Date Joined: 05/31/05
Overall Review: Thought it would be a gamble and not sure what I’d be receiving, but it isn’t a cheep Chinese rip off. Obviously the pictures online make it look more vibrant, but its not horribly different. The mat is about 1/3 thickness of the hyperX one. Over all, manage expectations and you will be happy.
Pros: Cams are very small and made of metal, I expected plastic and was pleasantly surprised
Super simple to set up.
The App is great and has more functionality than expected.
Night vision works great
Cons: As the sun moves and casts shadows, there are limits on the system's ability to self-adjust to the change in brightness. So you can have half the screen look normal, but the other half very very dark.
To counter the potential issues with dynamic lighting, I made sure to have a little redundancy so that other cameras can cover from opposite angles . I was not planning on using all 8 cameras, but after adjusting for this, I ended up using them all.
"Only" 2TB support. I would think it would be simple to have a firmware update to support 6tb. I have heard of people putting in more than 2tb, but I will not buy a new drive until I talk to their tech support to ensure I'm not wasting $
Overall Review: Cabling included is not as crummy as I expected. Its thin, but then again, it does not have all the wires in it that networking cable has.
The cable wrap is what makes them feel so cheep and, granted, they are cheep, but after running the lines through stucco and throughout the attic space, I've yet to experience a problem.
If you take the time to run the lines properly and not just yank them through a rough hole when rushing the project, everything should be fine.
Pros: -Better than Cans of Air
-You find MANY different uses for this b/c of how powerful it is.
-I.E. Blowing out the lint from dryer ducts, Junk outta the BBQ... Whatever needs blowin.
-Various attachments included
Cons: -Yeah it's kinda loud, just don't use it when your kid is asleep.
Overall Review: -If you are blowing off your keyboard, make sue your desk is cleaned off or else you blow all your pens, papers, cats, phones, etc. off your desk.
Pros: The adjustments you can make (physically) are really nice.
Never thought the delay of my old wireless Logitech mx mouse was bad, but after using this thing, there is a huge improvement in the responsiveness when playing FPS
Cons: Same issue that a lot of people have with connectivity.
A) you have to remember to flip the switch on the mouse to OFF when you change the battery or the connection is done untill u unplug from tower.
B) When the computer goes into sleep mode, sometimes when it wakes up, you have to unplug and replug in the base.
not a huge deal, but worth an egg for a 150$ mouse
Overall Review: worthy upgrade if you have the $
I don't have a complaint with the battery life many people talk bad on. It really not all that bad since it comes w/ an extra battery.
Pros: Much faster than the first gen intel SSD it replaced
After running the Samsung software, was able to get the advertised speeds for the most part.
The Samsung Software is nifty and has nice go/no go indicators for anyone unsure if their achi mode is on, if your plugged into a 6 bg/s port, and if your os is using the drive correctly.
Cons: See "Other Thoughts" as I don't exactly see it as a con.
Overall Review: At first, the speeds i was getting from HDTune's tests were not as impressive as I expected. About 280 read/write
I had to play with the provided Samsung "magician" software to see what was going on. I had to enable their "RAPID Mode" to get increased functionality. It was just a simple c lick of a button, no install or anything, and it worked.
Pros: I have Comcast and I have not had a single problem yet.
Cons: none really.
Overall Review: I was skeptical about spending 100$ to upgrade from my 4 year old moto modem. The jump from DOCSIS 2.0-3.0 is surprising. I pay for the 50mb from Comcast and when I would use netflix/hulu on 2 TV's and surf at the same time I could notice a drop in quality and lag. After I upgraded, I have no issues streaming to 3+ devises and surfing.
Also, It helps a heck of a lot to have a very good router. I user that nighthawk net gear one and I love it.
Pros: I've got the thing on my MB as a cache drive and I actually feel it was worth the $80 or whatever for it.
Simple to set up
Cons: I couldn't justify to my wife why I spent money on this
Overall Review: was completely an impulse buy to see if I could make my raid drive with my games and media on it more responsive and I think it was a good choice.
Pros: straight forward use, nothing too tricky about it.
Good PC software to program it with
Looks nice, it isnt bulky or ugly to have sitting out
Cons: My ONLY real beef I have with it, and maybe there is a solution for it, but if someone turns on or off the TV not using the remote, you have to cover the IR on the remote and turn the remote to match the status of the TV.
EX if the remote thing your system is off but someone turned the TV on by hand, you have to hit the "watch TV' or whatever button to turn the remote to that setting, but if you dont cover the IR port, it will turn the TV off, ect...
It hasn't been annoying enough to google or figure out if there was a solution, so I wont dock an egg for me being lazy.
Pros: works great.
worked just fin in all my "smart" TV's and wireless router.
Pros: One of the few things I have taken a chance on with being refurbished and I am pleased. Works as advertised.
I even spilled a ton of milk on it then used some alcohol to try and clean it up and after a day or 2 of drying it still worked just fine
Cons: none really, one possible "con" would be that if you dont know already, it has 2 USB plugs to your PC, so if you are strapped for USBs on your tower, get a hub or something.
Overall Review: I have had very good luck with Logitech keyboards. I had one of their G14/15 i forget which. It had a fancy LCD screen and it lasted for 8 years. I even took it apart to clean it after a bad soda spill and worked fine for another year until the backlighting started flickering.
Pros: Its exactly what I expected. Inexpensive and simple tester.
Accurate as far as I can tell
Cons: None yet.
Pros: This is an inexpensive way to make a 60" TV amazing.
Bar and Wireless Sub is more than powerful enough to fill a large room with rich sound.
Matches my 60" Sharp Aquos Perfectly, even down to the trim.
Cons: I have not mounted both TV or Bar. So as it sits, the sound bar blocks the IR receiver of the TV. I'd like to see Sharp's "Aquos Link" system be able to use the IR from the Bar in case the IR of the TV is blocked by the BAr.
This will all be fixed once they are mounted though
Pros: Pluged and Played without a problem
Cons: Heat syncs are a bit taller than I thought. The corsair ram cooler doesnt fit perfectly over them.
Pros: BIOS Features are great.
Having 2 sets of SATA ports on different controalers is amazing. You can simply have one set to ACHI for your SSD Boot and then another Controaler for RAID set up.
Pros: -It can produce a nice range of different with the RGB LEDs on it.
-Easy to use/install
Pros: -Paired up with Creative Gigawoks speakers and Its a huge upgrade from the old Sound Blaster card I was using
-Worked immediately with the drivers from their site with zero problems
Cons: none yet
Pros: -OC to 4.5 is as easy as breathing.
-My 3.9ghz OC'd i5-750 was starting to be the bottleneck in my system and the 3570k relieves that.
-Runs cool @ ~25c with Corsair H90 Water cooler no load and stock spped full load = ~38-42c OC to 4.5 full load ~68-74c.
Cons: -230$ to upgrade from a i5-750 is a lot of $ for a "ok" performance jump (atleast for the current games out) I'm sure this helps future proof my system for a few years now.
Pros: Replaced an aging Logitech 2.1 system with these are I do not miss the Sub what-so-ever.
-Fisrt, These look VERY nice in person.
-They are Tall, didn't look at the demensions before I bought them, but the Mid Tweet Mid set up in combo with the height envelope you in the sound in contrast to short speakers that don't give you a good depth of sound.
-As Stated above, the depth of sound is great. I played a few min of Bioshock Infinite on these, and there is a clear differance in these v/s a 50-60$ 2.1 system.
-Pair up with a decent sound card and you will finnally understand why you got the card in the first place...
Cons: - I'd like to have seen"sub" on the top of these speakers on the face (if you were to add 4 inched to the already tall speakers...) The Bass from the ports on the top really give some kick if you aim it at you. Since they are pointed upward, though, you only hear 50% of what its pushing out. I'm not a big Bass person myself, but if those sup ports were pointed at the user, it would dramatically increase the versitility of these speakers.
But I'm no engeneer and I'm sure the are pointed upward for a reason.
Overall Review: I'm not an Audiophile by a long shot, but I say that these speakers are worth the 130$ I paid!
Pros: -Could not have been easier to install
-Easy to add a 2nd 140mm fan to opposite side
-Fits perfectly in my C70 Corsair case (only occupies one 140mm slot)
-Very quiet even with a second fan added
Cons: None yet
Overall Review: Its a little heavy for using those rubber grommets in oversized holes for mounting. Almost feels like the raidator will pull its self out of the mount, but I don't think it will....
Pros: -Very fine metal mesh
Cons: -If you have some good silent fans, the air passing through the filters can make the "Wooshing" air sound louder
Pros: -Very Quiet motor. The noise of the moving air through the filers is audible at 100%.
-Silent at 50% and Below
Cons: -Blades can really give ya a good finger smack if you mess with them while operating! =[
Overall Review: I currently run 4 of these and If I didn't use filters on all my fans then I would not hear a thing from the fans when they are > 50%
Pros: -Lots of room
-Many Fan options
-Latch system makes opening and closing easy
Cons: -The typical Olive Draft Green and Cammo Green or 100MPH Tape we use at work (U.S. Army) don't match up to the case if you are looking to continue the theme.
Pros: -Quieter than my 140mm Rosewill Case Cans
-Runs Newest games : Tomb Raider and Far Cry 3 at max settings (Only tried 1600x900) just fine.
Cons: The newest 7870's that have the Tahiti Cores are out now and from what I've read cant be crossfired with the "old" 7870's.
Pros: Fantastic screen. Bright and crisp. I have no complaints. Speakers are most likely bad, but I'm sure most people buying this already have a good pair of speakers.
Overall Review: this monitor at 129$ is a steal.