Date Joined: 12/17/03
Pros: The first time I opened the lid, it came across to me as impressively engineered and well though out from the ground up. It definitely looks better sitting in front of you than it does in the picture on the New Egg’s webpage. I really like how with a few well-placed buttons, you can turn and off the sound, Ethernet card, touch pad and adjust the volume etc. This is the first laptop I’ve used that has enough volume to be heard across a full sized public classroom without a ton of distortion. It's just a tad heavier than my three-year-old 15" Toshiba laptop and about 1/3 thinner. I was pleased to see that the USB ports are really tight; when it's five years old, I won't have to worry about them becoming too loose to work. Set up was a breeze. The hinges on the lid seem substantial and keep the screen in place without any major flexing when you open and close the lid. It handles a second monitor via VHS or HDMI without any hesitation. The display seems totally fine to me.
Cons: The charger seems a bit under-powered for a laptop this big. I bought a 12 cell extra thick battery and it seems to take forever to charge it up. No one seems to do it anymore, but I still wish they would give up restore discs like they used to instead of making us burn them.
Overall Review: The keyboard seem well built but is rather smooth and perhaps even slippery. I'm not sure it that will be a problem for most people or not. I usually use an external keyboard so it won't be much of a factor to me.
It's pretty long;16 1/4". It will just will barely fit in my extra tall backpack.
I did find it odd that I had to hunt for the Microsoft Internet Explorer Icon among the program files. Always before it's been a part of the start menu.
Now that I’ve had a chance to use it, I can say without hesitation that I would buy it again if I had the opportunity to redo my decision.
I always think of New-Egg first whenever I need something of an electronic nature. Their prices are low and their shipping procedures are the best in the business. Period. I had an unusual shipping situation and they were able to resolve it for me unlike another well known seller that wouldn't even try.
Pros: I've owned thumb drives from virtually all the major manufacturers and in my mind, from now on, my first thought is always going to be mushkin even if it cost 20% more. They are tough, fast, the right size, and seem to last forever. I can't say the same about any other drive I've owned.
Overall Review: None
Pros: I don't think you'll do any better in regard to a LCD screen. You can read the screen at "any" angle you physically are able to without any loss of resolution. I was able to run three video (Flash-Player) web pages at the same time. It's not as fast as a normal laptop but then a net-book really isn't supposed to be I guess. I can have a web page open and run Word and Excel at the same time with out any issues. The keyboard seems very usable and the touch pad is better than any I've used which is saying something as I always hate them and will only use them if I have to. The speakers seem loud for such a small unit. It updated to Windows 7 without any loss of programs or data. It up-dated the drivers as well without me have to do them manually. I probably will up-grade the memory to two GB eventually but it runs Window 7 Home Premium with no real issues with 1 GB in my opinion. I'm not a game person so I have no idea how it does in that regard. Hooking up to the net was easy.
Cons: For $399.99 it really should come with 2 GB of ram. Not really too big a deal as it can be purchased for about $22.00. In Korea they sell these in the stores for about $550.00. I guess getting it for $299.99 on special at New Egg was a better deal than I realized at the time.
Overall Review: I loaded Windows 7 Home Premium and I'd say if anything it seemed to make it faster. Home Basic would allow me to duplicate the main screen onto another monitor but not extend it so it so I could have two different screens. With the Home Premium upgrade it handles two screens fine. It's a bit thicker than most net-books on one end. I was able to pick up an extra battery for it at an auction house for about $36.00. When it comes to buying electronic devices, my first thought is always New Egg. They are like machines when it comes to shipping things out in a timely manner if it is to the same address as the billing address on your credit card.
Pros: Size is a plus; It's thin enough to fit along side any other USB devices.
Cons: A got one of Adata's duds that runs like a dog. It feels like it's running in version 1.1. It says it will take 10 hours to copy a file that normally take 15 minute to finish. It usually runs below 5mb/s
Adata said they would send me a file to do a low level reformat but never did. I tried numerous times to call them back but the line is always busy. They also failed to respond to my email as well. I had good luck with a Mutholland in the past. I regret not buying another one of theirs even if it was more expensive.
Overall Review: All manufacturers have their duds. What separates the men from the boys is how they take care of business when things don't go as planned. So far Adata is in my doghouse.
Pros: I really like this monitor a lot. The Window 7 background pictures look stunning on it. The one thing I was really happy to find when I first turned it on is that it isn't a super glossy model. If you've ever used one of those by an outside window you know the big problems with glare associated with them. It appears to have no pixel problems. I was also pleased to find that 12 pt fonts are easily read even from across a small bedroom. I have no issues with it when doing graphic work on it with programs like Photoshop, Corel Draw or Indesign. It seems fairly smart. When I first plugged it in the resolution was off, but upon rebooting it, it seems to correct itself for the most part. I would easily recommend this monitor to a friend. Those that complain about this monitor have me wondering if their video cards are in good working order.
Cons: The speakers are really poor on it. My laptop speakers are actually better. It's a wonder why the manufactures would choose to make that a selling point. That said, who really buy a monitor because of its speakers.
Overall Review: Love the 3 year warranty. That says a lot about how much confidence the manufacturer has in their product.
Pros: I love this monitor. To me the Window 7 background pictures are just stunning on it. Type is very easy to read; I can even read a 12 font from across a small bedroom (about 8'). I was relieved to find that it was "not" a super glossy type screen when I first turned it on. Those look great, but if you've ever used one around a sunny window, you know what a pain they can actually be. It set up pretty easily. It seemed to self correct the itself upon reboot. I think some people need to get a life if they can't be happy with this monitor.
Cons: Speakers are actually weaker and poorer than my laptop speakers. You can hardly hear them. Why the makers of this monitor would choose to promote that as a selling point is a mystery. I don't however know anyone who buys a monitor because of the speakers.
Overall Review: Not one dead pixel to be seen. The base is very adequate but it has no adjustment, so if that's important to you, that could be a problem. I have no regrets whatsoever about buying this monitor. I really like that it has a 3 year warranty.
Pros: Nice size
Cons: There are only two kinds or HD in the world. Those which have died and those that are going to. To bad this one died young with no warning even though it have very little actual use time.
Pros: An attractive bag that for the most part. Plenty big for a 15" laptop. The material seem pretty durable.
Cons: I bought this bag with high hopes as I had owned another Targus bag that I had been quite impressed by. This one however has had stitching problems from almost day one. The zipper stitching gave out by the computer compartment in the first month I owned it. The stitching on many of the seems gave way after a few months of use. The one design issue I really don't like is that it's so tall and thin that when you put it down on the floor it falls over on it's face as it won't sit flat on the floor. I'm a pretty big guy and yet it's so wide the straps slide off my shoulders if I have a heavy load in it. The lower part of the straps are made of pretty thin webbing too.
Overall Review: I might consider another Targus model in the future as I did have good luck with my first one, but on the other hand, after this one I'm thinking of going another direction just to be safe.
Pros: I've owed it for about two months. I like the screen. It flickers a bit when I do a quick scroll but nothing I can't live with. The key board feels good. I like the volume wheel on the front of the computer once I got used to the fact it was there. It's a nice time saver. You can put 4GB of ram in this computer, but if you do 1 of them will be used for video etc and Windows will only show 3 left to be used.
Cons: If I have one gripe with this computer it's that they put the backup files on the C drive. It cost you 20 GB of space on your HD for the life of the computer however and if you don't realize that they are there, you could loose them if the HD quits before you burn your own CD's. This feels to me like they are being pretty cheap on their part.
I'm still not sure what to think of Vista. The virus/firewall I was using crashed the system and I had to re-do the system over with the back up files. It's seems to me that people are having a bit of a problem creating software for Vista. Having used Zone Alarm for years I'm not that put off as some are by the constant questions whether I want continue doing what I’m doing to my computer.
I tried to wipe the HD clear and load XP but something in the system files wouldn't let me. I'm not sure why but my impression was something in the start-up bios files wouldn't allow me to do it.
Overall Review: I run Photo Shop CSII and Coreldraw and have three windows open on the Internet at the same time without any problems. Sometimes I wonder what people are complaining about. This computer doesn't have all the bells and whistles I guess but perhaps we're gotten our expectations too high for what we are paying for things. It wasn't so long ago people would have gladly paid $1000.00 for a machine like this and been glad to do so.
If I had one wish for this computer it would be for 4 USB ports.
Pros: It turns on. It shows pictures albeit rather slowly and with OK clarity.
Cons: It doesn't recognize music when I download it into the unit. Good luck getting a manual off the internet. I've looked and looked everywhere. Google nor Creatives own sites are of no help. The people who run Creative must be to be clueless. Apples position as the leader in MP3's is totally safe at this point.
It is slow to run through pictures. The camera that took them is 10x faster at showing them.
Overall Review: I've owned three other Creative Players and I've never had trouble getting any of them to play music before. I've hunted for over an hour and have been unsuccessful at getting a manual. Usually a 3 minute process with most companies.
Pros: Plenty fast.
Cons: It's get soft and too flexible after some time of use. The metal guide rail eventually pulled out. It is extra thick which makes it difficult to impossible to plug in with other drives. I wouldn't buy it again for these reasons. There are other drives that are as good that don't have these problems.
Pros: Nice balance and weight. Seems built pretty tough.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: This review is for guys like me who never plays games on their computer but just want an extra long lasting mouse that won't die in a few months. Before I bought this mouse I wondered how it would work with programs like Photoshop and Coreldraw and browsing on the Web. I am happy I can say it works beautifully with them and the backward and forward buttons and scrolling wheel work great for browsing the web. Before buying it my feeling was that if it was built tough enough for a gamer it will last me for years to come using it for everyday uses. So far my expectation have been fully met. Hope this helps those wanting to find an extra tough mouse for non-gaming uses.
Pros: This is the second Transcend card that I've had. I have good luck with them working in all my devices. It works great in movie mode in my Panasonic DMCFZ50 camera.
Pros: If you like a bright, glossy clear picture, this monitor is for you. I have a dual video card, so I have the NEC monitor sitting right next to my Dell Ultra Sharp monitor. It makes the Dell look dull and flat. I may have to buy another NEC to put next to the NEC the quality is so much better
Cons: None yet.
Overall Review: Unlike many other monitors, this one comes with the cords you need. No dead pixals. I wanted to buy this monitor while I was living in Japan a about three years ago but the price was around $600 then.
Pros: A lot faster than the Seagate Momentus that came with my HP 2100 laptop. Proabably about twice as fast. Quiet; I suspect that those how complain about the noise got a defective one.
New-Egg is simply the best when it comes to shipping. I've never had them fail me yet. I got this one in 3 day just like they said.
Cons: None yet
Overall Review: I usually buy Seagate largely because of their 5 year warranty and I've had good luck with theirs so far. That said, Hitachi's three year warranty is sufficient. In this case in the price range I wanted to pay, I ended up choosing for speed instead of two more years of warranty or a little larger. When you think about it, would you really want a hard drive this size in five years. The reality is that Seagate is only going to give you a refurbished drive close to this size if theirs goes bad. A five years warranty is nice, but maybe not the deal maker it might seem on the surface. I'm glad a chose for speed, it really does make things nice everyday it's in use.
Pros: Fast - Rugged - Not nearly as big as the pictures might lead one to believe. It fits snug but fine with other regular USB plug-ins.
Cons: Sometimes when I've unpluged it and then pluged it back in the computer has failed to recognize it without re-booting.
Overall Review: I almost didn't buy it because of all the complaints about the cap fitting so loosely. It actually fits pretty tight if you ask me. I have to tug on it fairly hard to get it off. It sure fits a lot tighter than the plastic cap that came with my old San-Disk drive.
Comments: Real stable, doesn't crash every 5 minutes like the Intel chipset modems I tried. Maybe they didn't like being in an AMD system. Did a download over 2 hours long with no crashes at 50600 speed.