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Christopher B.

Christopher B.

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great card for the price

HIS Silence Radeon HD 5570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card H557HR1G
HIS Silence Radeon HD 5570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card H557HR1G

Pros: Cheap, effective, etc. No fan = deadly silent. I'm a programmer that also occasionally plays games. I wanted to be able to write and test code for DirectX 11. I didn't need the fastest card. This fills my needs, perfectly: DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.0, Shader Model 5.0. A great number of stream shaders per dollar.

Cons: I want to be very clear: Many games I can run at maxed settings on my 1920x1200 screen. But not all games. SC2 cannot be maxed and maintain 60 fps. Nor BioShock. Not even LoL (gotta be 1-below max on shadows).

Overall Review: My screen is large and the resolution seems to be *just enough* to be the problem. If I play any of these games at just a slightly lower resolution (say 1080 instead of the 1200) then I can bump up the graphics settings a LOT. A TON! It feels almost like it can do 1080 in one swoop. But to do any more it needs to wait for a second pass to get just those few extra pixels. So **please understand this very carefully**: If your monitor is less than 1920x1200, chances are you will be AMAZED at how great this card is for the price. But if it is 1920x1200 you'll walk away saying "The card is definitely worth every penny. Just not the best card on the market. But those are overpriced anyway."

Lab tested :D

GUNNAR Computer Eyewear - Wi-Five Onyx Frame
GUNNAR Computer Eyewear - Wi-Five Onyx Frame

Pros: I read all the reviews before buying. Half of the people loved them and half got dizzy and hated them. I wasn't sure if their (Gunnar's) research was real or if it was all just marketing. So I took them to my eye doctor. We put on our lab coats and tested the glasses. Sure enough, there is a 0.2 dioptre prescription. (For reference, the smallest step in prescriptions is 0.25) The doctor told me that is the legal maximum totstill be able to sell them as non-prescription glasses. He said if HE were making computer glasses he would make them 0.5 or 0.75 or even 1.0. But that would require explaining to customers and giving prescriptions, which is difficult. I mentioned to him that half of the people get dizzy and maybe the prescription is why. He said no, that's not it at all. Chances are REALLY high they get dizzy because the glasses have what is called a "prism." Now, this isn't the same prism that splits light and makes a rainbow. It's eye-doc terminology. ...(continued)

Cons: A prism might happen in wrap-around type glasses like these. If I understand correctly, it is when the focus of one lens is shifted above or below the focus of the other -- like if you wore your glasses on a slight diagonal across your face. These different focus points make our eyes want to misalign and that causes headaches. The doctor added that even sunglasses with no prescription often have a prism problem. So to be clear, the dizziness is NOT because of the 0.2 dioptre strength. It is because of Gunnar's quality control releasing glasses that have a prism. Luckily, mine did not have a prism. Perhaps that is why I'm one of the ones who doesn't get dizzy and doesn't hate the glasses. If you buy them and they make you dizzy, take them to a GOOD eye doc who can test these things and check for a prism. If they have a prism, try to get Gunnar to replace them. (And Gunnar, if you read this, your customer satisfaction will SKYROCKET if you add prism checking to your quality c

Overall Review: We also tested the other claims. The eye doc said the yellow tint is really common for reducing glare. Also, a rose tint is common for this. Essentially it turns the harsh, bright whites into something more calm. And because the whites aren't so harsh and bright our eyes can be more sensitive to contrast. So as a side effect of the tint you also gain contrast. So it turns out all of Gunnar's claims were true and proven to me by an eye doc. If nothing else, get these if only to protect your eyes while you are on the computer. They aren't expensive and your eyes are valuable. It's like an great insurance policy. But on top of protecting your eyes, they also look great. They reflect a harsh blue (the harsh blue ISN'T getting to your eyes) which looks really cool and techno-y. And that blue reflection comes from just about every light source I've seen. Honestly, I would wear them around town just because of how cool that blue reflection looks.

99% awesome

3Dconnexion 3DX-700029 Silver/Black 2 Buttons USB Optical SpaceNavigator PE
3Dconnexion 3DX-700029 Silver/Black 2 Buttons USB Optical SpaceNavigator PE

Pros: This device is amazing for 3d modelling. Normall you place this as if it was a mouse for your off hand. So my right hand controls the mouse while my left hand moves the SpaceNavigator. And after about a day you are totally familiar with it. On top of that their developer forums are extremely helpful to the programmers. Instead of just having a community to help the actual programmers at 3Dconnexion respond with 1.) the answer to the question, 2.) example code to see it all working, and 3.) potential other suggestions that are related. They are AMAZING people.

Cons: I actually bought this hoping it would replace my mouse. It is recognized as a multi-axis controller, not a mouse. To have it move the pointer around and use it in Counter Strike you need to download a program that catches the input and reinterprets it before sending it to normal apps. 3Dconnexion provides a link to the 3rd party app on their forums. However, that app receives the raw input (or HID input, not sure) and doesn't apply pointer ballistics. This means acceleration doesn't feel right. So though it feels natural and is learnable in a day for supported apps, I still haven't gotten used to non-supported apps.

Overall Review: The wire never moves and scrapes against the back of the table like a mouse's wire would. That lets them use a thinner, cheaper wire. I am glad they aren't wasting, but it feels weak.