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Charles B.

Charles B.

Joined on 04/03/03

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Most Favorable Review

Good drive, decent design, few flaws

CORSAIR Flash Voyager 1GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model CMFUSB2.0-1GB
CORSAIR Flash Voyager 1GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model CMFUSB2.0-1GB

Pros: Very good tranfer rates using USB 2.0, has worked on every system I've tried it on, seems very compatible. Detects a USB hub first, then the drive itself. I imagine this lends to compatibility quite a bit. So far doesn't seem prone to ESD spiking systems when plugging it in, I'm guessing the rubber shell insulates it while in your pocket or wherever. Some of you may have experienced plugging in a USB device like this and rebooting the computer from a static shock. Aesthetics of the drive are good, doesn't look too cheesey.

Cons: I've been using the drive for awhile now and I have a few gripes. The rubber key-hole hook broke the first month I had the drive, the lanyard got caught on something and yanked the drive, if it wasn't in my pocket with the lanyard hanging out I might have lost the drive. The rubber hook should be internally reinforced with some kind of wire frame for strength. The rubber USB drive condom (male connector cap) is FAR too easy to lose, I've lost it several times but thankfully have found it. The cap is also very prone to tearing, I use this drive regularly and the rubber has torn on the corner right up the edge, the cap barely stays on now, very annoying.

Overall Review: This product needs more useability testing and refinements, the technical performance the drive is above par compared to other products from other manufacturers. However plenty of other drives have better useability by far. If Corsair were to refine this product by reinforcing the key-hole hook and the cap, as well attach the cap to the device body, this product would be a perfect 5. Oddly enough I'm writing this review as I'm about to RMA a defective drive. I nearly lost everything on it but was able to get the drive to work for a few more minutes to copy the bulk of my content off before it gave up the ghost. It detects as device name 0000000-0000000000 now, yay!

12/12/2005
Most Critical Review

Decent mouse

Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse
Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: Tracking accuracy is good, slides well on most surfaces. Plenty of buttons, good tactile feel when clicking them. On-the-fly DPI adjustment works, but is rarely useful. Works in Windows 7 without having to install Logitech drivers (installs as Logitech MX518 Gaming Mouse by default) but you still need the logitech software to programs buttons. The weight of the mouse feels good imo.

Cons: Right click button "broke" last month (03/2010) right at the end of the 3 year warranty (purchased 3/2007 from 'Egg), but it's only a ~40 $ mouse, so three years is acceptable length I suppose. The protective "film" that's all over this mouse started wearing off within a month or two and completely wore off over time. It was like the mouse had a bad sunburn and it's skin was peeling, kind of gross and annoying. This mouse has tons of nooks, crannies, and corners for dirt and gunk to build up in, it needs to be cleaned about every 3 months. The left side thumb buttons are set too far back, for me at least, I need to awkwardly tweak my thumb hit click the bigger rear thumb button. The aesthetic components basically started falling apart right away, but it remained fully mechanically functional until last month.

Overall Review: This is really only a 6 button mouse as 2 of the buttons are for DPI adjustment which probably means you don't want to remap them. The "third" button on top is basically useless as it's nearly impossible to use because of it's placement so far back on the mouse, unless you have tiny, dainty, girl hands. Admittedly I have very large hands though, so if you have small to normal size hands, these items may not be of issue. Oddly enough though, I bought this mouse because it was large enough for my hand. Irony, thy name is Logitech.

Seems like a good PSU with bad durability.

OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI 600 W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI 600 W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Long sleeved cables with plenty of connectors. Nice powder coated shell. Thermal fan speed control worked well in my unit. Supports dual GPU's. Labeled connectors so you know what rail your using. Nice blue LED. RMA process wasn't too hard. System was rock stable previous to PSU death.

Cons: Didn't seem to pull enough air to cool the PWM on my MoBo under heavy CPU usage. Hot CPU air + not enough pull from PSU = overheated PWM (uGuru rules). Added extra cooling fan for PWM and problem was resolved. Heats up awfully quick under gaming conditions, especially with SupCom (heavy CPU + GPU load). Fan is very loud at higher throttles. LED is a touch too bright. Purchased 12/1/2006, installed about 3 months later when I finished purchasing all my parts for an upgrade. Died 4/2009, still under warranty though.

Overall Review: Abit AN8 32X Athlon64 X2 4800+ (S939) Various RAM used, using G.Skill F1-3200PHU2-2GBNS when PSU died ATI X1950 Pro 4 SATA HDD's 1 IDE DVD-RW Nothing was ever OC'd by me. (I'm too lazy) So far every OCZ product I've purchased has failed. 2 sets of OCZ RAM have failed me (one of them was OCZ4001024ELDCPE-K purchased from Newegg). OCZ Flash drive (forget model number) failed after 6 months, but not before it corrupted the data 3 times (Thank goodness for backups eh?) This PSU has failed. === I'm amazed by what some people consider "High" Tech Knowledge in Newegg comments.

Good Card, Bad Fan

HIS Radeon X1950PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support IceQ3 Turbo Video Card H195PRQT256DDN-R
HIS Radeon X1950PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support IceQ3 Turbo Video Card H195PRQT256DDN-R

Pros: The fan runs quiet, when it runs as it's supposed to, alot quieter then my X850XT. Ran R6: Vegas like a champ @ 1280. Was finally able to get the full effect of HDR in Source based games, very nice. Was able to crank all settings maxed in Gothic 3 @ 1280. The default overclock is the highest for this chip distro, no real need to try and push it higher. Noticeable improvement over my X850XT, but not ground breaking. Shader 3.0 support finally. Integrated X-Fire bridge allows for a cheaper upgrade/add-on solution in the future. Probably the best price/performance ratio available today (2/5/07), especially with the MIR.

Cons: I'm about to RMA my second card. The first one, after about a week, the fan started hitting something internal to the fan assembly, I took the card out to check for plastic burs but found none, I can't tell what it was hitting but it made the fan EXTREMELY loud. The current card is a D.O.A., the card powers up but I get a BIOS diag beep of no video. I'm not sure if I want to try for a 3rd card, I'm starting to waste too much money on return shipping. The lack of accessories is rather annoying, the bundled full game, Dungeon Siege, is pointless. No XFire bridge, missing some of the cables that are listed on the retail box, be sure to check the listed accessories on NewEgg and the pictures.

Overall Review: For a pure gaming card on a budget, you can't go wrong here. The lack of cables is only a problem if you want to play on your big screen HDTV, but if your going to do that, you'd be wiser to get the VIVO edition. The lack of a crossfire bridge is only a problem if you want to do crossfire in the future, or are purchasing a second card now. Overall, it's a solid card, especially with the factory overcock, just a luck of the draw if you get a good card or not.