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iRULU U8 Smart Watch Bluetooth Google Android and Apple iOS Compatible Music Play Photo Function Fitness and Sleep Tracker Red
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Battery life is pretty good for what it is. It is about the only thing that didn’t make me dislike this experience.

Hasn't crashed or had an app issue in over a week of use.

Cons: I went into this with an open mind at what a low cost smart watch could offer. It offers what the price dictates and maybe not even that. The first entry was reading the manual. It’s illegible. It has been translated with translation engines to the point of unusable. Granted it is indeed simple enough to likely figure out what you want to get done.

The screen was damaged at the top left corner before I even got it out of the cheap box. Not much but enough. The screen also scratches very easily.
Icons here are pretty bad. It looks like a 2002 cell phone icon even though they’re layering it on a customized version of Android. There are 3 capacitive touch screen buttons and a physical button to turn on/off the screen/device. Many times the capacitive buttons do nothing.

The menus are cumbersome to navigate if you enter an app. There is an app for Barometric Pressure which also shows the temperature. One might think the temp is more important than Barometric Pressure but not to this watch. Also you can’t change it from Celsius to Fahrenheit that I can find. The manually surely can’t help me.

There isn’t an app store I can find to try and get some usable stuff on here. It connects with your phone over Bluetooth but when I play a song the audio comes out of the watch. It plays the music from my phone onto the watch. How is this useful to anyone? It's almost surely a downgrade of the device from which the music resides.

It’s entirely too frustrating to try and use this watch in an everyday scenario and I tried.

Other Thoughts: It’s not aesthetically pleasing. It just isn’t. The wristband looks and feels cheap because it is. It's a rubber band that perhaps would be decent enough for someone under 10 and as such I won't list it as a con as for certain age groups they main enjoy it.

You can remove the wristbands to turn this watch into a small device which at least you can put in your pocket (it will get scratched) to see if it has any use. However at that point just use your phone.

I attached it to a Galaxy S5 and again I'll state it never crashed and it does what it claims to do. It just doesn’t do it pretty way. it is a clumsy device that given the price may be decent enough to appease a 10 year old. Small fingers will help, especially in the calculator app. I couldn't even use it and I'm not very big.

Two stars just because it does what is expected of it.

OCZ ARC 100 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I replaced a Samsung EVO 840 with this OCZ. I decided I’d do a fresh install of Windows 10 with it. The install itself from when I hit Go to when I could use the system from a USB 3.0 Flash drive was 9 minutes to give a real life example time. General installs of games feel like you’d expect from an SSD so it’s hard to compare unless you time each install.

I saw a significant increase in Read/Write with the OCZ over my old Samsung EVO 840, which I left in, formatted, and made an additional drive. The write speed increase for me is enough to make sure this remains my main drive.

Doing a seq. Read/Write with 3x 2GB Read/Write tests in Crystalmark.
Samsung: 414.1 R / 395.7 W
OCZ ARC: 487.3 R / 461.1 W

I was surprised seeing consistently faster results from the OCZ than the Samsung and may start changing my tune in what I look at for the future based on this.

It's still slower than performance drives such as Samsung's Pro series but consistent speed isn't an issue. It feels well priced as well.

Cons: I haven’t actually found one yet. They use a lot of provisioning but you can adjust it.

Other Thoughts: You’ll notice it takes about 40GB of provisioning for you which is adjustable should you install their software. The software is pretty simple and easy to use. It doesn’t take much disk space and gives you some info on your drive. Probably a good idea to take a screenshot/backup of the info in case you have to call support.

I had seen some comments that gave me pause to make this my Master. I’ve run this drive for over a week now and am completely happy with it. When I’ve had drives fail it’s generally been within the first week. As I haven’t yet I’m thinking it’ll last a while.

LG 34UC87C Black 34
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I swapped from using 2x BenQ 24” TN 0 ms response monitors to 1x LG IPS + 1x BenQ 24” TN.

At first I noticed colors being off but that lead me into using their menu system. I must say as ridiculous as it sounds their menu is actually one of the easiest I’ve used and it’s only 1 little joystick style button. It took me just a minute to figure out but once I did I found how I could change everything in the monitor. Not just RGB they let you change every hue of color to get it the exact way you want it for your setting. I ended up using one of their preset color styles that got me the rich blues I like.

I run a HIS Radeon 7770 GPU which immediately was able to pull up the max resolution and settings for my system. The clarity is incomparable. Each letter is far crisper than I could have expected it to be.

The curved portion seems nice to the point I don’t really notice it. It’s done very well and your eyes will love the size. It’s incredibly big but it still fits well on a ‘writing desk’ leaving plenty of room.
They don’t skimp on anything here. They even package an HDMI and Display Port cable which is impressive today while people want to milk you for all you have.

I ran a few games including Final Fantasy 14, Payday 2, Don’t Starve Together, CS:GO. Interesting to me was that none of these games complained about the screen size or aspect ratio. I was just in and going. Some games will have loading images at a certain 16:9 or 4:3 resolution so they black bar the sides but that’s just the way it is as the game devs didn’t plan on such glorious displaying being available for most people.

I actually like the stand as the base isn’t a flat piece of plastic and is more of a ring style which let me stick my desk wireless charger right in there so I have space to do so. Given its size anything to save desk space is nice.

Cons: It’s slightly dimmer not just in gamma or brightness/contract levels but just a little dimmer than the TN BenQ monitors I’m using. To keep them at a level that looked best I actually turned down the BenQ brightness so that they match. In using it and gaming with it I can’t find anything else I dislike.

Other Thoughts: I didn’t see any response time issues for me. Some people, given it’s a little higher than a TN monitor, may see this in some games but I personally don’t notice.

Speakers are available and there if you aren’t really going to listen to music much and just want some audio notifications but I’d still suggest not making them full time speakers. They are better than the BenQ ones for sure but that doesn’t say much.

It was easy to setup. Not much to do in putting on the stand. You’ll need a Philips screwdriver is it.


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Display Name: Todd L.

Date Joined: 12/14/05

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  • First Review: 11/27/06
  • Last Review: 09/25/15
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