Joined on 04/20/09
Pros: Well packed, Asus M/B box and some extra cables & CD's included. Logitech Keyboard & Mouse are base models, but know what? for the price there is nothing wrong with them at all. I used them, what the heck :) Booted right up and has been running ever since. Vista validated with no issues (so legitimate copy obviously). Almost a Gig in updates but the computer has a Gigabit NIC and my connection is 8MB down, so it wenrt fast. This is a quiet case. The gigantic fan on the back is not a high revver, but moves a boatload of air anyway. The CPU cooler looks pretty beefy and temps were well in line with norms. The installed RAM (2x2GB) is of the low profile variety which is nice. No bloatware to speak of, just a 60 day trial of Office. Computer scored a 5.0 on Vista index which is very good and doubly so considering this is an entry level machine. Optical drive is an LG, not exactly an off brand :) A ton of room for expansion. Lots of drive bays, etc.
Cons: I would have paid a few bucks more for them to include a 120mm case fan for the acrylic side panel. The machine does not get hot by any means, but heat equals death for electronics and the side panel has the cut outs already there anyway. The spot for the side panel fan is perfect, it will blow directly on the video card once i install it.
Overall Review: UPDATE YOUR VIDEO DRIVERS FROM NVIDIA! Video card drivers can make or break performance. Go to nvidia's site, select the 9 series of cards and download the latest driver. WoW was running OK but I was sure there was more performance to be had. After updating the Nvidia drivers WoW is running on high at 50 to 60 FPS an all areas, including all the expansion packs. V-Sync is on so it may even run higher but I dont like to see texture tearing so I leave it on. My 14yr old is very happy. This is a tip to others whose computer may have run fine for awhile then died...expansion and contraction from the computer getting hot then cooling off (if you turn your machine off, I dont) may be the culprit. I would try re-seating the vid card and RAM. Please note that I have not had this problem, just tossing an idea out for others. So in conclusion I'm very, very pleased with things so far and i expect he will get a couple of years out of this machine easily.
Pros: I use these for both an MP3 player and my XPS M1730 (gaming laptop). These have insane bass, end of story. As a matter of fact, I rarely have the volume at 50% because it's almost too much for my ears. Build quality is good, fit is great, and they come with extras like a carrying bag and additional sleeves. I prefer them for gaming and heavy rock music only. They do not do well with classical for example.
Cons: I purchased them at another store (retail) before I discovered the Egg about six months back. Paid too much.
Overall Review: Be aware these take a BATTERY, have an ON/OFF switch, and a VOLUME CONTROL. I'm not saying the other reviewer doesn't know how to work his headphones (maybe he got a bad unit, or is a troll) but if you forget to turn them on for example, the extra bass driver is not powered, so it sits there and does nothing. I've done that more than once after a few pops.
Can't beat it for the $
Pros: Arrived well packed as per usual. Egg took 2.5 days after ordering on a Sunday evening. Pretty darn crisp picture for the money. Vista picked up the native rez. right away and re-set the desktop No stuck pixels. No bleed near the bezel edges.
Cons: Nothing. Well, I suppose you could whine about the stand being a little more sturdy, etc, but c'mon. Go spend a hundred bucks more and you will get a more solid stand right?
Overall Review: This was for my 14yr old and is hooked to a Cyberpower machine we got a few weeks ago (Egg). WoW just happens to have a widescreen mode that matches the native rez of this monitor. It looks very nice, nothing stretched, vibrant colors, etc. I have to say, part of my decision to purchase was based on reviews. I am very happy with the Egg's review system and so far it has not let me down.
Pros: Like another reviewer, I attempted to build something similar via components. Some a bit higher end, some a bit lower, but came to the conclusion it's not worth the time, and is not cost effective, ESPECIALLY if you have to purchase an OS. Even if you throw Linux on it, or have an old XP or VISTA disk laying around the hardware cost is the same if not higher. Individual warranties to deal with, etc. You can add it up yourself, Motherboard-CPU-Graphics Card-Case-Power Supply-Fan-Memory-500 GB 7200rpm Disk-Vista Premium 64-Mouse & Keyboard. I think the best I did was around $700.00 CAD before tax & ship. No O/S This will be an upgrade for one of my sons who just got out of grade 8. He does most of his gaming on a 360 these days (thank goodness..pc upgrade cycles are expensive) but he still likes WoW and his old machine (3yrs) croaked last week. I will report back on how it performs. I expect shipping / packing to be fine, have ordered a few things from the Egg before.
Cons: Only drawback is the fact its a generation or two behind the curve, but the simple fact is you get what you pay for and this should run 1-2 year old games at max settings and new ones at medium. Probably have to turn off some of the shiny stuff, but he'll live.
Overall Review: I looked very closely at this package. The mainboard shown in the pic is an Asus M3A76-CM. It will take 8GB of DDR2 800. Thats enough. The item description was not too clear on that, it almost reads like 4GB maximum. Looks like it will only take 2 sticks of 1066, although with this llevel of machine thats not a great loss. The M/B has features (as does the GPU) which are not listed here. I prefer my post not be deleted, so you will have to look them up yourself, but I can say that 2.8 might hit 3.1 pretty easily. Newegg Canada does not seem to sell this M/B, but the U.S. site has it and I got my information from the product description. CPU & GPU are a good combo. I think you could go 1 or 3 levels higher on the GPU before the CPU becomes a bottleneck though. Should have it in a few days. I will report back on how it performs with a few PC games including the FPS at different quality settings, especially in WoW since thats primarily what it was purchased for. Cheers
Pros: Look at the specs. Look at the price. Enough said.
Cons: Zero. Any person who cant set this up should not be fooling with computers in the first place. Everything worked out of the box. Darn quick speed too.
Overall Review: It does not run hot. it does not lose connectivity. I should have purchased 3 or 4 of them on the eggshell deal of the day or whatever it was,
Pros: Biggest plus is the A/C Adapter!!! Well made and beefy. Low fan noise, but if you need a cooler in the first place I expect your notebook is loud anyway. The air coming out the vents of my DTR laptop is cooler than before. USB Hub is nice.
Cons: Another 1/2 inch on the width would have been nice.
Overall Review: My laptop is an XPS M1730. It is very well regarded for heat management but this is still an 11lb DTR laptop...it gets hot. It JUST fits on the cooler. The rubber feet on the laptop sit about 1/16" away from the edges (width). Fans on the cooler blow approx. on the video card area (SLI so it gets hot) and HDD area where I recently installed a second Seagate 320 from Newegg.