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Jabra HALO2 Black Stereo Bluetooth Headset Multiuse / DSP Technology (100-96500002-02)
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Not too good for anything except music 10/05/2013

This review is from: Jabra HALO2 Black Stereo Bluetooth Headset Multiuse / DSP Technology (100-96500002-02)

Pros: Pretty good sound quality. Mic is good too. Includes a number of cords for whatever connection you need. Rather comfortable, and compact.

I love the touch controls on the side. While I sometimes did accidentally brush against them, they were much more convenient than opening my phone and switching songs or changing the volume.

Cons: Not very robust - it seemed to fall apart very easily. Disappointing that it does since it's being billed as portable. To switch from a folding position to putting it on your head, it clicks into place. This also turns the headset on. Eventually that broke loose, so sometimes when the headset is on my head it simply slips into the off position. Also, the USB-to-3.5mm cord stopped working very quickly, basically destroying my only way of having not-horrible quality audio.

The bluetooth range is abysmal. It will not connect to my phone - an HTC One - when the phone is in my pocket. I have a number of other bluetooth devices that work with each other from across the room.

Getting it to work with a PC (for Skype/gaming/what have you) is confusing. With a USB or bluetooth connection, it is detected as two seperate headsets. One allows decent-quality sound but no mic. The other allows you to use the mic but has absolutely abysmal sound quality. It sounds worse than a walkie-talkie.

Other Thoughts: While the sound quality when simply listening to music is nice, the horrible bluetooth reception, poor build quality, and awkward PC configurations make this headset hard to recommend. You could buy a Koss Porta Pro an call it a day, and basically get everything beneficial this headset provides - comfort, portability, and a 3.5mm jack. Trying to make the Halo2 a jack-of-all-trades worked against it. None of it works very well.

Cyber Snipa CSGPBK01R Game Pad v2
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Ehh... 03/11/2013

This review is from: Cyber Snipa CSGPBK01R Game Pad v2

Pros: Does what it says on the tin. It's a keypad thing, and all the keys work. Useful layout for shooters and other games that use WASD. I specifically bought it for controlling the camera with keys in DotA 2, as I prefer using the keyboard to camera control with the mouse.

Has volume controls, which is nice because my headphones don't have in-line controls. Also a relatively soft sloped wrist-pad which is removable, if you pull hard enough.

Cons: The keypad is really... how do I put this... smooshy. Not mechanical of course, I would say it's like a laptop keyboard, but it's worse, it's like using a TV remote control. Very annoying when you struggle with the keys because you're not sure you pushed it.

Some of the keys are positioned weird, too, like H is to the left of WASD, X-C-B at the bottom left but it skips over V, for some reason N decided to crash the party right next to ALT. Also, the number keys are all scrunched up therem so for games that use the row of number keys, either get used to that or edit your layout a bit. In a standard FPS like TF2 you'd often be pressing 1-2-3, which is almost directly above W, but on the gamepad you'd have to nearly take your entire hand off to reach them way to the left. The key placement, coupled with the smooshy keys, pretty much negate what you'd be gaining by using the gamepad in the first place.

Other Thoughts: Stupid blue light in the middle of the pad, as well as a toggle-able light under. The crosshair light you can't toggle, and it's brighter than you'd think, you can make shadow puppets with it. Tape over it unless you need a night light.

Overall I'd say you'd be better off tossing down the dough and getting a bigger name-brand gamepad solution if you want some sorta sideboard, like a Razer Nomostro, Logitech G13, or full-sized steelseries Zboard or Merc Stealth. This gamepad isn't quality, and with those names. The keys are worse than a third-party Sega Genesis controller, and the whole thing seems to be designed by an edgy thirteen year old. I mean, I don't know what else to say. I feel kinda bad that I have a bit of a scathing review on it. Oh well.

Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD1 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Don't trust any other brand! 09/01/2012

This review is from: Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD1 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC 7mm Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I bought this after my SanDisk Ultra died, twice. It's been going strong so far. Laptop starts up in seconds, games load blazing fast, like any SSD, but it didn't die in a week like the SanDisk's did!

Cons: I didn't realize it was 7mm thick, I think my laptop uses 9mm thick drives. Not sure. This is entirely my fault, I didn't read the description. I just folded some index cards around it and it's fine, snug in place.

Other Thoughts: I'll be going Crucial from now on any time I need SSD's or RAM!


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Display Name: Andrew C.

Date Joined: 04/13/12

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