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ORICO HPC-4A5U 4 Outlet Power Strip with Surge Protector, 5 USB Intelligence Charging Ports (3 x 5V1A,2 x 5V2.4A) - Black
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Pros: I bought this for travel, in hotels rooms it's So much easier than trying to plug in everything all across the room and ruining out of outlets. 1 plug an I can plug in EVERYTHING I own and charge it all up and never forget anything that's hidden behind some bed or chair. The high amp USB ports are great too. I don't have to bring a single USB charger or high amp charger.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Deals come around a lot for this device. camp out and you'll save some $.

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ViewSonic XG2401 23.6”  Black 144Hz 1ms (GTG), HDMI Widescreen AMD FreeSync ( Adaptive-Sync) LED Backlight LCD Gaming Monitor ,350 cd /m2 120M:1, 1000:1 ,Built-in Speakers
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4 out of 5 eggs Feature packed 144hz & FreeSync monitor does all that it claims it does and does it very well. 04/20/2016

This review is from: ViewSonic XG2401 23.6” Black 144Hz 1ms (GTG), HDMI Widescreen AMD FreeSync ( Adaptive-Sync) LED Backlight LCD Gaming Monitor ,350 cd /m2 120M:1, 1000:1 ,Built-in Speakers

Pros: In short it does everything it claims to, and it does it very well. I am going to assume you have already decided you want a fast (1ms), 144hz & FreeSync monitor, as captain obvious reports, buying a monitor for a feature you can’t use or you’re just going to “try out” does not make sense. But more about that in the “Other” section.

Sharpness: it has about 92 PPI, which is what I like personally. And higher than that I am upscaling everything. Colors are really great, with the refresh so high, it’s almost a kind of hyper realism, like you’re moving your mouse across a photo vs a monitor background.
Two HDMI ports, 1 DisplayPort and a USB 3.0 hub are your connectivity. Great if you ever want to easily add some USB headphones and a Webcam.

The monitor easily shifts from landscape to portrait mode, has onboard speakers and the stand which is easily adjustable.

Cons: Price, I’m sure it will settle down, but it seems really high now. Not really a con, but you also have to commit to being an AMD guy for a while if you want to use freesync.

Other Thoughts: Should you buy this monitor? This is a personal question along the same lines as what computer chair/mouse/speakers to buy. “It depends”. DO NOT BUY A MONITOR FOR A FEATURE YOU HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED. You HAVE to do whatever you can possible do to go SEE and/or Freesync in person for the games you play in. You may see this and decide it’s the absolute best thing in the world and you gotta have it. Or you may see it and think it’s kinda nice, and maybe you can tell a little difference but it’s not worth the premium. That’s the real bottom line. For me the answer is no, but you shouldnt’ care what I think. Is 144hz and FreeSync worth the 2-300% premium? You can buy three 23” monitors instead of this one. I personally think that would make a better immersive gaming experience, if you play First Person Shooter games as I do, it’s not worth it for me. But you may easily have different settings and desires than me. (FYI the types of games I play, usually COD series, Crysis, Elite Sniper, Battlefield, etc)

I’d call myself a monitor guy. I can appreciate a monitor with proper colors, brightness and features. I have three Dell 2560X1600 U3014’s so I don’t balk at costly monitors, but if I had about $300, again I’d get three 24” 1080P monitors and game on that.

So if you want 23-24” 144/1ms/Freesync good colors and features, and the price is right, you would not be disappointed with this monitor.

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Corsair Hydro Series™ H100i V2 Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
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3 out of 5 eggs Top notch cooling at a huge cost, and I’m not just talking about price. 03/24/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series™ H100i V2 Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm

Pros: 5 year warranty is nice. I hear they will replace your parts that get water damaged. That’s nice service. You will certainly get top notch cooling at a good handful of degrees warmer than ambient... but...

Cons: I know watercooling sounds so “cool” and is so tempting. I fell for it too. But when I got it, I noticed something. It was a lot louder than my Noctua 14. And barley cooler. And the pump noise, that vibration is audible too, and really REALLY annoying after a while. And I was totally confused until I started doing some research and comparisons. The benchmarks don’t lie, let me summarize: While this water cooler does cool about 3° better than watercooling, it does so at over twice as loud of other cheaper high end air coolers. (over 12db louder) And silence is golden to me. I don’t want something that sounds like a muffled hair dryer on high and a pump drone noise on low. Only people who have never built a computer before don’t care about sound levels.

If you want watercooling performance at 30dB (silent) instead of 43-60dB (that’s not twice as loud, dB is a logarithmic scale, 30-60 magnitude is 1000 not 100) I recommend getting the The Thermalright True Spirit 140. At ~$50 it’s half the price, half the size, half the noise, on par with performance and you never never have to worry about the water eventually leaking or the pump dying out. Water eventually wears everything down, anyone ever had an aquarium? Pumps don’t last forever. The pump, the tubs, the water block, the radiator, and all the connections is a lot of failure points. But let’s not worry about that, let’s say it’s going to be perfect and run forever, but if you just focus on performance (sound levels and performance) and price, this does not make sense. I know a lot of watercooling fanboys will not like this. I’m just trying to save you some possible headaches and money. Get a Thermalright True Spirit 140 or a Noctua 14/15 and use some Phobya LM thermal paste (the best as of the writing of this review, you can buy it here at newegg) and enjoy the silence with no worries and top notch performance. Maybe watercooling will get a smaller quieter better performing solution one day soon, but that day is not today.

Other Thoughts: Googling around the internet, Yes there are reports of this leaking, yes this brand new one, yes this V2. Yes this is just a rebranded H100i GTX. That’s kind of nerve racking for someone that *needs* their computer working all day every day. It's not worth it for me, but maybe you're deaf and don't need a computer to be working, and you like hassle, and need those extra 3 degrees that this water gives over other high end air solutions, this could be good for you.

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Date Joined: 10/28/02

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