Joined on 04/27/07
Good Choice If On A Budget
Pros: Image quality as good as any at this price that I've seen. In fact, better than a few that I looked at that were quite a bit more expensive. Face detection, smile detection and blink detection. Surprisingly good glass. (Considering the whole camera costs less than an entry-level long zoom lens.) Advanced auto focus modes available. Plenty of resolution... if you're primary application is 4×6 prints or slide shows on a monitor or HDTV, the digital zoom is actually useable. Lots of preset scenes available. Auto focus seems fairly quick, but I couldn't really compare that aspect to the competition in the store.
Cons: Minor: ISO and White Balance not readily adjustable. Face/smile/blink detection not perfect... I've gotten a few shots of nothing because it paused and then snapped after the subject moved on. EVF or LCD, not both, and it defaults to LCD with no way that I can find to set it to EVF. No thread mounts for filters or extenders. Major: No cover for the LCD. It's just the soft touch-it-and-get-swirls type. It's also inset, making the peel and stick type difficult to apply. I did put one on, it doesn't fit right and has bubbles, but I'm afraid to pull it off. (Or use the squeegee that came in the package)
Overall Review: Overall, it's a really good camera for the price. I've been able to get some nice pix, and I'm still on the included alkaline cells. Time will tell if the LCD will hold up. Just don't pay 3 "Ulysses-es" and expect it to outperform one that costs 2½× as much. (Something Newegg's reviewers do with annoying regularity. "This pile of junk 3GHz CPU will only let me go to 3.6. I want 4!" Then PAY for 4, or be happy it "gave" you .6 for free!)
No Warranty Other Than The Return Period
Pros: I REALLY wanted to love this tablet. The keyboard felt nice and is in a fold up portfolio which becomes a stand that uses magnets rather than Velcro. The first couple of times I tried to set it up (it was supposed to be a gift and I'm the "family IT guy") it was quick and responsive, and I was actually considering a second one for myself! But...
Cons: The first time it did a Windows update, it never finished booting, and was stuck at a certain per cent complete. Checking the Forums, this seems to be a common problem for Windows tablets, several different brands, even the % was the same. I'm a hardware guy, not a software guy, but as a guess I'd say that there's an identity crisis of some kind; the updater isn't sure if it's a mobile device or lap-top computer and causes something to install that's incompatible. Contacting Hisgadget received a "we'll forward that to our Engineer" with no further reply, i Clever doesn't show this (or any tablet) as existing, and i Rulu (who appears to be the actual manufacturer) won't help. I was just checking the "warranty and returns" tab and there is no mention of a warranty other than the standard return period. (It was not opened before that expired.)
Overall Review: I was thinking of getting one for myself as well to use as a graphic editor and preset caller-upper for a keyboard (the musical instrument kind... I used to go by the handle "AnXRockStar" and while I'm long retired, I still like to plink around.) but I guess that I'll save my Drachmas, Kroner, and Shekels for an i Pad instead. Which is what replaced this one as the gift as well. And which the recipient liked better, even without the cool keyboard case.
Does What It's Supposed To Do
Pros: My main reason for picking this board was that I could navigate the memory QVL easier than the others that were on my short list. Otherwise, it's pretty much a parity product. Two system fan headers, nice heat sink on the regulator, the memory sticks slots are of the single side latching type so easier to install than some. It fired right up the first try and was been working flawlessly since. And the bungleware... sorry, bundleware isn't terrible. I didn't even bother with a new Windows installation, just updated drivers and stuff. (I know, I know... but I'm too lazy to copy almost a TB of pictures plus all of the other stuff, and my family won't give me the time anyway.)
Cons: Only one long PCIE slot, I'm using the on-board graphics on a '2400G so not anything that affects me, but someone may need two. The only things that affects me personally are that the fan headers are too far from the front of the case; I'm going to have to get an extension for my front fan. Also, only 4 SATA ports, which I think is normal for this class. Not a huge deal, but I'm going to have to get rid of one of my backup drives.
Overall Review: This board matches my previous experience with MSI boards. Nice and stable, no frills, solid build quality. The solder looked about the same as most... what looks like some hand touch-ups are visible but well done, and they left a film from the flux cleaner, but I've only seen one brand that doesn't. (Starts with a G. You may love them or hate them, but you can't fault their solder.) Solid "B" on that aspect. The back has a clearly marked "no standoff zone." The brackets for an aftermarket processor heat sink have to be removed for the stock heat sink, but the back plate didn't fall off when they were removed. That was the first time that I've seen that, and there's no mention in the quick-start guide. I don't overclock. Waaaaaay back in the K6 days I tried it, and it didn't make any difference in day to day tasks, so I figured it wasn't worth the stress on the components, so I can't help you there. Like another machine that I built using a '2400G, it boots and is stable in the desktop before the monitor is fully on. That's a normal LED backlit monitor, not an old CRT or something like that. -AnXRockStar
The First One Was DOA
Pros: The replacement works perfectly. My needs are simple and this is giving new life to an older machine until time to update. I took too long to install (Youth Football ended yesterday) to review the vendor, Sennow, but they took the original back and shipped the replacement without any hassle. And the replacement was a new unit, not a refurbished one like a lot of vendors would send. I'm very happy with them and would use this brand and vendor again with no reservations. I know that we're not supposed to review the vendor in this section, but in this case the two are pretty much the inseparable.
Cons: OK, the first one was DOA, but it happens. And NewEgg no longer lets me use my handle of "AnXRockStar" but that has nothing to do with this product.
Overall Review: Hard drives get a bad rap. Any other component fails and you lose a session and however long it takes to replace. Well, I did have a floppy drive fail about a million years ago and it took out the power supply which then took out the motherboard, RAM and processor, but I still had all of my data when I rebuilt. With hard drives, you lose all of your data, which can be a disaster. So a reminder of what you already know... Back up, back up, BACK UP! Oh yeah, and this drive? So far, so good. It's in a pretty pedestrian machine so I'm not going to bother with benchmarks or any such nonsense, but if that's important to you, then I probably wouldn't be able to provide useful information, anyway.
I'm Happy With It (Sort Of)
Pros: As a Soldering Iron Jockey with well over 40 years experience, I feel qualified to state that the basic construction quality is far superior to the competition. It worked out of the box with a Ryzen 5 2400G. Allowed booting from a thumb-drive for a system sans optical drives. The system was so fast that when I was timing how long it took to boot to Win10, I actually had to unplug it because I thought that it was just going to suspend. It wasn't. It was actually up and stable before the monitor synced. It's been in daily use for 6+ months and not one hiccup.
Cons: The memory QVL is a little clunky, but the info is there. I've never gotten any vendors' bungle ware; sorry, "bundle" ware to work as advertised, so not much of a con that theirs really isn't any better. But the biggest con for me is that it was for a system built for someone else. Hence the "Sort Of" in the title.
Overall Review: This is a budget board that would be up to muster in a mid-grade system. Only one system fan? 65W processor at stock and that should be plenty. Otherwise get some quiet, low speed always-on fans an live with it. Everyone uses car (or food) metaphors so I'll use an airplane one... don't gripe at Cessna because your 172 isn't as fast as a Citation. Be happy that the 172 meets or exceeds advertised performance or spend the extra on a faster model. -The Reviewer Formerly Known As "AnXRockStar"
My New Favorite Budget Case
Pros: Nice fit and finish, and the glass panel looks very nice, tempered glass for the price of plastic. The paint on mine was absolutely perfect. Obviously, beauty is in the eye and all, but it has a nice understated look with enough flash to be interesting, not gaudy like the ones that look like a prop from those ½ hour toy commercials that passed for cartoons in the 80s. (Not my imagination; that was a regulation change by the FCC.) Includes enough screws to do the job, two mechanical and two SSD. The mounting locations for the standoffs have labels for ATX, µATX and ITX. Isolating grommets for the hard drives to reduce noise, again a nice touch at this price.
Cons: No external drive bays also means no fan controller or card reader. The instructions were kind of vague, and this is the first case that I EVER needed the instructions. (The front panel pops off but it's tight. I used car stereo installation trim tools and they worked well.) Not much clearance in the PSU area, but I used an average sized 500W unit and it fit without stressing the wires. There is a rivet in the way of the bottom SSD mount. There is enough room to put some spacers between the panel and the drive, but they're not included. One of the standoffs marked for µATX would have put it under the main controller chip; the one that used to be called "north bridge." There are some passive components underneath that would've broken if I hadn't caught before installation. The right side panel is kind of thin, you may want to put some sound damping material on it.
Overall Review: Unfortunately, I was unable to complete the build at this time so i can't comment on the electrical fittings; switches, fan, etc. We're not supposed to criticize partners in reviews, but let's just say that the Dumb as Heck Logistic company that shipped one of the main components not only took two weeks to deliver from an adjacent state, but they ended up sending it to the wrong building at work, (I have parts sent to my work to thwart porch pirates) so I wasn't able to do the build on the long weekend. OK, remember, this is a budget case. If you're making a $1k+ gaming rig with water, TE or phase change cooling, spend a little more or get something bigger. Would you use store brand motor oil in a Ferrari? Same if you want to use a large PSU. I haven't used a full ATX board since the K6, but it looks a little small for that application as well, unless possibly for a built-for-purpose rig that has been measured to the mm. I've used cheap and medium priced cases over the years and I've seen worse that cost a whole lot more than this one. Great for a kid/momputer. -The reviewer formerly known as "AnXRockStar."
I usually have items that I order online shipped to my work address to thwart the carriers' efforts to leave my stuff in the rain. Problem is, 1SaleADay forgot to put MY name on the shipping label, so my item spent about two weeks playing "button-button" before it finally got to me. Don't feel too bad, what used to be the World's Largest Store (aka WLS if you're familiar with Chicago) did the same thing.