Joined on 12/26/08
Awesome buy for $80
Pros: Good bass and treble, awesome price and free shipping, I'm sold
Cons: wire length is kinda short, great for a desktop tho
Overall Review: i only have the bass turned up a quarter of the way and it sounds great, i could really tick off the neighbors if i wanted to :P What are you waiting for? I got this because it was on sale for 80 bucks, but even at it's normal price of $100, it's still a great deal, you buy now!
Just Remember it's a Bulk Item
Pros: convenience of working with you hands or driving without distraction, ear piece doesn't entirely plug up your ear canal which is good cuz you can still hear people talking on your bluetooth side, charges in under an hour
Cons: finish was all scratched up, just remeber it's a "bulk item", it can become uncomfortable after a few hours
Overall Review: these look like recerts or maybe open box items, didn't find any earwax in mine so i guess it's new... bottom line is i saved money for a great product
Paying for the Brand Name
Pros: Boots up in rougly 90 secs, very peppy processor, more than enough computing power for the average person, was able to play MW2, HAWX, Borderlands with no problem (gotta turn down the quality tho), keyboard keys feel nice and are quiet, manufacturing date was back in january, but it does provide some future proofing due to the core i3, should have a good 2 to 3 year lifespan
Cons: screen/graphics are kinda dull, not as sharp as say HP but you really don't notice until you have the two next to each other, battery life on high performance mode is 2.5 hours, no locking lid, black glossy finish is a hair and fingerprint magnet
Overall Review: manufacturing date was back in january, but it does provide some future-proofing due to the core i3 and 4GB of ram, should have a good 2 to 3 year lifespan for the average user. This comp includes your typical shovelware from the vendor, just download CCleaner and you can manage all that junk or just uninstall it, bought this for a friend (who is computer illiterate) and used it for a weekend so i could set it up for her, great comp for say your mom or teenage kid, but as for me i'll stick to my "tower of power" :P
In all fairness, a good budget buy
Pros: price per inch, free hdmi cable, sleek finish, powers itself off after 15mins or so of "no signal" (great when computer goes into standby after you passed out from watching a movie ;), can actually accept signals up to 1080p, I knew to expect bad pixels and from 5 feet are hardly noticeable (weird pro, but they weren't as bad as i thought they would be), thx newegg for getting it here before xmas!
Cons: annoying blue light while the tv is on, 4 bad pixels (2 dead, 2 stuck) tried JScreenFix to no avail, did not want to try massasge or tap method due to the risk of creating more bad pixels so i cut my losses, there is an annoying hum that's amplified by the speakers when you drop the backlighting below 60%, speakers suck but not as bad as everyone leads you to believe (just get a speaker system if it bugs you that much), audio out is 'fixed' and cannot be set to variable, remote is bottom heavy tho not as bad as you'd think just basic,
Overall Review: bought this for the sole duty of computer monitor for my htpc, so far it does the trick and i am quite pleased after a week of ownership, i have a hdmi cable but picture actually looks better with vga connection, the hdmi cable that comes with it is not gold plated (i.e. no signal degradation due to corrosion) but it's a nice freebee. what kinda disturbed me was the Dead Pixel policy of theirs, and i quote from the owner's manual ~ "There are millions of pixels on a LCD screen. Therefore, there is industry standard specifications regarding dead or bad pixels. SCEPTRE sets limits on the LCD at 3 dead pixels in a cluster adjacent to each other, or 5 dead pixels in a combination of color and brightness of dead pixels. Any number of dead or bad pixels under the limit is considered normal specification." I knew the risks when i bought it, all in all i'm still pleased with the product, i highly recommend it if you're like me and on a budget, i will see if it holds up over time.
Budget builders best friend!
Pros: Budget builders rejoice, this cpu exceeds expectations. Extremely fast and runs cooler than my old cpu, when idling the cpu will use less power and run at a lower speed only ramping up under load. Don't hesitate buy now
Cons: Those fan clips are a joke, it felt like I was going to break my motherboard trying to mount the heatsink, why cant Intel come up with a better design, AMD has the easy breezy clip c'mon Intel really...
Overall Review: 2MB L2 Cache, not really sure how important this is. Let me just put it this way, unless your really into benchmarking this may be a con but here in the "real" world I've not noticed any detrimental performance for everyday computing. I got this cpu with the thought of overclocking it and it does not dissapoint. Modestly overclocked to 3.4Ghz (400 x 8.5) paired with an Asus P5Q Turbo mobo, GSkill 2x2GB DDR2 800, and ATI Radeon 4350HD, Passmark score of 1090. Don't hesitate, if you're on a budget but want a cpu that will perform with a little overclocking, here ya go!
Excellence in Western Digital
Pros: Tons of space, low power consumption, ease of installation, reasonable price
Cons: only 1 TB, i say this jokingly because i store tons of video (entire seasons of shows, movies, etc.) which always take up alot of space, i'm down to 200 GB open space in the span of about a couple months
Overall Review: I use this drive specifically for storage, my intention is to build a new system and bring this behemoth of a drive over. I will definitely be buying another one of these, btw i had to get a SATA to Serial (IDE) adapter which was real easy to install and only cost me $20, worked fine and haven't looked back