Joined on 07/03/06
What I Wanted
Pros: Simple yet functional. USB works well with XP. Plug and play. All SATA drives fit so far with zero issues.
Cons: I wasn't prepared for the drives heating up like this. Also, the drive continues to spin even if the system shuts down or goes into standby. You have to remember to power off the dock. It's not too bad for me though. I got this for temporary usage (to occasionally pull data off of old drives). The dude's suggestion about point a fan at the dock seems like a good idea.
Overall Review: My motherboard supports AHCI and e-sata. But I choose not to install AHCI when installing XP (went with generic IDE). So, I cannot use the e-sata connect what-so-ever. I had originally thought I'd be able to use the e-sata function, just not as a "hot swap." I was wrong. I'm stuck with the USB function until I reinstall Windows and go to AHCI. I do not fault this dock though. I'm taking this one on the chin. You live and learn - and I should have done more research. Heck, I should have installed AHCI from the get-go. Bottom line: I had numerous SATA drives laying around and was sick of hanging them out the side of of my machine. This dock allows me to quickly pull data off whenever I feel like it. And no shutting down of my system! Also, I've already used it to pull data off of friends' failed drives (so I could reformat/reinstall their drive).
Not Quite Worth the Price
Pros: Cordless ability, includes some adapters, everything works as advertised, seemingly solid construction
Cons: Short range, very mediocre sound, too many batteries needed for cordless
Overall Review: I really wanted to like these. My biggest complaint is the sound. These do not deliver. My cheap boombox 20+ years ago sounded much better, and it didn't take 12 batteries either. There is almost zero bass and it just sounds flat. Increasing the volume certainly doesn't help either. I realize that cordless phones, headphones and speakers experience static. I'd hoped these speakers would do better, but do not expect to stretch more than 20 or 30 feet indoors without static. In some cases the static is pretty bad. Understand I'm not talking about unimpeded feet. I haven't tried outdoors yet (it's still cold outside!) So there are normal wood frame and drywall walls involved in my setup. Note the 3 stars. I'm not dogging this product. I would've given more stars if the price were lower. For $99.99 this product is not a bargain. Of course I will use this product. But I will think twice before adding speakers to the set. Newegg and UPS got this to me in 2 days for $0.00 shipping.
Pros: A little better than last years... Can output studio standard file protocols.
Cons: Still suffers from crashes, unstable, cannot handle a wide range of video formats. Absolutely no help on the smug "it's your fault" forums. Still doesn't render video/audio into one file so that Sony DVD Architect doesn't have to re-render the audio everytime. (Meaning you still have to render the video and audio separately if you want to burn with DVD Architect.)
Overall Review: Yeah, it's a step up from 8 and 9, but that is not saying a whole lot. I use Sony Vegas where I work and I still have to use numerous 3rd party software to get video files to work in Vegas. This time around I've noticed a smidgen more support for MP4 files, but I still suffer from crash after crash. I end up having to re-render many files ahead of time so that Vegas can keep from dying repeatedly. It sucks to have to use freeware renderers to support this over-priced software. And the preview/prerender still sucks. When you prerender stuff in the timeline, often it still will not preview smoothly. If Vegas was priced below $100 it would be worth it. It's hard to recommend this for the current price tag. Did I mention the crashes? I have other freeware, that even when a file crashes it, the app still remains stable and does not need to be closed. Vegas? Not so lucky. IT WILL CRASH ON YOU! Trust me. It will crash. For $500+ that's just ridiculous. I am a professional audio/video tech.
Worked almost until the warranty expired
Pros: Worked okay for about 9 months
Cons: Too expensive. Died after 9 months. Didn't work well with all games.
Overall Review: I never did get around to turning it in for warranty. I don't even remember if I bought it online or at a store front, didn't have the receipt. It seemed to me that this controller was mostly just for games designed for Xbox and ported to PC, but I could be wrong. I prefer a keyboard, but some PC games benefit greatly from this controller. Just wish I didn't have to pay for another one. I probably won't. I'll just be careful buying games that rely on it. Finally a review on Newegg that wasn't 5 Stars. But I don't think I bought this item here. Think it was a Gamestop in Florida...
My experience has been tops
Pros: Nary a bad burn so far. It's got the "LG" name, which is definitely a bonus in my book. Burns fast and works well with my 3rd party apps. I burn BD-R 25GB, DVD-DL, DVD-R and CD-R with no issues.
Cons: No cons so far.
Overall Review: Newegg may not show me as a "verified Newegg buyer" but I assure you I am. I bought this in a now defunct offer that included BD-25 disk media. The BD-25 I use are the "Optical Quantum 25GB 4X BD-R" and they work perfectly. I've also burned Optical Quantum DVD-DL with no issues at all. I understand that some people have complained about this burner, but I'm leery about some of them. The guy who's laser malfunctioned, well that's one thing, but glitchy playback could certainly be caused by other factors. I had to do my own testing and experimentation before I could properly make use of this new Blu-ray technology. I burned my share of unplayable disks, but those were wholly due to user error and do not reflect upon the burner nor the disks. Now that I'm schooled, my disks play. But I also use BD-25 to back up data! Whoa, brother, you can clear your drive fast when doing it in 25GB chunks! I just hope Blu-ray stays around. I have a lot invested in in by now...
Good Paper Sleeves
Pros: Easy to open. Plastic window stays affixed to sleeve (I've used other brands where this was not the case.) The little "tab" doesn't get in the way when stuffing a lot of envelops.
Cons: No cons.
Overall Review: I work at a church and make thousands of CD/DVD copies. Sometimes I'm stuck stuffing hundreds of envelops a week. These TekNmotion sleeves are easy to work with. This is not the first time I've purchased them either. I love the cheaper cost, 'cause I go through them like water. Off topic thought: I just noticed that the majority of my Newegg reviews are 5 Star, yet I'm a very critical person. I have say "Thanks" to all the people who take the time to write constructive reviews here at Newegg. I almost never make a bad puchase because the reviews help me make the best possible decision. So: great reviews, great shipping (UPS) and great service from Newegg all makes shopping a blast! What's next!