Joined on 11/27/06
Do It Before It's Too Late...
Pros: Full retail Ultimate version includes all bells and whistles and flexibility when updating hardware; my version included Service Pack 1. Key Windows features available now may no longer be available once Windows 8 launches...
Cons: none yet...and I have no plans to buy a touch screen monitor for my home desktop, not today, not tomorrow, not ever.
Overall Review: As of this writing, Windows 8 has been released as a customer preview. The "Start" key has been eliminated; discarding of natively installed codecs required to run MedPlayer are planned so that playing DVD's, as well as access to MediaCenter, might be available only as a premium paid for add-on; and Microsoft has recently announced that the Aero interface will no longer be supported, claiming it looks, "cheesy..." Windows 7 has been widely adopted by businesses everywhere while Windows 8 upgrades are not likely to be. Microsoft seems to figure that if they degrade the desktop operating system experience then users will want to jump up, whip out their credit cards and buy tablets. I find these recent developments troubling and now appreciate Windows 7 all the more and am concerned that Microsoft may risk sacrificing the goodwill of desktop customers to pursue mobile operating system development too aggressively. This is unfortunate since they probably could've easily achieved both.
Luck Of The Draw...
Pros: A good one is a decent value SSD. Since you can't visit NewEgg's warehouse and select the one you want, you'll have to wait and see.
Cons: Crapshoot. A bad one is possibly slower than a mechanical HDD.
Overall Review: 450 read and write is acceptable for a $130-140 240GB SSD as of this writing; 187/195, however is not. I bought one on December 1st that performed acceptably and when I saw it on sale a month later I bought another. The second one was the lemon. NewEgg however, treated me very well during the RMA. I was disappointed with Kingston's explanation, which they repeat over and over to paying customers, that is that you can only use a certain measuring tool to get the advertised speed. Obviously Kingston is well aware that some of these SSD's use subpar NAND, controllers and firmware yet they cruise along and circulate them anyway, coasting on the original good reviews this SSD received at release. They then proceed to offer a pathetic excuse suggesting that it's somehow your fault because you're not testing it with training wheels like they did. This adds insult to injury and hardly encourages customer loyalty. To recap, firmware 505: Good; firmware 506: Bad; firmware 520: Good; firmware 521: Bad. Ye have been warned, young grasshopper, so therefore...BEWARE!
Overall Review: Number one: I don't game. Number two: I'm a strong advocate for 4K or any improved resolution over 1080p for general computer use. 4K from my HDTV makes 1080p look like sloppy kids stuff; it's an entirely superior experience. I'm using this HDMI 2.0 cable from one of my PC's (with an ATI 7770, which can't even do 4K via any output) and viewing 4K resolution from my TCL 4K HDTV - and ya can't beat that with a baseball bat! So far, I've bought two of these (the six footer and the ten footer). I'm using the 10 footer with a NVIDIA 1050 to the same HDTV on Windows 10 and the six footer running Windows 7 with the aforementioned ATI 7770. I'm pleased I pulled the trigger and picked these up. I'll probably pick up a couple more in the coming weeks. Cheers.
Good Budget Case
Pros: Optical Drive Slot Rear Facing Hard Drive Input Connections
Cons: No Restart Switch
Overall Review: This product is adequate for a budget build. When selecting a case, rear facing SATA connectors for the hard drives is a requirement for me, as is an optical drive slot. I don't know who decided that optical drives are no longer cool; guess I didn't get the survey memo. I don't stream games or whatever the kids are up to these days and I love burning and playing discs! Case quality is on the same level as the Rosewill Challenger I bought years ago. Like that case, this one needs to be handled carefully so decide on your initial build day how to set up your cooling configuration because removing/reattaching this front bezel too often (like the Challenger) will lead to heartbreak. On the other hand, with a basic configuration this new rig I built around it is surprisingly quiet. Only bummer is the lack of a "restart" switch from the case to the board which can be handy especially during the early stages of installing the operating system.
Overall Review: I run multiple operating systems on my machines and often pull out the SATA connectors and put them back in. It turns out that the SATA cables/connectors on THREE of my power supplies began to fail (strange, hunh?). Thanks to these little connectors, I was able to use the PATA/IDE cables and adapt them for SATA use thereby extending the life of my power supplies. Worth it to have a handful of these little guys in your PC toolbox for this eventuality...
Good Overall Experience
This product was pretty much what I expected and solved the tablet issues I had with a W... tablet that would only work on Windows 7 and required modifications just to do that. I had a question and submitted it to the Huion group and they answered promptly. For some reason, however, after installing the drivers, the keyboard icon appears whenever I'm on the Windows 10 lock screen. This is an annoyance but doesn't affect the operation of this product, which so far is very good overall. Huion, imho, is a good, responsible company and I would purchase one of their products again.