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Turtle Beach Ear Force XP Seven Gaming Headset
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Turtle Beach XP 7 is a good buy, but does have some slight issues 01/05/2015

This review is from: Turtle Beach Ear Force XP Seven Gaming Headset

Pros: The headphones have the dynamic sound range that any audiophile will want to control sound. The ability to tweak sound levels with the headphones is a nice touch. The ACU gives the customer the ability to tweak settings with instant feedback which makes having to navigate through the operating system much less likely. For this reason alone, users will not have to dive into their OS to change much.

The interface with Windows is fairly straightforward. However, users will be lacking good documentation from the manufacturer. This makes using the product cumbersome, time-consuming and frustrating. This is where documentation would grant an additional egg.

Surround sound capabilities are excellent. I've tested my set on multiple movies, games, and music files with no problems with sound quality. Even when the headset is lowered I experience no issues.

I am using the headset with an Asus Maximus V Formula motherboard running Windows 7 Pro.

Cons: During my first year of ownership, I had to return my set for a repair for a broken ear assembly. During my daily use, my head size is small enough to fit the headphones without causing any major issues. However, one of my children wore my headphones (one time) and cracked the ear assembly. I don't entirely have fault with the product, though as my child has a wider head and by him wearing it, he forced the headphone to go to the limit of their adjustable size. Needless to say I was not happy with the headphones being broken. However, prompt shipment back to Turtle Beach and a fast return of a working product resolved this issue. The largest issue I had with this breaking was the design to relax pressure near the ear. I've noticed some headphones have a better design to cup around the ear area and this is where I think Turtle Beach can make some major improvements. By doing so, they would cut back on customer complaints and build customer satisfaction.

Unfortunately, my children have broken a second set of Turtle Beach headphones. Not the same model but the same type of issue. Their head size puts the headset at maximum which is stressing the components. This is the same issue found in the XP 7. Hopefully, newer headsets from Turtle Beach will address this.

As many customers have mentioned in reviews, the tightness of the design occurs for almost any head size. This can be a blessing or a curse.

Driver installation could be slightly improved. Not that the directions are bad...Just the images included are shoddy screen captures - This is a no brainer to fix.

Other Thoughts: All in all the design and the features warrant the cost. However, the design should include a modification for the ear piece to reduce stress.

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Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The reason to purchase the i7-3770k is due to the core not being locked down. This processor offers you the ability to manipulate clock settings to ramp up speed or to slow it down.

The i7 has been flawless on two consistently running motherboards. Both machines have been overclocked to 4.6 GHz and run with no issues.

Well worth the money spent on it.

Cons: Cost?! If I could get one for free I would take it :)

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Rocksmith Guitar And Bass PC Game
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Could be better 09/24/2013

This review is from: Rocksmith Guitar And Bass PC Game

Pros: I've been using the Rocksmith (version 1) software for a while now. The simplicity of the software is fairly good. However, the unlimited configurations to make the software function correctly (on a Windows machine) is daunting for any company. There are multiple things which are beneficial;
1) An interface that tries to juggle many different aspects of playing.
2) A simple interface for people used to tinkering
3) A large assortment of downloadable songs

Cons: The improvement list is long and definitely should be implemented for version 2.
1) Improve the User Interface! For those users that can't stand having to repeatedly mash buttons or click with the mouse to exit the software, you know how terrible version 1 software is. This interface needs a complete overhaul to make it usable.
2) Due to my high level of skill, I find mistakes in the 'tablature' or songs which I could easily modify and fix for myself. Why is this type of feature not available for users? The ability to have user edits in songs would be beneficial for those that use the product. When examining the song 'More Than A Feeling' the tablature is not even close to what is actually played on stage (nor does it sound correct). however, if the user can edit the song information them self, no additional edits would need to come directly from Ubisoft.
3) Provide feedback to users about their skill level. This isn't needed to demean users but to provide feedback to let them know how they compare with other users. The scaling system provides 'some of this type of information but it could be fairly specific like; novice, intermediate novice, beginner, intermediate beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate, advanced intermediate, etc...
4) When skill levels get high, why is the software adding notes into the song signature? Make the software sticks to the actual recorded segment and make sure the notes that are showing up are 100% accurate.
5) Make sure a bevy of information is available to users for the next product. Have tutorials about using the software (getting the software operational on a machine) are at the forefront.
6) For those people that don't enjoy 'tinkering' make sure the Interface is as simple to use as possible. Correct the layout and make the interface cohesive.
7) Make sure the interfacing with an instrument is delved into to provide as much useful feedback as is possible.
8) Make sure song additions are easily added to the interface. I did this on more than one occasion and did have difficulty due to the following; a) no instructions were provided b) the information you in the interface was not explained very well. This is something that could easily be fixed.

Other Thoughts: The UI seems to be seriously lacking design consideration. It might help to have the interface arranged in a circular pattern rather than have all those separated screens. Users can easily rest a mouse on the selection they want if it is designed properly.

I find that the issues I encountered were on a recurring basis. Most likely I will purchase Rocksmith 2 and hope that some of these things will have been addressed.

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Display Name: Michael M.

Date Joined: 11/30/10

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 11/04/12
  • Last Review: 01/05/15
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