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Bradford F.

Bradford F.

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Most Favorable Review

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Wavlink 4 Ports USB 3.1 Type-C to USB 3.0 Hub 5Gbps Transmission Rates Aluminum Design Multi-function USB Dock Hot Swapping Support for Mac Ultra-Slim Desktop- Gray model : 3047C
Wavlink 4 Ports USB 3.1 Type-C to USB 3.0 Hub 5Gbps Transmission Rates Aluminum Design Multi-function USB Dock Hot Swapping Support for Mac Ultra-Slim Desktop- Gray model : 3047C

Pros: - It works! - USB-C to 4x USB-A

Cons: - Very short cable, about 6 inches (it's about the same length as the device). - No mounting options.

Overall Review: This is meant to be for an "Apple" computer that doesn't have the standard USB-A connectors. Unfortunately this is the case with pretty much every USB-C to USB-A hub out there right now. I bought this for my desktop gaming PC because my motherboard only came with 6 USB slots and I found myself in need of a couple of extra. My motherboard has a USB-C slot on it that I currently don't have a use for so I figured I could use that slot for a hub rather than using one of the USB-A slots. The other thing is that my USB-C 3.1 is a Gen2 and every hub I found on newegg was Gen1 (I am thinking because of Apple). I plan on using mainly accessories (wireless headset, USB microphone, webcam) and stuff that would probably never use too much power or data stream. So using a hub like this works in my situation. At least until I decide to upgrade my motherboard (probably Cannon Lake or Ice Lake). I plan on mounting this on my case, either with magnets or 3M double sided tape. The shortness of the cable is a blessing and curse in this case because I am limited to where I can mount it but at the same time I don't have another long cable I need to manage.

Most Critical Review

Nice

JVC Black HA-RX700 3.5mm/ 6.3mm Connector Circumaural Full-Size Headphone
JVC Black HA-RX700 3.5mm/ 6.3mm Connector Circumaural Full-Size Headphone

Pros: - Over ear. - Nice quality. - Nice fit.

Cons: - The part where the headphones connect to the top of the house is built on a joint so that the headphones fit firm over your ears but also have a little room for movement. Unfortunately it is held together by cheap plastic and will wear out. I use my headphones at my desk and use them at least once every day to listen to music but the plastic house broke and the right headphone no longer fits securely. They lasted over a year when this happened, so for a $35~ pair of headphones isn't bad but still.

Overall Review: - Pretty average otherwise.

Decent

Samsung UN65H6203 65" Class 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV
Samsung UN65H6203 65" Class 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV

Pros: - 65" - Smart - Relatively inexpensive

Cons: - The "Smart" function is kind of slow. I imagine that is because the CPU/RAM they installed for the Android OS is just not cut for the job. It lags, takes a few seconds to open any programs or to use the programming guide. - My wife and I used this smart function for about a month until we went back to our regular STB remote and our Apple TV for Netflix/Hulu.

Overall Review: - We have had this TV for 3 years and I can say it is pretty decent. Especially if you are looking for a 1080p experience in 65". - In 2017 though it seems that 4k is what is becoming the "new standard", probably/mostly because manufacturers are producing more 4k panels than 1080p. You can easily get a brand name 4k TV in the 55"-65" range for about the same price as this TV. I expected this and will probably upgrade in the next year or so or more likely when 4k content starts to become more main stream (instead of almost exclusively on streaming services like youtube and netflix). It's getting there but will probably take a year or so for most services (like Comcast/Verizon) to catch up. So for a TV that I planned on having for about 4-5 years it is turning out to be pretty nice.

12/24/2017

Decent

HGST DeskStar NAS 3.5" 4TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s High-Performance Hard Drive for Desktop NAS Systems Retail Packaging 0S04005
HGST DeskStar NAS 3.5" 4TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s High-Performance Hard Drive for Desktop NAS Systems Retail Packaging 0S04005

Pros: - 4TB - 7200RPM - 128mb cache

Cons: - Noisy compared to other brands/types.

Overall Review: - I recently built a new Family/Gaming/Workstation PC. I wanted to have plenty of space and decided to go with 3x 3TB or 4TB in a RAID 5, depending on the sales this year (Dec 2017). I grabbed 3 of these drives at a very very reasonable price. - I wasn't too concerned with the "Desktop NAS" label of these as although they are going to be in a mid-tower ATX case they are going to act in RAID 5 and more or less very similar (or better) circumstances than a standard NAS configuration. - After setting up the RAID 5 array I noticed after the verifying the volume that during the verify through RST that these drives were kind of noisy, at least compared to a 4x WD 1TB Black Drivers in RAID 0 that I had worked with prior. It made me a little concerned that one of the drives might be DOA. So I let the verify complete and then ran tests on the drive and also copied over about 1.5TB that I had on the old PC (I used PC Mover Pro over Ethernet, which actually worked a lot better than I thought it would). Overall the drives seem to be fine. But again are a little noisy then actively reading/writing data, otherwise are quiet. - Build: - MSI Z270 Pro Carbon Gaming - Intel i7-7700K - Corsair Hydro Series H115i - G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (16gb x2) @ 3200mhz - ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme Core 11GB GDDR5X 352-bit - Samsung 960 EVO M.2 500GB NVMe (OS Drive, Win 10 x64) - HGST DeskStar 0S04005 4TB 7200RPM 128mb x3 in RAID 5 (primary data drive) - SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 500GB SATA III 3D NAND (High I/O games drive) - WD Black Series WD1003FZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB x2 in RAID 0 (Low I/O games drive) - LG 34UC79G-B 34" Ultrawide 2560 x 1080 @ 144hz - LG 27MU58P-B Black 27" 3840 x 2160 @ 60hz

12/24/2017

It works

MSI Model 914-4136-103 TPM Module Infineon Chip
MSI Model 914-4136-103 TPM Module Infineon Chip

Pros: - It works.

Cons: - None that I can see so far.

Overall Review: - I wanted to use BitLocker to encrypt my data drives (Raid 5 and a USB for backup). - If you don't have a TPM chip the encrypted drives will still encrypt but you will need to unlock them upon every reboot/logon. - By installing one of these chips it stores the encryption data on it to auto-unlock the drives because it is trust bonded to the motherboard. - When it comes to building custom PC's I can't imagine not wanting to add one of these TPM chips in as you can encrypt and secure your data. It's more important for laptops, but even still having a USB backup drive encrypted is also important. - Build: - MSI Z270 Pro Carbon Gaming - Intel i7-7700K - Corsair Hydro Series H115i - G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (16gb x2) @ 3200mhz - ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme Core 11GB GDDR5X 352-bit - Samsung 960 EVO M.2 500GB NVMe (OS Drive, Win 10 x64) - HGST DeskStar 0S04005 4TB 7200RPM 128mb x3 in RAID 5 (primary data drive) - SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 500GB SATA III 3D NAND (High I/O games drive) - WD Black Series WD1003FZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB x2 in RAID 0 (Low I/O games drive) - LG 34UC79G-B 34" Ultrawide 2560 x 1080 @ 144hz - LG 27MU58P-B Black 27" 3840 x 2160 @ 60hz

12/24/2017

Great!

Turtle Beach Stealth 450 USB Connector Circumaural Wireless Gaming Headset
Turtle Beach Stealth 450 USB Connector Circumaural Wireless Gaming Headset

Pros: - Wireless - Mic is one of the best for a wireless headset

Cons: - Broke after 2 years

Overall Review: - It's a good headset. - I have a larger head and this fit mostly comfortable but sometimes also feel small. - So I have a 7 year old. One day this child o' mine decided to play the Sims 4 on dad's computer. All was fine but Mom was annoyed that the Sims 4 sound was too loud and so let the child use the headphones. Well what happened next was that she took them off and snapped the plastic support on the side (the part that flex's so as to make fit on your head smaller/larger).. At first it wasn't too bad but the initially damage made the plastic brittle and come apart all together. Making it impractical to wear the headphones properly. It's not the MFG's fault, but it shows me that the one of the stress points of the headphones will break eventually. Is this worth it, yes. But there are other styles out there too. - Overall I did replace these but with a different brand/type. I found one that fit better over my ears and was overall higher quality. Nothing against this product, I would definately buy again.

12/18/2017