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Clifford F.

Clifford F.

Joined on 11/05/08

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Most Favorable Review

Response to David S one egg review

Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 350 Bookshelf/Stand Mount Speaker (Black) Pair
Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 350 Bookshelf/Stand Mount Speaker (Black) Pair

Pros: This is a wonderful sounding pair of bookshelf speakers. They are a true full range audio solution for someone that has limited space to work with. The 8" radiator helps this speakers attain lows that most speakers in this size and class can't match. It's tweeter is not overly bright or "shouty". Makes a good choice for two channel music systems where the user would rather not have to augment with a powered sub.

Cons: To Respond to David S. concern. Despite being reasonably efficient, this is not the kind of speaker you would drive with a cheap 12.5 watt class D amp like you find in the Nexus Q. A poor power source can and will lead to the demise of a speaker like this. If you intend to drive these beauty's, please consider a quality amplifier. I'm using an Onkyo stereo receiver that delivers 50 real full range watts per channel into 8 ohms at less than .009% total harmonic distortion. You will want a similar spec, and honestly it's not that hard to come by, my receiver costs less than $200 many places online. Please don't saddlebag these baby's with a lousy class D amplifier, you are doing yourself a huge disservice.

Most Critical Review

Fine for a budget 21.5", but no DVI cable, for real??

SCEPTRE X226W-1920 Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR(10000:1) 1000:1, US Warranty
SCEPTRE X226W-1920 Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR(10000:1) 1000:1, US Warranty

Pros: Image is decent, perhaps not as accurate as a high end monitor, but bright, clear, and resolute. Response time is great for gaming and movie watching. Price was fair.

Cons: They only packed in a VGA cable, for real guys?? No DVI cable!! Fortunately I had an extra one laying around so I could hook it up to its highest quality connection, but these days I expect a DVI cable with any monitor I purchase. Monitor base is kind of cheap and wonky. You snap it on, and your not immediately sure if its all the way on, further inspection lead me to turn it around and snap it on the other way which was more stable.

Overall Review: I guess its a case of getting what you pay for. Its okay for its price.

12/17/2009

High end case, pleasure to build in

Fractal Design Define Mini C TG Black Tempered Glass Window Silent Compact Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Fractal Design Define Mini C TG Black Tempered Glass Window Silent Compact Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: Small footprint but still full featured. Best cable management experience ever. Great quality of build.

Cons: none

Overall Review: If you are building micro ATX, just get this now.

Good inexpensive power supply

CORSAIR CX Series CX430 430W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply
CORSAIR CX Series CX430 430W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply

Pros: It's about as inexpensive as you can get a really decent single 12 volt rail PSU that's capable of running a reasonably decent CPU and video card for gaming and mid range productivity. Stable rails, clean power. If you are building a system with a CPU around the 100 watt TDP range and pairing it with a graphics card that only requires a single six pin power connection, I'd say this is plenty of overhead for that build. Runs fairly quiet.

Cons: The eight pin motherboard connector could be just a tad longer, that connection is always a challenge if you are trying to do tidy cable management. Capable of crossfire or SLI, but I would not recommend it, stick with a single card in the range of a R7 260X or Radeon 7850 and you should be just fine.

Fantastic for a white themed desktop

ASUS VX238H-W 23" 1920 x 1080 2 x HDMI, D-Sub, DVI-D (Via HDMI) Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
ASUS VX238H-W 23" 1920 x 1080 2 x HDMI, D-Sub, DVI-D (Via HDMI) Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Pros: Great image quality. Reasonably priced. White bezel looks fantastic on my desktop. Multiple HDMI inputs.

Cons: The menu system isn't as intuitive as I have seen on other monitors. The speakers are garbage, not even worth the fifty cents ASUS spent to include them.

Flexable mATX solution

GIGABYTE GA-880GM-D2H (REV. 3.1) AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-880GM-D2H (REV. 3.1) AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: If your looking to build an AMD based mATX system this is one of my favorites boards. All the modern features, decent on board graphics, the ability to use a wide range of AM3 chips, a full bandwidth PCIe X16 2.0 slot. You can build pretty much anything you want on here. Wan't a budget dual core, no problem, want a mid range system for a home theater PC, no problem, want a high powered gaming system utilizing a single high end video card and six core CPU, go ahead, nothing is stopping you.

Cons: I wish they would just kill IDE/Pata and Floppy connectors. They just waste space on the board, give me a couple more SATA headers instead.