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SYBA GamesterGear PC200 PC Wired Gaming Headset with Detachable Mic
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Entry level headset 03/27/2014

This review is from: SYBA GamesterGear PC200 PC Wired Gaming Headset with Detachable Mic

Pros: Very nice lows and highs. Soft and comfortable earpad material. Mic is detachable and sounds very good. Braided cable seems strong. Ready to go for most modern mobile devices (3.5mm connector) and adaptable for PC, Design is fairly attractive.

Cons: Cable is not detachable. The braided cable felt a little too thick. You can tell from Joanne's review that she had to identify the mic and headphone plugs by color, but I think they could have engraved symbols on them in case you forget what color is which.

Other Thoughts: Take my review with a grain of salt since i had the headset in my possession for one day before I gave it to a friend. I got this on sale, so I feel I got what I paid for, but at the normal price, I think it'd feel like it should feel more sturdy and less plasticky. Don't expect much sound isolation both ways. I'd suggest they make the cable detachable and add the mic port on the connector's end itself so instead of having two connectors on the ear cup, you'd have only one. I'm sure it can be done without making it very bulky. Also, Add in-line volume and mic mute controls and it would probably make this the best gaming headset in it's price bracket. I also kind of wanted a windscreen for the mic, but at least those are not hard to come by.

Now they got the PC200-I, and the only difference I see as far as features other than very slight design changes is that it's guaranteed to work with the PS4.

SONY Vegas Pro Premium
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Great value for your $ 11/23/2013

This review is from: SONY Vegas Pro Premium

Pros: Lots of bundled software that costs a pretty penny if you buy it separately, and I haven't used many of them yet, but they look very useful. Vegas is the first video editor outside of movie maker I had come in contact back in the day, but I quickly learned how to use it with little help. It is mostly intuitive, but if you don't know how to do something and you want to find out, the web is your friend. Supports lots of file types and renders in most types as well. This is my first Pro version, and I bought it for the advanced masking and subtitle capabilities, so you can make professional subs on DVDs that are not burned into the video. DVD Architect has helped me create very professional looking DVDs in the past, I expect this version to be even better, although it is not as intuitive to figure out how to custom make buttons and how to make things behave, but the pre-made themes can get you started quickly. Never used Sound Forge since I have Audacity, but I'm sure I'll find some use for it.

Cons: It can't make miracles, so your rendering times will depend on the amount of effects you add, the quality of the final production and how powerful your machine is, but I hope you came in knowing that. Also, I wish I could trade the sound utilities for twixtor.

Other Thoughts: If you buy this, first install Vegas and DVD Architect, open them up and go through the registration process for both. If you have a free upgrade to Sound Forge Pro 11, first go to the site the coupon tells you, input the code, download the program, and since you already registered your Vegas Pro software, you should have received an email with the activation codes for your other bundled software including the upgrade code for SFP 11. It took me a while to figure this was the order of things, and unnecessarily installed SFP 10. I do recommend installing your other bundled software, it will come in handy at some point if you are serious about your productions, and I hope you are if you dropped money for this bundle, which BTW I must thank Newegg for offering this and other versions of Vegas at lower prices on its own or bundled with hardware at one point or another. I would have had to spend so much more money to get my hands on this otherwise. There are things I haven't discovered in the Pro version yet, but I find more things, I'll update my review. For example, I remember at some point, pro versions were able to take advantage of using multiple computers to render a video faster, but I don't know if that feature is still there and what the requirements are.

Koutech IO-FPM520 Multifunction Front Panel Card Reader with USB2.0/1394a/Audio/Video Ports
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Perfect, just not future-proof 11/22/2013

This review is from: Koutech IO-FPM520 Multifunction Front Panel Card Reader with USB2.0/1394a/Audio/Video Ports

Pros: Lots of connections and reader for many card types with status LEDs. Also has Firewire (IEEE1394), rca video and s-video connectors. The status LEDs sometimes would be an indicator that something in the computer was not connected right, which they don't advertise as a feature, but I noticed it did that :D Also, after about 6 years, I'm still using it. Not on my main rig, though, but it still works despite it's lack of support of newer technology and the fact that Firewire is not as widely used.

Cons: It's kind of old now, so if you read this review after finding it for sale somewhere else, just know that it's not compatible with SDHC nor SDXC cards. The case is kind of solid, but wish it had been more solid, and use metal on as much of it instead of plastic. The IEEE1394 cable is good if you have the header on a PCI/PCIe card or your mobo, but if you don't have one, or your PCI/PCIe card has a 6-pin connector like the one you see on this front panel, you'll need an adapter, which are not easy to find, or you'll have to build the adapter yourself. It's funny because it would have made more sense to use the header type on the USB connector, since it's more likely your motherboard would have that, and this way you have one less cable routed through the back and using up a USB connector in the back of your computer.

Other Thoughts: Windows won't automatically detect and install drivers for it. Keep that installation disc safe, if you keep or have kept this thing as long as I have, it will be necessary.


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Date Joined: 05/13/07

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