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Richard K.

Richard K.

Joined on 10/11/06

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Most Favorable Review

The only TV I've ever owned that actually looks better at home than in the store.

LG B7A 65" 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV OLED65B7A
LG B7A 65" 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV OLED65B7A

Pros: The blacks are amazing! I mean... really impressive. Everything improves when the contrast goes up, and here it's literally 'infinity'. If you happen to watch content with a lot of black borders (games like Persona 5 or animation), the OLED panel will really make it pop. At the price range, there's genuinely nothing else to compete. If you throw more money at the situation, you'll likely end up with a higher-end OLED from another manufacturer, but in the $2k range this TV is the powerhouse.

Cons: It's scary to move this. The rear bezel is so thin at the top it actually flexes. My friend and I were rather nervous just carrying it into my living room, but it's probably tougher than it looks. Also, my computer can't seem to recognize that the TV supports better than 4.2.0.0 color. There will also be some EDID issues with this panel if you hook it up to your PC. The problems will be quite troublesome with Windows 7, but will mostly go away with Windows 10.

Overall Review: Two things: 1. If you see this TV in a store, it will likely look even better at home. This is because the test images in stores prioritize bright colors (to sell LED tvs), and this set really wins on the blacks. Yeah, the colors are great... but it's the contrast ratio that really sets OLED apart. 2. To get the lowest input lag, you have to have the TV in Game mode. If you Google around, you'll find that there's a way to convince the panel that it's there all the time. It won't affect any other settings, but you get the fastest response time. This is especially beneficial if you run all of your sources through a receiver and therefore only have a single HDMI cable running to the television.

Most Critical Review

Not terribly impressed

Rosewill RNX-N600PCE - Dual Band Wireless N600 Wi-Fi Adapter - IEEE 802.11b / 11g / 11n, Up to 300 Mbps (5.0 GHz) + 300 Mbps (2.4 GHz) Data Rates, PCI E Interface, 2 High Power Dual Band Antennas
Rosewill RNX-N600PCE - Dual Band Wireless N600 Wi-Fi Adapter - IEEE 802.11b / 11g / 11n, Up to 300 Mbps (5.0 GHz) + 300 Mbps (2.4 GHz) Data Rates, PCI E Interface, 2 High Power Dual Band Antennas

Pros: Was affordable on sale. Came with both high and low profile brackets. Strong signal receipt.

Cons: Poor transmit speeds. Driver often takes a bit of time after boot up before it finds and connects to my home network.

Overall Review: These Rosewill products are really hit or miss. I have a smaller, cheaper, USB wifi card in another computer on the same network which easily sees double the throughput speeds as this one, despite lowever specs. The driver suite which came with the aforementioned USB card is also clearly superior for ease-of-use, and establishment speed. I have to wait up to a minute after boot (with a solid state drive averaging 10 seconds from POST to idling in Windows7) before the driver will finish hand-shaking with my router. Not every time, but often enough to be bothered. My real-world connection speeds are typically about 60 / 40 Mbs down/up. Generally, my tablets outpace this computer on the network because of it. On the other hand, it was fairly cheap. That doesn't stop me from wishing that I had bought another USB stick instead -- I could easily have matched this performance for less.

Still decent performance for the money

AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0 GHz (4.2 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8350FRHKBOX Desktop Processor
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0 GHz (4.2 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8350FRHKBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: If you're building a system from scratch, a Core i-series or AMD Ryzen chipset is probably the way to go, but if you've already sunk money into a socket AM3 mobo, maybe you just want an incremental upgrade. If that sounds like you, the 8350 is the way to go. Personally, I'm swapping an older 8150 for this new 8350 after finding that my 8150 can't keep up with Youtube-streamed 4k 60fps content. I happened to already have a photo computer build running the 8350 cpu, and lo and behold -- the extra Mhz are just enough to make the difference. For $1XX, I can achieve my modest performance goal, instead of $5XX+ to get a new AM4 board, Ryzen 5 or better, and a pile of DDR4 ram.

Cons: As other people have noted, if you run these chips hard, you'll need a decent cooler. This can be had in the $2X range, and you'll never have a problem if you can squeeze a big model into your case. As for other Cons... well, like I said. Ryzen pretty much made these FX chips obsolete for new builds. Buy one to upgrade an existing AM3 board only.

Old model camera, great savings

Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens - 9 Piece Bundle
Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens - 9 Piece Bundle

Pros: Capable DSLR camera, new in the box for a reasonable price. Great for just dunking the toes into the photography world without selling your car to make it happen. Kit includes everything you need to starting taking pictures within an hour of battery charging. Perfect for the beginner.

Cons: The T3 chassis is ancient (by DLSR standards). The included kit lens is not the more expensive IS version which you would likely get with a T5 bundle. No full-sized tripod.

Overall Review: The T3 is an old model, but it's still quite capable. If you buy this kit, you'll be taking pictures within an hour. They'll suck of course, because it'll take you a week before you can get anything right without the assistance of automatic modes, but it won't be the camera's fault. Sure, it only has like 12 MP. And the video it shoots is only 720P. And you can only shoot about 3fps bursts, which will fill the buffer in about 2 seconds on RAW. And yeah, the lens isn't IS... But we're thinking about price point here! Or we should be, at least. The best deal I've seen on a T5 bundle is at least $100 more. Most of the time, it's +$200. You know what that is ... that's the first lens I bought. A new 55-250 IS medium telephoto. And I made that choice after I was sure I liked the hobby, which I knew because I dipped my toes with this great bundle and liked the water. If you just want to take decent pictures on Auto mode, this camera will outshine most non-SLR rigs for less money right out of the box. But if you want to actually try the hobby of photography, the odds are that this camera will easily keep up with your learning curve. Trust me, you aren't going to notice the lower MP count. And you will probably never be able to tell the difference between 720P and 1080P sitting on your couch. This camera is still very viable out in the field. Save some cash if you're getting started and buy this. Then when you feel the itch, spring for a better lens and see the difference. I bet others won't be able to tell that you skimped on the body. One thing I need to mention, though ... handheld video will look VERY handheld if you don't use a tripod with a non-IS lens. It won't look bad, mind you ... but it will be jittery.

No problems

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

Pros: Has been completely reliable since install.

Cons: None thus far.

Overall Review: I have a Lenovo work station which just seems to hate any RAM which isn't timed in the 7-7-7 (All Seven Fever!) arena. There aren't a lot of budget sticks in that setup, and I picked these up because they got decent reviews, wouldn't break the bank, and met my timing requirements. I've not been disappointed. The finicky CPU hasn't had a BSOD since they went in, and there's not a lot more you can ask from workstation-grade RAM than that. The styling is a little silly for something so humble, but you're likely not sticking these in something you're showing off in a transparent case anyway, so no biggie.

I love these track balls

Logitech Recertified 910-001799 M570 Black 5-button 1-wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Trackball
Logitech Recertified 910-001799 M570 Black 5-button 1-wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Trackball

Pros: The perfect solution for a bedroom/living room computer where a mouse will be sliding around all the time on uneven surfaces. The sensors under the ball are very easy to clean. Great range from Logitech wifi dongle. Works with standard Logitech unifying system. Very stable in place. Ergonomic. Cheaper than new.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I own one of these for each of my "non-desk" computers. One in the living room, and another in the bedroom. I don't know that I'd try to game with them or anything, but I'm sure more precise men than me have succeeded with such a task. I've found them to be reliable, easy on batteries (I typically change them once a year or less for a computer which is always on), and ergonomic on a couch. You do need general line of sight to the wifi dongle, but as long as you have that, I've used it without issue from more than 20' away. This refurbished one came in like-new condition. Not a blemish or discoloration on it. There's a healthy dollar savings as a result.