Date Joined: 08/20/03
Overall Review: I live in Hawaii, but when I tried to order this, I got this message: "The location entered is outside of seller's service area. We apologize for the inconvenience." Considering this item is shipped from China, and I am about halfway between China and the continental US, how can I be outside their service area, especially considering its sent through routine postal channels? Thanks a lot Newegg. It's probably a blessing in disguise. Fortunately I could source a comparable product through the big A with no impediments.
Pros: It fit.
Fan is quiet.
Cons: Poor instructions.
Temps were 10 degrees higher than stock Intel cooler.
Rrestocking fee on top of return postage for an unopened item (I bought 2 and basing this review on the opened one).
Overall Review: The cooler base feels like it is corrugated it is so uneven and only about 50% of the base makes contact with the CPU. I replaced a stock i5 Intel cooler for a HTPC build. Temperatures are about 10 degrees higher! I removed it, and reinstalled the Intel cooler until I can find something genuinely superior.
Pros: I have probably had 10 different USB Wi-Fi adapters and this is the best for range and signal strength, perhaps because it is a 600mW design. I have two and plan to buy a third. Impressive signal strength in two remote buildings about 80' from router.
Cons: Cable provided requires 2 USB ports for 600mW connection. Can be run as a 300 mW (I believe) device with 1 connection. I have MB's now with high power USB ports. It would nice if the unit came with a cable intended for a single high power port connection.
Pros: It finally worked.
Cheap until you realize you may also need to buy a floppy disk power cable.
Cons: Driver disk was blank.
Requires floppy disk power cable (not included).
Too much work for two USB3 ports.
Overall Review: Everyone who has a floppy disk power cable raise your hand. When you open the box you first see a note warning your that a floppy disk power adapter is required to power the unit. I tried it without. Any USB device I tried to attach did not power up. Spent $7 to buy a Byzantine SATA/MOLEX/Floppy power adapter. The simpler alternative Molex to floppy adapter is $17. As others have stated, driver CD is blank, but was able to download drivers. Once it was powered and drivers loaded it worked. A lot of work and time spent for 2 USB3 ports. Newegg needs to do a better job of vetting these "First from Asia" products, and alert you if other products like a cable are necessary to make a device work.
Pros: High quality video capture with good software. Powerline connections.
Cons: As everyone points out, you must purchase the annual and expensive subscription to access important camera functionality, Powerline adapters are bulky, Unrealiable.
Overall Review: I have 2 homes in Hawaii and Austin. I have this system mainly to monitor our Texas property 10 months of the year in our absence. When I set it up initially and returned to Hawaii, the option to view the cameras disappeared from Logitech's web site. After pestering their support dept, they finally conceeded a problem with their server and stated I needed to reinstall the system. When I pointed out it would be ludicrous to travel from Hawaii to Texas to do that and asked for an alternative solution, Logitech stopped responding. What good is a surveilance system if it is not reliable?
Pros: Zero problems
A "real" server MB
Excellent driver and other server software
Cons: Had to learn the hard way about pro grade components
Overall Review: I bought an ASUS AT3IONT-I to use as a WHS server MB because it has 4 SATA ports, uses conventional RAM, and I generally have good luck with ASUS products. Its probably due to my amateurism but I could not get one driver to install and it produced continuous error messages. The ASUS driver CD was not compatible with WHS. If I knew more about these things and wanted to invest the time in it, there's probably a solution. In my poking around for alternatives, I discovered SuperMicro products and bought this MB. It is obviously a step up and it installed with no hitches and has worked flawlessly for a month now with 6TB of storage. I have it in a Lian Li PCV-345 case, a perfect match for it.
Pros: Nothing physically wrong with the cable
Cons: Male SATA connector not compatible with LG BluRay and LiteOn slimline DVD drives.
Overall Review: I ordered 2 of these cable with 2 different slimline DVD drives. The drives require female SATA connectors. I did not realize there are apparently different standards for this technology. My goal is to call attention to this for other who might make the same mistake.
Pros: Holds 6 disk drives
5.25 inch drive slot
Full size PS
High quality materials
120 and 140 fans
Space for large video card
Cons: Human engineering leaves something to be desired
Ridiculous USB connector
I prefer rear facing hard drive mounting
MB mounted to case side is awkward
Neither fish nor fowl
Overall Review: I thought I finally found the ideal home server case but after setting up 2 of these, I'm still looking. I wish Lian Li would make available the form factor of the Velocity Micro mATX cases they produce for them.
Pros: Plug & Play
Relatively good picture quality
Good user interface
Cons: 2 out of 6 cameras failed
Manual focus difficult
Remote control of cameras requires annual fee
Wide angle lens extends beyond camera body
Overall Review: The first generation of cameras ran hot. 2 out of our 6 failed. Replaced by Logitec with newer models that have internal, rather noisy fans. Wide angle lens extends beyond front of camera and if you hang it on glass with a suction cup will contact the glass and this can't be good. Focusing really sucks. $79 annual fee to access capabilities such as pan and tilt. Logitec discontinued some interesting options like infrared. Various software problems, have had to reinstall many times.
Pros: Reasonably priced and effective Blu-Ray device. Reads/writes DVD/ROM reliably. SATA connection.
Cons: 1. CyberLink, CyberLink, CyberLink!
Overall Review: As others have the CyberLink player is basically a scam. You install it, it works initially, then you are required to download a huge "patch" and the player doesn't work. If you buy this for Blu-Ray playback, plan on shelling out for a real Blu-Ray player. If not for CyberLink I would give it one rating higher.
Pros: None discovered.
Cons: Poor quality control.
Overall Review: This item was received with one support post unthreaded making the item unuseable. Vantec was mute to my attempts to get a replacement.Bad quality control and support.
Pros: Windows is finally a reasonably stable platform.
Cons: Microsoft Monopoly
VISTA upgrade process
Overall Review: First attempts to get VISTA upgrade according to coupon instructions unsuccessful--web link broken. NewEgg sent message to try again. Still broken. Called web site 800 number; was told to contact MS. Contacted MS, they refered me back to Moduslink. Finally completed upgrade through the MS link although MS advised me this is not the correct path. Web site upgrade and coupon instructions contradict and are muddy. Web link upgrade says order is complete. Coupon says I need to send box top, bar code, proof of purchase, etc. I'm baffled at all the 5 ratings.
Pros: Cute and compact.
Cons: Not suitable for larger form factor disks like a Maxtor. Poor fitting case parts make assembly difficult. Another power supply brick. Flimsy construction.
Overall Review: I bought 3 of these cases. In the first I tried to install an older Maxtor 160 HD. In order for the drive to clear the connector circuit board, the IDE connector has to bend 30-45 degrees. It was cleary not designed for larger form factor HDs. The second enclosure seems to have a defect in one of the plastic ribs making the case very difficult to close. Have not fiddled with the 3rd enclosure. All in all I am disappointed.