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This review is from: Logitech X-140 5 watts 2.0 Speakers
Pros: Great Sound Quality
Seperately adjustable "Base" frequency volume
Audio in and Headphone ports
Cons: Volume and Tone knobs are somewhat weird (See Other Thoughts)
Other Thoughts: -General Review-
These speakers look and more importantly sound great. They have a sturdy construction and balanced so they are not easily knocked over. like any computer speaker ever, they are prone to interference (random blips, crackling, and buzzing) if you leave your phone right next to them, which is easily cured by putting your phone further away from them. But generally this does not happen as they are fairly well shielded. It has only happened once to me. The integrated line-in port is useful if you want to use them as speakers for an mp3 player without having to unplug the main connector from your computer them from your computer, however it overrides the input from the main connector. The headphone port is useful if your computer case does not have a front panel headphone port. It is simply a pass-through so it is the same 2 channel signal that the speakers are getting. However it overrides the speakers, so you cant just plug another set of speakers into them and have 4 speakers over 2 channels. There is a detent in the volume knob that also clicks to ensure the speakers are off or on. The Tone control knob is useful for fine tuning the amount of bass without using software. I personally find it useful for videos where people are talking but you can't understand what they are saying because there is too much low tone. Just turn it all the way down and their voice will become much clearer.
The volume knob works perfectly fine, but there are no groves to help you grip it. So if you have greasy or sweaty fingers you might have some trouble controlling the volume, especially if you are trying to turn them on or off. At about the 70% mark the knob is slightly more resistant to turning, but not to the point of becoming a problem and. The only real complaint about the knob is that the indicator for the position of the knob is just a small dimple that you can see in good light, but you cant physically feel it. So if you are in a darker room, combined with your eyes adjusting to the bright screen in front of your face, you can not see what it is set to. This isn't much of a problem since you can just stop turning the knob once it is at a comfortable level. But you can put a dab of white/glow-in-the-dark paint on it if it really bothers you.
The Tone control knob has the same problems as the volume knob listed above, but when it hits the spot with more resistance there is much, much more. Of course it is not that big of a deal since you will almost never use the Tone knob.
This review is from: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler LGA1150 Haswell Compatible
Pros: Works Great
Not too expensive
Cons: Setup instructions are not very clear
Other Thoughts: -General Review-
This is a great cooler! I installed it on my i5-3570K using only the included fan. Over clocked to 3.8GHz base clock and running at maximum load for an hour, the temperature never went above 40°C.
When I first installed it, which took a good 20 minutes due to poor instructions, I made the mistake of installing it (in the case) before plugging in any connections to motherboard headers. If you want to have an easy build process, I suggest you install it AFTER you plug in any and all connectors to your other components. Otherwise it gets in the way and gives you less room to work with, especially with a Micro-ATX motherboard.
The included thermal compound comes in a non-resealable package, so what is not used is either wasted or stored awkwardly with a Chip-Clip on it.
The fins bend very easily so be careful.
Pros: High read rate
Other Thoughts: The Color and sheen blends very well with most cases.
Company Logo is NOT printed on the front of the tray, which is a huge aesthetic plus for custom builders like me.
Unlike most OEM optical drives which report themselves to Windows as a non-specific optical drive under the display name of their model number, this one reports itself as a Blu-Ray Drive under the display name a "BD-ROM Drive". So Windows knows exactly what it is.
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Date Joined: 10/12/11
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