Excellent CPU6/7/2015 9:40:49 AM

Pros: It's fast and powerful. Plenty of horsepower at stock settings to run my games flawlessly.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: There are faster chips and chips with more cores, but they cost more and will draw more energy from the PSU. This is plenty sufficient for gaming.

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Great case for a budget build.6/7/2015 9:35:31 AM

Pros: Pretty standard micro ATX mini tower with some nice features, including a spot to mount SSD on the bottom of the case. Install was simple.

Cons: I would prefer more front ports and a bottom mount PSU. Not worth dropping an egg considering the cost.

Overall Review: The SSD mount spot was unexpected and came in quite handy.

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Good, efficient card!6/7/2015 9:30:06 AM

Pros: Bought this card for its efficiency. It is sufficient for a good gaming experience at 1080p and uses minimal energy. Great for a gaming system built with energy efficiency in mind. It has been running stable for several months and playing League and Smite flawlessly.

Cons: You probably can't have a good experience with settings maxed on more demanding games. The card is great, but not ultra-powerful.

Overall Review: For its price, reliability, and relatively low energy consumption, this is a great buy.

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Good for the price6/7/2015 9:13:48 AM

Pros: Inexpensive and produces good quality sound. Volume is sufficient for the immediate area (playing games, music while surfing web, etc...). The low power draw helps keep the energy bill down. The small size of components makes it easy to find a spot for them (they are, however, not small enough to be easily portable, as for laptop).

Cons: It's only 7W. It doesn't get loud enough to sound great when not near the computer. Not worth an egg deduction, just a fact potential buyers should be aware of.

Overall Review: I knew the limitations of the speakers at the time of purchase. I liked their size and appearance, and just wanted an inexpensive solution for pc gaming and web browsing. These speakers are working great for their intended purpose so far!

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Still working great12/11/2014 1:04:06 PM

Pros: - Still working after 3 years of ownership and 3 different installations. - Keeps CPU cool, 35C at low load, 45C peak - Smoother airflow

Cons: None.

Overall Review: A stock CPU cooler redirects incoming air from the front downward into the motherboard, compromising airflow somewhat although the effect is usually negligible. This cooler drags a bit more air across the RAM and pushes it directly toward the rear exhaust fan, making for broader, smoother airflow.

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Aesthetically appealing and functional12/11/2014 12:52:02 PM

Pros: - Still spinning freely after nearly 2 years - Looks nice through case window - Pushes a reasonable amount of air - Quiet

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Intense uses will require more airflow than one of these fans can provide. I have single 140 mm front and 120mm rear fans which provide enough airflow for my moderate gaming.

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Worked fine12/11/2014 12:46:19 PM

Pros: - Reasonable features for the price - Worked fine while I used it

Cons: - More cost-effective options exist.

Overall Review: Purchased to test with AMD APU for hybrid crossfire. Performance is better than the APU alone, but hybrid crossfire was no better than the card alone. A card such as this seems ideal for a HTPC with decent case airflow. It is overmuch for conventional uses, and insufficient for gaming of moderate or greater intensity.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: more than 1 year
No flawed burning yet12/11/2014 12:37:30 PM

Pros: I have used half the stack in about a year and a half and there have been no errors in burning.

Cons: None

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Still working great12/11/2014 12:36:19 PM

Pros: - Energy efficient - Powers my gaming machine with plenty of energy to spare

Cons: - Probably insufficient wattage for highly intense gaming - Lack of modular plugs a con for some

Overall Review: A great value that suits my uses perfectly. Lack of modularity doesn't bother me, as it is easy enough to bundle cables and put them out of the way.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: more than 1 year
Reliable combo12/11/2014 12:33:09 PM

Pros: - Keys easy to depress - Still working great after more than a year

Cons: Cords? (con for some)

Overall Review: I prefer cords for a desktop or laptop. Data transfer is more reliable and no hassle with batteries.

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Solid and reliable12/11/2014 12:29:15 PM

Pros: - High joule rating. - Protects multiple devices. - Still working good over 1 year and several surges - No failures of devices plugged into it

Cons: None

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Still working good after 1 year.12/11/2014 12:27:07 PM

Pros: - Maxes SD capacity on my old phone and now my tablet. - Still working good after 1 year. - Seems fast enough.

Cons: None.

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Fast and economical choice.12/11/2014 12:24:49 PM

Pros: - Quad cores (sufficient for most uses) - Fast - Stable for 1 year of continuous use - Inexpensive

Cons: - Better power v. wattage CPU's exist

Overall Review: These chips are sold at a bargain price due to having a defective GPU but functioning CPU. A graphics card will be needed, which would be the case for anything more intensive than light gaming, regardless of whether the integrated GPU works. With a good card, this CPU has been gaming like a champ for me. A BIOS update may be needed to support the chip. I didn't realize this at first and it caused me to have to reinstall the old chip to update. Save yourself that hassle and check motherboard CPU support, updating BIOS if necessary.

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Works for me.12/11/2014 12:15:26 PM

Pros: - Maxes the SD capacity of my phone. - Good transfer speed. - Hasn't failed yet.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Working great for me so far.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Nice plugs12/11/2014 12:06:45 PM

Pros: - Easy to loop up and stow for travel. - Works well with fast charging ports and data transfer - Seems durable.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Short ownership. An updated review will be forthcoming if anything goes wrong. Quite useful so far, though.

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Flawed design but good overall12/11/2014 12:03:20 PM

Pros: - Good joule rating - Triples outlets - Fast charging ports - Swivel plugs good for behind furniture etc... - Standard vertical plug orientation - Great price for these features

Cons: - Charging port placement -- large plugs (transformer) will either block charging ports or other outlets -- charging ports should be above plugs or on top to complement swivel feature - Does not replace outlet cover -- screw-in would offer greater stability -- slightly increases distance from wall - Plugs into bottom circuit only -- full load on bottom outlet -- top plastic nub less stable than three metal prongs

Overall Review: This device offers a lot of utility and protection for the price. If you intend to plug in large, transformer-type plugs then this device is excellent for the price. If intending to use the charging ports and place behind furniture, the charging port placement will increase the distance the furniture must be from the wall, and permanently-plugged long cables will be the most feasible option.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Excellent tablet for the price6/8/2014 9:17:45 PM

Pros: Very nice display. Long battery life. Very easy to use and navigate. Google play and broad compatibility. Aesthetically appealing with sturdy construction. Thank hardware info 3.0.2 for the specs listed in "other thoughts".

Cons: Low RAM (works well despite this). Data-mining begins at power-on.

Overall Review: Some specs: SYSTEM (Android 4.0.4) Model: BNTV600 Manufacturer: BN LLC Device: ovation Product: HDplus Brand: NOOK Android Version: 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) API Level: 15 Build ID: IMM76L Fingerprint: NOOK/HDplus/ovation:4.0.4/IMM76L/2.2.0.8013:user/release-keys DISPLAY (1836x1280) Size: 1836x1280 Refresh Rate: 58.04 Hz Default Orientation: Portrait Physical Size: 8.74" (22.19 cm) Logical Size: Extra Large Density: 240 dpi (High) Pixels Per Inch: X: 256.67; Y: 256 PROCESSOR (ARMv7) Processor: ARMv7 Processor rev 10 (v7l) Cores: 2 Max Frequency: 1500 Mhz Instruction Sets: armeabi-v7a, armeabi SIMD Instructions: NEON MEMORY (768 MB) System RAM: 768 MB JVM Max Memory: 96 MB Internal Storage: 27655 MB External Storage: 27655 MB (Emulated) OPENGL 1.1 (PowerVR SGX 544) GENERAL Renderer: PowerVR SGX 544 Version: OpenGL ES-CM 1.1 Vendor: Imagination Technologies LIMITS Texture Size: 4096x4096 Texture Units: 4 Viewport Size: 4096x4096 Modelview Stack Depth: 16 Projection Stack Depth: 2 Texture Stack Depth: 4 Lights: 8 COMPRESSED TEXTURE FORMATS ETC1, Paletted EXTENSIONS GL_OES_byte_coordinates GL_OES_fixed_point GL_OES_single_precision GL_OES_matrix_get GL_OES_read_format GL_OES_compressed_paletted_texture GL_OES_point_sprite GL_OES_point_size_array GL_OES_matrix_palette GL_OES_draw_texture GL_OES_query_matrix GL_OES_texture_env_crossbar GL_OES_texture_mirrored_repeat GL_OES_texture_cube_map GL_OES_blend_subtract GL_OES_blend_func_separate GL_OES_blend_equation_separate GL_OES_stencil_wrap GL_OES_extended_matrix_palette GL_OES_framebuffer_object GL_OES_rgb8_rgba8 GL_OES_depth24 GL_OES_stencil8 GL_OES_compressed_ETC1_RGB8_texture GL_OES_mapbuffer GL_OES_EGL_image GL_OES_EGL_image_external GL_EXT_multi_draw_arrays GL_OES_required_internalformat GL_IMG_read_format GL_IMG_texture_compression_pvrtc GL_IMG_texture_format_BGRA8888 GL_EXT_texture_format_BGRA8888 GL_OES_egl_sync GL_IMG_vertex_array_object GL_APPLE_texture_2D_limited_npot OPENGL 2.0 (PowerVR SGX 544) GENERAL Renderer: PowerVR SGX 544 Version: OpenGL ES 2.0 build 1.9.RC2@2139099 Vendor: Imagination Technologies GLSL Version: OpenGL ES GLSL ES 1.00 build 1.9.RC2@2139099 LIMITS Texture Size: 4096x4096 Texture Units: 8 Vertex Textures: 8 Combined Textures: 8 Viewport Size: 4096x4096 Renderbuffer Size: 4096x4096 Cubemap Size: 4096x4096 Vertex Attributes: 16 Vertex Uniforms: 128 Varying Vectors: 8 Fragment Uniforms: 64 VERTEX NUMERIC PRECISION Low Int: [-2^8, 2^8] Medium Int: [-2^11, 2^11] High Int: [-2^24, 2^24] Low Float: [-2^1, 2^1], 2^-8 Medium Float: [-2^14, 2^14], 2^-10 High Float: [-2^126, 2^126], 2^-23 FRAGMENT NUMERIC PRECISION Low Int: [-2^8, 2^8] Medium Int: [-2^11, 2^11] High Int: [-2^24, 2^24] Low Float: [-2^1, 2^1], 2^-8 Medium Float: [-2^14, 2^14], 2^-10 High Float: [-2^126, 2^126], 2^-23 COMPRESSED TEXTURE FORMATS ETC1 EXTENSIONS GL_OES_rgb8_rgba8 GL_OES_depth24 GL_OES_verte

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Licensing change--feeling bamboozled.10/21/2013 1:12:56 PM

Pros: Supports up to 192 GB of RAM in 64 bit version. Reliable. Good driver support. Best software compatibility for users who wish to avoid a steep learning curve.

Cons: INESSENTIALS- -Most users will not need so much RAM. A 32-bit system with 4 GB RAM should satisfy most users, or 2GB RAM/2GB GPU for gamers. For 64-bit, Win 7 Home OEM ($80) with 8 GB RAM/2GB GPU ran my games wonderfully. -A lot of software inessential to most users. It hogs system resources, thereby reducing performance. Streamlining the system post-installation requires a lot of time and learning. LICENSING- -It was the case with former versions of Windows that the retail version could be installed on multiple PC's whereas the OEM could only be installed on one. Now, both can only be installed on one. -Assuming the license hadn't changed (no mention of it here or even on the box) I bought for $300 what I could have gotten for $135 or less. -The licensing change seems to me just a sneaky way for Microsoft to get extra cash out of its customers. I have been tricked this time but will not be again, and hopefully you won't be either. -I discovered this fact while waiting for tech support call back. Eventually an operator with poor English did call me back, and when I explained that I had discovered the OS is licensed for only one computer (so my issue was essentially resolved), she offered to transfer me to the Activation department. Hoping they might be a little understanding and activate it on my other computer, I waited 20 minutes through some terrible music, then got hung up on without even the sound of another human voice. I want to give this product 0 eggs for these reasons but I can't in all honesty say it's a bad product. It's just way too expensive for one computer. Heck, it's quite expensive for the 3 computers I had expected to be able to put it on. So the egg deductions are for inefficiency/bloat, poor customer service, and licensing/price, resulting in a final score of 2/5 eggs.

Overall Review: Get the least expensive thing that will satisfy your computing needs currently and for the foreseeable future. -For strictly gaming, the most you will need is 8GB RAM and a good 2 GB graphics card. Win 7 Home OEM ($80) satisfies. It supports up to 16GB total so you could even SLI/Crossfire 4 2GB cards with the 8GB RAM. -If you must have more than 16GB RAM, the OEM version is fine ($135). -If you are willing to do some learning, Linux can do anything you want it to for free, and will do it better because it is programmed more efficiently with less bloat. Several games and applications are easy to use in Linux from the get-go, others will take more effort to make compatible but it can be done if the user has sufficient knowledge and is persistent. Megalithic corporations do not care about you. Invest your time and money in viable alternatives whenever possible. Even if it incurs additional short-term dollar cost, the eventual result is the rise of competitors forcing better product, service, and support, which is a win for everyone in the long term.

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Update to previous review.10/17/2013 11:40:58 AM

Pros: SATA 6.0 GB/s, USB 3.0 & front panel header, ample fan headers, excellent onboard cooling, lots of USB & audio connectors. This board has everything most users will ever need.

Cons: Upgrade to Richmond CPU somewhat of a hassle. Downloaded Live Update 5 and used it to install new BIOS hoping to ensure compatibility. The program updated to the "latest" BIOS of 1.7. When I installed the new Richmond CPU, the computer gave the message that the BIOS was incompatible. Turns out that 2.4 is the most current BIOS, and 2.x is required to run Richmond or do a BIOS flash. Had to switch back to Trinity, download 2.4, install to flash drive, and run it before the Richmond would work. The upgrade was completed but at the expense of time in internet research and extra component swapping. And I like to keep handling of components to a minimum as it has its own inherent dangers such as wearing out contacts, ESD, bending pins etc... Hopefully the board now comes with the latest BIOS, and if it doesn't, then hopefully this review simplifies the process for the reader. If it only has BIOS 1.x, you'll need a Trinity or Llano chip to accomplish the BIOS update, so you will either need to RMA the board and get something different or purchase a cheap CPU.

Overall Review: Despite this upgrade hassle, the system is running great and I couldn't be more satisfied with the hardware. Richmond 3.8 Ghz Quad 2x8GB Crucial Ballistix 8-8-8-24 1TB Toshiba SATA 6.0 GB/s HD Radeon HD 7790 2GB Rosewill Capstone 450W Gold PSU

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Good keyboard.7/26/2013 1:58:10 PM

Pros: Good, dependable, easy-to-use, no-frills keyboard.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Overall Review: The keys are like standard except slightly reduced in height, not dramatically flattened. The overall width and height of the keyboard seem to have been slightly reduced. The keys on my Lenovo slim keyboard are slightly wider and flatter. So this seems only slightly smaller than a standard keyboard, perhaps by reducing key size a bit, but not enough to impact my typing. It seems to be of good build quality. Logitech products have never disappointed me.

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Within range of expectations.7/26/2013 1:40:52 PM

Pros: Excellent GFLOPS vs Watts. Runs games well with relatively little power consumption (85 Watts for this, vs. 175 for 7870).

Cons: Expect decent, playable frames on high-end games, not freakishly good like 60 fps or even 30 at max settings.

Overall Review: Plays Tera @ 1080p with other settings ranging from mid-max and frame rates ranging from 20-64. Huge improvement over the 6570 2GB which got 8-24 @ 1770x1000 and lower overall settings. The 7790 is also more energy efficient, having nearly 3x the graphics processing power at less than 2x the Watts. The ideal choice for a good gaming experience without spiking the electrical bill too high.

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Decent motherboard.6/22/2013 7:30:04 AM

Pros: Well constructed. Good onboard chip coolers. Nice set of connectors on rear I/O. Header for front USB 3.0.

Cons: No SATA 6Gb/s (only 3Gb/s). Only one fan header besides for CPU fan.

Overall Review: The SATA II was a bit of a disappointment to me--I should have read the specs better. I knew about the lack of fan headers though. The dropped egg is because of the lack of cooling options and forward-compatibility. I have to guess that these are the reasons that the price is so low for a board of such good construction otherwise. All things considered, still a good value--the build went smoothly and the comp has had no issues.

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Blows a lot of air.6/22/2013 7:16:11 AM

Pros: Faster air and better volume output than air duster canisters. Not disposable. Made in USA.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: At the price I paid, it will pay for itself after about 20 air duster canisters' worth of PC cleaning. It does a better job, having attachments to vary the output opening size for tasks ranging from high volume cleaning to high pressure cleaning for clingy particles. It's greener as it does not pump propellants into the atmosphere. No need to be cautious of liquid discharge. Also its use need not be confined to just PC cleaning--it'll work well for any electronics or surfaces, screens etc... It's a great product and heartening to see it was manufactured domestically.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Good if you get a deal.6/22/2013 7:06:00 AM

Pros: You get some bonus gifts that help you out in the game. It's nice to begin the game with a mount, and I'm looking forward to having the extra items soon. It's also nice to have the physical hardware and the additional physical items that come with the set.

Cons: There should be items to assist or shorten the levelling process from start to finish, considering you're essentially buying a free-to-play game,

Overall Review: At the dramatically reduced price I got this for it was a decent deal. Would have been sweeter without the above-mentioned con, still not bad. Also, it's a fun game!

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It's decent.6/22/2013 7:00:08 AM

Pros: High memory, decent bus width, decent memory clock, energy efficient, no need for extra power hookups.

Cons: None really.

Overall Review: Working great so far, runs my 1080p content. I'm playing Tera at 1920x1080 resolution, medium settings, and the fps varies quite a bit, from around 6 up to 40, averaging about 14. So it'll handle some gaming, just not at crazy settings, which is, in my opinion, pretty good for the price.

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