Date Joined: 06/08/05
Pros: HDMI input; great picture - very clear and crisp, yet easy on the eyes.
Cons: There is NO VESA mount on this monitor. The specifications are incorrect. -1 egg for incorrect description. Consequently, the bottom of the viewable area of the monitor is about 3.5" above the desk surface.
Overall Review: I would buy again if I didn't need VESA.
Pros: I've burned about ten BD-R's so far, not a coaster in the bunch! Quieter than the DVD burner it replaced. Haven't tried out M-DISC yet, but will probably get some to create "permanent" archive of family photos and movies. (Keep in mind, "permanent" really only means "as long as there's a drive around to read the data" because even if the disk will last 1,000 years, the data on it is useless if it can't be read...and realistically, my grandchildren will probably use these disks as frisbees if the data can't be read in 30 years!)
Cons: Rip lock slows BD read speeds to about 3x. Can probably be flashed to a modded firmware, but I'm not ready to do that yet.
Overall Review: Another poster commented that this drive can also handle BDXL - can't confirm this through LG, however.
Pros: Great price when purchased as a combo. Burn at 8x in my LG WH12LS39 (ImgBurn reports possible burning speeds of 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x) with no errors so far.
Cons: None yet - haven't had a coaster yet out of ten burns, even with burning speed well above the rated 4x.
Overall Review: I've had these less than a week, so I can't speak to durability; also, YMMV based on your burner. Can definitely recommend to owners of the LG WH12LS39, however!
Pros: I have the 1090T paired with an Asus Crosshair IV Formula mobo, a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus cooler sealed down with Arctic Silver 5, sitting inside an Antec Three Hundred case with the wires routed for maximum cooling efficiency. (8 GB Corsair XMS DDR3 @ 1600 also.) Not overclocking at this time. With the case fans and CPU fans set for max cooling, the processor idles at about 27 C and never gets above 37 C - but the machine also sounds like it's getting ready for takeoff. Turning down the fans and enabling fan control in BIOS results in a silent computer that idles at 28 C and never goes above 41 C at full load - a good compromise between acoustics and heat. (Compared to my old Intel Core 2 Q6600 that idled at 45...)
Cons: None at this stage.
Overall Review: This was my first AMD build, and I'm very pleased. Good price-to-performance ratio. I'm looking forward to maxing out this rig over the next couple of years.
Pros: Cheap when I bought it. Sold it for a few bucks after the fan died. Ended up spending about $20 for one year's use.
Cons: Two huge cons - first, don't trust EVGA warranties - you basically have to prove, twice, that you're entitled to it. Make sure you keep a copy of everything you submit. Second - like the title said, the fan died after a year. It started out as an incredibly noisy whine, then it completely died. This was in a fairly dust-free house. I ended up buying a fanless model for a replacement.
Overall Review: Yeah, they are cheap. But you can either buy this card and replace it in a year, or spend a little more and get something that will last.
Pros: The RCRP05B features the JP1 (technically the JP1.3) interface - with a JP1-to-USB cable and a few hours of learning, you can program this remote to control just about anything with an IR sensor. You can actually control up to eight devices with it - not just the five that it appears to control. Additionally, you can custom program your own macros to do just about anything - for example, turn all the components on to do a certain function, such as watch a DVD. Even without a JP1 cable, you can still manually program it to run many more devices besides those for which codes are already included.
Cons: The JP1 interface software does have a bit of a learning curve to it - make sure to read up on it before diving in. Additionally, you'll make some mistakes before learning how to do everything - you just need a little patience.
Overall Review: Controls everything in my living room except my three-year-old!
Pros: Bought two for my dad's four-year-old Dell Dimension 2400. These sticks make the old machine more responsive and will extend its life by a couple of years.
Overall Review: This is the second machine of this vintage that I've upgraded with 2 GB of RAM. If you have a computer of similar age and are thinking of buying a new system, but don't do any gaming or video editing, buy these sticks and reinstall Windows, then save your money for a couple of years.
Pros: Works like a charm in my Gateway GM5478. These sticks are about half the height of my old sticks. Timing is 5-5-5-18-23 at full speed in dual channel. I'll be picking up a second set to max out my board in the near future.
Cons: I couldn't put my old full-height RAM sticks in the half-height case this ships in.
Overall Review: Fourth set of Kingston RAM I've purchased in the last year and a half, they've all worked well.
Pros: Good budget card with dual DVI. Replaced an 8500 GT with half as much RAM; plays back H.254 and DivX videos more clearly, with no visible stutter. Boosted my overall Vista experience to 5.4, FWIW. I would buy the card again for a budget application, since I don't do gaming and the most strenuous video activity on my machine is editing home videos.
Cons: REBATE, REBATE, REBATE! Based upon prior reviews, I was extra careful to send everything I possibly could verifying the purchase date of the card - however, the rebate company still denied my rebate as "missing purchase date"! Apparently, NewEgg's "Order Submitted" date from the Order Details form, and the "Sales Order Date" from the Sales Order Confirmation e-mail are not enough to convince this company...
Overall Review: We'll see how persuasive the Florida and Texas Attorney General's consumer protection divisions are if my rebate isn't approved.
Pros: Good price; can be used for both SATA and IDE drives; good form factor; using a 2.5" SATA drive, USB has provided sufficient power - no need to use the extra USB cable for power. I'm using this as an archive drive, rather than everyday use.
Cons: Transfers are a little slower than with my WD Passport (22 MB/s average versus 30 MB/s with the Passport). I'm using this with a 160GB hard drive pulled from a new Toshiba laptop, so I don't think the hard drive is pulling down the transfer speed. Not the fastest case on the block, but not a major con for me. The screws are difficult as noted by others, but I think that's been a common complaint with other cases of this size.
Overall Review: If you're looking for a decently-priced case to put an otherwise unused drive to occasional work, I'd recommend this. I don't know if I'd recommend it for a drive that will see constant use, however.
Pros: Recently purchased a new machine with Vista, only to learn that several programs are either not compatible with Vista or their "updated" versions don't offer the same functionality. Installed the old standby, XP Professional, and regained all that functionality. If you know how to set up a dual-boot system, you can have the best of both worlds.
Cons: MS will eventually stop selling it...buy your XP licenses now! Newer machines may require direct integration of drivers for installation - do your research, and run some test installations, before committing the dollars to a license.
Overall Review: If you want the option to install Vista on your computer someday, save some money in the long run and buy Vista Business OEM or Ultimate OEM. You will have downgrade rights to install XP Professional.