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This review is from: Corsair H1500 USB Connector Circumaural Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
Pros: This headset has a very strong build quality, they're not flimsy in the least. That's a problem with some headsets if the frame is made of plastic, and especially on the sliders themselves, where you'd adjust the size for your head, since it would be the narrowest part of the frame. This headset just feels extraordinarily more durable than any I've ever had before.
The pads are very comfortable as well, and I am a person who gets uncomfortable very easily. Other headphones I've used before will always hurt my ears and/or the top of my head after just a few minutes, but the Corair Gaming H1500's pads are so soft and have plenty of room to fit around my big ears, instead of crushing them, and I can game for hours and I forget they're even on my head.
Despite the closed design, the headphones still let plenty of environmental sound in as long as you have the volume set low. They do get very loud, however (probably dangerously loud) and can easily drown out your environment if you need to.
Sound quality is very good, and even though there's not a ton of bass, there's just enough to make me happy when listening to my favorite music. I've never experienced surround sound in headphones before, but it is easy for me to recognize what direction a sound is coming from in these headphones EXCEPT for rear-left. It might not be a problem with the headphones as much as it is my brain, but it's hard for me to determine that direction.
Lastly, the microphone is a vast improvement over my old desktop mic that I used to use. It can fold out of the way, and won't pick up too much environmental noise. It's noise cancelling is very good as well. The mute button is a very useful feature. When I first started playing with the headset, I kept accidentally knocking the mic with my hand if I were to try and scratch my nose or something. I apologized to my friends when it happened in case I deafened them with a knock to the microphone, but they said they didn't hear anything; So, I'm assuming it cancelled out the noise from accidentally hitting the back-side of the microphone stem.
Cons: My girlfriend wants to steal these, so it looks like I will be buying another pair soon.
Other Thoughts: Apparently my head isn't quite big enough. I have always considered myself to have an average sized head, some headsets I've used would seem too small even if I extended the sliders all the way out. These headphones fit a little loose when the sliders are closed. Not a lot, just a little bit. If I move my head too fast, they will fall off. That's my only problem with them, but they're so good over-all I've decided not to include this as a con.
I am very happy with this headset and would recommend it to ANYBODY looking for a good gaming headset without too big of a pricetag.
This review is from: D-Link DCS-7010L 1280 x 800 MAX Resolution RJ45 Outdoor HD Cloud Camera 7100
Pros: The mobile app (Android) worked wonderfully to view while away from the computer. You're limited to the screen size of your phone, however, but you still have the option to take a screenshot. Otherwise, since it's a cloud camera, you can access it from any internet-connected device. The mobile app supports two-way audio functions as well.
Great HD resolution is clear and precise.
Solid construction; This camera feels very, very sturdy. Even the metal mounting bracket is pretty thick. It's not just cheap plastic filled with electronics.
All mounting hardware is included, even drywall anchors if they are needed.
Motion detection with ability to take snapshots and send email alerts.
Night mode works well, and the 30ft estimate is about right; That's it though. Even at 30ft you can't tell a whole lot, but you can see movement.
Cons: There is an audio delay when using two-way communication, both to and from the unit. However, it is only a second or two, so it's not a terrible delay.
The night mode seems a little too sensitive, as it will activate even when there's plenty of light, taking it from the color day-mode to black and white night-mode. This can be seen as positive though, as you will always be able to see, even if it is in black and white.
Advanced options ONLY works properly in Internet Explorer. I tested using Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer, and IE is the only one that is really usable.
I can't find the MicroSD card slot. No, seriously: WHERE IS IT? There's nothing in the instructions relating to SD card, and no visible slot on the camera itself OR on any of it's connections.
The included CAT 5 cable is laughably short, but at least the connections from the back of the camera are kind of long.
Other Thoughts: One thing is for sure, you will need a proffessional to install this for you if you lack the skills and knowledge to do so yourself, especially if you plan on using it outside and there isn't an existing camera location. The camera is weatherproof, but it still needs power and a network connection, which need to be in a dry location.
You can designate motion-detection areas as well as schedule times for it to monitor those areas for movement, from there it can take a snapshot automatically and send you an email alert so you can monitor the situation, if you so choose.
There are two methods for viewing online from PC; One is the basic, easy to use cloud stream that the mobile app shares the functionality of, including taking snapshots and using 2-way communication. Then there's the advanced options, which requires you to log in as an admin with the password you set up. This allows many fine-tuning options and scheduling for motion detection and events such as email alerts.
I can't verify if this camera stops working in very cold conditions, as where I live it never gets too cold, maybe a few days below freezing in the heart of winter, but that's usually it.
This is still a great outdoor surveillance camera that offers outstanding picture quality, but I suppose you should be wary if you live in an area that gets very cold during the winter and plan on using it outdoors.
Pros: It's a Corsair, so it's not going to blow up your computer. ;)
Color scheme goes well with Blue/black builds (matches all my setups!)
Tons of modular cables to work with practically any build. They are all black in a ribbon-style so they're flat instead of bulky, making them squeeze into tight spaces behind the case side panel and mobo panel easier.
PCIE cables have two 6+2 pin connectors for a total of 6 possible connections. This means I actually have one less cable to route for my graphics card compared to my other PSUs. Gives you room for SLI/Crossfire setups.
Corsair Link software is very good, except for a couple of bugs. I don't know how accurate the wattage readings are but if they are even within a couple of watts, then my computer pulls way less power than I ever thought. It displays not only what your components are using from the PSU, but also what it's pulling from the wall, and calculates the efficiency. At idle it calculates about 80% efficiency, but it becomes much more efficient as more power is pulled from it and is getting 90-95% efficiency with my computer under load, however it's not using much wattage. See other thoughts for more details.
The fan is very quiet even at 100%, and cannot be heard over my other case fans. The fan test button is nice. The fanless mode at low wattages/heat is great for those looking for quiet operation. Honestly, even at load I don't think the fan has come on for my setup.
Inside, transformers indicate that it is a Channel Well Technology unit, all solder joints look superb, and there's only Nippon Chemi-Con brand Japanese capacitors. This is a very solid built PSU that will surely last a while; The warranty IS for 7 years, so it looks like Corsair is willing to back this up.
Cons: I'm not entirely sure the price is completely justified, but it has just released. I expect the price will lower and become a little more competitive after a while.
The Corsair Link software is a little bugged; When first installed it displayed temperatures and fan speeds for all hardware just fine, but after restarting the computer, everything has duplicated and it's now displaying a bunch of 0 degrees and 0 RPM icons. The "Graph" tab also does not display anything. I don't know what it's supposed to be graphing, but it isn't working. This is a software bug and I'm sure Corsair will figure it out with an update to the software.
Both of these issues will work out in the end so I'm not deducting any eggs for them.
Other Thoughts: The setup I tested this on was in a Corsair Graphite Series 600T case, with an ASRock Z97 Extreme 6, Intel i5-4670K, AMD Radeon HD7850, 3TB Seagate NAS HDD and a 128GB Samsung 830 SSD. Corsair link software reports that my computer consumes around 60W at idle, and around 200W at load. I would have never guessed it would consume so little power, making this PSU overkill in every sense of the term. I will hook it up to my AMD Bulldozer rig soon and check out what wattage it's using... I might be in for an unpleasant surprise.
Even with it's current price it's definitely not a bad deal. It's just that there's many more options for good 850W PSUs for much less, however they're not 80+ Platinum rated.
Some of the cables seemed to be harder to plug in than others. You have to keep pushing on them until you hear a slight "click" noise, then they're secure. Some went in with minimal effort, some required grabbing the back of the computer to stabilize it on the desk and worrying that I was going to break the PSU.
There are two Corsair link cables. One is a USB cable that plugs directly into a mobo header. This is nice but in my case and with my mobo, I have to disconnect half of my front USB 2.0 ports in order to use the software. The other cable is a little weird with only 4 wires and a very tiny connector on one end, with what looks like a miniature MOLEX connection on the other that plugs into the PSU. I have no idea what this is used for and the manual offers no clue either, and just calls it a "Corsair Digital Link Interface Cable". It appears some other, maybe older PSUs with Corsair Link only have this conector, so I assume this is an updated design.
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