Date Joined: 09/15/06
Pros: Drive seems to work great, and sixty-four dollars was a smoking good deal. Thanks NewEgg.
Installation was easy to upgrade from full 64GB SSD with the Samsung Data Migration software
Overall Review: I'll update review if i have any problems...
Pros: Small, Fast, and Simple.
-Includes VESA mount
-Lots of USB ports with good specs on using for charging
-Factory Reset is ridiculously fast
-Netflix works perfectly
Cons: -Limited availability at the moment! Hoping that changes as I'd like to buy more of these.
Overall Review: I bought this one for my mother who didn't need a full blown PC. She thought it was pretty slick and was up and running in 5 minutes.
I am considering buying at least one more of these for a HTPC but am holding out to see if I can get a keyboard/mouse bundle later...
Pros: Nice remote
Good Looking (not great)
Quick shut off
Cons: The sound is good, not great.
Overall Review: I'm using with a current gen iPod Nano and I was amazed how quickly everything just started working and the responsiveness of the remote and volume dial. I really like that you just tap the volume jog dial and it turns on or off.
At 25 bucks, this thing is amazing. 5 eggs for low cost and decent sound.
Pros: Worked instantly, no setup needed.
Start to finish setup for 4 outlets was about 5 minutes after running one extension cord.
Speed = 50mbit
Cons: My only complaint, and it doesn't seem to be the products fault, is that you need to plug direct into a non-gfci or surge protected outlet.
Overall Review: My previous wireless was pulling about 3mbit in the farthest room. Now it's 50. awesome.
Pros: Good sound output.
Automatic Leveling (MACC)
Robust input/output options.
Post speaker wire terminals.
OSD for network settings and pandora.
HDMI switching has been reliable.
Cons: The On Screen Displays are completely lack-luster. They look archaic,.
The Pandora screen seems to be missing a skip button (unless it's user error).
Switching from one HDMI source to my PC takes about 7 seconds end to end, but i'm not sure if some of that is the PC.
When using Pandora, you cannot select another video source (I.E. a computer).
The Pandora audio quality does not seem to match the Pandora One PC app (somewhat expected)
Overall Review: I have not tried the iPod Control.
I had to upgrade the firmware via USB stick and found that the only stick it would recognize was an older 1GB with FAT filesystem (instead of newer 32GB stick).
I'm giving this receiver 5 stars because it's earned it at this price (on sale for 249) even with a few shortcomings.
PIONEER, if you are paying attention, put a nice looking and fully featured on screen interface on your receivers and I'll gladly pay more! I'd love to see all the options there.
Frankly, the current OSD is terrible looking, only contains a small subset of features. There is a lot of room for improvement.
Acceptable video quality when playing movies.
Charges from 5V or MiniUSB
Ice Cream Sandwich
Battery life is decent (no slow charge problems here)
Cons: Not super fast
Wireless Disconnects on sleep (see details)
Screen Defect (black spot)
Terrible manufacturer website and firmware instructions
Lack of custom roms available (at this time)
Overall Review: I bought this tablet (my first) knowing that it would not be perfect, but at sub 99 dollars with promo, it's really hard to go wrong unless it bricks.
WIRELESS: I see why people complain about the wireless. It sleeps with the tablet does, regardless of the advanced wireless option to keep wifi on during sleep. This kills music streaming while sleeping. My work-around is to turn on the "never sleep while plugged in" developer option. But, this means you have to stay plugged in.
The other useful option is to set the sleep timer to 30 minutes. This is useful for times when you want the tablet to be accessible but you might not be using it all the time.
FIRMWARE: I have not figured out how to upgrade the firmware yet, I'm running a June 2012 version. The instructions on the website are a real joke and I can't find the livesuit 1.09 software on their website. I will update this review if I ever figure it out.
Pros: Nice looking unit, easy to install ram and HD, multiple mounting configurations, plenty of connection options. Remote control works awesome with XBMC.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: Not counting building a USB installer for windows 7, it only took about 90 minutes to get the zbox fully up and running with XBMC and mounted to the back of my bedroom TV.
I read some other reviews and was worried about the remote, but it works great.
Pros: Besides the great feature set for the price (which you already knew), this board has been great to work with. I am a bit behind on overclocking lingo and technical specs, but with the utilities that ASUS provides, they make it REALLY easy. I ran the windows utility provided and it "auto" overclocked the chip quite a bit and it's nice and stable. I'm just at the point where I like the concept of overclocking, but don't care to read as much about it as I used to back when the ol #2 pencil was the tool you needed to unlock a chip. ;)
Cons: The ExpressGate BIOS optionis enabled by default. This made a 30 second pause at boot up. I had to disable it.
Overall Review: AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM
Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1
Pros: Able to unlock cores and overclock easily. Mine is not stable with all 4 cores unlocked, but 3 for the price of 2 is still nice! Have it overclocked to 3.7 ghz on 3 cores is it's very stable.
Temperature is also good with stock heatsink/fan (good case cooling though)
Pros: Plain Black - no styling
No sharp edges (plastic)
Cons: You have to be careful to use screws that are smaller than typical case screws. I used the smaller versions that come with most CDROM drives.
Overall Review: Bought to use with Crucial C300 SSD. Works good.
Pros: -Fast load times on Blu Ray discs
-Never locked up (approx 20 movies watched)
-Netflix works awesome (HD quality is very crisp)
-Remote replaced my TV and Reciever remote, i just this one.
Cons: -Does not have Pandora yet.
Overall Review: I searched high and low for a good Blu ray player. I wanted a samsung, but the reviews were very poor.
This purchase will make me consider panasonic products more often in the future.
I have not had any technical issues with this player and it works great! Owned for about 2 months now.
Also, a bit of a surprise out of the box is that the remote is programmable for other TVs and receivers. My tv is phillips and my reciever is pioneer.
Pros: No annoying adapters. Screw down DVI side connector. Low Profile. Sound over DVI-HDMI worked well. Plenty of length (10').
Cons: None that I can tell.
Overall Review: I used to use a DVI-HDMI adapter and a HDMI cable, which was bulky and cumbersome.
I bought two of these cables and they work great. My laptop has sound over DVI support, and that works well too.