cover
Adam S.

Adam S.

Joined on 04/02/06

0
0

Product Reviews
product reviews
  • 5
Most Favorable Review

Decent

Acer AL2216Wbd 22" WSXGA 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor with HDCP support
Acer AL2216Wbd 22" WSXGA 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor with HDCP support

Pros: Nice and wide. 1680x1050 looks excellent. Colors vivid, sharp contrast, deep black. This replaced an Acer 19", so it was like buying that same one but getting about 3" more width. Yes, I know, the genius in me shines brightly from time to time. Anyhow, window management makes it seem as though it's like having dual screens. Games are much more fun to play in wide-screen.

Cons: Have one bad pixel. But considering the first one I got had a constant, nasty flicker, I can handle one bad pixel. The brightness/contrast auto presets aren't up to my tastes. I opted to go manual and set it through the nVidia software for my graphics card. I have the contrast set to 61 and the brightness at zero. nVidia's Display Optimization Wizard set the Gamma for the colors.

Overall Review: I had to RMA the first one as it had a nasty flicker as I stated above. Props to Newegg for making that a smooth process. There was an issue with a fuzzy picture at first that installing the Acer drivers didn't fix. nVidia's ForceWare drivers needed to be un-/re-installed which forced the Acer driver to be re-installed right after. When that was all said and done, the picture was crisp and clean. This seems more like an issue with the graphics card or its drivers as I've gone through that process previously. For an entry-level wide-screen, it's definitely worth the price. I'd love to have something in the 30-inch range, but those are currently out of my budget.

2nd Purchase

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler

Pros: Works with nearly every AMD socket. Much quieter than most OEM heatsink/fans. Very good at keep temperatures consistently low. I just unlocked the dormant cores of my Phenom x2 555 BE and started running Distributed.net's client. While idle, CPU temp was 43C. After running dnetc for 15 minutes across all four cores, the temp holds steady at 56C with the fan spinning at about 2260 RPM. Shut dnetc off and temp drops rapidly.

Cons: Keep in mind that it is rather large. It sits high atop the CPU and would be difficult to fit in smaller cases. Some setups will be cramped. This current setup of mine places the fan over two of the ram slots. I can still get them in and out with having to remove the cooler, but other's may not be so lucky. This shouldn't be regarded as much of a con as it is an aspect in which to be aware.

Overall Review: Even while running the CPU under a heavy load over a sustained time period, I don't think it'll ever burn up with this cooler. The stock heatsink that came with my Phenom x2 555 BE wouldn't have been nearly as efficient. Well worth the small added expense.

Turns out I was wrong

GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model GV34GB1333C7DC
GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model GV34GB1333C7DC

Pros: This is an update to a previous review I posted a few days ago which I'll explain below. Plug them in and they work. Well that's the intention anyway.

Cons: One of the four sticks turned out to be bad. I had posted an earlier review that stated I only needed to fix the voltage at 1.5V in order to stabilize them. What I actually had was a stick that had a problem which took a few days to really manifest itself. Luckily, I can return one kit of two and still have a functional computer while I wait for the replacements.

Overall Review: After a few system lockups, I ran memtest86 and noticed a few errors. I entered the bios and was able to set the ram voltage to 1.5V instead of "Auto". That stabilized everything for a little while. Lockups appeared again and memtest86 showed more errors. It took quite a few arrangements of the sticks and slots to find the failed stick. Sometimes memtest86 would test the bad stick for hours with no issue. Only when I moved it to a new slot would the errors reappear. Doing the same to the other three produced no errors. Newegg's RMA procedure is still the easiest implementation that I know to exist. It's one of the top reasons I keep shopping with them. I expect a couple of weeks from now I should have a new kit.

Needs voltage

GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model GV34GB1333C7DC
GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model GV34GB1333C7DC

Pros: Good value for the price. GeIL has been flawless in my laptop so I had no reservation against buying these.

Cons: Just one small issue. Originally I thought I had a bad stick due to Memtest errors but that was due to a lack of voltage. There were never any errors when using only two sticks. As soon as all four were being used, Memtest Test #5 would produce errors. Using the BIOS to bump the voltage from Auto to 1.5V and setting the frequency from Auto to 1333MHz solved those errors.

Overall Review: Used two of these kits for an Asus M4A77TD as they were one of the models listed in the board's compatibility list. Other than having to set the correct voltage, these have worked out real well. I'm not planning to overclock as the system needs to remain stable, so I can't comment on those possibilities.

8G

ASUS Eee PC 8G - Pearl White Intel Mobile CPU 7" WVGA 1GB Memory 8GB SSD NetBook
ASUS Eee PC 8G - Pearl White Intel Mobile CPU 7" WVGA 1GB Memory 8GB SSD NetBook

Pros: Small and lightweight. It doesn't need a big, cumbersome bag in order to lug it around. Slip it into its pouch, tuck it under your arm or slide it under your coat, and you're ready to go. Battery life averages about three hours. Wifi, USBs, camera, microphone, all work as intended. Screen is bright and crisp. Packaging and documentation is top notch. The optical USB mouse was a nice surprise. Power cord on the AC adapter is nice and long.

Cons: Keyboard is a bit cramped and the keys need to be fully engaged to function. This can lead to tired fingers after a bit of typing. The touchpad seems to need extra attention. Tapping and double-tapping is an artform with the Eee. Maybe I'm too used to my Thinkpad's. The Xandros OS is _too_ basic. You do get all the necessities but upgrading or adding applications is limited.

Overall Review: I needed a more customizable OS than the installed Xandros. It works, and if you're happy with that, then keep it, but it just could live up to my requirements. XP, and even Vista I hear, can be installed. Asus goes so far to include instructions on how to do it. I opted for an alternative Linux with Ubuntu. It's a solid piece of equipment despite its few shortcomings. Asus seems to do everything very well. Just keep in mind that it's small and not built for speed.