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This review is from: Definitive Technology Incline Desktop Computer Speaker with DAC - Pair (Black)
Pros: Amazing sound, built in DAC. 3.5mm jack, optical in
Cons: Proprietary speaker cable to attach speakers to each other, and it's not really all that long. Back panel covers 3.5mm and optical in ports and is . . . . attached EXTREMELY securely. If you use USB connection, it's not an issue.
Other Thoughts: Bought these on clearance from a local blue and yellow colored retailer, as they were priced to sell. Honestly I wasn't exactly sure what to expect from "audiophile" grade computer speakers. . Ive run M Audio monitors, the mainstream "high end" Klipsch Pro Media 2.1s, and at the price I got them and the description of the design, I was intrigued. I got them home, plugged them in, played with them for awhile, let my ears adjust to them [my current audio solutions are very treble heavy] and relaxed.
After several days, I don't want to get up or shut them off. THE SOUND IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I dunno if I'd pay the original price of $400, but if you can get these for $250 or less, and high quality audio experience is important to you, DON'T HESITATE!! They're clean, they're warm, they're amazingly forgiving on placement. . they honestly sound like speakers 2x their size. The passive radiators add plenty of low end, and it's as tight and responsive as you'd expect from a sealed passive rad setup.
This review is from: Razer Adaro Wireless - Bluetooth Headphones
Pros: Clear vibrant sound, [mostly] well constructed, long battery life.
Cons: Charging port cover is delicate enough that it came off the second time I attempted to pull it back. I was as gentle as I could be, but I guess it was more delicate.
Other Thoughts: Going into and coming back into sleep mode while these are attached can cause the audio to get muffled. . like a headphone cord that's half unplugged. I cannot determine whether this is an issue with my notebook or the headphones, so I'm mentioning it.
Overall, sound quality and general build quality are 5/5. Battery life is 5/5, range is 3/5 [SOMETIMES they go long distances, other times 4 ft away they start breaking up. Overall the product probably deserves 4.5/5 starts or so.
So why did I only give it 3 eggs?
When you turn on and off these headphones you get a nice verbal statement from a very european sounding female voice "your device is connected"
Upon shutting down, you get "your device is disconnect".
From ANY OTHER COMPANY this would not be worth mentioning, but this is Razer. It is a premium product developed by a private company that went out of their way to make sure the audio was spoken in EURO English, yet you get "device is disconnect". Yes, it's a nitpick. NO it does not affect the general performance of the sound from these headphones... but it drives me nuts every time I shut them off.
Pros: Very clear 1920 x 1080 TN screen. All the obvious stuff goes here: It's fast, it's everything you'd come to expect from Razer. It's backed by some of the best phone support I've ever experienced. bonus: It's Nvidia's maxwell architecture, not a rebranded keppler card!
Cons: It's not perfect. For all the extra blank space above and below the keyboard, they couldn't find room for some slightly higher end speakers? They're ok, but I've heard better. I don't mind that this doesn't have an ultra high resolution monitor, but an IPS display that was edge to edge glass would've really transformed this machine's image from "weaker big brother" to "beautiful slightly larger sibling. The TN panel is very good, but the plastic bezel SLIGHTLY detracts from the overall visual appeal [not that you can really see it when the screen is at full brightness. 2MP webcam. For a company known for attention to detail, they completely missed the ball here.
Other Thoughts: First off: At time of posting Newegg is listing this as a touch screen notebook. IT IS NOT. I touched it, and it swore at me for leaving fingerprints. The 860m is no 870m, but it doesn't really need to be. It handles everything *I* throw at it just fine. Diablo 3 maxed out runs in the low 80s for frame rates, Mechwarrior Online runs in the 40-50 FPS range. I've seen videos on youtube of battlefield maxed out running in the upper 40 FPS range. It's capable. Add to that that I can open two excel spreadsheets side by side without squinting, and I'm content with my purchase. Heat wise, when I first got it and was updating everything, I saw it spike up to 93c. Next day, it's not going over 73-75c with D3, MwO pushes it into the low 80s.
Ultimately, it's not an ultra portable gaming machine, but that's not what I needed. I needed something I can take with me on multi week business trips and park in my hotel room. If you require on the go anywhere access and portability, the 14" is probably your machine. If the slightly additional weight and size don't mean much to you, however, this is just as capable a gaming machine [native resolution to native resolution]. The Switchblade UI seems like a throw away at first, but with a little programming it can be an absolutely wonderful shortcut station. In addition, you can download apps such as the monitoring station that let you keep an eye on your processor usage, memory usage, etc, as well as a windows 8 shortcuts button and nice amenities like spotify control and easy access twitch.tv button.
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