Date Joined: 03/30/01
Pros: Bright white light.
Cons: I unfortunately bought three sets. One set fades out a few seconds after lighting; guess it has bad batteries. The other two sets will turn on if I flip the switch a couple of times, but invariably go out after about 5 minutes. Doesn't seem to be a battery problem like the first set, though, as if I flip the on/off switch off then on, they'll come back on...but only for another 5 minutes.
Overall Review: Wish I'd had time to test these right after I got them.
Pros: Works well. I couldn't get the WPS setup to connect, but it was easy to connect using a computer browser via an ethernet cable. It scanned for available Wifi, let me select mine, type in the password, and worked fine after that.
Cons: Sure, it gets "300Mbps wireless n speeds", but none of your devices can make use of that max speed because the LAN ports they're connected by max out at 100Mbps. Would have made more sense if it had gigabit 1000Mbps ports.
Pros: Update on my prior review: The seller was very helpful, and paid to exchange for a second unit...which also didn't work on my Galaxy S3. They then discovered that in fact this unit doesn't work with the S3, so they're refunding my money and they've changed this listing to reflect the fact that it's only for the S2. So the unit may work great if you have a Samsung Galaxy S2...I have no way of knowing. But I'll give 5 eggs this time to balance the first review, and because of the responsiveness of the seller.
Cons: None that I know of.
Pros: Things that made me choose this board:
10 SATA ports.
Legacy support: Ports for IDE, Floppy, and PS2.
Easy to use, mouse-driven bios. Was able to successfully overclock my i5-2500K from 3.3 to 4.4 with two clicks.
Video ports to run my third and fourth monitor.
PCI-e 3.0, USB 3.0., SATA III.
Good price/feature ratio.
Good reviews all over the 'net.
Cons: 1. It was a disappointment to find that the ASMedia controller that adds 4 of the SATA III 6 Gb/s ports doesn't support RAID, so of the 10 SATA ports, only two SATA III and the 4 SATA II ports allow RAID.
2. Like my previous DFI motherboard, this one has a two-digit alphanumeric display that shows both what the motherboard is currently doing, and errors codes. On the DFI board the display was located in the bottom left corner, such that I could conveniently see it through the side case fan. On this Asrock board, it's located just to the right of the second PCI-e x16 slot, where it is completely covered by the end of my second video card.
Pros: It will transfer data.
Cons: Because this is a PCIe 1x card, it is incapable of transferring data at SATA III speeds. I plugged in a Mushkin Chronos SATA III SSD drive, and ATTO showed it getting slower read and write speeds than when I plugged the same SSD drive into a motherboard SATA II socket.
You need at least a PCIe 4x card to get SATA III speeds, and this ain't it.
Pros: Compared to my previous printer, an HP Color Laserjet 2550, this printer is smaller, lighter, quieter and faster. Print quality is fine. When I upgraded from Windows XP to Windows XP 64 bit, it installed flawlessly.
Cons: No option for a high-capacity additional paper tray. Instead I bought a cover for the fold-down tray so that I could leave it open and loaded all the time, but you can only fit 200 sheets in there. Makes it pretty much a home-use-only printer.
Pros: Good price, if it had worked.
Cons: Dead. The power switch lit up when I plugged in the A/C cord, but that was the only sign of life.
Put my old Antec 430W back in the computer, and it started right up.
Overall Review: Guess I confirmed why NewEgg was selling these off so cheap.
Pros: Great overclocking (an easy 3.6 gHz without varying voltages), onboard Creative X-FI sound better than my old Audigy 2, the ability to flash the bios on while the motherboard is powered down via USB cable from another computer (just like writing to any flash card), plentiful ports, two separate Raid controllers, legacy floppy and IDE ports, onboard power and reset switches, three PCI-E and two PCI slots, external CMOS reset switch, ability to hold four different BIOS configurations, and automatically restore any of them after an overclocking fail, support for Intel SpeedStep and Intel Turbo.
Cons: No USB 3 or SATA 3, but since I got it from NewEgg for $134, I'm not complaining.
Pros: I have three Visioneer 8900 USB scanners, and they all still work great...but only if I run them from Windows XP.
Cons: Changing from Windows XP to Vista or Windows 7? Then Visioneer says to toss all your otherwise functional Visioneer products in the trash, because they refuse to produce updated drivers for them, instead expecting you to buy their newest scanners, even though the previous ones are still working fine.
Overall Review: It's a shame...they make a great product, then spit in their loyal customers faces. Because of this forced obsolescence, I'll never buy another Visioneer brand scanner.
Pros: They're comfortable, and sound a tiny bit brighter than the Sony buds that came with my W580i Walkman cell phone.
Cons: The bass response is much poorer than that of the Sonys. Comparing the two, the Sonys have a much warmer, richer sound.
Pros: Nice construction with good fit and finish. Love the look of the slow-moving blue fan behind the front baffles. Read in an older online review that the connectors for IDE drives were blocked, but this has been fixed in the case I received, so kudos to Coolermaster for that. I also read it was difficult to remove and install the sides, but that isn't the case at all. They go on and off easily, and are snug enough that I don't need to use the thumbscrews.
Cons: The tool-less connectors for the 5.25" slots are a bit weak, allowing the mounted components to rattle a bit. I ended up putting a screw in each to make 'em more solid.
Overall Review: Can't beat the price...this case is easily the equal of others that I've seen costing $200+. Nice looking case with plenty of room to work.
Pros: Quiet, high GB/$ ratio, portability, size.
Cons: When I first started loading data to it, it crashed, and I had to start over with a repartition. Filled it up with around 500 gb, and all was well until last night when it crashed again. Now it shows the directory structure, but no files. Running XP's disk check just instantly pops up a box saying "Windows was unable to complete the disk check".
Overall Review: Back it goes.
Pros: Excellent card. After switching out my ATI Radeon X850XT Platinum, my 3dMark2003 score jumped from 12613 to 18511, and I was able to play Crysis at 1600x1200 with all the eye candy turned to "high".
Cons: Card is long; measure your case before buying.
The rebate process is one of the worst ever. You have to do it *both* online and by mailing. The online process requires you to (1) register using a "permanent email address"...if they think it isn't your regular email, no rebate. Guess they're worried their upcoming spam won't reach you. (2) copy a 19 char code from the form to the site, (3) select a "model #" that doesn't appear on the box or card...you have to find NewEgg's item number, and then look it up on a chart to find *their* model number. After all this, you're given a "transaction number" to be copied onto the mail-in form. Only after all this is done can you start the normal rebate process of cutting up the box, printing out your invoice, and filling in all the information by hand on the form that you've already given them online. You also have to hand-copy the long promo code and the transaction code onto the envelope.
Overall Review: If I were Emperor, rebate processes like this would be illegal. You'd think a retailer of NewEgg's reputation would refuse to subject their customers to a process that is obviously designed to avoid giving out the rebates to as many customers as possible. Both the form and web site list several conditions that they'll use to cancel your rebate.
Pros: Nice scanner, as long as you don't plan on upgrading to Windows Vista.
Cons: I will never again buy a Visioneer scanner. I have an 8900 that I bought new 2 years ago, and have just discovered that Visioneer isn't releasing Vista drivers for it. And it won't work with Vista without new drivers. I'm thus stuck with a nice scanner that will no longer communicate with my computer.