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Corsair Gaming VOID Surround Hybrid Stereo Gaming Headset with Dolby 7.1 USB Adapter - Red
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Pros: Fairly comfortable -- in terms of feel and heat, the pads are definitely good. The sound is, overall, pretty good. For normal stuff, it works pretty well.

Connection options are good. USB is PnP obviously, works just fine with Win 7+ (didn't test below that).

Moderate weight, fairly sturdy construction.

Overall, a pretty decent headset.

Cons: A few complaints, mostly minor.

Weighty enough, but not springy enough, for certain sized heads. My wife's head is smaller than average. If she leans forwards or backwards with these on, they fall off.

Surround sound is okay but not great. I've had better (and more expensive) headsets with good surround. This is murky.

Bass response is kind of muddled. I don't like the "boom boom" bass. Punchy bass will come out sounding muffled and disappointing. If you like the sound of cars shaking from rap music, this is a good set. If your music has actual structure and tone, this will disappoint on the low end a bit. (That's probably due to the size of the 7.1 drivers within the headset). It also has a limited high-end response, although that's less obvious, it will irk the audiophile (but the audiophile has no business using this headset).

There is a fair amount of ambient noise. The set seems to amplify it a bit -- creating a hollow shell around your ear. It's not skin-tight, which is maybe more comfortable and less sweaty/gross, but it's also distracting. It's a con, but not a real con -- it depends more on your priorities.

Other Thoughts: Lighting on the mic and headset is clever, but not my thing. Keep in mind the impact this may have on battery life if you get the wireless version of this headset (I'm reviewing the corded version though).

Mic is meh. Most mics on these things are meh, though. You aren't buying a bidirectional studio-grade condenser. Just a little guy on the tip of your headset.

Not a huge fan of proprietary software. Of course, it has features you want/need, but I'm not impressed and it doesn't do much that others don't do.

In the end, for sound quality and some concerns about fucntionality/enjoyment, I take off an egg. If I could give 4.5 I probably would, but I'm erring on the side of caution.

Keep in mind that as an EggXpert, I must review the item within 30 days. I cannot speak to the longevity of this product. Look at other reviews to get an idea of that.

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EnGenius EAP9550 N300 Wireless Access Point/Repeater
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4 out of 5 eggs Great device, a bit out-of-date, could be way more user friendly 05/28/2016

This review is from: EnGenius EAP9550 N300 Wireless Access Point/Repeater

Pros: The form factor is nice, works really well in a home that's meant to be aesthetically pleasing.

The PoE is an important feature, and it works fine. I have a separate injector and a switch, both of them power it just fine. My PoE adapter (plug the AC adapter for the thing into ethernet, split the power back out at the end -- intended for non PoE devices) doesn't work -- the voltage drops a bit too much on the way. It's not a good solution in most cases. But that's fine, because the device supports PoE anyway.

The rante and signal strenth is good. I get good connetions with all devices at roughly advertised range, although as is usually true, the speeds are not hitting their theoretical peak.

The protocols, encryption, QoS, etc. that this device can support are pretty extensive. Obviously, check the specs to see if it has what you need for sure.

Relatively affordable.

All in all, it gets the job done well. A fairly tidy and functional piece of hardware.

Cons: Almost all of the cons here stem from two major issues with the device. All together, in total, it's worth one egg. It's a good device, but five eggs for me has to be a really well-rounded device.

The two issues are: the device is a bit outdated, and I think it's discontinued at this point; and the device is really not intended for home users.

It would be nice if a proper PoE injector came with this device. Home useres might not have a PoE injector of their own, certainly not likely to have a PoE router or swtich.

It's also pretty tough to configure for non-tech savvy users, and the documentation is pretty "meh." A quick survey of other reviews suggests support is often helpful, but more helpful again for those users that are already pretty knowledgeable.

The device doesn't support gigabit ethernet. That's pretty surprising to me, considering it should be relatively cheap to build that in at this point. This is a reflection of this device being a bit outdated. For some folks, this is a non-issue, but maybe it matters. Worth knowing.

The same goes for no 5GHz. That's a bit newer compared to gigabit ethernet, but it might be a bigger issue for more people considering the proliferation of personal devices that perform better with 5GHz. Another thing that is worth knowing and considering -- not a dealbreaker for most people, maybe, but think it over.

I also have some concerns about longevity of device (see other reviews here and other sites). Many users report serious issues -- although it could be settings, firmware, bad device, it's unclear. Perhaps it's user error entirely (e.g. using overlapping channels, wrong settings, etc.). As an EggXpert reviewer, my review has to be submitted within 30 days of receiving the product, so these reviews can't speak to the longevity or reliability of the device.

Other Thoughts: Remember, positioning matters! Don't put it in a room adjacent to your huge double-door stainless-steel refridgerator. Don't expect it to carry from your bunker-style basement to the end of your block. Plan where you want it to be carefully. Consider relocating the router strategically to take advantage of this new piece of hardware.

And don't forget to use non-overlapping channels!

Always check for firmware updates, updated documentation, etc. when you buy things like this.

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CORSAIR CX-M series CX550M 550W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert

Pros: Puts out 550W pretty consistently, couldn't take this down with a mid-sized rig under moderate-to-high load. Multimeter verifies everything is nominal in various conditions I tested it under. Power supplies don't have many fancy features or specs to review -- it's more like one of those "if it works, it works" parts.

That being said, the modular cables are good -- especially considering this might go in a smaller build (where excessive cables would be a problem). The PS also pushes air pretty well through, keeping it well-cooled, although frankly every PS ought to do that well -- it's not a feature so much as a must-have really.

Cons: A bit loud at high draw, but if you're using this and not a bigger PSU, you probably know that this is part of where you save money.

Ditto for the cabling options. Modular is great, but this one won't give you many options. Again, this has to do with the price-point. If you need a more complex setup for a bigger or more customized rig, you probably need a bigger model of this PS.

Other Thoughts: Don't forget to try un-checking the box "Item Specific Reviews" to see all of the reviews for the power supplies within this line. The different models have different specs, but you might get a good idea of how these things last, how they perform, etc. as a whole.

As an EggXpert reviewer, I have to review everything within 30 days. For that reason, I can't really comment on the longevity of the product. Be sure to consult other resources to make sure you get the best information before making a purchase.

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