Date Joined: 11/21/16
Pros: This keyboard makes nice clicky clacky sounds when typing and lights up all pretty. And it's beefy! Sturdy. So if that's what you want, you won't be disappointed.
Cons: The built-in controls for the lighting aren't very intuitive. The software is better but not great.
Overall Review: I bought one for my kid and liked it enough to buy one for myself. I've generally been impressed with Rosewill products and this one is no different.
Cons: Doesn't make toast
Overall Review: I don't even have a toaster, but still, I keep smelling toast.
Pros: All the controls and buttons and options you could ever need.
Cons: Build quality, button placement on stick.
Overall Review: I love the throttle. It's full of buttons and options which are well-placed and built well. But the stick...ugh. Why so many buttons on the base and so few on the stick? And the buttons themselves just feel cheap. Clunky and awkward. On top of it all is the failure of the twist sensor. 3 times now I've had to take it apart and blow contact cleaner through the sensor to stop it from registering inputs I didn't make. To their credit, you CAN take it apart fairly easily, but you shouldn't have to.
It's like the stick and throttle were designed by separate companies. All the elements of the throttle have a natural, intuitive placement. You can use your whole hand without looking, with most controls available to your most dexterous fingers. And they feel nice. But the stick has only one job for your index finger, a few jobs for your thumb, and a bunch of other stuff you just have to flail at.
Pros: Simple operation, no configuration required. Pass-through outlet. Very good network speed.
Cons: A little bulky so it covers an outlet.
Overall Review: I'm very impressed. I've used them for a few months with no issues. I use them for a gaming computer and there are no speed or latency problems.
Pros: Comes with a USB extension cable
Is not a potato
Cons: Huge pain to set up. Setting up 2 sensors takes 5 minutes. It took at least an hour of fiddling to get the 3rd sensor working.
Overall Review: I can't say that the sensor itself is bad, but the system for calibrating it is really a nightmare. It seems illogical. It will go through steps and accept the input, then hit a snag and back up three steps to fix it. It will tell you to move the sensor one way, then 3 steps later will say to move it back where it was. All the while acting like it both can and can't see your controller. After finally getting it configured, I have only seen a tiny improvement. That may change as I try different games though. The thing wasn't a total waste, but be prepared for much more frustration than a 2-sensor setup.
Pros: Cleans the floor
Cons: Occasionally gets stuck
Overall Review: I had a Roomba years ago and never really used it because it didn't let me schedule cleaning. It cleaned well enough though. This model, for half the money, does just as good a job cleaning and also does it when I'm not home. I just come home and empty its bin, and my floor isn't covered in dog hair. I call that a win.
It does get hung up on cords and socks the kids leave around, but you just have to keep that stuff off the floor. It has never fallen down the stairs though, and has always managed to find its charger when it's done, which surprised me because I put the charger in a slightly out-of-the-way spot.
The instructions are not terribly well translated but it's pretty easy to figure out so that's not a big deal. Overall, I'm thoroughly impressed and would recommend.
Modular. Comes with every cable you could need.
Cons: Requires connection to house power. I have yet to find one that doesn't, but I maintain that calling it a power "supply" is misleading. I mean, we're living in the future, right? Shouldn't it contain a plutonium capsule or something? Just sayin.
Overall Review: This is a good power supply, end of story.
Cons: The 5.25" drive bracket is a little harder to remove than it should be. Most changes can be made with no tools, but this bracket requires a screwdriver.
Overall Review: This is a sweet case. The most pleasant surprise is how quiet the included fans are. At full speed, the loudest fan is the one that came with my CPU cooler. The fans are so quiet that there's really no point in the 3-speed fan controller because the top speed is quiet enough that you might as well leave it there.
The motherboard standoffs are very easy to install, especially considering it comes with the tool for the job. Don't be like me and realize this after hunting all over the house for a little nut driver, just use the little plastic one it comes with!
This is the first case I've ever owned where every switch, button, light, USB port, and audio jack on the front worked the first time I powered up. The motherboard connectors are clearly and well marked, so it was a breeze to get them all properly seated.
Another nice thing is that despite its sturdiness and size, it's still fairly light and easy to maneuver, and the base legs and way the edges are rounded means I didn't scratch my kitchen table all up while I was building. Because that's where everyone builds their computers. Admit it.
Pros: Fairly easy to install.
Cons: Either missing a few screws or they aren't described well in the documentation, so mounting took a bit longer than hoped.
Included fan makes a faint buzz.
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this, but it loses an egg for the little bit of noise it makes and the mounting issue. The buzz it makes is almost imperceptible but I purposely wanted the machine to be silent and its fan, while still very quiet, is the loudest of the 4 fans in the case. But that's with the computer still 2 feet from my head on the kitchen table. It won't be a problem once it's under my desk. But I really like how the logo lights up so you know the pump has power, and so far, even with a Ryzen 7 1700 overclocked to 3.4ghz, it stayed under 110 degrees F.
Pros: Pretty fast
Cons: Not quite as fast as hoped
Overall Review: I used these for a Ryzen 7 build. Passmark's performance test only showed them at about the 65th percentile for speed, which surprised me, because everything in my research says this is about the fastest RAM you can get. It took more research for me to learn that utilities such as CPU-Z only report these sticks at half their advertised rate, so when it said they were only running at 1600 Mhz, I was alarmed. But no, that's apparently normal. Double Data Rate and all. So they definitely are running at 3200Mhz, but don't shake out to be as fast as I hoped. Passmark showed the CPU (1700) as being in the 98th percentile.
However, in terms of actual system performance, they seem very fast, although I haven't yet gamed with it so we'll see.
Pros: FAST. Newegg's censors won't let me use the religious term I want to use which often precedes "cow". So shmoly cow is it fast!
Small! Lays flat on the motherboard and requires no cabling! I know this is obvious but what a huge benefit that is.
Cons: That I had to wait until 2017 to get one. Where have these been all my life?
Overall Review: Don't even consider building a new computer without one of these. This is now the standard. My computer boots in 18 seconds, and at least 12 of that is the POST. Once the OS loads, it is READY. No more churning for a minute after you see the desktop, it's just DONE. Programs load nearly instantly. I can't say enough good about this thing.
Pros: Easy to install
Doesn't cover any ports or buttons
Cons: Doesn't include the screen protector as described.
Overall Review: The product description clearly says it includes a case AND screen protector. That is not true. It is just a case. It's a decent, cheap case. There is NO screen protector.
Pros: Solid construction
Great image quality
Lots of features
Cons: Difficult layout of buttons and jacks
Confusing and incomplete instructions
Website is no help
Buggy or strange performance
Overall Review: The unit feels solidly built. It has a good lens and display, and it produces very clear, sharp videos. But it has a number of problems.
One is that the ports for USB power and the GPS antenna are too close to the mounting point that connects it to the window mount. This makes the USB and GPS cables rub against the mount assembly, which forces the USB cable to fit into its jack at an angle with constant tension. This can't be good for it.
I'm not clear why it needs an external GPS antenna at all, really. Phones don't need them and they work inside the car just fine. It means this unit has 2 cables connected instead of one, which is a pain.
The menu and controls are a little odd, but not too hard to figure out. But some of the options don't make sense, or don't match up with the desired performance. For example, it gives you the option of splitting the video into 1, 3, or 5 minutes or unlimited video lengths, but in actual performance, it always makes video files of between 30 and about 90 seconds for no apparent reason. Sometimes it decides to turn the mic off. It doesn't label the files sequentially and the timestamps are not always correct, so it's hard to review your videos because a 10 minute drive might have 20 files in random order. After using it for a few weeks, now it regularly fails to recognize the inserted SD card it came with. It eventually does if you pop it in and out a few times. So much for just, you know, assuming it will work.
It feels like a great piece of hardware run by poor software. Their website doesn't work so I can't find any firmware update or support. I'm still playing with it, so maybe I'll get some of these bugs ironed out, but it shouldn't have them in the first place. I've tried to be fair here, but really, this thing sucks and is not worth buying. I will avoid all products from Elecwave.
Pros: Boots fast
Is a Chromebook
Cons: Battery life isn't great
Sound is fair
Viewing angle of screen is limited
Easily bogged down by some pages.
Overall Review: I bought this to replace a different Asus Chromebook (Celeron, 2 gigs RAM) that was becoming buggy and unreliable. This one is slightly more reliable in terms of not crashing and effectively loading pages, but still has its issues. Some web pages just don't work well on it. I mostly see problems when scrolling through pages. It will be jerky and have delayed response. This is on mainstream websites that render fine on better computers. It's worst on pages with lots of ads. I just think its processor can't handle lots of flashy ads. I guess a side benefit is that it makes autoplay videos tend to fail.
The sound and screen are fine for one person in a quiet room, but if you want to show the screen to several people, you'll have to tilt and swivel it just right before everyone can see it. And if there's any competing sound in the room, you'll need an external speaker.
Overall it isn't a terrible Chromebook, but I'm still searching for a better one.