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Andre V.

Andre V.

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Most Favorable Review

Nice monitor!

Dell P2014H Black 19.5" Widescreen LED Backlight LCD IPS Monitor, 1600 x 900, 1000:1, 250cd/m2, D-Sub&DVI&USB Display Port, Height, Swivel, Tilt
Dell P2014H Black 19.5" Widescreen LED Backlight LCD IPS Monitor, 1600 x 900, 1000:1, 250cd/m2, D-Sub&DVI&USB Display Port, Height, Swivel, Tilt

Pros: See other thoughts.

Cons: See other thoughts.

Overall Review: I was looking for a monitor with resolution 1600x1200px, to use in vertical position (1200x1600) side by side to my Dell U3011. I already have a 9-year old Samsung 213T to the left of the U3011 and I wanted a 3rd monitor to the right, also with 1600 pixels vertically. These days, finding an affordable monitor with resolution 1600x1200 is impossible so plan B was 1600x900. I found this monitor. It has all the features that I need, mostly it is NOT a TN panel and can be rotated (pivot) to 1600 pixels vertically. The quality of image is on par with my Dell U3011 so no complaints. I do not play games often so I am not worried about response time and whatever else is important for hardcore gamers. I do not do professional photograph/movie work so also precision of colors (matching monitor color to printer color) is also not a big concern, although I have noticed that both the U3011 and this monitor are pretty good at this, for what I need. There is its sibling, the Dell E2014H, that has also same resolution and, at the moment, costs almost half the price but it does not rotate (pivot) and it has a TN panel. My notebook has a TN panel and the quality of the image degrades when the angle of vision starts to grow (looking at the corners, the image gets darker), so I promised myself that I would never buy a TN panel, if I could choose. So all in all, I highly recommend this monitor if the resolution is right for you.

11/10/2013
Most Critical Review

Seems good but forget about replacing fan for a quieter one

Mediasonic ProBox 8 Bay 3.5" SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure - USB 3.0 & eSATA  (H82-SU3S2)
Mediasonic ProBox 8 Bay 3.5" SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure - USB 3.0 & eSATA (H82-SU3S2)

Pros: - 8 slots - still evaluating

Cons: - fan is practically a proprietary one - still evaluating

Overall Review: One of the main points that made me choose this enclosure was that I read that the fans can be replaced without losing the manufacturer's warranty. Well, this is a fact, you can. But, I just received the product and the first thing I did was to remove one of the fans to study it because I want to buy more silent ones (I am a freak regarding fan noise). But bad surprises awaited me: first, the fan is 80x80x20mm. Try to find a branded silent fan that is 80x80x20mm! You will not! You can find 80x80x15mm and 80x80x25mm but not 80x80x20mm. But still, there are ways to use an 80x80x15mm or even an 80x80x25mm instead of the 80x80x20mm, the adaptation is possible although not nice. The other problem is that the original fan uses a 2-pin very small connector that I had never seen before in a fan. It looks like a proprietary connector. Even if you try to find the exact same fan, you will not find it. The exact same fan with the exact same model number and manufacturer will have THREE wires and so its connector will not fit. The only place where you can buy a replacement is at the mediasonic website but then you will buy exactly the same fan you already have. So, forget about replacing the fans for quieter ones, not possible (unless you cut the wire from the original fan, cut the wire of a quieter fan and connect one part to the other which is very awkward). So I am removing two stars from this product due to a deceitful advertisement. They could very easily have used fans 80x80x25mm with regular 2-pin connector but no they wanted to make it proprietary so you will only buy replacements from mediasonic itself itself.

It is a great product but indeed there is now bad smell

CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD - PFC Sinewave UPS Systems - Pure Sine Wave / 100% Active PFC Compatible with USB Charging Ports
CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD - PFC Sinewave UPS Systems - Pure Sine Wave / 100% Active PFC Compatible with USB Charging Ports

Pros: - as far as my other two identical products go, it is a very nice and lasting no-break; this is my third unit and unfortunately, to my surprise, it came with strong bad smell that I hope will be temporary.

Cons: - strong bad smell upon opening the package. Hopefully it will go away, hopefully

Overall Review: I have two of these (now three). They have been working for several years (one for around six years, the other for around 4 years), and I do like them, never had any problem with them. So much that I bought a third one and it just arrived. I had read that they now have a very strong smell upon opening the package but I dismissed it because from my previous two experiences, I don't remember having any smell from them. So I bought it. And now, upon opening the box, indeed a strong and unpleasant smell took over my office. I reckon that I am very sensitive to smells. Anyway, I am glad that I do not need it in my office right now, actually I do not really need it, I just bought it because my oldest one is almost six years old now and the price was too good to resist and I decided to buy a third one instead of new batteries for the oldest one. I will then use the oldest one in some place else in the house. But I don't need to replace the oldest one right now, it is still working fine, it gives me 20 minutes of power in case of an outage. So, what I did was to carry the bad smelling new one to my shed, outside the house, and I will leave it there for a week or two. My experience is that these bad smelling products usually lose their smell after some time, if they are kept in an space where fresh air circulates. Hopefully, in one or two weeks, I will be able to bring it inside the house (the shed is all wood, very well build, no risk of bringing any damage to the unit). I could certainly give five stars for this no-break but I will keep it at four for now. If the smell goes away, I will raise it to 5. If the smell does not go away, then, seriously, it is a product that I cannot have inside my house. Let's see.

Explaining 750GB

Western Digital Scorpio Black WD7500BPKT 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Scorpio Black WD7500BPKT 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Please, read other thoughts.

Cons: Please, read other thoughts.

Overall Review: To the guy that bought this HD thinking it would have 750GB as advertised, you should be aware that since the dawn of ages HD manufacturers use a "different" way of counting the bits. They count them literally so 750GB = 750,000,000,000 bytes. Now let's convert this to REAL WORLD GB. One byte = 8 bits. One kilobyte = 1024 bytes One megabyte = 1024 kilobytes One gigabyte = 1024 megabytes. So, when converting from one to another, you DIVIDE by 1024 and not by 1000. Then you have: 750,000,000,000 bytes = 732,421,875 kilobytes 732,421,875 kilobytes = 715,255 megabytes 715,255 megabytes = 698.4 GB So, indeed, it matches what you see after you have formatted the drive, a advertised 750GB HD will end up with only 698 GB. This has been like this since the beginning of times. The industry refuses to use the REAL value and uses the literal value.

10/10/2012

I like them!

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH

Pros: I'm not an overclocker and so I like to buy memory that is fast by itself, so I chose this one, even having just a few reviews here in newegg about it. I wanted 1833 but since newegg didn't have the "blue" GSkill for this speed, I ended up buying this one, that is 1600 (I wanted BLUE!!! :-)). Well, memory arrived, BIOS recognized it as 1333, CAS 9, booted with no problem. I then just modified manually the frequency to 1600 and timings to the advertised 7-8-7-24. Didn't touch any other setting, leaving them all default. Booted again fine, no problem so far. Windows Experience Index hit 7.9! What else do I want? So, so far, I have no complaints, only praises. Hopefully, it will last years. I plan on adding 8GB (or 16 GB, if existent) more in the future. They are two beautiful sticks!

Cons: Could have been two millimeters less tall. If I use slots "2", AND a second fan in my CPU heatsink, I have problems. Memory will touch the heatsink fan. Fortunately, my heatsink is such an overkill for the CPU that I only need one fan (but I would have liked better if I could use the fan on the side of the heatsink that I can't).

Overall Review: System, as of now: Case: Antec Lanboy Air Blue PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750HX MoBo: Asus P8P67 EVO (will be replaced when available) CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K HS: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 + Nexus PWM D12SL-12 RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-14900CL8Q-8GBXM GPU: MSI GeForce GTX-560 Ti SSD: Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH120G2K5 HDD: Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 7.2K Optical: Plextor PX-B320SA Burner: LG WH10LS30 Mouse: MS Sidewinder Gaming KeyB: Dell [trying to find a backlit one in blue! :-)] Speakers: M-Audio Studiophile AV40 2.0 + 2 x Old Kenwood 12" UPS: CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 213T (7 year old, 0 dead pixels!) Printer: HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Storage: 3 x Samsung SpinPoint F4 HD204UI 2TB Storage: Hitachi Deskstar HDS5C3020ALA632 2TB Fans: lots of them (Antec) + 2 Noctua NF-P12 OS: Windows 7 Ultimate [64 bits]

Not as silent as I was looking for

ASUS Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2
ASUS Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2

Pros: I was looking for a near-silent VGA card. Impossible to know if a card is silent based on reviews here because the definition of "silent" is very subjective. So, due to the good price, the rebate and because it was a new model, also because I have been an ATI user for a long time, I ordered this card. When it arrived and I tested it, I heard a noise that bothered me. I am not naive to the point that I would expect anything having a fan spinning at 1k rpm to be dead silent, but I have already assembled 4 computers, over the past 10 years, and I know what to expect from a near-silent card. I expect that, when idle (which means, most of the time, in my case), I want it to have that very soft sound of air, just air being blown, no sound of electrical buzz. Like a Noctua fan! Well, this card doesn't cut it. The little noise it produces at the minimum speed (idle) is enough to bother me, so I contacted newegg and they kindly accepted the return. Continues in "Cons" below.

Cons: After even sending the card back, I then ordered an MSI GTX 560Ti that also has just been released (actually, it a little newer than the Radeon 6850). I was afraid that having two fans instead of one would make it more probable to also have noise. The good news is that when I tested the MSI board, I was relieved and happy. Those two fans produce just the little air noise that I was expecting in my new computer. What I have noticed is that manufacturers are now already bundling their cards with good cooling solutions, most of them, and as a consequence, the after-market VGA coolers for these new VGA boards are almost extinct. In the past, my past three computers, I didn't bother when the VGA card had some weird noise (when idle) because I could buy an after-market cooler and choose whatever good fan I wanted. It seems this is no more. Even the few after-market VGA cooler still existent for the newer cards do not allow you to switch the fan so you are stuck with theirs. Cont

Overall Review: So, concluding this long review, I am really glad to have found the MSI card. This ASUS card is probably good enough for 95% of the people, but it is not for the finicky like me, that really wants near-silent solutions. I am not reviewing all other aspects of the video card. I don't know enough about it. This review is only about the level of noise produced by it. Thank you, newegg.