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Phillip B.

Phillip B.

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Most Favorable Review

Great GPS

TomTom 4.3" GPS Navigation with Map Share Technology
TomTom 4.3" GPS Navigation with Map Share Technology

Pros: Great GPS, love the wide screen. Love the lane directions, still has all the features of my previous 130. It has more storage space and does not take forever to load like my 130 did.

Cons: It's overpriced unless you get it on a deal like me ;)

Overall Review: The only reason I purchased this gps is because I wanted wide/bigger screen TomTom, otherwise I'd still use my 130. The 340 does have more hard drive space than the 130 and loads alot faster and doesn't freeze. It also has lane guidance in which I'm in love with for those tough interchanges on the highway.

12/20/2009
Most Critical Review

Test as soon as possible

DIYPC Gamemax-W-RGB White Dual USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case with Build-in 3 x RGB LED Fans and RGB Remote Control
DIYPC Gamemax-W-RGB White Dual USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case with Build-in 3 x RGB LED Fans and RGB Remote Control

Pros: -Preinstalled RGB fans -Remote control for fan speed and lighting -Good airflow -The front panel is protected by a removable cover on top of the case -Built in mounting points for 2 extra fans on top of case

Cons: -Small side window. If you have RGB on your motherboard or just inside of your case it'll be very hard to see -Cheap power switch. I lost a lot of time and missed rebates on my entire setup all because I couldn't get it to power up, turns out faulty power switch after 3 motherboards, 2 power supplies, and 2 processors. Now it's too late to return to get it fixed. I just connected the reset button as the power button and moved on. -The power button is exposed on top of the case while everything else is protected by a cover. This is a problem if you have small children or pets that are liable to climb on and/or the exposed power button while in use. -No indication of fan speed when toggling your preferred speed. -Trays for HDDs are light flimsy plastic that are easy to flex and fall from bays.

You get what you pay for.

Fenvi Wireless USB WiFi Adapter for PC - 802.11AC 1300Mbps Dual Band 5G/2.4G WiFi USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Dongle  for PC Desktop Laptop Windows 10/8/8.1/7/Mac OS X 10.9-10.15, WiFi USB Computer Network Adapters
Fenvi Wireless USB WiFi Adapter for PC - 802.11AC 1300Mbps Dual Band 5G/2.4G WiFi USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Dongle for PC Desktop Laptop Windows 10/8/8.1/7/Mac OS X 10.9-10.15, WiFi USB Computer Network Adapters

Pros: Cheap. 2.4 And 5 Ghz frequencies

Cons: Cheap. Inconsistent connectivity. Drivers fail. Compatible issues.

Overall Review: Great price, claims to be linix compatible, it is not. I switched to Windows 10 (x64) had some temporary success, but shortly after (a month or so) it started having intermittent connectivity issues until it stopped working all together. It turns out this is a knwon issue eith this NIC. Solution: update drivers from Realtek which got it running enough to barely hold a connection. Still not fully functional. Don't waste your time.

Don't just consider buying this. Just buy it, NOW!!!

HTC Vive - Virtual Reality Headset
HTC Vive - Virtual Reality Headset

Pros: -1/3 of the cost of the Pro Kit -Very nice and solid build quality -Really comfortable to wear with extra face cushions for down the road -Graphics are amazing. Very minimal "screen door" effect, but this also is depending on what content you are viewing will determine how much of this you'll notice. I didn't notice it until months down the road. -Extremely easy to setup -In addition to Steam, Vive also has it's own marketplace (View it on your monitor or in VR which is more attractive) with more titles for you to enjoy -Tracking is pretty spot on, Only fails when the lighthouses view are obstructed (If you followed setup instructions this will not be an issue). -Your current gaming headset/headphones should fit easily fit over the headset as I don't use the earbuds that come with the kit for sanitary reasons during a "party" situation. -Camera on front of headset is a great idea to see your surroundings without removing the headset -Controllers are easy to use and extremely light -Straps already attached to controllers to prevent accidents ala Nintendo Wii -Lighthouses do not require to be connected to your PC so less cables running across the room -2 Free Months of Viveport Subscription free with purchase

Cons: -A bit pricey as Rift is $100 cheaper, and the Vive Pro Kit (Better picture quality) is a ridiculous $1400 -Highly possible to run into issues when upgrading firmware for the lighthouses, but solutions can easily be found in the steam community boards. -Not a huge selection of AAA titles yet, but the library is still massive between viveport and steam together. -Occasional issues with the controllers tracking while in-game can be frustrating at times, but if you did your setup properly you shouldn't experience this. -Earbuds for sound is no-go if someone else wants to experience VR via your headset. -Cables getting in the way in some of the more active experiences is quite a problem, forcing you to consider the wireless adapter that has it's own faults. -The camera on the front of the headset is 100% absolutely abysmal! I have webcams from the 90s with more clarity. For the price of these kits this camera should be higher quality. -Controllers are a bit bulky as I enjoy huge controllers, but these are ridiculously big (thank the higher power they are light as a feather).

Overall Review: I became a VR fanboy from trying out a friend's PS VR which in turned led me to building a PC just for VR (He's jealous now, lol). I really hope they keep improving on this product and release a 2nd generation that addresses the pitfalls of this generation. It is VERY immersive and easy to forget your surroundings. They say large "play area" and they meant it. Luckily for people such as myself there is a "standing only" play area. I mostly play racing sims that don't required a lot of movement so I'm able to enjoy fully enjoy all experiences without fear of tripping over or colliding with something. Great for parties, whether you enjoy experiences or enjoy playing games. This has been the best decision I've ever made to go VR. I cannot stress enough my love for this niche item. Maybe one day it'll be widely accepted and people don't get sick from vertigo(I don't). ProTip: Do NOT enter any "motion" experiences such as roller-coaster rides without proper rest and proper diet, and if you are under the weather. First night I setup at 3 am haven't slept since previous night, and I hadn't eaten in over 36 hours, all bad choices on my part. Stomach was spinning on the first 2 roller coasters rides. Overall great product, I had to nitpick to come up with "cons" HTC did a great job with this.

So far DOA

ASRock Fatal1ty H370 Performance LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel H370 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Fatal1ty H370 Performance LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel H370 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Hasn't worked yet. I just received this and got it all connected and it refuses to power on/post. After I connect a power cord to the psu and flip the power switch to on, on the psu the board doesnot power on but the leds pulse red from underneath the chipset. I searched and research all around. This seems to be a common issue with ASRock Motherboards with no definitive resolution. I've tried removing the CMOS battery, reinstalling my only ram chip in all 4 slots, reinstalled my i5 8400, checked and reconnected my connections from the psu to the board and connected the atx (8-pin) connector, verified the power button is connected to the front panel connection on the board. No jumper came with this board to attempt to clear the bios. This will hold 1 egg from me unless support can fix this.

Overall Review: Now I have to buy another board. Hopefully one that has wi-fi already on it.

First GPS ever!

TomTom 3.5" GPS Navigation with IQ Routes Technology
TomTom 3.5" GPS Navigation with IQ Routes Technology

Pros: Great GPS love the TomTom product. It never had me lost, and map updates are free! Great for people who never had/use a gps! Extremely easy to use, also can be used as a flash drive!

Cons: After updating the maps via TomTom Home you run out of space quickly and it takes longer for it boot and shutdown, also it takes longer to locate satellites.

Overall Review: I'd still recommend this for the first timer to gps. So easy to use and customize. Loud speaker, great directions and features are awesome!

12/20/2009