Date Joined: 01/19/07
Pros: Affordable, comfortable, and sound great. Got exactly the sound profile I wanted after adjusting the equalizer for 5-10 minutes.
The range and quality is pretty amazing for the price. I am very pleased.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: They significantly dampen all other sounds . . . they work just like ear-plugs.
Pros: For this price range these speakers are excellent. The mid and high range out of the satellite speakers are clear and more impressive than I was expecting. Also, this is the only speaker system with a 6.5 inch subwoofer cone in this price range. The other brands use 5.25 inch cones, which need more excursion to move the same amount of air. With less movement, the larger subwoofer cone has less distortion. I replaced a failing 2.1 speaker system that had a 5.25 inch subwoofer and this is noticeably better. There is less distortion at higher power settings than the old system. But, remember, you have to keep your expectations reasonable. This is a powerful system, but don't expect the kind of bass response you'd get out of an 8, 10, or 12 inch subwoofer. Finally, the desktop control for the bass and volume is pretty nice.
Cons: Really, at this price, there is no downside. It is solid at all frequencies . . . the sound is quite clear and accurate. It also gets pretty loud, if you want that. Just keep your expectations reasonable and you'll be very happy.
Overall Review: It's about 30 watts RMS total.
Bottom line is this it's simply a great value. I think only the unreasonably picky or the delusional will be dissatisfied.
Pros: Good basic keyboard for the price. Keys have a nice feel and good response.
Cons: None for this price.
Overall Review: This replaced another cheap keyboard which had terrible key response.
Pros: Now I can charge in the car and I also have an extra usb to micro usb cable. It was a reasonable price. Shipping was prompt.
Pros: I'm glad I didn't spend more than $5 on an armored case because this one is perfect! I like the combination rubber/hard plastic design. It looks good, has a great feel, and I can keep a good grip on the phone. I like the built-in stand, which clicks into position and works nicely in landscape. It has a nice raised edge so I store it screen faced down to keep the screen safe. The vendor shipped it promptly and it arrived in good condition.
Cons: None. This product is perfect for the price.
Cons: None. For the price this product is perfect.
Pros: - Build quality seems quite solid. (well above my expectations) The screen and backing fit nice and tight together.
- Fairly modern processor (low end of Cortex A9 / Mali combo).
- Display looks excellent when viewed directly. In my opinion 800x480 resolution is PLENTY for a 7" screen. Graphics look plenty sharp. My opinion is the "retina display" is overrated. The single core Mali seems to be able to drive this resolution screen just fine.
- Web browsing is reasonable (3-5 seconds to load a typical page)
- App and game downloads are fast (1-2 megaBYTES, not bits, per second on our wireless-N network) This was way above my expectations.
- I've installed 15 casual games and they all work fine / as intended. They don't studder or have any problems. I was expecting some wouldn't work so well, but that's not the case so far.
Cons: - Battery is lasting about 4-5 hours for us.
- Touchscreen can be a little tricky at the top edge.
- Screen looks okay from left, right, and top angles, but looks very poor angled from the bottom . . . this is standard TN type display effect.
- Software sometimes gets a little confused, fixed with a power reset.
- Scrolling can sometimes have a slight studder.
Again, considering this product is *ONLY* about $80 these are *MINOR* issues. I'm just listing every little thing I can think of to have a fully honest review.
Overall Review: I've been interested in tablet technology all along, but I am not an early adopter. I've been keeping an eye out for a tablet $100 or less which meets my objectives of "good enough" web browsing, email, and casual games. I saw this product in a NewEgg email for $80 and it intrigued me. I read the generally positive reviews and decided to give it a shot. I am very happy with how it performs. I have experience using a family member's iPad 2. This product is of course not quite as smooth, not quite as powerful, not as much storage, not as nice of a display. *However*, for ~$80 it is a pretty amazing deal because you get a reasonable display, a reasonable processor, and enough storage for many casual games and apps. (I've installed 15 so far and have plenty of space still) If you're looking for the bulletproof optimal experience, look elsewhere and plan to spend $200+. If you're looking for an entertaining option that is a great value, definitely consider this product. My wife, myself, and our six and two year olds are all enjoying this tablet very much!
One more thought to consider: My six year old would be using this 24 hours a day if I let him . . . I think that speaks to how well this tablet works. (and he has used the previously mentioned iPad 2 many times as well)
Pros: It's amazing. They took the best of D2, got rid of annoying things like scrolls, running exhaustion, loot and trading issues, and added a ton of improvements. Environmental artwork is definitely engaging. I really like the new skill system. There are nearly infinite combinations of skills to try. It's fun how they force you to make choices on what skills you want to use. Layer on top of that nearly infinite weapon and armor attribute combinations and you have a recipe for months and months of fun.
Bottom line for me is that this game is excellent.
Cons: I had a little server trouble on the second day (I think I had to wait 15 minutes to log on, I just did something else and came back), I didn't even bother to try the first day. It's just the way it goes in the multiplayer world of gaming, so it doesn't bother me too much. I believe the benefits of a controlled system to reduce cheating are worth the login hassles. Also, my characters are persistent from one computer to the next and I won't lose them if my computer loses data somehow. I guess I'm just sold on the centalized server game technique . . . I've been playing it on and off for eight years.
Pros: This is an update to my review a few days ago.
Cons: I have to take off an egg because I am very annoyed to discover that the HD6670 they used only has 667Mhz DDR3 RAM!!! The HD6670 reference spec is 1000Mhz GDDR5. This is a huge memory bottleneck and it does not perform nearly as fast with the slow memory. They saved perhaps 10 dollars using the inferior RAM and it severely gimps the card. I was able to overclock it to 752Mhz, but this is still waaaaay slower than the GDDR5 that is supposed to be used in a true HD6670.
Pros: This is a great game. I played SC1 quite a bit from about 1998 to 2000. In my opinion they took the best 2/3 of that game and transplanted it into SC2 as a foundation. They replaced about 1/3 of the undesirable units and abilities with fun ones that you will actually want to use.
The campaign missions are all unique and fun with several different levels of difficulty available. The storyline is enjoyable and fleshed out in the interstitial activities and cinematics between missions. The mission order is quasi-nonlinear, so you have some freedom to choose the order of missions. You get to spend credits and research points on upgrades, so you can shape your fighting force to the style of your liking. I particularly enjoyed that customization aspect.
The SC2 community is huge. Many smart and creative people in this community are making/going to make amazingly fun custom maps just like they did in SC1. Some custom maps are so creative that it's like an entirely new game.
Cons: I never played LAN in SC1 so the lack of LAN doesn't bother me. I've played WoW for several years, so logging into Battle.net each time to play SC2 fully doesn't bother me. I guess I am not the picky like some of the other.
I am in mid-life now, so the difference between $60 and $50 for a game is honestly inconsequential to me. I'd rather spend $60 on a game I'll enjoy than $30 on a game that stinks.
Overall Review: I play for an hour or two most nights. I'll probably get several months of enjoyment out of this game.
Pros: Plug and play with no problems.
Pros: Put this is a Dell Inspiron 530 with E5200 to make a cheap gaming computer (without building myself). No problems running on the 300W 18A 12V PSU even after several hours of 3D gameplay. Runs extremely cool in this setup: 31C idle, and only 40C after 1.5 hours of 3D gaming. I don't ever hear the fan, but the system sits under the desk and at 40C I'm not even sure the fan is running much. Good airflow + low power computing set up = quiet. Completely satisfied.
Overall Review: Allowed me to build a medium capability gaming computer for only $400 (that's hardware and OS).
Pros: I'm not going to pretend this is the best monitor ever . . . but, for the (low) price, this is simply *amazing*. Bought two of them for my wife and myself and both had no dead pixels. After some adjustments the pictures look great. Good color and more than reasonable contrast. No obvious ghosting. Half the power consumption of a CRT. Absolutely no regrets. Thank you to all the previous reviewers which influenced me to buy two of this product.
Cons: Absolutely none.
Overall Review: Performance / Price = Amazing