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Pros: It's cheap. Really cheap if you catch it at one of the numerous 30% discount sales.
Despite the "Polaroid" branding, it's made by PNY, which is a good thing as I've had good luck with PNY memory products.
Cons: Warranty is just 1 year. Most manufacturers still have "lifetime" warranty, even on the cheapest value cards.
The speed is not as advertised....
My Crystal Disk Mark Score:
Read: 21.75 mb/s
Write: 19.32 mb/s
(50mb Sequential R/W)
This is pretty much the same as my old 8GB Class 10 card tested under the same condition (21.6/19.3 R/W).
Other Thoughts: Be sure to format the card in the device you plan to use before using it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia V2 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Full-size Headset - Blue
Pros: It's an unbelievably good deal on a well rated headset.
Cons: It's a refurb. and having bought refurbs before, it's a bit of a gamble.... (more comments below).
Other Thoughts: So yeah, I usually wait a bit until I write a review, but I want to get this out there as quickly as possible as I'm sure everyone looking at this is wondering what is the deal with these refurbs?
Well, mine arrived today and out of the box it's hard to tell it's been used, and believe me, I'm a bit picky about these things. I wouldn't normally buy refurb, but the deal is just too good to pass up. Anyway, mine arrived properly packed in the original box. The box doesn't have a factory seal so can't tell if it's been opened, but it looks new.
Taking the unit out of the box, the headset and every cable is tie wrapped as if from the factory. The only indication is that the documentation seal is broken. I'm looking really closely for finger prints on the glossy surface, loose hair stuck to the head band, dirt smudge, any weird smells... anything to indicate usage and I don't see/smell it. Plug it in and do a quick check of sound and mic using TeamSpeak 3 and Skype setup tools and everything checks out fine. No annoying buzz, crackling, distortion, low sound level.... nothing.
I do notice a bit of a color mis-match between the blue in the ear cups and the yoke in the headband piece. The yokes are a bit lighter, enough to notice, and this might be enough for QC department in some companies to reject a lot as "factory seconds", but I'm not sure about SteelSeries. If they have such strict cosmetic standards or not (IMHO, doesn't seem like they're high end enough to care).
So anyway, that is my experience. I know some companies do better with refurb compared to others (I know from personal experience that Logi*** is awful in selling stuff as "refurb" that should rightfully be thrown in the trash). I know buying a refurb is always a bit of a hit or miss and someone else could have an equally bad experience, but in this case, it worked out fine and I'm perfectly satisfied.... YMMV.
This review is from: SENNHEISER PC151 3.5mm Connector Binaural Headset
Pros: I've used these for 7 years... 'nuf said!
- Dead simple design and good build quality that makes them very durable.
- Great base without being too boomy and muddy.
- The mic sound is awesome (no surprise given the Sennheiser lineage).
- It's very comfortable hanging around the neck between use (the little things that make this a great headset).
Cons: - They do not isolate outside sound very well.
- They don't fold up.
- The fit is on the loose side (great if you have a large noggin like me) and not very adjustable.
- Drab, no nonsense style (a plus for some of us)
Other Thoughts: I bought these on newegg in 2007 (7 years ago!) which is why I still can write a review (love newegg). Needless to say, I'm very careful about equipment (my kids go though headsets about every 6 month). Recently, the right side lost the base response. Still works, but the sound is very thin and "tinggy". I'm pretty sure the cord has developed an open somewhere, hanging on by a single strand of copper wire. This is pretty much expected after 7 years of use. So I just want to leave this review and say these headsets have been awesome and I have absolutely no regrets in getting them.READ FULL REVIEW