Date Joined: 05/12/04
Pros: Has a clock & displays temp. sounds as good as my old 80s speakers. Hookup options are great for most audio needs.
Cons: Power cord is only 3 ft long. Time displays only 24 hour. Temp is only in celsius.
Overall Review: The instruction booklet is small & in chinese with broken english translation on the flip side. Sound is great and takes up less space than I thought it would. Easy to setup & control with or without the instructions.
Pros: 8GB Memory, easy to install, fit in my case. Windows 10 installed proper drivers. Radeon updated software for OC.
Cons: Just a card in a box. No swag, instructions or software included (these aren't really a con). Multiple driver install options on MSIs website.
Overall Review: This card is for full - mid size ATX towers. This card brought new life to my A10 rig with 32 GB Memory. My previous card had 2GB video memory, so it's a significant upgrade.
Pros: slot for micro sd cards. Reads higher capacity cards correctly. I have a 512GB micro sd card and the reader can access all 512GB. Has a voltage display for USB ports. Which is great for troubleshooting faulty USB sticks.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Optional fan control (not using)
Pros: Cable management of case is very good and allows for cable adjustment while installing system parts.
Cons: Galaxy series are not a tool-less or modular design case. I have been spoiled by this feature.
Overall Review: Thin steel makes case feel less sturdy than it really is while building system. I leaned on this case with both right & left sides off & had no issues. Plastic front & top fit together like a puzzle so make sure top is on first, then attach front.
Pros: I replaced a heat sink where the fan bearing was wearing out and was getting loud. Easy installation. Minimal directions but very helpful. 6 heat-pipes on the upper fins & 4 on the lower fins. So quiet I had to double check that I had plugged the fan in. Using one fan product cools up to 150w. My processor is only 95w, so big plus there.
Cons: See other thoughts for what I feel could be cons for some users, but is not an issue for me.
Overall Review: Non standard installation. Installation requires removal of the standard back-plate & clip anchors. Most quality coolers require some removal of the standard back-plate or clip anchors.
Product covers entire memory slot area but provides enough clearance for standard memory. Upgrading will require removal of cooler. That only means you can refresh the thermal paste when upgrading.
Now, what to do with the extra fan...LOL
Pros: Lifetime maps & traffic with lane assist features made travel through Chicago's Sky-way & downtown areas a breeze. I was in the proper lane to where I needed to be at least a 1/4 mile before the exit. Traffic Delays and construction delays were appreciated and I was able to adjust my course accordingly. I love the voice activation features.
Cons: Voice command doesn't always correctly translate places but I was trying to use different voice tones to see if stress or laughter causes issues with travel. It does have difficulty hearing you when there is a lot of background noise but I expected that. Something to be aware of when you're listening to the radio or in traffic.
Overall Review: 6" inch screen makes viewing maps easier. Maps should be updated immediately upon receipt. Garmin also disables lifetime features if you haven't updated within 90 days of date of purchase. That means update your unit on the month you bought it EVERY year or you will lose the free lifetime maps. Garmin treats un-updated units as second hand purchases and map updates will have to be purchased if over 1 year & 90 days have elapsed.
Pros: Wireless network printer, Decent speed in B&W/Color, Separate color ink tanks, Mobile device printing, on screen notifications, Large paper tray.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: Great office printer with decent photo prints. Wireless network connection was very easy, I just plugged it in, and connected it to my network, installed driver and was able to print within 5 min. Moblie device printing works well with HP ePrint app!
Pros: Good board for low power Media center build.
Cons: No IDE support...Had to buy new DVD drive (not really a con)
Pros: Good memory for TV & some casual online games.
Cons: No fan could mean heat may be an issue.
Overall Review: Came with low profile plates. this will be good for the Media center. No fan means quiet.
Pros: Low power quad-core. Stock cooler is sufficient for out of box.
Overall Review: Just building a Media center PC for TV DVD and Netflix. Low power & quiet is excellent.
Pros: Dual core & came with 4 GB instead of 2 GB. Screen is bright and all controls work well. Biometric fingerprint reader (I still need to load driver but I will use it). WiFi worked without loading driver from HP website.
Cons: System was setup with Windows 7 Home Premium an The laptop only had Windows 7 Pro Key included. Whoever set this machine up has no clue how product keys work.
Overall Review: Gave 4 eggs because of 4GB memory instead of 2GB & wrong OS version . But I have OEM versions of Windows 7 pro 64 bit so was able to install and get working. Power adapter gets burning hot after about 4 hours so, I will have to watch that.
Pros: Touch screen laptop, quad core CPU, 8GB RAM. This system has the ability & power to last 3-5 years. Windows 8 works great with the 10 point multi-touch screen.
Cons: Windows 8 is clumsy when using touch-pad though touch-pad works well itself.
Overall Review: Bought this as a laptop replacement for a 3 year old HP with power/video issues. Wife found using touch screen made learning Windows 8 easy. Windows 8 has come on strong with this mobile app targeted Operating System.
Pros: Thin, lots of connections with plenty of space to plug in, Smart TV. Network connection is either wired or wireless. "Magic" remote can be used as cable box remote. All functions are on screen. Switching inputs is very easy. Smart phone control app is awesome! Lose your remote just find your phone!
Overall Review: 3D TV is interesting and works well but I doubt I will use it much. Took a bit to activate premium features due to software updates. I had 3 updates to the TV out of the box, but I was still able to use all the functions of the TV.
Pros: Photoshop & Premier in one pack. Very intuitive controls for beginner, intermediate & advanced users.
Cons: Found it at a retail store for $30 less.
Overall Review: The guided functions are great for those who want to create photo effects for scrapbooking as well as cleaning up digital pictures. I had fun playing with all the functions of photoshop.
Pros: HD resolution, Bright picture. Small enough to fit in entertainment center yet large enough to watch movies.
Cons: No HDMI connection.
Overall Review: Got this monitor to replace aging SDTV and non-widescreen monitor. Perfect solution for guests who want to watch TV/Movies or surf internet.
Pros: 32 GB Memory support. FX 8-core support. Cables & cable management included. Debug codes in manual is great. Easy setup and installation of all components without crowding. Bios is easy to update through windows.
Cons: CPU area is crowded by heat dispersing system making aftermarket CPU coolers choices limited. (Not really a con due to most Manufacturers are like this.)
Overall Review: Three things. Too many people complain about manufacturer faults because they do not do these simple things.
1) always get latest bios from company for best support of CPU.
2) check bios settings and learn how the settings change the functionality.
3) Pay attention to the debug codes. They will tell you what is happening on the system
Pros: 2GB 128bit for $57!!! That shell Shocker deal made it for me.
Overall Review: It was either this for $57 or a 1GB 256bit card for $150. In the end budget constraints won.
Pros: 2 stick of 16 GB for now so I can max out my motherboard with another 16 GB later.
Overall Review: runs native at 1333. Just some slight BIOS adjustments and we'll be all good.
Pros: 8 cores, decent speed, 7.5 Windows 7 rating. Decent 4 heat pipe stock cooler.
Cons: None so far...Media build is all systems go. Stock cooler will not allow for heat caused by overclocking...getting aftermarket cooler (as I always do!)
Overall Review: Load balanced cores run the system nicely.
Pros: USB 3.0 & 2.0 on front of case. Built in card reader. Very nice design. Good air flow. Tool-less HDD/ODD design
Cons: Tool-less stay seem a bit cheep but they work well. Just remember "If you have to force it, you're doing something wrong."
Overall Review: For a refurbished case I was only missing a motherboard standoff and screw. Not bad. Good thing I have a few of such things from past builds.
Pros: Great cooling and easy install (READ THE DIRECTIONS!) Doesn't fit in the case I ordered for my new PC but that just means I need to do a brain transplant from my bigger case! LOL
Cons: 160mm tall which is the same width as the case I purchased. This thing is HUGE.
Overall Review: Do not get a standard case with this Monster. Oh it will also crowd the memory and any north bridge heat sinks near the processor. It's not a big deal if you install everything outside the motherboard like you're supposed to.
Pros: 700watts modular power supply. I used only the cables I needed. Main rail has enough connections for startup SLI/Crossfire. Only one SATA cable was needed after that.
Cons: Started to draw and then "flicker" dimming the lights as it did. Quality control on the molex connectors is needed. Cannot give 4 or 5 star for this as I had to repair the connector.
Overall Review: At first, I thought this PSU was defective but upon closer inspection I found that the connection was not completely connected through the molex connection. Molex connectors are like that though and I just used my molex punch tool to set the connection right and now it all works like a charm.
Pros: Free. It works. Construction is definitely a $10 mouse.
Cons: 3 BOTTON (not a typo) MOUSE. You just have to love engrish on packaging. It just makes an otherwise OK product look even crappier. I can just see the person creating the inserts for these going "How you spell BUTTON?" in a very thick Chinese accent and some troll saying "BOTTON!"
Overall Review: Just a standard mouse. I gave it to my wife so she doesn't call me 3 times a day cause she hit the mouse hide function on her laptop and can't find her mouse. Problem solved with the 3-BOTTON mouse.
Pros: LED HDTV with AV component and composite video. 2 HDMI connections. Easy setup. Got over the air digital channels with good signal.
Cons: Built in speakers are a little lacking but they are decent at low levels.
Overall Review: Bought this TV at $155 it is now $180 (two days after I purchased it!) Most 22" HDTVs with similar technology are close to $300. I did not buy this TV just because it was so cheap. I had been shopping for over 6 months for a TV with all this at a decent price. Looks like I found it at a bargain!
Pros: Dual-core processor, 15.6" wide screen, & DVD-RW w/ lightscribe. Sufficient memory and HDD space for windows 7 & most applications.
Cons: Mouse pad and keyboard placement feels awkward. Way too easy to turn off mouse pad control.
Overall Review: Crapware is still there but at least it has to be installed and not preinstalled.