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Sennheiser HD 428 SC Closed Circumaural Hi-Fi Headphone, 4.5ft Single Sided Cord
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: It's Sennheiser. Comfortable enough for my big, sensitive head. Super-duper clear. Crisp-highs, well-toned mids.. Great soundstage(big sound). You hear things in songs you don't hear from cheaper earbuds/headphones.

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Cons: These are marketed for iThings, mp3 players, and I assume other smartphones, even though it's not specifically mentioned on the package. Maybe iOS products have more power output, but my android phone doesn't have the power output to properly drive these cans. Don't get me wrong, they still sound superb, but lack the punch to be fully immersive.

Other Thoughts: When attached to my powered desktop speakers, these headphones really come to life. For some bands, I have to dial back the low-end a tad, and these haven't even been properly burned-in.

All-in-all, these are a great buy, for what I payed, at least. I'm not sure if they are worth $99, but they are hardly ever that price.

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HP Pavilion dv7-7030us Notebook Intel Core i7 3610QM (2.30GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 17.3
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Big screen, screen looks great(glossy) for 1600x900, big keyboard with good action for a chiclet style, big battery that allows airflow under the laptop. Quad-core(good if you actually need it).

Cons: stock boot time around a minute(only booted twice before tinkering), RAM speed is only 10600. Quad core is slow in single thread processes. bloatware. Knew this going in, no eggs deducted.

Other Thoughts: Bought for my wife's work. Wanted a quad core laptop with a good screen and a keyboard that didn't feel like mush. She may have benefited more from a faster clocked dual core. She runs about 8 system hogging programs that are hogs because they are poorly written. I wanted the quad core for the 6mb cache, although, ultimately, since i put in a Plextore M3 512 ssd and a fresh instal of win 7, it may be a moot point. After the ssd and a 0 second post delay with no log in password, cold boot to windows fully loaded and ready in about 13-14 seconds. Her work programs put the boot time back around a minute, though. Shut down still only takes a few seconds, which is remarkable difference compared to minutes.

HD 4000 gets a 6.5 WEI rating(decent or bad, depending on laptops use).

"Beats" sounds marginally better than a normal laptop.

A lot cooler looking than a D e l l and less pretentious than a piece of fruit that's had a bite taken out of it.

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Plextor M3 Series PX-512M3 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: super fast, great price for the quality and size.

Cons: Least random 4k IOPS of this line

Other Thoughts: Still really too soon to tell, but initial thoughts are very impressive. Didn't check/change the firmware. Just did fresh win 7 pro install with no issues. With 0 second post delay and no password to input, cold boot is ready to go in just under 13 seconds on a laptop with a 3610QM. After my wife's tech department got all of its crapware running, it still boots in under a minute and shuts down in just a few seconds, which is at least 1/3 for start up and at least 1/10th the time for shutdown. My wife doesn't give a hoot about computers, but even she said it was fast.

Will update review in due time.

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James V.'s Profile

Display Name: James V.

Date Joined: 08/23/11

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 10/12/11
  • Last Review: 02/27/13
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