 05/17/02
Worthy successor to my old NEC
Pros: - Works great in Windows 7 x64 right out of the box - W7 identified it as an iHAS424 - Bitsetting works for DVD+R/W so I set it to DVD-ROM. Bitsetting not available for DVD+R DL, but it already set to DVD-ROM so no worry. - built with quality, has its own power button - reads DVD very fast, it can spin very fast then adjusts itself to reduce vibration.
Cons: - Nero 8 Essentials is useless, doesn't include Nero Burning ROM, and the included Nero Recode etc are Trial version. Trust me, I have a registered copy of Nero 6 Ultra and it works great on W7, if you just ignore the Incompatibility Warnings. Just don't use the Nero 6 ShowTime as it will downgrade the W7 Color Mode to Basic every time you play a DVD with it.
Overall Review: My previous burner NEC 35xx has been so good (and still works) that finding a worthy successor is difficult. I researched thru all the Lite-On products and didn't like any that only power thru USB, or any slim models. IMO, a separate power supply produces better DVD/CD and last longer, and I don't care that this one is big. Oh, and just ignore the reviewer who gave this 1* for all the wrong reasons.
A good RF MCE remote, but not a universal remote
Pros: - replace your regular mouse - together with windows on-screen keyboard, this remote replaces both the physical keyboard and mouse, that means great for bedroom or lounging
Cons: - limited database, can't control my Rotel receiver or even JVC DVD player out of the box. - even for the simplest set up, this remote can't play the role of a universal remote, so I have my Harmony remote for that, then use the Gyration when I am in Media Center or just using the computer.
Overall Review: Mouse control is so intuitive and easy, I can just lie in bed and browse the internet, with no line of sight limitation. Now would be great if Harmony can combine the Harmony One with the Gyration into a killer remote and I would be blessed!
Works with Vista 32-bit
Pros: I've been looking for an audio card that 1) support Vista and 2) has digital out. I mainly use it for connecting to my home theater system to watch movies. I hate SB with their mini-jacks, adapters, and jumbled dongles, and want to go with M-Audio, but after getting tired of waiting for M-Audio to provide Vista support, I stumbled on this one and ordered right away. It has both Optical and Coaxial outputs, and even comes with an Optical cable (onkyo branded) so you can hook it up and try out right away. Very clean interface to your receiver, just 1 cable. The DD Live sounds nicely. Use the driver on their website.
Cons: The sound is beautiful when you listen to e.g. YouTube videos in a web browser. However in Vista Media Center at first it didn't work: a lot of crackling noises. I tried both DD Live and DTS, same problem. After switching back and forth among various setings, suddenly it works on DD Live, even though I swear it didn't work on the exact same settings before. Now I'm scared to even open up their configuration dialog.
Overall Review: Their last update to the driver was in Aug. If the driver doesn't work for you when used with Vista Media Center, try: uninstall/disable older drivers, rerun Media Center speaker setup.