Joined on 03/06/09
not ideal for productivity but great value and can serve as a TV
Pros: 40 inches at 4k has the same pixels per inch density as most monitors (my 20" is 1080pixels tall, this 40" is 2160pixels tall) No dead pixels 5ms response time shipped from korea in 4 days does include a free DP cable that works fine. The best thing about this display is that it does a great job doublilng as a free 40inch TV, which is more than large enough for watching netflix with your significant other.
Cons: -4k pixels is always gonna be tough for current video cards to handle in gaming. not an issue with the monitor itself. and this will get better with time. -similar to the above, the 60hz refresh rate isn't really an issue yet because most current video cards can't push pixels fast enough to refresh 4k displays at 60fps. If your rig can, then this can become an issue. -Not much of a con, but I got this because I wanted more screen real estate for design work/research/office productivity, and I find the viewing angel is a little too sharp for my tastes- I wanted my 4k monitor for productivity- meaning keeping lots of data on a screen and being able to read all of it from my seat. The stuff near the left and right edges looks a little dark if I sit arms-reach away from it. If I lean a little back those dark areas get lighter due to the change in my viewing angle but are far away enough that I have to squint. I would recommend getting a curved display, or a smaller monitor, or a more square/less rectangular monitor if you plan on using this for office work. or just add on a second/third monitor into your current setup.
Overall Review: great value! it can double as a 4k monitor which is great for watching a movie or if you want to netflix and chill.
first DOA of many orders
Pros: It was low priced, shipped quickly, trouble shooting was easy.
Cons: dead on arrival (DOA): I tested the motherboard with another power supply and it turned on. with the rosewill powersupply, it would not turn on.
Overall Review: the motherboard was getting power to the USB because my optical mouse was powered up. was kinda odd. I suspect there's a bad connection inside the power supply.
great headset, great support
Pros: -by FAR, the most comfortable around-ear headset ANYWHERE. comfy for many hours at a time, even for large headed people. -the cloth on the earcups really lets your ears breathe -sounds great -cheap -NOT A USB HEADSET! :D -great RMA service: turtlebeach has replaced my set at no charge (aside from shipping) approximately 5 times now. -they pay when they ship it back to you -when they ship it back to you, they always just give you a new headset! -turtlebeach seems to just keep replacing it despite the warranty having expired a while back
Cons: -some part of it seems to break every few months. -you have to pay to ship it to turtlebeach.
Overall Review: -all headsets break, at least this company gives you a new one for free. -despite shipping it back every few months, I still love this headset for how comfortable it is. -buy two sets, for when one of them is being sent to turtlebeach for replacement -the cord seems pretty fragile, especially where it connects to the volume control or the headset. -the connector between the headband and the right earcup has broken once. -the turtlebeach sticker has come unglued once or twice off of the volume controller, but cosmetic problems like this one are fixed when they give you a new set. just wait till the cord breaks again :)
great gift for yourself or anyone else
Pros: all the fun of flying a helicopter cheap resilient (survives crashes) the helicopter can be charged from any computer
Cons: the helicopter is very small and light weight so wind will have a huge effect on how it flies, I don't recommend flying it outdoors AT ALL. keep it indoors and turn off any fans before flying it. the remote takes 6 AA batteries, not included
Overall Review: the manual says a ~50minute charge time on the helicopter will fly for about 6-7 minutes. keep practicing with it and anyone can get good enough to do smooth landings and takeoffs.
Pros: looks neat. low cost.
Cons: on a normal mouse you can move the mouse upwards or downwards with your fingers. with this mouse, you need to move your entire arm. this reduces your reaction time if you are trying to shoot at a flying/jumping target, or just someone that is higher up or lower down than you. it does have decent left-right control, but the sensor being at the end of the mouse means that every action is exaggerated and probably inaccurate. this mouse is useless unless you always keep your cursor/targetting reticle at the same height.
Overall Review: would have been better as a joystick.
great headset, but fragile cord
Pros: -around ear, huge ear cups -super comfortable, breathable, good for all-day wear -decent mic -very long cable, has a velcro tie-off -in line volume control, mic mute -break away for detaching from computer (isn't that useful but still a pro.) -unlike the turtlebeach x11's, these don't have an annoying hum caused by an amplifier. -the only problem so far is being resolved fairly painlessly through turtlebeach RMA -the con's are very minor but enough to detract one egg.
Cons: -the break away doesn't break away, ever (except by grabbing it and pulling it apart strongly). it may as well be screw on/off. -after about 51 days of ownership, the cable just above the break away had a problem: if the cable was moved there, the audio in the right earcup would cut out. (RMA is going smoothly so far) may be caused by putting too much strain on the cable, but the cable should really be more sturdy there. -the right earcup can rotate freely outward, meaning that while wearing the set the right ear cup would point outward away from your right ear. the left earcup can't because of the microphone. if the mic was detachable or connected differently that would be nice (one thing earbuds are good for that these phones are bad at is sharing music with the person next to you)
Overall Review: -the cable is long, leave some slack in the cable where it connects to the computer and some slack near you if you want to stand up. -headphones have a shorter life span than any other peripheral or component. they have the most fragile parts prone to damage and receive the most abuse. Finding a comfortable, cheap, good sounding, and well constructed headset is a challenge. these headphones are everything you're looking for, minus the sturdy construction. -the break-away should use dual 1/4" jacks instead of a freaky PS/2 style connector that is incompatible with everything else out there. that would also solve the problem of the breakaway being too hard to disconnect, prolonging life of the cable -I would just cut the cable apart and resolder it myself but because of the strange PS/2 connector at the breakaway, I bet there are like 6 different cords inside the cable that I would need to resolder, not worth the effort (the RMA process is easier)