Date Joined: 01/08/04
Pros: Great airflow, with a lot of fan mounting ports.
Very solid construction.
Quiets down a noisy PC extremely well.
Great wiring options which makes it really easy to have a tidy build.
Completely disassemble-able with screws for easy modding.
Cons: A little pricey, unless you get it on sale.
Water cooling options are a little limited (no hose mounts going out the back of the case).
Overall Review: I have bought three of these cases so far, and will recommend them for all of my builds for the foreseeable future. You simply won't find a better case than this for the money. I literally cannot recommend this case enough (unless you want a crazy exotic water-cooling setup, anyhow).
Pros: Moves quite a bit of air.
Has fluid bearings for long life (theoretically, anyhow).
Cons: Hamstrung by a one-way mounting scheme.
Overall Review: These are really nice fans, moving a good amount of air silently. It is just a shame that Xigmatek went with a one-way mount, making this fan only good for exhaust. If this fan used a traditional mount, this fan would be a 10 out of 10, easily.
I would only recommend this fan if you can get it for pretty cheap.
Ergonomic design feels great for long typing sessions
Keys feel really mushy, and get mushier and mushier with use until they bottom out and die.
Overall Review: Get a mechanical keyboard instead. They cost a bit more, but you will get years of use out of them.
Pros: *Every key has Cherry Blacks, widely considered the best switch for gaming.
*Very solid build quality.
*Extra macro keys that you can put over your F keys, in addition to the 5 macro keys on the board already.
*Spill holes, for us clumsy gamers.
*USB hub that works for powered mice. Sounds minor but this is a hard feature to find in keyboards.
Cons: *Micro-sized backspace button. Gets aggravating after a while.
*Pad-printed keys. This is debatable as a con, cause it helps keep the cost down. But they will definitely start to rub off after a while.
Overall Review: Very solid construction, very nice feel to the keys, and a powered USB hub. All for a very good price. This is definitely worth consideration if you are in the market for a new gaming keyboard.
Pros: Absolutely a beast in games and benchmarks.
Stays cool, never seen it go above 61 degrees celsius in a Rosewill Thor case.
Mine came with a certificate for a free Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.
Cons: Nvidia's drivers leave a bit to be desired. More of a problem with Nvidia over the actual card, but it is a con nonetheless.
Just had a price increase, and no more free Batman: Arkham City.
Comes bundled with some useless software. Just download the driver package from Nvidia and throw the Zotac disk away.
Overall Review: When I got mine, it was $300 with a free Batman: Arkham City and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. That deal was crazy good. But now that the price went up and there is no more Batman, the deal is not as sweet as it was. It is still an awesome card though, and definitely worth consideration.
Pros: Very high quality.
Very little crapware.
Nice big screen and full-sized keyboard.
Excellent price on the 36-hour sale makes this an unheard of value.
Cons: Feels kinda cheap, liberal use of cheap-feeling plastic.
Only two USB ports, only on the left side.
Battery life is only 3 hours.
The crazy sale is over.
Overall Review: I am amazed at the deal I got, and since these computers sold out two hours after the 36-hour sale began, I am guessing a lot of other people were too.
This is a $500 laptop, for what its worth. This means while you can surf the net and the like the gaming performance wont be there. However, this PC will run anything released over five years ago no problem.
Overall, this was a great deal for a quality laptop.
Pros: Built like a tank, gets a very tight connection.
Cons: Expensive, not a whole lot of wire to work with.
Overall Review: Had to replace a cheaper Rosewill wire that only lasted about 6 months before it started corroding on the solder joints, losing signal. So I figured that I could replace cheap cables regularly, or get a very solid one that will last.
So I saw this was on sale and picked it up. The length of the wire wasn't really a problem, since I knew it would be plenty, but anyone buying this needs to measure and make sure it will fit. But the wire fits really nice and snug, and gets a solid connection. Needless to say, the problem with speakers randomly cutting out is fixed.
I have only had this thing for a few days, so I cannot say for sure if this cable will last the long haul, but Monster cables have a solid reliability record so I dont see why this cable would be different. It just really has it where it counts and is well worth the money.
Pros: Very sturdy. Hasnt failed on me yet. Every friend that has the Rock Band guitar has had it die on them. Not this one. Three years and still kicking like the day I took it home.
Just feels right. In my hands this is the only guitar controller I have ever used that just felt right. More of a personal preference, but still worth mentioning.
Really cheap now.
Can work on your PC if you get into Frets on Fire, an open-source freeware Guitar Hero clone.
Cons: Not wireless. To me thats not a con, but it will be to some.
No slide bar. Again, to me thats not a con because IMO the slide bar is a gimmick. A completely unneeded feature on the guitar at that.
No second set of buttons up top. Again, just a gimmick. This is more for people who want to show off. And once again, completely unneeded.
Overall Review: Well basically what we have is the old, simple version of the Guitar Hero controller. But in my experience, simple is good because simplicity is easy to maintain, easy to fix and less things to break on you. I cannot speak for every individual X-Plorer guitar controller ever made, but mine is like old faithful and I can see myself still using this years into the future. Get it.
Pros: Awesome parts. When you hold this thing in your hands, it feels like youre holding the controls of a really high-quality arcade game.
Completely customizable. If you dont like the stock parts, you can change them out really easily. The stick graphics can also be changed out.
USB interface. Can be used on your PC, and might possibly even be used on the next XBox with luck.
Cons: The default stick takes some getting used to for American arcade gamers like me. It has a square block rather than the 8-way block like the sticks from Happ uses. But hey, its easily changed out if you cant get the hang of it.
Really expensive. But you get what you pay for.
Overall Review: Just everything about this stick screams high-quality. And yes, youll pay a high-quality price. But if youre into arcade games this is definitely worth every penny. If you get this, you wont be disappointed.
Pros: Nice force feedback effects.
Very accurate response. With supported games you will feel every bump and the game responds very well to what you are doing.
Nice price for a quality wheel.
Cons: Made out of low-grade plastic. If it were made out of metal or a higher quality ABS plastic it would cost a little more, but it would inspire a lot more confidence. I really get the impression that this unit isnt made to last.
Wonky wire placement. Unless you are a DaVinci with tucking away wires, they will almost certainly get in your way regularly.
The foot pedals have a bad tendency to slide. Nothing takes you out of the game faster than having to readjust that several times a play session.
Overall Review: This wheel has a learning curve to it (all wheels do), but once you get it, playing Forza or Burnout with this thing is sublime. Sadly I couldnt give it the full five stars, mostly because this is made from light plastic and I doubt that it was intended to be used for more than a year or two at the most.
But all flaws aside, if you have even a slight interest in racing games, you should pick this up. It really immerses you in the game. Im just spoiled by some of the higher-quality wheels from Logitech.
Pros: It is better than using the 360 without a cooler.
Cons: Draws power from the 360, robbing it of power it needs to run right. This causes all kinds of extra problems, including the RRoD.
The power connection can short, rendering your 360 useless.
The second you put one of these on your 360, your warranty is voided.
Overall Review: Spend an extra five dollars and get the Intercooler TS instead. This model was good for its time, but a much much better alternative exists now.
Pros: Has its own power supply, so no fear of burning up your system from an over-draw. Also, no chance of burning up your power connectors.
Turns on only when it needs to.
Fan is much, much quieter than the old Intercooler EX.
Cons: Doesn't cool quite as good as the old Intercooler EX. But that is really a trade off, since the old EX could fry your system.
Overall Review: Just buy this cooler right now. The 360 is hosed due to a faulty design. Every 360 will eventually red ring because of the heat generated by the GPU, and the fact that the DVD drive is millimeters over the GPU, trapping heat and eventually frying the components and warping the motherboard. The newer revisions of the 360 alleviate this problem some, but they will red ring too.
Do yourself a favor and buy this cooler to prevent this from happening to your 360. Nyko has pretty much ironed out all the problems the past Intercoolers had, and what we are left with is a must-buy to protect your investment.
Trust me, I speak from experience. The RRoD is a hassle. Get this to prevent it from happening to you.
Pros: Very easy setup. Pretty much idiot proof.
DVD player upscales incredibly. Just watched Revenge of the Sith, and it was indistinguishable from a Blu Ray.
Great surround sound quality. Big improvement from my old Panasonic SA-HT740.
Has all the inputs youll likely need.
Comes with an IPod dock, if thats your thing.
Cons: Feels kinda underpowered. You really have to crank it up almost to max to get a good theater sound. And that is worrysome because you arent talking about the biggest speakers.
Proprietary wires. Really Sony, couldnt you just use standard wires? If something happens, youll have to buy new wires from Sony.
Remote is unneccesarily complicated. When you have a button that says Display, a button that says ...Display, and a button that has the secondary function of Display and all three do different things, thats too complicated.
Overall Review: Overall I give five stars because this is the best value for the money you will find for a quality home theater system. I would definitely recommend this unit to friends and family, and just anyone who wants quality for a great price.
Pros: Its a Core 2 Duo, 2 megs cache, overclocks like a beast
Cons: Wish it were cheaper, wish it had 4 megs cache
Overall Review: Got it overclocked to 3ghz with an EVGA 680i SLI. Idles at around 34 celsius. Ran a 6 hour stress test, hottest it got was 48 celsius. Awesome performance for the cash.