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ARCTIC Freezer i30 Extreme CPU Cooler - Intel, 320W Ultimate Cooling Power,  Direct-Touch
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I bought this cooler to quickly replace an H100i that started malfunctioning, and even though this is no water cooler, it's still a powerful air cooler for a good price. It's also not particularly loud, but it might just be me used to working with servers and large desktops with ridiculous coolers.

Cons: The first thing you notice pulling this cooler out of the box is that it is HUGE. I had a little trouble fitting it between the RAM on my LGA 2011 board, and if I had all of the slots filled it might not have fit period.

Other Thoughts: Right now, my i30 is cooling an i7 3930k on an Asus Rampage IV Extreme, and I'm more than pleased with it. There's not much I can say about it that isn't "it works well".

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Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X Audiophile Open-Air Headphones
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs audiophile sound, 1/4 price 09/09/2013

This review is from: Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X Audiophile Open-Air Headphones

Pros: first and foremost, the sound quality of these headphones is absolutely fantastic, and while in the world of headphones costing $1000 or more it would be decent, with its price tag of under $200 it's one of the best values on audio equipment that I've ever seen. It's also comfortable and very light, which is a plus.

Cons: the cable is a bit long, and the one I got had a bit of a kink in it just below the earcup because of the packaging, but in all this is just nitpicking.

Other Thoughts: These headphones are open-backed, which helps with audio quality and perceived soundstage, but it also allows more sound to leak from the backs, and in quiet rooms (i.e. a library) it might be noticeable to other people in the vicinity.

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Razer Kraken PRO Over Ear PC and Music Headset - Green
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs great headset, niggling issues 08/13/2013

This review is from: Razer Kraken PRO Over Ear PC and Music Headset - Green

Pros: First, this headset is incredibly comfortable, as Razer suggests. It is, however, a closed-back design, so some people may feel a bit claustrophobic with the sound pressure on their ears. Second, the sound quality itself is very good for such an inexpensive headset, with virtually no distortion at rather high volumes (testing purposes only, however, as this headset does get VERY loud). The microphone is also of good volume and is decently accurate, and doesn't get distracting while playing games. It can also be retracted up into the body of the left earcup for convenience. The acoustic isolation in the earcups for this price range is phenomenal, and with audio playing The cable itself is of high quality as well, and is in a good length where you can sit a distance away, but also that it will not easily become disorderly. Finally, if you're into that sort of thing, the green color is a definite eye-catcher.

Cons: Unfortunately, as with many of Razer's products (and don't take this the wrong way, I absolutely love Razer's products), there are small, almost nit-picky problems. First, the audio is lacking defined treble, and while it's good for games, some speech and a bit of music clarity is lost. Furthermore, the microphone does easily pick up movements of your head in the form of the boom bumping the side of the retracting tunnel, and it as well is lacking a bit of treble pickup. and finally (but not surprising) is a malfunction of the extender cable/splitter, where only some ranges of audio are sent to the headphones through it, and the microphone connector is similar. To get around this, I found myself using the splitter that came with one of my other headsets. However, I really bought this headset for use with my MacBook Pro, for webcasting and some gaming, so everything's compatible right out of the box.

Other Thoughts: It's not an audiophile headset, nor is the admittedly pretty garish styling for everyone (or even any majority of the gaming population), but if you're upgrading to this headset or just moving from one of Razer's older or lower-end headsets, you'll find little not to like with this headset.

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Display Name: Samuel M.

Date Joined: 11/02/12

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  • First Review: 08/13/13
  • Last Review: 04/17/14
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