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XFX Double D Radeon R9 270X DirectX 11.2 R9-270X-CDFC 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Solid card, runs cool, performs well (had issues, RMA'd) 12/03/2015

This review is from: XFX Double D Radeon R9 270X DirectX 11.2 R9-270X-CDFC 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: From when I got the card (late 2014) until October 2015, it worked flawlessly. It didn't ever have issues in terms of failing to boot / detect, artifacts, over-heating, loud fan noises, etc.

It's a solid card that runs cool and performs great. The lifetime warranty is awesome too (make sure you register it!) if you want that piece of mind.

Cons: About 10 months into the life of the card, mine malfunctioned and wouldn't boot properly.

I finally got the replacement video card today, and so I decided to write my review. I wouldn't say the RMA process was TOO annoying, but XFX asks you to do some pretty elaborate troubleshooting that many consumers wouldn't have the means to easily do (such as put a different similarly-powerful GPU in your machine, or put this card in someone else's similarly-powerful desktop) in order to see if the issue 'follows the card'. I told them I couldn't do that (my friends all prefer laptops, and I sold my previous card) and they eventually issued the RMA.

The cost to ship the defective card to California (from Toronto) was brutal. It sucks that the "industry standard" is to only cover return shipping. If one of the major video card manufacturers offered only a 3 year warranty but covered two-way shipping on replacements, I think I'd prefer that.

I also would have been more impressed with their RMA process if they did the "swap" like many other companies... where they ship you the replacement, you take it out and put the defective one in the box and mail that back. Then my downtime would have been far less. Instead, I had to do all the 'ticket' stuff until they finally issued the RMA, ship it out, wait for them to receive it, wait for them to inspect it, wait for them to process the replacement and mail it out, and then wait for it to ship 3,900 km to me. All in all, I was without my 270X for nearly 40 days. I know tech products aren't perfect, but it still soured me a bit.

Whatever. I'm done talking about that. It's a great card. Replacement works well. I'm just glad to be back up and running.

Other Thoughts: I don't like to review things a few weeks after purchase because that's not helpful for people who want to know about longevity. Usually I wait at least 12 months before reviewing any item.

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SteelSeries Sensei RAW 62155 Rubberized Black 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 5670 dpi Gaming Mouse
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Overall, it's a nice mouse with a clean design.

- The aesthetics are simple and minimalist
- The rubberized coating is really nice
- The wheel mouse felt really nice to scroll with
- The way the laser tracks is very smooth. I can't complain about its motion accuracy because it's definitely a high quality laser.

Cons: Unfortunately, I returned it 5 days after buying it.

I want to make note that the issues could be partly my fault (due to my hand size and mouse preferences) but I still feel it was partially defective, as no one else reported similar issues. Either way, I have small hands and I like to rest my wrist on the desk while using my mouse -- as such, my fingers were likely not clicking as far up as they probably expect you to click.

Anyway, here are the issues I faced:
- The left click was too soft, in terms of its tactile feedback. By this I mean I could barely feel that it actually clicked some of the time (even though it had registered as a click) and I hate that feeling because I can't be accurate with a mouse if sometimes the clicks feel too soft
- It didn't register as a click 100% of the time. It was close, but I expect a high-quality mouse to work every time
- The back/forward thumb triggers on the side felt too soft/flimsy and didn't click nicely. Compared to my other mice (see "Other Thoughts"), the buttons on the side just felt disappointing
- The overall shape didn't fit my hand well. Comparing this to the Logitech mice I have gotten accustomed to, it just didn't fit how I like

Other Thoughts: I got the RAW because my existing mouse (the Logitech G500) started double clicking on single clicks, which is known to happen to that mouse as it ages. It was 4.5 years old, so I'll forgive it.

My RAW was probably a bit defective. There's no way it could function like that out of the box otherwise (in my opinion). Either way, I returned it and forked out the extra $30 for the Logitech G502 -- which I've only been using for a few days but I'm liking it more. Personally, it feels really comfortable due to the shape, and the left side having that nice thumb rest indent.

In the end, I'm not going to give it lower than a "3" because I may have just gotten a slightly bad unit, and it's not SteelSeries fault that my hands didn't feel totally comfortable with it.

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ASUS RT-N16 Wireless Router 802.11b/g/n up to 300Mbps DD-WRT Open Source support with USB Storage, Printer And Media Server
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I have a simple rule: don't review it unless you've had it long enough. We bought this November 2012. It's almost 2015. That's over 2 years of absolutely HAMMERING this router with a heavy workload, and it has held up well. Reviewing it after just a month or two doesn't make sense, because I don't need a router that lasts 2 months.

- No downtime
- No need to restart it to "resolve sluggish performance"
- Always a consistent ~100 MB/sec if devices can handle sending/receiving at that speed
- Enough CPU or RAM horsepower to not cause bottlenecks
- No weird glitches, like ports not forwarding when set up correctly or anything
- No conflicts, no strange errors in log, etc
- The wireless works without issue (I like external antennas)

We have about 10 ethernet devices hooked up to it (via use of switches) and 20 or so wireless, and never a single issue or hiccup in all this time. With a huge custom home server (many 3TB drives in RAID6), we move serious data around constantly, and it doesn't skip a beat.

We put DD-WRT on it from the start. It handles it flawlessly. I love the level of customization this offers.

Cons: None! A lot of people said theirs died after X number of months. Hopefully this doesn't happen here. If it did die, I think we got our money's worth because we got it at a great price.

Other Thoughts: I've had an up and down experience with this company (the thermal part on my ASUS Radeon card was not conducting well, but my ASUS 24" LCD has been going strong for 5 years) but they generally seem like a reliable manufacturer.

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Display Name: Chris B.

Date Joined: 12/26/08

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  • First Review: 05/22/12
  • Last Review: 12/03/15
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