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1. Linksys WUSB11 Wireless-B USB
$39.61 list($49.99)
2. Creative Labs WebCam Live!
$54.99 $35.00 list($79.99)
3. Linksys BEFSR41 EtherFast Cable/DSL
$25.99 $23.50 list($49.99)
4. Linksys EZXS55W EtherFast 10/100
$65.99 list()
5. Creative Webcam Live! Pro - 73VF008000000
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6. Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback
$39.99 $34.99 list($59.99)
7. Linksys WPC11 Wireless-B Notebook
Too low to display list($499.99)
8. Sony SDM-HS73/W Flat Panel 17"
$118.99 $115.60 list($220.99)
9. Linksys WPS11 Wireless-B Print
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10. Belkin 54g Wireless DSL/Cable
$63.57 list($79.99)
11. Saitek J24C X45 Flight Control
$142.99 $110.00 list($199.99)
12. Iomega 31653 Zip 250 MB USB-Powered
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13. Linksys WAP11 Wireless-B Network
$479.99 $449.99 list()
14. Viewsonic G220FB 21" CRT Monitor
$469.94 $454.22 list($549.99)
15. Viewsonic G220F 21" CRT Monitor
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16. Logitech Cordless Optical Wheel
$71.85
17. WesternDigital 120GB RETAIL BOX
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18. Targus PA055U 4 Port Ultra Mini
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19. Adaptec 1890600 Fireconnect 4300
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20. Microsoft Sidewinder Precision

1. Linksys WUSB11 Wireless-B USB Network Adapter
list price: $59.99
our price: $39.99
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Asin: B00005AW1H
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 187
Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

If good things come in small packages, the WUSB11 from Linksys makes a great addition to a wireless network. Measuring about the size of a deck of cards and weighing just shy of three ounces, this little device fits nearly anywhere and is easily stowed in a notebook computer case. Simple USB connectivity makes it compatible with any modern PC, and also makes it easy to swap from one computer to another.

Provided you already have a wireless router or Internet gateway set up, installing the WUSB11 is a snap. We plugged it into a USB port on a test PC, executed the installation program on the included PC, and once the system rebooted we were connected to the network without being tethered to any wires. The unit draws its power directly from the USB port, leaving users with one less cord to lug around and one less device to plug into a wall outlet. We tested the device on a PC located 40 feet laterally and one floor above the wireless router and didn't even need to extend the tiny antenna to get good reception. Should you need to use the antenna, it extends at either 90 degrees or 180 degrees, meaning it will work whether the unit is sitting flat on a desk or mounted vertically on a wall using the included Velcro strips.

Performance was impressive. As an 802.11b product the WUSB11 supports a maximum speed of 11 Mbps and real-world speeds hovered around that mark in our tests. The signal was strong and consistent, making it great for gaming or transferring large files without worrying about a disconnect halfway through. There are only two indicator lights on the unit itself that tell you it's working--a power light and another light that blinks when data is transmitting--but the included software tools allow for a much more detailed picture. Using these utilities we were able to keep an eye on the signal strength (it never dipped below 95 percent), configure the built-in encryption settings, and perform other security and monitoring tasks.

The device is designed to fall back to lower speeds instead of cutting off transmissions completely when it reaches the limits of its range or experiences signal problems. In a normal-size home you should have no trouble maintaining the 11 Mbps signal, but if you wander outdoors with a notebook or are plagued by signal interference, overall transmission speed can step down to 5.5 Mbps, 2 Mbps, or even 1 Mbps depending on conditions. Even at the lowest speed the device is fast enough for speedy Internet browsing (most users won't see any slowdown at all in that area, even for downloads), although transferring files across the network is painfully slow at the lower speeds.

No matter what, if you plan mainly to transfer large files over your network you'll probably want the extra speed 802.11a or 802.11g devices offer. Of course, you'll also have to absorb the extra cost associated with those products. The WUSB11 is a fantastic 802.11b device for the money, working perfectly straight out of the box, and its low weight and small size make it a viable alternative to a PCMCIA wireless network card for notebook users. Just make sure the computer you want to connect it to doesn't use Windows 95 or NT, as the unit is incompatible with those two operating systems. --T. Byrl Baker

Pros:

  • Simple installation and configuration
  • Mounts either horizontally or vertically
  • Included software provides useful details without overwhelming users with minutia
Cons:
  • So light that the weight of the USB cord can pull it off a desk
  • Maximum 11 Mbps transmission speed may be too slow for some users
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Features

  • Connects desktop or laptop computers to your wireless network
  • High-speed transfer rate of up to 11 Mbps
  • Operating range of up to 300 feet indoors and 1,500 feet outdoors
  • Compatible with Windows 98 SE, Me, and 2000
  • Easy plug-and-play installation

Reviews (234)

5-0 out of 5 stars Just like in the Movies
Ever see a movie where everything works just like it should? No rebooting when the hero tried to go online with the alien motherships's mainframe? Just connected right away....

Well, here's a device that works just like that. I received this Wireless adapter, along with a Linksys BEFW11S4 Router (See my review and setup for that item) for Christmas. While I may have some issues setting up the router, this Wireless adapter worked right out of the box.

I installed the software, plugged it into my daughter's computer in the kitchen and, Boom, it found the wireless router upstairs in my office. I set up Internet Explorer to use the LAN and she was up and surfing in no time. She is getting about 5mbps in the kitchen when connected to the router upstairs and across the house.

I've got to say this was a great gift, and easy to set up.

4-0 out of 5 stars This network adapter works as advertised...
I purchased this to work with the BEFW11S4 Wireless Access Point & Cable/DSL Router w/4 Port Switch. It was very easy to install. Simply plug in this usb device, install the included software, type in the necessary info in the config window, and you're set! I gave it only 4 stars instead of 5 because I was not able to get the full 11mbps speed. I got at the most 3.5mpbs speed, and that's when I was only directly upstairs, approximately 20 feet away. Actually I'm not sure if the result was because of this, or the access point. But it does advertise 11mbps at 100ft indoors. I don't transfer files back and forth much between my desktop and server, so it's not too big of a deal. A plus is that there is no latency when I'm on the wireless network.

3-0 out of 5 stars Old Tech required for Tivo
I was forced to buy this thing because Tivo is too cheap to make a box that can use 80211G. Adding a 80211B to your network forces the wireless hub to work at B speed. For you techno-whizzes, you can set up separate networks, but for plug and play people, this thing is a square peg in a round hole.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not enough power?
I got a couple of these along with a Linksys router. It was a bit of a pain to get everything going - more than I expected. But it all seemed to work OK. But over time, one of my machines consistently had slow internet response. I checked and was getting dropped packets. The that worked OK was one room away through a wallboard and 2x4's wall - about 10 feet. The one that didn't work was a couple walls and a plywood floor away - about 18 feet. I finally replaced it with a PCI-based card which is working fine. I can only guess that the USB-powered WUSB11 just doesn't have enough power. It was unacceptable at a pretty short distance. I'm continuing to use the other one OK.

3-0 out of 5 stars Quirky - but they all are...
I have three different types of wireless adapters - two by Linksys and one by Netgear. None of them are perfect but if all is right with the world and your computer, this one is relatively easy to install and usually works well signal-wise, particularly with a booster on your router (bought the Linksys booster for their wireless router and there was a huge improvement with all of these devices).

Take note of the installation procedures since each OS has different steps to follow. On a few computers, the software doesn't seem to install but actually does. And once in a while, Windows decides it doesn't recognize it and you might have to go through the whole installation again if unplugging it and plugging it back in doesn't work. As I said, quirky, but they all are. ... Read more


2. Creative Labs WebCam Live!
list price: $49.99
our price: $39.61
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Asin: B0002UE9WI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 335
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Features

  • 640 x 480 CMOS sensor delivers high quality videos
  • Still image capture at up to 1024 x 768 resolution (software enhanced)
  • Dedicated microphone for superior audio
  • Snapshot button makes it easy to take a photo
  • Works with Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, MNS Messenger, Windows Messenger, and other instant messenger services

3. Linksys BEFSR41 EtherFast Cable/DSL Router with 4-Port 10/100 Switch
list price: $79.99
our price: $54.99
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Asin: B00004SB92
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 669
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Linksys EtherFast cable/DSL router connects multiple PCs to a high-speed broadband Internet connection or to an Ethernet backbone. Configurable as a DHCP server, the EtherFast router acts as the only externally recognized Internet device on your local area network (LAN). The router can also be configured to block internal users' access to the Internet. A typical router relies on a hub or a switch to share its Internet connection, but the Linksys EtherFast router channels this connection through the full-duplex speed of its built-in EtherFast 10/100 four-port switch. This combination of router and switch technology eliminates the need to buy an additional hub or switch and serves your network as a completely dedicated, full-duplex backbone. Now your entire network can enjoy broadband Internet connections supported by its switched backbone. This unit requires an external cable or DSL modem with an Ethernet RJ-45 interface. This product comes with a one-year warranty.

Note: All Linksys routers now include a special edition of Norton Internet Security! Claim your free CD-ROM by calling (800) 814-0180, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific, seven days a week. ... Read more

Features

  • Connects four PCs to the Internet using a single IP address
  • Built-in 4-Port 10/100 switch for sharing broadband
  • Securely connect from your home office to the corporate network via VPN
  • Includes DHCP server or client and supports PPPoE
  • Configurable via Web browser

Reviews (1018)

5-0 out of 5 stars My PC and my Mac now share high-speed Internet access!
We have a PC upstairs, which is our primary computer, and a Mac downstairs in the tv room. I wanted both to be able to share our broadband Internet service. I looked at several routers, both wired and wireless. It came down to the Linksys (wired version) and SMC Barricade Wireless. I kept coming back to Linksys because a friend owns one and raves about it.

Besides the fact that it looks really cool, it almost took me longer to get it out of the box than it did to set it up. No kidding! Using the QuickStart guide, I was up and running in less than ten minutes. You hook up the necessary cables, restart your computer, log-in to the Linksys website to configure your router, restart your computer again, and you're good to go.

I wasn't as optimistic about setting up my Power Mac G3. However, I was pleasantly surprised and it took me all of about five minutes before I was doing some high-speed surfing on that machine as well. Fortunately, my Mac has an Ethernet port so it was just a matter of attaching the CAT-5 cable from there to the Linksys and setting the TCP/IP control panel to the Ethernet and DHCP options. I saved my configuration, opened up my browser and spent the next two hours high-speed surfing with no problems.

I have no problem recommending the Linksys, especially for its ease of setup on a PC and Mac network. While I would have preferred a wireless setup, they've received mixed reviews and I was concerned about Mac compatibility. After seeing how well my Mac performs with this Linksys, I'm ready to make ours a wired household!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, reliable, and replaces PacBell client software
I first started looking for a router in part to share a connection at home but also because the PacBell (SBC) client software (Enternet) would periodically cause my machine to reboot. PacBell technical support is a total waste of breath, so I decided that anything that eliminated their client would be worth a try!

I first tried the 1-port version of the same product but had a lot of problems. It arrived with an old version of the ROM (1.30), but even after a (painful) upgrade to a later version, the router would periodically "go to sleep" for several minutes for no apparent reason, with not even the admin server responding. I returned it and decided to try the 4-port instead, and have been delighted ever since. A minimum of configuration (PacBell ADSL requires certain parameters including PPPoE configuration) and it has been up and running continuously for several weeks now. The Keep Alive option means that I get instant response even when I have been offline for a few hours, and best of all - no more reboots due to crummy PacBell software!

One caution, however: if you do need to call LinkSys, be prepared for a long wait on hold, before you get to talk to an admittedly well-informed and helpful techie.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great router and switch
This is a terrific product. I am using it with an ADSL connection and have extended my network with another Linksys switch (EZXS55W) via the uplink ports. I also purchased the Zone Alarm Pro software which works in conjunction with the BEFSR41 (it's a package deal between Zone Alarm and Linksys and is cheaper than buying Zone Alarm Pro separately). It all works like a charm and I have full speed simultaneous internet on each computer in the house plus full firewall protection through the combination of the NAT (Network Address Translator) in the router and the Zone Alarm software firewall.

I have had this router now for 12 months and am currently running three desktop computers, a laptop (occasionally) and a print server from it.

One setup thing to note is that it is worth selecting the "Keep Alive" option and the router automatically pings the ADSL provider every 30 seconds or whatever setting you have given it. The other thing to note is that if you connect another switch (as I have) through the uplink ports they need to be connected with a crossover cable.

5-0 out of 5 stars I am running 7 PCs on it, with no problems.
I have been running seven PCs on this, using an extra four port switch to expand it...
It has been running nicely. It has been a faithful servant for over a year....I had to futz with it a bit a while ago because of some interference problem that ended when I moved it away from the huge monitor I have.
If you don't what to learn how to set up a router, then give away all your computers because you don't want to learn anything about them. Like everything worth while, it takes a bit of work on your part to be successful.

5-0 out of 5 stars For the home network, this is first-rate!
I've had this router for a bit over 2 years now, and have had no problems with it at all; and only 3 occasions to power-cycle the router during problem isolation procedures for what were actually DSL modem issues.

If you want to go wireless in your home or small office, simply add a Linksys WAP11 Wireless-B Network Access Point or a Linksys WAP55AG Dual-Band Wireless A+G Access Point (or even both) to provide connectivity for your wireless-enabled devices. The major benefit then being that you have the ability to selectively disable wireless access to your network and ISP without disrupting your "hardwire traffic."
(Enable MAC Address Filtering and WEP 128bit encryption; and don't leave the WAP connected to the network when you're away from the house.)

Of course, the switch is auto-sensing and as fast as one would expect from such gear. There are no compatibility issues with 10Base-T/100Base-T network adapter brands--use what works with your particular Operating System and hardware combination.
You can expand to accomodate more hard-wired computers by adding a Linksys EZXS88W EtherFast 10/100 8-Port Workgroup Switch, plugging in those extra machines and getting right back to work or play. ... Read more


4. Linksys EZXS55W EtherFast 10/100 5-Port Workgroup Switch
list price: $49.99
our price: $25.99
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Asin: B00003006E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 1379
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The EtherFast 10/100 5-Port Switch provides an easy and flexible way to boost your network's performance while migrating to the power of Fast Ethernet. It is designed to meet the needs of small businesses, medium-size businesses, and small-office/home-office networks, and it allows you to run high-end video, multimedia, and other speed-intensive applications at blistering speeds.

With support for half- and full-duplex speeds, the switches allow your network to run at 10 Mbps, 20 Mbps, 100 Mbps, and an incredible 200 Mbps, which provides a cost-effective solution if you ever decide to upgrade your Ethernet network. The EtherFast 10/100 5-Port Switch eliminates data bottlenecks and bandwidth constraints, optimizing network performance while protecting your investment in your existing infrastructure. By migrating your entire network to 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet with the EtherFast 10/100 5-Port Switch, you will have the power to double your network's performance with dedicated, full-duplex bandwidth on every port. ... Read more

Features

  • 10/100 dual-speed per-port auto sensing
  • Perfect for optimizing 10-BaseT and 100-BaseTX hardware on the same network
  • Uplink port for easy expansion and maximum scalability
  • Reach speeds of up to 200 Mbps in full-duplex operation
  • Eliminate bandwidth constraints and clear up bottlenecks

Reviews (49)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best bang for the buck
First off, in case anyone out there doesn't know, there are a few advantages to purchasing a switch rather than a hub. The main advantage, for most users anyway, is that a switch provides optimal bandwidth to all ports, whereas a hub splits available bandwidth between all active users. This means that if you are sharing a cable modem for example with others in a house/office building, connection speed will not be reduced when multiple users connected to the switch are online.

Now, as for this little baby, as soon as I saw the price I grabbed it instantly. The Linksys name had been mentioned to me favorably before, and the going price was within a few dollars of most 5-port hubs. I have been using it for 5 months now to share the cable modem in my apartment, and I can honestly say I have never had a single difficulty. Setup was quick and easy, I was online in less than 5 minutes. The whole device is smaller than most alarm clocks, so storage is hardly an issue. Overall, this is a best buy hands down, anyone out there who needs inexpensive networking equipment, this is the way to go.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the money!
Thinking of setting up a network? Wish yours would run faster? If so, this is the product for you. Installation is simple. If you can plug a network card into your pci slot you can have your network up and running in minutes. (If you dont know how to plug in a network card, it will take about 5 extra minutes) Anyway, Don't buy a hub. A switch is full duplex meaning it can send and recieve data at the same time. Also with a hub, all ports share the bandwith. ie a 5 port 100m hub w/ all five ports being used = 20m per port. while a switch runs 100m per port, reguardless of how many ports are being used.. And in full duplex mode 200m per port. Also if your looking for computer y on a hub, it must check each port until computer y is found. This switch will know that computer y is on port 4, so you will go right to it, and save time. all n all a great product, as are all linksys products...

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Little Switch - Does What it's Designed For!
This switch does exactly what it's designed for, sharing an Ethernet connnection. Don't expect to be able to configure VLANs, multilayer switching, VLAN trunks, load balancing, etc. This does not have any routing, NAT, or firewall capabilities. You would use this switch when you already have a router between your internal network and the Internet, and you need additional Ethernet ports. This gives you a full duplex Ethernet connection at wired speed, and it delivers! Perfect for the home office/LAN or for technicians needing extra Etherenet ports for their workbench, as this is what I use mine for. Thanks for reading! Hope this helps!

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect little unit
I had been using a Linksys router for a few years before buying this switch. Then I changed to a new DSL provider (Frontiernet) whose modem is also a router, so I picked up this switch to split my connection to various computers in my home (having two routers on Frontiernet caused problems with TCP port forwarding). First, I was surprised by the compact size of the switch. I hooked it up and it was good to go - a slick connection and no messing around. It is a perfect companion to the Speedstream 5200 DSL modem, and probably many others.

4-0 out of 5 stars great with xbox linked gaming
many people use this to connect there computers well if you own an xbox you can use it to link 4 xboxs without the need to connect to the internet with live making you spend 60 bucks instead buy this link. it lost one star for eing very bulky. ... Read more


5. Creative Webcam Live! Pro - 73VF008000000

our price: $65.99
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Asin: B00067KT94
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 5110
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6. Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 Joystick
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B00005NIMB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 6558
Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 16 programmable functions; 8 buttons plus 8-direction hat
  • Rotating handle gives precise rudder control
  • 16-bit 25-MHz on-board processor delivers 100 different forces
  • Save and download programmed game commands into game-specific controller profiles
  • USB connection for plug-and-play ease

Reviews (38)

4-0 out of 5 stars Very nice force feedback joystick
If you're a (flight) simulator fan, this joystick is really worth the money. It is well built with a nice feel and feedback effects.

When I was shopping for force feedback joysticks I was torn between this and the Logitech "3D" model. I have to admit, the Logic had a nicer design. The stick itself had a slightly better feel and the throw on the throttle control was longer and more precise. However, I decided to go with the Microsoft model because of the positive experience I've had with their force feedback steering wheel. Just like the wheel, the construction on the joystick is very solid. I expect this will stand up to a lot of abuse.

This stick is not without it's drawbacks. First, the throttle control is a bit small. I would like something a bit bigger and with a bit more resitance. Second, the force feedback is only activated when you are fully grasping the stick. This is actually a neat feature, but can be annoying when you don't feel like "properly" holding the stick.

3-0 out of 5 stars NOT AS GREAT AS IT SEEMS!!!
I purchased the "Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 Joystick" primarily for "Flight Simulator 2002 Profesional" and "Combat Flight Simulator 2". I went with Microsoft because I figured since they are the ones that designed the games, then their joystick is probably the most compatible with their games.

Some of the nice features of this joystick are the 16 programmable functions, and the rotating handle for precise rudder control. I also liked the fact that it is quite heavy in weight, allowing it to stay firmly on the desk as I maneuver the joystick around during gameplay.

Now for the bad features of this joystick. You have to fully grip the joystick in order to enjoy the force feedback feature. This can get tiring when you'd like to sit back and cruise at high altitudes. You would not need the force feedback feature when you are cruising at high altitudes anyway, but here is where the problem starts. I usually let go of the joystick and hold it lightly at the base to keep the aircraft centered. Apparently, there is a sensor in the joystick, and if it does not sense your hand fully grasping the stick, it lags over to one side (usually down, and to the left). This causes the aircraft to suddenly plummet out of the sky, drastically going off course. It is easy to recover with the smaller aircraft, however when you're using the 777 or 747, it gets really annoying!

If you have the auto-pilot engaged, the stick will lag over to one side. There is a button on the joystick which allows you to change your views (such as viewing the aircraft from the outside). If you reach over to change your views, the joystick senses your hand, the force feedback suddenly kicks in, and the joystick goes crazy for a couple of seconds by jumping to the left and the right. This causes the auto-pilot to kick off, and once again the aircraft plummets out of the sky!

I have learned to tap the "view" button very lightly, so the force feedback does not trigger. Another annoying thing is the fact that the throttle control is very small, and has absolutely no resistance. It is very difficult to set your throttle without accidentally giving too much or too little. These minute things can get very annoying during the gameplay. I was very eager to return this joystick and buy the "Logitech Wingman 3D", however there are mixed reviews for the Logitech as well. I guess there can never be a perfect joystick!

5-0 out of 5 stars in love
i am EXTREMELY happy with this joystick.
im a fan of the MechWarrior series, and i find this joystick is perfect for it. it has a throttle control which i love, a heavy base so i find i could concentrate on what im shooting rather than keeping it steady, the force feedback system works very well, and the detection system is a nice touch. it also centers itself with the FF, so im also find im not trying to keep it straight.
since im play online games with it, im constantly letting go of the joystick so i could type. when i let go the FF deactivates so i dont start running all over and get myself in trouble, i stay on a straight course.
theres also an ample amount of buttons on it, so you wont have to bind commands onto your keyboard. going to MechWarrior, there are lots of commands as its futuristic fighting machines. i have a use for every button on it.
i love this joystick, and ive always been a huge fan of Microsoft Sidewinder joysticks, and this is no exception. although ive never used it for anything other than MechWarrior, im sure it would be good for other types of games since its a solid build that when you let go, it stays where it is.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
This is the greatest joystick that was ever made. It has provided great flying entertainment, and I would never give mine up! I don't know why Microsoft discontinued it, but they'll need a great reason to satisfy the millions of gamers who have loved this great joystick. BUY ONE WHILE THEY'RE STILL AVAILABLE!

5-0 out of 5 stars A good value
I purchased the MS Force Feedback after a Logitech product of mine failed. I was happy with this stick seconds after installation! MS CFSII was a wholly different experience with force feedback. I cannot imagine playing any flight sim without force feedback. This is a good choice for anyone looking for a good product without spending a bunch of money on some of the costlier stuff I've seen out there. ... Read more


7. Linksys WPC11 Wireless-B Notebook Adapter
list price: $59.99
our price: $39.99
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Asin: B000056SSM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 639
Average Customer Review: 3.05 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Whether you're at your desk or in the boardroom, the Linksys InstantWireless network PC Card allows you to share printers, files, and more anywherewithin your wireless LAN infrastructure, increasing your productivity andkeeping you in touch.

The Instant Wireless card gives you the freedom to work your way, from where youwant--letting you take full advantage of your notebook PC's portability whileproviding you with access to all your network resources. A high-powered built-inDiversity antenna means that you're covered--at a distance of up to 150 meters(492 feet) inside and 500 meters (1,640 feet) outside. And since it occupiesonly one Type II PCMCIA slot, you're free to use your other slots for additionalaccessories. ... Read more

Features

  • 11 Mbps high-speed transfer rate
  • Advanced Power Management features conserve valuable notebook PC battery life
  • Compatible with Windows Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP
  • Rugged metal design with integrated antenna
  • Works with all standard Internet applications

Reviews (393)

4-0 out of 5 stars A good wireless card, once you are past its setup
I telecommute full-time from home and decided to get wireless network gear to allow me to work from anywhere in my house. Based on my previous good experiences with their other products, I decided on a Linksys setup. Setting up the Linksys wireless router was a snap, but unfortunately this "matching" PCMCIA card was not nearly as easy to get working.

Windows ME:

My first few installation attempts were on WinME. The driver installer, on the provided Linksys CD, had problems locating the necessary files it needed to install. The CD was either missing files or the installer was looking in the incorrect folders. Either way, pretty sloppy. Downloading the latest drivers from linksys.com fixed the installation problems. However, I was unable to get the card to make the wireless link with the access point.

Windows 2000:

Frustrated, I switched to the OS I should have installed it on in the first place, Win2k, where the drivers installed with no problems. However, again the card was unable to link with the router.

User Manual:

The manual supplied with the card, at first glance, looks promising. Flipping through, you see quite a few screenshots of their configuration utility (supplied on the CD) and a lot of text. However, I was disappointed and confused once I dug in. The text did little more than label the different configuration utility views and properties in each screenshot, providing little or no explanation for what the setting does and why. I could not even locate an explanation for what the LED's on the PCMCIA card indicated.

The most frustrating aspect of the user manual was the section I needed the most: troubleshooting. The troubleshooting section was a whopping two pages (not front and back) and consisted of three questions.

Linksys Technical Support:

Linksys has 7-day tech support, so I was able to contact them on a Sunday, which was nice. The quality of their technicians is what you would expect - good and bad. I first spoke with a guy for 30 minutes who was little help and, as I later found out, actually gave me some incorrect information. I called back later and managed to get a hold of one helpful technician that took literally 2 minutes to determine the problem and step me through fixing it. I also asked a few basic questions that the manual couldn't answer and the technician acknowledged that the user manual was "embarrassing" and "missing critical setup information".

Summary:

The card works great! While the router sits in my basement, I tote my laptop around the house and am able to work in the living room, back patio, on the 2nd story, etc, and the download/upload speeds are as fast as my desktop, which is cabled directly to the router. Despite the problems I had, I would still recommend the card. If you have trouble configuring it, I would seriously advise skipping the manual and just calling Linksys tech support.

2-0 out of 5 stars Reoccurring annoying problem
I purchased this card about 6 months ago. I had no difficulties setting it up, but on the other hand I have a lot of computer experience. However, I believe that even with limited computer experience one can set this card up pretty easily. Windows installers are rather self-explanatory nowadays, and LinkSys' installation guide is decent.

Even post-install the card works pretty well. However, I have been having a problem with the card occasionally not being able to connect to my LinkSys wireless router. This happens once every 5-6 laptops start-ups/stand-by resumes. Once I go into card properties and change the Transmit Speed, from say 'Full Auto' to '11MB' it finds the router and all is well. But this keeps happening over and over again. It becomes very annoying after a month or two. I am using the card with a Toshiba Tecra 8100 laptop, running Win2k, with all the latest patches, etc. The card driver is the newest available.

With the on-network/off-network problem regularly coming up and annoying me, I would not purchase this card again. However, I don't know whether other brands like D-Link would work any better, but just maybe it would. So try other brands instead, especially if you have a Toshiba Tecra 8100.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Easiest Thing to Network Your Home
I originally purchased this LinkSys Wireless Network Card about 6 months ago. I had a terrible time setting it up in my apartment and couldn't get more than about 3 feet of range from it. I was having terrible problems with my wireless phone as well with the phone constantly channel surfing to get reception.

I have since then, purchased a new home and suddenly I find myself more than 75 feet away, 5 walls, and a whole floor away from my access point, and yet I am writing this review happily on my laptop via the LinkSys wireless network PC card. I can wander around the entire house surfing the internet with my laptop. Although the link quality states poor in some portions of the house (like right now for instances) I don't notice ANY difference in the connection speed while surfing the internet.

I have determined that the apartment complex had severe interference from the other 8 apartments that I shared either upstairs, downstairs, walls, floors, or ceilings with.

Bottom line, if you own a home and have little to no interference, you will be THRILLED with the performance of the LinkSys wireless network. Remember to blame your environment for the problems before you start pointing to the LinkSys products.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst software support EVER.
This is the possibly the worst-supported piece of hardware that I have ever used, and I have been using computers regularly since the Commodore-64 days in the early 1980s. The hardware itself works just barely decently, but the software support is HORRIBLE. Don't buy this card expecting it to play nicely with Windows XP. XP does not even recognize that this is a wireless card, and therefore you cannot use Window's automatic configuration utility. Instead, you have to use Linksys's own utility, which is a total joke. It can't figure out what networks are in the area (so it's almost totally useless if you want to use it on a university campus, at an airport, etc.). And the software appears to have been written by grade schoolers: it is full of typos and misspellings, and if you try to, say, get help, a error dialog box pops up with a blank message -- all you can do is click "OK" to get it to go away. The sloppiness of the software is downright insulting to a paying customer.

Stay far, far away from this card.

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid this card & find something else
This card initialy worked fine for me. However as the months went by, the Linksys WPC11 would drop the signal. The connection on this card was so unstable that I could never get a consistent connection to my router for more than 5 minutes. Save yourself the trouble and look for another wireless card. ... Read more


8. Sony SDM-HS73/W Flat Panel 17" LCD Monitor (White)
list price: $499.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000918VX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 6780
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 1,280 x 1,024 resolution
  • 0.264 mm pixel pitch; 500:1 contrast ratio
  • Innovative floating frame design
  • 160-degree horizontal viewing angle
  • PC and Mac compatible; 3 year warranty

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT MONITOR
Purchased this monitor from amazon with free shipping and 25 dollar rebate. It was the lowest price around. Received monitor, it took about 5 minutes to set up looks great would highly recommend this monitor and use amazon for the lowest price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best quality
I've used other LCD monitors at my workplace, but the brightness, brilliance and clarity of the Sony's SDM-series monitors surpasses all of them. Images do not look "pixelized" like those on Samsung LCD monitors. The price is well worth it (...).

Others have complained that the base of the monitor is too large -- However I have no problem with it because it's the perfect place for my wireless mouse & keyboard receiver!

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely good value
I was looking for a Samsung 17 inch monitor when I spotted the Sony SDM-HS73. The picture was amazingly crisp and the colors bright compared to the NEC and Samsung monitors next to it. Reading the specs, I noticed that its pixel pitch was .264mm, and the contrast ratio was 500:1, indicating a very good quality monitor. When I brought it home, I placed it next to my old 19 inch CRT monitor to compare screen size - the SDM-HS73 was a tad bit bigger! Setup was simple - plug and play. I ran my favorite screen saver, Marine Aquarium on it and couldn't be happier. The picture looks great - sharp text, vivid colors. My husband will be buying one also.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow.
Ended up with this monitor through pure serendipity. Went to look at either an NEC or the Sony HS72 LCDs to get a feel for them. Store where we went to look was in the midst of remodeling, and HS72 must have broken in transit. NEC looked nice, but then on a whim we asked to see the HS73 since the 72 wouldn't come on. Wow. Incredible picture - level of detail and crispness of picture were stunning; all the technical specs were excellent as well. Salesperson told us HS73 was successor to HS72, and it was 50 bucks cheaper to boot. So we bought two. :) ... Read more


9. Linksys WPS11 Wireless-B Print Server
list price: $220.99
our price: $118.99
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Asin: B00005Y7DP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 3708
Average Customer Review: 2.74 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Share a printer with everyone on your network
  • Integrates seamlessly through both Ethernet and Wireless connections
  • Remotely administered through your network connection
  • Supports a high data rate up to 11 Mbps
  • Stand-alone print server--no dedicated print server PC required

Reviews (68)

4-0 out of 5 stars Just what we needed...
This is a nice, compact, straightforward accent to our wireless network. Once the simple installation was completed (connect a parallel cable) the product has performed flawlessly for months. It was great to release the PC from it's print server duties.

4-0 out of 5 stars Frustrating to install but once done is a good product
I concur with many other reviews found here. Took me >2 weeks to get WPS11 working with BEFW11S4, WPC11, laptop (win95) and Epson C84 printer. Linksys manual/websites not helpful. Many suggestions found here got me part way along but I needed some of my own changes to get things working (plus a late miracle).

After trying linksys method removed everything (software) to start from clean:

1.Set up with Cat5e cable connections PC-router and router-WPS11. Printer connected and on.
2.Access WPS11 via web (192.168.1.100) set up like router (SSID, WEP settings). Set WPS11 fixed IP address (192.168.1.100).
3.Install BiAdmin/Printer Driver as in manual. Run printer driver setup as Linksys manual to connect to printer. This was important to get printer port changed to LPT1:SCXXXXXX (Printserver) - where SCXXXXXX is name of WPS11.

At this point all good. Printed test page from BiAdmin or anything from windows application.

Went wireless: Powered everything down, removed cables, powered up router, then DSL, then WPS11 then PC. Now my problem, wireless connections OK and could print test page from BiAdmin/WPS11 web page but nothing from windows applications (printer communication error mesage).

Tried lots of variations - including disable Epson status monitor, changed spooling to print directly to printer. No luck.

E-mailed Linksys. Received prompt reply suggesting check my network protocols (to have TCPIP, IPX/SPX and NetBEUI). But I already did have these so I didn't change anything other than looking. Now the miracle - while replying to Linksys tried printing again from Netscape messenger and it worked wirelessly!!!!! Tried other applications -OK! Bemused - what did I do? Sorry I have no suggestions if you get similar problem other than e-mail linksys and pray for similar miracle?

I'm waiting to see what Linksys make of my "miracle". Generally I'm very happy with Linksys products (router set up straightforward) but I've suggested they improve WPS11 documentation. In the meantime search the web and pages here and you will find stuff that works.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great product, setup a pain!!
After using Linksys's other products (various wireless adapters, hubs, and switches) successfully, I felt it would be a safe bet to get this print server. Hardware installation is a breeze. Simply connect your printer's cable to the server, connect a CAT5 network cable between the server and a networked hub or switch (I used my wireless-B router/access point also by Linksys), and use either the web-based configuration screens or use Bi Admin that's included on the CD that comes with the server. Unhook the CAT5 cable, and you're ready to go. Or at least that's what I had hoped.

The wireless mode wouldn't work at all from my Win98SE PC, and it worked for 10 minutes before dying on my WinXP machine. After I read other reviews of people calling tech support, I felt that would have been a waste of time. Then I made a discovery that only the network-experienced computer user would catch. My PCI NICs on both machines were in the same IP range as my wireless, and I had thought that it was causing Windows to use my NICs to access the print server. Of course, this didn't work because I wanted wireless. As a test, I disabled the NICs. Voila!! I was able to access the print server without incident, but disabling the NICs was not a good permanent solution. So I made my NICs use only IPX/SPX and NETBIOS for networking (I don't file share over wireless due to security and its slow speed), and I use my wireless equipment for printing and internet access. My two PCs have been using the print server with 100% success. I'm not sure if the IP ranges themselves had anything to do with it, but using the other protocols for sharing works just fine for my two PCs.

One last important note about the web interface: it labels the IPs for the gateway and the subnet mask backwards. Bi Admin gets it right, though. My guess is that a firmware update will fix the web interface, though none was available at the time I wrote this review. I also highly recommend that DHCP is disabled on the server and set a fixed IP, use WEP encryption (as all of your wireless devices should, even if WEP is flawed - it's better than nothing), and password-protect it. That way a user will always know the IP when they want to use the web interface for configuration. So if anyone can't get the wireless mode to work on the print server, and you have NICs that are also using TCP/IP, try the aformentioned modification to see if this helps. Too bad it wasn't listed in the manual.

3-0 out of 5 stars I gave it a 3 for Maybe - See other reviews
I did not buy the B unit, but I did buy the WP11 and it was just an awful experience. Before buying this unit, check with others users to make sure your not asking for trouble.

1-0 out of 5 stars BAD Product - Don't fall for Free Support
In a nutshell this is one of the worst products I have ever bought. The advertising was misleading and the support was a long drawn out waste of time. Please Note: The WPS11 operates in 2 modes (Infrastructure & Ad-Hoc). This product may work well in Infrastructure mode. I can't say, as I bought it only for wireless print serving and that means Ad-hoc mode. Infrastructure uses other devices, where Ad-hoc is supposed to communicate directly with another piece of equipment ( a USB or a PCI card). I bought the print Server, 1 USB card and 1 PCI card. FIRST PROBLEM: Instructions are atrocious. They are just plain wrong. SECOND PROBLEM: if you can figure out how to set this up (I did after talking to several support people who did not know & 1 who told me to try setting it up using a hardwire), You must use a wire. You cannot set up this wireless device for wireless ad-hoc service, wirelessly. That's right, you must buy a Network card and a Network cable and hardwire it in order to set it up for ad-hoc. The reason is they default the unit to Infrastructure which needs an access point or other device to operate. Once I actually figured out how to set up the print server in ad-hoc (about 2 months later), I finally got it to basically work with the PCI card. At-a-boy Cisco system (parent of Linksys). But with the USB card, it was an extremely painful and agonizing journey just to get it to work. It took a new driver that came out months later. And when I did get it working, it would fail to connect about 30% to 50% of the time on a boot up. Over a period of a year plus, I talked with many support people and tried just about everything possible. LINKSYS DID NOT HAVE MY PREVIOUS PROBLEMS IN THEIR DATABASE. mmmmm No wonder they kept saying, we haven't had many problems with that unit. Their website does not allow you feedback the way Amazon does. They will only put the positive feedback on their website. Very dishonest in my opinion. I actually wrote up a set of instructions on how to set the WPS11 up in Ad-hoc mode and sent it to them. They didn't use it. They still have the poorly written instructions that you cannot follow. And they still claimed you could use it in Ad-hoc mode. THIRD PROBLEM: About 30% to 50% of the time whenever I boot up, the Wireless USB and Print Server will NOT establish proper communication. Sometimes, I get lucky and by clicking on "Connect" twice, it will connect. Yes twice. If you do it once, it will never connect. In fact if it's connected and you click on "Connect", it will disconnect. FOURTH PROBLEM: Customer service is a waste of time and energy. I believe (perhaps wrongly) that they know perfectly well there is a problem, but pretend they do not have it. The last supposedly top level support person was a guy named Lucas. He had me tear out all my cards and remove all other software and tried to claim it was because of the HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer). Now lets face it, anyone making a claim like this is just full of it. The old saying, if you can't impress them with knowledge, baffle them with bull crap.. Well, I do understands the HAL, but to verify without a doubt it was not the HAL (he was blaming the newer APCI HAL). I moved the PCI to another computer with the older Standard HAL. Guess what? That's right, the exact same problem. All this guy did was yank my chain. He would tell me things like "It works on my laptop". Oh great, I have a desktop.. No difference there huh? :o(. Or "I ran a continuous ping for two and a half hours and only got two time out". Nice going, what does that have to do with actually connecting the protocol to print? I must have asked him a dozen times to set up a desktop and PrintServer in ad-hoc and use it for a week or two. he did everything but. I tested this on 2 desktop computers (ACPI HAL & Standard HA:) and also on 2 operating systems (windows 2000 & windows 98) and it has the same failure. It will not consistently connect to the print server. I might add that their is always activity between the 2 devices, it's just that they will not allow you to print until they are fully connected. My advice. STAY AWAY FROM THIS PRODUCT!!. One last note. Although it appears to be a USB problem at first, I have never had problems with the USB talking to the PCI. I have also noted that when I have the PCI computer up and connected, the USB computer also comes up and the print server will talk to it. It will always connect after removing power from the print server for a few seconds. So I believe the problem may be in the PrintServer, not initiating a response to the USB correctly. Once it's communicating with something, it tends to work as it should. ... Read more


10. Belkin 54g Wireless DSL/Cable Gateway

our price: $65.99
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Asin: B00008ZPJU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Belkin Components
Sales Rank: 1439
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Creates a network in your home or office without cables
  • 6 months of free Parental Control web content filtering-secure your home or office from harmful Internet sites
  • Offers backward-compatibility with all 802.11b devices
  • Sets up easily with Belkin Easy Install Wizard-automatically detects Internet settings and self-adjusts Router to get you online in under 3 minutes
  • Ensures data and network security with wireless 64- and 128-bit WEP encryption

Reviews (18)

3-0 out of 5 stars Belkin 54g Wireless Router: The Future (When it works...)
I had just received cable Internet access in my household, and I needed a convienient way to share the connection with the three computers in the house. Ethernet seemed impossible, so I went the wireless way with the Belkin 54g Wireless Router. One major hiccup aside, the router has worked pretty well.

Setup was painless. I plugged the cable modem into a designated port on the router, turned on the machine, installed the device and drivers (drivers before device, or the thing will not install easily) for the matching PCI cards on all the computers, and bada-boom, bada-bing! Windows XP immediately recognized the router on all the computers and connected me to the network.

Everything worked flawlessly until about a month ago. The router, all of a sudden, would not connect us to the Internet. We called Belkin, and support was not too good. A two-hour wait and about an hour spent diagnosting the problem. I continued to tell them that the router was probably faulty, but the support staffed denied that a replacement was necessary until after an hour on the phone. They sent us the new router (with the new firmware for the updated 802.11g standard), we called up for an RMA number, and we were set. Router continues to work very well.

One note: look for upgrades at www.belkin.com. I was an "early adopter" of the 802.11g standard, and by the time it was finally an "official standard," new security features had been put in new firmware.

Final verdict: Great product, works excellently, but don't expect great support from Belkin when it is needed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to Setup and Use, but Not Perfect
I bought the Belkin 54g Wireless Gateway Router about two weeks ago and have been mostly impressed with it. I choose this product because Belkin is Apple friendly and there were large discounts available. I ended up paying less that [money] after discounts.

The product was well worth the cost. It was very easy to set up (even in a mixed Apple / Windows environment) and is easy to use and configure. As a note, I'm using a Belkin 54g Wireless card in a Windows XP laptop computer.

The wireless range seems to be good, but I have not experimented with it too much. I've mostly stayed within my house, where it has had no range issues. There have been a few cases where my wireless connection was lost for no reason, but that has not been a frequent problem.

All of the router functions work properly (firewall, encryption, etc.); however, I've had problems using the Virtual Server function to use one of the computers on my network as an FTP server. It works fine as a web server, so there may be Belkin firmware issues that need to be re-solved before it works properly with an FTP server.

Overall, I have been happy with this product and would recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for bridging
This product did exactly what I wanted it to do -- I bought two of them and made one really big wireless network in my house. One is hooked up to my DSL and the other one range-extends the wireless network to the other part of the house. This particular model of Belkin router is super easy, and not at all flaky like some of the others I have used (...). I have used *a LOT* of wireless products and this is the best one by far. (I've set up: Apple, Linksys, Orinoco, D-Link, and Netgear stuff. Most of it is crap). This product is also good for people who don't use Windows.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Disappointed
AT first, like one of the other reviewers I also had some problems setting up the router with my Verizon DLS. But after looking it up online I found out that I needed to add "@verizon.net" to my user name after I did that the router connected and ran smoothly.

The Wireless Signal strength and range are pretty good. Belkin has some good technical support both over the phone and online.

Two things to suggest don't bother with the Easy Install Wizard CD that comes with the box it causes more headaches then it helps just use the Web-based Advanced User Interface. I know it says Advanced but it's pretty straightforward and simple, just read the manual of how to connect the router if you don't know.

Also the router comes with most of it's security features disabled, just remember to Enable them.

I highly recommend this router, works great, and it's pretty inexpensive.

4-0 out of 5 stars Really good customer support
I bought a 54g so that I could use wireless TIVO. The router has excellent range as my computer is upstairs and my TIVO is down stairs. The installation was SUPER easy. Just use the CD and you don't have to do a thing to get under way.

The administrative web site was also easy to use. Configuring WEP and MAC address filtering were very easy. The only thing I would caution is that the web interface allows you to delete the MAC address entry for the computer that it's installed on WITHOUT warning you first. You then have to flash the router's memory and start over.

Their tech support also rocks! I called 6PM on a Sunday and they took my call in less than 5 minutes and I didn't even have to prove I bought the router.

I highly recommend. ... Read more


11. Saitek J24C X45 Flight Control System Joystick and Throttle (USB)
list price: $79.99
our price: $63.57
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Asin: B00005TOTG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Saitek
Average Customer Review: 3.84 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Unique Flight Control System designed for extended gameplay
  • Powerful--all controls are fully programmable via SGE
  • Highly ergonomic shape gives total game control
  • Illuminated buttons for night-time use
  • Features 2 fire buttons, 1 4-way hat switch, detents for throttle control, rudder controls, and 2 rotary controls

Reviews (25)

2-0 out of 5 stars If it's not metal, it's garbage!
This product is a great starter HOTAS (Hands On Throttle And Stick). But it is a HORRIBLE finisher.

The buttons stick. A quick perusal of the usenet will show this to be the norm.

The stick has an annoying (and childish) cover over the missile button. This is stupid. The stick is WAY too big as well. I'm all over it trying to get to the different buttons. A REAL fighter joystick has all buttons VERY easy to reach. You can forget about quick response with this thing.

The stick's programmability leaves A LOT to be desired. There is no way to program a key to do different keystrokes on subsequent presses. For instance, button 8 could map to "g" to lower gear. And then, hitting button 8 again would map to "U" to cause gear to retract.

The stick's plastic resistance base at the end of the springs also doesn't move smoothly - it's jumpy.

My recommendation: Cougar HOTAS from ThrustMaster. I'm E-Bay'ing my Saitek.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value
I have had good luck with this throttle/stick combo. I am using it with Windows XP without any problems. Using the basic driver software provided by Saitek for XP, all buttons and axes are recognized and work properly. I can't get the advanced programing software from Saitek to load properly (allowing more specific button programing for use with older games and sims) but this may be due to a conflict with my sound card (SB Audigy), and it isn't necessary with newer sims, which allow you to fully configure the controller through the game program, anyway. I haven't had a problem with buttons sticking. I agree that the "Safe" cover over the "launch" button is a bit hokey, but it looks like it would be fairly easy to cut off if it really offended one. The throttle action is very smooth and both the throttle and the stick fit my hands comfortably. The stick has a rocker lever that substitutes for rudder pedals. This isn't quite as nice as a good set of rudder pedals, but I find it is good enough that I usually don't bother to hook up my CH pro pedals anymore. The spring at the base of the stick that centers it and provides resistance to its movement off- center makes the stick movement just a little "jerky" and provides a little bit too much self centering force for my taste, and this is not adjustable. That and the lack of Force-Feedback capability I would say are the only real drawbacks to this controller, but I would certainly buy this again and would recomend this device to anyone looking for a good (and economical) alternative to a non-Force-Feedback throttle, pedal and fighter-stick Hotas combo. By the way, I was amazed what a difference having a good throttle makes, especially in combat flight sims, compared to using the little throttle axis lever provided on most all-in-one sticks (such as the Microsoft Force Feedback controller).

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I had read good things about this stick and it looked like a great deal for a stick-throttle combo. I bought it online and was a little underwhelmed when it arrived, as my first impression was one of overall cheapness. Construction is primarily of what seems like pretty low-quality plastic with a cheap, creaky feel. I wrote it off to the low price and figured you get what you pay for and this was still the least expensive stick-throttle combo you can get. If it worked properly I would have accepted the cheap feel, but after a few weeks of use the low quality started to show. One of the two hat switches on the stick quit working entirely and the stick itself is starting to feel very sticky due to friction between the metal spring and the plastic components. There is a warranty and I could send the stick back to get the hat switch fixed but I just don't feel it's worth it. I have little confidence in the longevity of this stick. My advice would be to either save your money and buy a better stick or invest less money in something simpler.

4-0 out of 5 stars OK for combat flight sims, not for "regular" flight sims.
I am a licensed pilot and a hardcore user of FS2004. I bought this for the idea of a seperate throttle and all the programability promised by Saitek.

The joystick itself is good, good feel, movement,etc. Some of the cheesy plastic pieces could disappear and no one would miss them though, like the plastic "shield" over the fire button.

The throttle was nice too, but stiff. I guess if you kept using it, it would work itself in.

But I have always used a Microsoft Sidewinder joystick. I program the extra buttons on the base for functions like flaps, spoilers,landing gear,etc. There are no buttons like that on this stick. Maybe I am being nit-picky, but I just couldn't tailor this stick to be normal and not like a combat sim.

If you love combat sims, this is your stick/throttle setup. You can buy two at this price in case you are concerned with durability and still not approach the MSRP of the vaunted Thrustmaster Cougar.

But if you just like flight sims and point to point flying, acrobatics or whatever, this is not your stick. I think I am going to purchase the old Logitech Force joystick. I have the CH Pro Rudder Pedals (great, a must have!). I don't like the unreal thumb throttle on the Logitech, I will probably purchase the CH Throttle Quadrant when it comes out.

4-0 out of 5 stars X45 The good...The Bad....The ugly!
I have been a gamer for longer than I care to admit. I picked up a Saitek X45 when my MS Sidewinder FFB2 had problems with it's main fire button not working and it's secondary fire button sometimes falling off. Other than that...I always loved it.

Now I have the X45. At first I was thrilled. Just playing with the buttons and dreaming of the possibilities put an ear to ear grin on my face. However, that soon changed. You see, I'm a BF1942 DC player. My specialty as you might have guessed due to my choice in sticks is a pilot. In fact, I dare-say I'm in the top 10% of pilots for that particular game. (Yes, yes...big whoop!) Needless to say, the ability to fly competently is rather important to me.

Here is where my joy became "joyless". BF1942 does not support the X45's throttle or some of it's other axis functions. This is mainly EA Games fault. The "consumers" on the forums at Saitek.com have been working for months trying to fix this problem or work around it. (No, the trend of late for the corporation's to make the customer's be the tech support and think-tank for the rest of it's customers is very much alive and well at Saitek!) The results are rather sad to be honest. But, like I said, this is not completely Saitek's fault.

The problem with the X45 is the ridiculous and cheap way they came up with of centering the stick. It is centered by a large spring compressing a rounded disk piece of plastic(think disk sled) against a round ring, again made of plastic on which it is cradled. To say the least, it is gritty!

Of course if you are into precision....then having to make a small, critical correction during your game might not be possible when the sudden release of surface tension makes you over-correct. Not to mention the audible groan/creaking sound it makes which makes you wonder if anyone within ear-shot thought you might have a slight flatulence problem.

Another thing that is ridiculous would be the flip-top cap some yahoo put on the Launch/Fire button. Who the heck has time to flip that stupid thing up in a time of need? Fortunately, it is easy to remove. I keep it around for when I need a good laugh!

If you are a MechWarrior....You will love this stick! (Minus the grit) The only thing I miss from my MS Sidewinder FFB2 is the FFB. (Force Feed-Back) And again.....the smoothness of the stick. Then again when you are suppose to be in a lumbering 60+ton giant of steel, perhaps a few imperfections here and there might actually make things more realistic! (Grin)

If I decide to keep this stick, besides doing a little bit of metal smithing and replacing the plastic crap on the stick, I'm going to mount it on a wood platform....which they thoughtfully provided mounting holes underneath both units. (Good thinking, Saitek) Otherwise, more aggressive player's such as myself might have a tendency to tilt the joy over in a sudden move of intent.

The X45 does have a few saving graces. #3 is it's program-ability. #2 is it's separate throttle and all the wonderful buttons, POV hats and rotary knobs. #1 would have to be it's price! For ~$70, you CAN'T find a better system in it's class! My only option besides the X45 is the Thrustmaster Cougar. However, even though it is three to four times the price of the X45, I have heard many gripes and complaints about all the tweaking and crap you have to mess with as well as cheap components in the stick. Were I not getting so long-in-the-tooth and have so many other things to worry about, I'd make my own. Then I'd sit back rip what hair I don't have out when the next day, some company finally gets a clue and come out with a near perfect stick at a near perfect price! ... Read more


12. Iomega 31653 Zip 250 MB USB-Powered Starter Kit with 3 250 disks
list price: $199.99
our price: $142.99
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Asin: B00005B6TT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
Sales Rank: 4884
Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Zip 250 MB USB-Powered Drive Starter Kit from Iomega includes an ultrathin, portable SuperFloppy drive and three Zip 250 MB disks. Providing high-capacity removable storage for PC and Mac computers, the Zip 250 MB drive comes with a USB cable that transmits both data and power; no external power source is needed. At 1-inch thick and weighing just under a pound, the Zip 250 USB drive is easily transported.

Compatible with most major operating systems, standard Zip 100 MB disks, and all 250 MB Zip disks, the Zip 250 MB USB drive comes with a one-year limited warranty. Iomega offers a 10-year limited warranty on the Zip U250 MB disks. ... Read more

Features

  • Powered by USB cable
  • No external power supply needed
  • Compatible with Zip 100 MB and 250 MB disks
  • Ultraslim, portable, lightweight design
  • Comes with 3 Zip 250 MB disks

Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars It's Little, It's Blue and it Zips too!
I have had my USB Zip 250 for year and it is great, its easy to use and easy to carry. The USB powered drive makes it great for any PC and Laptop and can be easily removed from any PC you need to grab data. The problem with 100MB is ok but another issue might come laptop users who don't plug their laptops in. Not to mention that this drive is useless on any PC older then 4 years that lack USB. Overall a darn good product from the people who made high capacity drives so simple.

4-0 out of 5 stars Iomega Does it Again!
The Iomega Zip 250 USB-Powered Starter Kit is excellent and a great value. The new powered zip drive is a breeze to install. Just load the software, attache the cable, reboot, and wha-la!! The drive installed immediately on my Win98SE Gateway laptop, with Win98 recognizing the drive and loading its drivers immediately. It is intuitive to use with the Iomegaware 2.8 software (the primary zip application) and creates another drive in your computer. You can drag and drop to your heart's content! I found no difficulty with compatibility at all, as did one reviewer - but perhaps going from PC to MAC or vice versa (as he/she apparently did) does cause problems. The only minor drawback I see is that it is a little noisey. I don't even notice that its particularly slow using older zip 100 disks, but I'm comparing it to a zip 100 parallel - now that's slow! Great product!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Almost Great
This is a neat little drive. The only reason I got this was because the new Macs don't come with built in zip drives anymore, and I have alot of data on zips. I didn't get the 750MB drive because the specs say it won't write to 100MB zip disks, which this one will.

At first I was concerned with the funny noises I heard coming from this little drive (remember, my previous experience was a built in 100MB version). It took me a while to realize these were the same sounds that came from the old drive, only much much louder. I don't know if click of death is still an issue with Zip drives, but those noises sure had me worried at first.

The portability is great, not only can you take the disks anywhere, but the drive itself is small enough to be transported easily. Simply unplug the thing, and you're good to go, it'll work on any computer with a built in USB port.

Compatibility is another story. I've had no problem reading and writing to Mac100 zip disks. On PC100s and PC250s, disk access is much slower. That's why this is only getting three stars, instead of four or five.

5-0 out of 5 stars What you're looking for
If you need an exterior Zip drive, you've found it. This is perfect for your every zip need. It is very small- not much wider then an actual zip disk. In addition, it comes with a rubber stand that can make it take up even less desk space by making it vertical. It is extremely light and therefore portable and easily plugs into your computer with a fast USB cable. There is no necessary installation either. Also, it is good to note that this is a good MB zip drive to get for two reasons- it can still take 100MB ones (the size smaller) and there is no real need for most to get a 700 MB drive (the size larger) because if you're dealing with that much information most people would use a CD instead and it is very hard to find a 700 MB disk. Also, take into account that this is a very good price especially considering it includes 3 disks- which can run $$$ each sometimes.

1-0 out of 5 stars ZIP 250MB Starter - 3 U250 Disks not included
This starter kit doesn't contain the U250 disks (10 year guarantee), but the regular 250 MB zip disks (5 year guarantee). I am sending 2 kits back today. Iomega quit making the U250 Zip disks. Someone at Amazon knows about the problem, but the website has not been updated. Don't waste your time ! ... Read more


13. Linksys WAP11 Wireless-B Network Access Point
list price: $69.99
our price: $50.99
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Asin: B00005854B
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 1840
Average Customer Review: 3.53 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Linksys Instant Wireless Access Point (WAP) serves as communicationsheadquarters for a reliable 11 Mbps wireless network. We found the WAP, used inconjunction with the Linksys Instant Wireless PC Card (and PCI adapter if thewireless card is used in a desktop PC) and a hub or switch, to be a true leaderin the move toward wireless networking. In case you are having any confusion, here is a graph illustrating the differences between an Access Point and a Router with Access Point:

access point vs. router

The unit itself is handsome in design and somewhat reminiscent of the oldrabbit-ears antenna system used on older televisions. Installing the WAPinvolves several steps. A USB connection allows for configuration, andinstalling the USB configuration software allows for monitoring and adjustingsettings such as channel, IP address, and Service Set Identifier (SSID).Connecting the unit to a hub or switch using Category 5 cable (which is notincluded) gives the WAP network access and the ability to begin sendingmeaningful signals.

The WAP has three indicator lights: power, link, and activity. The linkindicator lights up amber when a link is established with the hub, and theactivity light flickers somewhat uncertainly when there is network activity. Theantennas can be adjusted left and right, and we found that pointing them in thedirection of the wireless computer did result in a stronger signal.

We found the accompanying user guide somewhat lacking; it gave little guidanceon how the network can be configured. And the customer service hotlineunfortunately does little more than refer you to your computer's manufacturer.Those who are new to networking may want to bone up on the basics beforebeginning on a wireless network endeavor--plenty of resources exist on the Weband in print to guide your networking foray. But for those who are transformingan existing wired network into a wireless one, the transition will be fairlypainless and straightforward.

In use, the WAP performs well: in the same room, the signal strength to and fromthe Linksys wireless network card is consistently above 95 percent. We separatedthe card from the access point by one plaster wall and found that the signalstrength was reduced to around 80 percent. Separating them with a closeted wallpulled the signal strength down to about 50 percent. At opposite ends of thehome (with numerous plaster walls between), the signal strength maintains atabout 35 percent.

The rate of data transmission declines proportionately, starting at an ideal 11Mbps and going to 3 or 4 Mbps at extreme distance and separation.While stillreliable, the main difference in performance we noticed was in the basicdata-transmitting functions: slower copying, pasting, opening, and access ofresources on other network nodes. While these speeds don't lend themselves wellto intensive LAN game play, they are suitable for sharing data betweenresources, as well as sharing print resources.

Overall, the Linksys wireless package is optimal for those not wishing to stringcable throughout a home or office. While performance and speed are comparable toslower wired networks, this is a ready solution for those who need a worldwithout wires, for whatever reason. This package is also ideal for those who arecomfortable with networking configurations and troubleshooting, and are ready totake the leap into wireless. --Emilie Dirks

Pros:

  • Easy resource sharing that's ideal for small office/home office
  • Simple installation and fairly straightforward configuration

Cons:

  • Transmission speeds much lower than current fast Ethernet connections (onwired networks)
  • Lackluster customer support and documentation
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Features

  • High-speed transfer rate of up to 11 Mbps
  • Range of operation of up to 150 meters indoors, up to 500 meters outdoors
  • Provides roaming, best access point selection, load balancing, and network traffic filtering
  • Interoperable with IEEE 802.11b (DSSS) 2.4 GHz-compliant equipment, and supports up to 32 users/nodes
  • Router not included, so you cannot connect multiple users to the Internet

Reviews (197)

1-0 out of 5 stars FINAL Update to "Free At Last!" - No longer good!
My ultimate review (Final update to "Free at last") showed my experience with the latest edition of this access point, the infamous V2. It's NOT good. The V2 has problems with WEP, that is, wireless encryption.

I found the latest Linksys product is crippled (I tried 2 of them) and the SMC product is the better alternative (I'm using it now).

So, for all you who chose to purchase based on my old review (of an obsolete model) - I apologise.

4-0 out of 5 stars It takes patience
I purchased this WAP because of it had an affordable price and adequate performance for my needs. I have a laptop, but I didn't want to be tethered to my Linksys BEFSR41 4-port Cable DSL Router. I purchased the WAP11 Wireless Access Point along with my Linksys WPC54G 802.11g PC Card (802.11g is backwards compatible with 802.11b) so that I could move freely around my apartment and still have access to both the internet (via my cable modem) and the files on my desktop PC. I could also use the wireless network at work.

Now that things are working well together, I'm glad, but the devices weren't cooperative at first. For the better part of a week, I was playing with the settings for my WAP, my router, and my wireless card. What I have found works is changing the default profile's SSID in the Linksys Wireless Connection Manager (I installed it in Windows XP because it seems to be handling connecting to multiple access points better than Windows XP) to "any." This will allow the card to connect to the closest access point.

Using encryption was a little troublesome, as well. The WAP allows you to enter a passphrase from which the WAP calculates the key. The Windows wireless connection manager only allows you to enter the key. This is not an easy task with a 128-bit key. The Linksys manager, however, does allow you to enter the passphrase and calculates the key for you. This was much easier, and I now have encrypted wireless communications.

One last thing to think about is the use of a 2.4GHz cordless phone. Our cordless phone will occaisionally use the same channel, which kills the connection between my laptop and my WAP. After forcing the phone to find another channel, my connection is restored.

2-0 out of 5 stars I Live In Constant Fear That Any Second It Will Stop Working
I don't know if its the WAP11 or if its the WUSB11 or if Linksys makes garbage, but the wireless network I set up is totally unreliable. I've spent the past 2 days on the phone for an average of 5 hours a day trying to get this thing to work and it still doesn't. It's all the more frustrating since I HAVE NO IDEA WHY IT DOESN'T WORK.

It gets two stars because for the 5 minutes a day that it works, it works great. It's faster than the wired connection I used to work on and the ability to work in a different part of my house is invaluable to me. Which makes me so mad that it doesn't work reliably enough.

After reading some of the other reviews, I'm not the only one who has gone through this, so it's not just me. Good luck trying to find support on the web, especially at broadbandwhatever.com as those guys are no help. And although Linksys's tech support people are very nice, they take forever to get to the root of the problem and THEN THE PROBLEM COMES BACK! Plus you spend 2 hours on hold waiting for somebody to get on the phone.

My goodness, I'm returning this tomorrow and trying a different company.

2-0 out of 5 stars Dead after 1 1/2 year
Linksys WAP11 worked flawlessly for about 6 month, then it started to drop communication about every couple of days, then it just gradually gotten worse. Before it went completely dead on me, it was dropping communication with my PC about 1 minute after I reset the Access Point. All I could say is that I am not pleased with Linksys products since it is my second Linksys product that went out of commission shortly after the 1 year warranty. I am not sure if I'll buy another Linksys product, but I really like the fact that WRT54G has lots of third party support to add features to the factory build firmware. Naah...I won't give Linksys another chance.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not a bad little WAP
I'm a network engineer for a Fortune 500 company. I design, configure, and install 2.4 GHz wireless networks for a living. Since I can't bring the Cisco 2100's home with me, I thought I'd go with a Linksys (now a division of Cisco) WAP11. For me, this product was a breeze to set up and configure. The setup disk wouldn't run on my laptop running Win2k, but ran fine on my home PC running XP Pro. The product description told of a USB port for easy configuration. Perhaps that port is present on newer or different models, but mine has no USB port, which is a bummer because that's how I wanted to configure it. Also, when configuring it over HTTP, which was my only choice, the IP Address had to be static. I couldn't access it when it was set to DHCP. Overall, though, I was clipping right along wirelessly in my home within a half hour of opening the box. The WAP11 doesn't have all of the features I'm used to at work, but it's a great home product and I think, by following the inclosed step by step instructions, it shouldn't take a networking novice to have it up and running in no time. ... Read more


14. Viewsonic G220FB 21" CRT Monitor

our price: $479.99
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Asin: B000071W9A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: View Sonic
Sales Rank: 5053
Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The G220FB PerfectFlat CRT monitor from ViewSonic delivers big, 21-inch performance(20 inches viewable) for demanding CAD/CAM designers, graphic designers, gamers, and corporate professionals. With an ultra-fine 0.21 mm horizontal (0.25 mm diagonal) dot pitch, this monitor renders brilliant, precise edge-to-edge images with sharp focus and crisp text. Its absolutely flat screen provides realistically proportioned, precise images with reduced reflections, while SuperClear screen technology enhances brightness and color fidelity.

The monitor displays a maximum resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 at 68 Hz, with 1,600 x 1,200 recommended at 87 Hz for flicker-free viewing. OnView controls let you make image adjustments through simple onscreen commands, and ViewMatch technology grants easy color temperature and intensity adjustments for optimal screen-to-print color matching.

The ARAG anti-reflection, anti-glare screen treatment maintains the highest image quality, while its USB hub-compatible base design allows easy integration of an optional USB hub for convenient peripheral connections. TCO and Energy Star certifications ensure that this monitor complies with the world's strictest standards for low radiation, safety, ergonomics, recycling, and power management while saving costs through automatic power-saving modes. Overall, this large-screen CRT monitor is ideal for pre-press, imaging, desktop publishing, and graphic-design applications.

What's in the Box
Monitor, power cord, 15-pin monitor cable, installation and driver CD-ROM with instructions, warranty information ... Read more

Features

  • 2,048 x 1,536 maximum resolution at 68 Hz, 0.25 mm diagonal pitch
  • PerfectFlat screen reduces reflections, provides precise images
  • ViewMatch technology for optimal screen-to-print color matching
  • SuperClear screen technology for vivid colors and image clarity
  • PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very happy with this monitor!
I'm quite picky when it comes to buying elections (especially computer components). I did a lot of research and it kept leading back to this monitor. Perfectly flat screen, .25mm dot pitch across the entire screen, fast refresh rates at high resolutions, not to mention it's a shadow mask monitor so none of those pesky lines at the top and bottom of the screen that apperture grille monitors have. I upgraded from a generic 17" monitor I had been using for about 5 years so purchasing this monitor made a huge difference in games (very immersive). After seeing and using the monitor, I would easily recommend it to anyone. It's Sony-level performance without the Sony price. ...!

5-0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Gamers or Graphics/Text Biz Monitor!!!
Huge in size-but incredible performance.Easy to set up-clarity,brightness,color,high refresh rates & high resolutions-with right graphics cards untouchable yet-inexpensive 4 size &quality of display.None of problems apperture grill monitors have -no lines & uniformity of picture.Have 2 Viewsonic P815-4 monitors about 4+ years also 21" monitors-still work great dispite almost constant use 24/7 never had a problem+ they have topnotch support 4 CRT's -all fudge on flat panels&pixel problems.In Short 20" flat panel or trinitron Crt cost more {LCD over 2x}-&will not perform as well despite hype.This monitor is a bargain-blows away my older 21's at less than 1/3 the price.Amazed that no one has posted a review!! Bought 2-For less then price of 1 LCD. P.S. Also LOOK GREAT in BLACK!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than AG
First I bought a Samsung 1100DF (21") it had nice specs .20 mm dot pitch, but the picture was not acceptable: it was dark and blurry, so I returned it back to Amazon.
Next, (figuring that I need to spend more to get an acceptable 21" CRT) I got a NEC-Mitsubishi MultiSync FP2141SB-BK 22", this one had those annoying AG lines and the picture was distorted. It also had a poor focus in the corners and a useless "superbright" mode which just dulls and blurs the picture IMHO. Supposedly this is one of the best AG monitors out there.
Then I thought: seems like I have to cash out for an LCD since I cannot find an acceptable 21" CRT. Well, in order to get one of these with the same viewable (20"), you have to spend at least 900 'rubles'. So I decided to give the G220f a chance. Well, let me tell you I am finished buying. This is as good as it needs to be. It's sharp, clear, and bright enough, and NO AG lines (being it's not an AG monitor of course)
Right now I have it running at 1600x1200@ 85 Hz. And I am happy with the picture. Had to do some geometric adjustments first to straighten the corners, but that's OK.

If you read one of the reviews below, a user complains that his is grainy. Well perhaps it's grainy if the he has it set at 800x600, in that case he should have bough a 14" or a 13" dumb terminal screen with that cool green text, nice and sharp at his preferred resolution. It would be ridiculous to buy this size display and then low ball the resolution.

Anyway, until LCD's are as fast as CRT's and have comparable price tags, I recommend this thing to anyone looking for a large display. Be you an editor, a gamer, a grapher or a lamer, you cannot go wrong here.

One thing I would change is the fact that the monitor cable is hard wired to the monitor. However, in the unlikely event that any part of the cable goes, I will have no inhibition of popping out the guts and re-soldering (but that's just me).

5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't ask for a better monitor
I had honestly never heard of View Sonic before I went comparison shopping for a new monitor. This model came up from time to time, and even though it's a little pricey, I decided to go for it. I have no regrets and plenty of praise. The resolution is marvelous and it was so easy to set up. This is a value at any price!

5-0 out of 5 stars great monitor and great service
When I first received my monitor, the black level saturation was extremely poor. I did this by comparing the monitor with another older monitor that I have. Called up tech support and after exchanging a few emails later, I got my RMA number. I shipped out my monitor as soon as I received my Fedex shipping label and a week later, I received a new monitor from Viewsonic. Sure enough, the new monitor has really good black level saturation and the colors are really good. Right now, I am really happy with my monitor and the tech support has been really excellent in my case. ... Read more


15. Viewsonic G220F 21" CRT Monitor
list price: $549.99
our price: $469.94
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Asin: B000071W8X
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ViewSonic
Sales Rank: 13437
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The G220F PerfectFlat CRT monitor from ViewSonic delivers big, 21-inch performance(20 inches viewable) for demanding CAD/CAM designers, graphic designers, gamers, and corporate professionals. With an ultra-fine 0.21 mm horizontal (0.25 mm diagonal) dot pitch, this monitor renders brilliant, precise edge-to-edge images with sharp focus and crisp text. Its absolutely flat screen provides realistically proportioned, precise images with reduced reflections, while SuperClear screen technology enhances brightness and color fidelity.

The monitor displays a maximum resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 at 68 Hz, with 1,600 x 1,200 recommended at 87 Hz for flicker-free viewing. OnView controls let you make image adjustments through simple onscreen commands, and ViewMatch technology grants easy color temperature and intensity adjustments for optimal screen-to-print color matching.

The ARAG anti-reflection, anti-glare screen treatment maintains the highest image quality, while its USB hub-compatible base design allows easy integration of an optional USB hub for convenient peripheral connections. TCO and Energy Star certifications ensure that this monitor complies with the world's strictest standards for low radiation, safety, ergonomics, recycling, and power management while saving costs through automatic power-saving modes. Overall, this large-screen CRT monitor is ideal for pre-press, imaging, desktop publishing, and graphic-design applications. ... Read more

Features

  • 2,048 x 1,536 maximum resolution at 68 Hz, 0.25 mm diagonal pitch
  • PerfectFlat screen reduces reflections, provides precise images
  • ViewMatch technology for optimal screen-to-print color matching
  • SuperClear screen technology for vivid colors and image clarity
  • PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Viewsonic 220 and 225 series awful!
Our company purchased two years ago thirty two (32) Viewsonic 220 and 225 monitors. As of July 2004, eighteen (18) have literally gone up in smoke. These monitors are miserable pieces of junk and pose a safety hazard.

5-0 out of 5 stars ViewSonic G220f monitor
Received this monitor last week and it is fantastic. This is my second ViewSonic monitor, purchased the first one in 1994 and never a problem, I hope this one gives me the same service. ... Read more


16. Logitech Cordless Optical Wheel Mouse (930616-0403)
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005UOSN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 2902
Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Logitech's cordless optical wheel mouse gives you wireless freedom and optical precision in a single mouse that fits comfortably in either your left or right hand. Now just about any surface within six feet of your computer can become your workspace--no mouse pad required, no cords to clutter your desk, and no moving parts to clean. A powerful optical sensor provides twice the speed and twice the accuracy of standard optical mice, while digital radio technology grants the ultimate cordless freedom. The mouse comes with three customizable buttons and a scroll wheel, as well as WebWheel software to enhance Internet browsing. ... Read more

Features

  • No cord to limit your movement or clutter your desk
  • Up to 800-dpi optical sensor for twice the speed, twice the accuracy; optical technology also means no cleaning
  • Fits right and left hands, Windows and Macintosh compatible
  • Smart power management keeps batteries working for months (2 AA batteries supplied); battery indicator warns you when batteries are low
  • Three buttons, a scroll wheel, and MouseWare navigation software

Reviews (43)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my computer
I've always liked the idea of a cordless mouse, but the one my parents used made me nervous about buying one. But this mouse has worked wonderfully. No cord adds a level of convenience that I've never had before. Other cordless mouse I've used went through batteries in a matter of days, but not this one. The battery life is long. It has a elegant, sleek design, so it looks great on your desk. This is my first optical mouse and I can't see ever going back. No ball to clean and I've found that the movements of the cursor are just as smooth as my old mouse, maybe even smoother (and I've had no problems on a black surface). The only fault I have found so far is the wheel which seems to move the screen in too-large-chunks. But I think this mouse is great.

5-0 out of 5 stars No more mouse cleaning!
What a relief to have a mouse which I don't have to clean the dirt out of! I got tired of having to occasionally clean the dirt (lint, dust) out of my old mouse so it can work properly again. This mouse is built differently underneath so it doesn't collect any dirt. The only thing you have to worry about is if the battery is running low. Your computer will notify you when the battery is running low, or you can simply click an icon on your desktop to check the battery level. The batteries seem to last a month or up to two months, depending on your computer usage. You might want to invest in a battery charger and rechargeable batteries so you don't have to keep buying batteries so much (you most likely use batteries for other items in your home too) throughout the year.

Of course the best feature for this mouse is that it's cordless. That's one less wire on your desk to get cluttered, entagled with. The equipment and software is fairly easy to install/use on your computer. I've noticed that the price for this item has dropped a bit since I bought it so this a better buy than ever.

3-0 out of 5 stars A decent mouse but can improve
I have been using a touchpad for the past 2 years. I bought this mouse for my wife and tried it for the first few days. On Windows XP, the install is clean. But I was surprised to see that this mouse does not ship with a mousepad. An Optical mouse by virtue of it's technology should be used on a specific surface otherwise it results in a jerky movement. Also there was no instructions whatsoever to suggest the kind of surface to be used on.

It is very sensitive and people used to traditional mice or touchpads will take time to adjust.

5-0 out of 5 stars best mouse I've had yet
I was a little wary of a mouse that was so cheap, but I picked up mine over a year ago on sale at an office store after a little mouse-meets-wall explosion when my old mouse (a regular corded mouse with a ball) stopped working.

I would have gotten something more expensive, having learned that cheap electronics are their own punishment, but I had a project due and NO extra money, so I settled on this little guy. I am glad that I did - it has been the best mouse I've ever had. The one POSSIBLE problem is that you have to replace the batteries, but hey, until they can power mice with tiny little internal nuclear reactors, I'll deal with changing my batteries (which happens MAYBE every 3-4 months for me).

If you have some sort of deranged problem with changing batteries, or if you are willing to pay around a hundred bucks for a mouse, don't get this one. Otherwise, if you're just looking for something that will outperform your outdated old mouse for very few dollars, this is so worth it!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great cordless optical mouse
Okay gang I've been using this mouse at work for nearly a year. I'm a software engineer and use it every day for 8 hours. It operates flawlessly. I don't go through batteries at all like some have mentioned. My solution is a couple sets of rechargeable batteries. They work like a charm! The first time your battery goes dead it's a little frustrating. The mouse stops moving and you think your machine is locked up. So if your mouse disappears or quits moving just slap in a fresh pair of batteries and you're on your way again. I just ordered a second one for my home PC that's how good they are. ... Read more


17. WesternDigital 120GB RETAIL BOX EIDE U-ATA-100 ( WD1200JBRTL )

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Asin: B00009K3QM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Western Digital Eide
Sales Rank: 8903
Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Reliable Drive
The WD1200JB is the drive that was included in my PC when I bought it in early 2002. Trouble free operation, and quiet.
After 2 years with my PC running 24 hours a day seven days a week, the drive motor began to whine- not bad for 2 years running constantly.
I just replaced it with a new WD1200JB. Installation and data transfer was simple with the Data Lifeguard software.
Note: If your PC is not set up for a 2nd drive, then this kit is for you. If your PC is set up for a 2nd drive- then all you need is the bare disc (no cable, no screws, no software)
However, Data Lifeguard is a free download from Western Digital

1-0 out of 5 stars Notorious problems
Stay away from this drive, even though it's cheap! They are known for having bad sectors and eventually just failing (especially the 120GB model).

I have one, and I lost all my data (I know I should've backed up my files) due to this hard drive. Go with a Maxtor, Segate, anything but this drive.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sometimes hard drives fail
My first HD failure. No OS load, no programs, no data, no joke

5-0 out of 5 stars Good drive, easy install
I bought this drive to replace a smaller, slower drive. I installed the new drive as master and the old one as a slave, and rebooted using the included Data Lifeguard software. Formatting and partitioning was a snap, and there's a utility for copying the contents of one partition to another. Once that was done I could boot off of the new drive and not have to re-load any software.

The only quibbles I have: The drive didn't come with spacers/rails to fit a 3.5" device in a 5.25" slot, so I had to make a trip to the store for that. Also, copying the partition took about 4.5 hours for 14.3 GB. My PC is an HP Pavilion w/ 1.2 gHz. Athlon and 512 MB RAM.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Western Digital makes some of the best Hard Drives.
I picked this model up for $79 bucks after Rebate.

I did a software HD test on my old drive and then my new drive
50 percent increase in performance!!! Next I'm going to get an ATA controller PCI card...hopefully I'll get an even larger boost. ... Read more


18. Targus PA055U 4 Port Ultra Mini USB Hub
list price: $28.00
our price: $20.89
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Asin: B00006B91Z
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Targus
Sales Rank: 405
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Product Description

Convenient plug and play connectivity for 4 USB devices! ... Read more

Features

  • Plug and Play Connectivity: Easy to Install: No Drivers Required- Plugs Into Your Notebook Computer's USB Slot
  • Portable Design: Small, Lightweight and Compact Design Allows You to Take This Hub Anywhere You Travel
  • Expand Your Capabilities: Connect Up to 4 USB Devices Like Mice, Memory Drives and PDAs On Your Notebook Computer Simultaneously
  • Suitable for PC or Apple laptops or USB-enabled desktop computers
  • 3.3 ft. cable

19. Adaptec 1890600 Fireconnect 4300 Kit AFW-4300
list price: $69.99
our price: $40.99
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Asin: B000062STU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Adaptec
Sales Rank: 1275
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Hot-pluggable FireWire devices is a snap--you don't have to turn your computer off to connect and disconnect devices
  • Included MGI VideoWave 4 software has powerful editing and special effects tools that make creating videos a breeze
  • OHCI-compliant and can transmit FireWire data at rates of up to 400 Mbps
  • Connect up to 62 daisy-chained external FireWire/1394/i.Link+ devices

Reviews (34)

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to install, troublefree
I bought this card after trying another Adaptec card - the DuoConnect 3121 - which has Firewire and USB2.0 connectors.

My advise: if you run Windows 2000 - stick with the simpler 4300 Firewire card (this card). It is simple and easy to install. No drivers, and the extra software is only needed for cameras/DVDs (I use my card for my new scanner). I have had troublefree service from it so far.

The Adaptec DuoConnect 3121, on the other hand, looks very tempting on paper - but trying to install it on Windows 2000 is an absolute nightmare (if you already have other adapter cards). I had severe hardware conflicts - which caused operating system driver corruptions in the end - and lots of wasted hours.

This is where Adaptec support came in. They gave me really good support, and refunded my money when we couldn't get the DuoConnect 3121 working under Windows 2000. And I bought their AFW-4300 instead.

In summary: The 4300 is a good card. Adapter cards from other companies are cheaper than Adaptec brand down here, but the Adaptec support is worth the extra money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Different software included
The card worked fine with plug-and-play on XP Home. One concern is that it showed up with a different name in the Hardware Manager than the instructions said it would. However, it seems to work fine.

One slightly annoying problem is that it didn't come as the MGI software that the description claims. I received Sonic MyDVD (misnamed since the demo version you get only creates VCDs, not DVDs) along with Arcsoft Showbiz. Sonic MyDVD wasn't able to burn a VCD on my computer. (It gave me "unknown error"), but the software that came with my camcorder didn't have a problem. Over-all I'm unimpressed with this replacement software, particularly since the bundled software was one of the reasons I bought this card. However, between Windows Movie Maker (that came with my machine) and the software that came with my Sony camcorder, I think I can do everything I need for now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to install and use!
I bought this card because it came with a cable. Giving the card only a 5 rating. Not super impressed by the editing software, MyDVD. It only burns VCD's with basic functions. In order to burn DVD's you have to purchase the upgrade. I will probably end up purchasing more sophisticated software for editing. I installed it on my Dell Dimension 8200 running Win XP. Plug and play just like the instuctions say. Easy to install, Win XP recognized the new hardware, couldn't be easier! Economical card, gets the job done.

5-0 out of 5 stars Could it get any easier?
I was able to install the card with minimal effort or difficulty. The whole process was actually easier than I thought it would be. Within about 30 minutes of opening the package I had read the installation paperwork, installed the card, and had begun capturing video from my DV camcorder. The accompanying video editing software was also easily installed and useful as an application for novice editors. I installed it into a Dell Dimension 4600 running Windows XP Pro and my camcorder is a Canon Optura 20 if that makes any difference.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great card and even better support
Got this card a year ago and it worked great connecting my XP Pro machine to my DV camcorder. More recently, got a Firewire drive and had some problems. Turned out I needed a patch from Microsoft, but Adaptec support is without a doubt the best free support I've used. Real dialogs with knowledgeable techs - no form letters. Works great now with both the hard drive and camera together. ... Read more


20. Microsoft Sidewinder Precision 2 Joystick
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005NIMA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 10835
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

In a wild, hair-raising dogfight, precision and control are critical. That's why the SideWinder has been reengineered for even more accuracy. With its comfortable handle and an improved throttle, this professional quality stick feels as great as it performs. Having the SideWinder on your side is like having an Ace for a wingman.Microsoft SideWinder is an ultimate joystick! ... Read more

Features

  • USB connection for plug-and-play ease
  • 16 programmable functions; 8 buttons plus 8-direction hat
  • Rotating handle gives precise rudder control
  • 146 degree action throttle for complete control from the joystick
  • Save and download programmed game commands into game-specific controller profiles

Reviews (23)

4-0 out of 5 stars It does work on XP
Just got hold of a second hand Precision Pro 2, and tried to install the sidewinder software...guess what it doesn't load on XP.
All you need to do is plug the jostick in and it works just fine with no drivers. You can't use the sidewinder software, but you don't need it. My advice just Plug 'n' Play no worries :o)
I mainly use this joystick with Microsoft's Flight Sim and it's fantastic, very smooth.

1-0 out of 5 stars Precision 2 Joystick no driver for xp
Microsoft Sidewinder Precision 2 Joystick
there is no driver for windows xp (not work on cd includet),so waste of money

5-0 out of 5 stars Migrated from Win98 to WinXP
First all I got was "joystick not installed"...I called my computer manufacturer.No dice...check Microsoft.Microsoft says not supported for winxp.Sheez...great joystick, hardly used at all.So I searched the internet and found that if you install the joystick with the USB port connector it should work.I found the old usb connector, that I never used before, in my pile of computer cables, and viola...it installed perectly and with no more trouble at all.
NOW HOW COME MICROSOFT didnt simply SAY THAT ! ! !
That's the BS with sucha great company!! !
Maybe someone at Microsoft will read this???

3-0 out of 5 stars Pricing
Why is this jostick so expensive($149.00) when I have bought this same item for $49.95

1-0 out of 5 stars Microsoft doesn't support their own products!
I've been burned by Microsoft twice before with Sidewinder joysticks.The first time I bought one was when I had Windows 98.It was a Sidewinder Pro.Great joystick, plug n play, all that.When I migrated to Windows 2000, I found that the Sidewinder Pro was not supported (despite being analog--you'd think it would be easy to program drivers for it).I thought, "Okay, maybe there are problems, blah blah blah."I then bought a Sidewinder Force Feedback Pro, again, great product, plug n play, all that.Worked great.When I migrated again to Windows XP I found AGAIN it wasn't supported by Microsoft.There is NO reason why a company such as Microsoft cannot support their own products on their own operating system.I will NEVER buy a Sidewinder again.I can't trust them.Buy anything else.I've had great luck with the Wingman Digital Extreme--$28 at WalMart--excellent buy! ... Read more


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