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XTRAC PADS Ripper Mouse Pad
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs A Must Have 10/29/2014

This review is from: XTRAC PADS Ripper Mouse Pad

Pros: -Large (mouse doesn't wander off the mouse pad during large motions)
-Flexible
-Very uniformly smooth
-Grippy on the bottom (doesn't slide)

Cons: I can usually think of something negative even when I really like a product, but I can't think of anything bad about this. It does it's one job very well.

Other Thoughts: I went from a regular, small mousepad (or even sometimes using no mousepad). The difference in smoothness is absolutely worth it; there's absolutely no hanging or catching on this pad; very uniform feel. Aiming with precision in games is easier now.

This is a very nice upgrade for a small price.

It's not even a question if you don't already have a nice mouse pad; get this mouse pad!

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ASUS VG248QE Black 24
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Let me start by saying I love this monitor!

-Excellent brightness.
-Incredibly fluid motion on 144hz.
-24" seems to be the perfect size for gaming (for me).
-Headphone pass-through.
-Adjustable stand.
-Portrait mode (this is also handy for connecting audio/video cables).
-The colors on mine looked good when I first hooked it up. I think ASUS may be calibrating these better from the factory now. Or I could just be colorblind. I suppose I could say the colors looked a tad washed out on the default settings, but I think that was probably more a result of how bright the screen is. In any case, I don't think they look nearly as bad as other reviews state (at least mine didn't).
-Matte finish on panel makes reflection and glare a non-issue.
-No bleeding or bright spots; brightness and colors look uniform across the panel.
-Comes with DVI cable.

You will be amazed at the beauty of this monitor.

Cons: -Integral Speakers are abysmal. My eMachines monitor had better speakers, but I shouldn't be using integral speakers anyway.
-No lock on adjustable stand. This can cause the panel to slide around a lot when transporting.
-When switching to portrait mode, it's possible to scratch/scuff the stand base if the panel isn't fully raised.

Other Thoughts: Honestly, 144Hz didn't blow me away when I first got this monitor hooked up. But it has made me considerably better at Battlefield 4. I'm now consistently going positive. I even did better when playing Halo 4 when I hooked up my Xbox 360 to it; even though the frame rate is not even close to 144 fps, I believe the 1ms response time still helps on consoles. There's noticeable input lag when I play on my TV from 2008.

I would compare 144hz to using a mechanical keyboard: you don't really notice how much better it is until you try to go without it.

One thing to consider is that you will have a constant dilemma of turning your graphics settings down to get 120+ fps (unless you have an awesome graphics card).

Also remember that only DVI and DisplayPort can run this monitor at 144Hz. So HDMI is really only useful for consoles and DVD/bluray players.

I tried the lightboost hack, and I really couldn't tell much of a difference even at 144fps. It is neat that ASUS officially supports this lightboost hack on the new 27" version of this monitor (ULMB is what they call it).

One feature I didn't know I'd like is the pass through for headphones. When I plug my headphones directly into my PC, there is sometimes a humming, buzzing, or hissing sound. This also is present if I use the SPDIF cable to connect to the monitor audio. However, if I use the audio through displayport and then plug my headphones into the monitor, there is no buzzing. The trade-off is that the audio sounds a bit muddier.

I upgraded from a 20" 1600x900 60Hz E202H eMachines monitor that I've had for 5 years. There's no comparison. The extra size, brightness, resolution, and refresh rate make all the difference.

In short, this monitor isn't technically perfect, but it's very close, especially for the price. This is the best $250 I've spent in a long time.

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VANTEC 4-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCIe Host Card w/ Internal 20-Pin Connector Model UGT-PC345
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This thing does what it's designed to do. It has been working in a build I made for my mom for about 10 months now.

Cons: The only con I can think of is that the USB 3.0 pin connector for the case'a USB 3.0 cable doesn't seem quite deep enough. It seems as if it's just barely inserted enough to work, but this is probably more of a problem with the USB 3.0 spec, not this specific device.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for a build for my mom. I had overlooked the fact that the case I got has only USB 3.0 ports on the front but the motherboard does not have a USB 3.0 pin connector. This item allowed me to hook up the case's USB 3.0 ports to the PCIe slot. It works perfectly.

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Adam S.'s Profile

Display Name: Adam S.

Date Joined: 09/09/09

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 09/24/09
  • Last Review: 10/29/14
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