Date Joined: 12/10/08
Pros: Very comfortable. I even bought a second one after this one died.
Cons: This one died after a year. The second one also died after a year. I have given up on Astro. Sorry.
Overall Review: I would not purchase.
Overall Review: Had to reformat to NTFS for my LG television to read it. Other than that, good to go.
Pros: Looks nice. Priced appropriately.
Cons: The Keyboard is just a loose item. It does not connect in any way to the case like an actual Clamcase branded case. A couple of the images in the pictures are not this item at all. I will be returning this item. I have already ordered a Clamcase branded case.
Pros: Great product. Works very well with most Blue Tooth devices.
Cons: Does not work well with iPhone when iPhone is in pocket. It will lose signal regularly. And yet, it works great with my TV at great distance.
Pros: Great size. Resolution and fps is what you would want until you make the jump to 4K or 144FPS. Purchased one for home $799. Purchased another 18 months later for work for $599.
Cons: Need to turn down the brightness out of the box.
Pros: Amazing sound. Bose range. Bose enthusiasts will understand that statement. They are great for all activities. I use them in the gym, on the bike, running and in the car. The microphone is reasonably located and the sound quality captured by the mic is ok when in its default position. the mic is great when you hold it up to your mouth.
Cons: They last about two years. This will be my fifth pair since Bose started selling these in-ear earphones. I use them every day. I take care of them but the everyday use takes its toll. The wire comes out of the connector and out of the ear pieces over time and it will eventually compromise the product. I have just accepted this problem and continue to buy them. However, I sure wish they could find the answer to it.
I am buying the three year warranty on these things. I never buy warranties. However, I guarantee that mine will die before three years are up. I hope the warranty actually covers the wire issues.
Overall Review: I also have a pair of the Bose noise cancelling headphones. they are pricey but I love them. My wife hates how they feel in her ear. She prefers this set since this one does not attempt to seal your ear canal..
Pros: I purchased two of these for my two boat batteries. They trickle about 2V for most of the day. These were a replacement for an identical pair that I was using for the past four years. The old ones finally stopped pushing a charge for whatever reason. They are small and easy to pull out and throw on the roof of the boat when I return from a day on the water. They also make a for a nice safety net for the times that I forget to use them at the dock and find myself on the water with weak batteries.
They deliver a nice reliable charge according to my voltmeter. I am able to manage the charge level by managing location in relation to shade.
Cons: These are not waterproof out of the box. You must apply a bead of silicone to the outer edges where the plastic meets the clear glass if you plan to keep them out in the weather. Mine are in constant sunlight/rain all day and all night. The silicone method works great.
Overall Review: I manage my charge with strategic placement. I know where to put these to get a few hours of charge per day. Overcharge is something you make be aware of. Just find an area that receives shade and sunlight during the day. You only need a few hours of sunlight per day to maintain a boat battery.
Pros: I purchased this credit when it was on sale for $17. No brainer. Just apply the code that they give you into Skype and you are good to go.
Pros: Works as advertised. Seems well built despite the low price. Works great with our iPhones and iPads.
Pros: This is a quality board. I am coming from a four year old Asus so perhaps my view is skewed compared to those who buy a new board every year.
The on-board sound is very good. Digital output and surround.
There are plenty of options and a bunch of fan connectors. It even comes with an expansion fan controller. I didn't realize that when I ordered it. It also comes with an M.2 card in case you don't want to use the slow on the board.
Everything lines up just fine with my case.
The board looks nice and feels solid.
I am having no stability issues.
Cons: The layout of several things is puzzling to me. The USB3 connector interferes with the installation of a second video card (for 28 lane configurations). I use two NVidea 980 cards and the second one is a problem.
Overall Review: Overclocking went fine for me. The Asus software helped me identify my limits. However, my Win 8.1 did not like to BSOD and my machine wouldn't boot. I had to fall back to my last saved state (which fortunately was shortly before I moved the drive into the new machine).
For the novice, I recommend trying a couple of easy settings for overclocking.
Go into the BIOS and go to advanced. In the AI tweaker try the following:
if you enable memory XMP at 2400 MHz or higher, your base clock will jump to 125 MHz
If you have good RAM you can set your AI Overclock Tuner to XMP. This will set your BCLK frequency to 125MHz.
This will also set your RAM to 2400 MHz. If you do not have 2400MHz RAM then feel free to leave the AI Overclock tuner alone.
Set the per core Turbo multiplier at a maximum of your liking.
I use XMP which defaults to 125MHz and I settled on a multiplier off 35 which gave me 4375MHz.
(If you did not use XMP then your multiplier would be 44 to hit 4400MHz.)
For my setup I use a CPU voltage override of 1.3. I personally prefer not to push my CPU over 1.3 Volts.
I needed 1.4 Volts to reach 4500 MHz (Turbo multiplier of 36) so I chose to reduce everything once I found my limits.
Save and Exit BIOS / EFI
1 x Intel Core i7-5820K Haswell-E – Perfect for me.
1 x ASUS X99-DELUXE Motherboard – Love it!
1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 2400 (PC4-19200)
1 x Cooler Master Seidon 240M 240mm Radiator and 2 Fans – Reasonably happy with it.
1 x EVGA SuperNOVA 1000W PSU
1 x Thermaltake Overseer Case / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case – Love it!
1 x ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
2 x ASUS STRIX-GTX980
1 x SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE1T0BW 2.5" 1TB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) – Waiting on M.2 prices to drop.
1 x Perixx PX-1100 Backlit Keyboard - Red/Blue/Purple Illuminated Keys
1 x Mad Catz M.M.O. 7 MCB437130002/04/1 Black 15 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB 2.0 Wired Laser Mouse
2 x Thermaltake CL-F016-PL20BU-A 200mm Blue LED Pure Series Quiet High Airflow Case Fan
1 x Antec 761345-75024-0 120mm Blue LED 3-Speed Case Cooling Fan
Pros: Great CPU. Was able to overclock it with complete stability at around 4.4GHz and 1.3V using the Asus X99 Deluxe board.
Fantastic price for a 4.4GHz chip with 6 cores.
28 lanes are plenty for the average user. Just enough lanes for most gamers.
A little less heat with 6 cores vs. the 8 cores of the 5960X.
A whole heck of a lot cheaper per core than the other two options. The 5820K rings in at $63/per core vs $131/core for the 5960X and $97/core for the 5930K.
Ignore the GHz rating. You will be able to very easily get another 800MHz or more out of this thing.
Cons: The money you save on the chip will be spent on the move to DDR4. DDR4 prices make this a questionable purchase at this time. If you have a bunch of DDR3 sitting around when you upgrade then I would strongly consider a 4000 series chip. In my case I was not replacing my existing rig so I was going to need new RAM. It made more since to me to go ahead and start the buildup of DDR4 rather than buy RAM that I would need to replace in a few years (even at these prices).
The enthusiast will still be a slave to the silicon lottery.
Overall Review: Some clarity on lanes for the average buyer: Lanes refer to communication lanes to the card that is inserted in a slot. The average user will have a video card in a slot and that card will use 16 lanes. If you decide to add a second video card for SLI or crossfire, your second card will utilize 8 lanes. This is fine. You will see little to no speed degradation with this setup compared to using 2 cards at 16 lanes each (with a 5930K or 5960X). There are plenty of benchmarks available on the web that prove this statement. The same goes for 3 cards all running at 8 lanes.
Where things get tricky is for the enthusiast who wants four video cards or for someone who wants to add other cards to their three or four GPU setup. I plan to run two GTX980s (SLI) and I plan to add M.2 storage. The GTX980s will take 16 and 8 lanes for a total of 24 lanes. The M.2 will take four lanes. I’m now at the CPU max of 28 lanes. That’s all I can add. So in my case I needed to make sure to get a board with the other options that I wanted such as high quality sound since I wouldn't be able to add a sound board. No problem. I went with the Asus x99 Deluxe. You cannot have four video cards with this chip. If you’re sinking that kind of bank into GPU’s then you shouldn’t be looking here anyway.
Intel’s unwillingness to tighten their standards and/or to test their chip lots to a higher degree has left a lot to chance in the silicon lottery. They have chosen a very conservative frequency that they know all of their production runs can achieve. Therefore, overclocking is now a must if you want to get to the real value of your chip. Don’t run these at stock. Intel has made these chips affordable by leaving the testing to us.
Easy OC 4.2GHz at 1.2V. Even a rookie can do this.
Likely OC 4.3 at 1.2V-1.3V
Good OCs 4.4-4.5 at 1.2-1.3V
Very good: 4.6 at 1.3 to 1.35V
I don’t like to go over 1.3V (unless I’m trying to show off). Never get the temp above 80C unless you really know what you’re doing.
Pros: I purchased this to add a third monitor to an AMD 5870 card. It works like a champ.
Pros: It works just fine. Charges through the lightning port and plays sound through the headphone/mic jack.
Cons: Will not work if you have a phone case with anything between the lightning port and headphone jack (as is the case with most cases).
Overall Review: I cut out the rubber between my jacks on my UAG case for my older iPhone 5 and that works fine. I just use that one for supplying Pandora to my stereo system.
Pros: I purchased two of these and they work ok. Easy to change channels as you travel. Good signal strength. A good solution for those without a USB port in their car.
Cons: The charger for the iPhone 5/6 is unreliable. One device charges, the other didn't Now they are both unreliable (after 6 months). This is a common problem with these types of units.
Overall Review: It would be great if they just offered an FM transmitter with a USB port so I could use my own cable.
Pros: The holder is great.
Cons: I really, really wanted to love this thing. The problem is the charger for my iPhone. It just doesn't work reliably. A simple USB port that would have allowed me to use my own cable would have been fine with me.
Overall Review: I have tried several of these types of devices and all of them have similar issues with charging cables. I have 5 iPhone 5/6s in my family and some work better than others with various chargers. In the end, the anwser is to buy one that allows you to use a high quality cable via a USB port.
Pros: I purchased this mouse in hopes of finding a more comfortable gaming mouse. I use one of the Razor models which require a claw grip. I have to say that this is one of the most comfortable mice I have ever used. I purchased a second one for work. The funny thing is that I still use the Razor for gaming since it just doesn't have enough buttons for me.
Cons: Could use some more buttons if you are gaming.
Overall Review: I plan to try the RATT 7 MMO next. But I still love this mouse and hope Logitech keeps it around.
Pros: This part number os for a single unit. Do not buy this. Get the pair for a few dollars more. I made the mistake of purchasing this one thinking it was a pair (it was not well marked in the description). Of note, I got this on Newegg from Humble Brothers and they handled the exchange for me seamlessly. They were very nice to work with.
Cons: Once I got the pair I set this up to run audio from a Uverse box to a stereo about 12 feet away. It really never worked very well. If someone walks between the devices you get static (at the decibel of the volume which is quite disruptive). I sometimes get a high pitched whine. I will have to do some spectrum analysis to see what is interfering with the signal but for now this solution did not work for me.
Pros: I tried the Tartarus first and it just didn't have enough rows. It never felt right. I moved to this one and love it! It took me a few days to get used to it but I will not go back to the keyboard. It feels great to use. I no longer have wrist pain or and carpal tunnel symptoms when I use this for extended periods of time (as opposed to using a keyboard). All keys are programmable in the software. You can also program macros in the Synapse software.
Cons: I'm not a huge fan of the Razer Synapse software but it is improving slowly. The average user should be pleased with it. It will not interfere with anything you are doing and your settings will transport to other computers when you log on.
Pros: First off, I love the concept of the gaming keypad and Razer makes a fine product. The construction quality was good. The key lighting was good.
Cons: I used this one for about a week. It doesn't have enough buttons for the gamer who uses his or her pinky to hit the ctrl key on a regular basis AND has to use the escape key on a regular basis, this isn't going to be the solution for you. There are only three rows of keys so, in a typical WASD hand position nothing feels right when your hand goes looking for CTRL, TAB or ESC. If you are playing FPS games this will get you killed. I sent this back and I almost never send things back.
Overall Review: Of note, I decided to Razer Orbweaver Gaming Keypad a try (at a higher price than this model) and I love it!!! Spend the extra $$ to get something you will like.
Pros: Well, the one nice thing I can say about Windows 8 in my application is the way it handles multiple screens. I like the simple things like wetting different wallpapers and toolbars for each monitor. I feel more confident with Windows 8 (over 7) as I move into the UHD realm.
Another nice feature is your ability to sync your settings across multiple computers.
The auto window color adjustment to match the background is a cute feature.
Startup is faster than Windows 7.
Cons: Well, I could write a book here but I don't know that it will be useful for buyers. So, I will just write a few simple gripes. Metro. Hate it. Please get rid of it. Apps. Hate them. Refuse to use them. I uninstall them. I cannot stand when an app seizes my screen and takes over my 'desktop'. All of a sudden I am pulled into Metro. I understand the need to compete with Apple to get the IOS generation kids. I understand the need to unify mobile and desktop on a single platform. But wow, they missed with this one.
Overall Review: I hate it but I buy it. Ahh the world of the monopoly.
Pros: This has been a very good case. It looks good and it is made of high quality material. I recently moved to the iPad Air and was dissapointed to have to go with a different case since this one won't fit the Air.
Cons: It would have been nice if this had a slightly more pronounced catch for standing the iPad at its highes angle. My iPad fell quite a bit from the highest angle if I did any sort of typing such as typing in my passcode.
Pros: Installed in a center console boat. It is exposed to the sun every day on my lift. It still works after a year
Cons: The hose started to yellow after about 9 months in the sun. If your boat is covered this should not be an issue.
Pros: I have been using this drive for about a year and I am thrilled with it. I think this listing is out of date (or this specific part #) since the price has not dropped in line with other Samsung EVO drives. Either way, shop around and find the right listing. The EVO line has been wonderful. I own two.
Pros: Purchased this to put a Samsung EVO into a 5¼ inch slot. Worked perfectly.
Pros: I paid 169 for these in Oct 2013. I have had no troubles. I use them with and older I7-970.
Overall Review: I actually purchased these to replace a pair of G.Skill 4GB chips. One had gone bad after 3 years. For my latest build I am moving to DDR4s. I chose G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4-19200). Clearly I am happy with G.Skill so far.