Date Joined: 02/24/10
Pros: I've owned a 2TB Fantom external drive for more than 5 years. It has always worked flawlessly on my desktop Win 7 pro system. But with the addition of four homeschool laptops and more family digital photos over the years, our backup storage needs have increased. So, I came back to Fantom (and Newegg!) to add two new 4TB Fantom drives. We've had these two additional drives for almost a year now with ZERO issues. They are solidly built and run quiet and cool. They just WORK for us...
I run Acronis backups and these USB 3.0 drives will easily run 200MB/sec once Acronis gets up to speed. We used to feel lucky to get a 15MB/sec backup across our LAN... Oh how I LOVE USB 3.0...
Cons: ZERO cons... unless you need them to install themselves.
Overall Review: I have no idea whether Fantom has good support or not....never had to use it yet.
Pros: I bought two of these cards for my trading computer, but only run one card as the 2nd is a backup unit. I've tested both cards and they both run six monitors flawlessly. I use active DVI to miniDP adapters to connect to the card.
Cons: Can't think of any.
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who needs a multiple monitor configuration for non-gaming applications. These cards are not likely going to be sufficient for high-end gaming with high frame rates.
Pros: Great product, good price. Works perfectly in my Samsung Galaxy 4 phone.
Pros: I bought this DVD writer because the laptop I ordered did not come with one installed. This unit works well and does everything it is supposed to all the time. I've used it for one year now with no issues.
Cons: It wasn't already installed in the laptop I bought? :) Otherwise, none.
Pros: This headset has worked flawlessly for a year now. Still holds a charge for several hours of continuous use.
Cons: Just wish it were a bit smaller/lighter and maybe foldable so it would fit into my laptop bag more easily.
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this product to others. Excellent value.
Pros: Very good array of peripheral ports including 2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 VGA, 1GB ethernet. 17.3" screen is a plus. Slim chassis profile and fairly lightweight for a 17.3" unit.
Cons: My bad for not checking before buying, but I was (not pleasantly) surprised to find there was NO OPTICAL DVD/CD drive in this unit! Call me old-school, but I never even considered the possibility that a laptop would be sold without one. Had to order a USB external DVD...more $$$ and minus one USB port.
The worst CON of all... I wanted to upgrade the RAM from 8GB to 16GB and found there was no simple way to access the internal RAM cards. I had to completely disassemble the chassis and I'm quite thankful I didn't have to go back inside the case. If there had been complications with the upgrade, it would have been even more of a nightmare! Sheesh! Why can't they just put a simple screw cover over the RAM slots like every other laptop manufacturer???
One last nitpicky item or two... During initial bootup the Win 10 operating system seemed to hang up (or so I thought) as the screen remained blacked out for about 15 minutes during the setup phase. I eventually shut down the computer and did a restart. Almost had to contact Acer support to figure out how to get the unit to process through the setup, but eventually it completed. It certainly wasn't a *smooth* setup, but everything seems to be working fine now almost a year later.
I also installed the Core Temp app and I notice quite a few temperature spikes, sometimes into the 80C range. It's currently running around 54C which is a lot hotter than my desktop unit. Perhaps this is "normal" for this unit...not sure but it hasn't shut down or blown up yet even in the hot southeast USA in summer time.
Overall Review: After one year of use and beyond the initial setup hurdles and purchasing an external DVD, I find this laptop to be very reliable and suits my purposes. I use this as my portable trading station and just added several USB graphics adapters to add multiple monitors. Working good so far.
Pros: * Low Cost per GB
* Overall good reviews and very attentive Mushkin support displayed in NewEgg reviews
* Mine was not DOA
Cons: * Newegg dropped the price $10 the VERY DAY my order shipped!!
* The 1TB Mushkin Reactor for $249 got sold out before I could order! GRRRR!!!
* No Cons regarding the SSD itself thus far...
Overall Review: I have heard good things generally in the past about Mushkin memory products, though I've never personally owned any Mushkin products until this SSD. I read several reviews where people had various issues and I have to say that the Mushkin rep(s) which monitor the Newegg reviews seem to be very dedicated to supporting their products with vigor. No product is perfect and I'm sure I would not have been happy if mine had been DOA or it if dies quickly after this review. But at least their support dept seems interested in helping their customers. This is commendable and a valuable aspect for me to decide to go with Mushkin over other competitively priced SSD's. I will try to update or add another review after some time has passed to comment on reliability.
Pros: GREAT RESULTS!! Installation of the cooler cut my idling CPU temp from about 33C-35C down to 19C as I type this. And the temp wasn't why I bought this...it was the NOISE of my old stock AMD CPU heatsink fan. Now I have cooler CPU temps AND a much quieter home office! MUCH quieter... I only wish I had done this when I did the build four years ago!! Better late than never I guess... If you are on the fence about this cooler, just DO IT!
I also got the free eggsaver shipping and received this in just 2 days. Thanks Newegg!
Cons: The only cons are not directly related to the CPU heatsink, but more to the Coolermaster HAF 932 case my build uses. The backplate access hole was not large enough to allow me to install this cooler without removing the MOBO! Also, the instructions to install this thing are nearly useless. Just watch a YT video on the subject (there are many...) and you'll be fine. And do NOT remove your CPU when you remove the old cooler. Make sure you TWIST the old cooler off the CPU rather than lifting it upwards. I completely removed my CPU and bent a pin trying to reinstall it after cleaning the old thermal paste from it. Potential nightmare!! But overall, the results were worth it! Last but not least...the printed instructions to install this thing are nearly useless. Just watch a YT video on the subject (there are many...) and you'll be fine.
Overall Review: A couple installation items... First, make sure you do NOT remove your CPU when you are removing the old heatsink. Make sure you TWIST the old heatsink off the CPU rather than lifting it upwards. You will jerk the CPU right out of the socket with the LOCK engaged! Like an idiot...I completely removed my CPU with the heatsink and had to use a razorblade to break the thermal paste bond. Then, I bent a CPU pin trying to reinstall. It would have been a VERY bad situation to lose a perfectly good CPU over a $20 cooler install! But once the job was done, the results were excellent!
Pros: I bought four of these adapters at the beginning of October 2011 and they have worked fine until yesterday with one unit causing erratic video output patterns and blackouts/lost video signals. I am contacting XFX immediately after this review and I am hoping their service will be as good on this product as it was on my recent return of one of my two HD6970 cards. They were very prompt in getting me a replacement card, so hopefully they'll be consistent on the adapter.
Cons: My only complaint, besides the actual failure of the adapter, is that the price seems to be a bit high for this product.
Overall Review: This is also the second XFX product failure I've experienced since I setup my multi-monitor system in July 2011 using some of their components. But I can deal with occasional component failures as long as the company will stand behind the products with their warranty. It's also more than a bit irritating that the customer has to pay for the RMA shipping on a bona fide failure. I think this cost should be reimbursed by the mfgr.
Pros: I bought two of these cards to run a multiple monitor setup. They both worked great for about six months when one of the cards failed and was no longer recognized in the system and the internal cooling fan shifted to high speed even before OS bootup. I have to say, as annoying as it is when a component fails, the XFX tech support was very fast and efficient in processing my RMA and getting me a replacement card. I've not received better or faster service from any manufacturer of ANY product.
I really don't push this card and I'm not a gamer, so I can't comment on performance, but it seems to have very stable performance. Hopefully, I won't have any further issues or failures with the XFX hardware I have now.
Cons: My first complaint is that the RMA replacement card was not a NEW model. It seems to be a refurbed unit. I guess this is standard procedure, but it's really a sort of cheesy way of taking care of a problem on the back end.
Of course, having a card failure is definitely a con by itself, but I also must complain about the fact that, even though this card has five ports (2 DVI, 2 mini-display, 1 HDMI) the documentation, both from NewEgg and at the XFX site, is not very conspicuous in telling you that the card will only support four monitors. It seems that, by design, one of the DVI ports is automatically disabled when the other ports are filled up.
Overall Review: The cards seem a bit noisy, but it's not intolerable for my use. Overall, good marks for XFX tech support and RMA processing.
Pros: - Very easy to install
- Booted up and recognized in bios immediately
- passed 2 full cycles of Memtest86+ v4.20
- passed Passmark's BurnIn Test v6.0
- Heatsinks are a nice value-added feature, not too obtrusive
- Very competitively priced! (I can't believe high speed/capacity RAM is this cheap now...wow!)
Cons: - My WEI didn't improve from 4.1 :o( (just kidding!)
No seriously, I have absolutely NO complaints so far. The low WEI is due to me not having a decent video card.
However, I'm building a new system in the next few days. My current system's bios doesn't allow any OCing and I'll be relocating these GSkill chips into my new build and putting my original 8GB Hynix back into the old box. I will do some experimenting with OCing and make another post if I have true GSkill-related issues. But frankly, none are expected based on the many, MANY positive reviews I've seen on their products. (Micro-rant: It's so sad to see disgruntled people (in general) report about poor customer service and DOA products...what is HAPPENING to industry in this world??) Anyway....sorry for the micro-rant and thanks to GSkill for producing quality products. When your stuff is GOOD out of the BOX...customer service is EASY, right? Wish other companies would learn that lesson...
Overall Review: While I like the heatsinks that are provided, I wonder if they will get in the way of an aftermarket CPU cooler/heatsink? I'm possibly going to need an aftermarket CPU cooler in my new build for overclocking purposes and I have read some reviews on other products (CPU fans/heatsinks) that indicate some issues with clearance near RAM chips. Would be nice to hear if anyone else has used the GSkill RipJaws with aftermarket CPU cooler units and whether they had any issues getting them to fit? Or perhaps had good success?
Pros: - 2TB for $100
- eSATA / USB 2.0 connections
- Sturdy Aluminum enclosure
- cool and quiet operation
- sturdy, attractive case
This drive is just SWEET! It hooked up easily out of the box and was recognized by Win7 with no problems.
The high quality workmanship is easily noticed in the product materials and overall look and feel of the drive. Mine came with a Samsung HD204UI model drive inside.
I use Acronis TIH2011 backup software and I clocked a 223GB archive at 53MB/s NET from my internal WD Caviar Green SATA drive to the Fantom on eSATA. That's 223GB backed up and verified start to finish in 73 minutes. Read bursts were 125MB/s with write bursts up to 95MB/s on HD Tune Pro. After backing up up the same internal drive on 1 gigabit LAN to a WD MyBookWorld at about 15MB/s if I'm lucky, the Fantom is a DREAM! Nice, quiet, cool operation. It's still new, but I'm lovin' it thus far. I hope to purchase at least one more of these units for our home data backup needs.
Cons: - no eSATA cable supplied
So far, the lack of an eSATA connection cable is my only gripe...and this irks me with ALL suppliers who think it's not noticed by their customers. Sorry, but it drives me NUTS when they can't supply a $4 buck cable with their product.
Overall Review: My HP computer did not have native eSATA ports, so I bought this drive along with a Rosewill RC-219 eSATA PCIe card which has thus far worked as a nice combo.
Pros: Very easy install...nice features, great card to upgrade my older HP PC119A board that wasn't up to snuff with Win7 graphics features... I'm not doing anything graphically strenuous with this unit, but I'm sure I could if I wanted to. The fact that Sapphire bothered to put several different connectors and adapters right in the box to enable a wide variety of capabilities says they are CUSTOMER FOCUSED. I like this a LOT... It was a very thoughtful and refreshing thing to do. I especially appreciated having the VGA-to-DVI connector handy which saved me an extra trip to the store for a cable! These are nice extra touches that will certainly help me to easily decide in favor of Sapphire on my next video card purchase, all other factors being anywhere CLOSE to equal!
Cons: Nada...excellent card, decent price, no issues...buy this Sapphire unit from NewEgg with confidence!
Overall Review: I'm a fairly new "egger" (heh), but I'm already recommending NewEgg to my friends, family, and associates. I think, as many others also seem to attest, that NewEgg stands apart from the rest of the crowd in their drive to deliver quality products at very competitive prices AND back them up with great service after the sale....ALWAYS the proof in the pudding! Thanks NewEgg!
Pros: Performs and installs as advertised, very nice card.
Cons: None about the product...I should have avoided installing the SNMP agent on my machine which caused me some minor headaches, but all good now.
Overall Review: A very good gigabit PCI NIC for $20... need I say more? No wait....they just dropped the price another $3 bucks and change?? Better get it NOW for $16.47 AND FREE shipping! (Newegg...can I take a Mulligan? lol)
Pros: These days, when a product does EXACTLY what it is advertised to do right out of the box...it's practically a MIRACLE! Huge kudos to Apricorn for their very fine product! No IT Tech should be without this very handy device in the toolkit. I did not use the bundled software, as I have my own version of Acronis TIH 2010 which worked flawlessly across the Apricorn Drive Wire, allowing me to totally and effortlessly recover a complete image of my failed Toshiba laptop's hard disk. After that, I revved up an old Maxtor IDE drive that I had never retrieved data from. I was surprised that I was also able to run the SpinRite6 disk utility on that drive across the Apricorn device through USB without a glitch, then retrieve the drive image as well. What a totally refreshing change to find OOTB equipment that really WORKED!
Cons: It couldn't place a phone call for Chinese takeout...bummer! ;o)
Overall Review: Seriously, this was $40 WELL spent for me. Oh wait! I also got this unit in time to qualify for the $10 NewEgg MIR too....nice! (sorry, it's expired now)
It's a little clunky to use this device to turn an old drive into a spare USB storage device, but you CAN do it if you're in a pinch and need some quick storage....just another plus for Apricorn. Can't say enough about this product...get one!