Joined on 03/13/03
Pros: All aluminum construction, relatively quiet fan, HDD light works with SATA II, handles SATA II processing speeds; something that many others like this do not. Well built and reasonably priced.
Cons: None that I can think of off hand.
Overall Review: The only two ways I could see improving this product would be to include some silicone spacers to isolate the drive and cut the noise even more and also to add a digital temp gauge to the front. Other than that the product installs easily. If you find your HDD light is not working check the switch in the back. The instructions say it is defaulted to SATA II, mine wasn't. Not a problem, just had to flip the switch to the left and works fine.
Pros: Nice screen
Cons: No USB, charges hot, battery life not near what it should be, default item settings don't seem to identify the unit correctly when attempting to get apps. Company's website is a joke. It lists support and a FAQ page, but nothing comes up. If you find your product in the list all it does is give a pay phone number someplace in New York. Basically the unit is disposible because other than getting an RMA with NewEgg if something goes wrong in 30 days. Outside of that you are on your own. Something tells me there will be a ton of these in landfills (along with their other models) in the next year.
Short Life, moderate performer
Pros: Worked great for about 14 months under moderate use in a very well ventilated box then began to exhibit weakening
Cons: Purchased 01/07/2011 Now the fans are loud at start up and the GPU's seem to be weakening. I've got EVGA 8800's that still work today and even earlier cards in Beta test units that are still working. These were advertised with "Military Grade" components - Yea, right.
Overall Review: I've been around the block with MSI on several other pieces of hardware and should have learned my lesson then. Running a Beta test facility all the hardware gets moderate to light usage with short periods of heavy usage in boxes that are maintained weekly (cleaned, tested and so on). If hardware fails in under a couple years use in our facility you now that it weak and was never really stress tested. Guess whose motherboards and Video Cards we won't be using any longer....
Good for the price, but...
Pros: Low cost, 5.1 surround, easy controls
Cons: Over powered bass from sub and surround speakers are mainly mids with a screachy high-end.
Overall Review: We use this in a media pc for a room that's about 12 x 15 and they have no problem filling the room BUT the tone mix is too separated. There's no blending, it's either heavy lows if you are in line of sight with the sub or midrange from the surround and center. This is a prevalent issue with today's distinct channel speakers, but it's really obvious with these.
Update: Now it's Bad Memory
Pros: Case, Motherboard, CPU
Cons: So let's look at the tally so far. $500.00 spent on "pre-assembled" PC. about 2 hours spent fixing so called "Turn-key PC". $20.00 spent on replacing bad drive. $60.00 spent on replacing bad video card. Now the PC began to reboot when attempting to save documents with the occasional BSOD at start up. Looked to me to be a memory issue. I pulled the stock memory, replaced with some of DDR3 sticks I had and magically not only did the issues stop, but the PC is running twice as fast. I've had the memory for a bit, but I think I paid about $40.00 for it new. In short, my $500.00 "Pre-assembled PC" turned into a $620.00 machine and I'm just waiting for the PSU to go. I should also add in my time for troubleshooting and fixing. I bill out $85.00 an hour for projects so I think Cybepower owes me a minimum of $200 just for my time. This was to be a gift for a student that was in dire need of a PC ASAP, which is another reason why I didn't have time for returns.
Overall Review: There simply is no excuse for this number of issues on a pre-assembled unit. There are several sub-$300.00 combo deals on NewEgg currently that you would be much better off going with if you want to have someone hand you the parts to use in a build.
Pros: Compact size, relatively easy to install memory and HDD, decent cost. Not THAT cheap if you look at it from the perspective of power and the fact that it is a barebone unit.
Cons: No support response at all. The website is a joke. The support emails don't go through and you have to call China (NOT toll-free) if you want support, that's if the numbers are even real. STAY AWAY FROM GIADA! Not THAT cheap if you look at it from the perspective of power and the fact that it is a barebone unit.
Overall Review: ZERO support. This is obviously one of those fly-by-night companies that produce some products, but don't think it's required to back them up. I've emailed them several times without response. Their actual support email is no longer working and returns a Failure Notice and I'm not going to call China on my dime for support. Keep Giada products off of your list no matter how good they might look from the out set.