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CM Storm Devastator - LED Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo Bundle (Blue Edition)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Dead on arrival and poor customer service 08/15/2014

This review is from: CM Storm Devastator - LED Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo Bundle (Blue Edition)

Pros: The mouse is nice. It does not feel cheaply made at all. My only issue with it are the 2 side buttons. If you use mouse buttons #3 and #4, and your hands aren't ridiculously large, you'll notice that you have to really stretch to press mouse button #4 with your thumb. It's not optimal. I don't understand how they could mess that up unless it was designed for basketball players.

Cons: Keyboard was dead on arrival. 4 keys did not work, rendering it useless. So, no big deal right? These things happen. I phoned Cooler Master and the guy was pretty nice - although he did seem to indicate that he was doing me a favor by letting me RMA it, like that was unusual for them. Perhaps because I received this combo as part of a computer bundle. But whatever, he said I could RMA it so it's all good. I followed the steps online to get the RMA number CUSUS1407172, and Emailed the rep with the number per his instructions. Never got my RMA label or heard from them ever again. This was 2 months ago.

ZOTAC Synergy Edition GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectX 11.1 ZT-61106-10M 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Runs quiet during gaming. No unexpected issues.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I was able to put this in my 6 year old computer (pcie 2.0)with no problem. Just be sure there's nothing immediately adjacent to your pci slot, because it's 2 slots wide.

My original 400w dual-rail power supply (16A, 17A) is running this just fine, though I unplugged my dvd drive as a precaution.

ViewSonic VX2370Smh-LED Black 23
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The screen is impressive so far. The color and viewing angles are good, as one could expect from an IPS panel, but what really surprised me was the sharpness. Text is sharp and readable no matter how small. It is very crisp. In fact out of curiousity I screenshotted the smallest readable text, opened it in paint, and measured--3 pixels in height is still readable. So it's easy on the eyes for reading and obviously it looks good for movies and games as well. Playing Mass Effect 3 looked good, and the 7ms response was not a noticeable detriment.

No dead pixels. Very little LED backlight bleed, although it is there. But I think it's in the OK/good range for an LCD.

The stand is basic--in fact I was wondering just how the hell it was supposed to support the monitor, but it seems quite sturdy.

Cons: The contrast ratio is nothing to write home about. Things that are supposed to be black are at times noticeably, well, not black. This is to be expected from an IPS panel however, and it isn't any worse than my last LCD display. This brings me to the "MEGA Dynamic Contrast Ratio" they advertise and you can turn on and off in the options. What a joke. By "Dynamic" they mean it dims and brightens your screen depending on how bright or dark the image on your screen is. The theory is that, during dark scenes like in a horror movie, it will reduce the backlight so that things that are supposed to look black, look truly black. Sounds good right? It's not. It sucks. It dims the entire screen. Now I understand that only the most expensive monitors are capable of dimming portions of the screen, but still, the methodology they employ is terribad: Let's say the scene is supposed to be completely dark except for a small red neon exit sign like at the back of a movie theater in the distance. The algorithm calculates the average intensity of all the pixels and since 95% of the screen is black, it dims the entire scene and the neon light gets "Mega" dimmed, making it look like total garbage. What would have been smart and easy to do is to check to make sure there's no huge differences in contrast in the scene first before you dim the hell out of it. It's useless, turn it off.

Not that I would ever use monitor speakers, but I happened to try them on accident. As expected, Mega-awful. Think clock radio quality. I wish they weren't there. Why put speakers on a monitor?

Controls and inputs are hard to access. Not a big deal to me though.

Other Thoughts: Even with the limited contrast ratio it's a superior display.


Mark P.'s Profile

Display Name: Mark P.

Date Joined: 04/14/12

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  • First Review: 10/27/12
  • Last Review: 08/15/14
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