Joined on 08/30/04
Good Value at $20
Pros: Easy to Install Never need to change bulb(LED) Recharges itself during day(3 x 900mAh Ni-MH) Low profile Light head rotates and oscillates for accurate placement Sensor direction can be changed and has good range(~20 ft)
Cons: For the price and its intended purpose, none.
Overall Review: Light is the typical eery purple LED color, and not very bright; this could be good or bad depending on your situation. It will light an area enough so you can see what's in front of you or get your key in the door, but not very brightly like a hardwired flood light would. My side stairs have their own hardwired halogen light, but the path to these stairs from my front gate were unlighted. This product solved the problem, allowing me to see the path in front of me as I walked. Its low light is a plus in my situation, since no one likes bright lights shining in their windows at night.
Good case overall
Pros: Looks nice, plenty of space, easy addon card and hard drive installation, front panel ports on top(esata and firewire is a +), room for more fans. Inside of case has cord retainers built in which came in handy with keeping it neat and thus maximizing airflow.
Cons: Front panels are a pain to get off. I had to stick a screwdriver in from inside the pc and pry the panels out. The second panel was even more difficult since I had to remove the metal shield; lots of twisting, pushing, and pulling to get it to snap off. I had to use screws for one of the blu-ray drives I installed. The snap-lock retainers just weren't enough to hold it securely, wiggled too much for my tastes, felt unsecured and cheap.
Overall Review: The main reason I took off one egg was for the front panels being unnecessarily difficult to remove. There's just no need for it. They could have engineered a much better system with little effort on their part.
Nice monitor if no pixels get stuck
Pros: The monitor itself is fine. Clear, crisp and fast. It worked great the first day, but on day #2, disaster struck. Read below for more info.
Cons: Powered on the monitor the day after it was received, all excited because I had been using a 17"(more like 15.5") CRT for the past 3 weeks. Shock and horror struck when I saw a little red dot at the bottom middle of the screen. STUCK PIXEL Tried every method to get rid of it; rubbing the pixel with a damp cloth, eraser head, pen tip with cloth, running both Java and program based stuck pixel removers for hours at a time...nothing worked. This is a widescreen monitor - it excels at movies and games that have widescreen support. When there is an ever-present bright red dot stuck on the screen in a very visible location, it greatly impacts the enjoyability of whatever medium you're viewing. Sure it's only viewable on darker backgrounds, but how many movies and games incorporate darker colors? That's right, every single one of them. Unfortunately, Viewsonic only accepts 3+ stuck pixels as worthy of an RMA. I fear the red dot and I will become good friends over the next few years
Overall Review: Got this monitor as an RMA for a Viewsonic VX922 19" that just stopped working after about a year(wouldn't turn on). When I shipped the dead monitor out for RMA, at first they kept telling me they had no parts to repair it, and then that they had no replacements in stock. It took multiple online live chat sessions and a firm stance in order to finally get this "comparable replacement" shipped out. 3 weeks after my dead monitor arrived at their repair center, they finally sent me out a VX1932. My 17" Dell LCD lasted for 7 years, no dead pixels...and I bought it used. No more Viewsonic for me.
Comments: I was running at temps of 75ºC under full load with stock P4 3.2 heatsink/fan(Prescott). At some points the computer would randomly shut down due to overheating. With this new heatsink/fan, I'm running full load and the temps arent even surpassing 45ºC, Also, this was 2 hours after install, where the thermal compound hadnt even cured yet. I'm sure if I really push the machine it will be closer to 50º, but my old temps of 70-75º are a thing of the past. In regards to those who believe this is a difficult install, it really isn't. The clips go on the mount quite easy, no tools required, just hook one side in and push the other down...repeat that twice and it's in. I did take my motherboard tray out, but then could not fit the tray back in the motherboard due to the heatsink hitting the power supply. I was forced to install it from inside the case, which wasn't difficult in the least since I had already done it with the motherboard out in the open. If you must do it with the motherboard intact like I had to due to space issues, then remove the motherboard first to do a practice run...this makes it much easier when you have space restraints inside the case and can't see as much of the motherboard as you'd like. I'm running a P4P800S motherboard in a PowMax mid-tower case, both of which aren't top of the line or spacious components, yet this was still an easy install.