Date Joined: 07/18/05
Pros: Well matched for size, color and luster, well made, and well priced. Arrived in retail-type packaging: a little black velvet clamshell box inside a small white cardboard box, suitable for gifting.
Cons: Don't believe any of the "original prices", they're just for show.
Overall Review: These appear to have a half-drilled setting (a prong glued into hole drilled into the middle of the pearl) a more secure setting than gluing onto a pad. Nice medium sized prong and earnut - not teeny tiny to economize on gold. I bought two pairs of these for just under 1.2 benjamins. One had over-the-top excellent luster and one very good. Read up on pearl care to make sure yours stay beautiful: no exposure to hairspray or perfume spray, handle with clean hands only, no use of ultrasonic jewelry cleaners, etc.
Pros: Small, solidly built.
Cons: Two drives purchased; neither would initially work with my MacBook Pro (OSX 10.6) This laptop can read NTFS formatted devices but would not read this one. I reformatted one drive on the laptop and it worked fine afterwards. As for the second drive, after using it in a desktop Mac (OSX 10.5) still in NTFS format, it worked fine on the Mac laptop.
Overall Review: Can't comment on speed as I use it with USB 2.0 devices.
Pros: Easy to assemble, plug and play
Compact, nice looking, sharp images
Power on/off and adjustment buttons/menu controls on the side of the unit where they are visible
Cons: One stuck pixel. Stand not adjustable.
Overall Review: A good utility monitor for everyday use. I really like the side location of the menu controls where they are easy to see and find. The price was right without fussing with rebates, and Newegg's prompt delivery has thoroughly spoiled me.
Pros: Compact, sturdy, and user-friendly. Footprint is about 4" x 2.5", and with cables connected, no more than 4" x 4" (12 cm x 12 cm). Used it at home to share KV&M between a WinXP and Linux machine; at work it now shares between two intel Macs. Simple to set up and use; extra USB ports support an external HDD or mic/headset. Button lights are clearly visible but not overly bright.
StarTech was very helpful when the switch's power supply brick failed. I opened a live chat session with their customer service rep, and two days later a replacement PS was on my desk.
Cons: Power supply brick failed suddenly 6 months after purchase. The minimal power leeched from the computers' USB ports was sufficient to power the lights on the switch, but not enough to run a USB keyboard. Diagnosed by unhooking usb connections to the computers; if the lights go out on the switch, the PS is faulty. As described above, the manufacturer replaced the faulty PS promptly and cheerfully.
Overall Review: The supplied cables have VGA connections (also called HD-15 or D-sub 15 pin) on both ends, so if your computer or monitor uses a DVI connection you will need an adapter (Male DVI to female VGA) for each incompatible connection. Adapters are inexpensive and available here at the egg - trust the reviews.
Pros: BIOS update solved the video problem I reported initially .
Cons: Manual is terrible. Undefined acronyms all over the place. Is GPP the second videocard slot or not? What's UMA, and what does sideport do? Don't expect the manual to tell you. It stinks to have to consult manuals from other 790GX boards to figure out what this board is doing. Some help is available in the Biostar forums and on various enthusiast sites.
Board won't utilize two Nvidia 8800 GT series cards. One, yes, in either the master or the slave PCI-e slot. Two, no way -- only one is recognized.
Overall Review: Should have RMA'd this when I had the chance.
Board is OK if you're building a plain vanilla system.
Pros: Nice layout, 2 pci-e 2.0 slots with nice wide spacing, clear setup directions, "hardware health" display upon startup.
Everything (CPU, cards, memory, cables) installed easily and initial WinXP Pro setup was quick & straightforward.
Cons: Would not recognize D-Link WG311 PCI wireless adapter card even after reinstalling WinXP drivers.
By the second day the system sometimes showed confetti stripes when powered-on; the problem got progressively worse & now it will not boot at all. Hangs on "windows setup" when I try to reinstall XP, even hangs on booting from an Ubuntu 8.04 live CD after overnight error-free memtest. Time to RMA.
Overall Review: No firewire capability. System: AMD Athlon X2 BE-2400 (the other half of the combo offer), Antec BP550+ 550W modular PS, Samsung 320 Gb SATA HDD, SATA optical drive, CoolerMaster Centurion 590 case, TrendNet TEW-429 UB usb wireless adapter... never got far enough to install the EVGA 8800GT Akimbo video card. :(
Pros: Inexpensive, onboard video, many control features in BIOS
Cons: Only 1 IDE slot. I needed a special, extra-long IDE cable to connect both a HDD and an optical drive in a standard ATX case. The Northbridge passive heatsink (stamped aluminum) gets very hot - Fixed by rigging an old VGA fan onto it, will upgrade the thermal compound later.
Overall Review: This board didn't work for me with Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy (graphics issue, X window system errors) but worked out of the box with 7.04 Feisty for AMD-64.
AMD X2 4600+ (65 W), 2x1Gb Crucial Ballistix DDR800, recycled optical drive ad HDD, D-link DWL G520 wireless card (which works out of the box with Ubuntu 6.04 and 7.04 ) As usual Newegg delivered it all in an eyeblink. :)
Pros: Worked out of the box with ubuntu 6.06 and madwifi drivers. Hooked up easily to my Apple Airport network (WEP authentication) using Apple's online instructions for third-party adapter cards.
Cons: none so far
Overall Review: Have already purchased a second one