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This review is from: ASUS Xonar DGX 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Gaming Audio Card
Pros: Easily installed (if you have even a modicum of PC hardware knowledge.) Open your case, plug it into any available PCIe slot, connect the front-panel cable header (if your case is so equipped,) close case, boot, install drivers and voila, sound! OK, there are a few minor steps omitted, but that is the gist of it.
Provides good, clear sound at a very affordable price, especially if you can score one on sale, or less preferably, with MIR. I do hate MIRs, though.
Should lighten the load on system resources by disabling integrated motherboard audio, but any sound card will provide this benefit.
Appears to be well made with good-quality PCB and components.
Windows utility provides a multitude of settings and options to help tailor your sound to whatever preferences you may desire.
Well-packaged, should survive all but the most brutal handling during transport.
Cons: Honestly, I cannot discern any real difference between this card and the integrated motherboard audio. This could be due to less-than-excellent speakers/headphone, but the fact remains, nonetheless.
The Windows utility is functional enough, but rather vague and confusing regarding all the various options and settings. There is no real built-in help, you must reference the manual or online PDF for clarification on a great deal of settings. Even then, the distinctions between some of the settings remains fuzzy and you're uncertain which might be best for different scenarios.
Mail-In-Rebate (at this time.) I despise MIRs (although I always redeem them,) I would rather have the choice of getting 1/2 the MIR amount off of the purchase price than go through the rebate hassles for the full amount.
Other Thoughts: I was forced to purchase a sound card since the rear-panel jacks on my motherboard inexplicably quit working one day. The front-panel ports still worked just fine, only the rear panel was affected -- and I didn't want to stare at an audio cable perpetually snaking out the front and back to my speakers -- so I opted to disable the onboard audio and go this route.
Mind you, I haven't owned a dedicated sound card in years, actually, more like decades, instead settling for the integrated motherboard audio, which has consistently gotten better over time.
This is a fine sound card for my needs, I do quite a bit of gaming but don't need audiophile quality for that. I wish I could say the sound from this dedicated peripheral blows away that of the integrated audio, but I simply cannot clearly tell one from the other.
I still hate MIRs.
My simplest advice: If you need a dedicated audio card, this should do the trick. If you can rely on your (functional) integrated audio, you probably won't be missing anything.
This review is from: SAMSUNG 16GB microSDHC Flash Card (Bulk Pack) Model MB-MSAGBBD1
Pros: Great price, very affordable.
Easy upgrade from older 2, 4 or 8GB microSD cards.
No compatibility issues so far.
Cons: Not the fastest cards available (Class 6 vs. Class 10)
Other Thoughts: I wouldn't recommend these for dedicated cameras (DSLR or point-n-shoot) due to the speed, but for other devices that don't require a high-speed transfer (phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) these are just fine.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NEW 100FT 100 FT ETHERNET NETWORK BLUE CAT5 CAT5E CABLE
Pros: Works as intended.
Nice blue color.
Connectors seem firmly attached.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: If you need a long, functional and colorful Ethernet cable and don't want to spend a lot, this is for you.READ FULL REVIEW