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This review is from: SteelSeries Flux In-Ear Mobile 3.5mm Connector Canal Headset
Pros: These earbuds have great sound quality for their price, the vocals are clear, bass is nice, good mid and highs, etc. I can honestly say these are the best sounding earbuds I have personally used and will easily blow away any free pair you get with your smartphone! They certainly aren't top of the line quality, but you aren't paying top of the line price either!
They come with 3 different ear bud sizings for you to find your perfect fit, the one I used had a snug fit that kept the earbuds in my ear during a jog. The flat cord design has done an amazing job preventing the cords from getting tangled for about 2 weeks now going in and out of my pocket. The earbuds also have a play/pause button on the cord and a built in mic.
Cons: There's a "thumping" sound as others pointed out when the cord gets some movement, going out for a jog with these earbuds is basically impossible due to this issue.
There is no way to skip or play a previous song on the earbuds.
The mic obviously isn't studio quality, but I had complaints from people that they couldn't hear me well, or the sound was crackly especially when jogging which could be linked with the first issue.
Other Thoughts: Overall great earbuds for the price, they just not meant for the more athletic of users. I now have two sets of earbuds, these for relaxing or working, and another older pair for my jogs.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: When you first take this monitor out of the box you'll notice two things. First how light it is for its size, and second how good the design of the monitor looks. The glossy panel surrounded by a chrome edge has the premium quality look you'd expect from any monitor costing over $1,000, making it something you'll be proud to have on your desk or wall.
Setting up the monitor is simple and quick. Attaching the stand consist of simply sliding it on one of the two preset heights and tightening down the two included screws. Followed by plugging in the monitor to the AC adapter, and hooking your PC/Mac to the monitor via the DisplayPort, HDMI (x2), or Thunderbolt (x2) connections. (Please note the HDMI ports are limited to 50Hz vs 60Hz on the Thunderbolt and DisplayPort connections)
Once the monitor is all setup and powered on, you'll be blown away by how everything looks. Even just sitting in front of this beast simply feels wonderful. I was previously using a 27" IPS QHD display before and was amazed at the difference. If someone is coming from a 1080P monitor, this thing will be sure to knock their socks off! The IPS display produces rich colors where blacks are black, and whites are white, with everything in between. This combined with the wide viewing angles that you would expect from an IPS display make this a pleasure to use for gaming, watching movies/TV, and any video/photography work, rather you're sitting in a chair working or playing a game, or lounging farther back watching your favorite shows.
Moving to the productivity of the monitor, LG has made multi window operating a breeze. With their included "Screen Split" app that hangs out on your system tray. simply left click on the icon and choose your desired setting. The app will then reposition your windows in the chosen position, you may then also drag and drop windows into the screens the app drew up. These range from 2 screens evenly split, all the way up to 4 screens separated evenly from top left. top right, bottom left and bottom right. In all there are 9 different viewing options available with this app including the default single screen option. Of course this is all optional and one can simply position their windows anyway they want without the app.
The settings menu is full of various options ranging from the standard brightness and contrast settings. To preset color options of Photography, Cinema, Gaming, and a Custom setting. There's also options to share the screen with other devices, or enable one of two reader modes which either dims the display and/or dims colors, supposedly reducing eye fatigue during reading.
Cons: None of these "cons" are worth taking any eggs off, as they in no way negatively affect the usability of the device, these are all minor annoyances or just personal preference.
Most websites seem "empty" on such a high resolution, and wide monitor. This really can't be claimed as a fault of the monitor, just how most websites are optimized still for smaller aspect ratios.
Not counting the two preset heights on the stand, if you wish to adjust the height of the monitor you'll have to either put something under the stand, or mount it on a VESA mount. It'd be nice if the boxed stand had more height adjustment to it.
While the front panel and bezels is all glass, the front bottom bezel is made out of plastic. Why LG decided to put plastic on the front of a pricey display, I don't know.
A personal preference of mine with monitors is to have the connections coming out of the monitor sideways instead of coming straight out. This is mostly to avoid any issue of not having enough room behind the display, and having easier cable management when wall mounted.
Very rarely while playing any type of game rather at 21:9 or 16:9, there is a weird "distortion" effect that goes down the middle of the screen for less than half a second. This has only happened roughly 4 times in a week of using the monitor for an average of 9 hours a day. There doesn't seem to be any noticeable cause, just a minor hiccup the monitor seems to have. It has zero effect on gameplay due to how quick it appears and disappears, though it could be a major annoyance for some. For reference I was using the included Displayport cable to review this monitor on a Radeon R9 290 using Catalyst 14.6 beta drivers, I was unable to test and see if this particular issue persist over HDMI and Thunderbolt.
Other Thoughts: Depending what you're in the market for, there are 4K monitors available now roughly 40% cheaper than this displays MSRP. Though they do come with some drawbacks that haven't been fully address as of yet, they may suit some users needs more then this monitor. I personally love this thing and don't see any reason to get a 4K monitor today. Perhaps in a couple years when 4K is more optimized, and there are some ultra wide monitors available for them will I change my mind. But for now I can say I'll happily use this display for a long time!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-Size Headset Heat Orange Edition
Pros: The build quality of the headset is great, and the design is also nice and pleasant. The headset was comfortable on the head/ears for hours of use every day. The lights could be a bit annoying to some, but thankfully the included software allows users to configure and if need be disable them. Continuing with the design, the microphone is a flexible pull-out mic which allows for easy optimal placement for each individual user, when you're not using it simply slide it back into the headset. As for the quality of the mic, I was told I sounded very clear without any detection of background noise which included a windowed AC unit 5 feet from me. The sound quality of the actual speakers on the headset was clear and loud in every game, movie, and song I played, along with every VOIP/Skype conversation I was in.
Cons: While this headset is labeled as a "gaming" headset, it lacks any type of surround sound speakers. One might not think this is a big deal, however regardless of the products marketing claims, in any type of FPS/TPS this missing feature made all the difference not being able to tell the difference between an enemy being behind you, or to your side. Pinpointing the sound of gunfire was very difficult and often leads you being killed. Switching over to RTS/MOBA styled games, hearing the exact direction of off screen sounds is also much harder with this headset. Lack of surround sound also has a negative effect on immersion in games, and movies. Perhaps my ears are bias having used 7.1 surround sound headsets for years, but I could never use these for MY gaming needs, it resulted in a very noticeable degradation of my gaming results across the board. The bass isn't very good, and the control panel is very limited with what you can change. There is a equalizer that has multiple preset settings, however compared to competitors, the options are limited, as are the manual sliders.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a fantastic product. However, this headset IMHO is more of a fancy headset for general Skype/VOIP communications, with some casual video browsing on Youtube. This is not a true "gaming" headset, and no matter what some companies think, slapping some fancy LED on a product, be it a keyboard or a headset, doesn't magically transform them into a gaming product. For the price, there are other products on the market at or below MSRP that doesn't have the cons I mentioned, while holding onto all the pros. This may be the perfect headset for you, but it wasn't the perfect headset for me.READ FULL REVIEW