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SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse - White
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4 out of 5 eggs Great gaming mouse! 07/21/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Rival 300 Gaming Mouse - White

Pros: A great mouse for palm and claw (or hybrid) grips. The smooth plastic frame on the mouse felt great, it didn't get slippery or sticky during long gaming sessions. The rigid thumb grip on the side is also a nice bonus, it makes the mouse easier to manuever and helps prevent your thumb from sliding around.

Very consistent, solid clicks. The mouse wheel has a noticable bump for each turn, and doesn't require excessive pressure to click. There were no loose or rattling components, so even during intense gaming moments it held up like a champ. Overall a very comfortable mouse, with great usability.

Included software is also a nice bonus. It provides DPI controls, key/macro rebinding, and you can change the LED colors. Plenty of customization options to get the mouse performing exactly how you want it to.

Cons: No weights. I didn't personally have any issues with the mouse's weight, but I know a lot of gamers require a very specific weight for the most comfort and accurate movement.

Also, the cable isn't braided. It's a basic, solid plastic material. There aren't any issues with it, however braided cables are typically more flexible.

Other Thoughts: This is a right-handed mouse only! It would be incredibly uncomfortable for lefties, and you wouldn't be able to use any of the side buttons unless you have a very flexible pinky finger.

The stock DPI (sensitivity) is incredibly low, it's a very good idea to install the software suite to turn it up.

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Corsair Hydro Series H110i Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler Cooling. 280mm CW-9060026-WW
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Pros: Running my overclocked 4670K at 1.25v CPU vcore (4.4 GHz), with the stock cooler it was reaching around 75-80C in gaming, with a 212 EVO it was lowered into the high 60's. In attempting to push a higher overclock, the H110i Extreme dropped it down further to an impressive 50C, allowing me to reach 4.6 GHz!

This watercooler uses a dual 140mm setup, among the best available for all-in-one coolers, the stock fans are much quieter than my previous air cooled heatsinks. They are modular, they can be removed and replaced with 2 other fans if you desire stronger/quieter cooling capacity.

The new flexible tubes that Corsair recently started using are very convenient as well, the bend and twist very easily, which makes organizing the interior of your chassis a breeze. You don't have to worry about the rigid/ribbed tubes getting caught on other cables. Installation was also much easier than other coolers, especially the beefy air-cooled heatsinks. Simply place the block on the CPU and screw through the motherboard into the backplate and you're done.

This cooler also supports Corsair Link when you plug-in the included cable to your motherboard. Corsair Link provides temperature monitoring, fan/profile control, as well as LED color customization for the block itself. Overall it's a great program that provides the exact featureset and accessibility you would expect, although of course it's not required for the H110i to work.

Having been a Corsair customer for over 10 years, I've always been impressed by their customer service and RMA procedures. They've always responded to my tickets within a few hours, and they were always very friendly and eager to provided product replacements when necessary. Their high-quality products and the great way they treat their customers has always kept me coming back!

Cons: Corsiar's stock fans on their watercoolers has always been a point of contention and unfortunately it stands true today. There are better 140mm fans to use on your radiator, which can be both quieter and more efficient. That being said, unless you're attempting to build the ultimate silent PC, the provided fans are more than capable and I can't really complain too much. Premium fans can be quite pricey and it would be unreasonable for Corsair to inflate the price of their AIOs for only a small benefit.

I don't own any AMD rigs, but I have come across many complaints from users about backplate incompatibilities on their motherboard; if you have an AMD system, make sure it's compatible with both your socket and mobo type!

Other Thoughts: Thermal paste is already provided on the block, I used Arctic MX-4 for my testing. With paste being incredibly cheap these days, you might consider replacing the stock paste with your own! You can remove a few extra degrees from your temperatures, and high-quality paste will probably have a longer lifespan, as well.

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LG 34UM88-P 34
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Pros: For Lagom testing: Best contrast I've ever seen, the distinction between the highest two color transitions is unbelievably precise. No black crushing, very slight (typical) white crushing on the final transition (250,250,250 and above). No gradiant color-banding.

For Alien testing: Motion blur looks fantastic, no overshoot! Non-PWM backlight, so you don't have to worry about headaches. No frame dropping/skipping. There's not much else to say here, except that the monitor passed all tests flawlessly.

Standard IPS glow in the corners, as a bonus this panel doesn't have the over-powering 'white haze' that some other new IPS monitors have. sRGB is 99%+ accurate.

Panel quality: No dead pixels, no backlight bleeding of any kind. That's very impressive considering the physical size and resolution of the screen. It is factory color calibrated, including about a dozen color profile modes as well as a Custom mode with 6 color adjustments (Red/Green/Blue/Cyan/Yellow/Purple). Has built-in scaling options ranging from a variety of Cinematic displays, 1:1, and original (stretched) along with multiple gamma modes and picture adjustments (Brightness/Contrast/Sharpness). Includes a built-in speaker with volume adjustments.

The -P model includes two Thunderbolt ports. Supports PBP (Picture-by-picture) which splits the screen into two simultaneous displays from separate inputs. Included cables are two HDMI and one DisplayPort, more than expected and a pleasant surprise! Assembly was fast and easy, the stand attaches to the back of the monitor with four screws. The mount is VESA compatible.

And finally, be aware... Once you go 21:9 Ultrawide, you will never want to use anything else!

Cons: It appears 75 Hz with this monitor is only possible if FreeSync is enabled, as part of the "Gaming Mode" feature. At desktop, I could not get Windows to recognize anything more than 60 Hz regardless of what settings I used. This has been a known "issue" with other FreeSync monitors, so it's not a specific problem.

Other Thoughts: The stand has both HEIGHT (up/down) and TILT (forward/backward/left/right) adjustments. Newegg's specifications don't show Height adjustable at the time of this writing.

This monitor is not curved, despite how it might look in the photos, LG is marketing this monitor as being specifically designed non-curved to give 1440p Ultrawide buyers more options!

Please keep in mind Nvidia GPUs do not support FreeSync presently.

Over the last 6 months, I've tested around three dozen various IPS monitors, most of which were LG-manufactured panels. I can unequivocally say that this is the best panel I've ever seen; in picture quality, usability/features, and panel uniformity. LG has been a leader in the IPS industry with their monitors and panels and I can happily say the UM3488-P is a further extension of their accomplishments.

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