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Microsoft Xbox One Chatpad
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5 out of 5 eggs Made for the Xbox One Controller for wired and wireless 05/03/2016

This review is from: Microsoft Xbox One Chatpad

Pros: Buttons feel natural and spaced well for a small form factor using both hands (thumbs). I have medium to large hands (5'11" male). Key-Lights illuminate with ease on the eyes to see the keys in the dark after pressing one of the keys (even the red/green function keys). If fits well on the controller and not too intrusive for gaming chatterers. I personally use it for Media and not games or chat. It doesn't require batteries as it attaches to the Controller for power. It fits securely, firm with no wiggle room, but is easy to attach/unattached to the controller and is hot swap-able (W10/Xbone). It has that quality feel.

It works with Windows 10 wired and wireless via Xbox One Wireless Receiver for both the Original Xbox Controller and the one designed for the PC (which does not have audio jack). The chatpad needs to be plugged into every Xbox One Controller via USB to the Xbox One Console FIRST as the Xbox One Console is the means by which you update the firmware for each controller. The chatpad does not have firmware to be updated, just the controllers. After the firmware is updated, it will work on Windows 10 or Xbox One. You will need to pair the controller to Windows 10 again after the firmware update, if going wireless on the PC.

Cons: Not really a con (just a fact) that It will not work when not attached to the controller however it does not need batteries. It does not work with the latest MAC OS, Ubuntu 16.04 or FireTV v2 but neither does the Controller natively.

Other Thoughts: A headphone set can be attached to it via extension to the front panel part of the chatpad, however I don't use headphones on the Xbone, so I did not test.

You will need at least a pointing device if using with Windows 10 to navigate the GUI. The X button on the spacebar row is your backspace/delete button. I used it with a wireless Logitech unifying receiver KB/M and Xbox360 wireless receiver, Xbone wireless receiver at the same time with no interference or issues on Windows 10.

EA Access 12 Month Subscription - Xbox One
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5 out of 5 eggs Best Value ever for any Console 04/21/2016

This review is from: EA Access 12 Month Subscription - Xbox One

Pros: Tons of top of the line games in The Vault. A must get subscription for sports fans including a few 2016 games. Just check out the current Vault games by searching "EA Access Xbox One" and be amazed at the value of this subscription. Try out games an eta week or so before release date usually for 10hrs of game time. Try out the games even after release dates to see if that version of the game is for you. It was easily streamlined to put the Code in EA Access on the Xbox One.

Cons: Not available on PS4 or WiiU yet. PC version is an entirely different subscription. But I am not complaining, just noting as a matter of fact.

Other Thoughts: I got my 12-month original code in a Xbox One Madden Console package back in August 2015. I bought this EA Subscription Card Product above during the 2015 Holiday Sales because I figured I would renew it anyway in August 2016. I decided to just input the Code with my Xbox Live account this month of April 2016 (which EA Access is accessible just like Xbox Live Gold). The code updated my subscription to Aug 2017 immediately without issue. That is nice to know if you get one as a gift for renew.

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4 out of 5 eggs Great OC'd, Quiet, Low Temps 01/20/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980Ti 6GB WINDFORCE 3X OC EDITION

Pros: Ultra-quiet fans on load, great OC’d (1503 boost), Temps not above 70c on load running FireStrike Extreme 1.1 @ 2560X1600 which scored 8454 (GPU score 9204) / compared to a GTX 780ti GV-N78TGHZ-3GD it replaced which scored before taking it out 5599 (GPU score 5896). The Guru-2 OC software Gigabyte offers is decent and showed the elements as accurate as MSI AB. I am sticking with MSI AB though. Why four stars instead of five, see cons. This model needs a serious GPU BIOS Update which currently doesn’t exist. They do have a very nice GPU Bios Utility and I am looking forward to using it when Gigabyte addresses the issue in Cons.

Cons: I ran into the same issue others have with the GPU not wanting to wake up the LCD, thus it booted with a black screen, no Bios screen, no splash screen, no windows screen with my HP ZR30w using a 10ft DVI-D cable which worked perfectly fine with the GTX 780ti GV-N78TGHZ-3GD for over a year. I tried my other PCIe 16bit slot on my MB with same bad results. I tried a 10ft DP cable and got a blinking screen issue. I then went to a 7ft DP cable and it worked just fine. I tried the 10ft DVI-D cable with an Asus 24” VW266H and it worked fine. I could duplicate the screen not being powered on by turning off the PC for an hour. I tested both the 7ft DP with the HP ZR30w and 10ft DVI-D with the Asus VW266H by keeping it powered off overnight and they both passed. For immediate results fixing the black screen issue, I had to power off the PC, physically unplug the power button on the PC and press the power button to discharge the MB. Plug power cable back in and it would boot fine. Over course, that is unacceptable for a regular routine. Finding the right cable and LCD was a trying procedure to get right.

My card box was not shrink wrapped and may have been an open box. All the protective film was on the shroud of the card though, which I took off.

Other Thoughts: ASIC on this card is 72.8 which I don’t have confidence to mean much with nVidia Cards. NVidia driver used was 361.43. BIOS on MB is the latest. CPU not OC’d, System RAM set at XMP speed.

Corsair 500R Case, H110 Hydro, 1200AX PSU, Asus Maximus Hero VI MB, Intel 4770K CPU, Gigabyte GPU GV-N98TWF3OC-6GD, G-Skill Trident 2400MHz 32GB, Crucial M500 960GB SSD, Seagate 2TB HDD x2, Creative SBZ to Denon AVR-4311ci - Infinity Primus 5.1 w/Klipsch Sub XW-300d, HP ZR30w 30" S-IPS LCD, W10 64bit

The Rise of the Tomb Raider game code came with a nVidia code via the email you use with Newegg, NVidia streamlines the game into Steam from there. NVidia does not give you a code to manually put into Steam anymore. This may affect people that desire to sell the code, as the process is tide to your email, but I dunno because I wanted the game anyways.


Sherwood P.'s Profile

Display Name: Sherwood P.

Date Joined: 06/27/02

  • Reviews: 27
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  • First Review: 11/15/02
  • Last Review: 05/03/16
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