Date Joined: 09/18/12
Pros: Good when it works
Cons: Often doesn't work
Overall Review: In one word, this monitor is UNRELIABLE. And in a baby monitor, that's literally the opposite of what you need.
When it works, it's fine. The picture is good (but not spectacular). the night vision is good, the controls are intuitive enough.
But VERY often - in fact, I would say approaching 50% of the time - the app simply will not connect to the camera. Sometimes, simply force-closing the app and reopening it fixes the problem...but sometimes it doesn't, and you have to keep waiting and trying until it'll finally connect. Sometimes, for no reason at all, the camera will simply go offline and you have to wait for it to reboot. And inevitably, if you leave it running for long enough (anywhere between 5 minutes and half an hour), the app will freeze, and you have to reset it to get it working again.
if you're fine with only being able to reliably monitor your baby 50% of the time, then get this camera! But if you want something a little more reliable, I'm switching over to the Nest Cam, and I suggest you do the same.
Pros: it's 27 inches. The 6 ms delay is unnoticeable. It's super light-weight and portable. No dead pixels.
Overall Review: If you're looking for another monitor and you see this on sale, BUY IT.
Pros: Really, it's all in the title. It does a great job...for about two years.
Cons: Died absolutely without warning a little less than two years after I began using it. Yes, I've plugged it into other slots, even a different computer: The only result is that my laptop tried to use it instead of its internal card and lost internet altogether.
Overall Review: Buy two, and keep one as a spare. For $13, you really can't expect much more from it.
Pros: We bought this to keep plugged into the back of our tv, so we wouldn't have to turn the tv around every time we wanted to hook it up to my computer. And for this, it works perfectly.
Cons: No cons.
Overall Review: Just wrote this review because it's scary buying something that has no reviews on it.
Pros: Very portable: 5 pounds, surprisingly small power adapter.
Excellent bang-for-buck when it comes to gaming.
-Runs LoL at maxed out, near-constant 60 fps
-No problem playing Skyrim at low settings
-Can even play MechWarrior Online, poorly optimized as it is, at 45-60 fps!
VERY fast with upgraded RAM and HDD (I got a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136835) and this thing FLIES.
Cons: The wireless card gives me moments of intense lag while gaming. I'm talking anywhere from a 3-400 ping spike, to total non-responsiveness for a second or two.
Even this would only have knocked it down to 4 stars: After all, I can easily plug in or, baring that, just bring along the $20 wireless adapter that my desktop uses. (I tested the ethernet connection and didn't experience one single moment of lag on it).
However, Acer technical support is the WORST tech support I've ever had the displeasure of speaking to. They have a limited grasp of English and no concept whatsoever of what "online gaming" means: I had no fewer than 3 separate tech support agents ask me what browser I was using, and tell me to re-install flash and Java, as well as telling me that the problem was probably my video card.
This experience, combined with the fact that I would need to pay to ship my laptop to them, with no guarantee of it getting fixed, knocks it down to 3 stars.
Also, there's one stuck/dead pixel, but who cares about that?
Overall Review: I really wanted to give this laptop five stars. It was only after the 2nd or third lag spike, while my roommate's game continued uninterrupted, that I began to think that just maybe this deal was too good to be true.
I see that this laptop may not be restocked: But if it does come back, know this this is the perfect combination of portability, power, and affordability (even with upgraded RAM and HDD, this was still only about $750)... but you're taking a pretty serious risk.
And pray that you never have to go to tech support as I did.
Pros: Fast (faster than almost any other non-SSD laptop drive), high capacity, seems solid so far.
Cons: The only possible cons are that it runs a little warm (can definitely feel it when resting my wrist above it), and that it likely consumes a little more power than a lower-performance drive. Of course, both of those are more-or-less unavoidable results of it being straight-up better than those lower-performance drives.
Overall Review: Bought this as a replacement HDD for my Acer Aspire V3-571G-6622, and I have no regrets whatsoever.
But if you clone another HDD onto this drive (as I did), then make sure to download WD's Acronis Align software to take advantage of the advanced formatting of this drive.
Pros: Incredibly small. Like, really small. You'd be able to fit this anywhere.
It's also fast. My wife and I have been using it and we haven't noticed any speed difference at all with a standard drive.
Finally, even though it comes with a secondary USB just for power, it runs just fine off of one port on my wife's ultra-tiny, $200 netbook.
Basically, this is everything you could possibly need or want in an external drive.
Pros: Works great, I guess? It's RAM, it's high-quality, easy to install, and effective.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Pros: It can work *almost* exactly like Windows 7 if you want to use 3rd-party software (I myself use Classic Shell), and at the time that I bought it, the OEM license was a full $100 cheaper than a Windows 7 license.
Cons: Everything else about it. Everything that is specifically "Windows 8" is absolutely terrible and I hate it.
I hate trying to view a picture, and having my entire screen get taken up by the idiotic "Picture" tile, and then having to laboriously find my way back to the desktop afterward.
I hate how, for whatever reason, it doesn't come with windows media player and forces you to (again) download a 3rd-party program just to achieve basic functionality like watching a DVD.
Basically, I am driven to sheer rage every time I am forced to interact with it as Windows 8, instead of an *almost* Windows 7.
Overall Review: As I said, with Classic Shell, it works just fine, except when it decides, for whatever reason, to boot you out of the desktop and force you to interact with the ridiculous tiles.
Maybe it's better on a touch-screen? Whatever. If you're on a tight budget building your own comp, and don't mind using 3rd-party software, then go for it. If you're thinking about upgrading from literally any other version of Windows, DON'T.
Pros: -Made my first computer build very easy
-Perfect for running one video card and a couple hard drives
-Easy to work with, great performance for the price
Pros: -Three fans keep everything cool
-Relatively quiet, for the amount of fans
-Extremely easy to work with
-Mic and Audio ports on the front work extremely well
-Looks super awesome with my EVGA and Cougar case badges.
Cons: None whatsoever.
Pros: I was extremely nervous after installing the second one. It was hard to trust it after the first one died a few hours after installation. But it's worked like a charm ever since, and it loads everything on it extremely fast: Runs really quietly most of the time as well.
Cons: First one died after only a few hours. Also, occasionally makes noise when looking at Word documents stored on it.
Pros: Everything about these speakers is amazing. The sound is crisp, clear, deep, and loud. I haven't noticed anything bad at all. Easy to set up, with an amazing amount of sound for their size.
Cons: Okay, one bad thing: The volume dial has uneven resistances (mentioned by a previous reviewer). It's annoying, but nowhere near worth docking a star.
Overall Review: If you want a cheap pair of amazing speakers, these are for you.
Pros: Picture is crisp and clear. According to the ppl at the other end of my video conferences, the mic is also top-quality. Dunno what else you can ask for in a $17 webcam.
Cons: Only con is that it doesn't grip the top of my monitor really well. But since all it needs to do is sit there, that's not really a fatal flaw.
Pros: This morning, my computer went from completely off to browsing the internet in less than ten seconds. Do I need to say any more than that? This thing is absurdly fast.
Overall Review: If you're looking for an SSD, and you see this drive even a little bit on sale, GRAB IT.
Pros: This thing is HUGE. Picture is crisp and responsive, and I didn't have to mess with any of the setting except brightness (this thing could illuminate my entire living room at full brightness!).
Just using it as a secondary monitor for my laptop right now, but I fully anticipate a stunning performance while gaming (will update if that proves not to be the case).
It's hefty without being too heavy. Stand requires no assembly, yet is very sturdy. Easy to adjust: Stiff, without being too stiff.
Cons: None to speak of: It's definitely much larger than I pictured, but that's certainly not a con.
Overall Review: This is a fantastic monitor. Asus support and warranty are an excellent added bonus. If you're looking for a huge monitor you can count on for years to come, you won't be disappointed with this one.