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Katerina S.

Katerina S.

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Most Favorable Review

How many times it should be repeated

Western Digital WD RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Before I tell you WHY cost skyrocketed and why it WILL DROP down, read introduction: This magnetic HDD is top notch and works fine whether RAID or nonRAID (RAID-optimized means its TLER setting in firmware is adjusted to play well with both consumer & professional/corporate RAIDs, but it WILL work fine in nonRAID). But cost rollercoaster has nothing todo with what some people assumed. There was mass flooding in Thailand in November2011 (?), multiple HDD makers were knocked off, of them WesternDigital was totally submerged by floodwater, approx. $800 Million lost in CNC machines and capital equipment. Guess what? Recently 2nd flooding hit Thailand. The short & skinny of it - RE4 series drives are in very high demand but supply is temporarily lagging behind due to damaged factories. Same applies to Hitachi, and magnetic head makers. Prices WILL DROP to normal by Spring 2012. These were $80 Summer 2011, now you see it's 2x higher

Cons: None. Just people who don't know how to use high-end HDD's properly

Overall Review: Price was even higher last week, $200+, thanks to Newegg it it's being corrected while some other merchants continue selling RE4 at over $200 or sell refurbs. Also see limit is now 20 units/order. Which means WD's factory in Thailand is regaining production (it wa slike 5 drives per person a few weeks ago). Whatever lazey say about Capitalism, this is one great feature of Capitaluism: If there's demand, you bet the product will be throttled back onto market, efficiently. In my country any such heavily damaged factory like one WesternDigital LOST TOTALLY in Thailand, would take forver to recover. WD took only a few months to rise up from knocked dfown situation last November. 3-4 feet under water. Did you see Thai workers SWIMMING to their workplace in boats instead of walking?

Most Critical Review

don't include this FREE addon w/Videocards - even if FREE

NVIDIA Gift - DUKE NUKEM FOREVER Game Coupon
NVIDIA Gift - DUKE NUKEM FOREVER Game Coupon

Pros: FREE. The Videocard

Cons: 1) Waste of paper, consumer paper comes from trees (prof. paper is from Cotton). 2) Waste of valuable time, life is short. Lets not include useless paperwork with otherwise excellent VideoCards, b/c I had spent time installing it 1st time in year 2011, this year 2013 it came again with eVGA videocard. Videocard is excellent, 5eggs, but coupon is not necessary.

Overall Review: It maybe included to DEMO certain features/specs of Videocard it came with, even though game itself is bad, it merely demonstrates functionality of hardware. But maybe choose some better game or DEMO software to achieve same goal? Perhaps it wouldn't be free, then.

"Collin C." below me - READ THIS!

Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II 28 Watts RMS 2.0 Multimedia Speakers
Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II 28 Watts RMS 2.0 Multimedia Speakers

Pros: Hello "Collin C" who posted his review below mine: If speakers distort at <50% volume, ==> you're overloading their amplified input. GET IT? I admit it's an engineer in me who is irritated by the common folks who buy a piece of technology, abuse it and complain "it didn't last", but fact is - can you even read the specs? What does 28Watt RMS power into 2 channels tell you my friend?, it tells me 14 Watt per channel of root-mean-square sinusoidal power in electrical (not audio) terms. Does that sound like a huge audio pressure able to shake your walls? Anyway, I apologize for sarcasm, but: You have blown your speakers by overloading their input with an ALREADY AMPLIFIED signal from your source - your mistake, not manufacturer's. It is equivalent to buying an Intel processor, overclocking/overheatign it repeatedly , during hot humid sessions, maybe knckng on it with a hammer to make sure it runs faster, and then accusing Intel "it didn't last, like server XEON [which $costs multiple times more] does" P.S. Fact that I don't work for Creative Labs nor trying to promote their product for personal gain, is verifyable by the fact that I had posted numerous reviews (not only Newegg, but the other big eTailers) linked to a variety of products/manufactuer's, I obviously cannot work for 50 so,me companies at once; OK, I just post this review which seems like a kiss for Creative, NOT on their behalf, but on behalf of all engineers who struggle with certain type of a customer. No matter how well one designs a product, there's always a customer - specifically in America, who will find ways to abuse and destroy it. Someone is sending an ALREADY amplified signal into another amplifier and claims "distortion", wow, OF COURSE DISTORTION! - you fried speakers, with own action.

Cons: Uneducatd folks annoy me. Also using this opportunity - not just speakers, but in GENERAL - people, when you review & mark it "negative', do NOT review shipping! This is not a place to review UPS, FedEx, USPS or whatever else, if shipping was slow go complain elsehwere, here I only care for a PRODUCT review.

Overall Review: Some of my thoughts are dangerous.

Know how to use it, before complaining

Symantec Norton Antivirus 2013 - 1 PC
Symantec Norton Antivirus 2013 - 1 PC

Pros: Too busy to write long, so today say just this much: To me was one of the several AV utilities years ago, then one day a disastrous event happened @work hundreds of miles away from home, due to their (work) network spreaiding EXTREMELY sophisticated virus. I did it all - I was losing my machine in front o fmyh eyes slowly descending into infectious chaos, I finally recovered 99.9% of it by meticulous exiting Windows & using NortonAV in command-prompt ("DOS"-like_ mode, only Norton saved my CAD worklaptop, some "heavy duty" tool included w/Norton which only is effective OUTSIDE Windows, saved me from hell, I am serious. Been using NAV since 2007 when got it by an accident (someone suggested + my research), LONG TIME & I keep upgrading to next year everyyear, despite a large number of "Norton "opposers")

Cons: NOT a "con" per se, instead a MESSAGE to all you who complain "Norton used to be good, now it's not blah...." It's a complex powerful software (& not cheap or free, unlke some competing "toys') - many & difficult to understand settings. Requires certain skills to set settings properly, there're NUMEROUS settings which when mis-configured will cause all that you people complain - loading down computer's resources, impossible to uninstall/disable, etc. PLEASE learn, be skillful & understand howto use stuff, before complaining. I've been on it since 2007, also skeptical in the beginningbut a few events convinced me only NAV was able to cleanup my client's machines.

Overall Review: There's one powerful suggestion I tell everyone: DO PAIR it with PCtool's "Spyware Doctor" The two softwares complement each other, NAV's core business is antivirus DESPITE its claims to add "AntiSpyware", likewise PCtools' "SpywareDoctor" core biz. is AntiSpyware, not Antivirus as they claim to add, so you should get BOTH these programs & run first NAV, then SpywareDoc, that's a good method tobe sure you're clean. NAV won't catch certain spyware, and SpywareDoc won't approach NAV in virus dept., so use BOTH one after another (if you value your data!). I cannot post some "lengthy manual" for the following in Reviews section of "Newegg", but remember there's a certain powerful utility within NortonAV that (@least I used) outside Windows will chew & destroy any very/powerful/invasive virii, which won't be ffective inside WIndows b/c Antivirus software but its nature is very special & runs in "abnormal" memory areas, how tod that I can't spent time explaining, but it is what saved me a few years back on some dreary night when I witnessed my filesystem being devoured by a virus from work network. I never NEVER was or will get infected at home, b/c I know computers welll... it's just some mobile worksites that give you a router, a network & you can get nasty invaders..;. NortonAV saved me.

P.S.

AZZA Silentium 920B CSAZ-920B Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
AZZA Silentium 920B CSAZ-920B Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Incomparably lighter than expected by specs. Maybe specs show gross weight, etc., maybe I am accustomed to heavy tankcases, but this Azza is so "Aluminum-like", strikingly light - important, as I've moved too many times in recent years & don't enjoy heavy anything. Though the downside is walls are thin to achieve this weight with SECC steel.

Cons: Not at this price (esp. after rebate!). You may however want "Corsair Obsidian" instead, if need more space, thicker walls, & more fans; BUT Obsidians & most other competition were found less silent than this Azza, so no real cons since Azza's goal is quiet operation & lightweight @lowcost. My other case is Lian, heavy & cavernous/huge, which is why noted Azza's smaller capacity. The real con is probably Azza's wiring USB2 + USB3, it should be 2 *USB3 ONLY & if customer's Motherboard is obsolete with USB2 only, customer can buy a transition header USB2-->USB3 (which runs at USB2/slower speed) for mere few bucks, though Azza as most manufacturers probably doesn't want to lose sales due to clueles customers with old USB2 Mobos, not realizing this fact. USB2 is inscreasingly useless on modern case's frontpanel (+ increasingly, including ThunderBolt ports is desirable).

Overall Review: Not very cavernous, but it's upto MidTower spec anyway, so no complaint - my stuff fits into it (CAD workstation with nVidia's top videocard, 2*RAID's (2 HDD's), 2 SSD's, Corsair 750Watt supply, ATX board, Xigmatek MONSTER cooler for processor, BDWriter, etc. When I say not cavernous, it's relative to Lian, my other MidTower, which however weighs 22LBs (much heavier than Azza) Note: it is longer & shorter than typical cases, i.e. it extends farther from you towards wall when placed on workdesk/floor, but is not tall. I assume (?) Azza did so to accomodate latest oversized Videocards which tend to be long, while only affects number of storage devices (HDD's, SSD's) which are enough bays anyways, so it is rather wise design for high-end Video, but Crossfiring/SLI more than 2 cards maybe challenging (?)

Add this to my prev. review

NEC Display Solutions PA271W-BK Black 27" WQHD Height, Swivel & Pivot Adjustable IPS Panel Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1
NEC Display Solutions PA271W-BK Black 27" WQHD Height, Swivel & Pivot Adjustable IPS Panel Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1

Pros: Already posted review, forgot to add: 0.23mm dot pitch. Most other professional displays specify larger (more crude, i.e. worse) dotpitch, HP is close though. This 0.23mm was one of the attractions for me. 7ms response, good for IPS; CCFL backlight - no LED nonsense, LED is good for environment, thin/light mechanics & longevity, but CCFL is better for true colors/professional use & in such high-end displays, CCFL lasts at least 50,000 hours plus you can buy new for under $100 if you ever care several years from the day you started using daily. Main plus is CCFL does NOT fatigue/tire your eyes as much as LEDbacklight - LED is forced to use PWM method of brigthness control, in plain English any brightness below 100% (which is what 99.9% of professional people will use, nobody runs displays at 100% brightness unless your office is filled with sunlight) - causes LEDbacklight to flicker at frequency not detectable by your eyes, BUT really fatiguing your brains, even if you don't suspect. Not so with CCFL (this NEC, also HP, Eizo, Dell professionals specific models) - if PWM is there, it's not as damaging eyes as LED, AND I heard (?) typically only 30" or larger displays resort to PWM method. 14-bit (3D); a load of etc. functions NOT found in cheap consumer monitors - firmware is updateable, multi-profiler, sync between two computers into this one display, accessories include hood, color calkit, etc, etc. This monitor is fit even for critical Medical imaging (X-Rays, etc.). Though HP LP-series take it even higher & are 30", they ("HP" LP-series) just cost more & beyond my reach. Net weight 9.6 kg, so not a monster despite CCFL backlight

Cons: Not at this price. But if you can afford, HP LP-series or for some people even ZR-series with CCFL (not LED), or Eizo's of course (original leader in color-accurate professional displays), can "take you higher".

Overall Review: In mid-1990's I remember like yesterday, IBM released world's first LCD display with comparable (or lower?) resolution & not sure was it equal or smaller size? Touted as a major breakthru, for Medical & CAD design apps, the unit cost $20,000 or so, from IBM's rrzesearch Center(s). As usual IBM invents many things & then lets others to commercialize/pickup mass-produced biz, whereas IBm moves even further. So now professional IPS became a commodity. But even earlier, in 1980's & intensely in early 1990's I was thinking & actually wrote to several CRT monitor makers - to consider a novel kind of diplay, using LCD panels akin to little wristwatches, except bloated to 14" size. I was fixated on blowing up little LCD from wristwacthes to picture-size, even in late 1970's in kindergarten. No kidding. Ridiculous & amusing for today, but back then everything was CRT, or at least not LCD, and I was imagining how little radiation (no X-Rays at least), static fields & how flat the thing would be, if we scaled up LCD's found in home appliances or watches of that era. A decade later my wish was granted with TN panels (still inferior to CRT with colors esp. yellow), and at around 2010 cheap IPS's started to flood market obliterating all else. So it is done. Next I want, besides Holographic 3D, smell generator built into displays. Depending on what is shown ondisplay, the thing should emit proper odor, BUT 3D Holography is immediate goal.