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Brian M.

Brian M.

Joined on 09/18/10

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Most Favorable Review

Corsair Force MP600 2-TB has been working flawlessly

Corsair Force MP600 M.2 2280 2TB PCI-Express Gen 4.0 x4 NVMe 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F2000GBMP600
Corsair Force MP600 M.2 2280 2TB PCI-Express Gen 4.0 x4 NVMe 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F2000GBMP600

Pros: Stable, fast, works flawlessly in a TUF X570 with Gen 4 PCIe. 2 TB is a great size because it allows highspeed for large files which is normal - videos, games, HD photos. Video editing is fast, games load quickly, price is fine (latest & greatest).

Cons: No cons

Overall Review: Buy it

Most Critical Review

Completely worthless and misleading

AMD Free Gift - Play Halo Infinite with 1 Month of Xbox Game Pass
AMD Free Gift - Play Halo Infinite with 1 Month of Xbox Game Pass

Pros: There is nothing good about this. It is not even a promo. Not sure why they tied the promo to Halo Infinite because when you have an Xbox Live subscription you can play all Microsoft's games. I find it odd for AMD to get involved in this because AMD's CPUs are actually very good on their own and don't need promos to boost sales. Microsoft benefits more than AMD because many people will forget to cancel their Xbox subscription by 30 days (it automatically renews).

Cons: Had to open a new account with AMD, download an app to verify the CPU, then go to another AMD website, then to a Microsoft Xbox site where Halo Infinite Multiplayer is free anyway. The Campaign might have been fun but I couldn't get it to download. AMD did provide a 25 digit key but I couldn't use it to redeem the game. Xbox live site didn't recognize the key. I reached out to AMD for help and they replied, "This promotion does not include a copy of Halo Infinite, it only provides a key for a 1 month subscription to Xbox Game Pass through which the game can be accessed." OK - so call the Promo "30 Day Xbox Game Pass"!

Overall Review: The promo is a subscription that YOU have to continue paying if you want to play Halo Infinite Campaign longer than 30 days. AMD, keep making good CPUs but you can keep your lousy promos.

Potentially a Good Mouse but having random DPI drops

Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse with Hero 25K Sensor, PowerPlay Compatible, Tunable Weights and Lightsync RGB - Black
Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse with Hero 25K Sensor, PowerPlay Compatible, Tunable Weights and Lightsync RGB - Black

Pros: The included weights allowed me to transition from a much larger and heavier Logitech mouse to this one. I wheel can free-spin or notch-roll and I use both types of scrolling all the time. G-Hub allows me to set different DPI for regular desktop use and another DPI for specific games. The mouse charges quickly and the batteries last days.

Cons: My hand is too big for this mouse - the palm of my hand doesn't rest on the back of the mouse so I hold it mostly with my fingers. The mouse is also narrower than my last one which means I cup my hand more...and the mouse isn't tall enough to fit into my hand. That leads into the next issue. This is a narrow and slightly short mouse. The DPI Shift button on the thumb rest is the only part of the mouse I touch on the left side. Gently holding the button while gaming isn't easy. I pressed it so many times accidently I had to disable it. The DPI is randomly shifting down on its own in the middle of a game. It only happens when I am holding the primary button 1 down (firing a weapon) and moving by pressing the ASDW keys. Suddenly my DPI falls so low I cannot move the mouse fast enough to track the opponent. This is a consistent problem that I have not been able to resolve. I uninstalled the old mouse drives, deleted old folders, reinstalled these drivers. I removed all but one DPI settings for this particular game (BF5) leaving just the single DPI I want. I disabled the thumb DPI-Shift button. Still happens every game. I cannot find any other binding, macros or hot-keys that would cause a 1 second mouse hold to do this. This is probably an easy fix but I cannot find that fix and will likely need to just buy a new mouse that doesn't have this issue. It might be a G-Hub software issue, a Win 10 issue, or the mouse itself - at this point I don't know. This mouse without the DPI issue would be 3 stars for my large hands, probably 4 or 5 stars for smaller hands.

Overall Review: This is a narrow mouse so I only recommend it to people with smaller hands. The G502 is very responsive and the charge lasts a long time even when gaming. It has weights that can be added or removed which means everyone can find the perfect weight. I am experiencing an issue where the DPI randomly drops in a game while firing. I believe this is a one-off and not happening to everyone. In summary the DPI issue was a 2 egg issue. The size and location of the DPI-Shift button is a 1 egg issue. The G502 is too narrow so my palm rests mostly on the mouse pad but that isn't ideal for gaming because I have to lift my arm more to play - arm and shoulder gets tired. That's an egg.

The WDS100T3X0C 1-Tb is struggling with boot issues on the X570 chipset

Western Digital WD BLACK SN750 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 64-layer 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T3X0C
Western Digital WD BLACK SN750 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 64-layer 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T3X0C

Pros: Advertised as Gen 4 PCIe, M.2 drive, works great on "Gen 3" PCIe chipset (X470)...

Cons: Issues on X570 chipset. Purchased 2 of these and installed them in 2 new X570 TUF motherboards with Ryzen 3600 CPUs. Had issues getting through the initial install on both systems. Updated BIOSs on MBs, issues remained, did a drive "clean" on both SSDs and managed to get one system installed...it took several tries, seems to finally be stable. Thinking the other was a motherboard issue I exchanged it for another TUF X570. That helped, I was able to get Windows installed (required formatting the drive again). Still not working properly, not stable, boot issues & drive hangs at POST or drive is not recognized. Sometimes I can Ctrl-Alt-Delete and reboot into Windows, other times holding power button won't reset it. Need to cut power then reset the bios before it can POST. A successful boot is not without issues - HD seems to have long delays with the HD light staying solid on for extra long time. Still thinking it was an issue with TUF X570s I returned the motherboard to Asus who checked it, tested, they could not find a problem and could not repeat the issue. During that 5 week wait I had put the same WD Black SN750 into an older model Asus MB (x470). I has been running perfectly the entire time. Using a another manufacturer's Gen 4, M.2 and the same TUF MB I built a 3rd system which went perfect from start to finish. It appears this drive and the x570 chipset do not get along.

Overall Review: I would not recommend the WD Black SN750 1-Tb for the X570 chipset with Gen 4.0 PCIe. Boot issues and hangs, frequently would not POST. I would recommend it for earlier chipsets with Gen 3.0 PCIe. The price is reasonable compared to other drives, it was fast and stable on an X470 chipset. This review however specifically reflects my expectation that it work flawlessly on the new X570 chipset - it didn't. It also reflects that the WD software reported no issues, no new firmware updates and the several months of trouble-shooting this has cost me. Still without a stable system.

Avoid even if free

New Black Hands-Free Wireless Bluetooth A2DP Audio Music transmitter Dongle
New Black Hands-Free Wireless Bluetooth A2DP Audio Music transmitter Dongle

Pros: It comes with the necessary cables and adapters, I especially liked the solid metal audio plug. The instructions are written well enough to make sense in English.

Cons: Poor design and quality prevent this device from working at any price. First, you have to re-synch the device every time you turn it on - the power button is the synch button. For me that meant holding and pushing a series of buttons on 2 devices every time I wanted to listen to music - it doesn't have a memory that lets it automatically connect. Second, the audio quality is reduced by this transmitter. Third, it automatically turns itself off between each song. No idea why but I'm guessing its the decrease in volume/signal. Something that was not advertised. Yes, if I chose to use this device I would have to re-synch it to my headphones after every song.

Overall Review: My plan was to use my old Zune player with wireless headphones. With this transmitter I noticed a significant drop in audio range (not attributed to the headphones). Because it turned off after every song I had to switch to using my phone, and the phone sounded so much better...my phone does not produce better sound than my Zune player. In case it matters you to..."made in China". Since there were no reviews before mine I have no way of knowing if the powering off is caused by a defect or poor design. Regardless, the reduction in audio quality and having to re-synch every time you turn it on is something to be aware of.

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Convertible 30-Pair Shoe Rack Tower with Zippered Cover
Convertible 30-Pair Shoe Rack Tower with Zippered Cover

Pros: It was inexpensive and I've been needing a shoe rack, but I wasn't sure which door to put one next to. Well...this one is modular so I was able to have shoe racks by both doors and even by the garage entrance. I can combine pieces later if I change my mine. Although made of plastic it appears sturdy - certainly sturdy enough to hold shoes.

Cons: The instructions were translated poorly - so poorly it was my favorite part of the experience - after all, how excited can you get over a shoe rack? You don't need instructions, I simply glanced at the instructions and had a good laugh.

Overall Review: I threw the cover a way, just don't need it. The shoe rack is very light weight and if all the modules were stacked to make one tall rack it would likely tip easily. You could strap it to the wall but needs some space from the wall so shoes fit.