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Arleigh H.

Arleigh H.

Joined on 02/09/10

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent build and sound

Beyerdynamic Amiron Home High-end Tesla Over-Ear Stereo Open-Back Headphones
Beyerdynamic Amiron Home High-end Tesla Over-Ear Stereo Open-Back Headphones

Pros: These headphones are comfortable to wear, even with eyeglasses. The build quality is excellent. The cable jacks are not proprietary -- I use a Corpse Cable with 1/8" plugs with these headphones. The sound is excellent. It is revealing and detailed without being harsh. Much better to my ears than Sennheiser HD650s/Massdrop HD6XXs--good treble extension without rolloff. The sound is engaging without being fatiguing. And bass is full with solid attack. Good separation. Much more "front row" than Sennheisers. They also are a bit better than my AKG K701s. Both are revealing--and I still love my K701s--but the bass from the Tesla drivers is more convincing and immediate. Coupled with my Schiit Lyr 3, these are a go to for home listening. I love my FLAC collection through these and the Lyr.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: At the discount price at which Newegg frequently offers these (just north of three Benjamins), they're an obvious choice for great home listening.

12/30/2020
Most Critical Review

Shoddy capacitors lead to power cycling

Samsung 40” Class 1080p 120Hz LED Smart TV – UN40F6300AFXZA
Samsung 40” Class 1080p 120Hz LED Smart TV – UN40F6300AFXZA

Pros: Good picture when it works.

Cons: After about a year (now that it's out of warranty) the TV started power cycling on its own in the middle of viewing shows and movies. It turns out this is a widespread problem with Samsung LED LCD televisions. Wish I had known about Samsung's poor circuit design and cheap capacitors on the power board before I bought this.

11/28/2015

Solid case with good features at the price, but missing some screws

LIAN LI PC-K65 Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI PC-K65 Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: The case is well thought out. It has good ventilation options, which have dust filters, and includes some decent fans. The various toolless options work pretty well, though they're not as nice as other Lian Li and Lancool cases I've had. (My other Lancool case that was about the same price had Lian Li's excellent lever system for mounting expansion cards. This just has thumb screws.) Can't complain too much because of the price, but my other Lancool case (K-58 with side window) that I use for my office PC was approximately the same price but had superior features. Fit and finish are good, and there aren't any gaudy plastic flanges, bezels, or glowing fans for the kids who are living in their parents' basements or freshman dorm rooms. It's just a no nonsense, sleek case. Good interior space -- no problems mounting a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus on the CPU. It's nice that you can mount 2.5" SSDs on the drive cage without adapters--they go on top and on bottom, not in the bays. Good cable management. Includes a USB 3.0 to 2.0 header, which comes in handy if you're using an older motherboard without 3.0 headers on the board.

Cons: There aren't many at this sale price. Like another reviewer (below in March), I only got six of the eight screws that are supposed to hold the side panel's internal covers for the side fan vents. The instructions say there are supposed to be eight screws, but two of the holes have never had screws put into them. Go figure. That aside, it's a great value.

Overall Review: I have two Lian Li cases and this makes my second Lancool case. They are all engineered well and built well. Docking one egg for the missing screws. Someone was sleeping at QC at the factory in Taiwan that day. You can't miss with this case at this price.

Great fans, but there's a caveat: 120mm mounting with no 140mm adapters

Noctua NF-A15 PWM, Premium Quiet Fan, 4-Pin (140mm, Brown)
Noctua NF-A15 PWM, Premium Quiet Fan, 4-Pin (140mm, Brown)

Pros: These fans are quiet in operation and superbly designed.

Cons: The mounting holes are 120mm and, unlike the Noctua NF-P14 which this succeeds, there are no included adapters to mount to 140mm spaced mounts.

Overall Review: I had some NF-P14s in a prior build and wanted to try the latest and greatest from Noctua. Unfortunately, these fans do not include any kind of mounting adapter to permit them to be mounted on 140mm spacings. It's 120mm only. The adapters from a NF-P14 will not work on these fans because of their different frame configuration. Be aware of that when you choose your fans.

Be Careful About License Issue

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Pros: It's Windows 7 and is a stable OS.

Cons: Be careful about licensing here. You're only acquiring an OEM system builder license. This product will NOT grant you a license if you are building a system for your personal use. In other words, if you install this on a computer for your personal use you may be able to activate the OS, but if push comes to shove Microsoft will not recognize your OS as a legally licensed OS. As another user has written, Newegg's OEM return policy will not allow you to get a refund, so be careful before deciding to purchase this version of Windows 7. (Note that Microsoft will allow you to use the OEM system builder version of Windows 8 on a personal use machine. It's apparently one of their ways of trying to encourage migration.) Newegg really should highlight that fact in the product description. A lot of people are probably getting unlicensed installations of Windows 7 via this particular product.

Also Flickering to Black

ASUS ProArt PA248Q Black 24" (Actual size 24.1") 6ms (GTG) 16:10, 1920 x 1200, IPS, 100% sRGB, Color Accuracy Delta E< 5, Flicker Free, HDMI, D-Sub, DisplayPort, DVI-D LCD Monitor
ASUS ProArt PA248Q Black 24" (Actual size 24.1") 6ms (GTG) 16:10, 1920 x 1200, IPS, 100% sRGB, Color Accuracy Delta E< 5, Flicker Free, HDMI, D-Sub, DisplayPort, DVI-D LCD Monitor

Pros: Great features, image, colors, resolution

Cons: After the monitor is on for a few hours, the image sometimes jitters and moves, flickering to black for a few seconds sometimes, and doing that persistently once it starts happening. It is not my video card/drivers or cable -- other monitors do not do this on the PC under similar operating conditions. The problem goes away temporarily after turning the power to the monitor off for a few minutes. My experience, therefore, is similar to the reviewer who posted about a similar problem on 12/11/2012 below and leads me to believe there is a problem with the monitor.

Overall Review: I've used ASUS mobos for years, but this is my first ASUS monitor. Still not sure about the quality, but the design and features on this one are pretty good.