Date Joined: 06/15/08
Pros: Sound itself is quite good especially considering the size of these speakers and their price. Hooked up to a sub-woofer and the bass is very good. For games they are simply fantastic and the lighting effect is just superb.
Cons: The cords are rather short especially considering they originate from the left speaker.
The bass on the speakers themselves can sound somewhat flat, and I list that here as it can be considered a con. But considering the bass on these is designed to be passive it's generally not that bad, and can easily be mitigated by hooking these up to a sub-woofer like any that come from the 2.1 speaker sets.
The volume control being in the back is a minor pain but not enough to knock an egg for.
Overall Review: These speakers are really good for the price. Powered via USB and having an led effect they look rather nice. Connected to a 2.1 speaker sub-woofer the sound is amazing on a desktop.
When hooking it up to a woofer you will need to adjust the speakers volume as it can create an electrical feedback sound. It isn't all that loud so turning the speakers themselves down just a tad can make it go away without really effecting program volume.
Pros: Amazingly Spacey
Great cable management options
Cons: Heavy. I know the handle can support it but I just can't get it out of my mind that the thing could snap (not shoddy construction just the thing is a monster with all hardware in it).
The back panel seems to not have a lot of room. There are lots of ways to snake cables but the most efficient seem to cause some trouble when attempting to place the back panel back on. Compared to the Level 10 GTS which had larger spacing in the back panel it seems strange they lowered it for this one. Panel still fits but just takes a bit of pressure to put back on.
The headset stand feels a bit flimsy. It only sort of locks into place. I guess they wanted it to be removable but just comes across as feeling a bit cheap. Not enough to knock an egg for but just a point of contention.
Call it nitpicking but not integrating the two USB areas into a single header is slightly frustrating. Liquid cooling system needed one USB header so until I get the necessary part some of my USB ports are nonfunctional.
Overall Review: With those 2 main cons I still didn't feel the need to knock an egg from it because what is does it does AMAZINGLY well. The airflow capabilities are just astounding with this thing and it's monstrous fans and several ventilation ports.
Most of the complaints are just, considering, trivial and more convenience vs function.
Pros: Great air flow
LED's are not too gaudy but visually pleasing.
Have not noticed them being loud in the slightest
Overall Review: Used them to replace the stock fans on my Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme (sacrificing some CFM for aesthetics because I am OCD). The sacrifice has been negligible allowing me to overclock my CPU up to 4.55 ghz and remain stable and have a rather good thermal margin. Bought 4 of them and after upgrading my case to the Thermaltake Level 10 GT placed 2 on the radiator and a third as a bottom intake fan. All I can say is that these things just work.
Pros: Very great cooling.
Price isn't outrageous.
Larger surface area of the radiator allows for better heat dissipation.
Overall Review: Running with with the AMD FX-8320 overclocked to 4.55 ghz. Thermal margin for idle is 50-45 C and under extreme load (IBT testing) doesn't go under 15 C even with a vent blowing hot air near intake fans. After load is gone the thing blows away the heat like a champ. As I have put my hand right above the exhaust and felt it amazingly quickly go from feeling warm to cold (span of about 30 seconds).
I did replace the stock fans with Rosewill RFA 120-BL fans (same RPM range with lower CFM but with blue LED's because hey I am OCD about this). So that being said I am sure the heat dissipation and temp would be better had I left the stock fans in (higher CFM meaning better air flow).
Case is the Thermaltake Level 10 GT which is great with space in allowing this to be placed as exhaust at the top with that huge 200 mm side panel intake fan keeping cool air flowing into the system.
easy to overclock
great price for performance
Overdrive utility works great with it
Cons: can run really hot with air cooling when under load.
Overdrive more of a test bed before going into BIOS to overclock
Overall Review: If you are going to overclock this thing I would HIGHLY recommend a water cooling system as air cooling just isn't going to cut it. While you can OC the thing in Overdrive I have never gotten it to stick on a restart. That being said AOD is great for testing performance and stability before entering BIOS and adjusting there. Adjusted up to 4.55 ghz maintaining a thermal margin of 30-20 C during AOD stress testing and 20-15 C with IBT stress testing (much more rigorous and that was even next to a vent giving off hot air which is a good idea for how it will do ambient where I live). Under idle the margin is between 50-45 C.
As mentioned in the cons this thing can run rather hot even in air cooling when under load (failing stress tests easily). But once you water cool the thing then jebus it becomes a beast.
MB is the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX/Gen3 R2.0
Case is the Thermaltake level 10 GT
Cooling system is the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme
Pros: Have no problems with this device at all.
Connects via USB connectors allowing me to not have to choose between USB 3.0 front panel or this.
Looks good and matches my computer's front panels.
Very easy installation.
Pros: Quick installation
Good Signal streangth
Saves USB port space
Overall Review: Wanted to upgrade to this to save USB port space from an adapter. Had the ASUS adapter so I was already liking their products. So far no complaints, no trouble reading a signal at all and working well.
Allowed me to move the USB adapter to my father's computer which became perfect once we moved and were unable to put his computer near the router.
Pros: Aluminum case (always prefer metal over plastic)
Good Cable Management Options
Very good cooling capability
Nice to be able to see inside the case via the clear side panel.
Compared to the cheaper one the HD Bays feel better made, and the latches for the DVD ports seem better/more solid
So far no complaints from me. Might knock off an egg if I can determine if the front headphone jack is a problem with the case wiring itself or my soundcard (worked on the cheaper case with the same card).
Cons: None that I can determine at the moment
Pros: Laptop runs W7 and when building the desktop had the choice between this or W8...choice was a no brainer.
Cons: it's what you see nothing more or less. so no cons really.
Pros: Runs quietly and reads disks rather fast, good price to performance ratio
Cons: none really, does what is advertised to do
Pros: Nice responsive keys, is wireless. No installation necessary automatically picked up. Top row keys work and are nice shortcuts
Cons: No lights to indicate if caps/num/scroll lock are on.
Pros: Good sound card option, price to performance ratio is right. good sound quality
Cons: software installation can be a huge hassle. Do what everyone else says throw the disk out and get the drivers from the website.
Pros: heatspacers are very nice and not too flashy which makes room great (doesn't have fights with heatsink over who should fit where). Great speed for price as well.
Cons: none right now.
Pros: runs quietly and quickly
Pros: Great adapter with a nice mbps rate. Small but has great signal pickup strength. Saves internal room within the desktop I am using this one. Installed software very easy to use.
Pros: Great card, utility software is a great plus.
Cons: Can run a little hot under high stress but nothing to fret over.
Pros: Excellent mobo. Lots of SATA ports, great heatsink placement. Tons of space
Cons: only con I can think of is the 8 power pin socket location. Not enough to knock off an egg but I can see it being a nuance for some cases with not so great cable management options.
Pros: Lots of room, great air circulation, good options for fan expansion, modular drive bays are excellent, easy to install everything into the case.
Cons: as others have mentioned the front filter for the HDD bays is lose and causes a rattle. Bay #1 for the HDD is a bit tricky for installation and removal. Actually had to use so much force it destroyed the bay snap in system and SATA port in the back. HD wasn't damaged, thankfully, but that bay is now useless for me.
Pros: Quiet, modular (yes I know by design but that is a big plus for cable management), good price per watt ratio especially with a modular PSU.
Pros: Quiet, High fan speeds, LED looks nice not too flashy, it does look pretty awesome.
Despite what people are saying it does indeed fit the AM3+ socket and it does so rather easily.
Cons: The fan speed control has no good position at all. I know it can be equipped with an extender but that really is no reason to make it as short as it is. Just have the speed variable based on use and remove the control, otherwise I will just set it to high and leave it there so I don't keep having to take the side panel off to adjust the speed.
Pros: Nice crisp sound.
Bass doesn't override treble too much when turned all the way up (have had some speakers where high bass has caused choppiness in the treble).
Sound doesn't distort at max volume
Cons: Bass is a bit low but the woofer is rather small.
There is a slight humming noise coming from the speakers when turned on but nothing is playing. It is either the speakers themselves or electrical interference from other wires (not sure). Not a bad thing as I have to be listening for it to really hear it.
Overall Review: Considering the cost these are really good speakers. Don't take up a lot of room but offer good sound.
Pros: Shark clear image
Takes up very little space
Has a nice sleek look to it
Bottom buttons responsive to touch don't have to slam them in like I have with some monitors
Menu system easy to navigate
Cons: As others have said it does tend to wobble a little bit. Not much of a Con really but I would place it as one. The wobble isn't bad and I am in no way afraid it is going to fwll over or anything. As such I don't see much of a need to deduct an egg.