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This review is from: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory
Pros: - Fast
Cons: - Would not make pancakes, no matter how much I wanted it to
Other Thoughts: Working great with my new NUC BOXD54250WYKH1READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Decent performance
- Low price
- Can use standard 2.5" HDs (!!)
- Can drive 4k monitor
- Upgradeable (to some extent)
- Lots of features too numerous to list here (such as built-in IR sensor, Wifi Antenna, Headphone & MICROPHONE jack, gigabit ethernet, two internal USB, dual channel RAM)
- Low power - Anandtech says it's < 28 watts under load!
- 4 USB ports
-Robust design, keeps cool, sturdy
-Includes a power cord (Not sure what that other user was talking about)
Cons: - Driver issues
1. Default bios settings wont boot - this is takes 2 seconds to fix but another user mentioned it so I thought I'd verify it. BIOS is intuitive and easy to work
2. Windows 7 didn't have LAN drivers or drivers for my Intel WiFi card (not included). This wasn't a huge deal but just remember that having a Win7 install on a USB stick will not get you up and running. Reminds me of the days of XP where I'd lose my LAN driver and didn't have access to a 2nd rig to get one (tears ensued). This was made an even greater bugaboo because of #3:
3. No drivers included - Come on intel, even a $0.25 USB stick with SOME drivers would've been nice
- 1.35volt RAM - less ubiquitous, I'm told, than 1.5 volt - REMEMBER TO GET THE RIGHT RAM. Another user here on newegg took a star or two off because they apparently broke the thing by using the wrong RAM (my sympathy meter is reading at 0% for this person). See my setup below
- No Built-in WiFi - would've been nice to free up one of the two PCIe slots and not have to pay $25 for 802.11ac card
- No eSATA - Newegg specs says there is... I don't have any eSATA devices but I'm sad I don't have it.
- Mini HDMI - required $10 adapter ... sadface
- The gimicky Intel jingle circuit in the packaging didn't work when I got it (Considering RMA; this is an outrage)
Other Thoughts: My Setup:
8GB RAM in two 4gb Crucial sticks DDR3-1600 #N82E16820191523
120GB 2.5" SATAIII Mushkin SSD #N82E16820226424
Intel 802.11AC/BlueTooth adapter (7260HMW) #9SIA24G2179255
StarTech MiniHDMI - > regular HDMI adapter #N82E16882158100
Phillips 42" TV
My long PCIe slot is unused.
Couple of random thoughts:
- Since this thing DOES include Intel SRT, what might be a cool thing to do would be to throw in a 64GB mSATA drive AND a high capacity 2.5" platter drive for a great media-center type deal.
- I'm using this with a wireless keyboard and mouse for something like a media center PC. With its IR sensor this makes a great solution.
- Make sure to install ALL the latest drivers. Intel has a bundle on their website for D54250WYK (no H) which is the mobo this uses
This review is from: Corsair Vengeance 2100 Circumaural Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
Pros: - Great sound
- Great Battery life
- Great Software (for Windows, anyway)
- Works well with toggling between computers (such as on a USB switch)
- Comfortable for my head
- Surprisingly light weight
- Mac Compatible
- Can get very loud (though still sounds good)
- Very robust design
- Incredibly good price for what they are
Cons: - No Mac Software (though listed as "mac compatible", which it is otherwise), therefore no 7.1 sound on Mac
Other Thoughts: I just got a roommate so I needed some headphones for gaming/movies/whatever. I also have a USB switch and a 2 computer setup including a Mac. I use my USB switch and it quickly detects in Windows and Mac, without hardware emulation (basically a "dumb" switch).
I don't have a ton of experience with headphones but I tried some Gamecon wired headphones to have a basis for comparison. These edged out those pretty easily in a lot of respects including bass and comfort. I was not expecting them to be so light considering they were battery powered.
I am happy with the battery life but I keep them wired to USB (note the USB port is for power ONLY, requires wireless dongle for audio) so as to not wear out the battery. These headphones feel like they will last a very long time.
Make sure you enable 7.1 audio in the software after you install it. Corsair software is not intrusive but gives you a task-bar icon. You may want to tinker with the equalizer in the software. You can make your own presets but it comes with some good ones by default.
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