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This review is from: Rosewill RHTS-11004 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Headphone
-Compact / Detachable cord
Cons: -Not the greatest build quality
-Design / headphones could be larger to fit "over ears"
-Poor noise cancellation
Other Thoughts: In addition to these headphones, I also bought a pair of MEE electronics earbuds that go into the ear, and around the same price point.
I have to say that it is questionable which would be the better one to use. The passive noise cancellation on these headphones is really not that great, as they don't fit over the ear. The low-end you would typically get from this design of headphone may be lost to the bleeding of ambient room-noise at the higher frequencies.
If you don't mind wearing them, I'd go with some high quality ear buds. They're more compact, (generally) harder to break and the sound quality is almost as good.
If you can't stand ear buds, or find them uncomfortable, this might be a better option. A lot of reviews on here have mentioned that these headphones are "very uncomfortable", but short of the fact that they don't sit completely over your ear, I don't notice any discomfort and I have a particularly large head.
If these are on for $9.99, or whatever, I'd go for them if you need to replace some similar style headphones. Otherwise, I think you'd be really surprised by some of the newer earbud designs.
This review is from: MEElectronics RX12 3.5mm Connector In-Ear Headphone (Blue)
Pros: -The flat cable that is tangle resistant is a really nice touch. I've spent a lot of time untangling cables, when I could be listening to music.
Disclaimer: Describing sound is impossible
-The sound quality is quite good. I have always been skeptical of in-ear buds as being capable of producing quality sound at the lower end of the spectrum, but these do the job well.
-I bought them at the $9.99 price with free shipping, and I think it's a great value. I think they could be fairly priced at about $20 though.
Cons: -As with all earbuds, they feel more like some sort of auditory/medical appliance than something comfortable; they get earwax on them and it's kind of nasty.
-The sound is just a little bit muddy. I boosted the EQ around the 4 - 8K range, and it brightened up a lot.
-Despite the fact that these earbuds provide a surprisingly good response at the lower end of the spectrum (below 60hz), they simply will not be as good as over the ear style headphones.
Other Thoughts: If you're looking for something to replace stock headphones that came with a mobile device, or using them to work out or whatever, these are great.
I really think that this style of earbud plateaus at a low price point. I have a hard time believing that the materials other manufacturers use to sell them for $120 can be substantially different than what it is in these. In that respect, I think there is a great value here, despite the fact that this style of headphone has obvious limitations in terms of audio quality and range.
Pros: I bought it with a $20 rebate, and in the end it was really only 9.99. I bought it because I had to RMA my graphics card, and I don't have onboard video.
It's easy to install, it seems to be of decent build quality. I was surprised to see that it actually will run Diablo 3 on its lowest specs, albeit very slowly and choppy; it's better than nothing!
For uses other than 3D gaming, it's great. It does exactly what you need it to.
Cons: Obviously, at 5450, it's not going to knock your socks off. It's not going to do 3D gaming very well (despite what it says on the box). If you're looking to find a cheap way to play some games, I'd look at spending a few more bucks. 512mb of DDR-3 isn't going to cut it.
With that said -- it's not really a "con". That shouldn't be your expectation to begin with.
The only real "con" I had was trying to find drivers on the XFX website. You have to create some kind of login to download drivers? That's a pain.
Just go straight to AMD's website and download catalyst software. You can toss the CD that comes with this card in the trash.
Other Thoughts: If this card is still on for dirt cheap and you need a quick solution that is marginally better than onboard video, this should be your card.
If you're looking for a way to cheap out on a card that can pull of some 3D gaming, spend a little more.