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HyperX Fury Pro Gaming Mouse Pad - Large
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Competitive Review 05/23/2015

This review is from: HyperX Fury Pro Gaming Mouse Pad - Large

Pros: Large size - For players playing low sensitivity who need the extra swiping space.

No logo/texture which interferes with mouse movement

Smooth Glide - Works great with hyperglide mousefeet, will take a short while to adjust to the pad now that you have extra horizontal space. I find the glide to be quick enough to move around and slow enough to keep it under control, would be nice if it had even more control.

Low price

Cons: 1) Ships rolled, this leads the pad to be uneven and regardless of how much you roll it the opposite side or place heavy objects on it, it will never be perfectly flat like other competitors mousepads. Shipping the mousepad not rolled with of course cost more, but for a better product it's worth it.

2) Middle layer foam is not tightly woven, this leads to 'air pockets' between the mousepads bottom and upper layer. I ordered 2 pads and both had air pockets, the second ones air pocket was much less so I kept it as my daily usage. This also affects mousepad 'hardness' (sink you get when you apply pressure)

3) Glide becomes damaged when mousepad is cleaned, they don't specify a specific way to clean so I lightly rubbed the pad with a damp microfiber cloth and waited for it to dry, the glide was not the same and I had to order another pad. I do not recommend cleaning this pad with any type of liquids

4) Both pads had very minor frays on the right side, doesn't affect glide but you do notice it by eye. Wouldn't remove rating for that at all.

5) Bottom layer offers nothing in terms of sticking to desk, it simply sticks to the desk due to its mass. It will slide around at first until the pad is less 'uneven' which will take a week or so because the pad shipped rolled. Afterthat it shouldn't budge at all. Again this isn't enough to stop you from buying this product.

6) Catches dust easily, dust your room often and blow on the pad to try and keep it off. I don't recommend using water on the pad, it may work just gently letting water run on the pad but if it changes the glide then you may have ruined your pad so try and avoid that.

Other Thoughts: I contacted kingston customer support via phone about the air bubble and the rep didn't know what an air bubble in a mousepad was, he took down my info and said he'd speak to the QC department to see if it'd be something they would honor/replace - they never called back.

I bought two pads, one had an air pocket on the bottom left, the second pad had a much smaller air pocket in the lower left center. The first pads air pocket was much worse in that you felt it when you glided over it. Luckily the second pad I don't feel it so I kept that pad.

Also the glide became 'slick' after I cleaned it off.. that's a huge con and I won't be cleaning this second one, I render the pad not usable when it becomes so slick.

Not a bad first cloth product from kingston, I personally use it over other pads simply due to the size being larger than basically anything on the market in non desk size. I also like the glide. You can happily replace any type of qck+/qck heavy with this pad, if you have something like an artisan shiden or similar mousepad then you're looking in the wrong area - these are cloth pads.

I play competitive fps at a high level and you can have my seal of approval that this is a product you can purchase with ease of mind that it will do your fragging job and provide you with the space to do so.

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SENNHEISER G4ME ZERO 2 x 3.5 mm Connector Circumaural Premium Closed Acoustic Gaming Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great sound quality

Great Microphone quality

Easy to mute flip-up microphone

Comfortable and adjustable

Very long cable, which is a big plus

Easy to clean/care for

After getting a soundcard they produced sound properly, I turned off any special soundcard 'effects' and put a flat equalizer and the headphones produced great quality afterwards

Cons: Requires a sound card, if not used with a soundcard the headphones will always sound 'weak'.

The volume adjustment on the headset itself is a very small range, meaning all your volume adjustment must be done via your soundcard itself.. Takes a while to get a perfect volume - Wish the on-headset adjustment made it way louder like other headsets but I'm not big in the audio knowledge so maybe there is a reason for this limiting factor."

Extremely expensive, it's a good product for sure.. but the price doesn't feel just.

Other Thoughts: I should of gotten the open-ear edition, closed ear is great for the gaming I do. But the fact is the frequency range is worse on closed ear and positional audio is much better on open-ear.

I contacted sennheiser to see if I could replace the closed ear edition with the open-ear edition and they did not agree which upset me because it's under warranty and working fine, I could of even shipped back in the original box which I still have.

Be careful adjusting equalizer bands, raising a frequency by even a small amount can produce an unheard pitch which will cause ear pain and headaches.

If you want to use the 'crystalizer' use it on a low setting like 23% and if you do use crystalizer you must set windows speaker configuration to disable 'high range speakers' because it will give you headaches. High range speakers allows very low and very high frequencies to go through to your headphones instead of 'filtering' them out.

To use those and not get a headache, you must disable the crystalizer entirely in my experience. I currently disabled crystalizer entirely and just use the high range speaker setting via windows speaker configuration. You can configure this in playback devices. I also use stereo mode for these headphones.

Hope this info helps, enjoy.

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SAMSUNG 850 PRO MZ-7KE256BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The drive is fast
Works well after being setup properly, meaning correct SATA cables, correct bios settings, correct drivers installed, configured through windows properly and all that jazz.

Before the bad firmware update my speeds were around 580 MB/s read and 550 MB/s write. Both of these were lowered 30 MB/s + after the bad firmware update.

Cons: Expensive

Magician software is not necessary and I felt even with the descriptions on the website the information provided on what each setting does was not enough

A firmware update was prompted to me via magician and I installed it, rebooted and checked the drive.. Everything fine. Later I rebooted again and I had a bsod, tried just about everything until I realized that the firmware update had killed my drive.

So I kept checking bios, seeing if something else failed.. and eventually put in my windows CD and tried to repair windows... got no where ----- then I reinstalled windows and turned out the drive was alive (new firmware was on it as well).

So I didn't lose 'all' of my data, pretty much the configs and what other information came back in a windows.old (which I deleted later).

So what happened was this, when the firmware updated it changed my C:\ drive to a D:\ drive and apparently this cannot be changed anywhere BUT windows.. so when windows tried to boot, it was trying to boot from C:\ but the only thing in C:\ now was the 'system reserved' that windows creates on a drive for the filesystem, it was trying to boot from that instead of the drive itself and there was no way of fixing it besides reinstalling windows..

Some people found a work around by booting to last known working configuration but either I couldn't get to that page or it was already too late as I found out too late in a panic to get my rig working again.

Now the drive has been working fine since BUT it is indeed slower than what it was prior to the firmware update (every single person I've spoken to on the new firmware also claims they lost speed in both read/write/4k) Now this isn't really noticeable as the drive is still fast, but it is an annoyance that my drive will always be slower than what it was.

Samsung support didn't reply to anything on their facebook page and they have no support forum on their website (probably to avoid negative comments).. shortly after they pulled the firmware update and as of 5/13/2015 they have never put out any other firmware for this drive.

Now I'm not sure if anyone lost their drive to this, but I'm certain if you just reinstall windows the drive will work again. At least for me all it did was change the letter of the windows file system and the boot drive around to the point where you would just bsod everytime it tried to boot into windows because there was no operating system being found.

So as of now, no real complaints. I did not ever reinstall samsung magician, just manually installed the proper intel RST driver for my chipset (without the software via device manager) set my pc to high performance, and disabled hibernation mode and let the drive be.. didn't touch any other settings.

Other Thoughts: I'm a little upset with Samsung and how this firmware update had NO warning what so ever that data may be lost or come corrupt.

Also for future reference firmware updates should NEVER, EVER be made available via your software. A firmware update should only be grabbed from the website itself with detailed patch notes on what was changed and if it's actually needed. At the time I thought firmware update = improvements but I didn't need that firmware update for any reason what so ever and ended up becoming very stressed having to reinstall my operating system.

Also I didn't even bother calling their support as most likely they would want me to RMA and send the drive back to them, which would take probably 4+ business days to arrive to them.. another 2 weeks sitting there for 'confirmation and processing' then another 5-8 business days for it to return to me...

Luckily the drive lived.. just sharing this terrible experience so nobody else has to go through with it.

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Date Joined: 05/05/09

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