Date Joined: 01/13/10
Pros: It's a basic keyboard with a few extra buttons for volume control, opening up convenient programs (like calculator), and pausing media players. The backlit keys and large print are a nice touch.
Overall Review: I bought this for my mother for Christmas to replace her other keyboard with faltering volume control buttons. Unintentionally, she thought it was a joke that I bought this keyboard because the letters were big to make it easier for her eyesight and age. She hadn't seen anything like it before (even I haven't). I've only used stock keyboards. At the time, this was the only reasonably priced keyboard with the features I was looking for that also had decent reviews. I wasn't looking for something fancy. Just something with volume control. This option worked the best.
Pros: It works fine. It's no wireless router but for wired, it works. Had it for years without problems.
Overall Review: I have BEFSR41 V3.
Pros: I've had this router for years with no issues what-so-ever. It's great for home use. I used to use it with my AT&T modem. Now I use it within a very close range for my 3DS, Wii, and Wii U by disabling the DHCP server for this router so it will be a "slave" to my Comcast modem/router. The Comcast modem's signal is significantly weakened when it reaches my gaming devices. I wired the WRT54G properly to the Comcast modem.
Cons: I don't know how to use this router to extend the signal range of my Comcast modem, which means two SSIDs are broadcasting; Comcast and the WRT54G. I don't care because the mode I have it in isn't broken. Why fix what isn't broken?
Overall Review: I own version 8 of this WRT54G.
Pros: It's from Nintendo.
Cons: There is nothing electronic going on in this accessory! I'm paying money to have the feel of a steering wheel? It's a gimmick! Sorry, I'll stick with more traditional control schemes, such as the GameCube or Classic Controller, where permitted.
Overall Review: I've been a fan of Nintendo for years. I've seen mostly good ideas and sometimes bad ideas. This was just a waste of plastic; a bad idea.
Pros: I bought one of these things because I hook up my computer and Wii U to my TV that only has one HDMI-in port. Why my computer is hooked up to my TV is because I like watching movies of any format (DVD, Blu-ray, etc.), YouTube videos, downloaded/created video formats (*.avi, *.wmv, *.mp4, etc.) and play computer games compatible with the Xbox 360 controller for a console-like experience. That's two HDMI cables to hook up so why did I buy a 3-in-1? Simple! Prepare ahead of time for any new devices I may hook up through HDMI.
For my computer configuration why I am having it hooked up to my TV, here are the parts I bought using Newegg's item IDs for quick look-up: N82E16812200584, N82E16827136250, and N82E16814500255.
It does not require a power source other than the one supplied by the HDMI standard! I hate switches that need a power source. I used to have to worry about that with composite video because I hooked up 4-5 game consoles with that method.
Cons: The switch is automatic based on new or lost signals. Good side is that you can override it with the button on the hub of this switch.
Overall Review: N/A.
Pros: Super stable, chill, and quiet. Fast for HDDs.
Cons: WD no cons.
Overall Review: No SSD. I prefer HDD over SSD because it is still relatively new and pricy for me to consider.
Pros: I virtual compute and 6GB just wasn't enough. Now I have 12GB.
Cons: G.SKILL has cons? Pffft.
Overall Review: You could go with PC3-12800.
Pros: Highly durable cable. I can have a console-like experience using my computer for games compatible with an Xbox 360 wired controller and HDTV. Also great for Blu-ray drives and watching 1080p YouTube videos! No additional cables needed for sound to the TV (could be the graphics card).
Overall Review: HDTVs are overly expensive computer monitors with bells and whistles you will never use compared to a computer that has all that you will ever need +/- features you can modify.
Be careful with multi-monitor setups because of screensavers not preventing screen burn-in.
Pros: Upgraded from 2x512MB PC2-5300 to 4x1GB PC2-6400 memory sticks (the website Crucial said that PC2-6400 memory sticks are compatible with a Dell Inspiron 530). Out with the old RAM and in with the new RAM.
Fast, fast, FAST!
G.SKILL, you can't go wrong. Why do they have competition?
Cons: DDR2 is an older standard. DDR3 is the latest standard for RAM.
Overall Review: Never mix different brands and/or clock speeds. Keep them the same for optimal performance and keep serious errors to a minimum.
Pros: I bought this card because the ZOTAC GeForce GT 630 Synergy Edition I bought and reviewed almost a year ago was sold out (N82E16814500255) and because the SPARKLE GeForce GT 630 is nearly identical in performance based on specifications. Anything I said about the ZOTAC card will also apply to this SPARKLE card.
Cons: Huge fan blocks a PCI-e 1x of the Dell Inspiron 530. What a space hog! The ZOTAC GeForce GT 630 Synergy Edition doesn't have this problem!
No DVI-to-VGA adapter. This may only affect a VGA dual-monitor setup. Not a real issue because it does have VGA, DVI, and HDMI built-in the card for single-monitor setups.
Overall Review: Like the ZOTAC card review, the packaging claims that this graphics card needs a minimum of a 350W PSU. Both the product manufacturer's page and the Newegg listing say that the graphics card needs a minimum of a 300W PSU. I have not had any problems because my PSU says 300W max output. In the past, I have bought a graphics card that tried to run under an underpowered PSU. The graphics easily became corrupted over time. I see no such issues with this graphics card.
Pros: A coworker asked me to fix his old Sony VAIO laptop and one of the problems I came across was low installed RAM (2x512MB total). Bought two of these 1GB PC 2100 RAM modules and now his old laptop is maxed out to 2x1GB (32-bit OSs support 4GB total but his Sony VAIO hardware from I guess 2002 limited that to 2GB).
Cons: It's not G.SKILL. That would have been my first choice if G.SKILL made PC 2100 laptop RAM modules. -1 Egg.
Overall Review: None.
Pros: Adds two USB ports, one mouse PS/2 port, and one keyboard PS/2 port. Works as intended. Windows 7 compatible, even though not listed on packaging. No install issues.
Cons: Technically PCI-to-USB-to-PS/2 by looking closely at the circuit board of this PCI card. I thought it would be directly PCI-to-PS/2. Not a really big deal though.
Overall Review: Why is PS/2 falling out of favor and USB is more favorable? I understand the uses of USB, especially if you have a USB keyboard and/or mouse with bells and whistles, but USB for a basic keyboard/mouse with no bells and whistles? Come on! Basic keyboards and mice shouldn't be using USB! It wastes USB space to other, more practical devices such as storage devices and webcams. I shouldn't have to buy an add-on card to bring the compatibility back!
This PCI card may be Windows 8 compatible. I don't know.
Pros: It works.
Pros: Plays CDs/DVDs/Blu-rays just fine.
Cons: The first thing I burned was a DVD+R 8X and it failed. Kind of skeptical that it will function properly for burning anything.
Newegg says BD-RE DL is supported but according to CDBurnerXP, it isn't.
I wish that HD DVD was supported. I know it was a short-lived format, but it would be nice to have such an option.
Overall Review: At first when playing a Blu-ray in VLC Media Player after supplying the right plug-ins, the playback was stuttering. If you are playing a Blu-ray on older hardware and you have a high-end GFX card like I do, just be sure to force the decoding on the GFX card. It makes a huge difference.
Pros: The PCIe 1x slot wasn't being used at all on my Dell Dimension E521. It didn't have USB 3.0 and it feels so sweet to finally use my USB 3.0 external HDD to its full potential.
Cons: I think this device is preventing my computer from staying in sleep/standby (low power) mode when it is not in use. I select sleep and the computer instantly resumes from sleep. That never happened before.
I wish this device was just as long as my DVD drives because I had to reconfigure the power chords. Right now it is an awkward setup where one DVD drive cannot be powered. I guess I need to buy a Molex extension chord.
Overall Review: Does this device require a minimum PSU wattage? My PSU outputs a maximum of 305W and 300W are already being consumed by my GFX card (no external power connections, the GFX card is being powered by the motherboard).
Pros: Doesn't say Windows 7 compatible but I installed drivers and this works OK. I bought this because I have an old accessory called a DexDrive for N64. The DexDrive software sees the device (9-pin) under Windows 7 using this PCI add-on card just fine.
Overall Review: I also have a GameShark for N64 and it has a 25-pin port to be able to use SharkLink software. Even though I am plugged in on both ends, the software doesn't detect a connection no matter what I try. I have been having this problem before I bought this PCI card on an older computer with a 25-pin port integrated on the motherboard. I don't know if the 25-pin port works or not on this PCI card or on my old computer.
Pros: 750GB for a good price. Used it on my Dell Dimension E521 to clean install Windows 7.
This HDD stays very cool. SpeedFan reads it at around 93F. The older, 250GB HDD I had in it reads at 111F.
Western Digital, you can't go wrong.
Cons: Why is capacity calculated in powers of 10 instead of powers of 2? The real calculated capacity is roughly 700GB. This is a very common practice. I have no idea why this is so common.
Pros: It works and gets the job done connecting a SATA device.
Cons: Two L-connectors make it awkward to attach perpendicular to a motherboard. I wish one end was straight. -1 egg.
Overall Review: I heard Rosewill was good. I need to buy more from that brand to make a fair assessment of the company.
Pros: Upgraded from 2x512MB PC2-4200 to 2x2GB PC2-5300 memory sticks (the website Crucial said that PC2-5300 memory sticks are compatible with a Dell Dimension E521). Out with the old RAM and in with the new RAM. If I remember, Windows Experience Index evaluated the RAM from 4.8 to 5.2.
G.SKILL, you can't go wrong. I trust and prefer this brand for memory upgrades.
Cons: PC2, or DDR2, is an older standard. Oh well.
Pros: Portal, Portal 2, UDK, and a student version of Autodesk 3D Studio Max 2013 were the programs I tested while using this graphics card because those programs are very 3D-intensive. This graphics card is amazing while running those programs! I can run those programs on max graphical settings and the framerate doesn't take a hit! The graphics look very nice, crisp, and clear. I'm sure other games will run nicely as well.
The graphics card stays cool under pressure. When on the desktop, I've seen SpeedFan report between 80F-100F. When running a game like Portal 2, I've seen SpeedFan report, at most, 120F.
Overall Review: The packaging claims that this graphics card needs a minimum of a 350W PSU. Both the product manufacturer's page and the Newegg listing say that the graphics card needs a minimum of a 300W PSU. I have not had any problems because my PSU says 305W max output. In the past, I have bought a graphics card that tried to run under an underpowered PSU. The graphics easily became corrupted over time. I see no such issues with this graphics card.
In the BIOS of my Dell Dimension E521, I had to change the integrated graphics mode to disable itself if a graphics card is connected to one of the PCI or PCI Express ports.
I am not using the DVI-to-VGA adapter that comes with the graphics card because my monitor is capable of DVI input. I don't see much of a difference in quality, if I am to see a difference.
My monitor's max resolution is 1280x1024. I recommend buying a certified 1080p monitor so that way you can enjoy HD movies and games in widescreen 1080p. I don't think that increase in resolution would cause the framerate to take a hit.
Even though PCI Express 2.0 x16 is what this graphics card is designed to run under, it runs nicely in PCI Express 1.1 x16 mode, the port that HWiNFO32 says my Dell Dimension E521's motherboard has. That means this graphics card may be more powerful than what I have experienced so far.
Pros: I used this to upgrade my old Dell Dimension 3000 memory from a previous upgrade I did. The previous upgrade (not what the desktop came with when I bought it back in 2004) caused all sorts of errors: BSODs, unexplainable OS runtime errors, etc.. This could be because I mixed a PC2700 and a PC3200 memory module (both are compatible with the motherboard but probably not together). I have not once received a serious error like that since the G.SKILL memory upgrade! Not only that, I am noticing quite a performance boost. PC3200 running at 400MHz and having a CL of 2.5 instead of 3, it pretty much unlocked my old computer's true potential!
I recommend this upgrade for people looking for PC3200 memory module packs of 2 x 1GB.
Overall Review: Dell Dimension 3000 desktops only have two memory slots that can hold a max of 1GB each. 32-bit versions of Windows XP, Vista, and 7 can utilize a max of 4GB. This is saddening that I can't add anymore to my old computer. If your motherboard can hold more, like a Dell Dimension 4600 can hold 4 memory modules at a max of 1GB each, try to find a PC3200 4 x 1GB variant of this product.
Pros: 320GB space
Western Digital in general is a great company
Cons: This hard drive was found in my MSI CR600 laptop. After three years of use, I was hearing unusual clicks coming from it. That is the click of death and the worst death when it comes to hard drives. I knew the end was coming so I had to back it up in a hurry.
Overall Review: Western Digital is good, but this hard drive is a miss for them.
Pros: It works for the first year or so.
Cons: After the first year, the print quality shows lines and one time the colors were off. Replacing ink cartridges are expensive. After a while it doesn't even want to accept official Epson cartridges let alone 3rd party ones. It did break for me really easily.
Overall Review: I did get this free with a camera from another store. I guess they needed to get rid of this garbage to make room for better printers. From my experiences, Canons are better. I now own a refurbished Canon PIXMA MX320. I don't regret it.
Pros: Well the battery life is great. 25 hours. Well it's great for daily play but not so good for a marathon player who want's to stay up all night. I'm not one of those gamers. This is compatible with the new Wii Remote Plus and the old original model Wii Remote.
Cons: The contacts on the charge station don't always make contact with the battery or the connection is poor. I feel that there needs to be a "snap-in" type connection, not a "touch" connection.
Overall Review: I would probably go with the Nyko Charge Base Quad IC model instead. I never bought one but maybe it's better.
Pros: Well this is cheaper than getting the original model Wii Remote with the Wii MotionPlus accessory if you need a replacement Wii Remote and want Wii MotionPlus. I never had the Wii MotionPlus accessory but compared to the original Wii Remote with Wii MotionPlus attached, the Wii Remote Plus is slightly more compact. I have the Nyko Charge Station Quad (not IC) and the battery packs and lids are fully compatible. I read somewhere on this site that was a big issue. Not in my case which is a relief.
Cons: The Wii Remote Jacket and batteries are taboo. Well we all know the real reason why the Wii Remote Jacket is needed and that is to prevent lawsuits to damaged TVs, Wii Remotes, and hurt people. Let's look at the batteries. The Nintendo DS has a rechargeable battery pack and that came before the Wii so why do all of the Wii Remote models come with non-rechargeable batteries?
Overall Review: I got black because I got all my Wii accessories when the selection was only a white selection.