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Michael X.

Michael X.

Joined on 01/14/06

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Most Favorable Review

What? A well designed case fan?

ARCTIC COOLING Arctic Fan 9 (AF9) 92mm Case Cooling Fan
ARCTIC COOLING Arctic Fan 9 (AF9) 92mm Case Cooling Fan

Pros: Excellently made Fancy rubber suspension system to cut down on transfer of vibrations Quiet Pushes a lot of air

Cons: Made to be an exhaust fan. Don't get it if you need intake. Screws fit kinda weird.

Overall Review: I'm so used to your standard plastic, 1 piece case fans that I was really surprised when I got this. The cable for it is wrapped in rubber, it looks quite nice and I was really impressed by the 2-piece design. Basically, the part that houses the fan itself is suspended by little rubber things so that it doesn't transfer vibrations to the part that mounts to the case. I'm using this baby to cool 3 hard drive and its doing a bang up job.

Most Critical Review

Good when it wants to be

D-Link DWL-G132 High-Speed Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g USB 2.0 Up to 108Mbps Wireless Data Rates
D-Link DWL-G132 High-Speed Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g USB 2.0 Up to 108Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Gets good signals. Works quite well for the most part.

Cons: Software is garbage, get rid of it. Drivers are terrible and d-link doesn't make updated ones for it. A tad bulky.

Overall Review: I still use these in my house but be forewarned that you may have driver problems and if you do, their tech support will not be of any help. I got bluescreens a lot and I have called D-Link numerous times and every time ended up no better off. They pretty much read off the FAQs on the d-link site and tell you to get the newest driver (there is only 1 version of the driver). This is a HUGE pain, but I'm living with it.

Horrendous Customer Support

Hanns-G HX-191DPB 19" SXGA 1280 x 1024 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
Hanns-G HX-191DPB 19" SXGA 1280 x 1024 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Pros: The monitor was acceptable for over a year.

Cons: After over a year, the monitor just completely died. Paid $17 to send it back to them for repair. Their repair department fixed it and then FORGOT about it until I called about a month later. It was returned to me non-functioning. The tech support person tried their best to avoid responsibility by swearing that they fully tested it, and implied that I had somehow misconfigured it. I sent it back yet again, paying $17 because they refused to pay for their mistake. After weeks, it is returned to me. It now gets a video signal but has jitttering distortion lines all over it, making it almost impossible to work with. I called their support department AGAIN and was told that the technicians noted in the case file that the panel was malfunctioning, but decided to send it back to me with no indication it wasn't working. Their customer support person said I could send it back to them ($17 shipping again) and pay $165 to have the panel replaced on a monitor that now costs $150. Incredibl

Overall Review: The product will probably work for some time but it clearly doesn't have the same build quality as other brands. Just hope you don't have to deal with their customer support people. They are argumentative, unapologetic and will not be getting a single bit of business from me ever again.

Hanns-G HX-191DPB 19" SXGA 1280 x 1024 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
Hanns-G HX-191DPB 19" SXGA 1280 x 1024 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Pros: Gorgeous, vibrant, bright picture. Super fast response time. Very adjustable settings, unbeatable price.

Cons: The stand doesn't extend so I have to sit it on a book to level off with my other monitor. I also heard the speakers suck, but you shouldn't be using LCD speakers in the first place.

Overall Review: I've always loved my Hyundai L90D+, but when I decided to go dual screen, there were very obvious differences between the two. Compared to this Hanns-G, the Hyundai looks dull and dim. I love this monitor!

11/11/2006

I love these little things

GENERIC 73CT-01-0418-BK Cable Tie, BLACK, 4 inch, 100 pcs / Pack
GENERIC 73CT-01-0418-BK Cable Tie, BLACK, 4 inch, 100 pcs / Pack

Pros: Great for cleaning up wires, especially in windowed cases. Cheap You get a ton of them

Cons: None

Overall Review: I love using these. They work great!

Like night and day

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) Bare Drive

Pros: Very fast Incredible price (Newegg's price beat out even prices for used versions of this drive) Quiet It's a Seagate

Cons: Ships with 1.5GB/s jumper attached, make SURE you remove it If you are installing XP on this, try to get a slipstreamed version, mine didn't have LBA enabled so it formatted as 137GB and I had to expand the partition.

Overall Review: I had 2 maxtors that apparently don't get along with NF4 chipsets. I got along fine with the performance most of the time, but I just decided to get this drive and its a HUGE difference. My computer reboots lightning fast, the drive is way quieter than my maxtors and outperforms them by a long shot. Plus, at $xx you are a fool if you don't get them.