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SilverStone SST-TS06 Plastic with diamond shape exterior 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works
Only needs USB power for my drive, not two cables (unlike what some reviewers would suggest is the case)

Cons: Relatively cheap design
Not a perfect fit inside enclosure (designed for thicker optical drives)
Faceplate has cheap plastic that bends when trying to connect to front of drive, had to use another spare from Vantec
Optical Drive conversion kit extremely cheap - no cover of PCB or shock protection

Other Thoughts: The enclosure is two individual pieces of plastic sandwiched together on top and bottom. If you even remotely try to apply pressure to your optical drive in an attempt to make a connection onto the backplane where the SATA interface is, it will start to separate like the warm ends of an ice cream sandwich. It requires careful alignment, which is also an issue. While my optical drive is fitting into the enclosure after some effort, the only way it fits is literally sideways. It doesn't sit on the bottom internally, nor the top.....sideways....leaving awkward gaps either way. The plastic faceplate that you mount to interface with the drive is also horrible, the clips that insert onto the face of the ODD are misaligned, leading to laughably easy bending even trying to insert ends that do meet the measurements. Mine basically broke, I had to use one from the Vantec ODD conversion kit.

It also helps to extend the USB cable before insertion as it can free up some space internally. I had initially thought that this product had the appearance of being larger due to the fact that there was a reserved space somehow in order to house the retractable USB cable...nope. Why would this thing have practical design? Crazy. Instead it just gets in the way of the drive insertion and because it shares this space, it's incredibly short.

As mentioned, I had already purchased a Vantec kit for my optical to HDD conversion on my laptop which is much, much better. That one is made of some kind of poly-carbonate ESD conscious material, comes with shock resistant screw inserts for the drive, a rubber bumper for added protection, and clips that reinforce the entire caddy inside the laptop. This on the other hand, has none of those features. The caddy is flimsy plastic, is bare/open on the bottom, and has no rubber shock insert - and a huge gap for 2.5 inch insertion leaving the drive totally able to eject with enough force off the slim SATA interface.

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Corsair Vengeance 1500 v2 USB Connector Circumaural Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Sound Quality (BF4, Headphones option with surround setting...very very nice)
Aesthetics
USB controlled
Long Cable with volume adjustment and mic mute (computer volume, not it's own volume)
Ridiculously clear sounding mic
Comfort (the pads feel great)
Sound representation is superb
...Is Corsair

Cons: Software is not as easy as it should be to get working correctly and directions very unclear. (see other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: I bought this headset to replace my Turtle Beach Z11 that I got a year ago. The Mic on it died and it was enough of an excuse to warrant the purchase of a new headset. I had my eye on this even before the V2 rendition was released, so naturally after some browsing around doing comparisons of other headsets I settled on this one. Most of my products are Corsair, not because of brand loyalty but because their components have always had the sleek aesthetic and reliability I come to expect from a component manufacturer (I have tried many, many other brands notwithstanding)

First off, Newegg did a great job on shipping time. I ordered Super Saver Shipping on a Monday and got it in 3 days (4 is usually the minimum). The packaging was good enough and the headset came in fine. Upon installation is where I had some problems. I downloaded the latest driver software from the Corsair site (using Win 8.1) and installed it (2.0.26 as of 2/28/14) without any difficulty. It recognized my headset - but things were getting really weird. On music that was supposed to be clean or parts that are usually noise free suddenly had static when playing songs in iTunes. A very low but audible static that was enough to be very unpleasant. If I coped through the noise and continued listening to music, the song I would have been listening to would suddenly garble completely and skip random seconds ahead until eventually I got no sound from it at all until I restarted the computer. The driver software also for some reason wouldn't let me select some of the features. Having this problem, I began troubleshooting the headset first by uninstalling the driver software with REVO, and seeing what generic driver windows would install instead. Funny enough, the windows driver introduced a noise free driver and I could listen to things with overall flat sound, and no noise. At this point I knew something was wrong with the drivers and not the headset. (whew) After this, I started thinking that there was something wrong with the install that I wasn't doing correctly. This was, in fact, the problem. On the Corsair downloads page for this headset - there are 2 drivers, an older version and the 2.0.26 version. The 2.0.26 version will LOOK for the older driver version (which is there on the downloads page) and use some of the resources in that older driver to install the new one. You just need to have the .msi installer in the same directory as the 2.0.26.msi installer, IIRC. I'm not sure if I had to install the older one, and then the newer one over that though. I'm pretty sure you don't have to. This method let me use the headset to it's full potential. It sounds amazing now. The Dolby setting that's in the software is basically just reverb, and you don't need to have it on to get positional 7.1 audio. Sounds much better without it on IMO. You can verify it's doing what it should by selecting the 1500, then the 7.1 test ping in the configuration settings of the windows playback devices t

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ASUS VS248H-P Black 24
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Picture quality is amazing, adjustable stand, easily assembled and well packaged internally. No dead pixels, no orange tint, no fungus growth, no sporadic flashing or whatever else people are saying this thing gets. Preset settings are adequate enough for me to pick one and not mess with it for a long time (I personally like Game mode as it gives better contrast and colors, with a few minor extra adjustments). It's really thin, doesn't seem to get very hot on the back and the plugs sticking out from the back made things easier to get up and running.

I also got it over Thanksgiving holiday for around 150 bucks. For what I'm looking at right now, that's a steal.

I've owned a 21.5inch LED/LCD Acer, a 23.6 LCD Acer, and now, this monitor. This is the best one for overall looks, picture quality, and viewing angle.

Cons: I got pretty frightened when I put this down as what I wanted for Christmas! Bad reviews started pouring in from what I thought was a bad batch around Thanksgiving. Dead pixels mainly being the primary complaint. I had to wait from Thanksgiving to Christmas to find out if I had a bad apple, and low and behold, I didn't. All that worry for nothing - but the fact I even got to that point with an uneasy feeling is bothersome. It should be noted that users who typically have bad experiences tend to write more reviews. While I think this is justifiable - the ratio of bad/good product reviews for this monitor are, however, unjust. (partially the reason I'm typing this review)

I can confidently say that your chances of getting a bad one are extremely small...perhaps a 5-10 percent chance of a defect (this is TYPICAL OF ALL TECH) so if you're like me wondering if this is a good buy, trust me, it probably will be.

Other Thoughts: Why is everyone hating on the stand? So what if I press a button and the monitor moves? Waaaaaaaaah. All of my monitors have done that. These things are not weighted down with a cinder block and I'm not using this on a train, backseat of a horse drawn carriage, or boat. I don't expect the primary user base of people to be either. If you're seriously concerned that the monitor will wobble to the point of falling over and breaking from button presses or desk bumps....then it certainly isn't the design of the monitor that needs improving.

I'll also mention that the button placement is the same on all of the monitors I've used, from ASUS to Acer to Samsung and it is so PETTY of a feature! It baffles me why people decide to complain about it. Soon people will start complaining about the look of the Asus logo and whatever other mundane features they can find to bash this. It's an excellent monitor.

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Display Name: Michael E.

Date Joined: 02/01/12

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 03/16/12
  • Last Review: 02/25/16
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