Joined on 10/21/06
Pros: Plug and Play. Got this for a great price. Fairly quiet.
Overall Review: I recently did a rebuild of my main PC with an i5-750 + mobo/RAM/PS/etc. I used the old parts to rebuild my kids' computer and remembered the headache I encountered trying to install XP on my ASUS P5LD2 Deluxe mobo with PATA devices. I finally gave up and ordered this SATA Lite-On drive based on pretty much price alone. This was the answer to my problems. Granted, any SATA burner would've have worked, but I was new to Lite-On and it looks like it will be a great drive. It has a long, hard life ahead of it (hopefully without any peanut butter sandwiches getting inserted), so we'll see how it does. Loved the price for a good-brand drive with favorable reviews.
Disappointed - BSsOD
Pros: Got a good price with a bundle deal. Hopeful this will work great once I get a replacement (if I ever do).
Cons: I was up and running with a new Core i5 and ASUS MOBO and this RAM for about half an hour before getting repeated shut-downs and BSsOD. Checked for driver problems and such and then finally reverted to Windows Memory Diagnostics, which showed over 60 errors on the first pass for this memory.
Overall Review: With all of the other glowing reviews, I'm guessing (and hoping) this was only the luck of the manufacturing quality draw. I only docked 2 eggs as I know these things sometimes happen. I docked another egg because newegg wouldn't ship my replacement before receiving my bad product. I understand why, but UPS decided to put my shipment on the slow boat, predicting that it will take a week to receive the package in CA. That puts my PC out of commission for two weeks. Not acceptable. Newegg should pay for 2nd day shipping on failed-product RMAs.
Pros: Very small, substantial capacity, rubberized cover.
Cons: Activity light - see other thoughts. Not enough to dock an egg.
Overall Review: I bought this flash drive to plug into my car stereo head unit to serve mp3s. The size is great as this is hanging off the front of the stereo and it doesn't protrude nearly as much as my old flash drive. 8GB of mp3s is a lot of music. My only issue is the giant blinking red glow over the entire back end of the device that comes from the activity light. Normally wouldn't be a problem, but in my car application that thing is a major distraction, especially at night. I fixed it by sliding the rubber cover off and covering most of the light with electrical tape. Now I'm a happy camper.
Pros: Price, speed, trusted brand
Cons: Not faster, but hardly a con at this price
Overall Review: I had 4GB of CL7 Ripjaws in my system and kept waiting for memory prices to come back down. After seeing this deal after having watched prices for many months, I had to pounce. Not a gamer (mostly photo editing and media center stuff) and not skilled on memory timings, but I was able to plug this extra 8GB (totaling 12) in to my ASUS mobo, change a couple of settings in the BIOS, and run these at 1600. Love seeing 12GB on my status monitor. Windows experience stayed put at 7.7.
What they won't tell you for home theater
Pros: Great little card. Good performance in a tight package. Win7 score of 7.0, same as the 9800GT it replaced.
Cons: No cons directly for the card. See other thoughts, though. Got a 6.0 Win7 Experience score with the shipped drivers. A driver update from the ATI site bumped that up to a 7.0.
Overall Review: I have a living room PC with good specs that I wanted to convert to a HTPC when I bought my 52" Sammy. I bought a nice Gigabyte 9800GT silent video card for the HDMI out via mobo header. That card was nice, but I noticed that I was only getting 2 channel sound through HDMI to my AV receiver. Ends up that's all I can get through the S/PDiF on my mobo. Found out ATI is better for HTPC HDMI sound as they put sound processors right on the card. So I ordered this one. when I got it all set up, Win Media Center kept erring out when playing multi-channel media. Ends up you can't have your ATI HDMI sound output and WMC sound both set for multi-channel sound at the same time. You have to set MC to multi and the ATI output to stereo. Sound goes to the receiver as multi-channel from WMC, but not from any other source unless you change the ATI output back. So you have to switch the ATI output back and forth all the time. This is a Windows problem, but affects this card's HTPC performance.
Meh, but cheap and functional
Pros: Low price, front panel connectivity, tool-free-ish, looks nice when finished, attempt at cable management, all hardware included, good room and expandability.
Cons: Made of aluminum foil!??, overall cheap build quality (guess that's understood at this price point), case arrived damaged even though shipping box was perfect.
Overall Review: Had passed down my old PC components after a rebuild to a gargantuan gutted HP Pavilion case that had proprietary connectors and no expandability. I hated that case, but it was free. Finally got the best of me and I decided I had to replace it, but didn't want to spend much - this is for my kids' PC. The Blackbone (dumb name, as pointed out by another reviewer) came available on sale, free shipping. I knew what I was getting - thus 4 eggs, because it met expectations. Unfortunately mine arrived damaged. Two opposite corners of the case were bent, and I had to decide whether to send it back or not. Finally decided to fix it myself with pliers, which worked. With everything moved over, the finished product looks pretty darn good. Front lights (power and HDD activity) are substantially bright. Fans aren't quiet. Overall I'm fine with this case. Next time I might buy something else in the same situation. But I might buy this one again.