Date Joined: 04/12/03
Pros: Have bought several of these for a variety of Lexmark printers they work with. No problems.
Cons: Price per page isn't the greatest but if you have the e2xx models, you are stuck with it. Still more efficient than an inkjet.
Pros: Really pretty good before the power/mini-USB jack broke. Nice speed, touch, and OS version. Could have been the whole package.
Cons: Like most of these cheaper tablets, the quality (and importance!) of the mini-USB jack is ignored. It broke within a week. Can't help but think it's a design issue. I've owned mini-USB devices for years that I charge daily (sometimes twice daily) and have never broken them.
Overall Review: Make the USB jack stronger, and it'll be a great deal. Until then, it's just another broken idea.
Pros: It's fast enough for most everyday apps. Better than minimal GPU. Lots of choices for future processor upgrades.
Cons: Trinity is weak in comparison to Intel CPUs in x86 processing in dual-core configurations at lower clock speeds.
However, it's not too weak to get your everyday work done. Obviously - this does not need to be said - this is not a processor to be used for 3D gaming, using the integrated GPU or not.
Overall Review: I'd really like to see AMD release a $50 APU with a 4.0GHz clock speed to compete with Intel's Celeron better - get back to the days when AMD got you "better everything" for a lower price. Efficiency, withstanding.
Pros: Unbelievable CPU power and efficiency for the price. "Good enough" power for almost anything.
Cons: Naturally, at this price point, no overclocking, relatively-weak GPU, limited multi-tasking, etc. The usual low-priced Intel weak points.
Overall Review: I'm personally disappointed that AMD isn't more competitive in this price range. We need more competition to spur better products at the entry level. Trinity/Richland is just too weak in dual-core configurations without ultra-high clock speeds (and those models aren't price-competitive). Hoping for a more aggressive AMD shortly.
Pros: Really like the case; for being cheap, it's well-built, and handles two hard drives nicely.
Cons: But the packaging to ship the case in is ultimately insufficient; the metal comes bent or warped 1/3 of the time. We bought ten, and three were like this. One was completely unusable.
Overall Review: So, be cautious.
Pros: Bought a lot of these and never had to RMA one. It IS a basic board; don't put high-wattage CPU's in it, and it only hosts two (2) SATA devices. The memory options are limited to DDR3-800 & DDR3-1067, etc.
For $50 including S&H, it's a good little reliable motherboard.
Cons: It doesn't support higher-wattage CPU's, it only has two (2) SATA ports, it doesn't support higher-speed memory, it's not going to overclock much, etc. But seriously, it's $50, so that's OK.
Overall Review: Good little basic motherboard. Have bought a lot of them and never had to return one. If you know what you are buying, you will be happy with it.
Fast (if you've never had an SSD before, you really don't know fast)
Sold many, no failures
Works with SATA II or SATA III laptops/desktops
FANTASTIC included software for managing/monitoring SSD life and optimal functionality
Cons: Prices tend to fluctuate; at $100, it's my go-to drive for client builds with SSD's. At $115, there many good options from Samsung or Crucial that are just as good if not better usually for a few bucks less.
Overall Review: Intel's brand name on a SandForce controller gave it credibility and I believe it. I stick to the big three (Intel, Samsung, Crucial) on SSDs myself now because I've had a few die and it's uglier than a hard drive death in most cases. Reliability is paramount, and you will have it with this drive.
Pros: Unbelievable CPU performance, especially considering the 77W power envelope.
Unrivaled by virtually any AMD CPU in x86 performance alone except for the heaviest of multi-threaded applications.
Even faster CPU's available in same socket.
Cons: Paired graphics don't match CPU performance by a mile but in this price range, a graphics card add-on isn't likely going to affect those kind of buyers.
In the heaviest of multi-threaded applications, this can lose to similarly-priced or even cheaper AMD rivals.
Overall Review: Probably the best entry-level server CPU out there. Definitely the best balanced gaming CPU out there (assuming an add-in graphics card is part of the mix).
This was MY personal choice for my new Windows 8 rig including 8GB of DDR3 1600 and a 180GB Intel SSD. I do a lot of encoding, but also a lot of general stuff (no gaming, but 5 monitors) so after reading everything everywhere I could, I could not ignore this was likely the best "balanced" CPU out there.
Pros: This is the "darling" of Intel's budget CPU's. x86 performance is borderline-awesome with very low power consumption. It's hard to believe this much speed can be wrought out of a dual-core CPU.
Great upgrade path to Ivy Bridge and i5/i7's in general.
Cons: The graphics paired with it are abysmal - they need to be several times faster to accompany this CPU adequately. It must be used with an add-in card if you're going to game. And AMD's 4-core FX and Trinity processors can typically outrun it in heavily multi-threaded applications for a lower price (and the Trinity's have the included graphics that are far superior).
Overall Review: It's a great CPU but ultimately imbalanced. Only for pairing with an external graphics card unless you're just not going to game at all. If you want gaming on the cheap, AMD's Trinity is better performance per dollar. If money doesn't matter so much, I don't know why you just wouldn't go i5 to begin with.
This is one of those awkward CPU's that only makes sense for office PCs that need to be really quick for the cheapest money possible.
Pros: 2 Sandy Bridge cores =
1) Great instructions per clock
2) High performance per watt
3MB L2 Cache
2.7GHz Clock Speed
Great upgrade options through LGA 1155 socket
Cons: Lower graphics performance by a wide-margin to the same-priced AMD A4-3400.
Overall Review: At the $65 mark, Intel's direct competition here is AMD's A4-3400, which features much better graphics with significantly worst CPU performance.
It's easy to decide which path to go - if this is for someone who will never upgrade the computer during it's life, go AMD. The base x86 and graphics performance is adequate. If upgrades are in the foreseeable future, the Intel path is better both ways.
Pros: I have bought and sold fifty (50) or more of these. Great case/power supply combinations for basic builds. As long as you aren't adding any significant add-on cards (like an external graphics card) or additional hard drives, the power supply is adequate, and the case itself quite functional.
Cons: Comes with a junk, rear 80mm fan. I wish they would just discount the case $0.50 and leave out the fan. I've thrown away fifty (50) of those things because they don't last but a few months from my experience.
The included power supply is not for anything beyond basic dual core CPUs and integrated graphics with a single hard drive.
Overall Review: Great basic case/power supply combination. You can also jump up - for about $10 more - to the combination that includes HEC's 585W instead of the 400W. Good for a basic (but only basic) add-in graphics card situation. Great luck with both sets in their proper contexts.
Pros: I've bought and sold several of these. They are plenty fast for the basics, and the integrated graphics is Intel HD 3000 or better level performance.
If you're tight on a budget, I'd spring for a budget SSD over a faster processor than this for most clients (just speaking from experience here).
Cons: Not even Sandy Bridge Celeron level CPU performance. Again, this doesn't matter unless you're doing some CPU-intensive stuff on a budget, and I've found that is rare.
Major con to this platform is really the socket - FM1 is a dead platform now. I now stick to the AMD Trinity's or Intel's Celerons if only because the socket is not obsolete. Limited upgrade path.
Overall Review: If my client is strapped to the bone for cash, this is my go-to chip. For $42 now, it's within $2 of a single-core Sempron or Celeron, and it will kick those CPU's to the curb. The integrated graphics - despite what the reviews tell you - is fine for basic gaming because anybody with this little money isn't going to have bigger than a 19" screen anyway. Low res is fine there.
Pros: Have bought and sold five (5) of these.
They are fast enough for 99% of people.
On sale, they are the best deal out there ($95 or sometimes even cheaper).
3.6GHz stock clock, unlocked
Cons: We all know that IPC and PPW isn't great against Intel, but again - for the price - the performance is within reason.
Overall Review: Overall, a flawed but fine CPU. It's between Intel's Pentium and i3's in overall performance. and it's priced accordingly. Unlocked multiplier means if you want more performance, it's there for taking (assuming your power supply and cooling solution is up to the task).
Pros: Anybody who reads these reviews already knows the differences between Intel and AMD right now. IPC and PPW isn't great for AMD, but it's much more acceptable with Vishera, and this $140 CPU is AMD's sweet spot for the time being.
3.5GHz clock frequency unlocked
Between an i3 and an i5 in most performance metrics at stock speeds
Heatsink has a pretty red fan (seriously, my wife was all into it - she works with me in our shop)
Cons: Like we all know, high power usage and low IPC in comparison to Intel. But for $140, it's price is right where it should be in relation to its performance.
Overall Review: It's for my side-project encoding machine for customers. Does a good job for that. Have sold two (2) others to customers, it's more speed than they will likely ever need.
Pros: WEI Scores: CPU 6.0, Memory 5.5, both Graphic scores: 6.6, HDD Score: 5.9
Similar to the 2.4GHz Sandy Bridge Celerons we regularly use in CPU speed, a little lower in memory speed, way higher in both graphics metrics, HDD metric the same (naturally).
Cons: Having to run a 1GHz+ higher to match the CPU speed of a Celeron means AMD still has a lot of IPC work to do.
However, the graphics core is fantastic, and the price is totally reasonable all things considered.
Overall Review: My new go-to chip for basic builds. Can do all the basics, and even basic gaming/video tasks sufficiently. No glaring weak points here.
Pros: I buy a lot of these and their competitor Celerons from Intel. Like them both, really, but I find these to be better-balanced with the better built-in graphics (assuming you only want to upgrade mildly or not at all in the future). However, if someone wants a better upgrade path in the future, I go with the Celeron, because their CPU choice for the future is so much better.
Cons: Built-in graphics on this chip really aren't any better than Intel's 3000, but there is generally better driver support and I personally think image quality. A great balanced budget chip. Plus, the dual graphics that both chips offer at this price level is awesome.
Overall Review: A great budget chip. We use them in both home and office basic computers. And if the kiddies want to play the occasional previous-generation game, or current generation game with everything turned down, it's do-able. That's a lot better than it used to be for sure!
Pros: Bought several dozen of these over the years and not one failure to my knowledge. All were low power, basic computers, however. I don't think any of them had separate video cards and/or more than one hard drive.
Cons: Naturally, it's not for high-end systems. Naturally, 585W is an exaggeration. Naturally, for the price, it's a decent low-end unit.
Overall Review: As long as you know what you're getting it for, it will do the job just fine.
Pros: Bought a few of these - two have failed.
For pros, it rarely jams and duplexing is quick.
Cons: Bad part is that two have died and one just "error lights" constantly (as you have read on other reviews). I have to open and close the front door several times a day for no reason other than to clear the error light and print. I've replaced the toner three times over its life and the drum once and it still behaves the same way.
Overall Review: Naturally, I'm replacing this printer when printers in general go on sale again. Can't keep dealing with this forever.
Pros: I've purchased a couple dozen of these. Had one bad one. Overall, great laptops.
Cons: None. Seriously, for a bulk-produced laptop, it's amazing.
Overall Review: The ENTIRE bottom opens up so you can work on virtually anything in the laptop. It's fantastic.
Pros: Have bought over two dozen of these. Great, fast machines. Aluminum wrist rest and and screen cover. 7200RPM HDD and 4GB of memory out of the box means adequate performance without upgrades.
Cons: Naturally, lots of bloatware including trial programs, trial Anti-Viruses, unnecessary management software (for most people), etc. Takes a good hour every time to get updates installed and the junk software uninstalled.
Overall Review: My defacto laptop for clients. Very good performance for the money and has that professional look and feel.
Pros: Though it took a self-upgrade to an SSD to see the best in performance from this laptop, it is a capable laptop. Keyboard and touchpad don't interfere with each other and both are comfortable for long sessions of typing. Like the desktop-spacing of the keys.
Cons: Needs a memory upgrade out of the box for decent performance (no big deal, $15 here on the Egg). I also took it to an SSD like I said above for maximum performance. Touchpad isn't immediately responsive out of sleep even though the display and keyboard are. Once active, it works without a problem. CPU isn't Sandy Bridge but I don't think it's holding the performance back with the low memory and 5400RPM hard drive is coming out of the box.
Overall Review: Battery life is good as well. I'm an IT manager and technician who puts in significant hours per week with this laptop. It's been an asset for nearly a year now. Recommended.
Pros: Bought about ten of these for use in both new and older SATA II desktop and laptops. Significant performance upgrade for each platform. Very affordable per GB and just in general. Haven't had one fail yet.
Cons: It's not SATA III and has limited performance in comparison to those newer SSDs. Not for top of the line performance. For the price, however, what can you expect?
Overall Review: Don't hesitate for a SATA II computer; it's the best deal around for that purpose.
Pros: All the basics and never had a bad one. Probably 25 of them in the past year. Can accommodate any Sandy Bridge Intel CPU which is great.
Cons: Naturally, no RAID or other advanced features for this price on an Intel motherboard. Can't overclock either.
Overall Review: My staple motherboard for basic Intel builds.
Pros: Bought several of these for entry level server builds. Great case for up to five hard drives. Great cooling options. Feels solid and looks serious.
Cons: Larger than most mid-towers. Not necessarily a bad thing, but there's quite a few desks this tower won't fit under or inside of.
Overall Review: I'll keep on buying these as long as they are available.
Pros: Used of these for a family build. Great performance for everything they do and versatile enough for virtually any task. Can add a graphics card for additional power later. TDP is unbeatable considering the combination CPU and GPU performance.
Cons: Unique socket that doesn't really have any upgrades available for a better CPU.
Overall Review: The perfect home PC CPU/GPU combination (hence, the APU).