Joined on 11/27/06
Want a new mobo? Get this one
Pros: Great BIOS Lots of features Excellent built-in audio chip
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: I got this board for a new 4th gen i5. It's a board, so install is standard. I usually swear by stand-alone sound cards, but I gotta say this could be the most impressive onboard sound I have ever experienced. The chip is strong and it more than adequately powers my Audio Technica ATH AD700s. I'm blasting music right now at 38% volume which sounds like 75% on other onboard sound chips. There may be more deluxe boards out there with extra features if you care enough, but this is a solid buy. Beautiful BIOS and it has an overclocking tool that allows the system to determine a safe overclock for you. You can pump more if you feel like going in and manually adjusting settings, but for a quick boost with no hassle, this is a great option.
Pros: Came black as advertisded, and the drive does read. Would make a great coaster if I wasn't RMAing this thing.
Cons: Where to begin? Drive just does not want to burn DVDs. I get power calibration errors with Nero. People say it's due to using poor media, but if Memorex is poor media, then I don't know what to tell Asus. With other programs I get BSODs or bad copies of disks. I updated firmware, and it did not fix the problem. Asus tech support is pretty much non existent. They don't answer the phone, and I waited 25 minutes online for a rep until I gave up. Newegg gave me an RMA pronto. If you browse the Asus tech support forums, you'll see that tech solutions for this product are about as rare as a big foot sighting.
Overall Review: Newegg rocks, Asus sucks. Maybe the burner will work for you, but keep all your items that come with it in case you need to RMA.
Pros: Great product for less than the cost of a carton of smokes. Pad is smooth and tracks great with my MX518 mouse. If you're looking for a good quality low cost mouse pad, this is the one to get.
Overall Review: $6.99 for shipping? It's a mouse pad, guys. Didn't want to make this a con, since it's not Steelseries' fault, but the shipping price is a little steep for something that's made of cloth and you can fit in your front pants pocket.
The Big Beast
Pros: The Cosmos 1000 is awesome. It's HUGE! Plenty of room to put anything you need inside the case while maintaining airflow. You can probably drive a bulldozer around inside also on the weekends if you get bored. Cable management system is excellent. The build quality is superb, and installing internal components is a breeze. Best case I've ever owned, bottom line. Super quiet also, I might add.
Cons: It's very big and very heavy, but that's the point.
Pros: Setup with this item is a breeze. Take the antenna, stick it to your window, run the cord to the base and turn it on. I used to experience dropped calls all the time in my home office and no reception anywhere else in my home. I know they say the range on this thing is 6 feet, but I'm getting noticably better reception 20 ft away down the hall. Definately a good buy for the price and fixed all my problems.
Cons: The base unit has to be as far away from the antenna as possible. This makes setup difficult in home office situations where your desk is right next to your window and you have to intentionally bypass the most logical place to put the base in favor of fully extending the connection cord from the antenna to the base unit.