Joined on 05/21/05
Pros: These cards are very efficient and very fast. In Vantage, they score almost as well as 2 stock speed gtx 480s in sli, but with a fraction of the power consumption and heat. I did not see much of a difference in performance in games between these cards and 480 sli at 1920 x 1080. So if your going to be playing at a resolution of no more than 1920 x 1200, even a single one of these cards should be adequate. In idle, the fans are silent. I do not hear them over other system fans. When playing intense games such as Crysis the fans are audible but its not loud at all and fades away into the background. According to Afterburner, the fans spin at 60% under intense usage. In idle its in the low 40%. The cards idle between 32 and 36C. I have yet to see the cards get higher then 78C when playing intense games. Overall, I'm very satisfied with these cards and strongly recommend them. Also two of these cards beat out a gtx 580 by about 25% in performance, for the same price
Cons: it doesn't make me coffee in the morning
Overall Review: I bought these cards mainly because of the cooler design. I have not personally seen the reference cooler version of the card and cannot say how much louder or quieter it is in comparison with this one, but I can say that this cooler does an amazing job with these cards. If you want, you can oc these cards even more so.
Pros: I got this monitor for my photography work as well as gaming and wanted to address some common concerns about it. Firstly, the 7ms response rate. This was something I was concerned about as I am coming from a 2ms 1080p monitor. Although this monitor is technically slower, I do not see any input lag or ghosting in movies or any of the games I've tried on it: Crysis 2, Skyrim, Mass Effect, Modern Warfare all run beautifully. Based on the tech specs I know the u3011 is slower, but gaming is just as fluid as it was on my 2ms 1080p screen. In fact, I think it's more likely to experience lag resulting from the gpu not being able to handle the resolution. Sli or crossfire setups would work well here. I currently run on an i7 920, gtx480 sli setup, and its handled just about anything I throw at it at 2560 x 1600 very well. I was also concerned about the matte finish creating a "sparkle" effect and lowering image quality. Unless you are actively looking for it, you won't see any sparkles
Cons: the screen, and images are incredible either way. Instead, images are crisp, sharp, and generally beautiful; visibly better quality than my old monitor could produce. Doing photoshop and lightroom work has been a pleasure on this screen. Other than that, not much to say that hasn't already been said. The U3011 is huge, has a ton of pixel real estate, a plethora of connections, works well with 16:9 connections like the PS3, and the OSD is very well designed. As far as cons go, I could say the price, but really, your getting what you pay for. If you can afford it, this is an amazing monitor. Also it takes a bit longer to switch between inputs than I would like, but that's a personal preference, and not barely a con given what you get with this monitor. Other than that, no real cons. I'll update this review if I encounter something down the road.
Overall Review: I was debating between the U3011 and Samsung's S27B970D monitor as the price difference between them was negligible. ultimately I chose this one because I cannot stand glare on my screen and find it irritating. Although the S27B970D is a sexy monitor, the glossy screen would make it hard to avoid glare, especially in my room with windows. Overall though, the U3011 performs better and offers much more for the same price (Higher resolution, bigger screen, much more connectivity). If you can afford it, I highly recommend this monitor. Newegg, as always delivered top notch service.
nice little camera
Pros: video quality is very good with accurate and rich colors. Photos, surprisingly also come out pretty well. The interface is simple and easy to understand. its small, light and hd. what more do you want? It has a very stylish look and feel to it too.
Cons: Its not really that big of a deal, but the battery life could be better. The default battery lasts about 1.5-2 hours, which for me is not that great. I do a lot of traveling and need some extra juice in my equipment. Also, the video does get grainy due to higher iso settings in low light settings. However, this does not detract from overall quality too much. Although it is noticeable, it does not detract from overall quality too much.
Overall Review: the first unit I received was broken, but got a replacement which works beautifully. I would recommend getting a second battery, possibly a higher capacity one if your going traveling with this camera. Also, I'd recommend getting a protective filter for the camera lens as well. Overall, a great little camera worth the price.
Pros: it runs fast for a 5400rpm drive. its even faster then my old Fujitsu 160gb 7200rpm hard drive, due to each platter being more dense on this drive. plus it doesn't heat up as much. i noticed the max temps under load were 37C, which is pretty good for a laptop hard drive. It also runs quietly.
Cons: i notice a little "ticking" sound sometimes when its loading, but its very quiet, and you won't even notice it unless your looking for it
Overall Review: Overall, a very well made hard drive. right now 320gb hard drives are at the "sweet spot" in terms of capacity vs price. I noticed that loading times for windows, and other applications remained the same as with 7200 rpm drives. i'd highly recommend this drive to anyone looking for a laptop upgrade.