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AZiO BTD-V201 USB 2.0 Micro Bluetooth Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Very pleased 04/20/2014

This review is from: AZiO BTD-V201 USB 2.0 Micro Bluetooth Adapter

Pros: Works without any issues. When paired with my PS3 controller and plugged into a USB port that isn't heavily obstructed (i.e. not in the back of my PC), my controller works just about anywhere in the house, which is incredible. No random signal dropouts, no disconnections, nothing.

Cons: Had a bit of trouble getting my PS3 controller to recognize it initially, and it sometimes takes a while to connect. Probably a software issue and not the fault of the adapter, though, so no eggs off.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to use with my DualShock 3 controller to play games on my PC using an XInput wrapper. I can confirm it works for that purpose if you're wondering. If you have trouble getting it to work, disable "Secure Simple Pairing".

Also, it has a little blue LED that flashes for a split second every couple of seconds when plugged in, if that bothers you. It's not too bright.

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Dell S2740L Black 27
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Beautiful, vivid, smooth colors thanks to the IPS panel and glass front. Very low (less than one frame) input lag. Does not use PWM for backlight dimming, which ordinarily can cause flickering noticeable when quickly moving your eyes or moving your head. Works with standard 100x100 mounts.

Cons: The far right quarter of the screen is brighter than the rest on mine and causes colors to look lighter and slightly blue-tinted. Sadly, this seems to be a common problem with this monitor. While not ridiculously obvious, it can be noticeable on large blocks of any solid color and is frustrating once you know about it. It doesn't render the monitor unusable (except maybe for professional work) but a monitor this expensive really shouldn't have an issue like this.

Additionally, smooth, rapid movement of anything on screen will produce a noticeable black shadow behind it, mainly because of the slightly higher than average response time and because, according to some reviews, the panel is apparently overdriven.

Other Thoughts: Yes, the screen is very glossy. Almost mirror-like when off. This is not a con for me because I only use it in a pitch black environment. You should be aware of how many light sources are in the room you plan to use it in before purchasing.

Also, I've found alcohol-based, lint-free lens cleaning wipes are best for cleaning the glass, so a box of those are good to have around if you want to keep it pristine.

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SONY DualShock 3 Wireless Controller Black
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Best controller I've used yet 12/13/2013

This review is from: SONY DualShock 3 Wireless Controller Black

Pros: Feels great to hold. Plastic is a soft matte black. The sticks are smooth and snap back nicely, the buttons (including the D-pad, which is also fantastic) have good tactile feedback in the form of a soft bump, and while a lot of people complain about the triggers, I find that the way they smoothly depress feels good for things like racing games. I doubt it would be good for shooters or other fast games, though.

Cons: Honestly can't think of anything to complain about, except that triggers really should've been concave, even slightly, as your fingers tend to slowly slide off of them if you press down hard on them.

Other Thoughts: I don't use this with a PS3, so bear that in mind. I use it wirelessly with my Windows 7 PC via a Bluetooth dongle and an XInput wrapper (Google it - don't use MotionInJoy). However, it does also work wired via a mini-USB cable (which isn't included).

Once you get it set up, using it is as easy as turning it on with the PS button, waiting for it to connect and then just using it. Make sure you have a good Bluetooth adapter though. Cheap, no-name ones tend to have terrible range.

Using the XInput wrapper makes the OS see it as an Xbox 360 controller, so every game that works with one will work, but it obviously still just shows the 360 buttons. I've tested it with a few games and a PS1 and PS2 emulator, and haven't had any problems. It just feels so precise and well-built, especially compared to my old 360 controller. Everything is tight and accurate and clicks nicely and everything.

Highly recommended.

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Date Joined: 06/29/07

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