Date Joined: 03/22/05
Pros: It works as expected. Quiet---I hear soft tick-ing noises when reading/writing data and nothing when it's idle.
Cons: None yet.
Overall Review: This is the best deal I could find in terms of data per dollar. My prior experience is that Seagate drives are much quieter than WD drives---this drive matches that experience.
Pros: - 1600x900 native resolution (Dell Dimension 3000 integrated couldn't do this)
- no fan/no noise
- Win XP recognized & installed drivers automatically
Cons: Not free
Overall Review: Awesome upgrade for PIL's Dell Dimension 3000. Provides native resolution for their 1600x900 LCD monitor. Also, greatly speeds up overall computer performance due to reduced load on main cpu/memory/bus. Breathed new life into what was otherwise going in the junk pile.
To install, I just inserted the card in a PCI slot, booted-up the computer and followed the Win XP instructions. I was prepared to have to muck in the BIOS, but apparently that was set to auto-detect. Win XP automatically identified the card and installed the appropriate drivers.
Pros: - boils quickly, esp. when you only fill to 0.5 L line
Cons: - no "done" noise
- hot surface
- poor water level design
Overall Review: Have been using this for over a year for making tea. Generally does a great job. Takes less than a minute to boil 0.5 L of water. There is no insulation for most of the exterior surface, so when the water is hot, you don't want to touch the metal---keep out of reach of children. The only indication that water is "done" is that the lever flips up and there is steam coming out of the top. I can also tell by the fact that the bubbling noise goes from high frequency to low frequency. But, you do have to pay attention, since it's easy to miss. The "level" indicator is designed badly and doesn't reflect the actual water level quickly enough, esp. around 0.5 L. You have to pour water slowly else you could easily pour 1 L before the level fills past 0.5 L. One big plus is that the entire interior is nonporous metal so it's easier to clean than plastic.
Pros: Easy wireless setup w/o special software.
Easy to set up with linux (Ubuntu 9.10).
Nice that it doesn't have to be connected to any computer.
Most print jobs come out quickly.
Cons: Many print failures from linux (a page comes out w/ an error code instead of what I wanted to print)
Occasional long wait to first page (1-2 minutes).
Overall Review: Do hook it up with a wire when you are performing initial configuration.
The fact that it's a wireless network printer is a big plus---no need to keep a machine running as the print server any more.
The number of print failures from linux is unreasonable (I'd guess 10-20% of jobs fail). I don't doubt this is a driver problem, but if so, Brother should be making more of an effort to make good drivers readily available. I had a similar Samsung for 6 years and never had this kind of trouble, so I have to say Samsung has far better linux support.
Pros: It works (no issues w/ the fact that it is "recertified").
Great for areas with no street signs.
Great for spontaneous trips if you don't have an iPhone.
Verbal directions are generally clear and easy to follow.
Cons: Can take a while (often 1 minute) to acquire satellites.
Directions were occasionally wrong.
No verbal indication of how close to destination (since when I'm a few blocks away I usually want to ignore it and look for parking).
Estimated arrival time is annoyingly optimistic.
Garmin's website wouldn't give me a free updated map no matter how many things I tried (still need to call customer service).
Overall Review: We used this for a trip to SF and Santa Cruz. We figured the amount we paid would be less than the rental car company would charge for mere rental of a GPS. I'm glad we bought it---it was definitely useful. But, it paled in comparison to what a mobile web directions might be like. Especially annoying was when it tried to take us down Market St. downtown SF. Private vehicles weren't allowed where it tried to take us and it kept trying to reroute us back to the illegal area (!)
Pros: Compact. Digital volume control. No separate power cord. No manufacturer-specific driver required. Low price.
Cons: Mediocre sound, but I doubt you can do better at this price point.
Overall Review: Ubuntu Karmic didn't automatically load the usb sound driver. I had to run "modprobe snd_usb_audio" and then select the appropriate output in Sound Preferences to get them working. Win XP recognized them automatically.
The speakers are loud---I have to choose a very low setting to get a volume I'm happy with.
Pros: Price. CD player works well. Lightweight, easy to carry around. Good sound quality for the price.
Cons: Noticeable static noise when turned "on". Requires some assembly (attach speaker wires, attach speakers). Sound quality doesn't compete with 3-way speaker boomboxes.
Overall Review: We bought this for our daughter's room to play CDs and it has turned out to be a good choice. When it's turned on and not playing, there's a low volume static-y noise that would bother me, but our she doesn't seem to mind.
Pros: It works. Fast enough.
Overall Review: Our Nikon D50 was getting flaky; we figured it might be the memory card. Bought one of these, popped it in and---poof---the camera was back to normal.
Pros: Works w/o issues. Print-outs are crisp/clear.
Cons: Needs replacing eventually
Overall Review: Been buying these for years...
Pros: Sharp, no apparent lag, though I'm not a gamer, no issues w/ Linux, big!
Cons: No height adjustment.
Overall Review: Almost bought a 19" until I saw the 22" prices! Love the size.
Pros: Excellent sensitivity, button feel, hand fit, glides smoothly.
Cons: Doesn't print money.
Overall Review: This is the first laser mouse I've owned---stuck to the ball mouses for many years after negative experiences w/ laser appx. 10 years ago. Laser mouses have improved tremedously.
Pros: Great feel & durable. Lasts for 2-3 years before it starts to get a bit sticky and I decide to get a new one.
Cons: Food/dirt gets under the keys---but this happens w/ all decent keyboards
Pros: works, speedy
Overall Review: What more is there to say? It replaced a flaky micro-SD chip in a Nikon D50. Camera works even better than before!
Pros: I've owned a pair of these for 3+ years now and they are finally starting to show their age (one of the pads is ripping). They are excellent headphones and probably the best you can do for under $50. I used to buy 'phones at music retails stores. I'll never do that again. They would last 6 mo to a year before a wire would start to go bad.
When I bought these I couldn't believe what I had been doing to my ears all those years---suddenly, I could music completely clearly. It was as if I had been hearing through a haze and the PX100 lifted the haze! The sound quality on these headphones are excellent. See headphone.com if you want to see the frequency response curve. Many $100+ phones don't reproduce sound as well! Anyway, here's the bullet list:
- light weight
- minimal ear pressure
- amazing sound quality for the price
- indestructible once stored in case (great for travel)
Cons: - somewhat short cord (4.6 feet)
- folding into case is a but cumbersome, but you get used to it
Pros: Quiet. Works.
Cons: Heh. Wouldn't let me submit with a blank cons field...
Overall Review: I've had one of these running 24/7 for ~6 months now, no trouble. Just bought another. Nice that it has all the modern connectors plus a 20/4 mainboard connector for not-so-new machine. Hard to beat for the value.
Pros: powerful; much easier to move than a similar-btu window unit; lcd temp control
Cons: Creates a vacuum. Air exhausted via the hose is taken from the room. Hence, either (1) your room is air-tight and (I assume) exhaust is poor, or (2) (what happened to us) air is drawn in from the outside and neighboring rooms, reducing the A/C's effectiveness.
This unit works like the "outside air" mode of a car air conditioner. It has to do extra work to keep a room cool because it's constantly pulling in outside air. Typical window units recirculate air within a room; they don't need an exhaust b/c the coils are "outside".
Another frustration is that the unit does not alert you when the water basin (which collects condensation off the coils) is full. And, I've had to empty the basin multiple times on warm, humid days (quite common here on the east coast).
Overall Review: The "vacuum" con isn't particular to this mode. Any standing, in-room A/C with a single vent hose will have this problem. I'm ready to go back to using a window unit...
Cons: Began corrupting images after ~10 months. Shortly thereafter 4 out of 5 pictures would end up corrupted, making the card virtually useless. We just bought a (basic) Kingston 1G SD card to replace the Ultra II and (to our surprise) our Nikon D50 loads and transfers images 2-3x faster than the Ultra II. I.e. the Ultra II card was seriously flawed from purchase.
Overall Review: Based on others' comments, we may have just gotten unlucky---the rare manufacturing defect. But, I sure wouldn't recommend the "fast" SanDisk flash cards to anyone. We bought the card from an Amzn marketplace seller. I guess it's theoretically possible that the seller could have affected the card quality. But, it was in the original manufacturer packing, so I don't know how they could have done that...
Pros: Blows very cold air; portable; digital temp control; easy to set up; cools our 150 s.f. bedroom pretty quickly
Cons: temp setting is weird---it cools to 5 degrees higher than the chosen temp; vent tube gets very warm---best if A/C unit is next to a window
Pros: it works
Overall Review: responsive; haven't had any DVD read issues; never requires a powercycle (like a cheap-o DVD player we used to own); good remote
Pros: Crisp, clear, no dead pixels, sufficiently fast.
Cons: None that I've noticed.
Overall Review: Used for code development.
Pros: Great way to connect old-school kbd & mouse via USB.
Cons: Occasional (a few times over ~8 hours) hiccups: num/caps/scroll lock lights flash; mouse cursor moves when mouse is stationary (but returns to normal once you move the mouse)
Overall Review: Great temporary fix, but not a permanent solution
Pros: Works well. Good shape. Smooth scrolling.
Cons: Haven't found any.
Pros: It works. Super-easy to switch between computers (press Scroll Lock twice). Reasonably long cords.
Cons: Occasional slight ghosting on the monitor under Windows (monitor is a low-end 17" HP). Not sufficiently noticeable to deduct a star.
Overall Review: I'm connecting one Windows box and one Linux box.
Pros: Functional. Quiet. Slim design.
Cons: No cables included.
Overall Review: Excellent drive for the price.
Note that you will need both a SATA data cable and a SATA power connector. The data cable comes with most, if not all, SATA motherboards. But, not all power supplies include SATA connectors and not all motherboards include the SATA<->ATX power connector.
Pros: Works with DD-WRT (see "Wiki" for install info). Better wireless range than my previous (SMC) router. Static DHCP leases, DNS server, and mini-Linux server (w/ DD-WRT). VOIP sounds better than it did w/ previous router (lower latency?).
Cons: DD-WRT issue: WAN IP address reset too frequently---didn't have this issue w/ SMC router. I have Verizon FiOS w/ PPPoE. DD-WRT doesn't appear to have an option to "keep WAN IP address as long as possible."
Overall Review: Overall, the G54S is superb. I'm very happy with my purchase.
My recommendation to anyone who needs a basic home router: Buy this box! Don't bother with the Buffalo firmware, just install DD-WRT using the model-specific instructions in the Wiki ("Flashing the Buffalo WHR-G54S"). If you don't have two computers, make sure to save the instructions & installation binary before starting the installation.