Date Joined: 12/02/06
Pros: It's a Windows 10 Pro product key.
Cons: It's for Windows 10 Pro - like every version of Windows, 10 has issues.
Overall Review: All operating systems have issues, but since Windows is used the most, so we hear about them the most. If you're computer gaming, Windows is still the choice.
Pros: Good processor, worked right out of the box.
Cons: Front panel of box was written in Chinese. Back panel and instructions were multilingual - not a big deal. Did take longer to receive it than I would have liked (12 days), but didn't see where it was coming from when I ordered it. Not in a hurry, so no worry.
Overall Review: No issues so far.
Pros: Huge amounts of room for expansion
No tools needed for side panel or drive removal
Great condition - light scratches only, very clean
Cons: Additional Hard Drive screws were missing
Big (I should have looked for measurements)
No Bluetooth, no WiFi
Difficult to Return
Overall Review: This machine arrived very quickly after I ordered it. It's a behemoth, but it really is a great machine.
It came with one HDD and I was going to add an SSD and use the 2 TB drive for storage, but the additional screws needed for the tool free drive enclosure were missing. Not a big deal since replacements can be found on the web.
For those thinking of adding a video card (this machine has two Display Port video outs and that's it), make sure your card doesn't require more than 320 watts. The power supply is proprietary and not easy to replace.
All-in-all, I'm happy with my choice.
Update - 07/01/2018
I was happy with this machine, but it will no longer boot to the BIOS. I get 8 beeps and 8 red flashes of the LED, meaning the main (mother) board needs to be replaced. This machine came with Newegg's 45/1 warranty. I chatted with Newegg and was told that since I didn't have the retail box, the return "maybe rejected". They suggested I try contacting the manufacturer/refurbisher, which I am now going to do.
The lesson is: keep you box, packing, mouse, keyboard, and power cord.
Pros: Great condition, no scratches, very clean, runs very well.
Cons: No webcam, no Bluetooth (but I wan't expecting either).
Overall Review: Though it's still early, I am very impressed with the condition of this machine. There was a tiny bit of dirt on one corner of the cover that came off by wiping with my thumb. Screen is perfect (no dead pixels), keyboard has no wear that I can see. Doing Windows updates now via wireless. Seems like a quick machine. Very Happy!
Pros: USB 3.0
Cons: Stop Error BUGCODE_NDIS_DRIVER in Windows 8.1
Overall Review: I purchased this wanting a USB 3.0 wireless adapter and all worked okay (some issues, but at least it worked) with Windows 8. I tried to upgrade to Windows 8.1, but kept receiving an error message "BUGCODE_NDIS_DRIVER". I changed my wireless adapter (to a Netgear A6200), and the upgrade went smoothly. I then tried plugging this adapter in again (after unplugging the Netgear). As soon as Windows 8.1 recognized it, I received the same error, but as a blue screen error. After unplugging and uninstalling all previous software/drivers for this device, I attempted once again to plug it in to reinstall the latest (though same version) drivers. Still received the same error. Decided to stop banging my head against the wall and will continue with Netgear. I'll keep checking for driver updates, but when you consider just plugging it in wreaks havoc with Windows 8.1, I think I'll just purchase a USB 3.0 adapter from a better reviewed, more reputable manufacturer. Unfortunately, this has cost way too much time and money.
Pros: Good Reviews
Cons: Requires Case Modification
Overall Review: As pancho mentioned, the vertical orientation of the plugs makes a case modification mandatory. If you do not have dividers between the card slots on the back of your case, you'll be set. But if you have dividers, as most do, add extra time for your build. I won't be installing this card until I have the time to modify my case.
Pros: Hardware is easy to install and uninstall. Just plug it (them) in.
Cons: It appears there is no Windows 8 support. The included disc attempts to install WinPcap 4.1.2, but fails, stating "This version of Windows is not supported......" Though the lights did glow, there was no connectivity. I tried pressing the group/reset button as instructed in the manual, but still no connection even after reboot.
Overall Review: Obviously I'm not a networking genius, but the installation of this product needs more support with drivers/software for Windows 8, and/or better instructions.