Joined on 11/25/04
Pros: -Great colour and brightness. -Turns on instantly at full brightness, no warmup -Durable stand -Huge screen area with sleek, moderately sized borders -Easy to set up -Fast response -No backlight bleed -Good viewing angles
Cons: -Stand doesnt tilt (most dont nowadays) -Speakers are weak (but who really uses them) -Interface and buttons are cumbersome, but you won't really need to use them much, if at all
Overall Review: A good LED monitor at a great price. Solid product and no dead pixels or performance woes. Minor inconveniences at best. Would recommend.
A great card by any measure
Pros: Price; for dedicated sound this is a good medium EXTENSIVE options. Control not only over how many channels of surround, bass, EQ, etc. but also numerous features that are all on sliders to adjust to your liking, and the ability to save profiles for whatever it is you're doing. Clean look, simply labeled inputs Small, doesn't take up much case space
Overall Review: I am equal parts gamer and music/media enthusiast. I wanted a card that gave me options. And boy does this card have OPTIONS. From optical input to hook up my PS3, I don't have to remove the headset and can thus listen to PC and console simultaneously. Surround is fantastic, numerous other features like "crystalizer" which ups and balances highs and lows in a unique way, audio canceling on the mic (perfect for open-acoustic headsets, which i use) I don't use physical speakers so I can't give an opinion, but from my experience, having used Audigy ZS long ago, onboard sound cards, headset sound cards, like G930 and Astro A40, I can say that this card+headphones beat em all out. I use them in conjunction with the Sennheiser PC360s, a combo i'm very happy with after having tried the aforementioned card/headset combinations. Both music and games sound noticably better in every way than most other configurations, but the plethora of options provided by this card make it a clear winner. Also, great built-in voice changing software.
Good headphones, if tight
Pros: Great quality of sound, comfortable earpieces and top cushion, coiled, extendable cord means it can stretch out very far then bunch up neatly so you dont have feet upon feet of cord laying about. Earpieces twist and turn on every axis, can be flush up facing the same direction, reducing space if needed to store or pack up to take with you
Cons: I'd say the only, and biggest con is the tightness of the headpiece itself. You can adjust the height of the earpieces, but not the distance between them. So for a good couple weeks it seriously gave me a headache, pinching my head. I couldn't have them on for very long at all. They broke in gradually over a month or two, but it wasn't the most comfortable experience. Maybe I have a big head or I'm just picky with phones, but if you can hold out til they break in, they're extremely comfortable otherwise.
Overall Review: The discomfort of the initial break-in period was bad enough to take off an egg, but not enough for me to dislike the product or not recommend it. The sound range and quality are fantastic, with a durable cord and good weight to it.
Pros: Great feel to it. The keys aren't high off the base, and aren't flat like a Mac keyboard. They're about halfway between the two heights. Everything works without drivers. It's a minimalist keyboard with the basic convenient functions at the top (although i really only use the volume ones). It's lightweight and relatively small. The keys don't curve too much that people used to geometric, perpendicular keyboards would be okay switching to it. Good "push" to the keys.
Cons: I had the "m" key fail on me after about a few months, but one call to MSoft and they sent me a new one free, without even sending the old back. So not sure if that's a con, really. Doesn't affect my rating.
Overall Review: Definitely the best keyboard you can get for this price. By far. To be honest, being a digital artist and core gamer, I can't see myself needing much more.