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Mark T.

Mark T.

Joined on 01/06/03

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Most Favorable Review

So far, so good

Pixio PX277 Prime 27 inch 165Hz IPS 1ms (MPRT) HDR WQHD 2560 x 1440 Wide Screen Display 1440p 165Hz Flat AMD Radeon FreeSync Premium Esports IPS Gaming Monitor
Pixio PX277 Prime 27 inch 165Hz IPS 1ms (MPRT) HDR WQHD 2560 x 1440 Wide Screen Display 1440p 165Hz Flat AMD Radeon FreeSync Premium Esports IPS Gaming Monitor

Pros: - price/features is a good deal - Pixio support via their contact form got an immediate response and, after registration of the the product and a pseudo-RMA (not returning anything to them).. the problem below is handled.

Cons: The stand support screws were missing. Not in box. BUT they are on the way. As I said above, Pixio support was stellar.

Overall Review: looks sharp so far.. have not put it through its paces, game-wise.. but others have and I watched a few reviews.. expect good performance.

Most Critical Review

hit or miss?

Kodak Z990 Black 12 MP 30X Optical Zoom 28mm Wide Angle Digital Camera
Kodak Z990 Black 12 MP 30X Optical Zoom 28mm Wide Angle Digital Camera

Pros: wow.. if it did everything the specs say it can do it is a world-beater, especially at these prices. In-Camera HDR was what got me to pop on this purchase. When all things go well and it takes a nice photo, it is VERY NICE. HDR allows for more details in the shadow and bright areas than one is used to seeing.

Cons: as others have said, I found the autofocus difficult to work with, slow, and ended up with noisy pics compared to my Kodak Z950, which I LOVE... but it is a compact. I thought a bigger zoom, lens and cmos sensor would retire my Z950.

Overall Review: I tested this off a tripod in varied light and I am afraid that the cost of a second camera for the few times everything goes well is not there, in my case. I think I would have to take more shots to insure I get good one, with this camera. But maybe it was just the unit I had.. perhaps the best reviews here really are descriptive of the units they got. At this price I would suggest buy it, test the hell out of it, and keep it if it is a good one. I have seen soft photos from many 14MP cameras. This is every bit as good as them and can do more.

Nice case as recommended by LTT

NZXT H510 - Compact ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case - Front I/O USB Type-C Port - Tempered Glass Side Panel - Cable Management System - Water-Cooling Ready - Steel Construction - Black, CA-H510B-B1
NZXT H510 - Compact ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case - Front I/O USB Type-C Port - Tempered Glass Side Panel - Cable Management System - Water-Cooling Ready - Steel Construction - Black, CA-H510B-B1

Pros: - ample room - included hardware - single case-wires connector for mobo (also comes with an adapter to break out cables for a non-standard mobo) - fit and finish were nice - tempered glass - understated look.. though I might have preferred no glass with more soundproofed steel - a couple nice quiet fans preinstalled

Cons: - more IO ports on case would have been nice... maybe a built-in card reader or slot for it.. but this works fine, and, really, if I demanded that I would have just bought a different case.

Overall Review: To be honest, I chose this because it appeared in a recent Linus Tech Tips video about an easy build putting in an ASUS ITX board into a regular-sized case.. and that's what I wanted (in case I ever replace this and want to stick into a tin case for an alternate use). What funny is he had a more recent video asking why everyone is buying a case by a different mfg.. and that is the case I bought for my own personal build. NZXT will definitely be on the list to consider for my next build.

So far, so good.

ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 Video Card TUF-RTX3070TI-O8G-GAMING
ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 Video Card TUF-RTX3070TI-O8G-GAMING

Overall Review: The 8GB 3070ti replaced a 1080ti that had a lot of memory. I am unclear about this.. but my gut is telling me that its render times in Hitfilm Pro took a hit. But I do video stuff rarely and don't really have a solid basis for comparison. But the perception was bad enough that I replaced the drivers a couple times and ended up using the Nvidia Studio drivers and still it did not feel as capable as the 1080ti.

This review for both keyboard and the Corsair lapdesk product it is meant for

CORSAIR K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Backlit Blue LED, Cherry MX Red
CORSAIR K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Backlit Blue LED, Cherry MX Red

Pros: fits the "Corsair K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard for the K63 Wireless Keyboard" perfectly.. meant for it. wireless mechanical, good switches.. no lag I can see

Cons: needs somewhat frequent charging only does blue LED but brightness is very adjustable while in the mentioned lap desk it is on the left side with a mousepad on right.. great for gaming but for, say, typing this review, it has me with an awkward lean to the left. it is what it is... the two products together.. with the substantial, quality padding beneath the lap desk.. end up kinda heavy.

Overall Review: Love the "Corsair K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard for the K63 Wireless Keyboard" with this keyboard. Great for gaming and browsing... might need a different solution for a lot of typing so you can center the keyboard part on your lap. Beats the heck out of my old setup.. a cobbled-together wooden lap desk with a keyboard and mousepad and mouse on it. With all parts capable of sliding around when it is time to get up off the chair/couch.

possible conflicts with ASUS B550 board.

CORSAIR QL Series, iCUE QL120 RGB, 120mm RGB LED PWM White Fan, Triple Fan Kit with Lighting Node CORE - CO-9050104-WW
CORSAIR QL Series, iCUE QL120 RGB, 120mm RGB LED PWM White Fan, Triple Fan Kit with Lighting Node CORE - CO-9050104-WW

Pros: RGB! QUIET EFFICIENT 3-pack! unified fan controller to hide wires

Cons: the 6 port fan controller (with each fan getting a power and RGB port) sounds great in practice, but with my ASUS ProArt B550 Creator MOBO it is not seen by the Corsair ICUE software.

Overall Review: Nice quiet RGB fans with rubber cushion built-in. This is keeping the case cool and it is paired with a 3-fan Corsair AIO CPU radiator. All fans light with the pattern seen on the box. However the Corsair ICUE4 (or ICUE3 for that matter) fails to see the fan controller which gets SATA power from my Corsair PSU (all fans light and spin).. the fan controller is also plugged into the CPU Fan control header as required. But something is wrong..the ICUE software doesn't see it.. so I cannot use it to do fan speed controls, profiles, or RGB color chances or patterns. I am hoping future updates to mobo and corsair drivers fix this at some point.. others seem to have similar issues.