Joined on 07/05/05
Good monitor, great price
Pros: - Very thin + lightweight. - 2 HDMI connectors! (no dvi - see cons). - Slick design - no annoying stickers on the bezel. - Picture looks great. - Lots of screen real estate for a very reasonable price.
Cons: Some minor complaints: - Colors looked washed out + cool until I calibrated with a Spyder 3 Express. The colors look great after calibration though, so be sure to mess with the settings :) - Vertical viewing angles aren't so great, but considering it's 1/2 the price of a cheap IPS panel, it's not a big deal. - Some backlight bleed on the right side. it's not really noticeable unless the screen is completely black. - No DVI out. Although you can buy a cheap HDMI to DVI adapter if you really wanted to use the DVi interface. In my case, the dual HDMI out turned out to be more useful, but I can see how not having a DVI out could be a problem for some people.
Overall Review: I ordered this to use with my laptop and my new PS3 - both connected to the monitor via their own HDMI cable. The input switching is really simple - just tap the button next to the "on" button twice. It's great because I can let the PS3 download something (like the firmware update.... grrr...) and then switch over to my laptop and do something else without having to switch screens. It's great! I listed quite a few cons, but considering how inexpensive this thing is right now, I think it deserves 5 eggs. Newegg shipping was ridiculously awesome! I shipped using the shoprunner 2-day shipping and both this monitor and my PS3 arrived in ONE DAY. Newegg shipping/service rocks.
Amazing Card. 10/10 would buy again
Pros: - Tears through pretty much everything. Crysis 3 on Max @1080p never dips below 40-50fps even while recording with shadowplay. BF4 on ultra @1080p stays above 50fps even in 64 player multiplayer locker where people spam grenades all day. Make mincemeat of any other game. - Awesome driver support and software. Went from an ATI card last gen back to nvidia and I'm glad I made the switch back. Being able to stream and record gameplay (with some very nice HQ compression options) is a huge benefit out of the box. - Runs quiet and cool. Well I would hope so given the fact that there are two giant fans sitting on top :P
Cons: - Anything above 1080p starts to get bottlenecked by the 2GB RAM and the bus width. If you're looking to invest in something more future proof, I'd get a card with 4+ GB/s (and no, you don't get 2x the RAM if you SLI, as the memory is mirrored on each card). - Card is long, but really, is that a con? Really? It should fit in most cases. If you're building an mATX rig make sure to check the case dimensions. For the record, it fits perfectly fine in my NZXT apollo.
Good mouse. Price is a bit steep, considering drawbacks.
Pros: Just fyi: I have small hands and tend to hold my mice "claw style" (my hand lies far back on the mouse, and it move it with my fingers instead of my wrist/arm). - Great tracking - so smooth and responsive. I bought this when it first came out and I was one of the lucky ones to not have any sensor problems (iirc, the philips sensor used in this mouse had some issues where the pointer would move around even if the mouse was still). - Looks awesome. It's like a transformers jet lamborghini with glowing red lights. 'Nuff said. - Customization. It's not just a gimmick. You can genuinely change the feeling of the mouse by swapping out parts and pushing things around. - 5600dpi. 5600. I'll just say that again. 5600. That's more dpi then you will probably ever need (or want). - DPI rocker switch and sniper button. Having physical buttons on the mouse is great for making quick adjustments in-game. The sniper switch works really well for pixel painting in photoshop too :)
Cons: - Weight. Even with all of the weights removed, the mouse is surprisingly hefty. I prefer lighter mouse (because of my grip style). - Iffy build quality. You've probably read some reviews addressing the questionable quality. I'm inclined to agree with the bulk of those reviews, although please read my Other Thoughts for my own experience. - Sensor issues. I was one of the lucky ones who don't have any sensor issues, but I think I am the exception (that is, most people do have sensor issues). Please see my Other Thoughts for more about this (it's an issue in all mice that use the philips twin-eye sensor used in this mouse, including the Razer Imperator) - Price. Yeah, yeah, it had a lot of features, but the mouse doesn't feel like a $100 mouse. It has far too many issues for that price point.
Overall Review: Ok. Let's talk quality. I had this mouse for 14 months before the middle mouse button broke. One day, I was happily scrolling and the scroll button seemed to just "snap off" (indeed that's exactly what happened) and the scroll wheel just spun freely like a flywheel. I was out of warranty, so I had to take it apart and fix it (not that big of a deal, just unscrew everything and superglue the scroll button back onto the click/scroll module). It works fine now, but I've since switched to a Deathadder as my main mouse (using this as a backup). The sensor. iirc, the sensor used in this mouse is a new Philips twin-eye sensor that gives the mouse it's insane 5600dpi. Traditional sensors are mounted perpendicularly to the surface. The twin-eye is actually comprised of two sensors that are angled. When angled correctly, these sensors should function like a super-precise single sensor, but when the angle is slightly off, it causes some major twitching and movement when the mouse is lifted
Pros: Just fyi: I hold the mouse "claw style" (I move the mouse with my fingers, rather than my whole wrist/arm), and I have pretty small hands. - Great ergonomics. I've used this mouse every day for 4+ hours since purchase and I've never ever felt strain on my mouse hand. Ever. It's amazing. *See other thoughts for a comparison to the RAT 7* - Great tracking. Personally, I keep the DPI at 1800 (3500 is a bit too sensitive for me). Mouse movement is really responsive. It just feels right. - I've played SC2, bfbc2, crysis 2, bf3 and a slew of other games with this mouse, and also used it for hours and hours of Photoshop, Maya, and After Effects and it's been a great experience using it in all of those programs. - The software has a big feature set - every single button (including scroll up/down) can be customized and mapped. All lights can be enabled/disabled. Double click speed, polling, dpi, X/Y axis sensitivity as well as pointer sensitivity and acceleration can all be adjusted
Cons: - Back/fwd side buttons. I feel like this is a hard one for manufacturers to make "one size fits all" so I won't hold it against Razer, but with my small hands and grip style, it's a stretch to reach the side button closest to the top of the mouse (button 4). I've found myself thinking I was pressing that button, but actually hitting the back button (button 5) instead. It's not a big deal, and as I said, I have small hands. - Software. Like I said, it works and packs a good feature set BUT the interface is a bit too clunky for my tastes (I'm an interface designer, go figure). (I'm really nitpicking here).
Overall Review: I also have a Cyborg RAT 7 in addition to the Deathadder. I was one of the lucky ones to have a good sensor on the RAT (didn't have the weird tracking issues), but my scroll wheel broke after a while. My warranty was out and I needed a mouse, so I bought the Deathadder. Compared to the RAT, I would say that the Deathadder is much more comfortable to use (given my grip style and hand size). Even with the adjustable parts on the RAT, I couldn't find a configuration quite as comfortable as the Deathadder. The RAT is also much heaver than the Deathadder, even with all of the weights removed (I prefer lighter mice). There are a couple things that I miss from the RAT, . First, the RAT looks insane (in a good way). I also miss the physical DPI buttons on the RAT (including the "sniper" button that reduces DPI when pressed - it was great for pixel painting in photoshop). Obviously this isn't to say that the Deathadder is a bad mouse, but I just thought i would post some thoughts.
Ultra convenient, great sound
Pros: Just plug and play on either your PS3 or your computer. Not having any messy wires to deal with is almost reason enough to pay the $90. They are supremely comfortable and (in my opinion) look just ridiculous enough to be cool. I've been playing the BF3 beta with these and when an RPG screamed over my head in the metro, it sent goosebumps down my spine. Yikes! I didn't think the surround sound would help me to pinpoint enemies, but surprisingly it does. I've heard people mention that the blue light on the mic shines too brightly, but I haven't noticed them at all, even in a pitch black room.
Cons: Like others have mentioned, the low-end suffers when you turn the surround on and the highs get a bit compressed, but you won't notice it after a few minutes and the extra immersion the surround provides outweighs the cons. Also, a mini usb charging cable isn't included. This isn't a problem if you're getting this for your PS3 (you can just use the controller cable to charge), but I just thought I'd point out the fact that it's not included in the package.
Overall Review: I was a bit skeptical of these at first, but I'm very satisfied with what they deliver. The power button also confused the heck out of me the first time haha.
Great deal, get it while it lasts (or until the UC3 bundle comes out)
Pros: It's a PS3, so it plays blu-ray discs, games, netflix, and is just a good all-around media center. This version comes with a 320gb hard drive and Infamous 2, which makes it a great value, considering the 160 GB version is only $50 less. This version (the new slim) has a nice matte finish, which I prefer to the shiny "fat" PS3.
Cons: The disc drive is loud when it loads discs. Not really a deal breaker. It runs silently otherwise.
Overall Review: If you're looking for a PS3 and are on the fence about getting the 160GB version or this bundle, I would recommend the bundle. For only $50 more, you're getting an extra game and twice the space. You may think you don't need all that extra room on your disk, but after installing some games and racking up game saves, you'll be happy for the extra space :) ps newegg shipping was awesome. I ordered the new Acer slim LED monitor and the wireless PS3 headset on the 2-day shoprunner shipping and got it in ONE DAY. newegg shipping and service rocks!