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Jesse S.

Jesse S.

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Most Favorable Review

Incredible Performance! Underrated!

ASUS Zenbook UX305FA-ASM1 Intel Core M 8 GB Memory 256 GB SSD 13.3" Ultra-Slim FHD Aluminum Laptop Windows 8.1 64-Bit
ASUS Zenbook UX305FA-ASM1 Intel Core M 8 GB Memory 256 GB SSD 13.3" Ultra-Slim FHD Aluminum Laptop Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: -Very long battery life (4+ hours) -Very nice native 1080p resolution (anti-glare!) -Low powered -High performance 2.0GHz CPU -Auto adjust lighting to environment! -Plays most games I throw at it (installed Steam) -No moving parts -Incredible physical design (solid metal, shuts completely)

Cons: -Runs hot -Not much support for 1080p native to a 13" (blurry software text) -Eats up more battery then advertise -Cannot swap battery without disassemble -Finger print magnet -Core M 5Y10 does have it's limits

Overall Review: So far this has been the best laptop I have ever own. The anti-glare 1080p 13" screen is incredible. It's pretty light for a solid metal build. And it closes completely, almost a tight rubber seal once you fold the laptop close. I spilled water on top of the closed laptop and none of it got inside. There's a special rubber lining that runs around the top part (screen) so it shuts and seals. The Intel HD 5300 runs most of my installed Steam games pretty well. This laptop was meant to play big budget games like StarCraft 2, Portal, Pillars of Eternity, Skyrim and Tomb Raider 2013 on medium settings with no AA and low/off shadows. I use it everyday to do a little gaming along with some photoshop and video editing. Handles every single process without any lag. When you purchase any laptop, make sure to install your own operating system and anti-virus. I couldn't imagine using a system fresh from the manufacture with lots of processing killing bloatware. As soon as I turned it on I went into the BIOS, changed the boot to Legacy, installed my own Windows 8.1 and a new license for ESET. After that I got full performance from this system. The only issues I have is the IPS 1080p special native resolution isn't compatible with a lot of software. When it isn't compatible, the software will run the text at lower resolutions. So software like Steam has low resolution text with high resolution images. Also the battery requires a disassembly which could be a problem with some users. I've also used much better chargers and the charging port feels fragile. It comes with a special cloth to clean off prints so I usually carry that with me everywhere I take my laptop. Overall the flaws are just minor inconveniences for me and doesn't deserve any less eggs. The heat and less then 5 hours battery life isn't a problem at all.

Most Critical Review

Feature rich, but also rich on mistakes.

ASUS Striker II NSE LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Striker II NSE LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: SO MANY FEATURES IN OVERCLOCKING. Bought some really cheap 1333 memory and OC 'em to 1600. That's an exteme amount of doe you're saving. The OC feature on the memory alone is amazing and easy for even those who don't know about overclocking. Getting your processor faster and jacking up your GPU clock only takes about two minutes. Board looks impressive.

Cons: Read other thoughts.

Overall Review: I don't really do reviews too often and I've been with newegg for a good 8 years now. So far most of the products from newegg are flawless and eye candy to your non-computer guru, but this product is not one of them. So many features but too many errors and faults. The OC features are incredible and makes it easy for anyone to overclock MEMORY! Which only a year ago was impossible without the necessary research. That is indeed impressive. But seriously, I spotted a leak in the liquid cooling north bridge pipes and froze everytime I try to run a decent looking PC game. I probably should have RMA the board but c'mon, these boards are no joke (price wise for the most part) and more thought should be used in manufacturing 'em. However, everyone's experience is difference and maybe I'm getting a little bad luck.

3 years and going strong!

Acer G245HQABD 23.6" LCD Monitor Black 5ms Full HD Widescreen 300 cd/m2 ACM 80,000:1 (1,000:1)
Acer G245HQABD 23.6" LCD Monitor Black 5ms Full HD Widescreen 300 cd/m2 ACM 80,000:1 (1,000:1)

Pros: -Detachable neck for easy wall mounting -Looks great with gaming -No dead pixels, even after 3 years of gaming -Small for mobility, large for screen size

Cons: For the price, I can't really think of any cons. Just wish it had a HDMI port but an adapter works great (I know, it's a computer monitor). If I run into any issues by now, I can say it's from wear and tear.

Overall Review: Really worth the price. It's one of the best monitors I've ever owned. I wall mounted it for the first two years then reattached the neck at the beginning of this year due to my new desk. Never had any lighting issues, no heat issues and no dead pixels. I didn't like the fact that it has no HDMI port so I needed an adapter and a 3-way switch for my PS3 and PC. Plus the component sound adapter for the audio with the 3.5mm male to female etc etc, lol. Computer monitors have always been a favorite over TV monitors so I understand. After all the setup this monitor has been doing an incredible job and I highly recommend it.

No more pulling/swapping HDMI connections

Coboc HA-HMSW-3X1PT 3 Port 3-In 1-Out Pigtail HDMI V1.4 Amplified Switch Switcher w/ 3D HDCP 1080P Support, with 3 ft. Pigtail Cable
Coboc HA-HMSW-3X1PT 3 Port 3-In 1-Out Pigtail HDMI V1.4 Amplified Switch Switcher w/ 3D HDCP 1080P Support, with 3 ft. Pigtail Cable

Pros: -No external power adapter needed -Affordable -Supports up to 3 connections

Cons: -Only draws power from one device -Needs to be reset after device shutoff

Overall Review: Been using this switch for over a week now and it works great. Very useful on my PS4, HTPC and Comcast setup. Before this switch I used to physically swap each HDMI cable and over time replace the broken HDMI heads. Now it started damaging the HDMI port behind my Plasma so I bought this switch to prevent swapping. The only issue is a slight inconvenience of having to restart the TV after shutting off my PS4. When I have my TV input on my HTPC and startup my PS4, the PS4 automatically switches the input to the PS4 and can no longer switch back to the HTPC without shutting off the PS4 then restarting the TV. It takes seconds so it's not really worth knocking off an egg.

GREAT on my AM3 125w Phenom II!

LOGISYS Computer AC612 120mm Hydro Beta 120 AMD CPU Cooler
LOGISYS Computer AC612 120mm Hydro Beta 120 AMD CPU Cooler

Pros: -Runs cool under heavy loads -Lots of air from the fan -Easy to install -Silent!

Cons: -Requires a well ventilated/cooled case -I haven't tried overclocking, and probably wont -Slightly bent the installation hooks while installing, but those are designed to be flexible.

Overall Review: I don't see anything wrong with this heatsink. It's incredibly quiet, cools off hot 125w processors, installation just required a little bending, and the price is unbeatable. I have no desire to overclock my processor sense all my PC games are running max smoothly. In the future when games become more demanding, which might be towards the end of next year, I'll just buy newer processor and heatsink. I highly recommend this for quiet setups.

11/15/2012

Great for mods

DIYPC Alpha-DB6 Black Acrylic ATX Bench Case Bench Computer Case Mining Rig Frame Case for ATX/Micro ATX motherboard - PC components not included
DIYPC Alpha-DB6 Black Acrylic ATX Bench Case Bench Computer Case Mining Rig Frame Case for ATX/Micro ATX motherboard - PC components not included

Pros: -Solid and high quality plastic material -Easy de-construction -Low price for DIY style cases -Power and reset buttons are nice -Easy to improvise if something doesn't fit -Fun for external hardware or modular setup

Cons: -Building instructions are terrible -Didn't support mounting my SSD for some reason. -Requires improvisation in some areas -Took forever to assemble -Better cases are available for hardware testing, but they are more expensive.

Overall Review: People are becoming more and more creative now-a-days and it's cases like these that makes it easier. I'm currently using this along with some modifications to have an external hardware setup. For the price it's an awesome case/bench. The only issue with these types of cases is the material quality. This case doesn't suffer from that draw back and I highly recommend this for enthusiast. Don't forget proper cooling for your north/south bridge heatsinks when stressing your hardware.

10/28/2012