Joined on 08/30/09
Pros: -The Screen: Fantastic screen, color is beautiful, the touch is responsive and very well designed. Also, the accelerometer within the device is very responsive. -Video: They look fantastic. My friend with an iphone was blown away at the quality Also useful that you can play them back on a TV @ 720p with an adapter. Accepts a few other formats other than .MP4 -Battery: Statistically and in reality, the battery outlasts the itouch. Wireless use up more battery, but not enough that you'll be running to a charger after a few hours. Haven't had a problem yet. Takes awhile for the initial charge however. -Radio -Apps (see cons) -Internet (see cons)
Cons: This device has 3 major drawbacks, however they can all be fixed with a little initiative from microsoft... -Software: I'm personally not a fan of the Zune software, probably because I'm coming from the world of Apple. Still, its not bad to use, so its not really a major drawback. -Apps: Says its app friendly, but its not really. There aren't many apps out there for the Zune. In time, I'm confident more will be released, but this category is seriously lacking -Internet: Doesn't play youtube videos. :( Still, its fully functional, so its still effective. A new software update would fix this problem
Overall Review: Overall, its a fantastic device. In a heads up competition against the itouch, I feel like this device would win. Apps may be a drawback to some, but it doesn't matter too much to me. When looking at a price/performance ratio, this thing kills the ipod. 16GB with all the features of the itouch for $20 LESS than the 8GB itouch3g? No contest. Definitely would recommend to anyone.
Pros: Solid ram, works as advertised. Actually, even better. Its rated for 1333 CL9, I have it running at 1333 7-7-7-23, along some ripjaws, and they play together nicely. These chips have some headroom!
Cons: Out of 3 sticks that I bought, one was faulty. Its computer hardware, it happens.
Overall Review: Would buy again if on a budget.
Radeon 5-series is ready
Pros: Sleek looking card, close to ATI reference design. The cooling on this card (despite looking like reference) is very good. After gaming, the fan lowers to its idle speed within 30 seconds, and temperatures drop as well. Handles games well. BFBC2, I run maxed @ 1600x900 with PH II x2 550 and standard RAM. Came very well packaged, and newegg delivered it promptly! Most importantly: NO DRIVER ISSUES!!! No CD came in the box, so I downloaded the latest version (10.6) from ATI. Haven't had one lock-up yet.
Cons: Fan can get loud. Its never really gotten above 50%, however if manually set above 60% it screams! Still, I knew this before purchase, so I can't complain. No Xfire bridge. C'mon XFX. Other than those two, I can't say anything bad about this card. Really, I am genuinely pleased.
Overall Review: I was very choosy about which 5770 I was going to buy, and went with this one. Finally, no buyers remorse! What scared me most was driver issues, and whether it had enough graphics power. Drivers were not an issue at all. Complete breeze. (Coming from former Nvidia owner). Whether this card can do work on upcoming games is yet to be determined, but so far I don't see a problem. Don't buy this card if you like things maxed at a resolution of at least 1900x1200 IN CUTTING-EDGE GAMES (ex. Crysis) While this card can handle a fair amount of games at this resolution, in a very taxing game, this card won't be able to perform, most likely due to its memory bus (128 bit). A card like a 5830 would do better at these resolutions, and only run you $50 more, but you get a wider bandwidth, as well as more processing power. Still, for the 1650x1080 gamer, this card is PERFECT.