Date Joined: 09/25/04
Pros: It's a perfectly fine CD/DVD/BluRay writer when it works.
Cons: Mine worked great from August to December, 2016, when suddenly it wouldn't recognize BluRay disks any longer. So I contacted Newegg and they said talk to Pioneer. So I contacted Pioneer and they said Newegg is not an authorized Pioneer dealer and therefore -- no warranty protection. So I contacted Newegg again -- via chat -- and they said, "WHAAAAAT? Did you get an email from Pioneer refusing warranty?" Well, yes, I did get an email, so I forwarded Pioneer's email to Newegg and pretty soon I got an RMA from Newegg (not Pioneer) and *Newegg* checked out my drive, saw that it was defective, and sent me a replacement. Newegg even paid for shipping both ways. This whole process took only about three weeks, which was fine as I'd already bought a Pioneer BDR-2209 to take the bad drive's place. Now I have an second drive to put in the computer I use to duplicate disks that are sold by a nonprofit where I volunteer. I can work twice as fast! Nice.
Overall Review: Working with Newegg on the return and replacement turned out to be pretty easy. Newegg stood behind the product and treated me fairly. I'm happy. And the second egg in my rating is an expression of appreciation to Newegg.
Pros: It does everything it's supposed to do.
Cons: I wish the Newegg description had been more complete. I wasn't sure until I opened the package that it would contain a power supply for the hard drives. But it does, and it even contains a couple of power cables for non-USA sockets. Nice.
Overall Review: I'm writing this review for the benefit of people who are as dense as I am. I have spent the bulk of this afternoon trying to get this thing going. Turns out the product works, but only if you do things in the right order. If you are dealing with SATA drives, you probably won't have any problems. I didn't, anyway. But when I tried to access my old IDE drives, I couldn't get them to show up in Windows 10. Nothing worked until I did this: 1) Be sure the IDE drive's jumper is set for "slave," assuming you're working with it on an SATA system. 2) Don't plug the Adapter/Converter into the USB 3.0 socket yet. 3) Plug the adapter and the power cord into the drive, turn on the power switch, and be sure the drive has had enough time to get up to speed. 4) Now plug the USB cable into your computer's USB 3.0 socket. At this point Windows 10 should see the drive. Worked for me. Good luck!
Pros: I'd had an old Asus P5Q Pro Turbo ATX motherboard in a back closet gathering dust along with pretty much everything I'd need to put together a very nice desktop computer that I wanted to give to a needy local charitable organization. All I really required was a case. So I searched Newegg, found this one, and decided that for the price I could ignore the warnings in the reviews and give it a try. I'm so glad I went with my instincts. This case is perfect for my needs, my ATX MBO fits nicely, there's room for everything I wanted to give away, the front panel connectors and lights were all there and they work as they should (USB-2 ports only). Maybe not a great case, but a perfectly fine one. It even looks good!
Cons: Yes, part of my MBO floats in mid air. So what? Do you plan to rest your coffee cup on it? You can't put fingers under it to brace when you're plugging in a component? Your OCD kicks in when you see a screw hole without a screw? The packaging contains plenty of offset screws for MBO support -- six of them. That's plenty, for my MBO anyway.
Overall Review: In placing my order I discovered there's a Newegg warehouse in my city. Talk about convenience! I placed my order and within an hour I received a phone call telling me I could pick up my case right away. Thanks, Newegg!
Pros: It does what it's supposed to do, and it works fine with Win7's Windows Fax and Scan. I haven't even tried to find a special Windows 7 driver -- just loaded the Vista driver on the setup disk.
Cons: Can't think of any cons.
Pros: If you've been wondering whether investing in a new SSD would be a good idea -- whether installing OS and all apps on an SSD would provide a noticeable improvement in performance -- I'll just say I'm majorly pleased.
Installing the Samsung SSD was a breeze; it has behaved for me just like a regular HDD and Windows 7 installed on it without a single hiccup. No firmware issues to deal with at all. I've installed my OS (Win7) and all apps on this drive.
Cons: I can't think of any cons. I confess I didn't install the drive in a dedicated bay because I didn't have an extra one to spare. (I'm using a Lian Li horizontal case.) I just laid the Samsung SSD on its side between all my other drives and it's working fine. I don't shake my case around, so I think this should make no difference.
Overall Review: The SSD doesn't work magic, but it sure does speed things up, even on an SATA II Asus P5Q Pro Turbo motherboard. From a cold start Windows 7 is now up and running in about 30 seconds, and this is with all Win7 updates installed plus about three dozen apps and gadgets. Virus protection is Windows Security Essentials.
But even better than boot time is the almost incredible speed with which my apps load. I click on the Microsoft Word icon and boom, I'm looking at a blank page. Practically incredible.
Pros: It's large and roomy and can accommodate four hard drives without crowding. The hard drive and optical drive mounts are modular -- easy to remove and replace. It's quiet and cool. The cover is easy to remove and replace. For the first time in my life I now have front panel audio jacks. It looks sleek. Even though I just transferred all my hardware from my old case into this one, I feel like I have a new computer. Very nice.
Cons: The connector wires from the front panel should be a couple of inches longer. If the audio cable had been a half inch shorter it wouldn't have reached the socket on my motherboard.
Overall Review: Several years ago I bought a very nice early American style computer cabinet at Ethan Allen. It was on sale and it fit the right spot in my condo and so I splurged. The only real drawback is that it's not designed for a PC tower case -- it has a sliding shelf down below that requires a horizontal desktop case design. Well I was using an old Enlight desktop case that I've had for years, but the plastic hinges had broken off the front cover and I was holding it in place with Scotch tape and it was loud and it was BEIGE and I wanted a replacement. I wasn't interested in an HTPC case -- I just wanted a horizontal layout to fit my cabinet. This Lian Li is exactly what I was looking for.