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This review is from: Corsair Vengeance 1400 Dual 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset
Pros: First, there seems to be a lot of conjecture regarding what Eggxpert Reviewers are, as demonstrated by a review just below mine. One does not just "click a button" to become one, nor are we expected to always write positive reviews. It is an invitation only program based on our technical knowledge, writing skills, and ability to review products objectively. Enough said.
The Vengeance 1400 goes a long way to live up to Corsair's reputation. The fit, finish, and durability of the headset is the best I have ever seen, and the fabric cans are comfortable enough to wear for hours on end. The padding in the top of the headset is also a nice touch for people with big heads.
They sounded great on the outputs from my Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0 motherboard, and even better on the higher-powered output from my Pioneer receiver in my bedroom, so I did most of my sound testing using a Sony streaming media player to play FLAC files stored on my server. A headset of this caliber can not be truly tested using other formats (like wma or mp3) that have been run through compressors and expanders and the like. I also used a few CD's that I still have around that haven't been ripped to FLAC yet.
The sound alone sells this headset and justifies any price, even if it were twice as much. I've never heard such dynamic range, clarity, and spectral balance from a "gaming" headset. The obscure "World Famous" by the equally obscure Zero Zero has what is probably the most intense synthesized bass line ever recorded, and this headset brought back memories of cruising in a pickup with a console full of subwoofers when I was a teenager. I could actually hear fingers sliding across the frets in the slides of White Zombie's "More Human than Human." The Dickies' take on the children's song "Banana Splits" has a complicated mix of lead guitar, drums, and vocals. All were cleanly discernible from one another and easy to pick out instead of running together as the song often does on cheap speakers. Alannah Myles' "Black Velvet" has delicate, breathy vocals that are hard to reproduce true, along with an intoxicating bass guitar. The 1400 delivered. Speaking of bass guitars, Primus' "My Name is Mud" has a pretty intense bass guitar line that was sharp and fun, like it was meant to be. The opening thundercracks in Garth Brooks' "The Thunder Rolls" made me dive for cover, as did an F-18 flyover on one of my test CD's. Even old recordings, like Ram Jam's "Black Betty" and the acoustically psychedelic Jimmi Hendrix came across better than I have heard in years.
These cans are as close to acoustically perfect as you will find without spending ten times as much.
I'm really not a gamer, but I did test the microphone with dictation software and had zero problems, even though I have no teeth. I also made a recording of myself singing a romantic song for my wife, and it played back faithfully enough to earn me the intended result (I would have lost money betting on that).
Cons: While I was very satisfied with the sound quality when these were connected directly to my motherboard, there is a huge improvement when using a higher-powered source. Either get an amp or expect a little compromise.
This is most certainly why a USB sound card was omitted when so many analog sets typically include one, so I am disappointed that one was not in the box (especially for the price) but I understand why.
Other Thoughts: This headset is well-made and comfortable. The sound is almost impossible to beat, no matter how deep your pockets are, and the microphone reproduces true enough for what I believe will meet most people's standards.
Any shortcomings are very likely another link in the chain such as other hardware, software, or media, and not the headset itself.
I can not recommend these enough if you are in the market.
This review is from: IOGEAR GCS932UB 2-Port USB DVI KVM with Audio and Mic.
Pros: Top feature: that button is the coolest. No keystrokes. no fumbling for the box with the spider of wires hanging out. One little button at the end of one little wire sitting on or next to your keyboard. Tap: computer switched. Elegant and simple.
Next best feature: CABLES! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is with KVM's that don't include cables, especially switches with only 2 ports? Okay, if there are more than 2 ports, you may want to remove the cables from ports you aren't using, but why on Earth would a KVM ever not have cables with it? It burns me up for my customers to get all burned up when I tell them that their expensive KVM switch is doubling in price because they need cables. Hooray for included cables. Oh, and they are plenty long for any sensible application, too.
It can switch a powered USB hub between the machines as well, so you don't have to move and pen drive or external hard drive or web cam that you are using back and forth. Cool.
Most people know that using a KVM compromises video quality to some degree. Well, that is pretty much universally true with VGA switches. Since the signal being switched here is digital and remains that way until just before it hits your eyes, there is zero quality degradation. It looks great.
Cons: The only thing I can think of is what the other reviewer said: make the mouse emulation easier to turn on/off. It befuddles knuckleheadss who don't read the directions. I was able to get it on the first try, however.
Other Thoughts: It is safe to ignore any review that says that this KVM does not work with a unifying receiver (that is, a single wireless receiver for the keyboard and mouse). All you have to do is turn off the mouse emulation. RTF(ine)M, guys!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SilenX EFZ-120HA5 120mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
Pros: You will never know this thing is running.
The temperature capacity is FAR FAR higher than any OE cooler that I have worked with.
Cons: It's a little big, so check the dimensions of your case.
The mounting mechanism for the fan, using rubber pins, is obviously meant to absorb vibration. What it amounts to is a pain in the kiester.
Other Thoughts: The Hyper 212 EVO was strongly recommended to me by several other professionals for the following applications. I am very glad I went with the SinenX. My customers saved money and you can't convince me that the Cooler Master performs any better.
I had a custom-built security DVR in a customer's office that was transcoding 9 channels of full 1080 around the clock. The CPU was working so hard that the fan was awfully loud, and the case was exhausting frighteningly hot air. With this cooler the fusty air is still pretty hot, but the CPU temps are much more sensible and you can be within 20 feet of the machine without getting a migraine.
I used another one in a headless pseudo-server that lives in a smallish cabinet with a lot of other equipment. Even with push-pull fans at the top/right/rear and bottom/left/front of the cabinet and very little CPU load, the ambient was too high and causing the CPU to cook and the OEM CPU fan to run like a turbine. Since the cabinet was in a 12'x12' office where someone has to work 8 or 12 hours a day, they were going crazy from the noise. With the EFZ-120HA5 installed, you wouldn't even know there was equipment in there if it weren't for the push/pull fans.
I'm sure the Hyper 212 EVO is a very capable and very quiet cooler, but if you are sitting on the fence and $10 matters to you, get this one.
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