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Donald H.

Donald H.

Joined on 08/13/04

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Most Favorable Review

Does the job.

ViewSonic Optiquest Series Q20WB 20" WSXGA 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor
ViewSonic Optiquest Series Q20WB 20" WSXGA 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor

Pros: Excellent Clarity, decent drag/lag. Good color, no dead pixels at delivery.

Cons: Cr...ppy stand (no height adjustment, no rotate, a little shakey).

Overall Review: So far so good. I am using it mostly for work right now and I have not had a chance to see it in action for video or anything else, but the screen lag/ghosting seems to be minimal and teh clarity kicks the *** out of the standard office monitor sitting next to it. 4 eggs is coming from the fact that the stand is really poor. It only has tilt and is rather shakey. They should really look to include a better stand for a few extra dollars. With the $30 rebate, this was definitely a great buy. (PS, I can't believe that p-double-O is not allowed in a review!!!!!)

Most Critical Review

Wireless RCA Cable

LINKSYS WMB54G Wireless-G Music Bridge
LINKSYS WMB54G Wireless-G Music Bridge

Pros: It is wireless.

Cons: The software can only support one station at the current time. There is no way to sync it with any other player. It would only be good for something like music where time delay would not matter.

Overall Review: They need to seriously get on the ball and see if they can use the same technology they have now aquired with Squeezebox (I believe Linksys bought them) in order to sync multiple stations to the same output. Most people here have several stereos and/or computers and do not eed to spend another $300 a shot on decoders and the like. A multi-station system would be the best for them to do right now. This is just a wireless RCA cable.

Nice screen... but

Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" Full HD 1920 x 1200 60Hz 8ms DisplayPort VGA DVI-D 4xUSB 2.0 Pivot Swivel Height Adjustable LED Backlit IPS Widescreen LCD Monitor
Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" Full HD 1920 x 1200 60Hz 8ms DisplayPort VGA DVI-D 4xUSB 2.0 Pivot Swivel Height Adjustable LED Backlit IPS Widescreen LCD Monitor

Pros: The screen is nice. A decent size with a slightly larger dot pitch than my older 20" 2001 (1600x1200). The screen has some really bright color and contrast and played TF2 and Borderlands 2 very nicely.

Cons: 1 week after opening, I started getting a weird bar running vertically at about 1/3 of the distance from the LHS of the screen. This magenta bar is VERY distracting. Screenshots confirm that this is not a vid card problem (no line in screenshot), no difference no matter what resolution either. I am returning. Downside? I have to pay $32 to return a product and get the same thing. When you pay less than $300 for an item, paying >10% to REPLACE a defective item is discouraging. I hope this is just something set up that will be reimbursed on confirmation.

Overall Review: Simply put, I know there are NewEgg shops in the NJ area that would cost a LOT less to ship to (and then put in a mass shipment back to return central). This would also reduce turnaround time (I had this shipped to my NY office, IN A DAY!). Having to send this to Cali and wait is a bit much.

10/29/2012

Surreal

Fallout 3 PC Game
Fallout 3 PC Game

Pros: Excellent attention to detail. Very nice environments. Small bits of ingrained humor (Squirrel on a Stick anyone?) Excellent graphics options (you can select so many different things beyond simple Gamma and Resolution). Interesting tasks. Great skill system (so far)

Cons: Makes the graphic card work. Coming from a 7950 GTX (I will have to check the appelation when I get home) setting at 1600x1200 at only moderate AA and filtering (2 samples?) I start to see artefacts after playing for about 45 minutes or so. Happens more inside a convoluted area with lots of detail than outside (fade distance is pretty short). Map detail is a bit annoying, and lack of (as far as I can tell) a "holster" option make it a bit annoying. Also, no bindable weapon keys (say like Far Cry or any other FPS) make it a bit choppy in combat. Pistol firing is difficult, but not impossible. And no discernable motion blur (like TF2) make it a bit sickening sometimes when panning the environment.

Overall Review: I am looking forward to playing more of this. A big fan of Oblivion, this smacks of Fantasy meets teh Apocolypse. No Vorpal Blades here! Just lunchbox mines and object launchers! - I am still a bit nervous exploring things as a starter, but it seems to be scaled pretty well at "normal". I am thinking I should have adjusted it to "hard", but so long as I do not get bored, any difficulty will do!

10/31/2008

Decent cheapie.

TRENDnet TK-207K 2-Port USB KVM Switch
TRENDnet TK-207K 2-Port USB KVM Switch

Pros: Cheap ad it works. Enough said on that.

Cons: I am using it for a simpler app. I just needed a VGA switch and this was one of the better reviewed and less expensive ones. Problem is, it will only work if a VGA is plugged into the primary spot and powered on. w/o that, it does not work. Having this as the switch for my X-360 and home media machine is great, except I need to power up the computer to be able to switch to the 360. Inconvenient to say the least.

Smooth as silk

3ware 9500S-8 PCI 2.2 compliant 64-bit/66MHz SATA Controller Card
3ware 9500S-8 PCI 2.2 compliant 64-bit/66MHz SATA Controller Card

Pros: Compatable with standard PCI-2 slot. Easy installation (IF you read the manual!!! Print it out or have another machine before you run this!!!) Easy expandability for future use. No noticable lag on system hardware.

Cons: Cost, obviously. Manual is mostly in PDF form. So when things like driver requests come in at installation, it is hard to figure out which of the 4 drivers listed would be the proper one for your system. Lack of power conversion cables. But that should not really be their concern.

Overall Review: 1st off, this DOES come with the SATA cables, so whoever says they don't is not talking about this retail package. That being said, this was a breeze setting up. Installed without a single hitch (so long as instructions were followed, like setting up the RAID in the boot-BIOS first). I am interested to see how this system performs in the long run with possible expansions in its future... (Currently using 3 Seagate 500G 7200rpm sata perp drives...)