Joined on 07/08/14
Great little cooler at a great price
Pros: I was building a linux-based PC with leftover parts from a deceased high-end Dell XPS. I needed a new CPU cooler, since the stock XPS CPU cooler is massive and didn't fit my new case. This cooler fit the profile I needed completely: low price, great value and great cooling. Pros: - GREAT value for the price you pay. - Actually much better looking in person than in in the Newegg pictures; well built fan/cooler. - Already comes with well-applied thermal paste. - Nice sleeved power cable. - Altough other reviewers have stated otherwise, on my build (which only has one chasssis fan by the way) this fan is MORE than enough to cool my Core 2 Duo E6700; temperature a steady 38C-40C at idle load.
Cons: Only one major con: the plastic "pins" that serve to screw down the cooler on the Motherboard. If you're reading this, chances are you know all about these poorly-conceived plastic pins that were used with Intel coolers of this generation, and this cooler is no exception. The pins are flimsly and only by pure luck it seems I managed to adequately install the cooler without breakin a pin. If I where to look hard for another con, yes, it is a little louder than other fans, but not enough to disturb me in my opinion.
Overall Review: All in all, taking into account the plastic screw pins, this is still a great buy at this price, and does its job magnificently. Recommended for anyone looking for a great CPU cooler for older-generation CPU's. I would rate it 4.5 out of 5 eggs, docking half an egg for the plastic pins, but since Newegg doesn't accept half-egg ratings, I'll give it a perfect five.
First product I've ever returned
Pros: On paper, tremendous price/performance ratio. - 27 inch IPS at 1440p - Reknown brand - Generally strong reviews - many other small touches: integrated blue light control, etc. Upon installation, colors are vivid, and image is indeed splendid; 1440p at 27 inches is impressive when upgrading from 24 inch 1080p. As for most monitors, easy setup, but has other reviewers have stated, had to manually select HDMI input, monitor would not auto-detect it.
Cons: Lots of pros, right? So why the 2 stars? Here we go. Upon receiving the monitor, I delicately unpackaged it. Packaging protection was horrendous. the loose styrofoam surrounding the monitor had shattered in multiple places, so the screen was slightly wobbly within the package. Only a small, non sealed wrapping bag protected the screen from the styrofoam, so dozens and dozens of smaller pieces of styrofoam were all over the monitor, and managed to squeeze themselves between the bezel and th screen. - I had to clean my NEW monitor on reception, and use cans of pressurised air to remove all the stuck pieces of styrofoam, that were pinned between the screen and bezel and within the screen's other inputs. However, this can happen during shipping, so I proceeded to install the unit. - RIGHT at the start, I knew something was off when in the windows pre-loading black screen, I noticed the tremendous backlight bleed from the entire right side. Colors and image quality was splendid, but backlight bleed was appalling. My windows background is black as well, so the issue was very noticeable. To make sure I wasn't overreacting, I re-installed my previous monitor, to have a dual setup to compare both screens; my previous monitor is a 24 inch 1080p IPS from Dell, roughly five years old. Unfortunately, I wasn't wrong; the Dell image had no visible bleeding, and only suffered from slightly less "vivid" colors; both of course had the typical IPS glow from a certain angle. I did multiple tests on the Benq, black screens, etc. and the backlight bleeding, bottom left and entire right side of screen, up to nearly an inch wide of bleeding, was just too apparent. Forget playing or watching anything dark (Alien Isolation comes to mind) with this kind of issue. I was forced to return it. Finally, build quality was only average; I understand that the offer this kind of screen at this price, compromises have to be made, but didn't seem solid and/or durable; the glossy thick bezel around the screen was also already scratched on arrival, an indication of things to come no doubt.
Overall Review: I REALLY wanted to love this screen. Has stated, first time I've ever returned something to newegg, in years of being a client and dozens of orders placed. Newegg has great, 5/5 customer service, and I really appreciated the top-notch service upon my return request. Buying a new monitor is a long and arduous process; I chose this one after hours of research and reading. It's a well reviewed products, and I proceeded to buy it. Seems the few negative reviews were right this time; faulty unit received. I didn't want to go attempt the lottery again by re-ordering this unit and crossing my fingers I would have a perfectly working one; for now, I'll stick with my dependable, perfectly functional 24 inch Dell. However, if you receive a unit without the backlight bleeding issue, I can see how you can love this monitor, has great potential. Would rate 4 eggs if I wasn't forced to return it and if it was in perfect working order; docked 2 eggs for large backlight bleed, poor packaging (crushed styrofoam inside with no visible damage on outside of box) and fact that I had to return it.
Stellar RTX 2060 at a bargain price
Pros: - Superb build quality. - Beautiful metallic backplate. - Low price. - Factory overclocked. - Low temperatures and great performance.
Cons: - Palit, although huge outside North America, has little presence in NA so one could worry about warranty suppport.
Overall Review: I bought this card because it offered an excellent price/performance/quality ratio. I was a little nervous about buying a Palit, as I've always bought more "typical" NA brands such as ASUS or MSI, but after receiving this card I don't regret it at all. Superb card with strong performance at a great price. If you're curious, look up Palit; they are actually one of the largest GPU manufacturers in the world, so buy with confidence.
Best 970 on the market
Pros: I have multiple computers at home, and was looking to upgrade my main PC's GTX 770, since I was slowly starting to see a few games having issues. After a LOT of research, ended up choosing the GTX 970, perfect mid-high range card for 1080p gaming and even 1440p gaming without necessarily maxed out settings. The infamous 3.5GB debacle (research it if you don't know it) did make me slightly hesitate, but this is still the best choice for price/performance ratio. After choosing the 970, now I had to choose which model/brand. Gamers are lucky in having a large number of well-known, dependable, brands in the graphics department: ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, etc. I often go with ASUS, but in this case MSI took the winning hand, and boy I don't regret it. A quick rundown: - AMAZING build quality, rock-solid card. Seems like it would survive being dropped from six feet without damage. - Beautiful card, with the light-up dragon on the side; limited edition model doesn't hurt either. - Only card at this price that comes with standard backplate; I still have cards that "sag" slightly without it, and cards are becoming more and more heavy, so backplate was an important feature for me. - Critics confirm amazing price/performance ratio on all MSI 970 cards. - Finally, this cards comes with Samsung VRAM (confirmed with GPU-Z); further research shows that 970 models with Samsung VRAM suffer slightly less from the 3.5GB issue that 970's without Samsung VRAM. The fact that it came with two amazing games when I bought it (Witcher 3 and Arkham Knight) is just icing on the cake.
Cons: Honestly, apart from the potential VRAM issue everyone talks about, I have nothing to say. One of the better cards I've ever bought; in fact, I've been buying gfx cards for nearly 15 years, and I'd go as far to say that this is my best buy up to now.
Overall Review: As you can see, I LOVE this card. My first MSI card, but not my last one. MSI, you've won yourself a long-term customer with this one; I've already bought several MB's from you, I'm on board for graphic cards too now. Newegg customer service is stellar as usual; was having issues with not receiving my game code for Batman, and after one quick call the issue was resolved rapidly. Thanks, Newegg!
Best wireless gaming mouse, period.
Pros: There are already many in-depths reviews here, so won't go into too much details. Suffice to say, love this mouse. - Great, ergonomic, comfortable shape; the left lower thumb support is a great feature which makes your hand move freely easily with the mouse without necessarily lifting it. - Solid build, seems like will last for a long time. - AMAZING, did I say AMAZING, battery life. I only run it on one battery in order to lower its weight, and still haven't changed battery yet. And yes, you can run it on one or two batteries, depending on your preference. - Customizable, from DPI settings to performance/endurance mode for battery life. - Was afraid of losing some response going from wired to wireless, but unless you're a competition level gamer, you won't see much of a difference. - Great price when I bought it.
Cons: A few cons, but nothing to dock an egg for. - Mouse feet attract dust like crazy; you'll constantly have to clean them. Minor annoyance. - Price has risen sharply since I bought it Spring 2015; was constantly advertised as 50-69$ back then, now price hovers around 90-100$ (!). If this because of its success?
Overall Review: All in all, an amazing mouse, strongly recommended. I was very hesitant to go the wireless route, afraid of battery life, low response speed, etc. but this mouse is the real deal.
Best controller for Windows
Pros: Works perfectly, solid, official USB receiver instead of shoddy ones being sold all over the internet. 360 controller is well known by now, so won't go into details, but works flawlessly for my PC couch gaming sessions; have four connected to the USB dongle for gaming parties. All still work well, regardless of gaming rage and/or beer flying all over the place after a well-earned victory in Nidhogg.
Cons: A little more expensive than Internet knock offs, but well worth it.