Joined on 12/20/06
Pros: I upgraded from an older non-Vista compatible scanner. I love this new scanner, as it is fully Vista (32 and 64-bit) compatible. The software suite is basic but unobtrusive. The photo editing software is actually quite nice, comparable to Adobe Photoshop elements 2.0. The unit is nice and small, easily tucked into a drawer or behind a monitor, and there is no power cable (awesome). I don't scan a WHOLE lot, but the USB 1.1 speed wasn't that noticeable.
Cons: Boring looking. You have to dl the Vista drivers and software suite from Canon's website, as they are not on the included CD. They should be on there by now. The OCR software runs at system boot and runs in the background for some reason. I turned it off, but it used so little memory and cpu it wasn't a huge deal.
Overall Review: Great for a cheap basic scanner for docs and (in my case) art and some pictures. I could see this thing being great for someone who travels.
Get what you pay for, then divide by two.
Pros: It was cheap, on sale.
Cons: You apparently get what you pay for. Now, this was marked at 75% off when I purchased it. If I had paid full price, it would have been a ridiculous rip off. First, 2 day shipping took 4 days to arrive. Second, to call this a diamond necklace is stretching it. The stones are opaque. Now, I was not expecting much, but given the image on the front page, I was not expecting lumps of grey mush. Unacceptable and disappointing. Avoid Avoid Avoid
precisely what I was looking for
Pros: Inexpensive, extremely small and silent. Fast wifi card and a silly number of ports given the size (incl USB3, sd, USB2, hdmi, vga etc). Included disasembly tool is worth 10-20$ on its own. VESA mount. Versy sturdy construction and nice looking,
Cons: It's not fast. Let's be honest, it's an atom based machine. It won't be winning any speed contests. But for the price it is not a huge -. Directions-none. The manual is very odd. It gives a great breakdown of the bios and settings, but no directions interms of physical operation. Disassembly is a guessing game. For someone with less knowhow, this could be a real issue, especially for a barebones system. FINGERPRINT MAGNET
Overall Review: A cheap SSD can go a long way to accounting for the speed issues, but I am extremely happy so far.
Decent board for the basics
Pros: Easy to set up, BIOS update was very easy, very quick. SATA6 ports are at a right angle to board, which is great for cable management. Decent looking.
Cons: Poor placement of the CMOS battery (behind a graphics card and cooler). SATA3 ports not at a right angle to the board. First board was semi-DOA: The second slots of either channel were broken and would not accept a second stick of RAM. Board later (when I was replacing it) stopped posting. Asus tech support told me it was the ram, so I had to eat a ram-restocking fee to find it was the board. New board works fine. Only one case fan header.
Overall Review: Would easily be a 4-star rating if not for the cost of Asus's poor tech support that cost me the restocking fee plus shipping to return what they claimed was incompatible ram. My last several boards were all Asus, but the next will not be
Top end case, at a mid range price
Pros: Slick look, crazy amount of sound-deadening materials, HDD bays are tool-less removal and compatible with 2.5" drives with rubber gromits, decent cable management slots. Very quiet case. HUGE upgrade coming from an Antec 900.
Cons: Cable management slots have thes rubber gromits around their edges (good) but they come off WAY too easily. A dab super glue should fix it.
Overall Review: The power supply area has the option of facing the PSU fan DOWN through a grill to the case underneath area, BUT, if you are on carpet, the feet are too short to provide enough clearance. FOr he price, It would have been nice if they included some carpet spikes as some silverstone cases do.