Joined on 08/11/04
Pros: Just an update, Newegg has replaced my TV with a new (undamaged) one, and it is wonderful. The picture is excellent, and the TV is perfect for movies and video games. Also, Newegg's service was extraordinary and they took good care of me as a loyal customer.
Cons: None...other than having to wait a week for the replacement, but it was worth the wait.
Overall Review: This TV is spectacular. My friend has the first generation 720p 50" Samsung, and he tried to convince me that I didn't need 1080p. I am glad that I did not listen to him. Get true HD with this TV. Now I need to build a new gaming PC/media server for this TV...starting to look at maybe Windows Home Server/XPMC dual-boot.
Pros: Nice appearance.
Cons: 1 of 3 cables does not work properly, resulting in occasional (but very noticeable) horizontal red & green lines which flash upon the screen. Also, I cannot get CEC enabled devices to communicate/control one another. For example, my AVR will not automatically switch inputs or turn off other devices with these cables.
Overall Review: I also have several 6' Rosewill Pellucid HDMI cables, all of which work flawlessly. I'd recommend those cables instead.
Fantastic value gaming laptop
Pros: - Best bang for your buck value gaming laptop - AMD Ryzen 5 4600h + nVidia GTX 1660 Ti offers great performance - Attractive, sturdy design - Really nice backlit RGB keyboard - Plays all games at medium to high graphics settings
Cons: - Should come with 16 GB (8x2) RAM - Should come with AX-200 Wi-Fi card - Screen is only 250 nits, which may not be bright enough for rooms with a lot of natural light - There are no easy upgrade doors, you have to remove the entire bottom panel to access the upgrade slots.
Overall Review: I bought two of these ASUS TUF Gaming FA506IU laptops while on sale and these are really great little value oriented gaming laptops. Plan on adding another 8 GB SO-DIMM, a second M.2 NVME SSD and upgrade the Wi-Fi card to AX-200 while you are in there. The screen isn't too bad, actually one of the more uniform IPS panels but it doesn't get very bright. Yes, the fans are loud while playing games but most people will be using a headset and won't notice, and this is just like every portable gaming laptop. I can definitely recommend this laptop for those on a budget. The Ryzen 5 4600h is an excellent 6c/12t CPU, scores almost 500 in CPU-Z for single-thread and over 4,000 on the multi-thread benchmark. And the 1660 Ti is within about 5-10% of the RTX 2060 in most games, so this makes for a solid gaming experience.
Nice gaming laptop
Pros: - Solid hardware - Excellent performance - Attractive design - Nice backlit chiclet keyboard - 144 Hz 15.6" screen - Good form factor (balance of size/weight and performance/screen) - Minimal bloatware
Cons: - Not a metal chassis - Screen has backlight bleeding/blooming/uniformity issues at edges/corners
Overall Review: The Aorus 5 probably offers the best value for a performance gaming laptop right now, especially when on sale. I would definitely recommend it for gaming on the go if you need a balance of performance and mobility. The fans are loud when the system is under load, but it is keeping the hardware cool and really isn't noticeable if you wear a headset. My only real complaint is screen uniformity and blooming along the edges and corners of the IPS screen, primarily noticeable on dark/black backgrounds. Otherwise, this is an excellent laptop for gamers and I would by it again.
The i7-7700K is the best gaming CPU in 2017
Pros: -Best gaming chip in 2017 -Very good overall performance -Fast cores (high frequency x high IPC) -Overclockable (4.5 GHz to 5.0 GHz or higher if you win the silicon lottery) -Excellent value at the end of 2017 thanks to holiday sale pricing and competition from AMD
Cons: -Runs hot, needs a good heatsink/cooler -Only 4 cores/8 threads compared to AMD's best Ryzen/Threadripper chips -Performance hasn't improved that much since my i7-4790K from 2014 -AMD offers better multi-threaded performance for encoding, simulations, etc
Overall Review: -Intel i7-7700K (current OC 4.55 GHz @ 1.1v) -Asus Z270 TUF Mark 1 -64 GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR-4 3000 -XFX RX580 XXX 8 GB -Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB, 2x Samsung EVO 500 GB, 1x Crucial MX200 512 GB, 2x WD Raptor 500 GB -Corsair Carbide Air 540 Case -Corsair HX750 Power Supply
Pros: As others have already pointed out, this is the revised PS4 CUH-1215A model; matte black, physical buttons, a bit lighter, quieter and more efficient. So far, it seems to run smooth after installing the update, and it plays the games that the kids want. I have yet to try streaming (but I'm guessing that it will be better than the PS3).
Cons: Cost seems a bit high to me, I don't think it is quite as good as my PS3 Slim for Blu-Ray playback, and only two USB ports on the front.
Overall Review: I got this primarily for the kids so that they could play Disney Infinity, which will probably end up costing as much as the console itself once we've acquired all of the characters.