Date Joined: 11/13/01
Pros: Low price
Overall Review: Bought this to use with my HP - Pavilion 15.6" Gaming Laptop - AMD Ryzen 5 - 8GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Laptop. Upgraded it from 8GB to 16GB and works great, no problems with any of the games I'm using! Price was fair too.
Pros: Can't beat this price for what you get and Newegg Rocks...ordered on Wednesday and in my hands on Friday. Outside of a very small nick on the back (and I mean small) the Chromebook looks brand new and runs like a champ. Being a Linux guru, I was even able to install Linux on it (specifically KDE) in a side-to-side basis and was impressed as to how fast it runs...switching between Linux and Chrome OS is a breeze. And while there is a false notion that Chrome OS is limited, I find that I can get 90% of my work done using just Chrome OS. The only time I pop over to Linux is I find using ssh and some other apps a bit easier in Linux than Chrome.
Cons: No lighted keyboard, this really is something needed by the road warrior when traveling and siting on a red-eye flight...dinged an egg because of that. Also while I understand the concept of Chrombooks, unfortunately in today's word of multimedia, being able to watch a locally stored movie when traveling makes life a bit easier. While the Chromebook seems to have no problem with youtube videos and the likes including Netflix, it's a challenge to get videos to play locally with your ripped movies. I was able to do so using an application called Handbrake, but the quality was a bit disappointing (maybe I need to experiment more)but for now I prefer my Nexus5 cell phone with its 5" screen to watch movies than the Chromebook.
Overall Review: Overall though, no complaints and very happy I picked this up...and you can beat this refurb price!
Pros: If you grew up watching Miami Vice during your impressionable years, than this is the game for you! Not only that Tubbs actually plays the voice of your side kick in the game...this is about as close to the 80's you can get including the countless 80's music hits you get to enjoy while driving around! Sure graphics are old now a days, but it's still a fun story line and if you get enough starts, Crockett and Tubbs will actually show up to try to arrest you! Sometimes I'll just cruise around listening to the music...nostalgia at it's finest!
Cons: The remote control helicopter mission is awful...but the rest of the missions are a lot of fun!
Pros: Got this to make a small Mythtv BackEnd (BE) server (DYI DVR) using a older laptop and wanted some extra space for recording video . I got the 1TB drive on sale for under 50 bucks so the price per mb was the lowest around. I don't have USB3 so I wasn't able to test, but it is suppose to support it. The case is nice and is a change from the boring black cases other portable drives come in. While I didn't open it, hdparm (via linux) shows the following info: Model Number: TOSHIBA MQ01ABD100 so it's your general 2.5" laptop drive.
I would assume that's the drive that would come in all of them, but I'm sure YMMV. While some list the cable is a con, for me the short cable is just what I need as I don't want cables cluttering up the location I have my MythTV BE running...this cable was perfect for my needs.
The drive pulls power from the USB port so it's very low powered which is a plus since my MythTV BE is on 7x24.
Cons: The HD light is in the back of the drive where the cable plugs in, I would have preferred to have it on the front or top.
Overall Review: I'll be curious to see how this stands up over the year recording video, my only concern is that the case is not vented, so one has to wonder if at some point heat will get to the drive. But since the drive used is designed to be used in laptops which can get hot, I hoping it will be okay.
Pros: Good concept, but that's about it. CPU is fast, but GPU is not that great. Decent user community to help deal with all the problems you'll run into.
Cons: Lousy wi-fi, only supports 20MHz radio rate which makes high bit rate 1080p material next to impossible to use (IE ripped Blu-Rays). Difficult with popular Android apps like google music which crashes after about 30 minutes of use. Frustrating use of 1080p working correctly at times. Chinese company is extremely difficult to deal with and borders on being rude at times when I attempted to get help through them.
Pros: Bought this keyboard to use with my Nexus 7, works great and it's almost the same size as a laptop keyboard, so you're fingers are not cramped at all. I found that I'm able to type on it almost as fast as I can on my laptop (I type around 50 wpm). The battery compartment helps to lift the keyboard which makes for a better typing angle.
Cons: Since most people buying a BT keyboard will be to use with an iPad, iPhone, or Android Tablet/phone, baffled why this keyboard has the M$ Start symbol. It doesn't seem to do anything with Android (hoping it would work as Home). Other than that all the keys work as you would expect for their functions.
I did have initial trouble with pairing, but have had no problems since. It works with both my Nexus 7 tablet (1st gen) and my Nexus 5 phone.
There is no light to indicate you've got num lock or cap lock on, which is minor since that would add to power use of the battery's I suppose.
Overall Review: Worth the 20 bucks I paid for it and highly recommend it. Whacked a star because of the useless M$ Start Symbol key that does nothing in Android
Pros: Great way to make a TV a smart TV. I picked this up on sale at Newegg and find the low ratings to be surprising. I think that's because early firmware had problems, but since then newer firmware seems to work a lot better. My main use is for youtube and XBMC which work great, although XBMC on Android is still very much a work in progress so you may find XBMC to not be quite as stable as it is for Linux or M$ windows, but developers are working the kinks out as time goes on. I had initially bought a Raspberry PI for XBMC but scrolling through menus was painful on the PI, on the G4 it's nearly as fast as my dual core HTPC making using XBMC a much more enjoyable experience.
I'm giving it 5 eggs if you can get it on sale like I did (20 bucks less then current price), otherwise it would be 4 eggs at current price.
Cons: The remote is useless for a product like this. It's infrared, but most people will probably put the G4 behind their TV at which point it makes the remote completely useless. My advice is to pick up the Logitech K400 keyboard for it, works great for the G4! Otherwise Minix provides an app that can be used on your Android smart phone to remote control it.
Overall Review: I wouldn't buy this for grandma and grandpa unless they are technology freaks. This stick is basically an Android tablet on your TV, so you do need to be a bit of a technology tinkerer to get the full benefits For those technology challenged I recommend Roku products.
Pros: Works great with XBMC.
Up and running as soon as I plugged in the USB Dongle.
Keys are quiet and range is excellent.
Good Touchpad, not jumpy
Operates with no problem on my Ubuntu based Linux Machine.
Comes with batteries!
Cons: No backlight
No Multimedia keys like Play, FF, RW, Stop
Not meant for heavy duty typing
Windows Key..I use Linux and could care less about the windows Key.
Overall Review: Would have been a 5 egg if it had the multimedia keys.
Pros: No fan which for a Home Theater PC is golden! This card supports the latest feature set for VDPAU which provides acceleration for MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2 (a.k.a MPEG-4 ASP), VC-1/WMV9 and H.264 off loading it from the CPU. Works great on my Ubuntu (Linux) based HTPC running XBMC.
Cons: Poor documentation, no idea what the various supported video resolutions are or what the connector on the card is for.
Overall Review: Add in the rebate they are running on the card and you can beat it for the price!
Pros: Does the job and works with my new install of my Ubuntu (Linux) HTPC system connected to a Samsung 2 TB drive. Ubuntu recognized the card with no problems at all.
Includes a low provide bracket for those smaller cases if needed.
Cons: Wish it had more then one internal SATA connector.
Overall Review: Only SATA 1.5, but I knew that when I bought it and I didn't want to spend more the 15 bucks anyways! Works fine with my 2 TB SATA 3.0 drive even though I'm losing some transfer speeds, but for a HTPC (movies/music) I didn't need fast transfer speeds from the drive.
Pros: Works great, I was actually surprised by the quality of the cable considering the price. Some reviewers complain that the cable doesn't fit snuggly into their TOS ports, but I didn't find that to be the case at all running into my JVC Receiver and LG LCD TV.
Pros: Very quite and fast. Seems to run cooler which is big plus because that also translates into less power usage. I'm using this in a linux based HTPC and sometimes I could hear my old drives, but this one I've yet to hear.
Cons: No SATA cable included. I didn't realize that when I bought it, so factor that into the final cost. It does come with mounting screws.
Pros: Using this to capture a web stream for nesting Peregrine Falcons for the State's Audubon society. Basic card that works great with Linux and no additional work needed to get it to run...drivers are standard in Linux. This would make a great card for someone who wants to digitize VHS tapes or record basic SD TV, not to mention web streaming apps.
Cons: Shipping from the egg seemed rather high for such a light product.
Overall Review: I didn't need any of the software on the CD's so can't comment on that.
Pros: Card is quite and one of the faster cards for the average gamer in the price range. Has DDR3 memory whereas most in this price range only has DDR2 memory. Fan is quite and I'm able to run Oblivion at the highest resolution 1680x1040 screen size. There was a 20 buck rebate and a sale on it when I bought the card so I got a great deal for 49 bucks!
Cons: Non...other then the rebate which one has to wonder if you'll ever get it!
Overall Review: I gave it 5 eggs only because of the rebate and price I got.
Pros: I went with this board because it supports AM3 and have a AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus running in it without a problem. One thing I like about this board is that it has a DVI port built onto the MB as in the future when I upgrade I will most likely use this board in my HTPC. The onboard soundcard works great, no problems there with games. Plenty of SATA connections which is nice since my case has an external SATA drive. I haven't played around a whole lot with the BIOS settings, but the defaults seem to work out of the box with my setup.
Cons: I didn't do my homework on the built-in graphics processor and it's pretty weak for any games designed over the last 2 years. For example, I could only run Oblivion on medium settings. I'm not a big gamer, but still thought I might have gotten a better performance on games a few years old so I docked an egg for that. Still found a great deal on a GeForce GT 240 here at Newegg and now I'm running Oblivion on ultra-high settings with no problem at all.
Rebate that has to be mailed in, can't do it online. I'll update this if and when I get the rebate as that was part of my buying decision for this board.
Overall Review: Confused as to why this board has an actual serial port on the back plate? I can't remember the last time I needed to use a serial port! There is support for a Parallel port, but it's on the MB in which you plug a ribbon cable into. Also the graphics processor is based on AMD which isn't supported as well in Linux as Nvidia is...wish ATI would get thier act together when it comes to Linux.
Pros: This is a great case that looks really nice and modern. Had no problems installing any of the components (remember it is a mini tower though), 2 disk drives, 1 DVD and didn't really find any sharp edges at all. The stock case fan is very quite and I found more then enough cooling vents to keeping my quad-core AMD cpu running adequately. The case came well packed with plastic sheet protecting the front from scratches. More then enough mounting screws were provided. I would use this case again without any reservations!
Cons: I can't say these are really cons, but the blue LED is bright...I'm guessing that if you looked at it directly one might burn a retina! But that seems to be the case with all blue LED's that so many vendors are using now a days! So if you keep you case somewhere at eye level that might become annoying. Also as others are mention, no reset button, but now a days not many people should be using an OS's that requires you to hit a reset button.
Overall Review: Bummer...I paid about 10 bucks more then what Newegg has it priced at as of this review and the product has free shipping...can't go wrong!