Joined on 01/29/07
Does What It's Supposed to Do at a Great Price
Pros: Does exactly what it's supposed to do. Great Newegg price, and shipping.
Cons: None. I didn't even bother installing the included software. The included Linksys software is worthless, and totally unnecessary.
Overall Review: Yay Newegg!
Pros: Incredible aesthetics. The backlit buttons and ink-dipped, pitch black appearance is just awesome. The mechanical "Hyper Response (TM)" buttons are just a joy. The actuation force is perfect. If you want to press A, then A is gonna actuate as soon as you touch it. The rubberized texture is very preferable to the standard controller's smooth plastic feel and it keeps it from getting to sweaty/greasy. The analog sticks feel so much more accurate to me then the standard ones. There is 0 dead zone and they're smooth all the way through (with the tension adjustment at 0%). The braided cable is obviously a win.
Cons: Now for the cons...how I hate these cons. They were soooooo close! How did they screw this up!? Sigh...here they are. The worst, most inexcusable part of this design is the trigger buttons. They were unbearably annoying the first time I got this controller into my hands. See, on the original controller the trigger go from sticking straight out of the controller like this --, to pointing down, more or less like this \ With this controller the triggers point AND CURVE up and depress in a very squishy fashion. This means that you cannot comfortably use the tips of your fingers to operate the triggers and they just feel slow, like marshmallows have been stuffed behind the triggers. Terrible design. Why change the original? Just ridiculous and disappointing. The multi-function buttons are hit and miss. I tried using them in Reach, but the experience was confusing. I've always been so used to ONE bumper button that I found it very difficult to use the buttons efficiently.
Overall Review: Cons continued: I had to concentrate on it hard to remember and locate the correct bumper button. The two buttons are so close together that it's pretty easy to accidentally press one instead of the other. So the difficulty curve is there for sure. I think that once I get used to it, the buttons could be useful in some games, but right now it's just distracting. It doesn't help that I'm having to change my grip so that I don't use the tips of my fingers to operate the triggers because of that mind boggling trigger design. The D-Pad is also hit and miss. It's made up of 4 completely independent mechanical buttons with a pretty big actuation distance. For what I'll be using it for, mainly emulators on the PC, it works fine, but for fighting games it's worthless. At least I can press Right without also pressing Up. I just do not understand why these companies don't realize that the PERFECT D-Pad design has already been made: the Plus design. So, not perfect, but better then the origina
Very Impressive Little Enclosure
Pros: The first thing that comes to mind is the great looks. This case looks amazing. I actually really like the NexStar branding. Adds a techy feel to the case. The blue access LED looks great. Interesting fact: it's an inverted access LED. This means that it turns OFF when the HDD is accessed and stays on while the HDD is idle. This allows it to function as a power indicator as well as an access indicator. Nice design Vantec! All of the cables needed are included. All of the screws needed are included and my hard drive fit very nicely. This is basically the perfect enclosure.
Cons: When sliding the drive into the fixed SATA connections inside the case be careful. It's sort of difficult to slide in and out easily and there were times I thought I might mess up my drive. Not a big issue, just be patient when installing and ease it in. Also, I wish this case was USB 3.0, but the price you can't really expect that.
Overall Review: This case is a great example of the advantages of buying a third party enclosure instead of getting a pre-assembled drive from WD or Toshiba or Seagate, etc. You just get higher quality components all around: better connectivity and better looks. Get this case!
Works Perfectly with My Canon HV20 HDV Camcorder
Pros: Got it, opened it, and popped it into my Canon HV20. Worked without a hitch.
Overall Review: I bought one SD card before this one, and it didn't work. The HV20 always said there was a card error. Oh, and newegg's shipping service is unsurpassed. Incredible.
Does it's job, but monoprice.com has the Best Deals
Pros: Does it's job exactly as it's supposed to. Could be a little thicker, and have better protection, but you can't really tell the difference.
Cons: Not really a con for the cable, but the prices are absolutely incredible on monoprice.com. I buy all my cables there, and they are the best site for buying cables.
Overall Review: I looooove newegg, but you can't beat the monoprice prices.
Great, but What the Heck!?
Pros: This monitor worked fine, right out of the box. It's a little bright and the color could be better, but this can be easily adjusted and fixed with the included software.
Cons: But what the heck! When I got this monitor all hooked up and set my computer to the 1920x1200 resolution, it was cutting off a huge chunk of the desktop (lots of the right side to be exact), and then stretching what was left. I was confused by this, and checked all my settings again and again, till I finally realized that this set up requires a dual channel DVI cable to support full resolution. This took me an hour to figure out, wasted lots of my time, and had me about to pull my hair out with frustration. Now I'm going to have to order a dual channel DVI cable just so I can use it at it's full resolution. What the heck are the manufacturers thinking?! This is an outrage!
Overall Review: There is nothing wrong with this monitor. It's great. It has a large resolution at a great price, but it's absolutely ridiculous that you can't even use it to it's full potential until you order a better DVI cable. Why even put the one they give you in the box?!