Date Joined: 06/14/05
Pros: Worked for a bit
Cons: Doesn't work now
Overall Review: 11 months before it's unrecognizable by the os and partition has disappeared. Longer reliability than other Seagates I have had. I fell for the low price. I just had steam games on it, luckily, because I knew from experience that Seagate drives were garbage. Bad on me, don't make the same error.
Pros: Arrived at my house.
Cons: Packaging was ridiculous - a bubble-wrap envelope over a lightweight cardboard box. The thing showed up looking like it had been run over with the box half crumpled and tire tracks on it. The device seems to be undamaged, but I can't tell for sure since I can't hook it up (see other)
Overall Review: The device I received is not designed for US standards - the power cord has the European two round plug at the end - but the seller was nice enough to include an adapter. However, the Coax in-and-out on the back of the box are PAL standard smooth things, not the threaded connectors that are used in the US. I have ordered an adapter, but now I have to wait. This should have been clear when i ordered the thing. Lame.
Pros: They look okay. The subwoofer is kind of small and inadequate-looking, but it's black and unobtrusive. The desktop speakers don't have any grills or coverings so you're looking right at the cones and they're kind of sleek-looking.
Cons: Sound is muddy and weak. For the price I was expecting cra7py sound but at least adequate volume - these speakers provide neither. It's a cheap-sounding, generalized, mushy sound that doesn't even get loud enough for entertaining. Bass-heavy without any sort of clarity or presence. Speakers are so small and lightweight that the cat knocks them over all the time while pacing behind the monitor.
Overall Review: Cheap and probably re-purposable, such that I won't bother returning it, but keep your expectations low. At least it wasn't some hateful logitech product.
Pros: Large, bright, cheap. Copious inputs. Decent stand. Sound which exists. I now have 3 of these - not a dead pixel among them. Cheap as hell, ton of inputs (VGA, HDMI, DVI) - awesome for normal humans doing things, maybe not for snobs.
Cons: For the price, none. There's maybe a lack of vibrancy to the image, but I haven't spent a ton of time buried in the settings. The bezel is kind of chunky and the sceptre logo is way too house-proud. With darkest content, there's some irregularities with the light bleeding from the edges. All the stand does is tilt - no raising or lowering.
Overall Review: We bought one for my son as a 2nd monitor for his work laptop. It was so solid I bought 2 more for my wife and me. It's sufficient for my modest gaming needs, movies look fine. Thinking about making one of these my bedroom chromecast neftlix screen.
Pros: A lot of pockets - almost too many. Styling is unobtrusive and easily mistaken for a pricier name brand. Lots of room. Zippers are buttery smooth.
Cons: No Rosewill branding (no branding is visible at all). I bought the bag largely out or a desire to own a bunch of Rosewill products, and I feel sort of cheated.
Overall Review: Throw a big swishy red cursive Rosewill logo on this bag and you've got a winner.
Pros: Painless setup. Good performance. Cheap. USB3.
Cons: Only 1 SATA 6.0 Port, but w/e.
Overall Review: Using for media server machine coupled with Intel Celeron G1610 Ivy Bridge 2.6GHz LGA 1155 55W Desktop Processor BX80637G1610 - just a bunch of shared drives, no RAID. Performance is just fine. Would've liked another SATA port, but external USB3 streaming speeds are smoking.
Pros: Cheap. Onboard video works great. Cheap.
Overall Review: I use this CPU as the basis for a file-sharing machine running Win 7. The machine is also used by my wife for FB, websurfing and that stupid spider solitaire game. Performance is better than I had hoped - perfectly servicable for web tasks, including browser games. Onboard video plays massive HD .mkvs with no issue. Very pleased.
Pros: Was cheap and lets me use my 360 controller on my computer.
Cons: Sometimes forgets driver after reboot and needs to be reminded.
Overall Review: I have used this successfully on Win 7 and Win 8 - in each case, Windows will fail to identify the device on its own, but the drivers are already present on the machine.
Instructions for installation:
1. Plug it in
2. Go to Device Manager and find the "unknown device" with a question mark
3. right-click the device, choose Update Driver
4. Browse my computer
5. Let me pick from a list
6. in Win 8, the right choice is all the way at the bottom of the list, called Xbox 360 peripherals
7. Choose Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows
8. It will complain that the driver is not verified or something - just click through
9. Once done, click the button on the dongle and the sync button on the controller - should display upper-left quadrant on the controller's light ring as having connected
Occasionally I had to repeat these steps after a reboot, but just takes a sec once you know what you're looking for.
Pros: I plugged it into my computer and it lit up and proceeded to connect my USB devices (android phone, flash drives) to that computer. Tested all the ports and they work. Copied some files back and forth between flash drives and PC and saw reasonable performance, didn't methodically benchmark anything.
Cons: Feels cheap and flimsy, of course. Every one of the 7 ports lights up blue around the whole plug - could conceivably be annoying in some setups. Mine is shoved behind the monitor next to the ashtray and empty vodka bottles.
Overall Review: Probably not a family heirloom, but does the job of putting plugs onto my desk. Price is proper.
Pros: My home network media server is a skeevy old Dell Dimension 3000. The goldarn thing doesn't even support USB2. So genius that I am, I went ahead and bought a PCI USB2 card with only 2 ports on it so that I could stream my external drives' contents to the WDTV. When i bought my 3rd external drive, I knew I'd have to stick a hub into one of the 2 precious sockets to allow for an additional drive. This device is the one I chose for that purpose and it works as advertised.
Cons: The form factor is nice and small, but as others have said, it'd kind of r'tarded with the rubbery thing on top.
Overall Review: As expected, it allows for additional USB2 connectivity when plugged into my 3rd party goofy Korean cheap-o PCI USB2 card. Not sure about power to the devices as my external drive which plugs into this device has its own supply.
Pros: Works. I've seen consistent transfer speeds of 15MB/sec when copying stuff from my HDD to the thing via a DLink USB2 hub - feels okay to me. Haven't run any benchmarking utilities.
Cons: Like other such devices, feels light and cheap, but whatever. Easily loose-able cap, but preferable to awkward retracting plug I've experienced with other such drives.
Overall Review: 14.9 capacity per Win7 - again, as expected.
Pros: My workhorse DLink 524 finally gave up the ghost, so I panicked and scored a $20 Belkin from Walmart as a stop-gap. Although that product was mostly okay, I wearied of having to reboot the thing to get my FTP server port-forwarding to work properly I grabbed this oldie but goodie on a ridiculous sale and am very happy. Tons of features (of which I've only sampled a few) but I couldn't imagine wanting more. Not sure if it'll take open source firmware, but I can't imagine what else I'd want. QoS and Gigabit ethernet were the selling points for me.
Cons: Had to hard reset once after stress-testing the thing with remote admin and port-forwarded Win7 remote desktop test session. Hasn't happened again - it's been up and running solid for a few weeks now.
Overall Review: I appreciate the security-focus, but it's a PITA to have to decipher the captha business every time I log in remotely. Guess that's good, though.
Pros: Mine's got a WD Caviar Green WD20EARS inside. Haven't used it too hard yet, but copied a whole mess of excratory matter onto it when I first stuck it on the network and speed seems consistent with my other external HDDs via USB (haven't tried eSATA). No problems streaming HD movies to my WDTV over the home network. Enclosure is nice and heavy and solid-feeling.
Cons: None really - just what I expected.
Overall Review: This is my 3rd external HDD on the home network and my first Fantom product. My other 2 drives I bought OEM and put in separately-purchased enclosures, but this one was nintey bucks including the enclosure which is the same price as the OEM drive itself from Newegg at the time of this writing. How much lower can storage cost go - seems ridiculous.
Pros: I formatted mine in 12 seconds - not sure what I'm missing.
Cons: Some folks have taken hours to format theirs - maybe they are performing more appropriate steps.
Overall Review: Download and burn a Live CD of GParted (free and clean from SourceForge), boot into it and format the drive as NTFS. Takes seconds. Don't waste your time with windows disc management. All it's gotta do is write some business to the beginning of the drive, right? Anyway, worked fine for me - I've subsequently written 1.5TB of stuff to the disk with no issues. I'm sure I'll hear about it if I've glossed over something important.
Pros: Plugged it in to USB2 port and fired up the drive and all was good. Performance seems fine - consistent with other USB2 enclosures I've used in the past. Can't comment on the eSATA performance as my mobo does not support same (sad face).
Cons: I worry about the disc's exposure to the environment as it's just jutting out of the plastic box, although I imagine that the drive is less susceptible to overheating as it's just sitting there, staring at me, accusing me. Not very portable. I did see somebody's video review on Newegg referencing the hardware design as not supporting proper eSATA throughput, so maybe you should sniff around a bit before buying if you're concerned about that.
Overall Review: Pretty slick enclosure - haven't tried notebook-sized drives, but the connectors are identical, just the form factor is smaller, so what teh eff.
Pros: I bought this to stream movies over my windows network to my HDTV, and it generally works well. I had previously used an old Xbox running XBMC, and was very happy with that software, but it was time to upgrade to HD support. The interface is handsome and the (tiny) remote is functional. I had a couple of hiccups (see Cons) getting my network share to be consistently available, but once I figured that out, the device has been reliable. I've only made use of the Network Share and YouTube functionality and some picture viewing, but everything has performed well. Be aware that you can't free-form browse for youtube videos but you can log in to an existing youtube account and view your favorites, etc. You've got to set that up ahead of time on a PC.
Cons: Not sure if this will be fixed in a later firmware update (of which there seem to be many, as well as a robust online community), but my network share would disappear on a regular basis, sometimes in the middle of a movie, when I first set the thing up. The fix for this behavior was to add a static IP address for the WDTV to the DHCP client list on my router. Since I did this I have not had any problems with the network shares disappearing. I'm currently using Firmware version 1.01.24.
Overall Review: The thing is tiny - like the size of a paperback book. This is great in terms of finding a spot for it in my media center, but it's so small and lightweight that the cables coming out the back of the thing can tip it up or drag it to the back of the media cabinet if you don't have plenty of slack on your cables. Not a big deal. Picture quality via HDMI is outstanding - better than my cable box HD channels. Plays every file format I've tried so far, mostly MKVs, good interface for changing audio channels / subtitles. I'm only 2-channel stereo now, so can't comment on the more esoteric audio performance.
Pros: Very Large. Plugged it in and it works. No noises, quirks, excessive heat, whatever. Haven't run any r/w benchmarks, but performance seems perfectly adequate.
Cons: Have heard some iffy things about Hitachi HDDs, but after 2+ weeks of punishing use I've found nothing to support that.
Overall Review: This was my first Hitachi HDD (I've used WD almost exclusively in the SATA era), but I'm hard pressed to find any fault with this drive. I use it in an external USB2 enclosure for media streaming to my WTDV Live - I've tried to beat the heck out of the drive over the last 2 weeks and it's performed like a champ. So far I've downloaded about 1.5TB to the thing, often at the same time as streaming media over the network, and occasionally while simultaneously un-raring something to the drive, and it hasn't hiccuped once. I'm using one of those HDD enclosures where the drive sticks uncovered out of the plastic receptical, so maybe that's helped with heat dissipation. I dunno - works great, don't hesitate. It's also very large.
Pros: Sound Great. I've got them on the back of my brick bungalow about 30 feet apart, mounted with the more-than-adequate included hardware and some 16-guage speaker wire running from my way-old Marantz receiver which is connected to my basement PC via headphone-audio-jack-to-RCA Red/White cord. Can play all my tunes outside via MediaMonkey. As good as it gets. The sound quality is better than I expected - it's clear and "present" - in fact, the quality of reproduction is such that crummy sources (ie lousy MP3s) are exposed. I've got a pretty big city back yard, and the sound carries easily to the back of the yard 25-or-so feet back with ease.
Cons: The top-and-bottom mounting screws are okay, but sometimes hard to get the threading started.
Overall Review: Sound quality favors the treble, but midrange reproduction is great, and the bass is not bad. For outdoor speakers, these are a hell of a lot better quality than the fake-rock speakers I've heard. No regrets.
Pros: I agonized over this purchase for months and probably read most of the user reviews on Newegg for comparably-priced MBoards. Having lived with this board for a few months, I want to add my voice to the chorus of DFI fans. Installation went off without a hitch - dfi-street.com forums are a model of how user support should work.
Cons: Depiction of hoody-wearing white-bread suburban hip-hop kid on the box is somewhat disconcerting.
Overall Review: Seems solid, well laid out - Karajan audio chip rocks adequately, supplied cables are slim and nifty. I'm now a DFI fan.
Pros: Plugged it into my MBoard (MB DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultr NF4 939 - Retail), used included fan/heatsink and I'm off to the races. I've been using this setup (my first build) for a couple of months - no issues, all good. I'm not overclocking yet.
Cons: The free combo-bundled AMD/Newegg moneyclip was cheesy.
Overall Review: Seems like a steal at the price - newegg service predictably solid.
Pros: I've had this for almost a year and it works great. I've installed several manufacturers' cards over the years and most have worked fine, but this is as good as any and it's cheap, cheap, cheap. (The Microsoft brand cards were a bargain when they were closing them out but they don't seem to be available any more).
Cons: You need to download the drivers / utility from the chip manufacturer (read other reviews for details). This is not a big deal.