Date Joined: 05/04/05
Pros: worked as expected, held an aftermarket deck in my 2000 chrysler
Cons: single slot cd holder is weird, almost useless. too deep to hold my phone without getting lost so i shoved a black microfiber cloth in there and it holds my phone but doesn't steal it.
Pros: comes with the needed wires at decent lengths.
Cons: cheap accessories, and the wires themselves are not 8 gauge. the sheathing is 8 gauge, the wires are 16 or more.
Overall Review: still worked with my system but if you need 8 gauge for yours this is not it.
Pros: worked as expected. Power and circuit lights help to diagnose a problem. cheap.
Cons: with one 30a fuse, there is no way this amp pushes 1000w rms. one fuse simply couldn't handle that power.
Overall Review: even though it doesn't actually push the rated power, it works with my cheap sub to give me enough bass, so i'm happy.
Pros: it's a sealed enclosure, for $30 shipped. beat that.
Overall Review: happy with the purchase
Pros: It gives me bass, it was cheap
Cons: for the price, none
Overall Review: I am sure someone more technical in this area would explain how it doesn't actually reach the rated power, or that the construction materials might not hold up well for long if it did. i'm not them.
Pros: if you never unplug it and use it wirelessly, it works ok.
Cons: wireless lag, skipping, loses connection, slow to read/write profiles. randomly disconnects from base station.
Overall Review: this is not a wireless mouse, it is a wired one - and subpar at that. i now know to think twice before purchasing razer ever again. this is with all firmware updates.
Pros: Beautiful 10" Screen
plenty of space, + sd slot
Good battery life
Ice Cream Sandwich :)
It's a tablet!! It's like the future...
Cons: none yet, been just under a week
Overall Review: There are bound to be problems every once in awhile, i hope when the guy below gets a better REFURB in replacement, he fixes his score.
Pros: Great Feel. Weight, Texture. Response. Hasn't fallen apart yet.
Cons: Has not worked properly since purchase. I should have returned it. They claim their newest firmware fixes the problems: wireless dropping, constantly. stuttering, extra clicks. basically wireless is unusable and even wired it can be frustrating at times. definitely not worth $120
Overall Review: If you really look at Razer's track record: they make really cool looking products that are actually very cheaply made and fall apart often. they are also very expensive. to me this is really a scam. not anything illegal, all you can do is stop giving them your money - but there is no way their products cost that much to make, when they also fall apart so quickly and have so many problems.
someone at Razer is banking on us all.
Pros: ... it's new?
Cons: way too expensive for what it offers. it follows apple's philosophy, of over-charging for sleekness and ease of use, and under-performing with actual technical capability
Overall Review: no android app, only ios - further backs my point. this is not a piece of equipment for anyone who knows what they are doing.... there are cheaper, better ways if you are willing to think a little.
Cons: does not POST
Overall Review: what else can i say, it's broken.
Pros: can't beat em, the size and material is perfect.
Cons: i can't even try to use a regular sized mouse pad. i need a full desk pad ...actually, multiple.
Overall Review: as it get's worn, i buy a new one and move it down the desk. eventually i'll have a whole desk mousepad ;) kidding obviously - but if you have a large workspace a couple of them are actually good. the only thing you can't do well on them is write - but they hold keyboards and pens, etc in place well , without scratching a desk. i can also put my touchscreen phone on it face down, with no damage. makes it a lot easier to use the phone throughout the day.
Pros: like the feel of it
customizable weight, width & length
high dpi, dual lasers... very very accurate
Cons: cannot reprogram "fine aim" or "dpi switch" buttons... i like on my logitech's that you can reprogram all buttons - i don't use either of those on regular enough basis to keep them as defaults.
Overall Review: some may buy it just because it looks different... it's actually very well made, sturdy, and thought out. i like it for many reasons :)
Pros: elevates phone while set on a surface, to protect screen and camera from dirt and such.
could help a little from small falls, but not if it falls on the front.
Cons: no screen cover
it's actually just a piece of soft rubber that wraps around the phone.
Overall Review: it looks like it might be the same hard plastic material that the back of the evo (battery cover) is made of, the polished black.
it's actually as i said, soft black rubber.
Pros: No more unit stacking!
better depth, more fun to battles
Cons: crashes from what i've heard - i haven't gotten any yet. there is supposed to be a patch that fixes that and makes many improvements very soon.
Overall Review: The hate on Steam is what lowers the rating for this game, which is wrong in multiple ways... two of which are:
a)it has nothing to do with the game itself, yet when you see a 3 star rating you assume the game isn't good.
b)steam is a good platform. i bought the game on steam, along with the other hundreds of games i have through them. no you can't resell (yet), but i wouldn't have anyway - you can't go to a gamestop or similar with them - you can only put them online or sell them to a friend. there is virtually no market for reselling pc games anyway.
but if it's that important, than fine - steam is not for you. but don't treat it like a virus or some obtrusive drm. it is the least obtrusive drm in major use - save for no drm or a simple cd key. those are hardly used and if not steam it would be much worse.
digital distribution is the way to go- and there Steam is the best option available.
Pros: kinda works, sometimes
Cons: i was able to use it once no problem... every subsequent use it takes forever to add files - and then they don't match (md5 hash) afterward!
Overall Review: for a few dollars more get something bigger and better. this drive is not recommended...
Pros: *High Power Signal
*Very High Quality Components
*External N-Type Antennae, useful with an extended wired High Range Directional Antennae - (provided you get an SMA->N-Type adapter.)
*Small, Low Heat
Compatible with DD-WRT
Cons: *no Wireless N
*no gigabit ethernet
Overall Review: DD-WRT setup was tricky.
I used the tftp executable, not the installed one, or command line. just make sure to set your ip static before trying to flash, or it won't work.
Pros: Great Screen, Gloss like some newer laptop screens. HDMI, 23" !! speakers are actually decent!
Cons: white bleed as others have mentioned... but the truth is with a blank black SS on, all 4 of my monitors, acer, hanns-g, & samsung have the same bleed. it is actually the least on this specific acer.
Overall Review: Gloss is good if you point it away from a window, glare would be a killer.
I don't use the built in speakers, except when traveling with the PS3. PS3 hdmi to this screen gives me HD 1080p & audio (though only stereo) in a relatively portable package!!
Pros: Great 1st Gen SSD. doesn't support TRIM , but it doesn't have the stuttering issue my OCZ Apex has , so $ per GB makes it well worth it.
The 1.8-2.5 adapter is great, but truthfully it will only ever get used with this drive so it might as well have been a 2.5 to begin.
Cons: The only problem I have is the external USB adapter. which looks great, and works great. the hardware is quality, it's sturdy and i don't forsee any problems.
but in the interest of portability they made it run off 2 USB ports, one for power one for data, rather than an AC cord for power.
Overall Review: technically the USB power seems to work fine, but I don't like it. I know they don't use as much power, etc, but i'd still rather run it off ac or the PSU than the mobo through USB. still thought, happy with the purchase for sure.
Pros: quality, inexpensive CAT6
Overall Review: nice length, GREAT price, great speed
Pros: inexpensive, quality CAT 6 -
Overall Review: 5 ft was a little shorter than i estimated, but it still worked and that was on me
Pros: Gigabit Ethernet, Green(er),5-port , SIMPLE, inexpensive
Cons: none, really
Overall Review: It's a switch, which is basically a "smart" hub. It knows how to address packets properly , allowing for true expansion of a network , compared to extension.
I plugged one LAN out from my wireless router (which is my access point=most people's cable modem) , to one of the 5.
The other 4 went to my computers. The network continued working without a hiccup after merely seconds. Synergy, internet access, file sharing - all working in seconds after simply plugging it in (they were working before, but at 100 as that is what my wireless n router has) now I get the wireless N access point, and a gigabit local network for HTPC and music streaming, etc.
I work from a home-office every day. I have a 2TB file server holding my source and working files. this switch has allowed me to efficiently work from an SSD "workstation" , pulling all my working files across the network at as fast as my HDD can handle. it can also stream my music and a video to my HTPC at the same time
no moving parts
installed windows 7 from usb drive-ssd in about 15 minutes. Windows 7 really does seem to be geared better toward SSDs , as the tweaks were unnecessary.
Cons: none so far.
Overall Review: I did have to change mozilla to cache on the ram instead of the disk ... every once in awhile it would stutter while browsing, didn't stutter doing ANYTHING else.
have been playing games (not installed on the drive - but through the os installed on the drive so I think it matters) running Adobe suite and Mzoft office (IS installed on the drive)
adobe apps load in seconds .. like 3-8 seconds. I LOVE IT!!!
Pros: If you don't know - you don't need it (does anyone :-). It is chock full of extremely configurable overclocking options. it also has some very quality components from my inspection.
I have read the reviews of shoddy boards, cheap / missing parts - I didn't have that. They may have been from a different batch/process - because my board has worked great from the start
I like the LCD poster
Cons: My last review - I noted that the pcie slots were too close together to get a comfortable fit using double slot cards.
I still think the middle slot is too high, and the bottom slot is too low. if they were evened out a bit it would be much better I think. then I could actually use triple crossfire instead of 2x
that being said - even with the cards right next to each other - they do not seem to overheat as much as I'd expected. It only added 6-7 degrees celsius - still staying under 65 on load (that i've seen)
I did not blindly assume they would overheat - I had problems with my visiontek 4870 being too close to the secondary card - it ran up to the 70s and higher. but my sapphire card in first slot seems to stay cool. I assume the fan / rear exhaust is better
Overall Review: Really is a great board - but if you are gonna spend this much on it - make sure the rest of your components are quality as well.
don't spend over 350USD on a mainboard - and then use chincy hard disks, video/pci chips, case, etc. get a proper cooler if you are going to overclock. sitting in front of an ac - my i7 920 gets over 50c with stock cooling , @ 3ghz - safe but not acceptable.
Rampage II Extreme
I7 920 @ 3Ghz
Corsair XMS3 @ 1604MHz
OCZ Apex 60GB SSD
2x Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4870
3x500GB , 1x320, 1x160 SATA HDDs
Pros: you already know them all. great for tweaking and overclocking - tons of included features. keeps cool.
Cons: cannot fit my 2 4870s in crossfire ... without having them but against each other - or watercooling. i look at the 260 , etc - but they all seem to be the double slot width - I would think Asus would have built for that given the price of the board.
Overall Review: I could almost put the second card on the bottom slot - but of the three cases I have tried, none have a slot or enough room for placement. I would consider this the boards fault still - my other asus board (m3a79-t deluxe) fits both cards fine - what the heck happened asus?
Pros: Mid-level chipset. Almost high but not quite.
All sorts of onboard (sound, video, hdmi, etc) I don't use, but good to be there.
2x pcie x16 @ 16 (crossfirex)
Phenom II capability
Cons: PCIe x16 2.0 slots are close together. fine for old vga board, but any newer ones are way to big to be put in crossfire. mine barely fit, with centimeters between each other. I can't do anything that causes heat on them, as it jumps so high with them close.
Overall Review: Good board if you are using onboard video, etc that is included. all you need is ram, cpu, and hdd/optical drives and your good to go (network,video,audio integrated)
but for me it's no good. I think I will have to return as it is incompatible with my video cards, or my processor heatsink.
gave it high rating because it is still a good board, just know that it is small. only for light use