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This review is from: MyKronoz ZeFit
Pros: + Attractive display
+ Comfortable to wear, even on larger wrists like mine
+ PC and Mac software; so no smart phone required
Cons: - Software is a fail on so many levels
- Reported battery life of 4-ish days
- Birthday is configured DAY / month / year which is fine in Europe but this isn't Europe and it can't be changed so be mindful on how you enter your information.
Other Thoughts: I have a Blackberry so as per the norm the device does not support my phone. After 30 minutes charging via USB I tried to setup the device using the family iPad Air but it was a fail. Why? Wish I could say but during the REQUIRED account setup I received the oh so descriptive error message: "Failed". After numerous attempts to not fail by changing username, password configuration, etc I gave up with the iPad.
The MyKronoz website vague and sparse help pages suggested I try the PC software. I downloaded the .zip file, unpacked it and installed the software. Computer reboot required, fine. Launch the program, plug in the band via USB and try to setup an account. Good news, no "Failed" error message. Bad news, all that it would do is state "Processing" for about 3 seconds then nothing. No screen progression, no error message, no nothing.
I let the band charge for 2 hours, and retried the account setup. Whoa, I got progressing then advancement. I guess the band needed to be fully charged? So I login, configure the band and the final pane of the process it sends me back to the login screen. Fine, it did automatically update the band firmware. The login screen remembers my email address and password, great. Error window that states, "This band is connected to another account." What? So I disconnect the band, plug it back in and wait for about 20 minutes. I try to login again and viola, I'm in and it syncs.
I'm going to use this band for the next few days and see how it pans out. At this point, I'm pretty sure I'll be returning it.
This review is from: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 04G-P4-1982-KR 4GB SC GAMING, Silent Cooling Graphics Card
Pros: + Reference style "blower" cooler will actually exhaust hot air out the rear of the case
+ Fan is noticeably quieter than the EVGA 680 SC which it replaces.
+ G-sync works great and automatically in games
+ 1440p gaming is as smooth or smoother than 1080p gaming was on the 680
Cons: - Does not come with a backplate
- Can not purchase a backplate for it from EVGA. Customer service rep states they have no plans at this time to provide a backplate option for this version (1982) of the 980 (or for the non-Super Clocked version 1980).
(rant) What gives EVGA? My 680 SC and 470 SC before it both came with a backplate pre-installed. Now, not only are you asking an additional $20 (lame) for backplates, you don't plan to make one available for these two cards? I bought a backplate for my GTX 750 SC, a 750! but not for a $550 980 that could actually use the extra rigidity? I call foul, especially when your competition actually includes backplates with some of their 980s. If you are going to make us shell out another $20 you could at least provide the option on ALL your high-end cards. (/rant)
- Only has one DVI port
Other Thoughts: As stated above this card was purchased to replace an EVGA 680 Superclock w/ Backplate. The upgrade was necessitated by my transitioning from 1080p gaming to 1440p gaming using the Asus ROG Swift monitor (which is glorious BTW).
I ran Heaven benchmark at both 1080p and 1440p below are the results:
Settings: 1080p - 4X AA - High Quality - Normal Tessellation
Min FPS: 14.7
Max FPS: 126.8
Settings: 1440p - 8X AA - Ultra Quality - Extreme Tessellation
Min FPS: 18.8
Max FPS: 85.1
The 1080p settings are my "standard" setting I use for all GPU tests but I cranked them all to the max on the 1440p run to stress the card as much as possible. I was not disappointed.
The first test was run using standard fan settings. Teh GPU never crested 80 degrees C. I ran EVGA Precision X 16 monitor software during the 2nd test and set the fan speed control to "Aggressive". The fan noise was louder than stock but not annoyingly so. Despite the much more rigorous test, the GPU temp never crested 70 degrees C during the 1440p run.
This review is from: ASUS A58M-A/USB3 FM2+ AMD A58 (Bolton D2) USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: + Very low price is the major Pro of this board
+ Couple that with Asus' legendary build quality and attention to detail.
+ Full suite of Asus programs such as AISuite III and AICharger set this budget board above many others.
+ Excellent UEFI BIOS
+ USB 3.0
+ Adequate space between APU socket and RAM slots allowed me to use a Zalman CNPS7000V(AL) cooler [N82E16835118139].
*Low-profile RAM heatsinks required.
Cons: - SATA II ports only! You will not attain the full performance potential from any current generation SATA 3 (6GB/s) SSD with this motherboard. You will be limited to about 256 GB/s max.
- Lacks a USB 3.0 header on the motherboard
- Only has two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports on the I/O block. Just 4 total USB ports on the motherboard is woefully slim pickings in this day and age.
- Only one case fan header on the motherboard. At least 2 (one for intake fan and one for exhaust) would have been nice.
- Lacked a Q-connector contrary to what the specifications state.
- A 2-slot GPU covers up the PCIe X1 slot which leaves only the legacy PCI slot available for expansion. It would have been much better to reverse the position of those two slots. How often will someone need a PCI slot vs. a PCIe?
Other Thoughts: I purchased this board along with an A4-6300 APU as a combo deal to use in a budget system. The BIOS version as shipped was 0307. It was a very simple matter to update the BIOS to v1301. The 4GB kit of G.Skill Eco DDR3 1600 RAM [N82E16820231319] was automatically and correctly recognized.
I was surprised when the OCZ Arc 100 SSD [N82E16820228116] benchmarked out in the 250-ish GB/s range when it's capable of nearly double that.. That's when I realized the board doesn't support SATA 3. :( It's SATA ports are labeled SATA 3G that, while clear and accurate this labeling is somewhat confusing given that SATA 3 (6G) is the current standard. Obviously a budget user would not likely notice the performance difference between 3G and 6G. Just be aware of this limitation.
I re-purposed an old EVGA 8800 GTS graphics card for use in this system. It covers the PCIe X1 slot which necessitated replacing the PCIe WiFi card we already had with a PCI WiFi card. This effectively raised the price of the build $20 (Try and find a PCI WiFi card that has Win 8 drivers!). Had I paid closer attention I could have spent that $20 on a better board with SATA 3 support and better expansion slot layout.
All in all I'm happy with the build for use as a general purpose, light gaming rig on a low budget. Keep in mind where this board sits in the market (general use/budget computing), the SATA limitation, and the slot layout. You should be happy too.