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ASUS ROG G750 Series G750JH-DB71 Notebook Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz) 24GB Memory 1TB HDD 256GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4GB GDDR5 17.3
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -POWERFUL; will run games like Battlefield 4 and War Thunder on maximum settings with little or no noticeable frame drops.
-FAST; Main Drive SSD and 24GB of memory make for a quick boot and fast access to your primary games.
-EFFICIENT; Low temps in the most demanding gaming. Battery will last hours on a dimmed screen and no backlit keyboard if you're word-processing or browsing the internet.

Cons: BATTERY FAILS; Six months in, I started getting a blinking battery LED. I tried multiple things, from reinstalling battery charge drivers to rolling back the BIOS to even wiping the computer with a fresh copy of Windows. No joy. Swapping batteries with a fellow G750 owner revealed a faulty battery. Fortunately, his is holding up. UN-fortunately, the battery is proprietary and will take until World War 3 to receive from ASUS. Their customer support has been unresponsive, at best.
SSD; Solid-State Drives have limited writes. It will eventually die. Great for the OS and your primary games while it lasts, though.
INTERMITTENT KEYBOARD; Various keys ranging from F and R to T and N have habits of not properly keying when you stroke them. This can be a huge pain when typing reports for school or even writing a review like this. Suggest opting for an external keyboard if you can spare the slots.
SLOPPY BIOS; Every iteration of BIOS release has had a bug of some sort. It started with heavy CPU throttling from the factory in battery mode, to intermittent backlighting in the first upgrade. The newest is still too new to really dial down the issues with it, but the apparent "fix" for WHQL support wasn't much of a fix.
WINDOWS 8 and BLUETOOTH; Not the worst OS, but its driver support is funky. Because of this, the Bluetooth drivers tend to cause false shutdowns and restarts if they're not disabled.

Other Thoughts: For the price of the laptop, I expected better product quality in things like the keyboard and battery. Things like that should not be prone to failure within the first six months of ownership.

The driver support of Windows 8 and this laptop are AWFUL. You have to disable the Atheros Bluetooth drivers if you encounter any issues shutting down or restarting the laptop.

I wanted to give this laptop a 3.5, but halves are not featured in the egg ratings. Bummer, because it just doesn't deserve four eggs, let alone five, for the deficient keyboard and battery issues that seem to plague MANY who have bought this laptop.

Razer Orbweaver Gaming Keypad
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Complex but a Godsend in MMORPGs 03/03/2014

This review is from: Razer Orbweaver Gaming Keypad

Pros: -Many, Many Buttons.
-Razer Synapse permits the most extensive customization and macro-writing on the market.
-Fire-and-forget syncing to your game .exe files for specific profiles.
-Works in any USB type.
-Can potentially halve your reaction time for firing off abilities in MMORPGs or setting up weapon/seat switching in games like Battlefield and Planetside.

Cons: Only one con: It's a large keypad, and it's easy to fumble and "fat-finger" keys in your first few weeks of use. This can be as frustrating as it is intimidating, but as you develop the muscle memory, your reaction time will result in boundless improvement in MMORPG PvP and even first person shooters.

Other Thoughts: Despite the one con, I've had such great success with this piece of equipment (paired with the formidable Razer Taipan Mouse) that I felt compelled to keep it at five eggs. Now I think I understand why Swifty (of World of Warcraft fame) swears by these products.

Saitek X52 Pro Flight System Controller
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs When it Works, it WORKS. 03/03/2014

This review is from: Saitek X52 Pro Flight System Controller

Pros: -As far as range of motion goes, this is one of the most accurate and precise sticks on the market.
-Many buttons means you won't have to multitask between a basic stick and a keyboard.
-Extensive customization.
-Software-friendly (I've bound this stick to games as old as X-wing Alliance and as new as War Thunder)
-WORKS with Windows 8.1.
-Can work in USB 3.0 with proper, up-to-date Windows 8 drivers and Saitek Smart Programming Software.

Cons: Unlike its downgraded, stock cousin, the Pro suffers from some sort of quirk outside of the box. The first was improperly-installed (or aligned) microswitches in the dual trigger, which resulted in frequent misfires or the stick not firing at all. I had to RMA that stick because of it. The second, replacement unit suffers from an overly sensitive x-channel in the virtual mouse thumbstick on the throttle. Fortunately, this can be disabled in software or by disabling its HID-compliant mouse driver. Shame, though, because it is useful for panning your view in the cockpit of an airplane or ship in sims.

Other Thoughts: Saitek is starting to slip in product quality. Ever since they were acquired in 2007 by Mad Catz, their entire line of sticks suffers from some kind of failure out of the box. I bought both myself and my ex each a Saitek X-52 in late 2004, shortly after the original release. Until I purchased my Pro, the original 52 was still working.

I sought the Pro because of its alleged more-precise range of motion, which is no fluke. Its curves are more stable, allowing for better aim in games like War Thunder (which is currently dominated by mouse-aimers). The overall range of motion is better, and the LED customization is a nice touch. Plus: IT'S Freaking Black. I'm just bummed that I didn't buy one before Mad Catz bought Saitek. Since 2007, Saitek's quality just hasn't been the same.


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Display Name: Steven S.

Date Joined: 08/16/11

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  • First Review: 11/21/11
  • Last Review: 03/03/14
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