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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet (WiFi)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs NOT A STEAM BOX REPLACEMENT 09/17/2014

This review is from: NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet (WiFi)

Pros: Can't think of any as it is terrible for what I purchased for.

Cons: Let me begin by saying that I purchased this tablet for the sole purpose of using it for PC game streaming to my tv and for watching Netflix. It doesn't stream PC games at all from day one with Steam. I have a GTX 680 and an ASUS RT-AC66U router which I purchased as well for the sole purpose of streaming games via Steam. The writing was on the wall as soon as I plugged in the tablet to my 1080p tv, when I noticed that in console mode the tablet resolution doesn't fit the tv screen. There is a little of the edge icons that you cannot see. Upon launching Steam via the tablet into Big Picture Mode the tablet started to access it but then the screen went to the blue background color of Big Picture Mode and wouldn't show any games, options, settings or anything. Not only that but it froze on the PC side of things so I had to CTRL-ALT-DELETE to exit out. This is ALL THAT HAPPENS! Contacted customer support and they stated that Steam needed to be updated. So I tried only to find out I was on the latest version of Steam. They then said I would have to contact customer support for Steam as it is their issue. So I spend over almost $600 (Router, tab, controller, and stand/case), and wait 3.5 weeks for delivery only to have it not work for its main selling point and then have them finger point instead of working with Steam to resolve the issue.
As of this writing I cannot play more than 7 supported PC games (a few that were listed as supported are apparently no longer supported!) from my 150+ Steam library!
Also my other main reason for purchasing was to enjoy Netflix in 1080p on the TV (don't have a smart tv only Wii U which is slow but works fine). Well when you plug it into the tv and switch to console mode to use the controller for Netflix it is obvious this was never optimized AT ALL! Besides the aspect ratio of the tablet not that of a standard 1080p tv (meaning that some stuff is off screen) the controller doesn't work with it at all! When in Netflix there is a recently watched tab and other tabs below which the left stick will select but will not scroll. Duh, the right stick! Wrong! That is a mouse courser! Then the track pad does the same as the right stick! However the real problem is that you cannot scroll what is on the instant ques, recently watched, recommended for you, etc. The only way I was able to find and watch a show that wasn't on there (such as my 4th most recently watched show) was to use the clumsy mouse courser to select the search icon (almost off the screen btw!) and to use the controller to type out the title then select it. Then I had to exit the show to select the correct episode as it assumed since I searched it I wanted to watch from the beginning!
Horrible experience and no customer support!
Don't waste your money unless you just want a standard tablet that can play Android games (pointless they all aren't very good!)

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Corsair Obsidian Series 350D CC-9011029-WW Black Aluminum / Steel MicroATX Case with Window
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: i just love the size and features of this case and the looks are striking yet subdued. I don't like edgy in your face cases nor boring looking cases. This is timeless looking case that was fairly easy to install an mATX dual card system. I installed an EVGA 680 (10.5" length) no issues as well as a Corsair H100i liquid cooler in the top. This was a tight fit and the direction I placed it had the hoses up front blocking the use of any optical drives (no biggie). I was also able to install the NZXT Hue RGB LED Case Lighting system which uses an 5.25 drive bay but had to install in the lower of the two bays.
Also upgraded all case fans and the radiator fans to Corsair Quiet Edition fans. Now I can't hear it until my ear is literally about 3 inches from a fan location.

Cons: The only real cons I can think of are that the front panels are that great looking brushed aluminum look and texture however they get dirty very easy and are hard to get and keep clean. Think of matte material and you'll get the idea. It's great to look at when its clean but boy do you have to be careful with it to keep it clean.
My other minor gripe is that when I put in a disc drive or the NZXT Hue lighting controller into the front they are recessed back and detracts from the clean lines that I loved about the case in the first place. This is worse with a disc drive (I have removed it as I don't use it and looks bad) it has a flat surface but it is just about 10 mm back from all of the rest of the front. With the lighting controller in however the knobs that would normally stick out are now flush so it is ok for me.

Other Thoughts: Over I am very happy with this case. During the build process there were a few things that made it a little difficult here and there but other than the tight fit of the H100i radiator they were small and forgettable once finish so not worth mentioning as most other cases this size are a sizable challenge in many regards.

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NZXT HUE RGB Led Controller
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs That was easy! 05/06/2014

This review is from: NZXT HUE RGB Led Controller

Pros: Easy to install, took about 15 min for each case (purchased 2). Looks great, both the actual lights and the front controls look great and don't detract from my cases (Corsair Graphite 600T and Obsidian 350D).

Cons: Still not too sure how to get all of the different functionality of the lights to work. The instructions are vague and I can't remember from the Youtube tutorial I watched but will watch again and then it will be a cinch to know how to switch it over to whatever effect you want when you want to.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is one of the best (especially for the money and easy of install) upgrades I've done to my computer. I don't know why I didn't do this ages ago! I spent about $70 and 30 min of time and transformed the visual style of two computers!

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Display Name: Sean K.

Date Joined: 03/03/12

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  • First Review: 05/06/14
  • Last Review: 09/17/14
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