Date Joined: 09/25/04
Pros: - Solid feel - both the earbuds and the case. Earbuds fit in snug and charge when you close the case.
- Polished, clean look.
- Small footprint compared to some that look like huge lug nuts sticking out of your ears.
- Audio so far has not had a lot of "dropouts" like some I've owned.
- Pair easily.
- Decent range... left my phone upstairs, went downstairs and outside before losing signal.
- For running, these stay in my ears well and don't have to fiddle with them as much as others with rubber flanges.
- They do last 4 hours on a charge (although they are still new - time will tell if that holds in a year or so).
Cons: - Very average sound quality; very flat and almost muddy, as someone else mentioned. Needs the bass and treble boosted, and pull down the middle hertz range. I compared sound quality to my best set, and these were not even close.
- Can cause a bit of an ear ache if you're not used to this style.
- "One size fits all" makes these not as snug and maybe even fall out of someone's ears. They stay in mine, but they don't block sound as well as ones with rubber flanges. And you can hear a huge amount of audio by just pressing them in a tiny bit.
- The touch sensor is sooo sensitive. I was constantly hitting it, and it has a delay. And I'm not really getting used to both of those annoyances ... yet.
- The case is not pocket-friendly. You'll know the difference when you have a case that is smooth and rounded. If you just keep it in a backpack or luggage, then this is no big deal.
- Phone call quality is acceptable but not good. I wouldn't use them on conference calls unless I was somewhere crowded and needed to (and didn't have my go-to earbuds charged :-).
Overall Review: I've owned 5 wireless earbuds in search of a "better" pair. These are middle of the road. I've had some that drop audio in one or both earbuds for no apparent reason. I had a pair in which one earbud just completely stopped working within a year. All the ones I've purchased ranged from $35-$55, so these ones are in that range too. This pair comes in above two of them, but below two others. These look really nice and feel solid, but the sound quality and the touch sensor diminish all the positives. I really wanted to like them more, but I will probably use them only as backups or for occasional runs. Maybe they'll fix those issues in the next version.
Pros: - You can turn fans to a very, very low speed - or completely off if you want
- It offers precise control, as well
- Low price
Cons: - No software control
- Have to mount it outside of your case or open your case if you want to change the overall speed
- Doesn't have an "enclosure" around the entire device
Overall Review: Works using voltage and physical wheel. It doesn't control PWM, but that didn't matter to me. There are dozens of other ones out there that work well for that. It does what I need and I don't need to open my case and change the fans. I have the CPU fan controlled from the motherboard.
Pros: - Moves a lot of air. I also have a TT 140mm fan in the same case. The TT fan came with the Tower 900 case and the Corsair AF 140 definitely moves more air. The fans themselves are larger, but the center of the fan is also larger than the TT fan center, so at first I didn't think the difference would be noticeable. It is definitely noticeable, though, and no difference in sound at low or higher RPM.
- Looks good. LED's are only in the center, but it's a good look for a 140 mm fan if you just want some light and the larger size.
- Corsair quality. Packaging and fan quality is virtually flawless.
- Fairly quiet for a large, high-volume fan. No louder than any other 140 mm that I've used. In fact, lower decibels than most I've used in the past, I'd say.
Cons: - No RGB. I know. Not advertised as that, so why would that be a con. I guess with low costs now with many RGB fans on the market, this type of fan will soon be obsolete. But for single purpose, single color - it is perfect.
- Not PWM. This is controlled by voltage only, as far as I can tell. Only 3 pin. But works fine on motherboard or in fan hub/regulator that can control it.
Overall Review: I'm using this fan in ThermalTake Tower 900 as top exhaust fan in the top (front side) so that it can emit light down onto the board and pull the radiant heat away from GPU and CPU. It has two major cons that will keep most from buying it. But it is a great looking fan and has specific uses that some people may love. For me, it was exactly what I wanted. I have other components for RGB, so this fan was a bonus just to match my white case and add some light - and pull some hot air out of the case. I wish I could attach a picture!
Pros: - Full, clear window to show off internals.
- Price. With rebates, it's a cheap option for a windowed case.
- Lightweight - this could be a pro or a con. It's not heavy to carry, but that also means that the structure isn't all that heavy-duty.
- Has removeable dust covers on top and underneath (for Power supply). Top one is magnetic. Bottom one is held in by corner clips that are not that great.
- Bottom has Power supply cover which looks good and has plenty of openings to route cables and lots of tie down spots.
- Hard drive cage is also housed in with the power supply cover. There is a space on top of the cover to mount a 2.5 inch SSD.
- Front has nice mesh intake, but no quick release to remove it for cleaning.
- Has pretty good airflow, but you have to buy 4 or 5 fans if you're going to make use of all the fan locations.
Cons: - Only one fan included(non-LED).
- Has single red color on front side vents, which may not be paired well if you want to go with different colors for internal parts and LED's.
- Feels kind of cheap. Side panel is plexiglass, thin and light but not as nice as real glass. Also, it's not really easy to take off the side panel and put it back on. There are no stand-offs to hold your case in place while you put screws back in.
- Not particularly nice looking case, but not horrible.
- Intake area in front is buldged out as if you could put a radiator in there, but there really isn't room. Can't even fit fans in the "outer" mesh area in front. Could have been designed better in that respect, I think.
- I don't think it is big enough inside to put in water cooling loop with two radiators and a tank. (then again, I doubt anyone is buying this to put in water cooling). But it is a Mid tower, so that should be known up front.
Overall Review: I'd have to say I thought it would be a little better. If the side panel was easier to manipulate and was real glass, I'd like it a little better. And I'm a little disappointed in how the front is designed. These things might not bother other people, of course, but those are deal breakers for me. If price is driving your decision and/or you're ok with the cons I've mentioned, then this will probably suit you just fine. I'm using this one to build for a friend, but I'd never use if for myself. Sum up: It's a decent case with a few quirks, but it didn't meet my expectations. If I were saving to buy a case, I'd keep saving and get something like a Corsair 570x, Phanteks Enthoo, TT Core X71 or TT Kandalf. There are lots of better options.
Pros: - Small footprint - doesn't take up a lot of space
- Warms up fast and prints FAST
- Easy to set up
- WiFi works well - and you can print from mobile devices easily.
- Holds a lot of paper inside (over 200 sheets) and you can load individual papers through the side (such as envelopes)
- Solid feel and looks good in a home office
- No ink smear with laser (vs. inkjet)
- The ink cartridges print 1200 or 3000 pages, depending on the size you order
- AND ink cartridges are fairly priced, compared to having to buy 4 cartridges for a color inkjet printer
- Prints 32 PPM, which is fairly fast for its size
- Price is great... I remember when all laser printers were over $1000
- Quiet. Even when printing many pages it's not too noisy
- Two-sided printing (amazing for such a small device)
- Not too complex - meaning, panels are easily accessible and there aren't many. Loading the cartridge is easy too.
Cons: There aren't too many cons, and even the ones I've mentioned are kind of minor, considering that it is just a b/w printer.
- No color
- No USB cord included
- No Ethernet port to add to wired network (must use USB for attaching to a machine)
- No scanner/copier capabilities (but... it is just advertised as a printer, not a multi-function device)
Overall Review: If you just need a printer (not a scanner or copier), and you are ok with just printing black and white, this is a great printer and I'd highly recommend it - especially if you need to print multiple pages quickly. I use it all the time for just printing copies of things that don't need to be in color. If it had a scanner, I'd get rid of my all-in-one Canon printer. I am impressed with this little printer!
Pros: - Ear pieces/covers are comfortable. They fit well and can span no matter how large your head is.
- Sound quality is good. Adjustments with software make them sound better. Flat response, however, is just typical of any headphones in a $40 to $70 price range. I compared the same songs being played through Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones, which run about $100. The HD 120's were a good bit better, but I would have expected that. Still sound quality was pretty decent. With the Boost setting, they sound a little more full. Same with some other settings that broaden the sound spectrum.
- Build quality seems good.
- Volume control on the headset is nice.
- Microphone sound quality is good, but of course it is dependent on the source and how close the mic is to your mouth.
- Has 1/8 inch jack and USB adapter, which also works well with Windows 10.
Great for gaming, just due to comfort and decent audio quality.
Cons: - Price. These should probably be about $50 - $60
- Cord is not very long.
- Sound quality is above average, but not astounding.
- Really just for home use. They are too big and heavy to carry around. May not be a con if you buy them just for gaming at home.
Overall Review: Overall, these are good and I do enjoy using them for gaming and even occasionally for music. I would put these at about 3.5 stars, but I'm giving them 4 stars since I don't have the option. Outside of the price, they deserve 4 stars. If you don't care too much about price, these will meet your expectations.
Pros: Bright LEDs
Multiple LED functions - very cool effects.
Very solid. This thing is pretty heavy for being rather small.
USB is gold tipped
About the coolest LED layout I've seen - but not best looking keyboard overall.
Cons: Clicks are almost too loud. As in, unnecessarily loud. But then, that's how most mechanical boards are.
Instructions are weak. Not much there, but then there isn't much you can do with it, anyway.
No special buttons or functionality, but you can use AutoHotkey and make your own.
No media control. This is a must for me.
Overall Review: Definitely strong mechanical feel, if that's what you're looking for. Definitely a good buy. I haven't compared it to many other mechanicals, but I really like this one. Just not sure if I can deal with the loud clicking. Will probably not use it as my main keyboard.
Pros: - Hardware is not dependent on a bulb or plug. Replaces existing switch.
- Nice design and very modern look.
- Works with Echo.
- App works pretty well.
Cons: - Takes some time to physically install, vs. just buying a WIFI LED bulb.
- If you have issues, you have to put your old switch back.
- App is a little long to install, or was for me at least.
- No dimmer!
Overall Review: Having reviewed the pros and cons, I'd probably just stick to WIFI bulbs and switches going forward (which I have many of). But if you don't want to pay for the expensive bulbs, this is your ticket. There's something to be said for having it in the switch I think. At least, I'm sure some people may prefer that. It's a cool gadget, but there are lots now to choose from. Glad I tried it for comparison to other Smart bulbs/switches.
Pros: Fairly quiet.
Cabling has decent lengths.
Very well-built... Solid structure and 120 MM fan.
Powering 970gtx and overcooked 4790k CPU with no issue.
Cons: Not modular.
Lots of competitors in the price range.
Only Bronze certified.
Overall Review: Not really much to complain about. Performs well so far. Time will tell if it is truly reliable. For the price, it's a decent option... if you get the rebate. I'd recommend it if you don't need modular cables. I have so many cards and drives in my case that I end up using all the cables, anyway. There are lots of options for this price point, so that's the main reason for only giving it 4 eggs. That, and also because I don't know how reliable it will be in a year.
Pros: - As everyone else has mentioned, it's semi-modular, which is getting more common in lower price ranges these days. No need for fully modular, honestly, but being semi-modular allows you to get some of your main wires connected before all the drives, fans, graphics cards and other devices.
- Airflow seems good, and it's pretty quiet under low and moderate power loads.
- Using wattage meter, I couldn't even drive my computer to pull more than 150 watts - using Prime95 and some online GPU testing. I did not use PCMark or 3DMark. See my "other thoughts" for PC configuration. Ran stress test for couple of hours and had no problems at all.
- Was easy to hook up. Used it to replace one that had just died in one of my low end media center PC's. Was quick and painless to install. Love modular design...
- 5 year warranty. That's great compared to many out there.
- Corsair is a name I trust. I've had many of their products and haven't had any issues with them.
- Feels solid and well-constructed. Far and above any "bargain" power supplies I've had in lower-end computers.
Cons: Nothing I can see as a con. Only time will tell that. Will update after a year if anything changes.
Overall Review: This review is based on initial use of about a week, using a Gigabyte MB, 16GB RAM, R7 Radeon, Core I5 2500k (not overclocked), WD 2TB and Samsung 500 GB SD. Time will only tell for longevity. This is the first Corsair I've used, so have no previous models to compare it to or have any expectations. I've had good luck with most power supplies that are at least bronze rated. I don't normally leave computers on all the time unless it's a server or media center. I only had one fail, which was used in a media center that was on for about 6 years straight. Overall, this one seems well-built and (for the most part) as good as most other brands I've purchased over the years. I'd like to put a better graphics card in and retest, but initial results are great. I'd definitely recommend if comparing in this wattage and efficiency (bronze) range.
Pros: This MB has lots of pros. I'd say the size is a pro, for me. I've got it in a Cooler Master Elite 130 and I love it.
• M.2 - awesome to have this on the back side of the board and take advantage of minimizing space taken up by drives.
• Killer E2200 Ethernet
• USB 3.1 with Type-C -- Great to have for future use, but don’t really have a solid way to test it right now.
• WIFI/Bluetooth built in
• Soundblaster audio (which sounds great) and also offers SPDIF output (which I used to use a lot)
• 6th Gen Core CPU support
• 6 SATA ports – This is nice if you can find the room in your case to use them all! Still, very glad to have them. I’ve seen many full-sized ATX boards that only have 6.
• Amazing combination of included options for its size. I had never had a Mini ITX board before and was really surprised at how small it was.
Cons: The WIFI, as others have noted, does seem to drop out, but unless you're watching a movie or something using a lot of bandwidth, if works pretty well.
I could complain that it needs more USB headers, but really, it's not necessary if you're using a small case and don't have 50 peripherals to attach to it.
Only 2 DIMM slots, but again, not a major concern to me. Just add two 8GB DDR4's and it'll run whatever you need.
Really not much to complain about if you know it will meet your needs for your case, video card, memory, fans, etc.
Overall Review: I've built a lot of machines using Gigabyte boards (especially the Ultra Durable series). This is my first Mini ITX and I have to say I'm really happy with what it has to offer. For any complaints about its lack of RAM slots, USB Ports, SATA ports - I guess I'd have to ask why someone would purchase it, then. I like that I can fit it into a small 10x10x15 case and still have 90% of what's in my main gaming machine.
Overall, I've had great luck with Gigabyte boards, and this is no exception (so far). Only had one out of dozens that had problems. If you're interested in scaling down in size for fun or practicality, this is something you should seriously consider.
Pros: The drive is very small - about the size of a laptop hard drive - which is probably the base component inside.
No unusual heat was produced while copying 100 GB of data to it. It was just slightly warm. Also, it was very quiet. Could not hear anything from it.
The included cord is USB 3.0 compatible, with the micro USB connection that is the same as the Samsung S5 phone that I have. That's a plus, for me.
Cons: Hard drive activity light is on the side with the plug. Might be better if it was on the front.
Nothing else to complain about, really. It would be awesome if it was SSD-based, but certainly fine for a backup or transporting video, music or other large files
Overall Review: Not sure how rugged it would be, but I'll definitely be careful with it, since it is a traditional spinning drive and not SSD.
Here are the results from CrystalDiskMark:
CrystalDiskMark 5.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2015 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
* MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
* KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes
Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 114.708 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 113.365 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.579 MB/s [ 141.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.400 MB/s [ 341.8 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 113.887 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 113.662 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.544 MB/s [ 132.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.390 MB/s [ 339.4 IOPS]
Test : 1024 MiB [K: 0.0% (0.3/1863.0 GiB)] (x3) [Interval=5 sec]
Date : 2015/09/15 10:39:00
OS : Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)
Real life data copy of over 100 GB of music averaged 30MB per second, reading from Samsung 840 Evo SSD. Took around 70 minutes for ~108GB of songs. So not incredibly fast, but still decent for an external drive. Copied 20GB of HD home movies averaged about 58MB per second, which is what I expected for larger files.
Pros: - On par with Corsair H Series: Better in price, but build quality seems slightly off (tubes, mostly), but not far.
- Price is decent for self-contained liquid CPU cooler.
- LED is a nice bonus.
- Dropped CPU temps by 4 degrees in my test case (which was originally air cooled with a decent Zalman fan).
Cons: - Tubes are pretty stiff, so it is a little difficult to manipulate during install. After you get it in, you're set.
- Fan noise is a little louder than my previous rear exhaust fan. Still, better than other fans I've had.
Overall Review: Haven't had this for a long, so time will tell if the build quality is made to last. Initial impressions are good, however. If it stays strong, I might move it to my main PC. I want to wait and see if it makes it a few months first. Not really much to complain about, honestly... And, perhaps the stiffer tubes will make it last longer?
Pros: WIFI coverage is outstanding. Had issues in the basement receiving a signal from my old router and with this one it doesn't miss a beat. I had "dead" zones that most devices would just lag. This is the closest I've been to my Linksys WRT54G, that was my original, most trustworthy router. That thing was perfect, except that it just got a little old in technology. It never failed, though. The 1900AC seems to be there, although I haven't had it for more than a few days, so time will tell. No dropped signals or reboots required yet, which is a good sign. WIFI is definitely boosted. All throughout the house it is stronger. The extra ports (USB and eSATA) are great to have too, although I haven't used them yet.
Cons: It is large, if that can be a con. You need to have space for it to sit flat for the antennas to project as they should. I've seen where others have said that it quit working or had problems after a few weeks or months of use. I will update my review if that becomes the case for me. So far, no issues in drops or complete failure to work. I will note that I am using cable, and not satellite or DSL signal, so I can't offer any insight on how it works with them. Maybe other who are having issues is a firmware problem? Not sure...
Overall Review: I think routers are hit and miss on how they perform in each household. I don't know how to confirm that, but I've had the same router that performed perfectly in one place and then horribly in another place. Not sure how that happens.
Pros: - It is definitely fast. I have Comcast Blast and still get 110 Mbps down 12 up through Ethernet. Wireless (2.4 ghz) I get 10 down/11up (go figure) using an old Ralink RT61 Turbo adapter on the far side of the house on the same floor. I guess I need to upgrade that adapter. The speed should be higher. On my Galaxy S5 phone, I got 6 down/3 up in that same room about 25 feet away and through two walls. I actually got the same speeds right beside the router, so that must be just the device’s limitation. Range is definitely good, however. Even upstairs and in the basement it reaches with just slightly lower speeds. I didn’t get a chance to test 5ghz speeds yet, but I suspect they will be faster, but not have the distance.
- Offers good control over most of the parameters of your network.
- Simple to set up. Just registered it with Comcast (via Comcast.com/activate) and it was up and running.
- Supports 802.11ac and guest networks on both 2.4 and 5Ghz bands.
- You can switch the wireless network on/off at the front of the device.
Cons: - Biggest con for me is that it doesn’t support the VOIP phone option that Comcast offers. I will either have to keep my VOIP phone and use a different modem or cancel the VOIP phone and use this modem. Comcast has (almost) complete control, which is why most people hate them. I like the service and generally don’t have any complaints about them, but this is one I can’t ignore.
- Expensive. It would take a long time to get your return on investment from rental charges. By then something newer and better will be out.
- The 'Genie' application seems to have some communication problems and latency. Sometimes it doesn’t even respond.
- USB 3.0 would have been nice, instead of the 2.0 connection.
Overall Review: Overall, a great modem/router combo and definitely a good choice for Comcast. If you need one for a VOIP phone, you'll end up returning it (at least if you have Comcast VOIP - it might work with Vonage and their external adapter).
Pros: • All SATA ports (6) are SATA 3, and optional SATA Express is nice for future use. Not sure how I feel about SATA Express yet though. Seems like it would be just as easy to go with a PCI-e SSD instead.
• M.2 SSD connector - now this looks like it would be a nice, space-saving option. I haven't bought a M.2 SSD yet, but that will be my next purchase. G1 Sniper doesn't have this or the SATA Express option.
• Nice BIOS interface and easy to use. Gigabyte has been making this better and better with each successive model.
• Realtek 115dB SNR Audio sounds good, though it's hard to distinguish a huge difference on my speakers from other mother board audio.
• Board uses high-end Japanese capacitors. Should get some longevity out of it.
• Compatible with Intel’s forthcoming Broadwell processor (5th Gen Core CPU)
• Overclocks well - see Other Thoughts on that.
Cons: • I would have liked for it to have 8 SATA ports, but at least it has the M.2 option.
• That brings up a final con - if you do use the M.2 slot, you lose the SATA Express slot (or two of the regular SATA connections). That cuts you down to 5 possible drive slots. Might not be a con for some people, but I like to hook up more than 6 drives - some as backup/storage and 3 SSD's in RAID 0.
Overall Review: I have built quite a few computers with Gigabyte motherboards and this one is pretty solid so far. Only one Gigabyte board in the past had problems, but overall I’ve had great experiences with them. I’m currently running this one with 16GB RAM and 4770k CPU and performance has been great ... Overclocked at 4.2 Ghz. I think it's a great low-to-mid range board. It has the quality and options of many higher priced competitors.
Pros: • Nice, clean look. White and silver look nice.
• Lightweight and compact (for a large screen).
• LCD is nice quality. Large, clear and great color.
• Chrome OS boots almost instantly. The OS is very nice and simple. Very easy to set up (since you don’t have a lot of options).
• Great for browsing the web, photos, and even editing documents, such as spreadsheets and word docs.
• Four USB ports (but no built in card reader and two ports taken by keyboard and mouse).
• Once it obtained a decent network connection (see Cons), it was quick in maneuvering through pictures and apps. Even Google Maps functioned fairly well. Better than I expected, at least.
• Lots of apps you can install, which is fun to explore. There are some drawbacks to that though (see Cons).
• It’s refreshing and new, compared to a Mac and PC. I would recommend it for any computer enthusiast, just for the sake of exploration.
• Keyboard and mouse, although lightweight and cheap, feel good and keys respond well.
• Probably not much to worry about with viruses at this point, right?
Cons: • Wireless usage in the room next to where the router sits was ABYSMAL. In fact, it was so slow that I thought it was just the Celeron processor causing it. I performed a speed test and obtained 10 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up, so I could only assume that it was the processor. I ran a few more tests and found sporadic signal strength – even though I have many other devices sitting further away that have no problem at all. The Chromebase sat ~15 feet away from the router, albeit a partial wall was between. Plugged into Ethernet connection, it was the same speed as my PC and Mac. Testing wireless within 4 feet of the router yielded 14Mbps down and 11 Mbps up. Wired yielded 117Mbps down and 11Mbps up.
• You really need a Google account to take full advantage. Actually, you might want to skip this machine completely if you don’t want to explore that. The guest account just won’t cut it unless you just want to browse the internet. Having said that, however, this machine is great if you do have a Google account and use Google Drive, etc. I do use a Google account, so I really had fun using this machine.
• I’m not really sure how it would respond (driver-wise) to a lot of different peripherals. It’s hard to tell how many would have a driver. I plugged in a card reader and could see and play songs from a 32MB SDXC card.
• Speakers are VERY weak. You will certainly need to invest in some external speakers. Even in a very quiet room, I could barely hear a webinar on it.
• Most apps need to be accessed while online. Can be a bit of a pain…
• You are limited to Google apps, and most of them need to be accessed online. Still, there are a lot to choose from. Mostly just lightweight stuff to piddle around with. Nothing really you would use for actual “work” (again, in my opinion).
• Keyboard and mouse do feel a little light and cheap, but buttons and keys all feel really good!
Overall Review: I have mixed feelings about the Chromebase. If you just need something to look at photos and browse the web, and if you are a Google account user (or plan to be), and if you plan to plan to use this device close to the wireless source or use it wired, it would work well for you. In fact, I’d recommend it. If you are expecting something that you can install heavy-duty applications on or want to use it far from a network source, save your cash. A “touch” ultrabook or even a large tablet would be better. It really depends on what you plan to use it for and what you expect. I would say it was just about what I expected – except for the miserable wireless reception. As for the Chrome experience, I did enjoy it. I don’t like that most apps have to be accessed “online”, however. I guess if you keep this device planted, that should never matter. I almost took one more Egg off for the wireless problems. But maybe mine is a fluke and I’ll leave it at 4 Eggs.
Pros: For me, it worked right out of the box. No software install needed and I didn't even have to "sync" the modules. Just plugged both sides in and turned on the TV and it was there. It worked with my laptop in every corner of the house. From upstairs in one corner to a TV downstairs. The video got a little grainy and choppy when it was at it's furthest distance (about 40 ft, through the floor). From within the same room, it was clear at about 20-30 ft away). Picture was clear, no stutter or clarity loss.
Cons: PC and TV modules both got pretty warm. The PC module gets ultra hot. Not really a major con, but it's definitely something that could cause problems with the lifespan of the device. Also, you have to connect it to the HDMI and USB of your laptop, and it sticks out enough that you really have to be careful how you set down your laptop or move it around.
Overall Review: This is a cool little device for anyone who REALLY hates having to leave a laptop near the TV. If you don't need the laptop right on your lap, a single HDMI cable will save you the cost of this device. Might come in handy for presentations as well. Or if you have a stationary PC and don't want to move it, you could probably transmit to a TV if it is in range. For me, it's not really practical. That's the main reason for deducting one egg.
Pros: • Great BIOS interface and options. Gigabyte has been making this better and better as the years go by.
• All SATA ports are SATA 3.
• Creative Sound! – I make music with my PC as well as using it for gaming, so this was a refreshing piece of technology to include. Plus the USB DAC port is available for MIDI-in – a great bonus. Upgradeable OP-AMP for even higher-end audio is provided. Onboard gain/boost switch for pushing out amplified sound to headphones (which sounds great, by the way). Also, gold-plated connectors and high-quality Japanese capacitors for the audio really eliminates the need for a high-end audio card. The audio on this board is absolutely my favorite “pro”.
• Great looks – the red and black scheme and sleek looks would be welcome in almost any build.
• 7 USB ports built in – with 4 USB 3.0. Great for people who have a lot of peripherals (like me).
• Onboard LAN used Killer E2200 Ethernet controller. I haven’t been able to do a full speed comparison for online gaming yet, but it does seem to be faster than my previous board.
• Native support for 4K resolution and HDCP compliant. Great for using as HTPC as well (which I do).
• Onboard power and reset buttons. This is nice for testing and setting up any board. Also, the digital readout is great for troubleshooting. No problems setting up this board, however.
• Board uses high-end capacitors. Nice to see this. It shows a commitment to providing quality, not just getting a product out the door.
• Compatible with Intel’s forthcoming Broadwell processor (5th Gen Core CPU)
Cons: • I would have liked for it to have 8 SATA ports, but it is nice that all 6 onboard are SATA 3.
• Also, eSATA port on the back would have been nice. Could have nixed the DisplayPort instead. That’s really only a personal con, however. Some people running two monitors from the onboard video would want both video ports.
• Other than minor nit-picking, I can’t really find anything to complain about with this board.
Overall Review: Other thoughts: I have owned or built more than a dozen PC’s with Gigabyte motherboards in them and this is probably the best yet I have used. Only one board in the past had problems, but overall I’ve had great experiences with their boards. I’m currently running this one with 16GB RAM and 4770k CPU and performance has been great – allowing for overclocking at 4.2 Ghz. Paired with AMD 7950, this board runs everything I need. One board to do it all – HTPC, Gaming PC, and Digital Audio Workstation. This is what I had been looking for!
Pros: FL Studio is very capable. There's a reason it is the most popular DAW. Well, multiple reasons...
Simplicity - Not hard to figure out, although no DAW is easy for a beginner. FL is a great starting DAW.
Free Lifetime updates! That is incredible. That alone makes it worth having, even if you end up liking a different DAW
Price - entry-level access to begin making music at an affordable price. You should try the demo version first to see if you like it. You might want a different DAW when it comes to full recording.
The Beat editor and Piano Roll tools are great, but most other DAW's have similar loop building capabilities. It's great for learning how to arrange your music, however.
It comes with a few VST's, which is nice, and you can pick up even more with the Signature bundle.
The layout is pretty nice, although the browser is a not as clean as some other DAW's.
Cons: Since FL Studio is easy to use, it does lack some capabilities you might find in other DAW's. I've used Cubase and Ableton, and I have to say that Ableton is the best out of the three. I think FL Studio lacks that professional feel that some other DAW's have. Fortunately, if all you want to do is make music, this is a great tool to get you started. You will need at least the Producer version so that you can record directly into the arrangement (linear) view. The browser is a not as clean as some other DAW's. Ableton has a better browser area, in my opinion.
It only comes in PC format. If you're a Mac user, this isn't for you (obviously).
Overall Review: Overall, it is a great DAW. If you are curious, it's worth considering. I would suggest downloading the demo versions of this, Cubase, Ableton, or whatever you can get your hands on. Try them out one at a time for a month each and then make your decision.
Pros: Huge bass... This sub produces some deep bass and will shake your walls. I replaced a failing Sony 12 inch sub and the Polk is much louder, deeper and lower Hz. The build quality difference is night and day, also. For the price, this is a great deal. The bass response is actually tighter than I expected, also. Most subs like this allow you to adjust the frequency, and this one really has nice control over it. Auto on/off is great, although most people expect this these days too.
Cons: It won't compete with high-end subs, but it really isn't meant to. BUT, for the cost, you won't be disappointed. The only "con" I can list is that it is a little "boomy" sometimes. You need some powerful fronts to compliment this sub, or you will end up turning the volume down on it. It is large and heavy, so be prepared for it to take up some room. Not much else bad to say about it.
Overall Review: Using this with large Polk fronts and rears. Very nice addition. Just a 5.1 setup, but it is incredibly loud and clear.
Pros: This is a very sturdy cable. It is much thicker than I expected. It is a full 15 feet. I'm not sure what the "11" foot part means... The connectors appear to be gold plated. Not sure what the material is, but it looks like it is high quality. Great price.... very pleased with this item.
Cons: None that I can see yet.
Overall Review: Using in HTPC setup and routed the cable under carpet. Needed the length, and this fit the bill.
Pros: - Light
- Small footprint
- Nice design and key layout
- Keys depress with a nice depth and solid movement
- Touch pad mouse is small, but surprisingly useable
- Can turn it off when not needed
- Connects quickly on wake up or when you turn it on
- Brilliant size for HTPC – No longer need a mouse and keyboard lying around
- Very small USB transmitter
Perfect for HTPC, since you don’t have to type all that much. I'm probably going to buy another to use on my downstairs HTPC.
Cons: - Not really meant to be a full keyboard replacement. Don't expect to use this as a "work" keyboard or full-time keyboard.
- Would be nice to have a couple of Media Center keys, but not worth taking an egg away.
Overall Review: I'd definitely recommend this keyboard - for the price, size, usage... it is exactly what I wanted for HTPC. Might even be good for a tablet or "remote" laptop.
Pros: -Fast (see other thoughts)
-Fairly quiet for mechanical drive
-5 year warranty
-Western Digital quality (I've had good experiences with WD)
-Sata III (6Gb/s - but all new drives should meet this specification now)
Cons: -First SATA port I hooked it up to did not recognize it, and it's a port that I normally have a 2TB WD drive hooked up to.
-It's a bit pricey, but that comes with the territory here.
Overall Review: WD Black series is a top contender in the consumer business, so it is reasonable to be a little more costly. Also, a 5 year warranty is worth something to most people.
For data sizes larger than 1GB, ATTO Disk Benchmark averaged 164MB/s read and 153 MB/s write. This is better than all my other mechanical drives, which includes variations of WD 1TB, WD 2TB, Seagate 3TB, Samsung Spinpoint, Hitachi DeskStar - granted, most of these drives are older.
For reference, my 2TB WD that is not too old averaged 53 MB/s read and 68 MB/s write on large files. On a 1TB WD, I recorded 108 MB/s read and 98 MB/s write on large files. Also, the 2TB drive only had 26GB of free space. I'm sure that had an impact. I haven't used enough of the 3TB drive to say how fast it will be after it is more than half full.
You could get some great speeds out of this in RAID, but even as standalone storage, it's pretty good. I copied 200 GB of various data types and averaged 80MB/s write speed for smaller MP3 sized data and over 100MB/s for large videos.
Although I've only had this drive for a week, I'd definitely recommend it. I've had at least a dozen WD's over the past 10 years, and no failures that I can recall (at least not in the past 6 years). Most of mine are not the Black series, either, so it should last longer than the others!
Pros: Sounded good for about a month. Low price. That's where I got suckered.
Cons: 5 days after warranty ends, it starts failing if the volume is turned up beyond 40 (out of 70). Now have to pay the price of a new one. I'm going to ask Sony if they will honor it just 5 days after warranty, but I'm guessing they won't replace it.
Overall Review: I have always bought Sony receivers (4th one) and they have always lived forever (only my oldest one finally tanked after 20 years. Won't get refurbished one again for sure.