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ASUS VivoBook S200E-RHI3T73 Notebook Intel Core i3 3217U (1.80GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 11.6
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Wonderful touchpad (responsive and big)

-Very quick (w/ an SSD it loads both the OS and programs very quickly, the CPU allows for multiple programs to run w/ issues, 4GB ram is plenty for Linux)

-Runs Linux Mint 16 XFCE 64 bit perfectly (as well as Mint 16 KDE & Cinnamon)

-Cheaper and higher quality than any "Linux" laptop out there.

Cons: Battery life (w/ an SSD, only lasts about 3.5 hrs with basic use)
Somewhat dim screen (could be brighter for a more comfortable outdoor experience)
Keyboard is not backlit (would make night time use a better experience)

Other Thoughts: I was looking for something portable for basic tasks and stumbled upon this little gem. After swapping out the HDD for an SSD this thing has been impressively fast and responsive. I wasn't a fan of windows 8 and didn't want to mess with finding drivers for this for windows 7. So I decided to put linux on this machine since I wasn't going to play any serious games on this anyway. While the SSD was coming (a acouple days later due to a weekend splitting the packages by 2 days. I installed Linux mint 16 Cinnamon 64 bit, then tried KDE and both worked perfectly. I settled on the XFCE version b/c I enjoyed it for an old desktop I had. All 3 are wonderful versions though, and without any driver issues.

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SYBA GamesterGear PC200 PC Wired Gaming Headset with Detachable Mic
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Headset 01/24/2014

This review is from: SYBA GamesterGear PC200 PC Wired Gaming Headset with Detachable Mic

Pros: This headset is wonderful and my wife and I both own and love these headsets. The Black Friday sale was too good to pass up, so we took chance on these.

The biggest thing I look for is comfort and this headset is comfortable enough to wear for hours of gaming with no pain in either the ears or temples. I have worn these for 8 hours or more on multiple nights. (I have a large skull, and most reasonably priced headsets are too tight)

The sound is good, though I am not an audiophile. I do hear more of the ambient noises in the games I play, so to me that signifies that either my last set of headphones were sub-par or these are good quality. I am leaning towards the latter.

The mic is another significant improvement over the last set I owned. Everyone always said that I was really quiet in the VOIP we use, and this one seems to be an improvement over the last set.

Another nice benefit of this set, for me anyway, is the way the jack is designed. It's nice to know I can use it with my phone and all that, but there is a second benefit to those who are rough on their sets. I tend to break the headsets, no matter the cost, within about a year of ownership (never had a pair last longer than 10 months). I accidentally stress the cord in all sorts of ways, from dropping them, to turning around or standing up and jerking the headset as a result. This eventually breaks the connection of the wires attached to the volume controller. On this headset there is no volume controller, though that's not where I see the benefit of the design. The splitter, that is provided, gives the headset the ability to detach in the middle, and this has happened to me several times already as a result of rough handling. I feel this design will extend the life of my headset because the plug only handles so much stress before detaching and therefore saves the cord from too much stress. The braided cord is a nice touch as well.

The detachable mic is nice for those who use these for music on the go. I use these for gaming at home, so I do not detach the mic unless I am eating while I wear these. For MMORPGers eating while playing at times is a must, due to raiding schedules and such.

Cons: The only thing I can think of would be that the splitter jacks are not marked, and you have to refer to the booklet the first time you plug them in, or I guess you could do the trial and error method, you have a 50/50 chance and if not, you get it on the second try. But that is trivial, and I needed something for this section anyway.

Some people, who are used to lightweight headsets might find these to be heavy, and although my last set was very light weight, I don't find these to be cumbersome.

Other Thoughts: I saw someone mention that these felt cheap. Maybe they feel cheap if you are used to wearing an iron mask..... But from every headset I've owned, from 20.00 - 100.00, these are the sturdiest I've owned. I had one good pair, that were destroyed in a freak accident, that were about 100.00 and these seem to be better quality. Time will tell if they last. But at the price I paid, if they only last a year like the rest I've owned, they are still worth the price I paid for the quality I get for that time frame.

If they break, I will post another review to give some estimate of how long they lasted (with rough use taken into consideration).

Also I just checked and they are currently (1/25/14) only six bucks more than the Black Friday sale price and are a great value for that price. With the quality I've experienced thus far, I would even go as far as to say that the standard non-sale price is still a fair value.

I would and do recommend these to other gamers and friends who need a good quality, multipurpose headset.

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ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: The motherboard is still going strong and without issues after a year and a half. This was my first build ever (did it for my wife), and since I have used about 10 different ASRock motherboards, and all have worked perfectly.

Cons: Other people's negative reviews!

Other Thoughts: I had an interesting experience about 2 weeks ago with my wife's computer, which uses this motherboard. I came home from work and she tells me it will not turn on. I power it on, and all the lights from the case fans light up, and all the other components spin up, but the board will not post. I figure its the ram, and so I take some ram from another PC, that is currently working and start testing one slot at a time. Nothing happens, the board still does not post. We have 3 cats and the last time I dusted her case was in November (this happened mid February). Needless to say, her case was filthy and to test anything other than the RAM I would need to clean it out. So I got my dusting supplies (can of air and swiffer duster) and start cleaning. After I made the thing spotless, in order to start swapping other components, I decided to try and power it on one more time. Sure enough, the motherboard posts, and starts right up. It was as it was before, no issues at all. I then went ahead and tested all the ram sticks one more time, all 4 (the two original, and the two I added), and all 4 worked and so did every slot, so I left her with 16 GBs of ram and put her computer back in its place.

I consider it a lesson learned, ASRock mobos work amazing, but they need to stay clean. The odd part is I can't think of a reason why dust would cause such issues.

This is for all those people I see writing about how their board dies after a year or so for no reason. I have a feeling what I experienced I am not alone in, and the other folks writing about their issues are experiencing something not very different and unique from mine.

Anyway I hope this saves at least one other person an RMA, and helps in general.

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Display Name: Leonid N.

Date Joined: 09/23/11

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  • Last Review: 03/31/14
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