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This review is from: Corsair Gaming VOID USB Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
Pros: Overall, decent sounding headphones. It has a very flat EQ. This set is meant for gaming, and maybe only gaming, which is made clear from the model name, marketing, RGB LEDs, and sound of the headphones. For music, I found myself turning on the bass booster in the software settings for electronic music. Rock-n-roll sounded better with the default settings. You can customize all preset EQ settings and make your own EQ profiles.
Headset’s volume rocker controls Windows’ volume which is nice because then keyboard buttons, headset buttons, and software controls are all in sync with each other.
Software allows you to toggle an option to set how long the mute button activates the mic mute. Mute button is nice and large and easy to find.
Aesthetic design – deviating from the standard look of headsets
Software allows you to choose colors, blinking patterns, and brightness
Ear cups turn to adjust to your head or to lay flat on a table.
Cons: Microphone seems weak in my opinion and can’t be moved closer to the face. You must rely on software do the loudening for you… I have mine turned up all the way and think it could still be louder. In-game options may allow you to turn the mic up even louder.
The mute-light on the microphone isn’t visible to user! It’s visible to other people around you, but you must tilt the mic towards your face to know if mute/mute-light is activated! What’s the point?! Just like the RGB LEDs, this feature is apparently for show, and of little utility to the user.
The volume rocker adjusts the volume VERY SLOWLY. If you put the headset on with blasting music and relied on the rocker to put the volume to a normal level, you’d be deaf by the time the volume was adjusted. Repeatedly pressing down is supposed to quicken how long it takes to reduce volume, but after practicing this a for a while and only getting it to work a few times just made me notice the flimsy the build quality of the volume toggle.
Long pressing on the volume rocker makes the headset beep a few times. I consulted the manual/quick start guide that comes with the headset to figure out what was happening. It had a section on volume adjustment but fails to mention this feature. The tiny booklet has a few pages of completely useless information, such as where the LEDs, mic, and cable are located on the headset. I had to go online to figure out that the inward press changes the EQ profile, but I would have preferred it to be a silence button.
The cord is short in my opinion. Plugging into a monitor or keyboard, the cord length is OK, but if you need to plug into a desktop which is on the floor, or slightly far away could cause trouble.
The cord is hard-wired into the headset and not removable or replaceable – this is a point of failure on many headsets.
Thick cord isn’t exactly comfortable resting against bare skin – the thinner braided cable of the SteelSeries 9H is more texturally pleasing, lighter, and more maneuverable.
All cord complaints could be mitigated if you opt for the wireless version of this headset
Other Thoughts: This headset compliments my K70 RGB LED keyboard. As with the RGB keyboard, the “16.8 million colors” has been disputed and debunked. Why continue to advertise something that is not true? You will get 512 colors (still plenty! but a far cry from millions) out of these products.
Many headsets seem quieter over USB. But the SteelSeries 9H also has the option of plugging into a 2.5mm jack which is a nice feature if you want to use the headset on any other device but a computer. The 2.5mm jack also makes the 9H headphones louder.
Microphone is flexible but it doesn’t hold its shape to where you put it – you can’t bend the mic towards your mouth. Must move it up to remove it from your field of view. Removable or retractable mics are a plus – a nod to the 9H, again.
This headset ‘fits’ me on the smallest setting and when I look down, they slide around (don’t clamp right against my head). With most headsets I’ve used, I usually need a couple clicks away from smallest setting – this model is probably better suited for people with larger heads.
Corsair put effort into the aesthetics of these headphones but more work could be done to improve the utility (mic light placement), comfort (fitting more head sizes), and overall usability (better documentation).
7.1 surround sound is always a tall claim for me to buy into with a headset, but all companies do this these days. Companies offer software that is supposedly able to accomplish surround sound with headphones as simple as earbuds.
Pros: -Supports wireless AC protocol with up to 300Mbps + 1.3Gbps data rates
-4 gigabyte speed Ethernet ports
-2 USB ports one of which is a USB 3.0 port
-Parental controls allow sites to be blocked and activity to be limited to certain times of day
-Quality of Service controls allows video/skype calls to take preference over uploads of pictures/other files – although one caveat is that that some users reported the Intellistream settings can limit bandwidth
-Guest and Media networks can add security to your home network
-Supports DLNA/UPnP media for streaming – your devices must support the file formats you are trying to stream
Cons: -Can’t really be mounted on its side – this can be problematic when 4 Ethernet cords are pulling it in one direction, off the table-top.
-The only security that prevents intruders out of the box is the wireless password. Wired users could plug in and take full control of the router until someone sets up a password.
-Would be nice if you could manage the content on the DLNA/UPnP server without needing to unplug the device from the router and plug it into a computer.
-Shiny, thin, light plastic is fingerprint magnet
-No LEDs for LAN ports to indicate connectivity status or speed
-Power adapter needs plenty of space on the power strip or bottom wall plug
Other Thoughts: -UI is simple to use but somewhat lacking for advanced users. I did not find an option to create a VPN server.
-No external antennas to play with and move around - I’m not sure if this matters for signal strength, but it may matter for some people.
-As most people reported, I saw ~7 MB/s in NAS mode
-OpenWRT is compatible with this router
-DD-WRT seems not to have a firmware image for this router yet
-Tested this device with a Windows 10 x64 desktop using Ethernet port and subsequently 2 different USB wireless AC adapters and my Samsung S5
-There are settings to reboot the router daily or weekly… my Netgear router has an uptime of over 150+ days without any problems. Why reboot?
-At the time I’m writing this – the product has been out of stock for about a week
This review is from: Acer XB270HU bprz 27" WQHD (2560 x 1440) 16:9 LED Widescreen Monitor
Pros: -Amazing monitor. In my opinion, this is the best 2K monitor on the market as of June 2015.
-Simply read all the specifications of the monitor to know the pros
-2K resolution, 144hz refresh, 4ms response time, IPS panel, G-sync, ULMB (ultra low motion blur), 4 USB 3.0 ports, 27”, tilt, swivel, height adjustment, VESA compatible, etc. etc. etc.
Cons: -Splash screen shows up every time you turn the monitor on
-Glossy, fingerprint-magnet plastic on the front facing part of the monitor
-There were only 3 small areas of concern on my monitor. One is definitely a dead pixel, the other two seem to be dust that got between the anti-glare coating and the panel. They are very hard to notice in normal usage and were found using a completely white screen
-Expensive even as a refurb
-Only 90 day warranty as opposed to 3 years with the new model
-Did not come with USB-B cable to allow the 4 USB 3.0 input ports to work. Luckily, I had extra USB-B cables. However the first one I tried had a larger plug size. The monitor’s USB-B port is close to the side of the monitor, making that larger plug not work. The second cable I tried works
-This time went on sale several days after I purchased it. The seller (not Newegg) would not give me a price match :’(
I'm knocking an egg because the seller didn't include a cable and wouldn't give me a price match!!!
Other Thoughts: -I chose this monitor over the ASUS PG278Q because it is an IPS panel and color quality was more important to me than response time. I use Photoshop and content creation software and wanted the colors to be great. I play lots of different computer games, but the majority of the time I spend on the computer is not gaming. I also did not see myself using the 3D feature of the PG278Q.
-The refurbished monitor saved me some money and I am willing to accept its minor flaws. New monitors can have flaws as well (see the reviews of the new monitor). I am happy with this item. I will remain happy as long as it turns on for several years. You might be safer buying a refurb because it likely went through quality assurance twice.
-I’m using this monitor with two NVIDIA GTX 670 FTW in SLI
-During an idle load, it draws about 20-30W with 20% brightness and can jump up to ~40W during a benchmark
Display Name: Sean M.
Date Joined: 12/20/07
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