Joined on 10/28/09
For pete's sake, ALL ssd's come unformatted when you buy them new!
Pros: see other thoughts...
Cons: see other thoughts...
Overall Review: On 1/2/14 a reviewer gave a 1-egg rating and said, "Cons: This hard drive came unformatted and unrecognized by my computer." as the reason. Of course it did...ALL new SSD drives come unformatted. To give that as a reason for a 1-egg review when it has nothing whatsoever to do with the how good an SSD drive is or isn't is completely off-base and suggests a much lower Tech Knowledge than the "3 - Average" that the reviewer gave themself.
good in a quirky way, and am favorably ambivalent
Pros: The price is right, the usb3 is fast and the card reader works fine, in a quirky sort of way. The USB is powered via a standard USB3 connection and not via a 20pin usb3 mobo connection...for some that may be a negative but for me it's a neutral (if you don't like it don't get this, or buy a PCIe adapter card with an internally facing USB3 port - several exist - koutech, siig, startech). But that's not the quirky part...
Cons: Installation is a bit odd - some of the the screw holes don't line up with 3.5" slot holes like most other card readers, so you either have the reader sticking out 3/16" further than it should or you have to drill holes where there already should have been holes to install it flush with the fronts of standard PC cases with standard 3.5" slots. So, -1 egg for that. But that's not the quirky part... Once installed, through trial and error, and a sudden "aha" moment, I realized that the SD card is supposed to go into the slot upside-down. HUH?!? Upside down? That's just quirky, -1 egg quirky. I'm just glad I didn't break the reader or card in the process of figuring that out...wish there was a little something called an illustrated instruction sheet that let me in on that little secret. I had to know why, so I took it apart (easy to do, am sure I voided the warranty, but c'est la vie, I'm livin' on the edge). Once you see how it's built it makes complete sense - to me, anyway
Overall Review: I sort-of like this reader like I like some less mainstream styles of music or some types of indy movies - it's quirky, bordering on annoying at first, but once you get used to it's quirkiness you can look past that and it get's the job done and what annoyed you about it fades into memory and dissipates. If you are relatively easily annoyed and/or irritated, don't get this. You don't deserve the irritation, and this card reader doesn't deserve the 1 egg rating you won't be able to restrain yourself from giving. (...and my apologies for using the q-word so many times)
An absolute no-brainer when on sale
Pros: The screen size is a no-brainer PRO...I sit with my eyes about 4 feet (+/-6 inches, depending on if I'm sitting upright or leaning back in my chair) from the screen and working on spreadsheets, presentations, documents and viewing content on web pages (as well as watching Netflix or HD HomeRun TV) is noticeably more comfortable on the eyes (both with or without wearing my glasses.for nearsightedness) as compared to my prior 27" 1920x1080 HP monitors (which are also outstanding monitors for their size...but 5" more diagonal makes a major viewing difference). For me, 32" and 1920x1080 resolution works really well...I watched several 1080p and 4K YouTube videos on both of the 32" LG's I bought for my dual-screen setup and was very pleased with the clarity and sharpness of both. I don't doubt for a second that I would like a 32" 4K monitor even better (after all, you just couldn't miss noticing the difference that 4x more pixels makes), BUT when I can get two of these 32" 1080p monitors for significantly less than the cost of one 32" 4K monitor (I picked these 32" 2K's up for 179 per on a recent Egg sale), I will be happy happy happy all day every day with 1920x1080. When 4K monitor prices fall to current 2K levels I'll start looking to replace my current 32" 2K screens...but until then, happy happy happy. The colors were great and brightness was just fine right out of the box...no adjustments needed. There were zero dead pixels on either monitor...so, happy happy happy!
Cons: Yes, the screen is glossy...and it does reflect you and what is behind you to varying degrees depending on how lit your space is and the color and brightness of what is behind you. I suppose I could let the glossy screen reflection bother me, but it really doesn't...it's there, but I just don't notice it when I'm working or watching. Yes, the reflection is more noticeable in a well-lit room, especially if you have lighter/brighter/colored objects behind you...so if that sort of thing bothers you then you may not like this (or any other) glossy screen monitor. Yes, these monitors have a single screen control button (joystick, really)...but it is really not that difficult to figure out how to use and actually becomes very intuitive once you use it a few times...I actually like this LG joystick better than the multi-button screen controls from my other HP or ASUS monitors on other machines in the house. So, at worst, I suppose I would call both of these "soft-cons"...neither worth taking off an egg, or even a fraction of an egg (were that to be even possible).
Overall Review: Over the years, I've gone from a 22" to 27" and now to 32" dual screen set up...a dual screen setup is a really easy decision for both work and play where you need multiple files and windows open at the same time to view and work on...and every increase in screen size has made both work and play much more enjoyable. For me, the next incremental step won't be an even bigger screen size - it will be going to a 3 x 32" screen set up for two screens with files/windows I'm actively working on and one screen with multiple windows to look interact with & monitor periodically. I also started using DisplayFusion to split my screens/create multiple virtual monitors on a screen - a really nice piece of software, super flexible...I like it a lot better than LG's Screen Split software, and like it better than the current Windows 10 snap screen functions.
Flawless RAM from a great company.
Pros: Fast (...very, very fast). Rock-solid reliable. "Plug and play" easy.
Cons: At it's current price, price is a con...but that same con applies to all high-end RAM kits for several months running now. Beyond that, no other cons.
Overall Review: I paid $110 on NewEgg for this 16gb kit in November 2013...an amazing deal for top-of-the-line ram like this. I'm running it in a HP Elitebook 8470w along with an Intel i7-3840QM CPU and a 960 GB Crucial M500 SSD...it's been a data-crunching beast and done absolutely everything I've wanted it to do. I don't know of a better laptop ram out there, and I certainly don't know of a better company out there...g skill and their ram has been great to me.
eSata FAIL = very VERY disappointed
Pros: 1. Nice looking brushed aluminum shell. 2. HDD secures to internal frame with two screws and is very solid inside the case. 3. Two LED's on front for "On" and drive activity. 4. USB 2.0 power+data cable works fine. 5. Reasonable price.
Cons: There is only one "Con" to go up against the above five "Pros", but it's a BIG ONE...for me, so big that all of the above "Pros" combined are essentially useless due to this one single mega-CON: 1. I bought three of these - one in a first order and two more in a second order - to go with laptops that have eSata ports to take advantage of the faster eSata. The USB 2.0 data/power connection works fine - no complaint there. However, using the USB2 power-only cable + eSata cable my laptop (HP Pavilion dv6-2190us) did not recognize the drive (WD Scorpio Blue 5400rpm 2.5") on any of the three enclosures/cables - zip, nada, oh-for-three, a big strike out. I know the drive is fine and the eSata port on the laptop is fine - the drive attached to the laptop via a Sata-to-eSata cable and a Sata-cabled power brick works fine on the same laptop and eSata port and tests at 115+ mbps on ATTO. And, the same drive in the same enclosures attached via the USB 2.0 data+power cable also works fine...
Overall Review: (mega-CON, continued...) ...I also tried these enclosures with the same drive on another PC I have with an eSata port that I know (and verified with the same Sata-to-eSata calbe and Sata power brick) works - zip, nada, oh-for-three, a big strike out. Wow...how utterly disappointing. I've typically had relatively good luck for several years with a lot of other Rosewill products - some of which are my favorites in their respective categories - but I have to say that I am very VERY disappointed in this particular Rosewill enclosure. Given that about 50% of Reviewers rank the enclosure 5-eggs, maybe that just indicates that the quality control for this enclosure is just really bad, and you get some great, some good, some bad, and some junk units. Or maybe most (not all, just maybe most) of the 5-egg reviewers don't use the eSata and just use the USB 2.0 connection. In either case, given the eSata speed is 95% of the reason I got this to try, this has been a HUGE disappointmen
Tested RMA replacement, and still don't like it
Pros: As a followup to my 5/1/2012 review... Yes, it does run at USB3 speeds - the RMA replacement I received did install correctly and ran on ATTO Disk Benchmark at 43.4/44.8 Mbps Write/Read using a USB3 port on my PC and a SanDisk 32Gb Extreme class 10 (45 Mbps) SDHC card...I like that, but that's really the only good thing I can say about it...which just isn't enough to make this a good (much less adequate) product.
Cons: For this RMA replacement unit, in my opinion, it's three-strikes-and-you're-out in terms of design -  cheap flimsy plastic case that's way too easy to pull apart or crack/break,  very poor non-secure cap design, and  USB3 reader-to-PC connection is excessively tight compared to any of my other USB3 flash drives and USB card readers (a Transcend USB2 SDHC card reader and a Uspeed USB3 SDXC card reader).
Overall Review: For me, bottom-line - I'm not at all impressed with this IO Gear card reader (but I do really like the IO Gear wireless keyboard Item#: N82E16823176018 for HTPC use, so I've got nothing against the company, but I do think that IO Gear really missed the target on this particular, in my opinion, inferior product of theirs). I compared ATTO Disk Benchmark scores for this IO Gear USB3 SDXC card reader to another USB3 SDXC card reader I found (by U-Speed) on the Brazilian River with the same SanDisk Extreme Class 10 SDHC 32 Gb card on the same USB3 port on my PC and got this: - Uspeed Write/Read was 43.0/47.0 Mbps - IO Gear Write/Read was 43.4/44.8 Mbps IMO, the Uspeed design (two caps, one covers the card insertion end), build quality and cap security is better; and has, for me, a more preferred rear-card-insertion instead of the side-insertion of the IO Gear. Maybe IO Gear can go back to the drawing board and make theirs better, but for now I'm going with the Uspeed.
VERY disappointed in these guys...
These guys sent me the wrong thing, the mistake was 100% theirs, and it cost me significantly in delays and missed sales of builds. And they expect me to pay for their mistake by paying out of my pocket the return shipping of the wrong order. That's just bad customer service, and "we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience" rings very hollow and insincere...how this was mishandled on their end does not communicate "we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience". They are probably nice guys and probably busy, but as a business that is absolutely no excuse...their customer service is just really really bad. Very disappointed with this company.