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Zagg Invisibleshield Screen For Samsung Galaxy S4 FFSAMGALS4S
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4 out of 5 eggs well... i really, really wanted this shield. 09/25/2013

This review is from: Zagg Invisibleshield Screen For Samsung Galaxy S4 FFSAMGALS4S

Pros: It's an excellent shield when correctly applied. though small bubbles tend to form even when applied professionally, they go away within a day or two.

the level of guaranteed protection is supposedly the best in the industry. i can feel the thickness and gel texture is different from typical film shields.

Cons: It's veryyyy difficult to apply without practice compared to typical film shields. expensive even at newegg's price if you want to buy several if you're worried about screwing up install.

Other Thoughts: i wound up damaging this during application (if you take too long you can overstretch the material) and spending another $40 total at the local big box for the same product with professional installation and tax. honestly it's a great product ...when correctly installed.

I've had a dozen electronic devices (DS, 3DS, PSP, PSPgo, Vita, phones, e-readers, tablets..) over the past 5+ years and have no problem getting film-type screen protectors installed flawlessly.
i knew this one had a different installation process and i read the docs thoroughly several times over. watched the videos. still messed it up.

go with less expensive plastic film screen protectors if you're not confident with your success in a slippery, wet adventure :/
TechArmor makes great film protectors as an alternative.

Logitech Z523 40 Watts RMS 2.1 Speaker System
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5 out of 5 eggs Great refurb 08/25/2013

This review is from: Logitech Z523 40 Watts RMS 2.1 Speaker System

Pros: * zero problems with the system. works exactly as it should. packaging was old and beat up a bit, but product itself looks new. there was plastic film on the speaker facades so they are glossy and had no scratches.
* more powerful than i can test, volume wise. i live in an apartment and can't put the knobs past the halfway mark without stuff around my desk rattling and the floor vibrating.
* bargain refurb price!

Cons: temptation to blast my music loud enough to get complaints..?

Other Thoughts: it's not a 5.1 system or better, so if you want true realism for theater/gaming, this would be a compromise. i personally chose this because i have a 5.1 system set up at my dad's and reconnecting the cables after a move is always a pain in the backside.. i just wanted solid, loud sound with a good sub and minimal cables in case i need to move. this is it!

MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Really sweet and stylish gamer board! 05/18/2013

This review is from: MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: * Installation & Motherboard Layout -- A roomy ATX board with very nice design. Four RAM slots to accommodate my four RAM modules which have full size heat spreaders. There's a header for USB 3.0 if you have a newer case, and the front panel quick connectors are a very nice touch. There are five fan headers - a CPU fan header and four SYS fan headers which are nice, though only two of the four can utilize fan speed control in the BIOS. The board also has onboard power, reset, and "OC Genie" buttons to make verifying and troubleshooting your build easier even outside of a case. There's also an LED 2-digit debug code readout that can also display your CPU temp (OS-dependent, I am testing in Win 7, though the manual indicates this will work in XP and Windows 8 also).
-- The manual is seriously one of the most well-written and illustrated of all the products I've bought or evaluated (I have seen my share of lousy ones,) helping make building this system a breeze and answering every question I encountered about the features.

* UEFI BIOS Interface -- Fairly easy to navigate IMO, though first-timers may need the manual. An improvement over legacy BIOS menus. I personally love the red-and-black color scheme. This is the first system I've built where I'm leaving the boot logo display on instead of setting it to display POST information.

* I/O & Peripherals:
-- SATA III (AHCI) performance is excellent. Two SATA 6Gb/s & Four 3Gb/s from the Z77 chipset and two more SATA 6Gb/s ports on an ASM1061 Asmedia controller. My cheap ADATA SSD is performing better than on two previous AMD builds and it's definitely noticeable.
-- RAID Options: 0/1/5/10 on SATA Ports 1-6 - I'd love to do a RAID 5 for capacity + redundancy with three 2TB HDD's in the future.
-- Audio was great for me, using an 8-year old analog 5.1 speaker system connected to the motherboard ports.
-- Killer LAN works great, with some nice driver features such as traffic management, which I've never seen before in an on-board LAN.
-- PCI-E 3.0 16x (8x/8x or 8x/4x/4x with multi-GPU configurations) - PCI-E 3.0 is twice the bandwidth of 2.0 so don't be thrown off by the lane speeds if you're coming from AMD (as I was), as long as your multi-GPU setup is PCI-E 3.0 you'll be golden with an Ivy Bridge CPU. Take note that another reviewer stated he's getting 8x/8x with a non-GPU device in the third lane.

Cons: After a weeks' evaluation I could find nothing I'd call a con. Some might find the green color of the debug LED display to clash if they have a windowed case. There are also a number of other blue LEDs on the board.

Other Thoughts: * Build Information
--- The Windows Experience Index isn't a great benchmark but it is easy to compare system to system using it, so that's why I mention WEI rather than specialized benchmarks. RAM and Storage scores can be indicator of controller performance. These are based on Windows 7's ratings, which cap at 7.9. I plan to update my review for this board when I get Windows 8 and/or hardware upgrades (Core i5 3570k, multi-GPU config).
- WEI 7.2 - Processor: Ivy Bridge Intel Core i3-3220 3.3 GHz Dual Core (stock cooling but replaced the thermal pad with Arctic Silver 5)
- WEI 7.6 - RAM: Intel XMP Extreme Memory Profile worked with ease to configure my (4GBx4 DDR3-1866 CL9) G. Skill Ripjaws X
- WEI 7.1/7.1 - Desktop/Gaming Graphics: EVGA GeForce GT 640 2GB (standing in for a future upgrade)
- WEI 7.9 - Primary Storage: ADATA S511 120GB for boot/system & a Seagate 500GB SATA3 drive for data

- No crashes/hangs after 1 week burn-in (Borderlands 2, Kingdoms of Amalur, and some MMOs were played regularly during this time)
- Powered by a PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 400w Modular PSU

* Overclocking Features
--- This board is built with the enthusiast in mind and the BIOS options reflect that. Power users can fine tune everything you'd expect with an overclocking board, and take comfort in the failsafe that a secondary BIOS provides. Unfortunately, at present, I have a processor with a locked multiplier, and only the stock cooling kit - so I can't more thoroughly evaluate the OC features.

* Bottom Line
--- This is a really sweet board for a tinkerer and a gamer, but it's also a great board for an typical internet and multimedia consumer who just wants confidence in the stability of the most difficult piece of hardware in a system to replace.


KATRINA J.'s Profile

Display Name: KATRINA J.

Date Joined: 10/15/03

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  • First Review: 05/16/12
  • Last Review: 09/25/13
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