Date Joined: 11/12/07
Pros: Incredible sound quality for the price point. Received these as a Christmas gift and am astounded. Have owned several sets of computer speakers in my day, Altec Lansings, Logitechs, Boston Acoustics of all price ranges and this is the best 2.1 system I have heard. Tight, punchy bass (not a tiny, overdriven pseudo-woofer that you'd expect) Clear highs and full mids. No issues whatsoever in workmanship or setup. Awesome little pod/remote. Bass control, headphone jack, Aux-in all on the pod!
Cons: Satellites are light and top-heavy with heavy, stiff cables. This can be a problem if you're perching them up high or using them to the full extent of the cable's length. Satellites also are not wall-mountable. Not really a con for me, just something to be aware of. Odd cord layout. Pod connects to computer and sub, and the sub has a single output cable for the pair of satellites, making it necessary for them to be equidistant from the sub as they share the same jack. This is the only real con for me, as the sub sits to the left of my desk, meaning the right speaker can't be at the far right edge of the desk where I'd like it. (The cable for the satellites is only about 3.5-4ft long, and if the speakers plugged into the pod instead of the sub they would reach the edges of my desk.
Pros: Does what it's supposed to do. Allowed me to power a SATA DVD-RW from a Molex connection.
Cons: Wasn't free?
Pros: Easy setup. Great looking. Powerful sub. Noticeable surround! (Many systems surround speakers are barely there, these definitely make some noise.) Great entry-level system at a reasonable price.
Cons: Thin speaker wire. No OSD. One giant, 91LB box. All minor things though. Just be careful when UPS brings you this beast. The driver had me drive my car out to the road because he didn't want to carry this monstrosity down the driveway.
Overall Review: The HDMI is Passthrough-only. I knew this and was fine with it before i purchased the unit. Do your research, people. Blindly purchasing a piece of equipment this advanced is definitely not an intelligent move.
Pros: Great customizable auto-switch key combo
High-quality audio passthrough
Supports 1680x1050 flawlessly (highest res i have tested)
Supports XP and Vista x64 and switches between them painlessly
Auto-detected PC1 and PC2 based on USB connection
Cons: Not free?
My keyboard doesnt have a scroll lock key so i had to install the software to change the key combo, lol. But thats not the switch's fault.
Overall Review: If you have a scroll lock key theres no software to install!
great little piece of hardware for the money!
Pros: quiet while it lasted, never burned a coaster, quick reads
Cons: after 14 months of medium-light use, it died inexplicably. it will no longer open on its own and pushing the eject button just makes the light come on and nothing happens. after an emergency eject (paperclip) it won't close on its own and when forced closed, it won't read discs or register a disc in the drive.
Overall Review: way overpriced for a year of use. new lite-on is on its way. very disappointed...
asus, stick to motherboards, mkay?
-abundance of usb ports
-very quick under xp
-no legacy connections
-onboard CF slot
-internal mini pci-e slot (future SSD, Bluetooth, or WIFI-N possible) GREAT little bonus!
-awesome internal cable management and right-angle sata cables included.
-VERY high-quality sata cables, with metal clip ends for secure connections
-very small external power brick that doesn't get too hot
-attractive blue power LED and orange HD LED
-solid-built front panel that snaps on and off easily (3 clips)
-completely silent after VERY brief fan spin-up during POST
-sturdy vertical stand
-attractive faux-brushed metal front panel (its actually brushed plastic)
-high quality textured automotive paint is nearly impossible to scratch
Cons: -no RAID
-northbridge (the black heatsink) gets HOT... finger-burningly hot.
-limited airflow (hard drive gets 50C+)
-proprietary motherboard (cannot be replaced/upgraded)
-very limited bios
-very limited manual
-no monitoring utilities/software
-no reset button
-no internal USB headers
-no HDMI/DVI or SPDIF/Toslink
-ATOM logo sideways (set to be right-side-up when the unit is laid on its belly; i razorbladed it off carefully and restuck it to be upright when the unit is in the vertical stand
Overall Review: installed xp on a k***ston 133x cf 8gb card, SLOW!!! the card cannot support fast enough random i/o for XP. drivers fail to install and everything runs at a snails pace. threw in an old 160gb HD and its lightning fast, boots xp faster than my gaming rig boots vista (go figure)
REALLY cool little punchouts in the steel casing on the back panel, i was able to remove them with a screwdriver and install a R***will USB2.0 wifi dongle internally by screwing it to the back panel by the antenna connection, and running a usb extension cable out through the other punchout. works like a CHARM.
simple BIOS splash screen is nice, and POST is very, very quick. overall i am very pleased with this unit.
some frustration early though, vanilla XP doesnt install due to a pci.sys BSOD (vanilla xp doesnt support pci-e). so i had to slipstream an SP2 disk using nLite (which you cant do under vista without an "invalid key" error during install)
a few days of tinkering got her running though
Pros: uh, its compact flash. kingston brand means it'll last a long time
Cons: its SLOW. i got it with the MSI Wind barebones with the intent of installing XP pro on it and running a low power, silent, no-moving-parts nettop. boy was i wrong... xp install took 6.5 hours, and in XP, the slightest disk access means the system locks until its done. forget multitasking of any kind; intel graphics driver fails to install because its write actions overflow the write buffer and cause I/O errors on this card.
Overall Review: im sure its great for what its meant for, but do NOT try to install it in a thin-client pc. it doesnt work.
Pros: Very fast, great screen resolution for the size, VERY little bloatware to uninstall (although still some), better than expected battery life. Wonderful warranty and extras.
Cons: The webcam had a weird picture at first, but it was an easy adjustment to make. The air it blows out of the right side vent is very warm but that is to be expected. Also it is a little on the heavy side. It is very fingerprint magnetized, but it comes with two, yes two, cleaning cloths. Also my InstantFun button doesn't seem to do anything... but who cares, its just a gimmicky app anyways.
Overall Review: Its a wonderful college laptop with some decent gaming potential and an amazing wireless card. Full signal across the house and in the basement from a Wifi-G router... Cant wait to see Wifi-N on campus. ASUS makes wonderful laptops... eat your heart out Dell.
Pros: Great bang for the buck, blows AMD dual and tri cores out of the water. On stock speeds performs about equally to a Q6600. I've got it OC'd to 3.7GHz 24/7 without a hiccup. Temps 55C normal load, breaks 60C under ORTHOS w/ a Tuniq Tower and silent Scythe Ninja 120mm. I know I still have plenty of headroom to push 4.0+GHz.
Cons: The HEATSINK... Come on, Intel. The heatsink is half the height of the older model that shipped with my e2160 Allendale but with the same noisy fan and HIDEOUS mounting clips. I bought a Tuniq Tower off the bat because I knew that heatsink could never cope with even a mild overclock. Get with the picture, guys.
Overall Review: I don't notice the small-ish 3mb cache, I have another rig with 6MB and the difference under comparable clocks is negligable in games. Get yourself a decent heatsink and a motherboard capable of 450-500MHz FSB and you're good to go. Also make sure your motherboard supports 45nm chips and the Wolfdale core. I hate reading reviews wherein people claim DOA chips when all they need is a BIOS update.
Pros: Again, the 8-pin adapter is great. Newegg rocks, fast shipping and friendly customer support.
Cons: 24-pin adapter is awesome if somehow your computer can operate without that 24th pin.
I don't want to start a review war here but I find it extremely troubling that A) manufacturers feel it more important to defend their products than to state the facts and that B) they post inaccurate information for such a purpose.
Overall Review: Current motherboards (ESPECIALLY high-end DFI boards) use the -5VSB rail to provide power to Stand-By devices such as keyboards and mice to keep them active while the computer is in Suspend mode, so they can wake the computer. Many boards (especially DFI brand) specify in the manual 3+ amps on this rail as being crucial to not only general stability but to passing a POST.
Furthermore, were the "white wire" not important, it would NOT have been implemented in the NEWEST ATX STANDARDS, as obsolete technologies are removed with each update... Heard of ISA slots and AT PSU's anyone?
Pros: Great cooling! Even with the fan at its lowest setting this thing keeps my overclocked e7200 WAY lower than the stock fan at stock speeds. And its nearly silent at the lowest setting. REALLY EASY INSTALL! screws and brackets are how it should be done. Screw intel stock heatsink clips.
Cons: The fan gets loud and it gets loud fast. Anywhere above the absolute minimum setting is unbearably loud.
Overall Review: This thing is HUGE. I had to buy a new case because the white Rosewill I have now is just too small... the side panel won't close. Any case under 200mm wide is too small for this beast.
Pros: The 8pin cable works just fine.
Cons: The 24pin cable is, uh, 23pin? They left out the white -5vSB wire that caused ridiculous stability problems with my DFI LP DK P35. Maybe some boards dont need that kind of voltage on the -5v rail but DFI boards do. Just a heads up.
Overall Review: Buy it for the 8pin, but the 23pin is useless.
Pros: Runs at rated speed with no problems, which is REALLY fast coming from DDR2 667.
Cons: Speeds and voltages not recognized properly by DFI LP DK P35 BIOS. Defaulted to DDR800 and 1.925V which causes horrible stability problems.
Overall Review: Once you get everything set correctly, its fast. Like REALLY fast.
Pros: FAST! OC'd to 3.0 out of the box with no problems whatsoever. Runs very cool with a Tuniq Tower 120 on min setting. BLOWS my old e2160 AWAY.
Cons: DFI LP DK P35 didn't properly detect CPU VID and set it to 1.0V causing instability at first. Seems to be a motherboard problem not attributable to the CPU, just wanted everyone to be aware.
Overall Review: Really, really fast. Like whoa.
Pros: its pretty. black on orange is awesome for windowed cases. when it works its fast as ****. very in-depth bios is both a blessing and a curse. ridiculously easy overclocking.
Cons: finnicky, very very finnicky. it took me 4hrs and a LOT of tinkering to get a Vista install to take, and I'm still not convinced it's stable. Had to manually set the CPU voltage of my e7200 because it defaulted to 1.0v and was not stable. Had to manually set my RAM voltage because it was not stable at stock, and had to manually set my RAM speed. Weird, randomly placed floppy power connector makes for VERY awkward cable routing. Odd/random jumpers for things that could easily be BIOS controlled (5VSB for USB and PS/2) and a FSB jumper that "argues" with the BIOS.
Overall Review: All in all I am satisfied with this board, just be prepared for what could be a VERY stressful experience at first. Especially if you're new to these uber-overclock boards and complex BIOSes. I have been using MSI boards for builds for 5+ years and so the switch to DFI is going to take a LOT of research before I am comfortable with it.
Pros: relatively easy installation, amazing cooling performance, COMPATIBLE WITH THE 9600GT.
Cons: stupid plastic clip support things. i only used one of the two once i finally got it to go on i said forget it, the cooler isnt heavy enough to need support.
Overall Review: i was able to modify a 120mm fan to fit (cut off the shroud, attached with zip-ties) and it cools a 9600GT overclocked to 770/1850/2200 to 32c idle 39c load with the fan at the lowest possible (and thus silent) setting through a fan controller.
Pros: blows through games, nothing slows it down, VERY quiet
Cons: no memory cooling, but it doesn't seem to need it
Overall Review: oblivion - 1680x1050 4xAA Bloom everything max 40-200fps
CoD 4 - 1680x1050 everything max ~40fps
that says it all... my old 7900gs dogged in oblivion at 1440x900 and medium settings noAA, this card screams through it all settings maxed. WOW. and backed by modest hardware, too.
Pentium DualCore firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz
2GB Kingston DDR667
ASUS 9600GT 512MB
Pros: Nearly silent, killer fast, no problems whatsoever during install. Less than an inch longer than my PNY 7900gt
Cons: Feels light, heatsink looks rather unimposing and is aluminum, but should work fine.
Overall Review: It seems like a good upgrade over my 7900gs but i have yet to run 3dmark06 or games. Install was quick and painless and the ASUS utilities are pretty cool.
Pros: This power supply has outlived 3 complete system upgrades and numerous individual component upgrades. In 3 year power supply has given me no problems and nothing but unwavering stability. It is currently powering an MSI Neo5-F 945GC motherboard, e2160 processor, 2gb Kingston DDR2 667, 120gb Maxtor HD, DVD-RW, and a 256MB 7900GS. I will soon be buying an 8800gt 512MB and I'm not worried in the slightest that this power supply will handle it
Cons: Old 20-pin main connector. I have a 20-24pin adapter that i bought about 18months ago, also by Aspire/Apevia, and that is also still working great. New versions of this PSU may ship with a 20/24pin main connector, but I don't know.
Overall Review: The fan speed knob is a great feature, but I have had mine set at minimum for as long as I have had this PSU and have never had a problem with overheating.
Pros: Very impressed with the range. I run a pseudo-media center setup where the computer is about 3 feet from my bed using a wall mounted LCD and the wired keyboard and mouse were at the very limit of their cords. Reception on this wireless keyboard and mouse set is phenomenal at this distance and will even type reliably from the other nd of my king bed (total distance is about 7 feet)
Cons: The mouse looks really cheap and I'm not impressed with the weight of the AA batteries that it uses, but it works very well and is extremely precise. The software runs in the background (im a nitpicker about background services on Vista) but thats something you will find with any keyboard that has multimedia buttons. There is also no dedicated sleep key on the keyboard, but the "exit app" button will bring up the sleep menu if pushed from the desktop.
Overall Review: Overall very impressive little set. Negative reviews about the range and responsiveness steered me away from it at first, but im very glad that i took the chance. Better responsiveness and 3x the range of my dad's microsoft wireless desktop that cost 3x the price of this. Great little set especially for the money.
Pros: Amazing sound quality. I am still being amazed by them and I have had them for a few months now. Definitely designed to be used at full volume, unlike many other sets.
Cons: Awkward/boomy sub sound. Sounds great at ~40% power, any higher and the hard hits are overpowered by a boomy echo. Bass doesn't clip or distort, the sub just hits significantly harder at higher bass frequencies at louder volumes.
Overall Review: Wish it had a remote, but for the price I really can't expect it to have come with one. Can't comment on the wall mounts because I don't use them.
Pros: It's exactly what I bought it for; a budget board that supports pentium dual core processors. It doesn't have any bells and whistles, but it runs very well, no crashes so far at all.
Cons: Interesting overclocking... I wouldn't call it horrible but I certainly wouldn't call it good. Pentium DualCore e2160 chips have been overclocked to 3+ghz (check forums) but with this board mine will only push about 2.2-2.3 (230fsb) before it refuses to boot. However the board gives options for overvolting and a FSB up to 500mhz as well as DDR timing and DDR:FSB ratio control, so it may work out once I get it figured out.
Overall Review: Great little budget board, runs very well.
Pros: Beautiful, simply gorgeous. High-quality textured paint with a glossy, "iPod white" plastic front. Material feels reasonably high-quality, especially for the price, and is strong but lightweight. Looks MUCH more expensive than it is. Beautiful, soft blue power LED and unobtrusive orange HD LED go very well with the sleek finish. Power and reset buttons are on the right side which makes the front look much more clean.
Cons: Clip-on front panel is annoying. One clip at the top broke when i removed the panel to install an optical drive, but this isn't a big deal and didn't have any effect on the way the case went back together.
Some edges are sharp; cases in this price range are prone to the "snap-off" slot covers and some burred edges, but this case has only a very trivial problem with edges; all but a few are nicely rounded.
Overall Review: The drive doors are a great idea, but their buttons protrude a bit much and look a tad cheap. However, for such a cheap case they are a GREAT addition and do wonders at hiding my ugly black DVD-RW.
Plenty of airflow to keep an e2160 at 31 idle and 39 load with just the stock case fan and a 120mm PSU fan set at its lowest setting.
Included case fan spins at about 2200RPM and is virtually silent.
Pros: Wonderful, Crisp sound. Strong but not overpowering subwoofer. Simple set-up for a decently techno-literate user.
Cons: When they arrived, I noticed something rattling around in the sub. Took the back panel off (TONS of screws) and shook out a triangular block of wood, probably left over from fabrication. Not a huge deal, just raises an eyebrow. Speakers work fine though. Very light and simple "manual" but that isn't a problem if you can match colors and figure out that green=front black=rear and orange=center/sub
Overall Review: Does not have an optical input... but that does NOT mean this isn't a true 5.1 system like other reviewers have stated. That just means that this is a COMPUTER SPEAKER SYSTEM that relies on a hardware decoder to output analog 5.1 audio signals... thats what your sound card is for, people... come on.