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This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS SR910 Real 7.1 Surround Sound USB Gaming Headset
Pros: When I was asked to review these, I had no idea that G.Skill even made headsets. After a little research it appears as though G.Skill is stepping into the peripherals market. I do have to say that made me a little skeptical since this would be their first try, but my skepticism was put to rest once I got a chance to try them out.
The are well packaged and are black with red accents. When I pulled them out, I was surprised at how heavy there were compared to the other headset I use.
I like red, so this was a plus. The ear cups were very soft and the headband was very comfortable. It had nice red accent stitching and looks high quality. The headset appears to be very well built and should last a long time.
The controls for the head set looks pretty neat with it's LEDs that indicate sound level. It's also on a really long cord so you can pretty much position it anywhere on your desk.
Driver installation was a snap and the software complimented the hardware with it's red / black appearance. It offers a ton of equalizer functions along with gain control. I have to admit I really didn't know what to do with the sliders, so I just played with them for awhile and then set them back to default.
So let's put these buggers on.
I was surprised when I put them on to be honest. I thought they were going to be heavy, but they we actually very light. It appears as though G.Skill did a great job with their suspension design that really takes the weight off your head. The ear-cups felt great and I almost forgot I was wearing a headset.
I played some music, which sounded pretty good, but not awesome. I'm an audiophile, so I might be a little more critical than others, but the bass seemed to be a bit overbearing. I could have probably adjusted this with the equalizer, but I didn't bother to spend the time.
Gaming was a different story. I thought things sounded great and was really impressed. After a lengthy session I really didn't even notice they were there anymore. Much more comfortable than my other headset.
The mic sounded great (according to my friends) and was very adjustable. I also liked its small size, which meant it wasn't in your peripheral view while you were playing.
Well done G.Skill!
Cons: These things are big. I think they were designed for Big Foot. I thought they were going to fall off my head when I first put them on. There also seems to be a lack of adjustability. There isn't really a way to get them adjusted correctly.
I had my wife try them on and they basically fell off her head. We tried adjusting them, but it was a lost cause.
No stand? That seems to be a really big over sight on the part of G.Skill. I would have really like a stand with some type of cable management. Right now I have to either throw them in a drawer or leave them sitting on my desk. This is my main reason for docking an egg. I was going to remove two (one for the missing stand and one for the sizing), but I'm cutting them a break on this one since they are new to this market.
Other Thoughts: While heavy, there was no discomfort during long sessions. The ear cups are extremely soft and very easy on the ears. The problem is that the headset is huge and doesn't offer any adjustment to resolve the issue. So if you have a small head, move along...nothing to see here.
If they just made them smaller, or included more adjustability these would be great. But not bad for a first try G.Skill, but you really should get some people with smaller heads for testing. :)
Pros: The first thing I have to say about this board is that it is absolutely stunning. I'm disappointed that I have to lock it away in a case under the desk.
I've had this board in my hands for about 2 months now, mostly because I was waiting for the Intel i7-6700k to come back in stock. I didn't want to review the board until I had a chance to test it out thoroughly. I won't bother to regurgitate the board specifications, as NewEgg has done a very good job of outlining them. But I will touch on some things that I liked.
The motherboard offers the new Intel USB 3.1 supporting the new Type C connector which is reversible. It also supports the traditional USB connector that everyone is accustom to using. Unfortunately, I don't own any USB 3.1 devices, so I couldn't test the bandwidth. However, I was able to test out the transfer speeds on the USB 3.0 ports, which performed as expected (~118MB/s transfer speeds).
Although I'm not a gamer, I did like the metal support on the PCI express slots that designed to handle the additional weight of the large gaming cards. I've seen the larger ones sag and this appears to resolve that issue.
The board is loaded with ports, including my favorite, M.2 SATA. Not just one, but two, supporting RAID. I've never had two SSDs in RAID 0 before so I ordered two Intel m.2 SATA SSDs with the intention of testing them in RAID 0. Unfortunately I had to RMA one of them since it was defective. I just got it back the other day and haven't had a chance to test it out.
Let's get into the meat of this bad boy. My rig is built with the i7-6700K, 16GB of Corsiar Vengance DDR4 266 RAM, an Intel M.2 SATA SSD and loaded with Windows 7 Ultimate.
The BIOS is loaded with features and offers a ton of OC options. Navigation was pretty straight forward and didn't provide any challenges.
The board offers a lot of OC options and appears to be straight forward, but, I am not an overclocker, so I can't comment on its functionality.
I've run the board for about a month now and haven't had any issues. I haven't tested any other LGA 1151 boards so I don't have a benchmark to compare, but I don't see why there would be any significant differences
Install of Windows went without a hitch and the drivers were easily found on the Gigabyte website.
Cons: I really couldn't find any to be honest. I tried to be as thorough as possible, but everything performed as expected and I didn't encounter any issues. So I'll have to give this board a big thumbs up.
Other Thoughts: The Gigabyte GA-Z170X is a stunning board that offers all the features and functionality one would expect...and then some. It's overflowing with ports and was stable since I put it to use.
I would definitely recommend this motherboard.
Pros: I've definitely had some seat time with this router over the past few months. Sorry NewEgg and Linksys for the slow review.....Life got in the way for a few months.
Anyway, I've had the opportunity to test drive the EA6350 over the past few months and don't really have anything to complain about. Setup is a snap and requires nothing other than the user manual that contains the unique password and SSID.
I reviewed the EA6500 a few years ago so do have some familiarity with the Linksys EA line. Let's start with the physical characteristics of the device. Thankfully Linksys has decided to shrink the power adapter from the boat anchor it was on the EA500. They also added external antenna on the EA6350, which is definitely a plus.
The device itself is of nice design and will look good sitting on your desk because you couldn't mount it on the wall even if you wanted to. Really? You can't punch a few holes in the bottom and throw in $0.08 worth of screws?
I wall mount all my networking components, so can anyone guess which one won't be used in my house?
This is the second time I've encountered the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi interface and I definitely like it more than I did the first time. They have made some nice changes since the EA6500. Things are more consolidated and much easier to find. The 6500 felt incomplete, where the 6350 feels much more polished.
I've put this little bugger through it's paces over the last few months and don't have any complaints about its performance. Everything from port forwarding, QoS, streaming HD to multiple devices, etc. To date, I've encountered no issues.
Cons: The two big cons I have are the lack of a wall mounting solution and the terrible DDNS options. When I last checked there was really only one option, DynDNS. There were two listed DynDNS & TZO.com, but DynDNS bought TZO.com a few years ago.
Unfortunately they don't offer a free hostname like they used to and now charge $25/year for the service. There are plenty of free Dynamic DNS providers out there, but Linksys chooses not to include them as options.
Both of these issues are easily resolved with a simple firmware update that I hope Linksys considers.
Other Thoughts: All in all, I'm very happy with this device. If it was wall mountable, it would be replacing my TP-Liink.
It's a device I would definitely recommend.