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Syba OG-AUD63038-2 Oblanc Cobra200 2.0 Stereo Headphones with In-line Mic (Black)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: These Sybas are on the bassy side. They feel good, maybe a little tight on the head but the pleather covered foam padding is firm and comfy. If I'm busy working or gaming I can usually forget they're even on, although because of their fit and pleather seal around the ears they can get a bit warm after a while depending on ambient temperature. The microphone seem to work well enough, I haven't used it extensively though.

Cons: Unfortunately they're also a little muddy sounding. Although that usually comes with the bassy territory. The dynamic range of these cans is kind of weak. They drop sharply around 30hz but down to 20hz is still somewhat usable. On the high end, they basically die around 16500 hz. Sure, they make sound up to 20khz, but you're not going to hear it in practical listening as it's extremely quiet compared to their mostly usable range of 30 - 16k.

Other Thoughts: These headphones, like any others, will work great for some things and not so well for others. They shine for vocals and some pop or bass tracks, although not all bass tracks since they'll trail off for the really low stuff. Most modern rock comes through muffled and muddy, although some things can sound really great if they aren't heavy sounding already. Just as an example, Joe Jackson's Look Sharp! or Green Day's 1039/Smooth actually sound thumpy through these headphones, if you're familiar with those albums you'll know that isn't natural. Other things that are already mixed on the bassy side, Soundgarden or Powerman 5000 for instance, are really mellow and basically sound like you're listening through pillows.

They do require a little bit of power, I usually use them on my PC and they work fine, if I use them on something like my cell phone it can't quite give them what they need and will start to distort and garble above 70% power.

Overall though despite the unnaturally deep tone and slight tightness, they're really just easy to listen to. I've never found them fatiguing and, as I mentioned previously, aside from needing a break to let them (and my ears) air out after a couple hours I don't ever feel a pain or fatigue that would force me to remove them before I was finished. I got them roughly 86% off their 69.99 MSRP, and considering their comfort and moonlighting as a headset/mic I think they were worth it.

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UtechSmart US-D8200-GM High Precision Laser Gaming Mouse - 8200 DPI, 11 Programmable Buttons, Weight Tuning Cartridge, Omron Micro Switches for PC
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a pretty good feeling mouse to me. Despite its size it is a lighter mouse, and it does come with weights if you prefer it heavier. It glides wonderfully across my Razer eXactMat. The buttons mostly have solid clicks and aren't too hard, although the right click seems slightly stiffer than the left click. The mouse wheel has decent notches, scrolling isn't the snappiest I've ever felt but it's pretty good for the price. I'm not really a fan of tilt wheels but this one feels firm. The wheel itself has a soft rubber surround with ridges and grips easily. The top two thumb buttons could use a shorter throw to actuation, but they're raised enough that they don't feel that bad (they mush sort of like the Kova+'s side buttons but they don't sit flush with the mouse, which makes them feel better). No interpolation, this mouse is pixel precise at its highest DPI. No angle snapping, either. The LED bars on the left side of the mouse distinctly indicate at which DPI level the mouse currently sits. Every button is programmable, even the DPI switch. The macro features work well enough, recording keyboard commands and can insert pauses in 50ms increments, you can also assign single key presses to the buttons. Also has independent X/Y sensitivity if you're into that. Response time adjustable to 250, 500 or 1000hz. Logo color/pulsing is adjustable, and able to be disabled.

Cons: The right side button is not really useful for my grip (I fingertip), I can hit it but it feels a bit awkward if I'm trying to do it quickly and smoothly. There isn't much granularity to the DPI settings, I'd like to see finer control (a'la Razer On-The-Fly). I also wouldn't mind better control of the LED color in the driver.

Other Thoughts: You can have finer control of the LED in a roundabout manner though if you tell the driver to save your profile and edit the resulting .conf file at the "LedColor" line, just inputting a number between 0 and 16777215ish. I also mentioned I'm a fingertipper and as such I am not a huge fan of "ergonomically" curvy mice, however this mouse is not as bad as some. I'd actually like to see a symmetrical mouse like this, mirrored with the left side. The reason is because I've tried this mouse using my left hand and it actually feels pretty good, the lower thumb button kind of turns into a pinky button. I'm not a natural lefty so I can't really do much besides putz around but if you're a (big handed) fingertip grip lefty that could live without thumb buttons while gaining two ring finger buttons and a pinky button, might want to consider trying this one. Or one like it, you'll probably notice the shell of this mouse is similar to mice of some other manufacturers although this one from UtechSmart has the most precise sensor I've seen with this design.

I got this mouse for slightly over thirty beans, and I would say my 5 eggs hold firm for another ten. This is a great mouse for the price, although as price rises so does the competition. The software is a bit weak for the Grant and up crowd but if they made some improvements there (quality of experience stuff like a finer on the fly sensitivity, more advanced macroing, immediate profile switching, etc..) I think this mouse could give the more established manufacturers a run for their money.

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PC Power and Cooling Silencer 910W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Everything. Some power supplies may do some specific things slightly better but no other power supply comes close to doing everything as well as this one. I've been running this supply across two SLI builds over two years. Currently attached to 5 7200RPM drives and a overclocked AMD 1100T on a completely full M4N98TD motherboard and never breaks a sweat.

One huge rail of clean, nearly limitless power. No wimpy multirail buffoonery here.

Cons: It's discontinued.

Capacitors don't last forever, which means I'll probably either have to fix this myself someday far into the future or replace it with some inferior unit.

Other Thoughts: There is plenty of test data available across various websites that can attest to the quality of this power supply, no one needs to take my word for it. I'm just here to give it one more belated 5 egg rating. Because it deserves it.

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Date Joined: 05/16/05

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