Date Joined: 02/21/04
Pros: The lowest mode claims 15 DAYS of continuous runtime. It's only useful in pitch black with night-adapted vision. I use that mode the most and have yet to change the battery.
Color tint is pretty good, even though I didn't get the "high CRI version."
My primary use for this light is the low modes and the extreme runtimes that they offer.
"Lego:" Assembling components from the same maker into other lights. Foursevens can do this. You can get a different battery tube, head, clip, or switch. With a pile of such parts, you could come up with a few different lights.
The AA body is the only difference between this and the single CR123 Quark, you can get this light, get the other battery tube, and have a choice. Also, they offer endcaps for your battery tubes so you can use them as battery carriers (or match safes.)
This is an outstanding choice for campers, mechanics, motorcyclists, wiring geeks, craftsmen and just about anyone who needs a reliable light.
Cons: High mode is a tad underwhelming, even with a 14500. In the end, I just stuck an Eneloop rechargable in there and called it a day. This isn't a pocket blaster, or WOW-factor... just an excellent everyday tool.
This might sound weird, but I think the clicky tail switch is very loud. Also, there is no momentary. If this sounds bad, then go for their "tactical" model. Also, you can just get the "tactical" tail switch separately.
It's a touch heavy to hold in your mouth, but it's doable.
Overall Review: Fit and finish were top-notch. Comes with a nice belt holster. BTW, this *IS* the Gen 2 version you read about on the foursevens website.
Foursevens also offers an angle-head reflector, diffuser, and filter kit (the "Prism" kit." for this light to make it even more versatile: headlamp, pocket work light, so on.
Oh yeah, you can tuck a square of aluminum foil into the pocket clip and make your OWN reflector/diffuser with the light "tailstanding." Instant lantern.
I have also shined it into a white plastic grocery bag as an improvised diffuser.
I carry a spare AAA battery in a AA converter case so one spare can feed this OR my AAA backup. With the kind of runtime the Quark offers on low, I'm more likely to swap out my AAA backup battery.
Pros: Wickedly bright with an IMR rechargable (4.7V CR123 size.) Independent testing shows that the max lumens claim is ever so slightly overstated. It's around 500 lumens if you've got the right battery. Expect a dip to about 300 lumens after 15 minues of use or so. Use rechargables and just simply top them up. Lithiums love that and hate being fully discharged; they have no charge memory, that's NiCads (which are junk.)
You'll NEVER get 550 or even 500 lumens on a regular CR123. I don't even use primaries, it's rechargables only for me.
I was quite pleased with the color tint on the one I carried for over a year. It was a little warm, but mostly pleasantly neutral. I can't stand cheap blue-tint emitters these days.
I really liked the momentary switch, though some say it's a bit mushy with long travel. This helps prevent accidental mode changes when you've got the head loosened.
Runtimes are good enough on low and medium mode. I top the battery up about once a week anyway to preserve that wicked high output on a fresh charge.
Optics aren't particularly bright, but I think they're a great combination with the output. It holds its own (but is not brighter than) $200 and $300 flashlights that I have.
Cons: It remembers the last mode when you have the head loosened. Tighten the head and use high mode for a while, loosen the head and the flashlight has forgotten what setting you had. I found this really very irritating until I got in the habit of leaving the head loose and mostly only using low mode. Once I use high mode, I have to loosen the head and find low mode again.
I find that pressing the light to my hand while searching for the low mode helps preserve night vision if you used high mode outside and are walking into a dark structure (or cave, whatever.)
I found this irritating enough to knock one egg. It's a 5 egg light otherwise. My favorite lights default to low mode with head loosened and default to high with the head tight. Tap one or more times to access alternate modes. It works and it's really the way it should be, IMHO.
Overall Review: Tighten the head for turbo, tap once for strobe.
Loosen the head slightly to access the other modes. It remembers your last mode setting as long as you don't tighten the head and use turbo mode.
It really says a lot when I lost my PC10 and am buying another after reviewing the market over a year later.
This isn't a "vampire" or "moonlight firefly." It's more of a blaster that you "reload" on the battery charger once in a while. It does not have long-range optics, but provides a good balance between close range flood and long range throw. Keep the rechargable topped up and it will do you right.
Don't forget, you need a "hobby" charger that is compatible with lithium ion.
Go read about this flashlight on candlepowerforums.com.
Pros: Plugged in to a Windows 7 machine. Downloaded the Logitec software. It worked. No brainer.
Price was good.
Cons: None to speak of.
Overall Review: Nothing bad to report. It worked as expected.
Pros: Paired with AMD A10-6800K Richland 4.1GHz and running some older 8gbX2 Gskill 1800 sticks. Boots to desktop in less than 15 seconds.
No crashing so far, no install hassles. Plugged it all up and booted up existing installed drives.
Current version Ubuntu found everything, on board sound and networking worked. Linux, man. Do eeet! Plug and play! UEFI didn't complain by default. Yay.
Libre office flies open (from the SSD) in less than 2 seconds. Bluefish editor flies through a text file that crawls like a slug on another system with Windows. Compile times are excellent. The screen savers are nicer than my last board, even running an older video card. The on-die mojo seems to be working.
This thing is a monster for video editing (with two hard drives.)
I don't game on this system.
Run some virtual machines? Yes please.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I am satisfied, even running 16gb of older memory, older video card, with a new hot-rod quad cpu.
This system smokes. It squashes everything I throw at it. Cpu activity monitor is yawning. "Is this all you've got for me to do? Come on, render some video or something."
Prepare yourself for 90+% idle 90+% of the time if you're using this for web browsing, email, emulator gaming, virtual machines, and web development.
GET AN SSD IF YOU DON"T HAVE ONE! You'll kick yourself for what you were missing! :)
Pros: Feels nice to the touch. Appears well-made. Plugged it in, it worked. Supposedly, it's highly efficient. It's quiet.
Zero issues, so far so good
Cons: None so far. Kind of pricy, but then again I was going for quality and durability.
Overall Review: Yeah, it's pricy... I'm sick of having junk power supplies. This one seems nice. Spend the money.
Pros: Keeps it cool! Mine is stuck onto a AMD A10-6800K Richland 4.1GHz quaddy. People say the stock AMD cooler is inadquate, but not this beast. It fits in a micro-atx lian-li case, but wouldn't fit in a flatter case that I have. HUGE blue-led lit fan! Quiet! Love it! 5 eggs all the way!
Cons: Installation is a bit of a hassle. I scratched my head for a while. I had to remove the stock mounting bracket and backing plate on my motherboard. Once I figured all that out, it went relatively smoothly. Might be too big to fit your case.
Overall Review: Rocking cooler! I think you need water to do better.
Pros: Great specs, works great when they work. Nice on paper. The first one worked so well, I purchased TWO more. Various flavors of Linux seemed to support the board. AM3+ support.
Cons: 2 out of 3 systems with this board failed in under 1.5 months. The parts worked fine on another board. Twice. The first one failed during the return period.
Overall Review: Maybe I'll get lucky with a micro-atx board from another manufacturer. It could be time to ditch Asus.
Pros: Good picture, no dead pixels, plugged in and worked just fine. No external power supply, AC straight in. Auto-selects video source without being irritating or having to navigate menus.
I like how thin the outer bezel of the monitor is.
Cons: None I've seen.
Overall Review: Great monitor for the money, replaced a funky LG that wanted to be power cycled all the time.
Pros: Black, usb, no junk buttons, no stupid driver disks required, plugs in and works. Not a "natural" keyboard, which I hate. Feel is much better than a $6 keyboard.
Cons: The cord is a little thin and could be a foot longer. Not worth dropping an egg.
Overall Review: I bought two.
Pros: This card comes with an extra "low profile" mounting plate, which I did not personally use. Maybe it will work for that, I was simply looking for a pcie card that fits in a small case.
This is not a massive video card, no extra power connection is required. A small, junky mini-itx power supply was enough to work this thing.
Cons: Glitch on installation with Windows 7; would not boot after install, automatic repair fails, system restore does not fix. THOUGHT IT WAS DOA AT FIRST!
HOW I FIXED IT: Ensure bios is set to "plug and play os = yes" and that the motherboard is looking for a pcie video card and not onboard video. I had to try again in my case and disable unused onboard devices to resolve a conflict! I had to then attempt to reboot and "start windows normally" TWICE... But then it worked!
Driver is automagically installed from winupdate. Everything's fine once you get to this point.
Overall Review: Cheap, went in a cheap case mini-ITX, with a cheap Zotac mini-itx ION motherboard. You'll want to be sure there's airflow past the heat sink.
Not a "extreme gaming card." If you buy it to increase your WEI score on a budget onboard video, this will do.
Pros: In between the lag that occurs every 1 to 5 seconds, the game seems okay.
Cons: Eidos shipped this game broken and never patched it. Checking the Eidos support pages, there were people in 2007 who had the same problems I'm having now in 2010. No patch was ever released.
Overall Review: No settings changes or updates seem to fix this. I have tried it without antivirus on a clean install system with triple the system requirements.
Eidos seems to have shipped garbage, never fixed it, and now they're releasing K&L 2. Great.
Pros: The web description doesn't tell you something very important:
THIS IS THE 32 BIT VERSION NOT THE 64 BIT VERSION.
95% of consumers will want this because it has less to fiddle with to get your older applications working.
The 64 bit version requires a higher level of knowledge to fiddle with it to get the results you want.
Cons: The 32 bit version is the easiest to work with, but won't support memory over 3 gb. It doesn't support 64 bit applications (no, seriously! :)
As always, your mileage may vary.
Overall Review: The Newegg online chat person told me to call Microsoft and verify what this is since the website doesn't say. Unusual for Newegg.
Pros: Small, cute, nice specs. SATA and IDE. Comes with Molex-to-SATA power adapter.
Supposedly supports dual core AMD procs.
Fairly quiet (at least the fans would spin up.)
CPU heatsink fan blows through holes in the side of the case (I'm sure that helps cooling)
Plenty of USB ports, extra internal USB header if you can figure out where to run the cable.
Built in flash card readers
Cons: No agp or pcix slot.
No DVI port.
Really big pci cards won't fit.
Driver disk doesn't have WinXP or 2k drivers.
Manual is weak, no detailed diagram of the motherboard layout.
Extra internal USB header is undocumented.
Some optical drives (with a thick tray) will jam on the spring-loaded cd cover door. (old sony cdu5211, tray is .78" thick, didn't fit)
BE CAREFUL: The power supply arrives set for 220 volts. If you're in the USA, be SURE to flip the switch to the 110 volt setting.
Case cover is a little finicky to put on, but hopefully you'll only do it once.
Overall Review: Failed to POST with the following stuff installed:
OCZ Reaper 2x2gb (4gb total) ddr2 800 (pc6400) memory
AMD 64x2 5600+ brisbane 2.9ghz processor.
No beeps, or anything, just spinning fans.
ASUS website is no help for detailed information on this system, no guidelines for memory or CPU compatibility. ASUS web forums on barebone pcs are empty, no FAQs that apply to this barebone system. ASUS website was a bit disappointing.
Cleared CMOS, still no POST.
I can forgive a DOA. I RMA'ed it and await round #2. According to the specs, it should be compatible with the CPU and RAM.
1 egg for DOA (I hope the CPU/RAM aren't incompatible)
Another review with more eggs and performance info if (when) I finally get it working.