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This review is from: Razer Onza Tournament Edition Professional Gaming Controller
Pros: The Onza TE worked great out of the box with its plug-and-play drivers. The design and rubberized texture feels comfortable in my hands and the buttons and sticks are super responsive.
Cons: After less than a year of ownership and not a ton of use, my Razer Onza Tournament Edition seems to have broken. For nearly a month now the controller will either turn its lights off and just stop responding mid-game; shrink the game to the desktop whenever a button is pushed; or fail to be recognized by Windows 7 (64-bit) as soon as it's plugged in (shows up as USB Device Not Recognized error after the driver fails).
Installing the Microsoft Xbox controller driver as Razer's website recommends doesn't fix these problems.
Trying to manually select a driver from the Device Manger as Razer's website recommends also doesn't fix the issue. The Onza either shows up in Device Manager as a generic Microsoft Xbox controller that says its security certificate is no longer valid, or as a Generic USB Device that also has an invalid certificate. After telling Device Manager to ignore the certificate and manually choose a driver as Razer's website recommends, there is no Xbox controller driver listed to select, again as Razer's tech support states. The short: Nothing can get the controller working again once it dies.
Although the above paragraph was about drivers, which could seem like it's just Windows' fault, I've plugged the Onza into three different computers running Windows 7 (64-bit) and had the exact same problems as listed above. It seems like something within the controller has broken or expired.
Other Thoughts: I paid $60 for this on July. 17, 2012. When it's not being used it's kept in a canvas box. It's never been dropped or thrown. My playtimes usually last 2-3 hours.
The first few months I had the Razer Onza Tournament Edition I recommended it to all my gamer friends. Now I would not since it seems like lasting quality was not on Razer's mind. It's my first Razer product and probably my last (so long Razer DeathAdder dreams).
The price, coupled with the short life span and lack of meaningful FAQ, troubleshooting and phone/email/contact options on Razer's website is really insulting.
This review is from: NYKO Raven Wireless PS3 Controller (offset sticks)
Pros: * Offset sticks
* Feels good in my hands (right weight, curvature, material)
* Sixaxis (for games that still require it)
* Smaller than normal face buttons make combos a bit easier
* Triggers feel more comfortable and are easier to use
Cons: * A few dead zones, though very few and very minor
* Indented stick faces take a bit of getting used to
Other Thoughts: This is my third third-party controller, as I'm just not a fan of the regular DualShock 3 because I have difficulty using it. I've used many alternatives and this is by far my favorite, despite a bit of a learning curve regarding smaller buttons. In the end, this is a much better option than the standard PS3 controller, in my own opinion.
I've tested this on nearly every type of game except pure FPS (I'm a PC guy when it comes to those), and I think the Raven responds very well. FPS sniping sections in games like Uncharted 2 played fine even with the smallest stick movement.
First controller would brick every 3-15 minutes of use, but Newegg quickly replaced with a working unit.
Pros: * Beautiful design
* Very thin, which makes it nice for those who move a lot or need desk space
* Pretty good color calibration right out of the box
* Matte screen rather than glossy
Cons: * For some reason, on random occasions, the monitor won't allow my computer to boot (running Windows 7 x64). Screen and CPU just sit on the BIOS screen and never goes further, requiring a hard reboot. Never had this problem before connecting this monitor.
* Viewing the monitor at any angle rather than straight on blows out the colors and makes the monitor hard to see. Odd considering the Dell monitor of 7 years that the AOC replaced wasn't this bad.
* 16:9 aspect leaves something to be desired, having come from (and using at work) a 16:10 monitor.
Other Thoughts: As noted in another review, the install disk's autorun doesn't work. The links to the program installs are broken. All the programs can be installed by exploring the disk, though. These programs, except for the one which emulates the touch base buttons, are worthless, so might be for the best.
Monitor can't push beyond 1920x1080. Not really a ding on the monitor but more to manufacturers in general. Before this 'HD for the layman' movement, a 23" monitor like this could have easily pushed past this resolution.
Overall I have minor niggles with this monitor. It's replacing a 7 year old monitor which Win7 didn't support (couldn't adjust brightness or contrast). I don't see myself keeping it for more than 3 years, but I recommend it to anybody thinking of getting a new monitor, especially if you find it for ~$150.