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Matthew H.

Matthew H.

Joined on 03/10/11

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Most Favorable Review

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RAPOO VPRO V500L Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Blue Switches, Red LED, Aluminum Frame, 6.0 Feet Braided Cable Wire Grade-A Refurbished "Like New"
RAPOO VPRO V500L Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Blue Switches, Red LED, Aluminum Frame, 6.0 Feet Braided Cable Wire Grade-A Refurbished "Like New"

Pros: -Low cost. -Sound I was looking for a nice clicky keyboard with Cherry blue (or equivalent) switches and this board does not disappoint. It's definitely got that classic blue sound.

Cons: -Cable is a little short. 6 feet may sound like a lot. But trust me, it aint. -No USB pass-through. -Intensity of red backlight isnt adjustable beyond having it off or making it "breath". Which is an effect I cant believe anyone finds appealing. -Red backlight. Maybe I'm just a cranky old man, but the only backlight colors that arent garish and ugly are white and amber. And it darn well better have a dimmer. Get off my lawn.

Overall Review: So far, despite the cons I listed, I'm impressed with the feel of it. Its heavy and feels pretty good. I'll probably be shifting it into the closet as my backup board someday. Once I find a replacement that has all the features I desire that is. But in the meantime I feel this was money well spent.

Most Critical Review
Intel BOXDX79SI LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel BOXDX79SI LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Nice looking. Works. Lots of features. Fast.

Cons: As a previous review mentioned the thing BSOD's all the time. I'm glad he posted his review about it being the USB 3.0 drivers because I removed the drivers and deactivated it in the BIOS which so far has solved my BSOD on restrt/shutdown issue. The last two days it been running stable and is doing a great job. Hopefully Intel releases an update that solves the USB 3.0 issues as I would love to use it. In the meantime I'll just live with 2.0 and if need be in a year or so replace this with a socket 2011 third party board that has proven itself.

Awesome cooling, EPIC customer service.

be quiet! DARK ROCK PRO 3 Silentwings CPU Cooler 250W TDP - BK019
be quiet! DARK ROCK PRO 3 Silentwings CPU Cooler 250W TDP - BK019

Pros: Keeps my i7 7700k below 60c even under load. Extremely quiet Looks great. No pointless LED lighting

Cons: Only thing I can think of is I had some difficulty installing it in my existing system because you have to have your tower standing up to do so. Unless you want to take your motherboard out and install it that way.

Overall Review: A few months ago I put together an entirely new build and found that I had lost a few pieces of the hardware to mount this cooler on my new LGA1151 (coming from an LGA2011 v1). So being the impatient type I went out and bought a AIO Corsair water cooler. After just a few months I couldnt stand the fan noise anymore so I contacted Be Quiet and asked if there was any way to buy the mounting hardware so I could go back to my nice, silent air cooler. In response they mailed me an entire Intel mounting kit for free. All the way from Germany. I may go back to an AIO water cooler since these 7700k's run pretty hot, but if I do, it'll be the Be Quiet Silent Loop and not the Corsair unit I already have. They've earned my continued business for sure.

So far so good. With once caveat.

EVGA Z270 Classified K, 134-KS-E279-KR, LGA 1151, Intel Z270, HDMI, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.1, USB 3.0, EATX, Intel Motherboard
EVGA Z270 Classified K, 134-KS-E279-KR, LGA 1151, Intel Z270, HDMI, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.1, USB 3.0, EATX, Intel Motherboard

Pros: Sturdy PCB, tons of fan headers, and best of all IT'S NOT DRIPPING IN HIDEOUS LEDs. Seriously. I cant wait until this RGB fad is over. There are better reviewed boards out there but they all look like a 1970's discotheque puked all over them.

Cons: This was a big problem for me as it required me to break out the Dremel and modify my case. Many of the headers are parallel with the board. A nice touch for for someone looking for a neat build with as few visible wires as possible, but a major issue for certain PC cases. Mainly, and most annoyingly, the main power connector and the front panel USB 3.0 connector. If you own a case that has a recessed area for the board to nestle in like the Corasir 500R that I own, you wont be able to connect your power supply or front panel USB 3.0 to the board unless you modify the case or have very small headers on those wires. It wasnt difficult to cut chunks out of the case, but it might be a major roadblock for someone without the tools or confidence to do so.

Overall Review: Other than the issues with the cables I had no problem getting up and running. I dont overclock, but I buy hardware designed for it because its bulletproof and will last forever if you run at out of the box speeds like I do and this board looks and feels like its going to perform flawlessly for years to come. If you do overclock, the BIOS is dripping with all kinds of options and numbers that I dont understand and should make even the most discriminating hardware inquisitor take notice.

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Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound, Wireless Headphones with Microphone
Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound, Wireless Headphones with Microphone

Pros: Everything. Great sound, comfortable design and the batteries last a decent amount considering the size.

Cons: The one and only con I have is the power button. Its tiny and a pain in the but to press. A simple switch like the one on the set to switch between surround and stereo would be 100% better.

Overall Review: My one other recommendation is to take the USB antennae and put it in the computer or a powered USB hub. For some reason, when its plugged into the charging puck that comes with the unit it consistently causes tons of popping in the headset. No other USB plug in my system causes this problem.

Issues with ears.

Philips Sonicare Xtreme 3000 Battery Sonic Toothbrush
Philips Sonicare Xtreme 3000 Battery Sonic Toothbrush

Pros: Cleans your teeth better than any manual or electric on the market.

Cons: After about a week of using this brush I began to notice a "wooshing" sound in my right ear. After a month it had progressed to pretty much full blown tinnitus. It took me a while to realize the correlation between the sonic toothbrush and when I began to notice the problems with my ear. I stopped using the brush and the problem went away after a few weeks. In the meantime, my wife had started using the brush. After about a week she told me she felt a strange "wooshing" in her ears. Keep in mind: I had never mentioned the problem to her. After discarding the thing and going back to normal brushes we are both fine again.

Overall Review: Maybe it was just the unit we had was vibrating at the wrong frequency or something, but I'm not willing to risk it causing me permanent hearing damage.