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Corsair Vengeance 1400 Dual 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Par for the course 12/10/2013

This review is from: Corsair Vengeance 1400 Dual 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset

Pros: First impressions:
Nice clicky detents on the ear cups to adjust the 'phones to fit your head. Ear cups are spacious and fit over my larger ears without any discomfort. Happy to see the standard 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks instead of USB to take advantage of high end sound cards. Sound quality is on par with $20-30 headphones and noticeably lacks treble.

Build quality:
Lots of plastic with some metal on the internals to hold everything together. Cables are plenty long for computer use and the microphone pivots up and down smoothly. Overall the feel and weight is good as long as they're not being banged around.

Sound quality / Mic quality:
Many headsets struggle here and this one is no exception. The microphone quality is clear without adding any hiss or hum when speaking with sufficient volume. However, the speakers themselves -- even when run through my X-Fi Titanium HD sound card -- are severely lacking treble. A headphone amplifier has nothing to do with it; these simply are overly biased towards the mid and low frequencies. Adjusting the equalizer settings to compensate for this helps, but the upper ranges still sound empty without much depth or detail compared to a similarly-priced pair of Sony MDR-V6 headphones. If I were playing an FPS wearing these I'd feel like I was missing out on the subtle cues that help me find where my enemy is hiding.

Corsair made the right choice by terminating the cables to two typical 3.5mm jacks. This offers more flexibility by running the speakers and mic through your computer's sound card and enabling any 3D and equalizer settings your computer is capable of. USB headsets suffer more latency and under-achieving drivers in comparison.

Cons: - Lacking treble and upper frequency definition.
- Box and packaging make removing headphones tricky.
- Headband feels a little awkward on the top of the head; pushes down hard in the middle.
- Color scheme limits appeal to younger audiences.

Other Thoughts: Many of the criticisms I've listed here are "par for the course" when it comes to a $70 computer headset. That said, these do deserve 4 / 5 eggs due to the 3.5mm jacks instead of USB connectivity commonly found elsewhere. The mic is clear, they are comfortable, and with the correct equalizer setting (if your computer supports it) the sound quality is passable at this price point.

D-Link Wireless AC750 Dual Band Cloud Router (DIR-810L)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Basic D-Link Router 09/08/2013

This review is from: D-Link Wireless AC750 Dual Band Cloud Router (DIR-810L)

Pros: 802.11ac routers are starting to come around now and this one (mostly based on price I imagine) is getting a lot of attention on other sites, though it's a relatively new entry on Newegg. The light weight and small size are appealing, and near-gigabit wireless connection speeds make for many new possibilities for those where wired connectivity isn't an option. Steaming movies online or through the LAN are no problem, file sharing works great, and it does everything a wireless router should be able to do.

- Surprisingly puts out a stronger signal than my large dual-antenna TP-Link router; even two floors up, I was getting a very good signal (-40 to -45dBi)
- 802.11ac speeds are promising as long as you're no more than a short distance away.
- Web interface is a snap like most routers nowadays, includes a sticker on top of router to help you get started with the SSID and password.
-MyDlink connectivity allows making changes/managing settings from outside the LAN, helpful for remote administration if there are any issues going on.

That's about where the pros end...

Cons: The light weight and small size of this device apparently has its flaws, because it stopped offering a solid connection after a month of ownership. The device doesn't run particularily warm, so I was a little surprised, but now it's just a large 10/100 network switch.

- MyDlink requires router registration and creating an account through D-Link's web portal.
- The lack of antennas shows in the performance; strong signal is only skin deep. Sitting 5 feet away, my laptop was fluctuating wildly from 38 to 114Mbps. Meanwhile my existing router held a consistent 114 to 144Mbps. Things were better with the included 802.11ac wireless adapter, but the DIR-810L should be able to coexist with my existing 802.11g/n devices.
- While using the included 802.11ac adapter, connection speed dropped dramatically during any kind of traffic, dipping down into 802.11n territory. This is something that all the 802.11ac routers seem to do, but it sure doesn't help make a case for upgrading.
- After a month, stopped consistently staying connected and would start dropping connection.
- Very short cord on power brick.

Other Thoughts: I've had mixed results with D-Link in the past and hoped they had got their act together since, but for me personally, no such luck yet. Not really worth the time or effort for me to send it back if it's going to keep having issues. Hopefully things improve with firmware updates.

bCODA Multishare Jak USB Android Smartphone/Tablet Wi-Fi Media Streaming Device (Green)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs A flawed 8GB wi-fi capable jump drive. 08/29/2013

This review is from: bCODA Multishare Jak USB Android Smartphone/Tablet Wi-Fi Media Streaming Device (Green)

Pros: It does what it says it does: loads music, video, and images to the integrated 8GB storage from your phone. However the way it does this is rather convoluted: you have to launch the Jak app from your smartphone, dig up the files you want, then tap the Transfer button to send them to the device. Once the files finish transferring, the device disconnects and reconnects to whatever it's plugged into with the new files loaded onto it.

Real world use:
Good idea in theory. I tried to use it to stream music to my car stereo's USB hookup. Great. Tapped the transfer button and the music started playing without needing to hook a wire up to my phone, so technically it does "work". However, this is where the pros ended.

Cons: I can't receive calls while the app is running, I can't use phone navigation while the app is running, and I can't do ANYTHING else while the app is running.

Not only does it cut off your cell service, but once I press the "home" button on my Galaxy S3 it immediately halts music playback until I launch the program again.

Biggest problem of all:
ONCE YOU CLOSE THE JAK APP, THE JAK DELETES WHATEVER WAS STORED ON IT AND STOPS FUNCTIONING COMPLETELY. Why? Once I send 50 MP3s to it, I should be able to close the app on my phone and listen to the music I sent to it while still retaining phone service. This is basically forcing you to choose between music or phone calls. Again, why? The Jak is simply a flash drive you can send files to wirelessly. I've never even seen a flash drive that deletes everything stored on it when it's unplugged, let alone being dependent on some software running.

Device gets very warm when in use, longevity questionable. All-plastic construction. Should have made some of the device out of aluminum to absorb heat.

Other Thoughts: If I'm going through the hassle of moving stuff from my PC to my Phone to the Jak, why wouldn't I just take the phone and Jak parts out of the equation completely and use a flash drive directly from my PC? Especially when the Jak ONLY works while the app is running on my phone.

If they allowed the Jak to retain files after the app was closed things would be much better. Right now, not really a fan unless you never receive any phone calls.


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