Joined on 07/12/05
Finally, a version of Windows I'm not settling for!
Pros: Both 32-bit and 64-bit DVDs are included. It installs in your operating system and it is unnecessary to boot from the CD. It runs VERY fast compared to Vista. Aero looks great and runs very smoothly. It's not as paranoid of every program as Vista was (you can control the security alerts, unlike with Vista.) It has XP mode, which has already made itself useful to me. It utilizes my hardware better than Vista and is much more compatible all around. I LOVE it!
Cons: It's basically Vista, but everything works a lot better. This is a good thing, but don't expect a brand new product. The User Account Controls are still fairly annoying, but much more manageable. The task bar is still the same format, which I never liked from the start, but it's at least a bit cleaner.
Overall Review: See, Mac, Microsoft can release an OS without problems from the start!
Almost RMA'd, but figured it out
Pros: -Loads of great features for the price. -Slightly smaller size than most ATX, making slightly more room in case, but no problems with anything fitting. -Sturdy build
Cons: -This board doesn't work perfectly upon first installing it. For instance, the USB 3.0 ports will not work until you install the drivers. So the problem I had when installing windows was that I had to plug my mouse into a USB 2.0 spot in order to use the mouse. If I didn't have UBS 2.0 on my case, I honestly don't know what I would have done. I ended up plugging an old ps2 port keyboard in, and that solved the keyboard issue.
Overall Review: I really thought the board was DOA, because I tried everything and nothing would happen when I hit the power button the mobo itself. I'm experienced and could tell everything was set up correctly, and my PSU works perfectly. I thought it was possible that there simply wasn't enough power to turn on, so before I boxed up the mobo to RMA it, I tried turning the system on without the video card. It worked! I thought a 650 w power supply would be plenty, as I had a pretty normal amount of hardware hooked up, but apparently not. So I'm getting my computer set up without the video card now, waiting for my new, larger, power supply to come in the mail. My advice: If you're planning on using a mid-range or higher video card on this mobo, don't use a PSU below 800 with this board, even though it says 650 is sufficient. There are a lot of reports of DOA boards, but I'm wondering if many of them really were DOA because I had to do a lot of work to get this board to work properly. Now I love it!
Pros: It is the fastest standard hard drive I've ever owned, no installation or compatibility trouble (Windows 7,) and 500 gb is more than enough for storing all my music and installing several games on. This has been a very reliable hard drive. It's also silent, as far as I can tell. (I can't hear it over my GPU and case fans.)
Cons: Can't think of any.
Overall Review: I wouldn't want every HD in my computer to be an SSD, because SSDs have a tenancy to wear out much more quickly. I expect this HD to last me for many many many years, whereas I expect to have to replace my SSD someday. I build computers to last 6+ years at a time, but have the power to handle most games and software the whole time (even if only on a low setting.) This HD will serve me very well for this purpose.
Pros: Final Fantasy meets Disney in a really fun and inventive adventure. Fun story, fun characters, fun game play, and fun experience.
Cons: The combat system is annoying - more so for me because I have a repetitive stress injury, and it's hard to play games that require button smashing like this one. Combat quite seriously involves aiming Sora in a general direction towards the enemy and smashing X over and over until it's dead. (Okay, there can be more to battle than that - but playing lazily because you're sick of the constant monsters and you're just trying to get through an area means lots of button smashing.) The game isn't always good about helping you figure out where to go. I've required a walk through a couple of times just because I couldn't figure out where to go next, even after exploring an area super thoroughly several times.
Overall Review: I know the 2nd one improved the battle system, and I'm looking forward to be playing it instead of the first one.
Couldn't be happier!
Pros: Most ear buds simply don't work for me. They either hurt my ears if they're going to stay in place, or they fall out. I have always preferred sport clip kinds, that wrap around the whole ear. These pleasantly surprised me, because they not only stay in, I can hardly feel them! The sound quality is above average. They offer a very clean sound with a full range. In fact, I prefer listening to music through my headphones than through my computer speakers (which are decent 2.1 speakers.) The noise cancellation is average. They block out a lot of noise because they fill up the ear, but this is most helpful for a better listening experience. They won't replace ear plugs if you need to block out the world (though I have used them as ear plugs a couple times when I'm trying to fall asleep and someone in the house is being loud, and they're helpful.)
Cons: They're not a $200 pair for the $50 price. But I wouldn't feel the need to buy a $200 pair when I have these.
Overall Review: They're PINK. They're loud and they're proud about being pink. If you don't like pink, you'll hate these. I don't mind pink, so I'm quite enjoying these headphones.
Way better than a standard Microsoft mouse, and cheaper
Pros: *The changable DPI settings are awesome for the very low price. *The mouse fits very comfortably in my hand. It's more ergonomic than a standard mouse, taking less effort to grip and use. *It's rubbery in all the right places, aiding grip. *It is great for web surfing (two extra buttons, forwards and backwards) and casual gaming.
Cons: *Fits my hand perfectly if I'm not using a wrist pad, but the grip is off when using a wrist pad. *The rubber on the side is a little loose on the bottom, and I have a bad habit of playing with it with my thumb. I know the rubber will fall off. *The two extra buttons are right above my thumb, and they're set back a little too far for my thumb. It's easy to hit the one button, but it takes concentration and effort to hit the other one. This problem isn't as bad as I'm making it sound, but I still needed to be honest. It causes a bit of inaccuracy in gaming, but I think I can adjust with more time.
Overall Review: Way better than the average mouse! Not a high-end gaming mouse, but borrows good elements from them. For the price, I'm extremely happy.