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Steve D.

Steve D.

Joined on 01/27/07

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Solid memory

PNY XLR8 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MD2048KD2-800-X4
PNY XLR8 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MD2048KD2-800-X4

Pros: Solid performance, good price, aesthetically pleasing

Cons: None at the moment

Overall Review: Maxed out my media center with 4 GB, but only 3GB are able to be used because my video card is 1GB, and you can only address 4GB of RAM total in the system on a 32-bit OS. I knew this already, but just mentioning it incase anyone might be surprised by that. If you have a 64-bit OS, you'll get the full 4GB for system RAM.

Solid quality product

Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe - Quad-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface
Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe - Quad-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface

Pros: 4 cable card supporting digital tuners via a single PCI slot Finally unleashes some of the huge potential that exists in Windows Media Center (the FCC only recently lifted the restriction that held prevented a card like this from existing) A steal compared to the previous ATI cable card tuner prices (~$300 per tuner!), especially with the $100 off they are offering right now!

Cons: Price feels a little steep considering you have to maintain and upgrade your DVR on your own dime if anything needs it in the future, vs cable company DVRs which would all be fixed/upgraded for free (I'm reaching here, this is the only thing I could think of)

Overall Review: I have CableVision and it took a little time (3 days) to get the cable card working at first, but it was purely setup issues on the backend at Cablevision and nothing to do with the card, my machine, or my home network. Ever since it's been perfect. The image quality is superb and never blips even when I'm using 3 tuners to record shows and one to watch live TV. I use Windows Media Center with XBox360s as extenders throughout the house on GB ethernet and it is all smooth. The build quality is top notch, everything is solid and firm, nothing feels chincey. My Windows Media Center has new life now, after TV went digital while digital tuners were only sold with OEM "digital ready" machines. Combine this with ShowAnalyzer to auto skip commercials and RemotePotato to make all of your WMC media accessible from anywhere to make WMC the ultimate centralized whole house & worldwide media solution for yourself. All thanks to the Ceton Card, I have my sweet Media Center back!

Runs fine after RMA for broken fan blade

PC Power & Cooling ModXStream Pro Series 700 Watt 80+ Semi-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ700MXSP)
PC Power & Cooling ModXStream Pro Series 700 Watt 80+ Semi-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ700MXSP)

Pros: Large quiet fan, powerful enough for most setups, good price for performance

Cons: Had to RMA first one due to broken fan blade

Overall Review: The fan is very quiet compared to my old dual fan Antec and does not seem to get very warm so far though I haven't heavily taxed it just yet. When I first turned it on I heard something bouncing around, but the noise stopped immediately. Later I noticed the PSU was hot and the fan wasn't spinning. One of the fan blades had broken completely off and was wedged preventing the rest from turning. After removing the blade it spun again, but of course wobbled off center. The replacement PSU is fine so far and I'll attribute that to a chance issue. One of the first reviewers of this product did have to move a wire out of the way of the fan, but mine had a plastic sheet that seemed to make it impossible for the blade to be hit any wires (appearantly a revision they've made since then).

Rosewill 2 Amp 4 Port USB Wall Charger RUC-6180 for iPhone/iPod/iPad/MP3
Rosewill 2 Amp 4 Port USB Wall Charger RUC-6180 for iPhone/iPod/iPad/MP3

Pros: Reasonable size for 4 USB ports, avoids need for computer to charge USB devices

Cons: The blue light is that eye piercing blue LED...wish they could find a way to tone that down a bit so I didn't have to worry about it being in line of site while plugged in.

Overall Review: Maybe just my own fault, but I thought this came with multiple connectors for world travel. It turns out, there is another model of this product that does, but this one only has the standard plug for te US/North America. I haven't yet found where I can order the plug heads by themselves, but I really hope that's possible (otherwise, why even sell this with a removable plug if I can only get the one it came with anyway?)

A happy customer

Canon VIXIA HF100 2.7" LCD 12X Optical Zoom High Definition Camcorder
Canon VIXIA HF100 2.7" LCD 12X Optical Zoom High Definition Camcorder

Pros: Small, light, great true hi-def recording, much cheaper than a pro-videographer, works well with my A-Data 16GB SDHC cards (2-2.5hr of video each at full hi def)

Cons: Wish it had slightly greater optical zoom as I've seen on some of their other models, but 13x does quite well nonetheless

Overall Review: This camera blows my fiancé & I away. She said it makes her want to watch life through the camera instead of through our own eyes. The detail it captures is great & it adjusts & for color and lighting very well. I haven't recorded inside at night, but in the daytime & at dusk both in & outside it has taken amazing videos so far. We bought this for our wedding in lieu of a pro videographer because we only care to capture key parts to send to family that couldn't attend. For much less we were able to buy (& keep) this camcorder, the extended battery, two 16GB memory cards and an HDMI-mini HDMI cable. We're excited to see the results of our wedding day & to have it for everything else in the future. I wish it had slightly greater optical zoom, but 13x does quite well still. I haven't enabled the digital zoom to see how different it looks to know if it's an acceptable difference. But, it does let you choose either no digital, 40x digital, or 200x digital zoom, which is nice.

Best price, works perfect

ADATA 16GB Class 6 Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model TurboSD SDHC 16G
ADATA 16GB Class 6 Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model TurboSD SDHC 16G

Pros: Cheapest 16GB Class 6 SDHC card from a trustworthy company Solid, fast performance No compatibility issues

Cons: No label/sticker to make it easier to identify when have more than one

Overall Review: This card works perfectly with my Canon HF100 camcorder even while recording full HD video (17mbps). I'm going to order at least 1 or 2 more. I wish they came with sticker labels to help me identify them more easily, but that's a nit just because I couldn't think of any other cons. I've bought other A-Data cards in the past including an 8GB SDHC for my Casio Exilim camera and a 4GB microSD for my Samsung i760 PPC, which also work flawlessly. I would recommend this card and A-Data as a brand to anyone for their excellent combination of price, performance, and quality.