Date Joined: 04/17/07
Pros: Good price, specs are solid, and HP is a known manufacturer. For its price, it was quite thin and light - but that is becoming more popular these days.
Cons: The build quality is less than optimal, but not surprising at this price bracket. The plastic just feels light. I appreciate that the battery was removable, but it wasn't solidly locked in.
Overall Review: I recommended and setup this laptop for my mother in law, since it was sub $400 and had an i3 with 4gb of RAM. It fit all of her needs, and the wobbly battery isn't a big issue because she never uses it anyways. Everything was functional, and as snappy as you would expect. Small concern with some dropped Wifi, but that was corrected (I think) when I went and got fresh drivers - time will tell. An SSD would surly make this thing a Facebook/Email/Netflix beast. Just don't expect the best build material, that just wasn't their.
Pros: *Great connectivity
*Fantastic User Interface - even if you use the Asus software
My roommate was moving out and taking his router with him (Netgear N300), so I got my own. I noticed an increase of speeds to my PC by roughly 5-10mbps (note: faster router does not always mean faster internet speeds), and movies from netflix to the xbox no longer had buffering issues. Much stronger signal as well - but not an issue for a two bedroom apartment.
Cons: The biggest con I noticed is the device was starting to drop connection with the service provider, but only with a hard drive installed on the USB ports. Updated the firmware - no fix. So I think this is just accepted as a spotty feature by the public for the model. Have not tried a custom firmware but that could be a work-around.
Also not wall mountable - but the reception is fine for me so it's not a big deal.
No ethernet cable or instructions or CD on my refurb, but really not a problem for an IT guy. However If you are new to networking you may not want to pick up the refurbished model.
Overall Review: So basically what this router does well is exactly what it should do well with - connect my devices with a solid and fast connection. In that respect I have no issues, and saw a nice increase in speed compared to my old basic unit.
That being said I really, really wanted to play around more with network storage - just put in a 32gb USB 3.0 flash drive for some major files and movies - but I determined that it was dropping the connection then to the modem/ISP. My guess would be heat related as to why - but that is just a guess, the little sucker does get pretty hot.
Pros: Clean look, great features, works just the way I needed it to.
Cons: Only con I have is some of the pins on the internal USB 3 connector are bent. Now I am pretty sure I can unbend them, but who knows if it will still work after that. Combine that with just a feeling of no "wow factor" from this board, for me it was worth dropping an egg.
Overall Review: This is still a fantastic performance board, with plenty of good features, at very good price. Worked out of the box, and has a very clean look that matched my build. However, nothing in it made me go "Wow, that's cool", like I did with some other boards. Also do double check all of the connectors when you get it, just to be safe.
Pros: The case is spacious, clean, well built, and full of features any PC can appreciate. This is an amazing product
Cons: White is a delicate color to work with; it can look great, but it isn't for anyone. Take care when working with the unit, unlike a black or silver case dings will show. Also, I would have like to have some of the paneling made with a stronger plastic, but nothing worth taking off an egg - it is still better then what most manufacturers use.
Overall Review: Corsair is quite possibly the nicest company to work with that I have ever encountered. With this case I was doing some modding and I accidentally cut into one of the cables for the front panel. With no hesitation Corsair sent me a one - no shipping the part back, no paying for the item or for shipping it to me (which only took 3 days with UPS)... Great customer service, quality products, and decent prices are what people want - and Corsair delivers.
Pros: No major issues, plenty of features, low cost. The easy overclock feature saved me a lot of time and research on an easy rebuild.
Cons: Does not come with anythings. Not really a con because I knew that going into it.
Overall Review: This was my first time working with a refurbished board, and I must say it was a steal. I was disappointed that it didn't come with anything, even the user manual, but since I was swapping out an old board I really didn't need anything either.
Pros: Quiet, works, stays cool
Overall Review: The fan on this thing is very large, much more so then I would have guessed by the pictures. Do make sure you check the space requirements before making the final decision.
Pros: You get what you pay for. For the cost, it is a great product with a semi-modular design and decent power output. I like that it has an LED on it, and a switch for the lights.
Cons: I would have liked to see better sleaving being used, and slightly longer cables.
Overall Review: All in all a fine product, no issues with it, and the price is great for what you get.
Pros: Price, Cooling, Dual high velocity fans, great build quality, great service from Corsair, easy to install, decent assembly instructions... All in all a great air cooler.
Cons: Be careful with the fan brackets when taking off or putting the fans on, the plastic can stretch causing them to not be as stable which happened in my case.
Overall Review: All in all another great corsair product. Overclocked i5 650 sits around 30 deg/cel ambient. As with most high end air coolers, do check your available space in the case and with your memory heatsinks before purchase.
Pros: To start off I had originally purchased the older Corsair HS1A from newegg roughly 8 months ago. Like most headsets, I ran into connection issues within the first year. However, having heard how well Corsair takes care of customer, I decided to try and see if I could have it repaired under warranty. I spent 2 days waiting to get an RMA (which is fast in my opinion), had to ship the old one to them at my cost (what is $10 really?), and then they sent me a BRAND NEW 1300 in exchange (wow was I happy). All in all it was about a 2 week process, but well worth it to get replacement on an original $80 investment.
That being said this headset is just as good as the last one! The sound is bright and clear, and once again it is more comfortable then any other headset I have ever owned. Corsair will have me as a customer for life if they keep this kind of service and quality up!
Cons: Would have liked to see the return of the Microfiber earmuffs, but not a total loss.
Overall Review: There is a noticeable difference from the HS1A, but not all bad. The sound is louder, which was used to be an issue. But, like the HS1A the base is still kind of lacking. Once again though I would say that is more due to not having an amplified sound card then the actual headset. It still sounds clean and fantastic to my ears.
Also the mic is not as flexible as the older model, however isn't a con because it is still very functional.
Pros: Very responsive, works great, looks awesome, custom Back-light colors are the best!
Cons: Not really cons; but I wish the keys could be brighter when lit up (mostly for daytime use, but this is a problem with every back-lit item I have ever owned). The wrist rest is nice and is more comfortable then I would have expected, would like to know how comfy it would be if it was padded though. Also a braided cord would have been a nice addition, but not a game changer.
Overall Review: For the price this is the nicest gaming keyboard I have purchased to date (have had 3 others before this over the last 5 years). Even the sound that comes out of this thing to my Corsair HS1A headset sounds nicer then plugging it to my Motherboard. Also, I can't say how impressed I am using the custom back-lighting feature. First off, I run a red themed system, and my old peripherals all used a lame blue back-light. Now I can have the lights off in my gaming room and everything glows a bright Red, from the PC to the mouse to the keyboard. Also it makes it very easy to distinguish between different profiles or game modes. All in all a very good keyboard!
Pros: Looks awesome and is pretty comfortable. Thumb keys for the left hand is something that is often ignored by gaming devices.
Cons: Although it is a very sleek device, with decent software, it is just not for me. It really is for a Dedicated gamer who either has alot of time to set up the keys for EVERY game he/she plays, or plays only one game all the time. Just seems like too much setup for not a whole lot of reward. I can see this being better with laptops then desktops.
Overall Review: The USB cable is very sturdy with a braided cord, however it was too short for my hookup.
Pros: It works right out of the box, and windows 7 installed it automatically.
Cons: Seems like the new stuff never runs as well as the old stuff. My old PCI wireless G transceiver worked better then this has so far. I will try and see if Asus has put out any new drivers that may give me better reception, but I doubt that will do it.
Overall Review: I ended up getting this because I recently went SLI and did not have room for my old standard PCI adapter. All in all it works fine, and it's cheap. The reception isn't bad for me, but it didn't work as well as an older model that I paid less for. I would be hesitant to buy this if the wireless router is far away from the computer (although this does not factor in router type and setup)
Pros: Still very comfortable, good sound, good price.
Cons: Plastic is sturdy, but they should add some metal to make it feel a little more substantial. Not a big deal, but the only thing I could think of.
Overall Review: In my original review I knocked off an egg for not being able to get much sound out the device. After tweaking the drivers and EQ I was able to improve the strength and depth of the sound a bit. Also, with a little burning in for the physical drivers, it is now at the point where I can make it "too loud" instead of barely loud enough. All in all best headset I have had in the years.
Pros: This board is BEAUTIFUL! Well worth the extra little to get this awesome mobo. Everything works, and Overclocking was easy as can be.
Cons: Not really digging the location of the front audio connector, but this is my first build and that could be standard I suppose.
Pros: Great performance, well packaged, looks great, price isnt too bad either.
Overall Review: Spent many hours looking for a graphics card around $250, and this one won hands down. You will love it.
Pros: Looks and performance. They are nice medium range fans. I use two of these for push/pull on my Corsair H50 and they perform just fine. They are not too loud by any means. All around great fans.
Pros: Solid feel, no connectivity issues yet (fingers crossed), very good tracking on any surface I have used it on, and lastly the smooth scroll wheel becomes very intuitive (did require some tweaking with the software to really fit my style).
Cons: It is a mouse designed for either left or right hands, and the down side to that is: with long term use (1-2+ hours) my pinkie would end up aching due to no real place to rest it. Not worth dropping egg considering this is laptop mouse and is not intended to be used for long periods of time in my opinion. If you want a good long term mobile mouse I would say keep looking.
Overall Review: This isn't a gaming mouse, but as a quality laptop mouse I adore it. It has everything you would really need for a traveling peripheral.
Pros: What more could you want from a mouse at this price range? Comfort, Control, a on the fly DPI swapping... This mouse has been on my desk for over 3 years and is still a champ.
Cons: Not really cons, but worth mentioning. No adjustable weight, and for some that can be make or break, for me I don't mind at all.
Overall Review: I would recommend a wrist rest for extended game play, could just be me but I found it useful.
Pros: This case is functional, solid, looks great, and fits everything I would need.
Cons: As previously said, it does not come with a sandwich.
Overall Review: While first playing with the case I did break off part of the clip on the tool-less expansion slot. Not the cases fault at all, just mentioning it more as a warning to those who dive in head first with new toys. Good news: the clip still works and was being removed anyway to fit in the GPU.
Pros: I bought a PC with this MB in it and from what I can tell it works fine. I upgraded to the max Ram, and everything works well. I can't vouch for people who had to build there own with it though so I can't say its perfect. I do know that the USB will power a illuminated keyboard, so not quite sure what that was all about, my G11 by Logitech works just fine.
Cons: Well I dont have to repeat any of the cons that you cant read from other reviews, just know it did work fine for me.
Overall Review: I had this built for me, so all in all it may work fine, but that doesn't make it a good MB to build with.
Pros: Is gold plated and super thick? No. But it works great and blows any stores prices by at least 2/3.
Cons: Not a professional cord, and isn't name brand?
Pros: The install was simple, and it runs great for the price.
Pros: Cheap price, adds for great improvement.
Cons: Price went down a couple weeks after I bought the product.
Overall Review: For the price it can't be beat. I used it to upgrade from 512 to 1GB, and now I spend all my time wishing I had just went from 512 to 2GB.