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David M.

David M.

Joined on 01/21/07

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Most Favorable Review

HS880 headphone

Creative DRACO HS880 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset
Creative DRACO HS880 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset

Pros: Lightweight, good sound, comfortable

Cons: All plastic construction, won't make coffee

Overall Review: These replaced a $35 Creative Fatal1ty headset that was eaten by a marauding vacuum cleaner. Large ear cups that accommodate those of us with 'elephant ears' (BIG plus here), The sound quality is good (note that these are not noise-cancelling!) Ear pads are covered in leatherette rather than fabric, so cleaning is easy. The ear cups rotate far enough to allow the headphone to lay flat. Removable microphone (haven't tried it out yet). Nobody mentioned the included storage bag, hmm... Overall: Light, comfy, good sound = Good value.

Most Critical Review

Started off good

Seagate BarraCuda ST1000DM010 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda ST1000DM010 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Good capacity for a good price, relatively quiet, made a good backup drive for a while

Cons: Died, AmiBIOS says HDD S.M.A.R.T. error, Win7 says I/O error & won't initialize, it's done, -3 eggs for premature failure

Overall Review: Bought this to replace a dead WD HDD (which replaced an older dead WD HDD), was hoping switching brands might avoid a recent trend, didn't pan out. No known viruses or malware detected & the machine is surge protected. Haven't contacted Newegg or Seagate yet about possible RMA.

11/12/2018

Love this UPS

CyberPower Ecologic EC850LCD 850 VA 510 Watts 12 Outlets UPS
CyberPower Ecologic EC850LCD 850 VA 510 Watts 12 Outlets UPS

Pros: Automatic low voltage detection & compensation Informative display

Cons: Doesn't make coffee Wasn't free (kidding--if it was it wouldn't be any good) The beeping can get to you during power outages if you don't turn it off

Overall Review: I love this UPS, it does everything I need it to and has for the last couple years. It 'fixed' some of the power issues I'd been experiencing and saved my computer. There was an unseen wiring issue in my house in addition to occasionally unstable power (electrical storms etc). Push-lock wire connectors may be quick but they're not reliable long term; replacing every outlet in the house fixed that, but not until I'd lost 3 HDD's, a CPU, video card, a good Asrock mobo and went through 3 power supplies. I wasn't aware I had been experiencing low voltage; plugging a multimeter into outlets didn't turn up anything; outlet testers didn't spot the problem. Daisy-chain wiring via push-in terminals is how the place was wired. In a new house this might not be a problem but after 30+ years the connections were weak. This trouble was eliminated during the remodel I just completed. Power line reliability during heavy storms is also an issue but beyond my control. This CyberPower UPS has eliminated failures for me by automatically compensating for low voltage, and has sufficient capacity to allow me to shut down normally if line power is lost. I highly recommend this UPS for its capabilities and reliable service to date. Side note: Whichever UPS you buy, make sure it's at least equal to the power draw of your complete computer/electronic system; having at least 5 minutes to finish & power off beats the heck out of panic shutdowns, equipment failure or data loss.

It's okay

Onkyo HTS3910 5.1-Ch Home Cinema Receiver & Speaker Package
Onkyo HTS3910 5.1-Ch Home Cinema Receiver & Speaker Package

Pros: "Quick set-up" menu, "Quick set-up" guide, attractive, reasonably powerful Well-ventilated case, very good tuner No noticeable distortion through 70% volume (i.e. it's there but you can't really tell) Decent batteries included for the remote (small perk, but still) Easy-to-read display

Cons: Initial setup requires TV connection No built-in graphic equalizer No manual in box, online only Speakers could've been better Switching off the TV also turns off the receiver Lack of independent volume control on subwoofer

Overall Review: Got this to replace a Sony unit I bought 17 years ago (it died). I almost hate to say it, but the (discount retailer) Sony sounded better, and would synthesize surround via Dolby PL 2, which this Onkyo doesn't appear to be capable of (note I haven't downloaded the online manual yet). Maybe with better speakers this system will sound better; the rather basic included speakers aren't anything to write home about. I needed a new receiver that does surround sound for my home theater as well as functions as a decent amp to accompany my phonograph, play CD's or just listen to radio. I checked the reviews, scoped out the specs, investigated my wallet and decided on this machine. The unit scared me a little at first as it had been a few weeks since I bought it and it didn't seem to be producing sound through its speakers--just the TV speakers at first. Playing a little with settings didn't seem to have any effect; after completing Initial Setup, I switched the TV off, which also switched off the receiver. I turned the receiver back on, selected Tuner, then FM, lo and behold the speaker set came on. Obviously there's a touch of a learning curve to this, so downloading the manual will happen very soon. Fair Comparison time: I paid around $350 for the Sony system around 2003. This rig is only slightly higher and nearly 2 decades have gone by, so for the price point I have to say the Onkyo system is doing well so far. Yes, I would recommend this as a good quality budget system. Be advised that without more control over the sub it's a little boomy.

RAIDMAX EXO ATX-108BG

RAIDMAX EXO ATX-108BG Black / Green Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
RAIDMAX EXO ATX-108BG Black / Green Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Cool design, built-in card reader, good construction, USB3 port on front panel

Cons: See 'other thoughts'

Overall Review: This is an economy case, not a luxury model, so perfection shouldn't be expected. 1. The fit & finish of the case are good, inside & out. The basic layout is good. Note that this is a top-mount PSU case. 2. Everything works, nothing was damaged on receipt, the case looks as good as it does in the photos. 3. Top-mount ports & power switch ( a plus for me, reduces possible damage from vicious vacuum cleaners) 4. Lots of room for cabling behind motherboard. 5. Front panel connectors lengthy enough for relative ease of installation. 6. (Vertical) SSD bay & 2 x 3.5" bays. 7. Factory-installed 120mm front cooling fan runs quiet. ~The issues: 1. No cutout in motherboard tray for CPU cooler installation. (I made my own.) 2. When used with a mATX motherboard, the lower external drive bay won't accept an optical drive. 3. The exhaust fan mount at rear is for 80 or 92mm fans. 4. Interference issue between side-mounted fans & vertical CPU coolers. 5. No provision for water cooling. (I don't use water cooling at this time, so for me this was moot.) Other stuff: I'm modding this case. I've already added sound deadening. Side intake fans will be external. Still working on a way to get that second optical drive in without making everything ugly. Final thought: Nice looking case, green-on-black theme, and the factory (120mm) fan has white LED's. Ah well, at least it's a quiet fan.

Cool keyboard

CM Storm Devastator - LED Gaming Keyboard & Mouse Combo (Green LED Model)
CM Storm Devastator - LED Gaming Keyboard & Mouse Combo (Green LED Model)

Pros: Backlit, comfortable keys, audio & video controls

Cons: Short legs, fixed backlight level

Overall Review: It's green! Comfortable keystroke, comfortable keys, large nibs on F & J keys help with touch typing. Longer legs to tilt the keyboard more would be nice.