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This review is from: Logitech G430 USB Connector Circumaural Surround Sound Gaming Headset
Pros: Sound great (with the right software), comfortable, amazing price
Cons: The Logitech surround software is really bad. Tried it plug and play first (with the USB connector that comes with it), they worked but the sound levels were really low no matter how high I pumped the volume up. I found Logitech's Gaming Software on their website to see if I could mess around with the EQ, gain, preamp, etc. The software has some options for the EQ, and even has a slider for "preamp" but doesn't let you adjust it. So I worked with what I had and tried a few games out. The sound was ok (which I was willing to settle for with a headset as well priced as these were), the surround effects came through nicely, but there was no fullness to the sound, and anything bass heavy in the game came out hugely distorted. Tried the crossover function in Windows to no effect, the only thing that solved it was turning the bass down as far as it would go, but then what is the point of having over-ear headphones if you can't get full range out of them...
Other Thoughts: So I finally decided to ditch the USB adapter and the Logitech software all together, and use the headphone and mic jacks on the front of my case. I have a discrete sound card, so why not. Set it up for 8 speakers, high impedance, adjusted the EQ to full bass and treble just to see if it was the headphones themselves. They sounded GREAT. Tried several different games, and a couple BluRays to test them out, A+ man. Nice deep, clean lows, relatively clean highs, and the surround effects sound great. So.... great headphones, but Logitech really needs to do something about that software, it is REALLY bad. I'm not sure how a motherboard's on-board audio would work, I guess it depends on the quality, but it honestly can't be worse than the Logitech Gaming Software. My ASUS Xonar DGX did the trick though (I will refrain from singing its praises too much seeing as this isn't a review for my soundcard lol, but it is worth the $40)
If you have some means other than the Logitech supplied software to reproduce your audio, get these headphones, you really can't beat the price on them. If you are relying on Logitech, skip it, you will not like the results.
I docked an egg because of the software, though I'm probably being a bit lenient... but the headphones really do sound great
Pros: This is the 5th Corsair PSU I've bought for various builds over the past few years and they are all still going strong. Quiet fan, semi-modular, and reliable. The motherboard connector is wrapped, and there are plenty of peripheral SATA and Molex adapters for what you will need in an average home PC.
Other Thoughts: I continue to get good PSUs from Corsair, they are my go to company for decently priced and reliable power supplies.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Solid construction, great ventilation, plenty of extra fan mounts, plenty of space behind motherboard for cable management, tool-less design for drive bays is easy to use, and any case with built in dust filters is good in my book.
Cons: The front panel USB is 3.0 only, so if your motherboard doesn't support 3.0 (was installing an older MicroATX) you need to get an adapter to convert the front panel USB connection to fit your motherboard, or the USB ports wont' work (obviously lol). Won't dock an egg though :-) Not Corsair's fault I'm using dated equipment lol. At the $100 price point it would have been cool to get some rubber grommets for the cable routing cutouts.
Other Thoughts: Corsair seems to be making some of the best cases out there right now IMO. Good design and implementation, easy to put together, and plenty of space. The materials used are solid, the case is not flimsy at all, definitely one of the better cases I've worked with in the past year. If this is in your price range, get it, it is a fantastic all-rounder.READ FULL REVIEW