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Bradley R.

Bradley R.

Joined on 02/22/05

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Seems to be Great

Rosewill RDF-08A 8" 8'' 640 x 480 TRUE DIGITAL Digital Frame with MP3/Video Player
Rosewill RDF-08A 8" 8'' 640 x 480 TRUE DIGITAL Digital Frame with MP3/Video Player

Pros: Screen size. Picture quality. Ease of use. Price.(mine came with mail-in rebate).

Cons: I don't know of any.

Overall Review: I bought this as a Christmas present for my mother and she loves it. She said it was super easy to make it work with the SD card that I also loaded and mailed to her. And since she's not tech-savvy in any way, shape, or form, that says a lot for this frame. Since I'm an electronics nut, I suppose there's a chance I could have found a "con," but it's fair to say at this point that it's a great frame.

Great value.

GIGABYTE GA-B85M-DS3H (rev. 3.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-B85M-DS3H (rev. 3.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Price Form factor USB 3 SATA 3 (and 2 for some reason) I think it supports over-clocking, but I'm not 100% sure because I don't over-clock. Supports 8GB DIMMS i7 4771 worked without a BIOS update.

Cons: I'd rather have had two additional SATA3s instead of two 2s.

Overall Review: Solid board. I have no issues with it at all. I'm using it for a TV-connected PC with an i7 and the integrated Intel graphics, Samsung SSD, and a Zalman CNPS7000V cooler. I like it. I'm very satisfied with this motherboard.

Works after driver install.

TP-LINK TL-WN823N Wireless N300 Mini USB Adapter, 300 Mbps, w/ WPS Button, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, WEP / WPA / WPA2, Plug & Play in Windows 10 (32-bit & 64-bit)
TP-LINK TL-WN823N Wireless N300 Mini USB Adapter, 300 Mbps, w/ WPS Button, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, WEP / WPA / WPA2, Plug & Play in Windows 10 (32-bit & 64-bit)

Pros: It's small. I have it plugged into the internal port of my PCI USB card so that it's not dangling outside of the case. Good price. Stable connection to an AirPort Express 2nd Gen (Wireless N model).

Cons: The TP Link adapter that it replaced was auto-detected and drivers installed automatically by Windows 8 and Windows 7. This model was not. I had to download and install it manually. This is not a technically difficult thing to do, but it's a nuisance because the computer was without a network connection. I used a flash drive and moved the installer, but still... considering an older, larger, slower (G) model of the same brand was plug and play, this one is deserving of one star less than max.

Very nice cooler. Recommended.

ZALMAN CNPS7000V(AL)-1-PWM 92mm FSB (Fluid Shield Bearing) Silent Pure Aluminum CPU Cooler with enhanced performance and silent operation
ZALMAN CNPS7000V(AL)-1-PWM 92mm FSB (Fluid Shield Bearing) Silent Pure Aluminum CPU Cooler with enhanced performance and silent operation

Pros: Low profile. Quiet enough. Cools very well. Perpendicular heat sink blades are much easier to clean (with compressed air) compared to the orientation of the blades of the CM 212+ in our higher-end computer.

Cons: It took a lot of force to get the mounting armature to grab onto the mounting bracket. It really felt like it was putting a tremendous amount of pressure on the CPU.

Overall Review: I have a very low-end micro-ATX case that wouldn't be able to fit a single-tower cooler like the CM 212+/Evo. This one fits the bill. The case doesn't have an optical drive or a dust cover for the opti-bay, so I can hear the fan but only when it's spinning very fast. It also does the job well. It's mounted on an i7 4771, and I don't have a video card in this computer, so I'm using the integrated HD 4600 GPU. At idle, the temperature is 30C. I played Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon on medium settings settings. The CPU temperature stayed below 60. I could probably increase graphics settings to High. I would buy another one of these.

Works great. As advertised.

PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card AXR9 290 4GBD5-PPDHE
PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card AXR9 290 4GBD5-PPDHE

Pros: Enables great high graphics settings in high-end games. Not loud. Good price. Easy to install.

Cons: It doesn't cook me dinner. It can't change the oil in my car. It's not a 290x.

Overall Review: But seriously, I didn't want a 290x. This is a good card. It's in an NZXT H440 with an i5 4690k. Nothing is overclocked. We have been playing Far Cry 4 on High settings with v-sync enabled for around 70-90 frames per second (depending on in-game location) with a peak temperature of 71C. I'm sure we could up it to Very High, although the game is beautiful even on High. Titanfall and Watch Dogs settings are maxed out. I didn't have any trouble installing the hardware or the software. I just had a minor hiccup trying to find the software. I expected it to be on Powercolor's site, but it was actually the standard download on AMD.com. I can hear when the 3 fans are on max, but it's still pretty quiet through the H440 case. I'd definitely recommend this video card, especially when there's a rebate like when I got it.

I'm happy with my purchase.

Astro Gaming A40 Quick Disconnect Connector Circumaural Wired Headset + MixAmp Pro - Black
Astro Gaming A40 Quick Disconnect Connector Circumaural Wired Headset + MixAmp Pro - Black

Pros: -Comfort. The ear cups are spacious. The top and bottom tips of my ears touch the inside of the cups, but the outward face of my ears do not. This is a nice detail because it helps to reduce the feeling that the speakers are simply hanging on my head instead of pressed against my ears. Note: I do not wear eye glasses. -Sound quality. It's my opinion that the clarity of the sound that it offers (without adjustments) is top notch. It has a decent balance of highs/mids/lows. I would say that a user that really insists on a lot of bass might consider a test-drive before a purchase. However, it's also my opinion that heavy bass can be detrimental to overall clarity. -Cables. They're not overly long leaving me thinking, "I just can't manage all this," but they're long enough so that I can sit in front of my television comfortably. There is a variety of cables to connect to everything in my home. I briefly considered the A50, but ultimately decided I didn't want to deal with batteries and the nature of them being consumable.

Cons: -Leaks. They offer no sound isolation at all. This is a double edged sword. If you're a person that is interested in awareness of your surroundings, then this headset is a contender. If you're using a headset for the sake of others, then this might need more research. Listening at what I consider a normal volume might sound to others that you're about to blast your ears off. It's deceiving for the user, and potentially disturbing to any one else in the room. -The price. In spite of the universal connectivity, the good features, and sound quality, I still can't believe I spent as much as I did.

Overall Review: The surround sound effect isn't as precise as I had hoped/imagined. Surround can be turned off/on with a button on the Mixamp, and it's with out a doubt better than regular stereo sound, but it's not close to being as discreet as a regular home theatre. Maybe my brain needs more training to be able to discern the forward-facing sound stage. Left-to-right positioning is spot on, but it also seems to exist in a certain unquantifiable degree of vertical space. The speakers in the ear cups are angled backward a bit. Perhaps with a steeper angle the sound stage precision would be increased. In my research before this purchase, I found that many people's opinion is that the surround-sound effect is better on the A40s than any other headset (including those that use multiple speakers). While I have not tried any of those other ones, the large quantity of those people leaves me comfortable that I bought the best set on the market. The $150 headset-only kit seems to come with the hard-shell case that's sold separately for $20+shipping. (I cannot find the case sold any where else but Astro's website.) I bought their top-of-the-line wired audio system; It would have been nice to have the case included since I use the headset so often (for work and play) in two different locations.