Date Joined: 11/13/06
Pros: Worked great for 4 days. Drivers worked fine, maximum native resolution, etc.
Cons: after 4 days the monitor started showing horizontal lines. They looked like sync issues. I tried different frequencies and resolutions. You could even see the lines when the monitor was not attached to the computer just displaying the setup screens. I sent it to Acer for warranty work. They said the screen had an internal crack and it had to be replace, credit card for $319
Overall Review: I think I was scammed by the Acer warranty people. The screen had what looked like sync lines. I even have a photo of the issue before it left my office. We packaged the monitor as specified. The Acer person told me it was "cracked internally and that is why is shows the lines", she added, "you must have squeezed it too hard". It was working fine on my desk for 4 days, then it got ugly with horizontal lines every 6 or 8 pixels from top to bottom. It did not just break sitting on my desk. It was probably a just the control board, but they can get big bucks by saying it was physically broken. Yup, they just about doubled their money on this one, $400 new on sale, $319 to fix it! Watch out!
Pros: much faster sequential than the little 120Gig it replaced
The Samsung Data Migration tool was great, I put the new drive in a USB 3.0 external case that I have, pulled up the Samsung tool, it recognized the driver immediately and pressed the button to copy. I then took out the old drive, put in the new driver to the same location and cables, done! It skips the swap file, etc. so it booted right up.
Cons: I'm happy
Overall Review: I always run the Samsung Magician to optimize the drive and keep an eye on it.
Pros: very thin and easy to attache to most any surface
Cons: We have the TV station antennas about 20 miles away. This antenna could not get a good signal. I tried to orient the antenna is all different directions but never got a good signal. My attic antenna gets 20+ channels perfectly, but the TV is far from a jack to connect. Northwest Montana, lots of trees and hills.
Overall Review: Be sure to have a local USB port for power for this device.
Pros: small space
Cons: Can't use this in the USA. They need to ship the US version to the USA. Nowhere in the description does it say it will come all in Chinese.
Pros: I got this to replace a bad ASUS board
Reused all components such as CPU, Memory, USB 3 expansion board, etc. All worked great.
Pros: Fast drive, came right up when I got it.
Cons: Failed after 2 months. Ran it in an eSATA caddy and it would not recognize any more. Removed from caddy and plugged into motherboard SATA3 port, BIOS recognizes the drive, but says it is only 320Gig. I need reliability for my VMs, this is not the drive.
Pros: We got this to work perfectly on an i5 system (Alienware about 3 years old). Running on latest drivers from Gigibyte.
Cons: We never did get this to run without crashing on an i7 system. I am not sure if it was the onboard GPI (which was turned off in the bios) or something else. i7 on ASRock motherboard was not a good combination.
Overall Review: On that system with the i7, we got a Radeon card, and it works pefectly. Same games, turned on max graphics settings and it never crashes. ASRock Z77 Extreme9 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard + Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics
Pros: price is great for size of drive
Cons: speed is a bit slow, but the pricepoint made up for the differentce.
The drive failed to partition with Win7 Starter.
I could not get the firmware updated. I tried 2 different systems and made sure to follow the instructions from OCZ including the jumper and never could get the firmware to update. RMA to OCZ.
Overall Review: Why are the units that NewEgg sells with firmware that is more than 2 years old! I assume they get the devices from OCZ, maybe they never update the firmware at the factory.
Pros: compact, great specs. Loaded it as boot drive for Win7 x64. Makes my older AMD system run great! Since the size of the drive can't handle all the data, I am choosing to load the main programs that use like Office, VMWare, etc. on the SSD and put the data on a standard hard disk. Works great.
Boot time is about 12 seconds to Win7 Ultimate x64.
Cons: This older ASUS A8R-MVP motherboard does not seem to support the AHCI mode for the Hard Drive. I tried chaning in BIOS and it just blue-screens the install. I loaded the OS without AHCI and just in PATA mode and it works fine. Switching the AHCI and setting the registry after install also blue-screens the OS. I think this is an issue with the BIOS and not the drive. I followed the OCZ forum recommendations for Win7 install. Firmware shows 1.5.
Overall Review: If you are installing this in a desktop, the drive does NOT come with a 3.5" tray. You will need this to install securly.
Pros: This is a nice looking enclosure with both eSATA and USB. I have tried both and they work well in both cases. I did not try the one button backup.
Cons: I had read the issues with the wires from other reviewers, so I was able to take off the connector panel and unhook the wires so there was no damage before sliding out the drive tray. BE SURE TO DO THIS. It is clear that had I not done this first, I would have damaged the power wires.
Overall Review: Funny that they have not tried to correct this issue. The cost of 4 inches more wire would just not be that much.
Pros: Just plug it in. I am mixing 10baseT, 100Mb and 1GB computers and devices on this switch and it works great. It is really great between computer and NAS device both on 1GB.
Overall Review: Don't believe the comments about mixed networks being downgraded to the lowest network used. This is not true and that is exactly why you want to buy a switch with buffers on the ports like this D-Link product!
Pros: Bought a pair of these for a NAS (Dlink DNS-323). Plugged them in and formatted as RAID 1. They work great out of the box. I found the drives shipped with the jumper set for 3Gps as the default. Really like the buffer size for use with the NAS environment.
Overall Review: Be sure the download the latest updates for your NAS devices. The Dlink needed the latest patches to properly utilize the 1TB drive size!
Pros: Card was recognized by the system and the drivers went into XP SP3 x86 just perfectly. We tried Spore and Oblivion and all our issues with 3D rendering were fixed. This card is really great for gaming.
Cons: It takes 2 slots with the heat sinks, but that is clearly visible from the picture. Just plan for it taking 2 slots.
Pros: All I can say is this is a very quiet system with this video card. I like the fact that it does not take another power connection from the power supply to make it work, you can get away with a smaller power supply and keep your system even more quiet.
Cons: Those cooling fins get HOT. The temp on the motherboard says OK, but you better have a good chasis fan to ensure that the system stays cool.
The Vista x64 drivers were on the Asus site, but after that I updated from the ATI Catalyst site and it works pretty well.
Overall Review: The overall performance of the video card is not super good, maybe because of the memory speed. The Vista Experience Index put the Graphics at a 4.4 which was my lowest value pulling the overall rating down. I will keep the quiet and take the hit for slower graphics.
Pros: I used a Samsung 5.25" hard disk that I had spare. It plugged in fine and works like a champ. I used it to backup my Vista system.
Cons: The docs are not very helpful when understanding how all the spacers go together. Just take a look at it and don't force stuff, take you time and you will get it.
Overall Review: I thought the case was a bit hard to get back together, but after some help from wife.org, it needs at least 4 hands, it went together just fine.
Pros: Works as advertised for every feature tested. I installed in ASUS MB with Vista x64 Enterprise. No drivers needed. Tested most of the memory slots, Firewire and USB. Did not test SATA.
Cons: The Firewire connector is for the outside of the computer, I used the motherboard connector that was shipped with the motherboard that becomes a PCI slot cover, I unbolted it from the slot cover, and used it with the cable provided with the Card Reader, worked great.
You need to make sure you know what +/- pins for your USB on the motherboard are.
Overall Review: Be careful plugging in the USB connector pins, you have to do one at a time and make sure you plug the right ones as specified on the MB documentation