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Justin D.

Justin D.

Joined on 07/15/06

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Most Favorable Review

Almost perfect, but it can improve slightly - With 1 year Long Term Update

Cougar Armor (Orange) Gaming Chair with Breathable Premium PVC Leather and Body-embracing High Back Design
Cougar Armor (Orange) Gaming Chair with Breathable Premium PVC Leather and Body-embracing High Back Design

Pros: Its shockingly comfortable. It really does not look it in the pictures, but it is. Setup is easy and near effortless. The various adjustment options are near perfect. I can game in this most of the day, and its still comfortable.

Cons: 1 year update 2018: Poor durability. At this price, I expected it to last about 5 to 8 years....seriously. A chair I bought from an office retail store lasted about 12 years once upon a time and cost $100 in the early 2000's. This one is falling apart after one year. The "imitation leather" is cracking and coming apart, the foam cushion is starting to come apart from inside the chair, and the stitching is coming apart also. I'd be okay with all that if they knocked about $180 off the price, but that is not the case. I'm not a big guy, probably 150lbs on my best day, so I'm not exactly putting a lot of pressure on this chair. Needless to say, the quality level needs to improve dramatically.

Overall Review: Not much, just suggestions for improvement. The arm rests need to be a bit longer, or move back more, they only move forward. The lumbar support add on that comes with it is useless. Its just too much, too dramatic a standout. There is almost a slight lumbar bend built it, I can feel something out there. However, I would want a slight more pronounced lumbar bend in the chair. A lumbar add on is not a good thing, because it just juts out at your back. The chair needs to naturally bend the way the back does, across the full length of the back. Get that right, and this chair is perfect, perfect, and perfect.

Most Critical Review

It Breaks

SanDisk 128GB Cruzer Glide CZ60 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ60-128G-B35)
SanDisk 128GB Cruzer Glide CZ60 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ60-128G-B35)

Pros: It works for storage.

Cons: Being USB 2, its slow. Moreover, it breaks. I put it on my keychain to carry around. and after about 6 months, the plastic loop broke clean off. Another one I have that's as old as Moses, has a metal loop, and its been doing fine for years.

Takes me back.

MSI X470 GAMING PLUS MAX AM4 AMD X470 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI X470 GAMING PLUS MAX AM4 AMD X470 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Works good for what it is. I expect typical MSI reliability.

Cons: I like MSI boards better when they have a little color to them, especially the red. I go back to the dark days of socket 7, and thus don't have much love for relatively monochromatic plain-Jane boards with no personality...but here we are all over again just like 20+ years ago...thank you for that MSI.

Overall Review: This board is fairly basic but works very well for its application. Never had any trouble with MSI boards. Runs very well so far.

11/18/2020

Could Be Better

MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING X
MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING X

Pros: Very Stable. Works with every game I tested and had no issues at all.

Cons: Why does it have only 6GB of VRAM instead of 8GB...no clue. This is Nvidia going cheap instead of going all the way. 8GB was pretty standard fair when the RX 500 series came out for AMD...and then there is this thing...Perpetually hobbled in one form or another by an incomplete spec.

Overall Review: Generally a good card. I had been using AMD cards since 2008, but their drivers have gone completely to garbage. This is a very stable card, and in games where AMD drivers fail, the Nvidia does well. No problems.

Pretty Good all around Simple KVM for the price.

ATEN CS782DP 2-Port UHD 4K USB DisplayPort KVM Switch -  allows to access two 4K-enabled computers from a single USB keyboard, USB mouse, and DisplayPort video console
ATEN CS782DP 2-Port UHD 4K USB DisplayPort KVM Switch - allows to access two 4K-enabled computers from a single USB keyboard, USB mouse, and DisplayPort video console

Pros: Reliable for more than 1 year and still working. No major issues.

Cons: 1. Like all KVM's I've bought from the lower price points, the audio connections and wiring is not shielded, so you will get all kinds of EM interference from the video and USB signals. 2. It gets difficult to get from one computer to the next and keep the signal to the monitor. Sometimes I have to play this game of bouncing back and forth a couple times to get the signal from the other computer.

Overall Review: I've been using this KVM for more than a year and it works pretty good. There are a few odd issues. I can usually get the signal to the monitor just fine going back and forth between the two computers, but sometimes its difficult and I have to go back and forth a few times to get it to work. Can't use the audio at all through this thing, because its not shielded.

Pretty Good

Cooler Master MasterCase MC500Mt ATX-Mid-Tower Case w/ FreeForm Modular, Type-C I/O Panel, 2x Tempered Glass Side Panel, RGB Panel Plate, Carrying Handle & Cable Management Cover
Cooler Master MasterCase MC500Mt ATX-Mid-Tower Case w/ FreeForm Modular, Type-C I/O Panel, 2x Tempered Glass Side Panel, RGB Panel Plate, Carrying Handle & Cable Management Cover

Overall Review: Very well balanced case, Good all around and great design. Historically, I really liked the Scout line of cases back in the day with the handle on top to toss the thing around alot easier when I needed to move the case. I dig the updated from I/O on the case. However I wish this and more cases would include a sliding door to cover the front I/O like the old Cooler master Scout 2 case had, which keeps dust from getting into the USB ports and such. Amazingly it survived shipping, it clearly took some hits along the way. If I were cooler master I would add some thick hard foam to cover the entire window during shipping.