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David M.

David M.

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Most Favorable Review

Great video camera

Canon VIXIA HF M41 Black 1/3" CMOS 3.0" 230k Touch LCD 10X Optical Zoom High Definition HDD/Flash Memory Camcorder
Canon VIXIA HF M41 Black 1/3" CMOS 3.0" 230k Touch LCD 10X Optical Zoom High Definition HDD/Flash Memory Camcorder

Pros: Clear, crisp video. Easy to use. "Auto Mode" suitable for most uses. Really good autofocus -- I've used this to collect hours of sports related video during daytime and at night. It worked well no matter the lighting. Sodium, flourescent, mercury...they all renedered very well. I haven't really tried the cinematic settings -- found the 'auto' mode worked good enough for me. The screen is very clear, great brightness & contrast (enough to allow use in daytime -- following a field hockey ball on screen -- not an easy task). Battery life is acceptable at best -- suggest getting a high capacity battery along with an external battery charger.

Cons: The biggest complaint is the included battery is anemic. It should come with one which lasts twice as long, and should include an external battery charger. The other is the included software, while OK, leaves a lot to be desired. I have Avid Studio - so it's no big deal, but you won't be creating Hollywood productions with the limited software included. I wish the display was a little bigger -- but that is because my application is very demanding.

Overall Review: I bought this through a local 'brick and mortar' shop because I needed a camcorder and I needed it yesterday. I paid substantially more than the 'black Friday' price and am very happy with my purchase. If you have a chance to get this at the Black Friday price - snap it up! But get a BIG hard drive to store your video. At 12Gb/hour, the hard drive fills up quickly!

11/22/2011
Most Critical Review

Utterly Disappointed

ASUS Eee Slate B121-A1 Intel Core i5 470UM (1.33GHz) 4GB Memory 12.1" 1280 x 800 Tablet PC Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
ASUS Eee Slate B121-A1 Intel Core i5 470UM (1.33GHz) 4GB Memory 12.1" 1280 x 800 Tablet PC Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit

Pros: Windows 7 capability in a slate form. Overall, if this had worked reliably, it would have been a GREAT product. When it worked, it worked as intended, allowing us to get work done while traveling.

Cons: This device has been unreliable from the start. Initial setup was tedious. It took many hours to get all of the Windows updates installed. But the bigger problem is that for the past couple of weeks (just when we need it most as school is restarting) it has become unusable. The screen backlight goes out without rhyme or reason. I am about to start down the Asus customer service rabbit hole with hopes they stand behind their products.

Overall Review: One other thought: The battery life initially advertised with this really was optimistic. Fortunately, we have a power convertor to allow us to use this in the car without worrying about battery life.

Cool, quiet, reliable and easy to install

Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Pros: I installed this in my Rosewill THOR V2 case to keep my i7-5930K cool under the pressure of lots of video editing. The H110i has performed better than expected. It is very quiet, has been very reliable and was very easy to install. I've been using this for well over a year and have edited & rendered hundreds of hours of video without any issues whatsoever.

Cons: Since Newegg requires that a "CON" be listed, the only thing I don't like about this is that it can't get me a beer...

Overall Review: Overall, this product has exceeded my expectations. It does what it was intended to do, does it well and does it reliably. Even if it were to fail on me today (unlikely, but it could happen), I would replace it with a duplicate.

Super sized, super case!

Rosewill - THOR V2-W Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case White Edition, Supports Up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, Comes with Four Fans
Rosewill - THOR V2-W Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case White Edition, Supports Up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, Comes with Four Fans

Pros: Overall quality of this case is exceptional. Super size, plenty of cooling, well-thought-out, and built from quality materials -- easily a 5-star case. The fit, finish & thought process that went into the design of this case is the best I've seen in years at any price point. Is it perfect? No. But it is very close. I like the amount of ventilation provided with the case. The front panel fan controller was a snap to connect & works well. The stock case fans are already quiet enough that I don't need to really slow them down. The ability to install liquid cooling systems on this box is also a HUGE plus. I use my machine for editing, rendering & burning copious amounts of HD & 4K video...and I work it hard for long stretches...so having all the ventilation & cooling options has been great. NOTE: I was able to install a Corsair H110i liquid cooling system in this case with very minor modifications to the case. I removed the louvered vent panel, removed the top case fan. Had to drill out two pop rivets holding a corner case bracket and remove about 5/16 of material from the bracket, then re-riveted it back into the case. This minor, minor mod is not visually noticeable, and retains the gusseted bracing in the corner. Making this minor mod allowed the H110i to tuck up against the inside of the top of the case (I made sure to give it 1/16 inch clearance so there is no chance of wearing through or rubbing the rad. I kept the fans in 'pull' mode (pulls air across the rad and out of the case), all of it under the louvered top -- which I was able to reinstall without modification.

Cons: There are two CONS that are very minor, yet noteworthy. The first is that the backplane sits about 1/32" higher than it should, making it difficult to fully seat cards without tweaking the mounting brackets. (This problem existed on my graphics cards as well as my quad port Ethernet card, so I put the error on the mechanical design/relationship between the motherboard standoffs and the backplane. This was easily fixed by my placing appropriate sized flat washers under the standoffs before installing them into the case. The other 'CON' deals with the threading on the mobo tray. These holes strip out very easily. Very, very easily. For me, it was an easy fix: Drill out the holes and use PEM nuts...but few people have this option readily available. Just be cautious when installing the stand-offs and realize you are using a really tiny screw...no need to be a gorilla when tightening it.

Overall Review: Many years ago, I built up a system using a Gigabyte case - and it was the definition of a quality product. It has been nearly a decade, so I was disappointed when I started shopping around for cases to find that many of today's cases are not of the quality I expected. Then I stumbled across the Thor V2. Exceptional quality, well thought out layout, more cooling than most will need. Would recommend this to anyone looking to build a high end machine. EDIT [November 2016] It has been about a year since I used this case as the foundation for my 4K Video Editing Machine. I have nothing but praise for it. It is easy to clean the vents & easy to work on. Would buy again in a heartbeat.

Exceptional value

Apple iPad 4th Gen 32GB 9.7" Tablet (A Grade) Black MD511LL/A-A
Apple iPad 4th Gen 32GB 9.7" Tablet (A Grade) Black MD511LL/A-A

Pros: I was hesitant to buy refurbished, but my fears were unfounded. The overall condition of this iPad was almost like-new...for 1/3 the price. When received, the packaging was very good. Sufficient to protect the device, but not wasteful. The included charger and cable worked as intended. It was easy for me to add this to my iTunes and get up and running. I was also able to update the OS to the latest release without any problems. Long battery life.

Cons: The only con/complaint was there is a minor chip in the glass along the edge. When in its case, this chip is not noticeable; even with daily use it has not grown/spread. Ironically, I didn't notice the chip until I went to apply my screen protector (they arrived 4-5 days after the iPad). That should tell you it is a minor chip.

Overall Review: Overall condition is better than I would have expected for a refurb item. An exceptional value for someone looking for an iPad that isn't an early adopter but wants the capability that a tablet brings. Would highly recommend and will consider buying other refurb items from Newegg in the future as the need arises.

Good for backup, not for media serving...

Drobo Network Attached Storage - 5 Bay Array with mSATA SSD Acceleration - Gigabit Ethernet port (DRDS4A21)
Drobo Network Attached Storage - 5 Bay Array with mSATA SSD Acceleration - Gigabit Ethernet port (DRDS4A21)

Pros: This unit has exceeded my expectations as a network location where I can archive my media. It has been very reliable and the one instance where I needed tech support, they were quick to isolate the problem and help resolve it. It has served my personal and professional needs better than expected.

Cons: One thing that me disappointed is that it is not fast enough to reliably serve/stream media.

Overall Review: My primary use of the Drobo 5N has been to archive video of athletic games to create sports recruiting films - and for that purpose it has exceeded my expectations. I only wish it would serve the video directly to my devices so I didn't have to move the video onto a local drive to review with clients.

11/23/2014
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Still waiting...

Bottom Line Up Front: This reseller is not worhty of Newegg. On 10/25, I placed an order with Newegg for a cell phone case. Newegg charged my credit card on 10/26 I receive an email telling me the item should ship in 1-3 days (10/27-29), which fits nicely from the 5-7 business days from the time to order until receipt (11/1 -3). When I hadn't recieved my shipment by 11/4, I contact Newegg CS; who informed me that I needed to contact the reseller. I've emailed them multiple times, but got no reply. I called them and they were quick to place blame on the US Postal Service, saying the USPS must have lost my oder between when they dropped it off but before it got scanned at the post office. The were quick to offer to send another unit, but I haven't gotten it or the tracking number they promised to send me. I have little faith in ever getting my product and will most likley file a dispute with my credit card. This vendor is not worthy of Newegg's outstanding reputation.

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11/10/2011