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Charles V.

Charles V.

Joined on 01/07/05

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Most Favorable Review

AMD crushes INTEL

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ - Athlon 64 X2 Windsor Dual-Core 2.6 GHz Socket AM2 65W Processor - ADO5200CZBOX
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ - Athlon 64 X2 Windsor Dual-Core 2.6 GHz Socket AM2 65W Processor - ADO5200CZBOX

Pros: I bought and installed this processor for my son, who had an overclocked Intel 4400 chip we put together six months ago. The AMD 5200 Windsor totally blows the overclocked 4400 away, and that's without any overclocking! I was surprised. His main game went from 20 fps to 40 fps. Bootup and response are fantastically fast compared to the Core Duo 4400. A further plus is that the chip runs cool and the stock fan is nearly silent. I frankly had thought Core Duo had put intel back on top, but AMD has better performance at a better price.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: This bad boy sells at about the same price point as a core duo 4300 but is far superior and quieter. My son, who is always ready to express dissatisfaction, is actually pleased for a change.

12/25/2007
Most Critical Review

Good, but noisy drive

SAMSUNG USB 2.0 Slim External DVD Writer Model SE-208AB/TSBS
SAMSUNG USB 2.0 Slim External DVD Writer Model SE-208AB/TSBS

Pros: Software installed automatically immediately under windows seven and it started working. It also seems to work fine under Mac OS X, again automatically detected.

Cons: At 16x speeds it sounds like an airplane taking off!

Overall Review: I don't think I'd buy this drive again. In fact, I might try to send it back, but the shipping charges and hassle would cost about as much as the drive is worth! It is okay for occasional use but I was not kidding about the airplane noise! It's ridiculous--they shouldn't have let this product out of the factory. I'll update if I find a fix for it.

Excellent

Acer S200HQL Black 19.5" 8ms Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 100,000,000:1 Manufacturer Recertified
Acer S200HQL Black 19.5" 8ms Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 100,000,000:1 Manufacturer Recertified

Pros: Very clear picture. I do a lot of work with text and have several monitors in various configurations. The clarity of text is so great that I can read three full word pages spread out horizontally without much difficulty. I have an hp E201, a TN panel, which is 1600x900, and it's okay, but in the same mode, text is fuzzy. I have gotten so I prefer to sit with this monitor attached to my laptop and do my work, rather than in front of my two 27 inch 2560 x 1440 monitors and 24 inch 1900 x 1200. Posture is better, the distance to the screen is cut in half, and the type is crystal clear. Colors are pretty good---very slight wash out compared to IPS panels. Very lightweight---four pounds.

Cons: The biggest con is that there is no VESA mount. Second biggest, no hdmi, but at least it has DVI.

Overall Review: Great monitor if you're looking for something small and portable, or have to fit a small space.

HP Elite L2201x Black / Silver 21.5" 16ms Widescreen LED Backlight LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 5000:1 Display Port only
HP Elite L2201x Black / Silver 21.5" 16ms Widescreen LED Backlight LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 5000:1 Display Port only

Pros: Very thin and relatively light, small bezel. Portable. Good picture.

Cons: Not quite as bright as I would like it (I believe it's an MVA panel). Only a brightness adjustment.

Overall Review: I bought this from Newegg a couple years ago when it was being dumped at $69 a panel! I believe this happened because at that time few had displayport and maybe the company decided it was just a blunder. Great deal! I bought two, in case my daughter busted the one I gave her. Now I think displayport is more common so the price has gone way up. Pretty good for travel, better in many ways than the AOC portables, although their usb-powered monitors are very convenient, not requiring a power block.

Watch out! 15p is an error!

Timbuk2 Plush Layer Sleeve Grey/Cold Blue 304-13P-2211 up to 13"
Timbuk2 Plush Layer Sleeve Grey/Cold Blue 304-13P-2211 up to 13"

Pros: Nice sleeve

Cons: It was advertised in bold as 15P, for 15 inch Macbook pros. But in the smaller type description, which I didn't notice, it is actually 13P.

Overall Review: Cheap, good deal, wrong size!

Good deal for old tech

HP DC7900 Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0 Ghz 2GB RAM 160GB HDD Desktop PC Windows 7 Professional 32-Bit B Grade Scratch & Dent
HP DC7900 Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0 Ghz 2GB RAM 160GB HDD Desktop PC Windows 7 Professional 32-Bit B Grade Scratch & Dent

Pros: This machine came with both Windows 7 pro 32 bit and 64 bit. I don't know if that's always the case, but I appreciated it because I wanted to run 32 bit and be able to use some of my old 32-bit software for XP and prior. One excellent piece of software, PSI-Plot, runs perfectly and it's about 20 years old! New versions of the software would have cost far more than the machine. Clean, fairly fast, new keyboard and mouse. Displayport!

Cons: The display port seems to have problems recognizing my 2560x1400 monitor. I have to turn the monitor on and off after bootup, then it's fine. I may buy a separate video card. For the moment I'm using an external video card with displayport, which works. Boot up takes a good two minutes. I'm planning to switch to an SSD drive. It should fly with that--I noticed that getting a fast corsair SSD (neutron) makes my old Macbook pro 2.4ghz blazing fast.

Overall Review: My complaints are minor. At the typical price points this is sold at lately (114-136) it's a great office machine. As another writer mentioned, it's like buying Windows 7 and having a basic office computer thrown in!