Date Joined: 01/16/06
Pros: Cheap speed upgrade for older laptops using HDDs.
Cons: Feels very light and is hard to believe it’s sturdy compared to standard HDD, but I had no issues with it.
Overall Review: I have a laptop running Windows 7. For some software, I was going to be forced to go to Windows 10. I didn’t want to spend for a new PC/laptop or upgrade the existing OS. It was running slow on 7, so I expected it would be worse on 10. I was moving to a SSD, and this worked perfectly so I could clone the HDD and swap hardware.
Overall Review: I have a laptop running Windows 7. For some software, I was going to be forced to go to Windows 10. I didn’t want to spend for a new PC/laptop or upgrade the existing OS. It was running slow on 7, so I expected it would be worse on 10. First step was to max the laptop’s memory. This did the job for a very reasonable price.
Pros: Affordable way to get dual/multi-monitor support. No obvious visual lag or inferior quality for most office and web-surfing applications.
Cons: Not designed for heavy video use (e.g., games), but to be fair, there's not enough juice on the USB port to support that.
Overall Review: If you have a PC/laptop with no external monitor support and don't need to game on it, this gem is a miracle worker.
My new work PC had a 255W PSU, insufficient to support a video card with dual-monitor support (thanks Dell). This baby let me regain dual-monitor by using an available USB port, and it's worked flawless.
The only "glitch" is that Windows 7 sets the primary monitor based on the order they are plugged in. So, if you unplug your main video cable, you have to reset which monitor is primary...or unplug this and wait for the OS to reset it back to normal.
Pros: Not much to say here. These are TWO 2GB MicroSD flash cards. They worked perfectly in the cell phones I got them for (be sure you format the card with the phone you buy it for to ensure it will work properly).
Cons: MicroSD cards are TINY. Easy to lose. Be careful when handling them. As you get only ONE adapter, be sure you don't lose it...there is no spare.
Overall Review: These cards work perfectly in the Samsung T401g pre-paid cell phone. The T401g will take cards up to 16GB, but Net10 tells you the the limit is 2GB. Samsung's reply is that the phone has a 16GB max capacity but anything larger than 2GB has noticeable lag time in memory performance. So, 2GB is the RECOMMENDED limit; not the absolute limit. Keep in mind that the T401g has 48Mb of internal phone memory (which can be moved/copied onto the SIM card). Photos at max resolution (1280 x 1024) are only 218Kb each. If your phone memory is blank, you can record a maximum of 55 minutes of video before you'd have to move it to the MicroSD card. MP3s can play directly from the MicroSD card, but you are limited to 50 songs per playlist. You can create 10 playlists (total of 500 songs). The T401g is not optimized as an MP3 player (need a Bluetooh headset or listen on the external speaker; there is no headphone jack). Do the math....odds are 2GB is all you'll ever use.
Pros: A basic keyboard with some useful hotkeys. I prefer messing with volume controls from the keyboard.
Cons: Finish could be better. I'd prefer all matte finish as the glossy black trim really shows fingerprints and such. While XP and Windows 7 recognizes keyboard and functions, software for this keyboard isn't included...must download separately once you find the right page on the website.
Overall Review: Logitech is the name I look for when I need keyboards and mice. So far, they've made consistently good products at a low price.
Pros: CHEAP! WORKS!
Overall Review: With 56K being an outdated standard and faxing never going past 14.4, I wonder why so many phone modems are priced over $10 in this day and age?
Pros: Your basic DVD RW drive in OEM style.
Cons: None at this time.
Overall Review: Given that Blu-Ray is the up and coming trend, I'm glad well-rated DVD drives are available on the cheap. I'm amazed how outdated tech tends to sell for high prices when nothing has improved in several years.
Pros: Simple. Basic. Cheap. What's not to like?
Cons: Feels a bit on the "cheap" side, but if I wanted a fancier mouse I would have shelled out $20 or more for one.
Pros: SLI card with dual widescreen support (22" lcd) and S-Video out for this price is nothing to sneeze at. Not "state of the art" but no slacker either. Lifetime warranty is nice too.
Cons: So big it doesn't let HDDs mount in front of it. Can be an issue if you have more than one HDD to mount as well as routing connection wires and power to the HDDs.
Overall Review: This isn't a con, but two "nVidia" cards I've had in the past both had bearing failures in the fans for the GPU heatsink. These are "fixable" issues, but they are annoying nonetheless. This card looks well made, and I hope to never have to deal with a cooling fan failure for as long as I own it. While it has a "lifetime" warranty, I'm confident that if the card is out of production when a problem happens, getting anything done under warranty might be difficult.
Pros: Well made. Heatpipe technology for cooling onboard chipsets. Able to handle active and passive cooling options.
Cons: Overkill for most people, but if you're going i7, you might as well buy a quality MB with lots of options.
Overall Review: Not really a "con" but I don't care much for the "Express Gate" feature. Thankfully it can be disabled in BIOS.
Pros: A 750 GB HDD for a few bucks more than the 650 GB HDD. Bare bones, no cables, screws, zip. Good name brand manufacturer.
Cons: OEM sometimes means you get screws and stuff, not so here, which is something you kinda expect.
Overall Review: Once you pass 500 GB, you really need to partition a HDD into more than one drive so maintenance, (like defrag) doesn't take forever. It's helpful as well since Windows sets the swap file to the size of the drive the OS is installed to. Before now, my PCs never had more than 100 GB of storage. Now I have a video editing rig with 2 750 GB HDDs....YIKES!
Pros: Excellent power unit. Quiet once power management loads. Lots of well-designed wire harnesses. Faux velvet bag included (whoop ti do). ;-) Has enough e-PCI connectors to kit out 3 SLI cards if needed.
Cons: With cables these long, thick and heavy, I can see the attraction of modular wiring systems where you only use the ones you need. Thankfully (1) my case of choice mounted the PSU on the bottom and (2) my case included a "wire storage" section with straps to secure away much of the unneeded wire so it wouldn't inhibit air flow inside the case.
Overall Review: Don't let the con dissuade you from buying this. It is very well constructed....you'll just have to struggle to secure away wire harness you don't use.
Pros: So quiet you really don't hear anything but air moving. For the price, they were worth getting.
Cons: Rubber mounts but no screws. If they break, you'd better find some leftover screws for mounting. Wiring a bit confusing (MB plugs or molex connector...either work, but no manual telling you that). The lack of included screws is the only reason I give 4 instead of 5 eggs. I'd not hesitate to buy these in the future.
Overall Review: I had bought the Vantec "stealth fan" in a prior build and was amazed how nice having a quiet fan was. These got good ratings, and I had no idea if the db rating was good or not. These fans are incredibly quiet. You hardly hear them when power management kicks in. Only real down side is the rubber mounts. They are nice, but not impervious. If you damage one, it might not hold over time. If you prefer mounting via screws, you don't get any in the box, so you have to find them somewhere else.
Pros: Item works as billed. It's spill proof and can be folded/rolled for compact storage and easy packing when cargo space is limited. When you are dealing with limited storage space, this product gets the job done.
Cons: As others say, it takes time to get used to this type of keyboard. The difference between how this works from a normal keyboard will slow your typing speed, but I hope some day this issue is resolved. While having the comfort of a normal sized keyboard, I certainly would not want to use it as my "daily driver."
Overall Review: I give this product 4 eggs because it does what it is designed to do...a keyboard that is easily packed and is plug and play. I've used it in conjunction with a travel mouse on my netbook when on the road, and it is a vast improvement over the tiny keyboard on the netbook. Its design trades performance for portability, but it's a fair deal. Don't like that? Get a cheap regular keyboard and find a way to get it into your luggage.
Pros: Great price for an 8 GB SDHC card.
Cons: None that I can attribute to Kingston's fault at this point. I gave this product three eggs because of the particular problems I had which may or may not be Kingston's fault.
Overall Review: I bought these SDHC cards for use in a VIO POV recorder. Overall, they seemed to work fine, but later I saw stuttering in recorded video. VIO states that Kingston has not been consistently reliable in their product, and they recommend using a SanDisk Extreme III SDHC card for their recorder. VIO's manual only states that the recorder needs a SDHC card rated at Class 6. This card fit the bill, but if it can't do the job, I would have been better off just getting the more expensive card from SanDisk and know the memory card was not to blame for any recording performance issues.
Pros: Beautifully crafted. Well constructed. Worked perfectly out of box. No hassle repartitioning into NTFS and FAT32 partitions.
Cons: Just short of 1 year the HDD stopped working. Light flashed blue, red, blue, red. Nothing fixed it. Possible defect in power supply cord because I took the HDD into the office (where I have an identical model for the office) and the HDD started working again with that power cord. I will try and update this review if I learn more.
Overall Review: I got lucky that the HDD failure went away long enough to recover my data before trying to repair/replace the HDD under warranty. Still, even if I get a new HDD, I may be tempted to buy a replacement unit from some other maker to be safe.
Pros: A nice little GPS if you want a cheap GPS, but you're better off spending more money on a better quality brand like Garmin.
Cons: Magellan tech support and customer service stinks. I have been through three 2200T GPS units and not one didn't have a problem. The first had a hole on the case that didn't belong there. When it got wet, the unit was shot (2200T is certified waterproof). I got a replacement 2200T from Newegg, and that one had no hole and was waterproof, but it kept loosing signal and would not get it back without turning it off by the hard switch for about 10-15 minutes. Magellan not only hesitated to do anything but wanted to charge for an in-warranty repair.
Overall Review: I now have my replacement for the first GPS and that one too has a hole that doesn't belong in the case, and I again had to fight with Magellan to have it fixed for free. For what I've spent in money alone, I could have bought a Garmin which even their refurbished models come with a 1-year factory warranty, and I've yet to hear anything negative about Garmin's support for their products or customers.