Joined on 03/10/01
Questionalbe 2-year warranty
Pros: Radeon HD 5770 still has a good price/performance ratio. It is over a year old model, but still a good mainstream-performance graphics card. I have two 5770s for CrossFire in my C2Q rig, and they still boast near high-end performance of today.
Cons: HIS offers 2-year warranty which is great in theory, however, its RMA service outsourcing partner, Lexy.com is not helpful at all in reality.
Overall Review: Lexy.com is supposed to answer the RMA request in 2 days, but they never replied. Also 30-day turn around time is too long. I think HIS' 2-year warranty policy doesn't mean anything with a lazy RMA service partner. Good 1-year service is better than poor 2-year one. I think HIS should rethink about their RMA system. I had a cooling fan issue, and I fixed it by myself in the event. Maybe doing so made the warranty void, but doesn't matter because warranty service does not exist anyway.
It works just great!
Pros: Well-designed compact enclosure. Good heat dissipation also. The best part is its power-saving features. Just leave the power switch on. The USB hard drive will spin up when you turn on your computer, and spin down when you turn the computer off.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: This is my second unit. I bought same one before and loved it, so I bought one more.
Solid mobo, but messy BIOS.
Pros: Solid motherboard. Recognized tricky memory SPD no problem. Core unlocker feature in BIOS (didn't test though). SUpports 140W CPUs. Possibly a good overclocker. Good support for legacy peripherals.
Cons: The BIOS is problematic. As other reviewer pointed out before, Win7 crashes all the time during bootup if ACC is on. It means AMD Overdrive utility is not going to work with this mobo. Northbridge heatsink may interfere oversized heatsink. Oversized 2-slot VGA cards, such like GeForce GTX 200 or Radeon 5800 series, will interfere three of the six SATA ports.
Overall Review: BioStar used to use Award BIOS for long time, then switched to AMI BIOS recently. I guess BioStar engineers need more time to study on their new BIOS. The BIOS menu structure is complicated, and not well organized. To change certain feature, it made me to go to three different BIOS sections. You will need a 'BIOS menu map' to do fine tweaking of the board. ACC is not working with latest version of BIOS. Other than that, I like this motherboard.
Not a good buy for the price...
Pros: Enough bass range, even it is not really a closed-type headphone.
Cons: Lots of bass range, but no punch at all. Mediocre mid/treble range. Lack of clarity. Somewhat smudged sound. Cheap velvet+plastic material. Headband, cord and jack do not look sturdy.
Overall Review: It is DJ style, but more like a on-ear type actually. Not really for DJ-ing. Under $100 price range, I used to use IXOS DJ-series and Sony V600 monitoring headphones, and this HQ-1900 is far behind of them in many aspects. $90 price tag doesn't make sense at all! If it is priced under $50 then I would give 3~4 eggs though.
Great buy for the price!!
Pros: I was using IXOS DJ-series headphone from UK which was over $100. This SONY headphone is cheaper, but the sound quality is even better. Crystal clear, good sound clarity and resolution!
Cons: Bass range is not that powerful. I would say it is more 'balanced' though. I don't like exaggerated bass because I am a classical music lover, so it just works fine for me. However, it might be a con for rock music lovers maybe.
Overall Review: With 45 ohm impedance, it doesn't need an amplifier. Good for iPod or other portable audio device.