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kevin u.

kevin u.

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Excellent Wifi setup

Linksys Velop Tri-band Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System, 2-Pack (Coverage Up to 4000 sq. ft.), Works with Amazon Alexa
Linksys Velop Tri-band Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System, 2-Pack (Coverage Up to 4000 sq. ft.), Works with Amazon Alexa

Pros: I was able to get this set up throughout my house within an hour. Set up was easy to understand and mostly automatic. I have comcast 150MB speeds, and on wifi Im getting average of 136MB/s with no signal degradation. The other nodes are kind of redundant now, the first node covers my whole 1400 sq ft house with ease. Im not complaining....the option is thereto buy more nodes and you can run them all from the original hookup. Theoretically, you can cover your entire neighborhood from one hotspot if you get enough nodes.

Cons: You absolutely, positively need to have a smart phone to set this up. Had I not purchased one the week before this, I would have never known I needed one. It has to be an android or an Iphone...and by luck I had one before I got this setup. I never had a need for a smart phone up until now. Keep this in mind when you purchase this unit - and this goes for all the other Velop product lines too.

Overall Review: When it advertises 4000 sq ft coverage, its the truth....and it will keep pace with any docsys modem. I no longer need a router for my house.

Most Critical Review

Its a great laptop for the price

ASUS ROG STRIX Scar Edition15.6" 120 Hz FHD Display GeForce GTX 1050 4 GB VRAM Quad Core Intel i7-7700HQ, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB PCIEG3x4 NVME SSD + 1 TB Hybrid Drive - GL503VD-EB72 Gaming Laptop -- ONLY @ NEWEGG
ASUS ROG STRIX Scar Edition15.6" 120 Hz FHD Display GeForce GTX 1050 4 GB VRAM Quad Core Intel i7-7700HQ, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB PCIEG3x4 NVME SSD + 1 TB Hybrid Drive - GL503VD-EB72 Gaming Laptop -- ONLY @ NEWEGG

Pros: Very first off is the looks of this laptop. It has a kevlar/carbon fiber graphic palm rest (not sure if thats what its actually made out of), and the LEDs accent the keyboard and design perfectly. The monitor is awesome! It plays video smoothly, and while testing Unigine Valley benchmark, didnt notice any stuttering whatsoever except when the video card lagged on certain scene loads...and only then briefly. But other than that... The last few reviews Ive read about this laptop mention both the keyboard and touch pad. There is nothing wrong with the keyboard and track pad in and of themselves; they are what they are. Dont expect them to be made out of titanium, they arent mechanical keys, and the touch pad is there for you in case you forgot your mouse. They work just fine. Its a budget gaming laptop. Not that there arent a few cons to this.... I forgot to mention that the speakers are phenomenal for a laptop. Ive had many laptops in my days; never had one that sounded this good with its own onboard sound system. It has a ton of bass, mids and treble; quite easily the best thing about this laptop.

Cons: For an SSD drive, it loads pretty slowly. Booting up Windows 10 doesnt take long, but loading up any games takes a little bit of time. Granted they arent M.2 drives, but not really an egg loss. The HDD works just fine. Ethernet adapter doesnt seem to be functional on mine. I tried connecting it to different cables through my modem, and yep its borked on mine. Wifi works just fine. I docked 2 eggs for this, but I can get online for now with Wifi. This is a barebones laptop: no bag, no manuals, no CDs (doesnt even come with a Cd/DVD burner to my dismay...) but just a laptop and charging cable. No big deal to me though, this laptop isnt going anywhere. I am very surprised this doesnt come with an optical drive, but I guess thats the new wave of the future. One last issue with this was whoever shipped this item to me didnt package this as well as they should have. Had this not been a review product, I wouldnt have accepted this because they only placed 1 bubble bag to prevent the box from moving around, and we all know how great UPS is at handling their cargo; but maybe UPS had to repackage this on the fly, so I dont know who did what. Please be more careful with shipping high value parts.

Overall Review: Unigine Valley benchmark score: 61.8 FPS, Score 2587, min FPS 18, Max FPS 110.3 3D Mark score : P7233 @ 1280x720. Couldnt test at 1920x1080 because the card isnt up to the task. Dont expect this laptop to function well for VR if you even think of trying to do just this. For gaming online, this is an excellent laptop, but you shouldnt expect to be playing Grand Theft Auto 5 at max settings; at best youll play this at 1280x720 and get playable frames. It plays Modern Warfare 2 at max settings at 1280x720 without stuttering. Im not disappointed in its performance, just in the bad ethernet port.

This card is a BEAST!

ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti OC Edition Graphics Card (PCIe 4.0, 12GB GDDR6X, HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a, Dual Ball Fan Bearings, Military-grade Certification, GPU Tweak II), TUF-RTX3080TI-O12G-GAMING
ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti OC Edition Graphics Card (PCIe 4.0, 12GB GDDR6X, HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a, Dual Ball Fan Bearings, Military-grade Certification, GPU Tweak II), TUF-RTX3080TI-O12G-GAMING

Pros: Coming from a 1080ti, I can say this is easily the best upgrade Ive ever put in a case! This card is exactly the same size as the 1080ti and nothing like the 3090, so breathe a sigh of relief if that was a concern. Graphics were already maxed out with my 1080ti for desktop, but unfortunately was very poor in VR that I now see clear as day (literally). I dont play much in vr, but will mention the two flight simulators that were resource hogs: Steam settings for 1080Ti @ 100% Steam settings for 3080Ti @ 150% VR DCS World 1080Ti - MSAA @ 2, High terrain and cockpit textures, SSAO off, Low everything else = 30fps average: F-18, F-16, A-10, UH1H. F-14, Mig21 were hogs but flyable. DCS World 3080Ti - MSAA @ 2, High EVERYTHING with SSAO at 1.5 SSLA and SSAO on, Topping out over 200fps on my new Samsung G9. Hole- E CRUD! Topped out! Non VR games - Grand Theft Auto Online - 35 FPS with all settings maxed out, MSAA @ 4 DCS World - Over 300! FPS topped out my refresh rate on my monitor and stayed there Death Stranding - Topped out refresh rates! Hell Let Loose - Topped out BF4 - Topped out 3dMark Time Spy - 16163 3dMark Port Royale - 13636 Time Spy Extreme 4k - 8337 Unigine Superposition - 16000+ (cant remember exactly off top of my head) This card is OVERKILL in the 4k department, even more so in the 1080p department. This review is updated to show 4k res...and my mind = blown. My 3dMark scores didnt change.

Cons: Sorry, but UPS needs to no longer be an option. Other than they try to nickel and dime you to death, they are almost always late. Also, my only gripe with the card was the price and availability. Thats not Neweggs fault, but we all know why that happened.

Overall Review: System specs - Intel 8086k o/c 5.2ghz Gskill TridentZ DDR4 3200 @ 3200 Asus Maximus X Formula 1000w eVGA psu

No more Windows Mixed Reality Portal

Hp Reverb Virtual Reality Headset - Professional Edition
Hp Reverb Virtual Reality Headset - Professional Edition

Pros: See my update in the cons section.

Cons: For some reason, the tracking system kicks me around the room a little bit too often. Not enough for me to take an egg off, but it IS annoying. There also seems to be an extra plug in the headset - the manual says its for an external headset, but this is already built in....not sure why, but its just easier to take the headphones off and use your own wireless headset if you have one. Also, the headset foam padding doesnt like me that much. Ill have to upgrade that too. 1 year later, the headset tracking gives up the ghost. No more Z axis for me in my flight simulators. Into the trash it goes because HP insists on using this Mixed Reality Portal garbage. Never again.

Overall Review: Was good while it lasted, but I didnt get my moneys worth out of it. Im done. Ill find something that doesnt use FB or Microsofts proprietary garbage.

Wow!

Hp Reverb Virtual Reality Headset - Professional Edition
Hp Reverb Virtual Reality Headset - Professional Edition

Pros: First off, shipping was stupid fast. Literally ordered it on 4/15 @ 730am, was here 4/16 @ 2:30pm. I was expecting this to ship (with regards to the current pandemic) for another 2 weeks, but here it is. Setting this up was pretty simple, but had to google a few things to set up like Windows Mixed Reality, SteamVR and a few others I cant think of off the top of my head for a few games that I play. Coming from the Rift and the Rift S, this seems to be a huge step in quality as there are no blurries around the edges, the resolution is sharp, the colors are crisper and dont bleed that much that I could see...but does seem like it takes more power to run all these goodies. Its fairly comfortable too. I need to wear glasses, my glasses dont fit, but I also have large glasses. There are places out there that sell prescription lenses for the Reverb, and think about getting them. I had these for the Rift and were a lifesaver. I am flying in DCS right now, and I get decent 40fps in both eyes in the F-14B in a crowded server, with a pixel density of 1.0. Had to turn off MSAA to keep the stuttering down, but otherwise it looks fantastic. Havent tried P3D, Xplane 11 or anything else at that, but seriously impressed.

Cons: For some reason, the tracking system kicks me around the room a little bit too often. Not enough for me to take an egg off, but it IS annoying. There also seems to be an extra plug in the headset - the manual says its for an external headset, but this is already built in....not sure why, but its just easier to take the headphones off and use your own wireless headset if you have one. Also, the headset foam padding doesnt like me that much. Ill have to upgrade that too.

Overall Review: You need a serious gaming rig to run this at the resolution you want to run it. This is my system: Intel 8086k o/c 5.4ghz 32gb DDR4-3200 Gskill ram Zotac GTX1080Ti Amp! Extreme 1000w eVGA psu Waiting on the next generation of gfx cards from Nvidia to upgrade; hopefully in July.

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NoCry 64-pc Cable Management Kit - includes 4 Black Cable Sleeves, 50 Cable Ties and a Set of 10 Adhesive Multipurpose Cable Clips
NoCry 64-pc Cable Management Kit - includes 4 Black Cable Sleeves, 50 Cable Ties and a Set of 10 Adhesive Multipurpose Cable Clips

Pros: lots of velcro straps...a lot of velcro straps.

Cons: the cable management clips need better double sided tape as these dont really hold onto anything unless you rough up the surface you're placing them on, and even then they still like to pop off after a week.

Overall Review: Id buy again, but definitely should get some tackier 3M double sided tape to stick the clips onto so you dont have to worry about them falling off anytime soon.

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Buyer Beware, Brand Store DIRECT is a thief

Update: Seller replied about my claim stating I received the product even without the shipping having been updated, and has claimed I signed for this package. DO NOT BUY FROM THIS STORE.

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