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Brendan K.

Brendan K.

Joined on 04/09/08

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Most Favorable Review

Fantasic

D-Link DUB-H7 USB 2.0 7-Port Hub
D-Link DUB-H7 USB 2.0 7-Port Hub

Pros: It has its own power supply, although it can run entirely off the computer's power (and versatility is always nice!). It is compatible with both my PC and my Mac (so, if you were wondering...). It is brightly lit, with a green light between each port so you can easily see each of them. It is also very light weight, so it is easy to transport anywhere.

Cons: I haven't had any trouble with it.

Overall Review: 7 ports!?!? Awesome!

Most Critical Review

Not happy with NewEgg's Return Policy

ICY DOCK MB662UEAB-2S Aluminum 2 Bay SATA to Firewire 400/800 (1394a/b) / USB 2.0 RAID 0, 1 & JBOD Enclosure for Mac & PC
ICY DOCK MB662UEAB-2S Aluminum 2 Bay SATA to Firewire 400/800 (1394a/b) / USB 2.0 RAID 0, 1 & JBOD Enclosure for Mac & PC

Pros: The HDDs slide in easily and seem secure. The enclosure looks nice. It seems to perform quickly enough and, when it's not behaving badly (see cons), it's a good (not great) ext. HDD enclosure.

Cons: If it's left idle for a while (a few hours) and then you try to access it, the LEDs turn off and the thing seems to go into standby. Then, you need to turn it off and then back on again in order to use it. It's rather frustrating and somewhat scary since I got this to store important data using the RAID 1 (SAFE) setting. Frankly, for ~$185, this should perform better. It's not a terrible enclosure, but not great.

So far, so good

LACIE Big Disk Extreme+ 1TB 7200 RPM 3.5" USB 2.0 / Firewire400 / Firewire800 External Hard Drive Model 301199U
LACIE Big Disk Extreme+ 1TB 7200 RPM 3.5" USB 2.0 / Firewire400 / Firewire800 External Hard Drive Model 301199U

Pros: It's a TB. I hope it'll last a long time. I've only had it for a little under a month, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Cons: So far, none.

Overall Review: I don't know if this is usually the case, but the Firewire 800 connection is MUCH faster than the USB 2.0, so I highly recommend that if possible. I only mention this because someone I often trust said that I definitely want to use the USB 2.0...but why? Oh, it can be a little slow to get out of sleep mode (which it's in when it's unpowered). Just be a little patient (10-15 sec...not too shabby).

Good monitor, but not the best

SAMSUNG 2220WM-HAS Black 22" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with Height Adjustment 300 cd/m2 1000:1 Built in Speakers
SAMSUNG 2220WM-HAS Black 22" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with Height Adjustment 300 cd/m2 1000:1 Built in Speakers

Pros: It has a good, sharp picture. Given that it has 16.2 million colors, not 16.7, the colors and pretty good. It also has height adjustment as well as tilt, two things that I think a monitor should have. I love the input select button on the front. It allows me to switch between my tower PC and my MacBook Pro instantly.

Cons: Well, it has 16.2 million colors, not 16.7. Now, it's hard to find a good monitor with 16.7 million colors that is under $300, so I suppose that's not much to complain about. While it does adjust for height and tilt, it does not swivel at all. So, if you want to turn it, you must turn the whole base, which can be irritating. Finally, I have noticed that it is every-so-slightly crooked, sloping down to the right. It's hardly noticeable, but I am rather picky about such things and have, at times, found it annoying.

Overall Review: No dead pixels. There is a little bit of light bleeding on the top and bottom when the background is black; however, that is not uncommon with LCD technology, and even my MacBook Pro does a little bit of that--and it has a fantastic display. So, I am not too worried about that, although I can understand how that might be a deal-breaker for some. I have noticed that, if I have the monitor plugged in to the Mac before I boot it up, it only wants to display at 1440x900; whereas, if I plug the monitor in while the computer is on, it will display at its native resolution of 1680x1050. Go figure.