Date Joined: 03/26/04
Pros: Setup was easy. Automatic settings worked for the most part, and Capture utility was straightforward for setting zoom.
Cons: Sound pickup is not as good as I would like for use in open area; fine for close-in use, though.
Overall Review: Good video for a reasonable price.
Pros: Reasonably fast. Having 2 USB ports is a great idea.
Cons: Flimsy. Sliding cover feels like it will break off at any time.
USB port misshapen. I bought 2, and both are difficult to insert into computer/hub USB port.
Overall Review: Good idea, but wait for a better-made one.
Pros: I had 840EVOs in 2 other computers, so this was the obvious choice when upgrading another. RAPID makes it 2-3 times as fast as my old RAID 0 array (2 x OCZ Vertex 4).
Cons: 3-bit MLC may not have the write endurance of the 860Pro, but I doubt I will reach its limit in my lifetime.
Pros: Bright beam, easy on/off switch.
Cons: First one burned out during a presentation. Possible that it overheats if kept on for long periods (>30 sec).
Overall Review: Hopefully this one will last longer.
Pros: Batteries work fine, seem to take & hold a good charge.
Charger also has a USB port for charging other items.
Overall Review: Obviously I can't assess longevity after just a few days. However, the batteries appear substantial, and first rundown times were very good.
UPDATE MAY 2018
Over the past few months, all 4 of the batteries I ordered in Sep 2016 started swelling. I contacted Stalion, and they immediately offered to send 4 new batteries. I call that OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE after 18 months!
Pros: I bought this to replace an HIS HD7750 iSilence -- I wanted a current GPU with low power and noise signature. This certainly fills the bill with no fan and no external power requirement. It runs even cooler at full load (52-56C) than the old 7750.
Cons: The "TrueClock" hardware-controlled GPU clock doesn't appear to optimize the clock as well as XFX claims. This is sold as a 1220 MHz GPU clock. While running the Unigine benchmark, it runs at 1220 MHz in a minimuzed screen, as reported by CPUid HW Monitor. When run full screen, HW Monitor reported 1214 max. However, when running Folding @Home, it hovers around 1140 MHz (varying somewhat 1120-1180) at 100% load and temps in the low to mid 50s.
Overall Review: As long as the GPU clock speed is not absolutely important to you, this is a great card, and should be ideal for a HTPC. It's a bit overpriced, but I admit it's somewhat of a low-volume, niche market.
I still have a support ticket open with XFX to try to find out if this clock situation is normal.
Pros: Will take either a single 18650 battery, or 3 x AAA.
Bright! I can't say whether it is 1000 lumens, but when focused to a spot, it can be seen inside the beam of my 5000 lumen (4 x 18650 batteries) light.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I've bought many cheap LED flashlights over the past years. So far, this one is among the best!
Pros: Went into my 2010 Lexus HS250 without a problem. Clear, easy installation instructions
Significantly brighter than OEM halogen lights, with consistent, even beam.
Cons: None so far on these lights, but see my Con/caution on the H7 lights if you are looking at the H7 or H4 lights.
Overall Review: I had to use the extra "polarity adapter" wires (included in box) to get the lights to work. Easy enough, but adds a bit of wiring clutter.
Pros: Bright white light, clear installation instructions.
Good refund service.
Cons: May NOT be "plug 'n' play" or may NOT fit your car.
E-mail OPT7 first if you have H4 or H7 bulbs. Retaining rings used by some mfgrs (e.g., my VW Passat) are not compatible with the larger round base of the OPT7 assembly.
Overall Review: Support person told me newer Passats had incompatible retaining rings, but did not know about my 2002 model. Unfortunately, they did not fit in my car, either. The H11 bulbs went into my 2010 Lexus with no problems.
Pros: Great performance! Wireless throughput to my -N laptop (15' away) went from 40-50 Mbps sustained on my D-Link DIR-655 to 200 Mbps. TV (40' away) would not connect to the D-Link; connected first try on the 5 GHz band with 5 bars indicated.
Range throughout the house (single story, rock chimney in middle) is better alone than with my old router plus range extender.
USB3 connection to a spare SSD with movies loaded went without a hitch; was able to map it as a network drive immediately.
Cons: Setup was a bit tedious. Using the default method, initial connection to the Internet through my Comcast modem failed; it told me to reboot my modem. After modem reboot, it told me Internet connection could not be verified, reboot modem or continue manually. I went manual. Next step was FW update, which went fine (obviously via Internet...). FW update took ~15 minutes, which I think was too long.
DHCP reservation screens were less than intuitive, and several reservations failed on first try. After I figured it out, they went better.
Overall Review: So far, after less than a day on line, it appears to work as advertised and as well (or better) than reviews indicate.
I bought the modem mainly to connect my new "smart" TV, and got unexpected, significant performance gains for my laptop.
Pros: Bought it for my wife so she could magnify text more and still keep it in view on the screen. MUCH better than the old 24" Acer! Equivalent quality to my old Samsung 244T.
Bright, great colors, and energy efficient (18 Watts when set to the brightness we like).
Cons: Price (as would be the case for ANY IPS panel monitor...).
Overall Review: Contrary to some other reports, full 2560x1440 resolution is available via DVI as well as DisplayPort on my Sapphire 7750 card (some claim only DisplayPort supports full resolution).
Pros: Quiet! Cool!
Got a 1-2 deg decrease in GPU temp compared with my old HIS 4670 iceQ.
Worked out of the box, unlike the Sapphire Ultimate 7750 I bought for my other rig.
Heat sink/fin configuration allows for airflow to and through a vented backplane cover.
Overall Review: While the card is sold as a single-slot configuration, the heat sink does intrude into the next slot. Installing a vented backplane cover in the adjacent slot keeps my system temps down, even without forced airflow via dedicated fan. System temps are within 1 deg overall.
Low power usage => cool, no extra power cables
Automatically drops to 300 MHz when idling
Cons: One card DOA; second card failed at 10 weeks.
"Screen blanks after Windows login" is apparently a common defect. Initially blamed on AMD drivers and HDMI incompatibilities. Now I'm not so sure...
Overall Review: Since I use the high-end power so rarely, this card would theoretically be ideal for me. However, 2 failures in 10 weeks have me concerned. Still waiting for Sapphire Support to respond on the 2nd trouble ticket, but I'm hoping they have a REAL solution.
My last 3 cards were HIS; I may go back...
Pros: REAL power savings -- 40-50 Watts!
REAL noise reduction -- From Tolerable to QUIET!
Modular cables were "just right" -- I needed only 2!
Unless you're REALLY worried about price...
Overall Review: I switched from an Antec Earthwatts 500. I recorded before and after, full-bore and Idle, temps, fan speeds, and power consumption. Without any other changes, system power consumption went down ~40 Watts at idle and 50 Watts at 100% CPU load -- a 25% reduction.
I discovered that the PSU fan on the Antec was the noisiest component in the system by far -- it is MUCH quieter now!
Pros: Just works. Rated 100 mah more than the original; NiMH should last longer than original NiCd.
Good price, good product, on-time delivery.