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Jason M.

Jason M.

Joined on 03/01/05

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Most Favorable Review

Best board I've ever had

RAZER Black USB Wired BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
RAZER Black USB Wired BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Pros: This is my very first Razer product and I have been a PC gamer since 1993. Gaming keyboards...I've owned them all...and I mean them all. Some have nice backlighting but crummy software, some have nice built in LCD screens but crummy backlighting, some have detachable 10-key pads, some have special "gaming only" movement keys, some are desk pigs and others are just not enough. I could go on about the mushy or tactile feel of the keyboards I've used etc or how I could never find the one that was "just right"....but I think that this keyboard to me seems a perfect balance between form and function. They keys are clacky, but no more than a mouse click and I find the sound pleasant. The backlighting is brilliant, adjustable from fully off to bright and beautiful and the macro software is streamlined and efficient - it is not a background resource hog like the software for other products I've tried. Keyboard very well done, Razer.

Cons: Nothing is perfect but this product is very close. Only one complaint here; really its more of a preference....how about a matte black keyboard for a change? Bottom line: this thing is a fingerprint - dust attracting shiny magnet beauty.....keep a microfiber cloth handy to clean it if you want to get rid of the dust and fingerprints without scratching it.

Overall Review: For quality mechanical gaming keyboards its really down to two IMO....the BlackWidow and the SS 6Gv2. If you're a backlighting addict like me and you need macro support, get the BlackWidow - its money well spent.

12/29/2010
Most Critical Review

Incompatible with crosshair X670e Hero

CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR5 6000 (PC5 48000) XMP 3.0 AMD EXPO Desktop Memory Model CMT32GX5M2D6000Z36
CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR5 6000 (PC5 48000) XMP 3.0 AMD EXPO Desktop Memory Model CMT32GX5M2D6000Z36

Pros: Nice looking kit with EXPO profile and bright RGB leds

Cons: Running the EXPO profile on a Crosshair x670e motherboard @DDR6000 results in the system hanging while loading windows during a cold boot. If you reset the system during the boot, it will load into Windows. If you're like me and you shut down your system daily, you'll have to reset the system every time you cold boot. ASUS tech support said the memory isn't on the QVL list so it may be incompatible running EXPO on their motherboard.

Overall Review: I do not recommend this product if you are using the Asus Crosshair X670e motherboard. Corsair memory is usually the gold standard for me, bad luck this time. I refuse to go with any other memory manufacturer.

10/28/2022

Very nice display, just keep expectations realistic.

ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ 35" 21:9 Ultra-WQHD 3440 x 1440 2K Resolution 200Hz HDMI, DisplayPort NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR-10 Flicker-Free Low Blue Light LED Backlit Curved Gaming Monitor
ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ 35" 21:9 Ultra-WQHD 3440 x 1440 2K Resolution 200Hz HDMI, DisplayPort NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR-10 Flicker-Free Low Blue Light LED Backlit Curved Gaming Monitor

Pros: HDR makes a noticeable difference in picture quality for games that support it and once you see it, you can't go back. The high refresh rate works well and is great to use especially when using SDR content where 8 vs 10 vs 12 color bit depth isn't as important. The OSD controls for the monitor are a breeze to use thanks to the joystick on the back of the screen. My screen had no dead pixels and included firmware which fixes the flickering in certain content others have reported. The fan is very quiet. If you use headphones or desktop speakers you won't notice it.

Cons: My #1 gripe with this display is Asus's Aura. If you have it enabled, the Aura RGB lighting will remain on when shutting down your computer and after the display goes into standby mode. The only way to get the RGB lighting to shut off when powering down your computer is to disable it, or power off the monitor using the power button on the back of the screen. Come on Asus, not everyone wants RGB lighting to stay on when the computer is off. Light bloom around moving objects like the mouse cursor on the Windows desktop. This is unfortunately a side effect of the FALD backlight. I don't think they'll master this on any LCD type of display until micro LED makes it to gaming monitors or OLED gaming monitors become more prolific. The light bloom can be significantly reduced or almost eliminated if you shut off the dimming backlight and leave Windows HD Color off when not using HDR content. If you use your computer for productivity tasks more than gaming, this IS NOT the display for you. The cost. This is by far the most expensive piece of PC gaming tech I've ever purchased. Hopefully cost will go down as more HDR monitors are introduced to the market. I was able to afford this for my birthday, but just barely.

Overall Review: My HDR curiosity is finally satisfied and I see now what all the fuss is about. If I had to do it again, I can't say that I would spend this amount for a monitor again, but now that I have it, I don't want to go back to SDR gaming.

Superior to the Dlink it replaced

NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
NETGEAR WNDR4500 N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Open Source Router - IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Pros: Very fast wireless. In fact, I'm hard pressed to tell the difference between wired and wireless speed with this router. Without changing anything on my ISP's end, I can stream 1080p video over wifi now without buffering. The range is also excellent. I have experienced NONE of the problems with this router that previous reviewers have. Setup was quick and easy - no problems whatsoever.

Cons: I have nothing bad to say about this product.

Overall Review: Anything with a Dlink name on it has been removed from my home. I run NETGEAR WNCE3001 adapters now for my primary and HTPC systems. Linksys is also good, but MaximumPC recommended this router over the E4200.

I don't care for the Extras

Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Nothing yet really. Its big?

Cons: Apparently, Corsair now includes a free cigarette lighter and SuperCase asian employee badge with the 800d because that is what was inside the box of my 800d. Not only that, but the window and interior of the case is terribly scratched up and scuffed. Oh, and I'm missing my case screws. I guess SuperCase is the name of a company they contracted to build the 800d?

Overall Review: Called Corsairs customer service and was told that they can't replace the case, they can only send me parts. She said send it back to the retailer. Hopefully case number 2 won't look like number 2.

11/17/2011

I've always bought Logitech gaming mice - now I know why.

RAZER Imperator USB Wired Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
RAZER Imperator USB Wired Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Pros: It glows in the dark. It tracks nicely. It has adjustable thumb buttons. It will match your other Razer products.

Cons: Quality control:Mine came with a broken internal part right out of the box. Picked the mouse up and heard it rattle inside. Unacceptable for a 79 dollar product. Heft: It weighs and feels like cheap plastic.

Overall Review: The form factor is extremely similar to the G5, G500. If you're already using a G500, G9x, I would steer clear of this mouse. The DPI increase isn't worth it. If they only made mice as good as their mechanical keyboards...