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SteelSeries Flux In-Ear Mobile 3.5mm Connector Canal Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good sound, comfortable, easy to untangle 08/18/2014

This review is from: SteelSeries Flux In-Ear Mobile 3.5mm Connector Canal Headset

Pros: These produce great sound. I don't want to oversell this, as you can surely get better sound from more expensive over-ear headphones, but for its price range it is as at least as good as some of the expensive in-ear competitors and better than what comes with most phones.

They are also very comfortable. As is expected with any mid-to-high end headset, these come with 3 different sized ear pieces so you can find the one that fits you best. I found the headset to be very comfortable for long listening sessions.

The microphone also worked very well. I took numerous phone calls using the headset and didn't receive any complaints that I couldn't be heard and was not asked to repeat myself.

I cannot agree with the 'no tangly mess' claim. However, this is by far the easiest headset to untangle that I've used. The number of tangles are few, and knots are virtually non-occurrences.

Cons: The headset comes with a mute button for the microphone on the cord, and that's it. If a skip ahead/back button is a must-have then you'll need to look elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: The addition of a carrying case is a nice touch. And, even though I find fault with the 'no tangly mess' claim, I found that when using the case the already low number of tangles were further reduced.

These quickly became my daily headphones.

LG 34UM95-P Black 34
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a very lightweight and thin monitor. (See the spec for exact measurements.)

The IPS panel is absolutely gorgeous.

It comes with 2 HDMI cables.

The screen size and DPI is perfect for multi-tasking. I kept the resolution at 3440x1440 and this worked great for placing two documents next to each other.

I'm used to working with two 24" Dell monitors. They are nice, sharp monitors, but as soon as I placed this LG next to them I noticed a difference. Even after adjusting settings on all of the monitors (e.g. out of the box the blues on the LG were a little too pronounced). The colors on this LG just pop, they appear to be more accurate, whites are whiter, it simply delivers a crisp, clean image. For the professionals or perfectionists out there, it can be calibrated using compatible equipment. I don't own any such equipment, if this is a concern for you I recommend finding a professional review.

As mentioned, my normal work environment is two 24" monitors sitting next to each other. Combined they are slightly larger than this LG, however the LG could easily be a replacement for the two. Or even better, I've been keeping one of them connected for those occasions where it's handy to have a third monitor. (You can never have too many readable screens, right?). I've found that the LG's screen size and resolution is great for putting two documents, or a web site and a document, etc…. next to each other. Each takes half the screen, and half the screen is the right size to have two READABLE documents side-by-side. On some monitors when putting two documents on the screen you sacrifice on the width and end up scrolling back and forth, or you have to zoom out and end up squinting at the document. Not so with this LG. It quickly became part of my normal working process.

Cons: I had some initial trouble with the stand. When first attached, it turned out the screws went in at an odd angle. I tried to stand up the monitor and the screws popped out. A scary experience but because I didn't trust those two little screws I still had my hands under the monitor so it did not fall. I re-adjusted the stand using the lower set of holes (there's only two options for attaching the stand, and height-wise they're not much more than an inch apart) and have not had a problem with it.

The stand itself can be tipped slightly, up and down. It's not height adjustable, nor can you rotate the screen left or right. A screen of this length would require a lot of space to rotate so it's not likely something that'd be done very often. In general, if you'll want to adjust the height or angle you're better off putting this on a VESA mount.

Other Thoughts: The power supply is an external brick. This shouldn't be much of a surprise as thin monitors like this often move the power supply out of the unit to cut down on components, heat generated (and thus more components needed), etc.

I didn't notice any backlight bleed on my unit.

LG has a software utility called Screen Split. I found this works fine but for me it is unnecessary. It allows you to divide the screen up into almost as many different areas as you want. For example, divide in half, in vertical thirds, in a grid of 4, in grid of 3 'cells' (left side is one, right side is split into 2; top is one, bottom is split into 2, etc.), etc. You can then drag a program into one of the 'cells' and the monitor will size the application to take up that 'cell'. It's a neat feature for a monitor this size and if you want to cut the screen into a 2x2 grid (or whatever you fancy), then it's nice to have. However, in practice I used either the whole screen or just cut in half vertically down the middle. Since Windows already allows you to snap applications to the left or right side of the screen (click an application then drag it to one side with the mouse, or on the keyboard click the Windows key + left or right arrow), I found I didn't use the Screen Split utility. But it's there if you need it.

There's another feature that I didn't find much use for: The ability to have half the screen show my laptop and another half show another device (a tablet, or blu-ray player, or another computer, or …). Still, it works if you need that functionality.

I'm always in favor of increased functionality (when it's easy to use), and just because I didn't find much use for the features doesn't mean someone else won't. That's why I mention them here and not in pros or cons. So to the manufacturers: as long as the feature/functionality is easy to use, by all means keep it on the product.

SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-Size Headset Heat Orange Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Comfortable, Good Performance 06/25/2014

This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-Size Headset Heat Orange Edition

Pros: Very comfortable, even after long listening sessions.

The default sound was good, not great. Then I installed the "Steel Series Engine 3" software and more options were opened up. It includes 7 presets, as well as an equalizer. I found the Music preset to be very good, but there are five frequency sliders that you can adjust to your liking.

The configuration software lets you set up different profiles, and if you like you can associate them with specific programs. For example, I set the default to Music, and then created a profile set to the Voice preset. I then associated this profile with voice & video-conference programs such as Skype. Whenever I received a voice call and switch to the Skype window, the sound automatically adjusted. When I moved off of this window, the sound adjusted back. I was impressed at how well this worked.

I tested the mic on some video & voice calls and on extended conversations the people I was talking to had no problem hearing me and said that I came through very clear. Using the Voice preset they came through to me very clear.

It comes with a USB extension cable in case you need to make it longer.

Cons: The only con I have is that these can get a bit warm around the ears. In a hot room, it might be a problem. It was only a minor annoyance to me.

Other Thoughts: I'm on Firmware

I highly recommend installing the "Steel Series Engine 3" software to take full advantage of automatic profile changes and to open up the equalizer for optimizing the sound.

You can change the pulsating lights, for example to match the sound, and even turn them off if that's not your thing.

CloudSync? Keep my settings in the cloud? Seriously? Ok, I don’t doubt that for some this is a worthwhile feature. But for how many? Everybody's jumping on the sync anywhere bandwagon which in theory I don't have a problem with. But in practice it means different accounts with a variety of vendors all implementing their own solutions with their own secure (or insecure) methods. I don't consider this feature a positive or negative, but I won't be using CloudSync.


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